Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Big January - one week to go!!


Princess and I spent the weekend birding like crazed people, trying to use up every minute of our second-to-last weekend in January. We were all over Maryland's Eastern Shore, putting tons of miles on the new car - it's a hybrid - and having a good time to boot.


This close-up view of an immature Red-Shouldered (or could it be Cooper's?) Hawk at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was just one of many wonderful moments. We had 70+ Common Eiders and a male Harlequin Duck at the Ocean City, MD, inlet; found a Great Horned Owl after we heard it hoot just before dusk on Assateague Island, and had Dunlin and Greater Yellowlegs in the middle of the marsh as the sun went down. Magical. Along the way, we sharpened our bird skills and knowledge even more.


We have crushed our goal of seeing 100 species in Maryland in January - we are at 106, unofficially - and are not done yet. Stay tuned.

4 comments:

Chris Petrak said...

Crushed 100! - don't know whether to clap at your success or weep for the NE - it's been tough around here, with many of the usual birds just not around. Compared notes with a friend in the co-op today; she struggling as well. 100 won't come our way until our birds return from your neighborhood. You've still got a few days to go, including another weekend, so awaiting your final report. Good luck.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Chris - Many thanks! We've been struggling, too. You guys haven't sent any good winter finches our way! Final report coming...

Larry said...

Wow! Nicely done. It's going to be a struggle for me to get past 100. The top listers in CT hit 130 but I think that included pelagic trips in LI and chasing down every reported rarity.-Don't have time for that.I would be happy with 107 that's for sure.

dAwN said...

Good luck...awaiting your final count...burrrrrrrrrr...