Another year gone by, and I guess it's something of a tradition for me to write a new year's post! In 2013 one of Matt's goals was to find 50 new life birds, and I thought he was crazy. Well, he did it! (I think I fell just short, but wasn't really counting anyway). A trip to Hawaii, the West Coast and Arizona probably didn't hurt!
So that brings me to resolutions. I used to hate them but recently have embraced them in that they help me have direction and keep me on track. So I have a few birding goals for this year. Not resolutions per se, but things to work on:
- Bird topography. After several years of birding I still can't tell a primary from a tertial (ok, as of two days ago I can). But knowing ALL of the parts of the bird should help me with tricky identifications. Sibley has some neat quizzes you can do covering all parts of the bird.
- Bird calls. I am really, really bad at this. I plan to pay a little more attention to bird sounds and try to remember at least some of them.
- Shorebirds! I will do my best not to miss migration and start figuring these out!
- Local birding. I'm becoming notorious for doing most of my birding away from home. I want to rediscover my local area. That's starting today! And I want to make sure I don't miss spring migration!
- Target bird for the year? Just one: Tufted titmouse, because it's so cute, and I should be some places in their range.
If you don't get purchase the game, you can always play this alternative online:
Cornell Bird Trivia Game. But then you don't get to play with someone else.
Also my in-laws gave me a cute little stuffed owl and a necklace with an owl on it at Christmas. Am I becoming the crazy bird lady already? :P
Happy birding in the New Year! I'm heading out today...can't wait to see what's out there!