Last year did not yield the kinds of numbers I had hoped for as a crazy birder, but it came with good reasons, getting married, lots of adventures (birding and non-birding) and adjusting to a brand new life with my amazing husband.
So this year, I resolved that I would try to once again reach the goal of 300 species in NJ (with my sights set on 325.)
Yes, I know how lucky I am to have Rob by my side, one of the best birders and teachers I know (but then again, I am biased.) So I am really looking forward to a great year! What’s even more exciting is that a good friend of ours who wants to learn more will be joining us in hopes of reaching her goal of 200 NJ Year Birds! That makes me over-the-moon.
Well, we all got off to a great start yesterday. Rob and my first definite ID’d bird was a flock of flying Common Mergansers over the Garden State Parkway, on our way to pick up our friend to head down to Cape May.
Once we got to Cape May, we ran into many birders kicking off THEIR year lists, and joined CMBO’s Kick off your year list walk.
Pre-walk (and during the walk,) we were able to get great looks at the White-winged Dove and Rufous Hummingbird.
A great day with great friends and great birds! Cheers to 2014 – May there be more great days with great friends and great birds! :)
Complete list follows:
American Black Duck
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
American Tree Sparrow