With the end of one year comes the beginning of another — 2014 was full of excitement as well as some difficulties; I got my driver’s licence, had the best summer job, and my trip to Washingto, DC, where I finally met Ray Brown and the crew of the Takin’ Birds radio show. There were also some sad moments: my grandfather moved into the nursing home after a stroke and my dad was diagnosed with cancer (though his surgery was successful and is feeling great now).
I saw a total of 170 species in Alberta this year — it’s a good list of species, my best so far.
I added three species to my Year List while in Washington, DC: Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
I was able to add five species to my Life List bring it up to 272 species I’ve seen since I started birding in 2012. The new species for 2014 were Black-backed Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Western Kingbird, Le Conte’s Sparrow, and American Bittern.
1. To blog more. A blog needs fresh posts regularly.
2. Make more of an effort to submit eBird checklists every time I go birding.
3. Read through my collection of bird books. I have lots of books I still haven’t read yet.
4. My target species for 2015: Boreal Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
Here are some of my favourite photographs from 2014. Happy New Year everyone and may you have a happy and healthy 2015!
A Northern Mockingbird from my trip to Washington, DC, in November,
A Dark-eyed Junco,
A male Ruffed Grouse,