2018 Big Year

I few years ago I decided to have my own “Texas Big Year” and see how many birds of Texas I could observe by December 31, of each year.  I don’t run all over the state chasing rare birds, but I do try to make several day trips and I keep track of what we see.  My previous high was 205 a couple of years ago, but last year we only saw 194, but I had medical problems and was limited in my travels.  I have set a goal of at least 200 for 2018.  Follow my progress below.

To see more posts of mine about the great hobby of birding, enter the word “birding” in the search window.  Following is my up-dated list, and I will be adding to the total as the days go by.

Total 72 as of January 13, 2018

  1. White-winged Dove, our back yard, January 2.
  2. Gadwall, Middle Concho Park, Jauary 2.
  3. Northern Shoveler, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  4. Hooded Merganser, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  5. Northern Bobwhite, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  6. Neotropic Cormorant, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  7. Double-crested Cormorant, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  8. Great Blue Heron, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  9. Turkey Vulture, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  10. Red-tailed Hawk, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  11. American Coot, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  12. Ring-billed Gull, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  13. Rock Pigeon, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  14. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  15. Common Yellowthroat, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  16. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  17. Great-tailed Grackle, Walmart, Sherwood Way, January 2.
  18. House Finch, Middle Concho Park, Janury 2.
  19. House Sparrow, our back yard, January 2.
  20. Great Egret, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  21. Chihuahuan Raven, Knickerbocker Rd., January 3.
  22. Lincoln Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  23. Black-crested-Titmouse, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  24. Black-crowned Night Heron, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  25. Greater Yellowlegs, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  26. Mallard, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  27. Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  28. Green-winged Teal, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  29. Pied-billed Grebe, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  30. White-crowned Sparrow, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  32. Eastern Meadowlark, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  33. Black Vulture, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  34. Least Sandpiper, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  35. Wilson’s Snipe, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  36. Killdeer, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  37. Northern Pintail, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  38. Northern Mockingbird, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  39. Northern Cardinal, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  40. Blue Jay, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  41. Western Meadowlark, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  42. Lesser Scaup, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  43. Eastern Bluebird, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  44. European Starling, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  45. Song Sparrow, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  46. American White Pelican, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  47. Loggerhead Shrike, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  48. American Pipet, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  49. American Goldfinch, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  50. American Kestrel, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  51. Canyon Towhee, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  52. Curve-billed Thrasher, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  53. Pyrhuloxia, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  54. Northern Harrier, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  55. Hermit Thrush, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  56. Chipping Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  57. Great Horned Owl, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  58. Wild Turkey, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  59. Swamp Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  60. Belted Kingfisher, San Angelo SP, January 5.
  61. Rock Wren, San Angelo SP, January 5.
  62. Cedar Waxwing, Spring Creek Park, January 6
  63. Wood Duck, Spring Creek Park, January 6.
  64. Spotted Sandpiper, Spring Creek Park, January 6.
  65. Eastern Phoebe, Spring Creek Park, January 6.
  66. Marsh Wren, Middle Concho Park, January 6.
  67. Bufflehead, Middle Concho Park. January 6.
  68. Cooper’s Hawk, Spring Creek Park, January 9.
  69. Ring-necked Duck, Middle Concho Park, January 9.
  70. Dark-eyed-Junco, Spring Creek Park, January 12.
  71. Northern Flicker, Spring Creek Park, January 12.
  72. Osprey, Spring Creek Park, January 13.

 

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18 thoughts on “2018 Big Year

  1. I predict your count will soon rapidly increase, we’ve been seeing lots of new species but haven’t been able to verify much. I think your recent Warbler additions might be some of what we’ve seen here. I just have a feelin’ this years migration is going to bring a few more surprises and rare opportunities than usual.

    Someday soon, we’ll make it a point to visit ya’ll. We both look forward to meeting you both.

    Doc’ & CJ

    • I almost missed this comment. I hope it does rise. I have been sidelined a lot this year, but there is still hope. Hope that you can visit us soon. Looking forward to meeting both of you, too.

      • Is this a statewide big year I decided to start s Denton county big year sept 1. Did you see Clarksville grebe at. Balmorrehea

        • No, Steve, it is just a personal one that I thought I would try to see as many as possible during our travels, mostly around west Texas. I don’t plan on trying to make special trips just to see any particular specie. We are going to visit Lake Balmorhea next week during our trip to Fort Davis. Hope to see that grebe then. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I know of people that have 300+ in Texas, some with 400+. This is more of a “little year” i think. A “Big Year” takes almost daily birding, a lot of travelling, and a lot of effort. Good luck and I hope you will put more effort into it next year and really be in the top rankings. 🙂 -Jeaneane

    • I think you have mis-understood my “Big Year”. I am not trying for that big prize. I simply sat a goal for myself to see how many I could see in my limited travels. That goal is 210 and I hope to reach it by December 31. Many thanks, Jeaneane, for commenting on this. I appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Bob
    At this rate you should be at 528 by he end of the year. But I will have to admit that funny bird in the green kayak was quite different.
    Thanks David

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