I have 4 New Year’s Birding Resolutions.
My first one is to submit my bird counts to ebird at least 3 times a month. Each time I bird, I make my own lists, but I don’t always have the time to enter what I see — I’m lucky if I can find the time to bird (which I do, daily). So, I’m committing to submitting my observations at least 3 times a month, including when I bird for other organizations.
My second New Year’s resolution is to pay more attention to waterfowl this winter season. (Dear Ross’s Geese, I’m looking for you.) For some reason, and it’s not the cold (I love cold weather), during the past few seasons I haven’t made a sustained effort to spend time with waterfowl. I want this season to be different. That’s why I’ve mapped out 3 spots in my county (and the county to my south) that I’ll be scoping out regularly.
My third New Year’s resolution is to become better at IDing birds by song. My skills have improved in the past year, but this year I want to focus migratory birds.
My fourth and final New Year’s resolution is to bird exclusively in my county and the county to my south. The reasons are that I don’t want to stress myself out over having to travel to bird, I want to see more incredible birds in my county, and I want to prove to myself (and others) that you don’t have to go very far to see a lot.
What are your New Year’s Birding Resolutions?
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