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New Year’s Resolutions for Birding 2018

Here are my New Year's Resolutions for Birding 2018.

I had four New Year’s Resolutions for Birding in 2017.

The first was to submit my bird counts to ebird at least 3 times a month.

That lasted until April.

My second New Year’s resolution was to pay more attention to waterfowl this winter season, with the intent of seeing a Ross’s Goose.

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Ross’s Goose. Image Credit: Animal Perspectives.

NAILED IT.

The third New Year’s resolution I had was to become better at IDing birds by song.

It’s a work in progress.

Finally, my fourth New Year’s resolution was to bird exclusively in my county and the county to my south. The reasons were that I didn’t want to stress myself out over having to travel to bird, I wanted 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.

DONE.

So what now?

New Year’s Resolutions for Birding 2018

#1. Bird by Ear

I still want to work on birding by ear, that will be a skill I most likely spend the rest of my life fine-tuning.

Specifically, I want to become better at the warblers. It’s often that birders hear more than they sometimes see in the field, so it’s only natural to have that as a skill.

#2. Attempt a Big Year in My State

A (personal) Big Year in my state of Maryland could be a fun challenge! This resolution, will tie in using ebird (more frequently).

I bird daily, but I’m a bad, bad birder! Why? Well, I only report to ebird on mega days and when I find rarities. Can I reform my ways? With the ebird app it might be possible!

#3. Read More

I read a lot and I read a variety of different books, publications, and blogs. It comes with the territory of being a writer/blogger. If I’m not reading, I’m not learning, and if I’m not learning, what could I possible have to share?

This year, I’ll be sharing what I’m reading in a monthly post, I’ll be showing off my “shelfies” via my Instagram Account, and sharing everything in between at BirdsNatureLife.

What are your birding resolutions?

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