Friday, February 12, 2016

2015 BIG YEAR - December Update




December 2015

This is the twelfth and final 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) -

Canada Goose - 72
Wood Duck - 1
American Black Duck - 1
Mallard - 41
Canvasback - 3
Redhead - 130
Greater Scaup - 1850
Lesser Scaup - 149
King Eider - 1
Surf Scoter - 535
White-winged Scoter - 1115
Black Scoter - 122
Long-tailed Duck - 18450
Common Goldeneye - 515
Common Merganser - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 550
Red-throated Loon - 19
Common Loon - 26
Red-necked Grebe - 4
Double-crested Cormorant - 17
Great Cormorant - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 5
Black-legged Kittiwake - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 128
Herring Gull - 230
Great Black-backed Gull - 49
Rock Pigeon - 4
Mourning Dove - 10
American Kestrel - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
European Starling - 50
Snow Bunting - 1
American Tree Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 2
House Finch - 10
American Goldfinch - 66
House Sparrow - 55

Total species - 38

Total ebird checklists - 9

Best birds of the month: King Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake and Great Cormorant...

Useless rarities: 2nd year in a row i've had a female Wood Duck in late Dec...

Highlight "big year" birds: Black-legged Kittiwake and Great Cormorant.........



Checklists of the month:

#1 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26461205
#2 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26328089
#3 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26264665


Total species added to the big year this month: 2

Big year total to date: 196



Target species going forwards: nada!

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 | November 


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Thoughts:

30 seconds of a Great Cormorant and a Black-legged Kittiwake on Dec 26th increased the total, but overlal the fall / early winter really died out. With that said, getting 196 species for the year - I can hardly complain. Check back soon for the big-year summary post. 


Dec 12



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