Happy New Year!

Today is the start of a New Year, which to me means new birds and also birding resolutions. Here are four of my resolutions which I’m going to try to achieve this year:

1. I’m going to try to submit a checklist to eBird every time I go birding and also take field notes and make sketches more regularly.

2. Learning more about my camera and how to take better photos. (I have some exciting news on the camera front, but I will keep it under wraps until a little later.)

3. Trying to get others interested in the beauty of birds and birding.

4.  Some of the species I’d like to see this year are: Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Evening Grosbeak, and a Western Tanager.

Do you have any bird goals or resolutions for 2014, or nemesis bird on your list to find?

Happy New Year and the best birding in 2014!

Some of my favorite photos from the past year:

An American Goldfinch,


A male Blue-winged Teal,


A Black-crowned Night-Heron,


Feathers on Friday

If you would like to join me for my Feathers on Friday meme, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I’ll add the link to my post.

A Black-crowned Night Heron hunting in a Central Park (NYC) lake in early July,



More Feathers on Friday Posts:


From babsje at Great Blue Herons: Feathers on Friday: Great Blue Heron Fishing in Waterfall


Birding in Central Park

We arrived in New York City on Saturday, July 6th, and on Sunday morning at 9 am I went on a bird walk with Bob DeCandido (“Birding Bob”) and Deb Allen in Central Park. It was a very hot day (we found at the end of the day there had been an extreme heat and humidity warning for City), but we saw some great birds including an early migrant — a female Black-and-white Warbler, which was very exciting.

I counted 27 species in total on the Central Park walk, and added Chimney Swift, Great-crested Flycatcher, Black-crowned Night Heron, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, and Black-and-white Warbler to my “Year List”.

The walk started at the Turtle Pond dock and it was very nice to be greeted by about 15 Red-eared Sliders,


A Red-eared Slider,


A Red-bellied Woodpecker,


Part of the group watching a Great-crested Flycatcher,


I saw three Black-crowned Night Herons throughout the walk ,


A Northern Flicker nest,


What would Central Park be without seeing a squirrel?


A shy Carolina Wren,


A pair of Mallards at the boat pond,


A Double-crested Cormorant drying off at the Boat pond,


I was only one foot away from this Mallard. That’s the beauty of Central Park — the birds are so used to people,


I had an excellent time with the other birders, got some good photos, and saw some great species. Central Park is such a wonderful place, and Bob and Deb are great park guides!

Here we are at the end of our walk, with Bob and Debra on the right. Thank you again for such a wonderful time (and the only real birding I got in while in NYC)!