Species Goal: 400
In a little over a week I will be heading across the US from Indianapolis to Tucson, AZ to conduct bird surveys for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. I figured I might as well work in some birding on my drive out; mostly looking for a few species that I have not seen.
First up will be the "amazing" Eurasian Tree Sparrow; I figure there are only so many times I can drive through the St. Louis area and not stop for this introduced species. Next up will be Red-cockaded Woodpecker, which I have seen before but have not been able to watch for any length of time; hopefully I will see this species in western Arkansas. My time will be short in this area again, but hopefully I can find one fairly quickly and spend some time with it. Next up will be the Bachman's Sparrow. I will be looking for this one in western Louisiana/eastern Texas. I have never had luck with this species so hopefully this will change soon!
From there I am going to spend a couple days on the upper Texas coast just birdin'. On to the Attwater's Greater Prairie-Chicken and Golden-cheeked Warbler. Out of Texas and into New Mexico for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. The drive to Tucson will end my travels . . . well, except for the travel throughout (mostly) southeast Arizona around Tucson until the end of May. From there I will drive up to Idaho and spend the next month and a half doing bird surveys in Idaho.
I will update my list at: http://blog.nuttybirder.com/p/400-goal-list.html#.UTYthzA-auk, which can also be found just below the Nuttybirder logo at the top of the page.
So, the question is, will I be able to get to 400 species?