Date: 1/1/21 7:51 am From: Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> Subject: Re: A Great Year!
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I also had a pretty awesome year when it came to birding as I reached several milestones in my birding career. Those milestone events include;
Life list reaching 400 when I went to Stockton lake to observe the yellow billed loon, 410 was mountain bluebird in South Dakota and 420 was the Vermilion flycatcher in Dunklin county MO followed by the Smith's Longspur and holding @ 421
I also eclipsed the 300 plateau for my MO list with the observation of Band-rumped storm petrel that arrived at Otter Slough CA post hurricane Laura.
The ferruginous hawk recently discovered by Timothy Jones (also in Dunklin County) has me currently sitting at 311 for the state.
My New Madrid county list is my highest county tick for the state and I surpassed the 230 tick with an olive sided flycatcher sighting on a private conservation project I have been working with the Landowner on for several years now. I'm currently sitting on 235 for New Madrid county and I surpassed 200 as well in Mississippi county.
When I sit down and look at these numbers I recall many of the sightings and I'm just amazed how much better it could get if I tried just a little harder. Think I'll shoot for 450, 350, 250, 250 by the end of 2021!
Happy New year
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> On Dec 31, 2020, at 8:08 PM, Loyd, Kendell R <Kendell892...> wrote:
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> This year has been extraordinary in so many ways. Birding has always been a great way to escape the uncertainties of the rest of the world, and I hope that everyone found this to be especially true this year.
> Last December, a friend and I were discussing county Big Years, and he helped convince me to do a Greene County Big Year. It had never been done formally, so I found the highest year list reported to eBird (235 species in 2017), and I set this as my goal.
> Using eBird data, I ranked the 306 species that had been recorded in the county by the frequency of reports. I did this by month to help me pinpoint when the best times would be to find each species. I used a lot of satellite maps to locate habitat, and I had a lot of help from other birders!
> I ended the year today having seen 262 species in Greene County, including 5 first county-records (Lesser Black-backed Gull, Laughing Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, Black Scoter, & Iceland Gull).
> Throughout this year, I learned to love birding my county. Doing a county Big Year forced me to stay local and explore to find habitats for which I would normally need to travel. The decreased area allowed me to visit locations nearly daily, which led to me finding more birds. Plus, because they were close by, I was able to more easily share these species with my local birding community, and I was more easily able to see birds they found as well.
> A Big Year is just a reason to push yourself to bird more and to learn more. Someone once told me, “You won’t see a bird if you aren’t out there looking.” So get out there: observe and keep learning. The cool part is that you get to define the goal for yourself. Whether it’s a county, a state, a backyard, a specific park, it doesn’t matter, the point is to continue learning and expanding your love for birding!
> A big congratulations to David Haenni and Tommy Goodwin for their record-breaking years!
> I wish everyone a great first-of-year bird in the morning! We will see if I keep my 3-year streak with American Crow...
> Kendell Loyd
> Springfield, MO
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