2010-A Year In Rerview

As the year closes, I feel that a reflective post is in order. Review what has transpired from a birding prospective over the course of the year 2010.

If I had to sum up 2010 in one word, it would be “Incredible”. The minute I made the decision to devote more of my spare time to birding, it has been a thrilling ride. The triggering mechanism that hurtled me to birding bliss was the purchase of my spotting scope. As I’ve said in the past, if it wasn’t for my spotting scope my “Life List” wouldn’t be what it is today. And when you can pull in that far away duck, and be able to identify it, that’s what keeps me coming back.

Following Cincinnati Bird Club’s web site, and religiously checking the postings of recent sightings has been invaluable. On a number of occasions I’ve followed up on a sighting that was posted, and I come away with a new bird for my life list. Case in point, the American Avocets at Cowen Lake State Park.

Discovering new places to visit has taken me to hot spots I normally wouldn’t go to. Just in the Tri-State area I’ve visited Boone County Cliffs, Shawnee Lookout Park, Winton Woods, Sharon Woods, Armleder Park, The Oxbow, Miami Whitewater Forest, Fernald Preserve, Halls Creek Preserve, Voice of America Park, Ft. Ancient State Memorial, Brookville Lake State Park, Cowan Lake State Park, Caesar Creek State Park, Magrish Riverland Preserve, and Spring Valley Wildlife Area. Some of my birding adventures have taken me on the road. I really enjoy traveling and hope to do more in 2011. Distant birding venues include Red River Gorge, Mackinac Island, Magee Marsh, Ottawa and Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuges. Some of my more recent trips have taken me to Lake Erie, Killdeer Plains and Mercer Wildlife Areas.

I’m meeting new friends as I participate more and more in organized field trips. Whether they are sponsored by the Audubon Society, or Cincinnati Bird Club, joining a group, I feel, makes you a better birder. They all have pearls they want to share with an experienced novice like myself. I really enjoy field trips with knowledgeable and passionate birders. Either with a large group or my best friend Phil.

With the addition of “A Birder’s Notebook”, I’m able to share my thoughts and experiences to the public. This blog has taken my birding encounters just one step toward “Birding Happiness”. That may sound corny, but it’s true. To be able to share your thoughts and exploits with other people helps me to maintain my focus. To help educate birders and non-birders, whether it’s about “Birding Ethics”, to book reviews, I enjoy keeping my blog updated with the latest information.

Now onto my list of new birds I’ve seen this year. Now you may look at this list and say to yourself, “what a long list”. Just remember this is the first year that I put forth the effort to bird on a regular basis. Traveling to Magee Marsh in the Spring added to my life list quite a bit. My spotting scope has helped a little bit as well.

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose
  2. Ross’s Goose
  3. Cackling Goose
  4. Green-winged Teal
  5. Redhead
  6. Greater Scaup
  7. Lesser Scaup
  8. White-winged Scoter
  9. Black Scoter
  10. Long-tailed Duck
  11. Bufflehead
  12. Common Goldeneye
  13. Red-throated Loon
  14. Pacific Loon
  15. Horned Grebe
  16. Eared grebe
  17. Red-necked Grebe
  18. Black-crowned Night Heron
  19. Broad-winged Hawk
  20. Rough-legged Hawk
  21. Northern Harrier
  22. Merlin
  23. Sora
  24. American Golden Plover
  25. Semipalmated Plover
  26. Black-necked Stilt
  27. American Avocet
  28. Solitary sandpiper
  29. Greater Yellowlegs
  30. Lesser Yellowlegs
  31. Sanderling
  32. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  33. Least Sandpiper
  34. White-rumped sandpiper
  35. Baird’s Sandpiper
  36. Pectoral Sandpiper
  37. Dunlin
  38. Short-billed Dowitcher
  39. American Woodcock
  40. Wilson’s Snipe
  41. Bonaparte’s Gull
  42. Franklin’s Gull
  43. Herring Gull
  44. Great Black-backed Gull
  45. Caspian Tern
  46. Black Tern
  47. Pomarine Jaeger
  48. Short-eared Owl
  49. Northern Saw-whet Owl
  50. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  51. Willow Flycatcher
  52. Acadian Flycatcher
  53. Least Flycatcher
  54. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  55. White-eyed Vireo
  56. Blue-headed Vireo
  57. Philadelphia Vireo
  58. Red-eyed Vireo
  59. Horned Lark
  60. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  61. Winter Wren
  62. Sedge Wren
  63. Veery
  64. Grey-cheeked Thrush
  65. Swainson’s Thrush
  66. American Pipit
  67. Blue-winged Warbler
  68. Golden-winged Warbler
  69. Tennessee Warbler
  70. Orange-crowned Warbler
  71. Nashville Warbler
  72. Northern Parula
  73. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  74. Magnolia Warbler
  75. Cape May Warbler
  76. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  77. Black-throated Green Warbler
  78. Blackburnian Warbler
  79. Yellow-throated Warbler
  80. Pine Warbler
  81. Prairie Warbler
  82. Palm Warbler
  83. Bay-breasted Warbler
  84. Blackpoll Warbler
  85. American Redstart
  86. Prothonotary Warbler
  87. Worm-eating Warbler
  88. Ovenbird
  89. Northern Waterthrush
  90. Louisiana Waterthrush
  91. Kentucky Warbler
  92. Mourning Warbler
  93. Common Yellowthroat
  94. Hooded Warbler
  95. Wilson’s Warbler
  96. Canada Warbler
  97. Yellow-breasted Chat
  98. Lark Sparrow
  99. Henslow’s Sparrow
  100. Swamp Sparrow
  101. Lapland Longspur
  102. Snow Bunting
  103. Blue Grosbeak
  104. Dickcissel
  105. Orchard Oriole

So what’s in-store for me in 2011? Well, I’ll be picking up where I left off in 2010. Maintaining a consistent routine where I attempt to get out at least once a week. Keeping an eye on Ohio Listserv and Cincinnati Bird Club sightings log, to keep myself ahead of the game. Participating in more organized field trips, that will in turn build upon existing friendships,and hopefully produce more. Adding to my life list towards 300 different species.

Also this year I’m adding a new spotting scope to my birding tools. Why would I do such a thing when my present scope is only a year old? Well, I had issues with the eyepiece and cold weather. It wasn’t a very expensive spotting scope in the first place, and now would be a good time to up-grade. More on this as the purchase date draws near.

Phil and myself are presenting our 3rd annual Bird Study Merit Badge. The date has been set and the location has changed to Fernald preserve. I’m very excited about this years class. I love Fernald Preserve, and I’m sure the scouts will to.

And finally, I’ll be studying harder so I can improve upon my existing experience to be a better birder. See you in 2011.

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2 responses to “2010-A Year In Rerview

  1. Mike Morrissey

    I’ve been feeding birds for 40 plus years. Today a bird shows up that I’ve never seen before. Go to my bird book and find it to be a Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Are these common to the Cincinnati area ??

    • Normally you’ll find them during migration. I had one come to my feeder several springs ago. I believe there may be a few areas in the tristate where they nest, one may be Boone County Cliffs

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