January 19, 2006

January Birds

Hello everyone. This is my Birds & Music blog. If you want to read more about me and what I do check out my profile. I'll try to keep you up-to-date on the birds I'm seeing, the music I'm listening to, and whatever else I can think of.
My 2006 Year List is off to a good start. I've seen 55 species so far this month and there's another 10 or so birds that I can still get without too much trouble. Highlights so far are mostly in the finch department, including a pair of White-winged Crossbills, Common Redpoll, Evening Grosbeaks and Pine Siskin. I also saw a Northern Shrike and single Snowy Owl on Peterboro Road, Oneida County; both semi-rare but very cool birds. I've got a good feeling about this year. For one, it's the first full year I'll able to drive around on my own so I'll be able to be out in the field a lot more. And I've already seen a bunch of birds this month that I totally missed last year. So I'm looking forward to it. My goal is 230 and I think I can even pass that if I get lucky. I have a hit list of birds I really want to see this year. Here's my five most wanted:

Lapland Longspur
Carolina Wren
Acadian Flycatcher
Surf Scoter
Sandhill Crane

So that's where I'm at right now. I hope to get Snow Bunting and Horned Lark at some point this weekend, we'll see. I'll post again when I have something more to say. Bye for now,