2018 represented my 9th year of birding and blogging and as per tradition - I have attempted to summarize some highlights from each year of birding that I partook in. This year - 2019 would be the start of my 10th year of birding and blogging!
As I write this posting in January of 2019 - I am trying to think back at the previous year and came up with the bulleted list below. It seems that as each year of birding and natural history appreciation goes by - my tastes/interests/priorities continually evolve.
One example is that I'm less concerned about listing, and perhaps "competitive birding". I think trying to be in the top 10 (or maybe even top 100) in my county or province is just another source of stress in life. My mediocre talent levels, time prioritization and current career efforts hold me back from being competitive. There is nothing wrong with being competitive but its not really in my realm at present. Perhaps when I retire? Carbon footprint is another thing that weighs on my mind. For example - I was thinking a few weeks ago to drive to Cambridge to see a flock of Pine Grosbeaks. But - the time and fuel expense held me back from going. I might have gone if Grosebeaks were a lifer though...
Travelling and seeing the beauty of Ontario and Canada (and North America - US & Mexico) seem to be of greater interest for me. Bringing my wife and two boys to share the experiences would also be a huge bonus - but requires compromise on how involved birding and naturalizing can be. Botany, Mothing continue to peak my interest and offer lots of new discovery potential.
Ohio - Shawnee State Park
Ohio - Kitty Todd Nature Preserve
This year wasn't a terribly exciting year for birding highlights but looking back - there were some nice sightings.
- Townsends Solitaire (Point Pelee - Found by Kory R.)
- Lawrences Warbler (Self - Found!!! hybrid lifer)
- Purple Galinule (Fox Creek Kingsville - found by Brad Oullette)
- Cerulean & Yellow throated Warblers at Ojibway (Found by Brad Hamel)
- Hooded Warblers within the Ojibway Park Complex in Windsor (Found by: Blake Mann)
- Great Kiskadee (lifer)
- Brant (lifer) (Jack Miners in Kingville - Found by Rick Mayos)
- Cape May Warbler in the Burr Oak in the hedgerow behind my back yard.
- Northern Mockingbird perched briefly on my back fence.
- Finding a Hudsonian Godwit at Hillman Marsh
Butterfly / Moth Highlights:
Orange Falcate (lifer)
Sleepy Duskywing (lifer)
Dion Skipper (lifer)
Mulberry Winged Skipper (lifer)
10 + Underwing Species
- Winged Sumac (Ohio)
- Tall green Milkweed (Ohio)
- Lyre leaved Rock-Cress (Lambton Shores - Pinery PP )\
- Whorled Loosestrife
- Prairie Loosestrive
- Great plains ladies tresses (ID'ed through Inaturalist!)
Goals for this year:
More ambitious travel
Scissor Tailed Flycatcher
Thanks for reading my blog! All the best for 2019!