Happy New Year!

From: user 9.
Sent on: Sunday, January 3, 2010 3:13 PM
I love New Year's Day! It might be my favorite day of the year. Most birders understand. A new year, a new list. Skip and I started our year list at dawn on New Year's day. What other day of the year is a birder just as excited to see a house sparrow as an American pipit?! (Big Day Contests notwithstanding)

We visited Hornsby on Friday and among our 55 species was a tercel peregrine that entertained us for 20 or so minutes while it chased sandpipers around the pond while a harrier quartered the pond looking for lunch. We capped the day with wonderful looks at the burrowing owl in eastern Williamson County. Then we decided to head to the valley on Saturday to see the Bare-throated Tiger Heron - what a gorgeous bird and what great looks at it. We missed the ferruginous pygmy but did find an eastern screech so no complaints about the 30+ species we added to our new year list!

Listing isn't necessary, of course, but it sure is fun to measure your progress and a reference for what you saw where.

Email me about your 2010 birding and I'll pass it along to the group. If anyone wants details about locations, etc let me know and I'll send directions.

See you at SUNDAY's fieldtrip!

Happy New Year and happy birding!

Marj

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