January 2014 is off to a strong start. So far 90 species with in the state of Connecticut and not much birding done outside the state. I didn't set any specific goals for this first month, but I was hoping to get at least 100 birds which I had never done before. According to ebird, my Januarys have shaped out to something like this:
2013: 63 Birds (notable: Northern Saw-Whet Owl, Lapland Longspur, Common Redpoll)
2012: 37 Birds (notable: Redhead, Common Eider, Ruddy Turnstone)
2011: Not really a birder....
So I wanted 2014 to be different. To be something more serious. Something that would connect me better to the birding world and the environment of Connecticut. This doesn't mean that I feel any more the expert. I feel under even more pressure to see more, notice more, and practice more. And whatever I miss or can't see, makes me wish I was outside more and birding more. Partly pride pushes me on. But for the most part the love of being outside brings me the greatest joy. I have to keep that front and center. If I don't, then the joy and benefits of being outside is diminished. I've had some great experiences out in the field and I have to keep that in mind and at the heart of my outings.
In the meantime, I am going to try to think about feathers. With this latest polar vortex, I am amazed at the adaptations and survival skills of birds. Feathers are a truly amazing adaptation. I am going to try to take some great pictures that really embrace the adaptations birds make to survive the weather. Until next time...
2014 Year Birds: 91
Lesser Black Backed Gull