Birdcouple is doing a Big January, a bit of fun that we are sharing with several of our fellow bloggers, including Kim, The Curious Birder; and Larry at the Brownstone Birding Blog. We're also in a friendly - very friendly - competition with our good friend Ross Geredien, he of the Good Migrations.
Big January means trying to see as many different species as you can in the first, cold, snowy month of the year. On one level, it's a bit silly (especially to non-birders), we realize. But it's also a lot of fun, and forces us to get outside during a time of year when the inclination is to stay indoors and read or (worse) watch TV.
So where are we? With a third of the month gone, it's time to report! Lisa saw a Brown-Headed Cowbird in Annapolis today, our 60th bird species of 2010. Exlcuding birds seen out-of-state (an Orange-Crowned Warbler in DC and Black-Capped Chickadee in West Virginia), we are at 58. That's okay, but we clearly have to step it up just a bit to reach our goal of 100 by January 31. And of course, as the common birds are ticked off, it does get progressively harder. Ross G is miles ahead of us.
Onward and upward! Watch out winter birds! Watch out Ross!
We'll report back on the weekend...
W & L