2023 The Year in Birds

Monday, January 1st, 2024

2023 was a decent year, especially here in Brooklyn where I added eight birds (almost 9) to my county list. I still haven’t left the country since quarantine, but I did make two trips to New Orleans and two to Arizona, so there were a few life birds to add. I finished the year with 345 species total (20 fewer than 2022) and 6 life birds (all in Arizona).

The Canon R7 is the Best Canon Camera for Wild Animals

Thursday, November 30th, 2023

I continue to be amazed at the number of “pro” photographers who continue to not understand crop sensors and the importance of pixel pitch, especially for wildlife photography. After watching a number of YouTube videos about rumored upcoming Canon cameras, every single one talks about the full frame sensor as an advantage, and this is exactly wrong.

2022 The Year in Birds

Sunday, January 1st, 2023

2022 was a slower year than 2021. I still haven’t left the country since Covid, but I did make four trips to New Orleans and two to Arizona, so there were a few life birds to add. I finished the year with 365 species total and 19 life birds as well as a Brooklyn first Townsend’s Warbler.

2021 My Year in Birds

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

2021 was a low but not super low year thanks to quarantine. I did make two trips to New Orleans and one to Arizona. Plus there were some really good and one spectacular bird in Brooklyn this year. Also worth noting that I set a new personal best for a Brooklyn year with 216 species. I finished the year with 311 species total and 18-19 life birds including a spectacular surprise of Gray-breasted Martin on my home patch at Prospect Park.


2020 The Year in Birds

Friday, January 1st, 2021

This was a super low year thanks to quarantine. I finished the year with 197 species, less than I’ve seen probably since I started counting. I never left New York City and rarely left Brooklyn. I didn’t even get to Jamaica Bay. Nonetheless I did get one life bird in 2020, a King Eider that was hanging out at the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier in December.

Besides the Eider, I added five birds to my Kings County list including:

  • A Western Tanager that spent a week or so in Greenwood Cemetery.
  • A Short-eared Owl flying around the Fountain Ave. Landfill on the Christmas Bird Count
  • Cliff Swallows that nested at Canarsie Beach Park under the Belt Parkway
  • A Harlequin Duck at Sheepshead Bay early in the year

2019 The Year in Birds

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

eBird tells me I saw a reasonable 346 species last year. There are probably a few here and there I didn’t report. 165 of those were in Kings County. That’s not awful given that I didn’t take any international trips or birding tours last year. Thanks to a Shearwater pelagic out of Monterey, I added 4 life birds to my list:

  • Black-footed Albatross Shearwater Journeys_09/15/2019_Leg 5/6 US-CA 15 Sep 2019
  • Sabine’s Gull Shearwater Journeys_09/15/2019_Leg 3/6 US-CA 15 Sep 2019
  • Red Phalarope Shearwater Journeys_09/15/2019_Leg 1/6 US-CA 15 Sep 2019
  • Ashy Storm-Petrel Monterey Bay pelagic–inshore Monterey Harbor to Pt. Pinos (MTY Co.)
  • Black-throated Magpie-Jay Kit Carson Park US-CA 23 Aug 2019

That’s actually five species, but the Black-throated Magpie-Jay isn’t officially countable in the U.S. since it likely either is or descends from escaped pets and does not have an established population. Still a gorgeous bird though.