This past year has been an incredible experience. I’ve been blessed with seeing and documenting so many different bird species in Palm Beach County and more importantly I was blessed to be able to spend plenty of time with many good friends while out and about and meeting many new friends. I know it’s a game of numbers but I truly believe the people part of the Big Year is what I will remember the most … thank you all … Terri, Linda Fell and Linda Humphries, Carl, Bill K. and Jake, Cheryl, Dr. Alan, Rich, Sue, Brian and all those who encouraged me through this blog and on Flickr!
ALL big years are much more than an individual effort. There are so many people who have helped with new sightings and encouragement. Most importantly I could never have been as successful without Terri and her patience and support.
I finished the year with a total of 230 bird species photographed in Palm Beach County. When asked at the beginning of the year what my goal was I think I had stated my goal was 150-175. Obviously I grossly underestimated the potential for Palm Beach County.
Now that I’ve completed the year I honestly think that in another attempt my goal would be closer to 250 species. I did not spend as much time in Western PBC as I should have and taking a couple of vacations (one during Spring migration) kept me from seeing some species that were reported when I was gone. I am thrilled with the number of species that I saw this year but as with anybody’s Big Year … there were always some species left behind!
Here are a few of the Better/Rarer birds I saw this year (at least for the county)!!
And my favorite shot from the entire year!!
Thank you all so, so much for visiting and sharing throughout this exciting year. I will still be blogging at least weekly or more depending on my schedule. I do have some plans for the coming year and will share them soon. Happy New Year to all and health and happiness to everyone!!