Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Birding Through the Summer: Goal 400 Species

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?

-Eric

3 comments:

Robert Mortensen said...

When you get to Idaho, I'd love to meet up with you and go birding together! Gotta meet the other Nutty Birder brother! Will you be working with the Idaho Bird Observatory or some other organization? Feel free to email me at BirdingIsFun at gmail dot com.

Amy said...

Sounds like a great route! Good luck!!

Eric Ripma said...

Hey Robert,
Yes, I will be working at the Idaho Bird Observatory. I'll be sure to email you when I am out there.