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For my county only.  Bold numbers are new highs for me.  

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Highlights:

  • I've seen 13 of what I call Code 4 and 5 birds this year.  Typical year I see 6.  
  • 4 new County Lifers (1 away from #250)
    • White-winged Crossbill (Feb)
    • Whimbrel - self-found, 1st County record (April)
    • Connecticut Warbler - Lifer (May)
    • Red-necked Phalarope - self-found, 1st County Record, Lifer, and 200th May species for the County
  • First Spring Records (May) for the following, all found within 1/2 mile of each other.
    • Franklin's Gull - self-found
    • Black-bellied Plover
    • White-rumped Sandpiper - self-found
  • New species added to monthly totals
    • January - 6 new species added to January List
    • February - 5 new species, including 1st Eastern Towhee for Feb
    • March - 5 new species added
    • April - 2 new species added
    • May - 6 new species added including 2nd County record of Black-necked Stilt.
    • June - 1 new species added
  • Highlights from only other place I've really birded outside of county
    • 7 lifer's in N.C.
      • Swainson's Warbler - audio only
      • Clapper Rail
      • Painted Bunting
      • Gray Kingbird
      • Cattle Egret
      • Northern Bobwhite - audio only
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1 hour ago, chipperatl said:

I've seen 13 of what I call Code 4 and 5 birds this year.  Typical year I see 6.  

Curious, what do you mean by this? I haven't seen any birds above an ABA Code 2 this year. I was close on two 3s (RGDO and RTBE) but missed both; however, the AFCD doesn't have an ABA code, and mine may not count anyway. In fact, I think I have only ever seen a single species above Code 2 (NOJA, 4).

And I completely forgot to actually mention the increase to my lifer list. I've added 40 new species this year, bringing my lifer total from 338 to 378:

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Date Species State
16 Jun 2022 American Oystercatcher SC
16 Jun 2022 Least Tern SC
13 Jun 2022 Eastern Meadowlark SC
09 Jun 2022 Chuck-will's-widow SC
04 Jun 2022 Acadian Flycatcher SC
04 Jun 2022 Wood Thrush SC
31 May 2022 Brown-crested Flycatcher NV
31 May 2022 MacGillivray's Warbler NV
24 May 2022 Cordilleran Flycatcher NV
24 May 2022 Virginia's Warbler NV
22 May 2022 Willow Flycatcher NV
22 May 2022 Dickcissel NV
09 May 2022 Franklin's Gull NV
26 Apr 2022 Pacific-slope Flycatcher NV
30 Mar 2022 Yellow-footed Gull NV
24 Mar 2022 Bell's Sparrow NV
17 Mar 2022 Olive Warbler AZ
16 Mar 2022 Common Black Hawk AZ
16 Mar 2022 Gray Hawk AZ
16 Mar 2022 Merlin AZ
16 Mar 2022 Chihuahuan Raven AZ
15 Mar 2022 Zone-tailed Hawk AZ
15 Mar 2022 Arizona Woodpecker AZ
15 Mar 2022 Scott's Oriole AZ
15 Mar 2022 Hepatic Tanager AZ
14 Mar 2022 Rufous-winged Sparrow AZ
26 Jan 2022 Burrowing Owl NV
21 Jan 2022 Black-legged Kittiwake NV
21 Jan 2022 Prairie Falcon NV
19 Jan 2022 Blue-headed Vireo GA
18 Jan 2022 Forster's Tern SC
15 Jan 2022 Black-and-white Warbler SC
12 Jan 2022 Barred Owl SC
11 Jan 2022 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker SC
11 Jan 2022 Swamp Sparrow GA
11 Jan 2022 Rusty Blackbird GA
05 Jan 2022 Bonaparte's Gull NV
05 Jan 2022 Iceland Gull NV
05 Jan 2022 Pacific Loon NV
01 Jan 2022 Common Loon NV
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2 hours ago, chipperatl said:

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  • I've seen 13 of what I call Code 4 and 5 birds this year.  Typical year I see 6.  
    1 hour ago, Zoroark said:

    Curious, what do you mean by this? I haven't seen any birds above an ABA Code 2 this year. I was close on two 3s (RGDO and RTBE) but missed both; however, the AFCD doesn't have an ABA code, and mine may not count anyway. In fact, I think I have only ever seen a single species above Code 2 (NOJA, 4).

    And I completely forgot to actually mention the increase to my lifer list. I've added 40 new species this year, bringing my lifer total from 338 to 378:

     

I have some “math” to code birds based on eBird data for my County and the immediately surrounding Counties.  Takes in to account abundance, and timing.  Works fairly well except for a Harlequin Duck that stayed for months at a nearby lake/small stream.  My math codes it as a Code 2 because so many people reported it, and for so long.  Besides that it works pretty good for judging rarity of a bird around here.  

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@chipperatl Ah, I see. We had a Rufous-backed Robin that stuck around from late October through the beginning of April with about 250 observations, and a further 25 or so observations back in 2017. (And now that I checked, RBRO is actually an ABA Code 3.)

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On 7/1/2022 at 11:33 PM, Connor Cochrane said:
Month Month Total YTD New
Jan 194 194 194
Feb 142 203 9
Mar 195 247 44
Apr 309 408 161
May 214 432 24
Jun 206 518 86

January and February were pretty slow, barely even left the county during the first two months. I got most of the winter species that are local, but was fairly busy during those first two months and couldn't get out a lot. March picked up in terms of new species, mostly because of a weekend road trip down to Southern California and and the beginning of spring migration. April was definitely the best month of the year, as I went down to Texas for spring break. I was able to pick up a lot of new species and really increase the year (and life) lists down there. After that, the new species in may were mostly local pacific migrants which I still needed to pick up for the year. During June I went on a trip to Europe, which accounted for all 86 of the new species that month. 

 

I like @Zoroark's section about additional trips and targets, so I'll lay mine out below:

 

I have 3 main trips planned out for the rest of the year, each with some opportunities for lifers and year birds. 

  1. ABA Camp Colorado - I've never done an ABA camp, and I feel like it's something I have to do as a young birder.  There's a few lifers I'm hoping for while I'm up there (Boreal Owl, Ptarmagin, Brown-capped Rosy Finch), but it should also offer some opportunities for some nice year birds as well.
  2. Northeast Visiting Family - At the beginning of August I'm going to be going to multiple states in the northeast to visit some family members and look at some colleges while I'm out there. While it is a pretty slow time of year, I should hopefully get a few lifers (Big targets are Common Eider, Black Guillemot, Puffin, Mourning Warbler and Bicknel's Thrush). It should also provide an opportunity to clean up on some species I missed while in Texas.
  3. Panama - It seems like I'm going to have the opportunity to visit Panama over Christmas. I have tons of targets there, too much to explain here.  

If you end up going up MT Mansfield for the Thrush, theres been a good flock of RECR (type 10) the flock was the biggest ever recorded in the state 70+ last week. 

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At only 320, this year has been quite strong so far with four trips (but only one where I got to pick the destination and time). I'm definitely hoping to still go on that trip along the California coast later this year. So far, I'm thinking 360 might be a good year goal if that trip does happen. I would love to pass 400 lifers this year; only 16 to go.

I've also caught wind of a special opportunity to do a southern Texas trip in 2023, but that obviously won't help for this year's total. ?

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I’m at 283 for the year, with 30 new lifers. Hopefully I can squeeze in a couple more. I managed to find one rare sparrow last year at a spot where my nemesis Nelson’s has been spotted historically, so I’m hoping to find one there this fall since I leave VT before they start to move through. 

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2 hours ago, BirdNrd said:

I've only had 6!

Six is better than zero! As we build our life lists, it'll be more difficult to add to them. One of my biggest goals for 2021 was to fill in a lot of the easy species for Clark County.

I did get a new lifer today and a continuing "mega" rarity for the county, which I'll post on the daily checklist thread once I finish checking for hidden shorebirds in my photos.

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22 hours ago, Kevin said:

Except for number 256 with Lesser Goldfinch, I have not gotten a year bird since mid May. 

Six since Memorial Day, but two were lifers, a third was a photo lifer, and a fourth was the first time I'd ID'ed the species by call.  Family obligations and that darn work thing have presented me with opportunities to do other things.

139 on the year.  I need 1 to tie last year's mediocre 140, 11 to tie 2020's personal annual record.

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