HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of BirdCouple's friends in the birding community, especially the bird-blogging community.
Lisa and Warren decided a few months ago to get their 2010 birding off to a fast start, by doing a BIG January. Goals are good. Our goal: to see 100 species of birds in the first month of the year. It's not going to be a cinch, given the generally restricted number of species that over-winter here in the mid-Atlantic states. (Our previous best January was 88).
We started off today with a solid effort - especially considering our New Year's Day hangovers - with 27 species, during a delighftul mid-day walk with Chris Murray at Governor Bridge Natural Area. Highlights were Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper and Swamp Sparrow. We took a detour on the way home, and saw the decade's first American Kestrel.
Then it was time for the year's first nap.