We’re in Chicago O’Hare Airport waiting for our flight to Miami. Linda’s traveling with me for the first time this year which will be different to say the least. We’ll stay in Florida City, the gateway to the Everglades, the first three nights then spend the next three on the Gulf Coast side with our friends Ron and Debbie Kohl. The last two nights are open depending on the birds. If a rarity shows up I’m on it like white on rice. I’m excited about this trip because I could finally once again pick up a whole bunch of new year birds some of which are Florida specialties, but some will be eastern migrants working their way up from the Caribbean or South America. I’m hoping for 40 to 50 new year birds on this trip and it’s been a while since I/ve added that many on a single trip. Tomorrow morning I’m birding with Larry Manfredi in the South Miami area concentrating on the four exotic species that are now countable on the ABA list. That will be fun. There’s nothing better than driving around Miami looking for introduced birds. Not even native to North America! But they’ve established sustainable breeding populations and are now on the ABA Checklist, so that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. The next two days will be in the Everglades which will be very cool. Stay Tuned.
Total Species for the Year
744 Birds (743 + 1 provisional)
920 Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians
(Quest for a Thousand)
TagBarrow's Goldeneye Bean Goose Butterbredt Spring Costa Rica Dry Tortugas Ivory Gull Long-eared Owl Lower Rio Grande Valley Lower Rio Grand Valley N. Pygmy-Owl Newfoundland Northern Goshawk Red-cockaded Woodpecker Rock Dove Tours Scott Vanderpoel Texas Thayer's Gull W.G.Jones State Orest White-collared Seedeater