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2023: A Year in Birds

Happy new year!

all seasons in one day

This past year proved to be a year of great transition and exhaustion — but also one of fulfillment and actualization. Birds and other wildlife, perhaps, were one of the main reasons I got through the year — so I thought it only right to pay them a tribute in this quick yearly write-up.

Short-billed Gull at Randall’s Island was an awesome NYC lifer at a new birding patch for me:

Lifers in Florida abounded with my dad this spring break:

Ross’ Gull was a memorable twitch and lifer in Chicago just an hour before catching a flight back to NYC:

A 127-species Greenwich Big Day on May 16 with Will was just awesome:

My graduation trip downstate was a huge success with many herp lifers, as well as Greater Prairie-Chicken:

June 1 brought the annual Cook Big Day netting 132 species for the third year in a row!

Later in June, a highlight was visiting an incredibly-productive Viper den near the Catskill Mountains with my friend Dylan.

July brought me to Verbier Switzerland to sing as a young artist there; however, my dad and I were able to squeeze in some incredible alpine birding beforehand, rich with lifers for me:

A trip to Pocatello with Kathleen and Poo netted me my long-Idaho-nemesis Pinyon Jay:

And another nemesis conquered with them: Greater Sage-Grouse near Fairfield:

My sole day of birding in England in August yielded one sole life bird, but a magnificent one at that: Common Kingfisher:

A nice break from the practice and work grind this fall yielded goodies like Hudsonian Godwit with Jonathan:

Red-flanked Bluetail was an absolutely thrilling twitch and lifer with Will in New Jersey:

And the now-annual trip up to Sax-Zim Bog with Kim and Susie was a massive success, yielding birds such as Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Northern Hawk-Owl:

Bird-of-the-year goes to the Red-flanked Bluetail seen with Will S and runner-up to the Ross’ Gull seen with countless other Chicago birders, including the Tolzmann family. It has been QUITE a year, and QUITE a year for birding!

Here’s to an even more productive and enjoyable 2024!

Happy birding,
World Life List: 1174 Species (33 life birds this year, up from only 18 lifers in 2022!)

January 19: Short-billed Gull, Randall’s Island Field 42, Manhattan, New York, NY
January 28: Northern Fulmar, At sea, NY
January 28: Atlantic Puffin, At sea, NY
March 1: Bachman’s Sparrow, Wewika Springs State Park, Orange County, FL
March 1: Gray-headed Swamphen, Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, Apopka, Orange County, FL
March 2: Short-tailed Hawk, I-75, Fort Myers, FL
March 11: Ross’s Gull, Rainbow Beach Park, Chicago, IL
May 21: Greater Prairie-Chicken, Bartel Grassland, Kinmundy, IL
July 4: Common Chiffchaff, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Yellow-billed Chough, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Ring Ouzel, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Fieldfare, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Northern Wheatear, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Water Pipit, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Rock Ptarmigan, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Wallcreeper, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Alpine Accentor, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Bearded Vulture, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: White-winged Snowfinch, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Eurasian Nutcracker, Mürren, Switzerland
July 4: Common Firecrest, Mürren, Switzerland
July 5: Lesser Whitethroat, Mürren, Switzerland
July 5: Willow Tit, Mürren, Switzerland
July 5: Spotted Flycatcher, Mürren, Switzerland
July 6: Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Mürren, Switzerland
July 7: Eurasian Crag-Martin, Verbier, Valais, Switzerland
July 8: Goldcrest, Verbier, Valais, Switzerland
July 25: Crested Tit, Mauvoisin, Valais, Switzerland
August 3: Pinyon Jay, Barton Rd, Pocatello, ID
August 4: Greater Sage-Grouse, Rinker/Rock Creek Canyon, Blaine, ID
August 14: Common Kingfisher, Waldhamstow Wetlands, London, UK
December 19: Red-flanked Bluetail, New Jersey
December 29: Bohemian Waxwing, Sax-Zim Bog, Toivola, MN

Posted by skwclar 15:56 Archived in USA

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