Monday, January 3, 2011

PRBY - Jan 2, 2011 day list.

Sunday was a great day. Waking at 5 am. McMuffin breakfast. Standing in the cold for hours. Being crammed into a car with 5 other people. Freezing wind and snow blowing in my face all day. Like I said, Sunday was a great day. Except for the McDonalds breakfast, it was disgusting. I ate it as an homage to Morgan Spurlock. What made Sunday so great was spending 14 hours looking at birds. OK, we looked at birds for about 6 hours, the rest was spent driving from place to place.

I was lucky enough to be able to bird the Niagara/Hamilton area with some great people. Those people were Richard Pope, Margaret Bain and Hugh Currie. Richard is the author of a great book about his own big year titled, The Reluctant Twitcher. I highly recommend reading it. Even if you aren't a birder, he's a funny guy and it comes through in his writing. These three are great friends that bird together all the time. You can tell by the way they go at each other all day long. It was nice to have Richard take a shot at me here and there, making me feel like one of the gang. A highlight of the day was that I was first to find the day's last bird, a Little Gull, flying amongst hundreds of similar looking gulls. To that, Richard might say, "Oh, this again? Are we still going to be hearing about this Little Gull in December?"

Here's the days final list.

Canada Goose
American Crow
Bald Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Goldeneye
White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
American Goldfinch
Greater Scaup
Northern Pintail
King Eider
Glaucous Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Iceland Gull
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
House Finch
House Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Northern Cardinal
Slate-coloured Junco
Tundra Swan
American Coot
Thayer's Gull
American Black Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Hooded Merganser
Little Gull

Bird of the day would go to the Little Gull. Mostly because I found it. Richard, that's the last time you'll hear that from me.

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