This year I decided to try my hand at a little competition, called a 12 day big year. You pick one day per month for 2014 and count as many species that you can find within those 12 days within the State of Florida. I decided to join January 30th, giving me one day to get my January totals in, and it rained that day. Then in February, I picked a day when I needed to be home by a little after lunch. So I began the year woefully behind the leaders. Not that it would matter much, since even on my best days I can't do a lot of traveling, and there are some very experienced birders in the competition. I'm not really in it to win it; it's just a fun little competition to participate in. I enjoy the atmosphere of friendly competition embodied by the competition. But yesterday was a pretty great day. I totaled 103 species on the day and added 27 to my total for the year, giving me 131 so far. I started out at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, which is the closest reliable place to my home for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. This area was also good for Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman's Sparrow, and a few other birds I needed on my list.
A little up the street I went to the Joe Overstreet Landing, which seems like a strange place for great birding, but it often is. Here I added Snail Kite to my list and photographed a few others just for fun. I also went to nearby E. Lake Toho, mostly because we needed to take some time before I picked up my wife from work. I found a Least Bittern here.
103 bird species in a day is terrific! Sounds like a fun monthly challenge. As always, your photographs are stellar! Great detail and lighting. Beautiful birds! I would love to see a Red-cockaded Woodpecker.ReplyDelete
Thanks! If you're ever in Central Florida, I know a pretty reliable place to find them. Just let me know.ReplyDelete
Geez Scott you cleaned house. Those are some mighty fine birds on your list, many of which, as always, turn me various colorful shades of envy. Thanks for sharing the fantastic photos.ReplyDelete