Thursday, December 10, 2015

2015 BIG YEAR - November Update

November 2015

This is the eleventh monthly summary of my 2015 CONDO BIG YEAR!!!


Red dot is my condo building


Red mark is the blue area defined in the first map


Click for - BIG YEAR RULES


The birds! (new species in bold) (hint - there are none)-

Canada Goose - 165
Tundra Swan - 39
American Wigeon - 19
American Black Duck - 120
Mallard - 214
Northern Pintail - 2
Green-winged Teal - 1
Canvasback - 2
Redhead - 168
Greater Scaup - 423
Lesser Scaup - 59
Surf Scoter - 2130
White-winged Scoter - 4440
Black Scoter - 475
Long-tailed Duck - 36500
Bufflehead - 55
Common Goldeneye - 745
Hooded Merganser - 1
Common Merganser - 15
Red-breasted Merganser - 7800
Red-throated Loon - 117
Common Loon - 170
Horned Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 129
Great Blue Heron - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Parasitic Jaeger - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 47
Ring-billed Gull - 730
Hering Gull - 805
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2
Glaucous Gull - 1
Great Black-backed Gull - 47
Rock Pigeon - 8
Mourning Dove - 21
Downy Woodpecker - 7
Northern Flicker - 1
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Blue Jay - 4
American Crow - 6
Black-capped Chickadee - 11
American Robin - 48
European Starling - 170
American Pipit - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 165
Snow Bunting - 160
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 17
Northern Cardinal - 8
Red-winged Blackbird - 15
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
House Finch - 29
Purple Finch - 1
Common Redpoll - 8
Pine Siskin - 11
American Goldfinch - 696
House Sparrow - 55

Total species - 64

Total ebird checklists - 16

Best birds of the month:  Were hybrids? Parasitic Jaeger, Purple Finch, Canvasback... ugh. 

Useless rarities: Northern Pintail x Mallard hybrid (spankin male too), Herring X Great Black-backed Gull hybrid (spankin 1st basic too)... "Northwestern" Red-tailed Hawk

Highlight "big year" birds: 



Total species added to the big year this month: 0

Big year total to date: 194



Target species going forwards:  Harlequin Duck, Black-legged Kittiwake, Ross's Gull

KM driven: 0
KM flown: 0
KM by boat: 0
KM by train: 0
KM by helicopter: 0

(1 Kilometer = 0.621371192237334 Miles)


Previous summaries: January | February | March | April | May | June July |August |September | October


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Thoughts:

Welp... I appreciate all of the encouragement from last month, but I think we're at the end of the line here. After November failed to produce any "big year" additions, I feel like the chances of adding new species will come down to luck... 

Passerines are pretty much impossible, shorebirds are nearly so... Remaining species are generally "rare"  - I will cross my finders for some blistering N or NE winds and something totally unexpected. Here's hoping for one last addition! 


(Boy, I didn't even take any window "sun/weather" photos in November)... 

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