Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CBC's and the "Life List"

So finals week is here at last... and I have no desire to study.  This is largely due to the fact that I am approaching the 350 life birds that I thought I could hit by the end of winter here in NH.  I'm far surpassing that and am verging on achieving my "joke" goal of 350 by the end of the year.

Overall I'm somewhere near 360 if you include "foreign" birds (from a very minimal effort in T&T).  

If I hit 375 overall I'll be more than thrilled... but the real aim is 350 ABA birds by 11:59 12/31/08.  If not... I hope to get the rest on the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on 1/1/2008 in Oneida County.  

This effort will not come without some effort... already planned attempts include:
Wednesday/Thursday: Rochester, NH wtp for Thayer's Gull, Iceland Gull, and Glaucous Gull

Friday: 2 locations in Maine for Harlequin Duck

Saturday: Great Bay, NH - CBC - hopefully a few of the following: Eastern Screech Owl, White Winged Crossbills, Greater Scaup,  Canvasback, King Eider, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shrike, Black Scoter...

Sunday: Isles of Shoals CBC - hopefully a Kittewake and some alcids: Dovekie, Razorbill, Murres, etc.  

Monday - 12/22 - Nothing - drive home

Tuesday - 12/23 - Local Syracuse Birding

Wednesday 12/24- Thursday 12/26 - Christmas Break (ok - Birding from the car and in the backyard)

12/27 - Rochester, NY Birding including Montezuma NWR

12/28-12/31 - TBD but expected stops include Beaver Lake in B-ville, wtp's in NY, and wherever the birding listserv's report awesomeness!!!

1/1/2008 - Oneida County CBC

Birding over break in January: Syracuse Area Waterfowl count and birding with my father

And since I'm all about internal motivation - I'm aiming to see 150+ species over break... The list will be effective at 12:30 on Thursday (after my last final).

So wish me luck!!!!


Anonymous said...

Iceland and Glaucous should almost be guaranteed if you spend time at Rochester. I'll be going to look for the "possible" Slaty, and Thayer's tomorrow. Good Luck with 350


Lowie said...

Thanks! Funny to see a comment here - didn't know anyone other than my mother read this!!!

Maybe I'll see you there tomorrow.