Sunday, January 3, 2021

The "Big" Year That Wasn't

I'm not a very serious lister but had hoped to top 300 in 2020. But then SARS-CoV-2 had plans of its own.

So our trip to New England which would have provided a nice array of eastern birds didn't happen, and I stayed at home much more than expected.

In the end I totaled 224 species for 2020, which for ME is actually not bad, considering that fact that I only bird sporadically in a given year.

Here are a few of my favorite bird images taken in 2020:

Little Blue Heron, Mission Bay

Immature Western Gull, Mission Bay

Marbled Godwit, Mission Bay

Immature White-crowned Sparrow, Cuyamaca Mountains

Dark-eyed Junco, Cuyamaca Mountains

Oak Titmouse, Cuyamaca Mountains

Semipalmated Plover, False Point, San Diego

Black Phoebe, Cuyamaca Mountains

House Finch, Cuyamaca Mountains

Northern Flicker, Cuyamaca Mountains

Canada Goose, Lake Cuyamaca

Band-tailed Pigeons, Cuyamaca Mountains

Bullock's Oriole, Cuyamaca Mountains

Rufous Hummingbird, Cuyamaca Mountains

Brown Pelican, La Jolla

Lucifer Hummingbird, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Phainopepla, Cuyamaca Mountains

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