Saturday, February 4, 2012

The January Round Up!

January has come to an end. Yes, old news, as I am getting around to this a little late.

The last Christmas Bird Count of the season, on January 1st, got the year off to a great start, with some good birds plus a bird that I managed to miss last year, Common Redpoll. All of the rare sparrows stuck around, allowing for early month looks at Vesper, American Tree, Swamp, and White-throated, leaving me two sparrows short of my entire 2011 total!

Elsewhere birding was also good, with an aborted pelagic turning up a new ABA bird for me in the form of Emperor Goose, as well as King Eider, which I have seen only once previous.

My January end total of 133 species puts me 9 ahead of last year's Big Year pace, but a little short of my target of 140, owing to a lack of owls and a couple of others.

In other news, Rocky Point Bird Observatory raffle tickets have gone on sale, and can be purchased from RPBO, Jessie Fanucchi, or myself. Tickets are one for $5, or 5 for $20. There is an impressive slate of prizes, including lower bowl Vancouver Canucks tickets, a whale watching trip for two, 2 Sue Coleman prints, an iPod nano, a lightweight tent, etc. For more details, see Rocky Point will be down at the Westshore Town Centre Hobby Show this weekend, Feb 3rd to 5th, stop by and say hi!

Good February Birding!

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