This year I recorded my highest species count of one hundred and five (105) species for a calendar year, since starting my birding in 2013. I missed a few birds here and there but recorded twelve lifers in the process. Dr. John Webster, who classified this year as his best since he started birding, ended the year with 110 species.
Bird of the Year
|Bird of the Year|
The Mother of all Big Years
In January 2015 I started to follow the quest of Noah Strycker, through Audubon’s Birding without Borders, as he attempted to become the first person to see 5000 species of birds in one calendar year. It was intriguing following his quest which started in the freezing water of Antarctica to forty one countries; including our Caribbean neighbour Jamaica. He saw a whopping total of six thousand and forty-two (6042) different bird species. Now that is what I call a Huge Year and birding without borders. Congratulations Noah!! See highlights of his year in this short video here
On to 2016
I am really planning to take it easy in 2016 but I have as a goal, moving my local lifers count from 126 to 135 species by the end of the year. My bucket list of birds I am hoping to see includes Tri-coloured and Western Reef Heron, Purple Gallinule, Northern Harrier and Wilson’s Plover. I will like to devote more time birding for Warblers during their peak periods as I believable we, the local birders, for one reason or another, don't pay that much attention to this area birding. So bye 2015 you were an exceptional year, on to 2016, what will you have in store for us? Only time will tell.
Our Mega-rarities for 2015
|Eurasian Marsh Harrier|