Happy 2014 to birdfans and blogfans alike. How was your 2013? Ours was good. We had some great birds, expanded our e-web-presence onto 'The Twitter', traveled to exotic birding locales, and helped to crown the Bird of the Year. The beginning of the year is a time to reflect on our accomplishment, sure, but mostly, we look forward.
Here is the Amateurnitholo-List of birds we hope to see/birding goals we hope to accomplish in 2014
1) Take a picture of a Golden Eagle
|© Jacqueline Deely|
Possible Location: Robert Sibley Regional Volcanic Preserve, California, USA
2) See a Roseate Spoonbill
|© William L. Newton|
The Amateurnithologist's Mom saw one of these, and he has not. Enough said. It is also a beautiful and distinctive bird that typifies the Florida Birding Experience.
Possible Location: Lake Worth Golf Course, Lake Worth, Florida, USA
3) Get a good picture of a Vulture
How often have I seen a circling Turkey Vulture and pointed my camera skyward in the hopes of capturing a good picture of this guy? Way too many times. This year I will find you at rest, Vulture, and then it's all over. Obviously the crème de la vulture would be the California Condor, but even I'm not foolish enough to bank on that happening. Call it a reach goal.
Possible Location: Big Sur, California, USA
4) Blog about more ducks
|© Bob Gunderson|
Possible Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland, California, USA
5) Track down the elusive Snail Kite
|© Jim Neiger|
He's rare, he lives only in South Florida (where ur amat. is from), and eats a ton of snails. I have to get a picture of this weirdo. I think my fascination with him comes from the fact that I went for a hike last year in one of the few places he can commonly be found in the wild and didn't see him. Well, I'm going back. And this time, it's personal.
Possible Location: Grassy Waters Preserve, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
6) Find a Painted Bunting
|© Danny Bales|
Possible Location: Merritt Island, Florida, USA
A seventh implied goal is to keep on producing great content for this web blog on a weekly basis and to keep making improvements. Is there anything I can do to make you a happier blog consumer? Sound off in the comments. Otherwise, have a great year, and may all your birds be new.