Saturday, January 23, 2016

2015 in Review!

2015 was an amazing year for me.  I really got into hardcore birding, and it was a lot of fun!! I met some awesome birders, and had some great trips.

Here are a few stats from my year:

391 species seen, all in the ABA.

178 lifers over the year.

I hit 500 lifers on the final day of the year with a Snow Bunting.

I hit ABA #400 with a Gray-crowned Rosy-finch.

64 ABA Code 2s, 6 ABA Code 3s. an ABA Code 4, and two ABA Code 5s.

13 owls observed during the year, always an important stat for me.

I birded four states; Arizona, California, Idaho, and Washington.

I moved from Arizona to Idaho in the fall, giving myself lots of new birding chances!!

Here are a few of my favorite images of the year, in no particular order:

Eurasian Wigeon

 Allen's Hummingbird

Harris's Hawk

Bald Eagle 

Black-headed Grosbeak 

Painted Bunting, an epic rarity found with Caleb Strand! 

Western Screech-Owl 

Mississippi Kite 

Rehabbed American Kestrel 

Mountain Plover 

Mountain Plover 

Eastern Kingbird 

Elf Owl 

Gray-crowned Rosy-finch 

Streak-backed Oriole! 

Spotted Owl! 

Whiskered Screech-Owl 

Whiskered Screech-Owl 

Elegant Trogon

Broad-billed Hummingbird 

Brown Pelican 

Blue-throated Hummingbird, the beginning of a great friendship with Caleb Strand! 

A rare Clay-colored Sparrow in Idaho 

Mega-rarity Tufted Flycatcher! 

Montezuma Quail 

Juvi Spotted Owl 

Adult male Spotted Owl 

2015 was AMAZING!! Stay tuned for more awesome adventures in 2016, including OWLING HARD in Washington!

Walker