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At 328 with two short trips to nearby places still planned this year, 360 is still a solid goal. I've been lucky to have family finance the lodging and rental cars on previous trips to keep the costs down.

I feel like getting 400+ in the ABA area would require some meticulously planned trips without breaking the bank.

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21 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

2020 was my best year so far, 150.  Last year, a variety of personal issues held me to 140.  With three months left in 2022, I'm at 143, so passing 150 seems within reach.

I was mistaken again.  I didn't include last weekend's two lifer warblers or FOY catbird and cuckoo.  Then today has brought three yard firsts - a FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeak (the first one in the yard in fall; nice immature male), and First-in-Yards catbird and cuckoo.  I go a couple of years without seeing a catbird or cuckoo and then I see them in different locations on consecutive weekends.

Anyway, 148 on the year.  Two to tie 2020, three for a new personal annual record.

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Four year birds today, all in a county I don't normally visit and haven't been in for four years: White-rumped Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Royal Tern, Forster's Tern. Also there was an American Avocet, my second for the year (they are rare in my state). On my way, in a different county, I saw my second Anhinga of the year, and a bonus Cape May Warbler.

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5th or 6th time was a charm finding Peregrine Falcons downtown.  They had moved to another spot.  Luckily for me I had my dog with me, so decided to take him to the airport for a walk.  That route took us by the abandoned dog food plant, where I saw a bird sitting out on an extension from the top of one of the towers.  Watched them switch spots from across the street.  #217 for the year.  

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I saw a rare-in-the-area Surf Scoter on Friday and Maryland's ninth Black-throated Gray Warbler today. The former may be my first in seven years, while the latter looks like my first in not quite six, and obviously not a species I've seen a whole lot.

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Got about a dozen year birds this weekend in DC to put me at 237. Still way behind my 285 of last year. Not going to Florida or California this year set me back quite a bit.

At least I’m at 177 for my county which is 1 ahead of last year. 

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On 10/1/2022 at 10:28 AM, Zoroark said:

360 is still a solid goal

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With the recent trip to California, I have accomplished my goal. I am now up to 366. (Not all are ABA countable, however.) There are no additional trips planned this year, so anything new will be Clark County rarities. Only three birds on my Nov/Dec targets are over 1%.

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been very lucky to go on six trips this year, all within the country. I have one planned for Texas early in 2023, we likely will visit the New England area again next summer for a family vacation, and my mother may want me to take her to South Carolina again, but I doubt I'll be able to get close to 360+ for a while. Until such a time comes when I can specifically pick out trips for a “mini Big Year” in the ABA area (and have the money to afford it), I will shift my focus over to spotting more lifers and improving the photos of those I've already seen.

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Up to 250 species for the year! Bird 250 was a wedge wren. Me and my father are going to Phinizy and Brickyard Ponds. (Ducks) It would be an easy 8 new year species. Possible lifer. @Charlie Spencer, I believe you have gone to both hotspots. Any tips? I have been to phinizy 4 times since I started birding, but have been there more than ten times on my life. I have never been to the Brickyard Ponds though.

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19 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Up to 250 species for the year! Bird 250 was a wedge wren. Me and my father are going to Phinizy and Brickyard Ponds. (Ducks) It would be an easy 8 new year species. Possible lifer. @Charlie Spencer, I believe you have gone to both hotspots. Any tips? I have been to phinizy 4 times since I started birding, but have been there more than ten times on my life. I have never been to the Brickyard Ponds though.

Sorry, I've only been to the ponds once so I don't have a lot of info.  There's a bait shop at the entrance where you can pay a $4 access fee (see map below).  The dirt roads are in pretty good shape.  Most of the ducks stay well away from shore; if you have a scope, definitely bring it.  There are also hedgerows for perching birds and some low areas with dabblers, waders, etc.

If it's possible, you might want to wait until Dec. 3rd.  The Aiken-Augusta Audubon has a field trip scheduled for that day.  They're a friendly bunch who know their way around the ponds.  If you're interested, e-mail Lois (address in the link) for details.  http://augustaaikenaudubon.org/?page_id=100

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41 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Up to 250 species for the year! Bird 250 was a wedge wren. Me and my father are going to Phinizy and Brickyard Ponds. (Ducks) It would be an easy 8 new year species. Possible lifer. @Charlie Spencer, I believe you have gone to both hotspots. Any tips? I have been to phinizy 4 times since I started birding, but have been there more than ten times on my life. I have never been to the Brickyard Ponds though.

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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Sorry, I've only been to the ponds once so I don't have a lot of info.  There's a bait shop at the entrance where you can pay a $4 access fee (see map below).  The dirt roads are in pretty good shape.  Most of the ducks stay well away from shore; if you have a scope, definitely bring it.  There are also hedgerows for perching birds and some low areas with dabblers, waders, etc.

If it's possible, you might want to wait until Dec. 3rd.  The Aiken-Augusta Audubon has a field trip scheduled for that day.  They're a friendly bunch who know their way around the ponds.  If you're interested, e-mail Lois (address in the link) for details.  http://augustaaikenaudubon.org/?page_id=100

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I contacted the audabon field trip leader. Thanks @Charlie Spencer, this helped a lot.

 

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