Well it’s finally over, and I have some good news and some bad. The good news I saw more birds this January than I have for the last 2 years. The bad news is that I never reached 100 species, which honestly doesn’t surprise me. Weather wise it’s been one of the wettest January that I can remember. Normally a little rain won’t keep me from birding, but after a while you have to say enough is enough.
I got out a much as I could except for the weekend I visited my daughter in Michigan. It was a lost weekend for birding but I’ll trade any birding trip for any time I can spent it with my daughter. All told I spotted 83 birds with Turkey Vulture as the last bird for the month.
Next year I’ll be retired and I do expect a better performance with the added free time during the week. I may not hit 100 species but sometimes it’s not just about reaching a goal, it’s being out in nature enjoying what I love to do. I may chase a few more birds further away from home, I’m just not going to be mental about it.
Time to relax and enjoy what brought me into birding in the first place.