What was your first bird this year? For me it was a Turkey Vulture hovering overhead as part of a group of Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures. That is not very surprising as Turkey Vultures are a very common sight in Florida. I am writing this post on the second morning of the new year, and so far this year I have identified five different bird species. In addition to the two vultures I saw a Great Egret, Western Cattle Egrets and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. I am still waiting to see what my first new species will be.
I set a goal for myself to see and identify 200 different bird species in 2011. I started birding in late 2010 and was able to identify 45 different birds. So if I am going to reach my goal I’ll need to see 155 new types of birds. Even in a place like South Florida, I think this will be quite a challenge. I’ll be tracking my progress here on this blog on the Year List page.
So how about you? What was your first bird? Perhaps you haven’t identified one yet. Do you have any birding goals for 2011? Perhaps you are also tracking your 2011 birds on your blog? Or maybe you have some tips for us novice birders. Let us know in the comments below.