Happy New Year! I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you!
Throughout December, I’ve given some thought as to my goals for the new year. Here are my birding-related goals for 2018.
Given the pace of 2017 (and projecting some modest increase in skill/knowledge/efficiency), I think these goals are fairly relaxed and attainable.
- See 200 species in Essex County in 2018
- Reach 250 species on my life-list (currently 228)
- Reach 200 species on my Essex County life-list (currently 198)
- Reach 150 species on my U.S.A. life-list (currently 103)
- See the remaining realistic heron/egret species in Ontario (Cattle Egret and Little Blue Heron-both lifers).
- See the remaining scoter species (Black Scoter and White-winged Scoter-both lifers).
- See a Lapland Longspur (lifer)
- See an American Pipit (lifer)
- See a Yellow-headed Blackbird (lifer)
- See a Prothonotary Warbler (lifer)
- See a Rough-legged Hawk (missed in 2017)
- See a Northern Shrike (missed in 2017)
- See a Pine Siskin in Essex County
- See a Snowy Owl in Michigan (planning to head out there early in January)
- Make a day outing to Point Pelee during May (migration)
What birding goals do you have for 2018?