|10. Two overwintering Baltimore Orioles in my backyard how could they not make my top 10.|
These two Baltimore Orioles stayed all winter and I kept them fed and happy throughout those cold days. They departed sometime after mid April as the weather got warmer. Surely this experience deserved a top ten mention. A blog post with photos and video was published on March 21st 2015. If you missed it, here is the link.
|9. Yellow-throated Warbler at Valley Stream State Park Nassau County|
Nothing says Spring migration is on like a Yellow-throated Warbler. These sweet looking warblers are starting to become a yearly thing with the possibility of breeding occurring on Long Island NY. A sure sign of more southern species expanding their range.
|8. Mew Gull (Larus canus brachyrhynchus) 3-22-2015 Brooklyn NY|
Shane Blodgett who puts in a lot of Gull work found yet another Mew Gull in Brooklyn NY. This time it was Larus canus brachyrhynchus the NA subspecies of Mew Gull. I had crippling views of this bird the second time I went looking for it...ironically to help a friend who never showed up. I am on the hunt for one in my home county of Queens so study time with this bird was of utmost importance. A definite top 10.
|7. South Polar Skua NY overnight Pelagic with See Life Paulagics.|
|6. Nothing, I repeat Nothing brings me such joy like a flock of shorebirds!|
|5. Multiple Red-necked Stints including a banded one in Jiangsu China.|
|4. Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush China.|
|3. Relict Gull, Dongling China|
|2. Spoon-billed Sandpiper (headstarter bird T8) China|
|1. Spoon-billed Sandpiper (01) China|
A good year of birding is always best when you achieve goals and see good birds. However, in addition to the birds, there is the people experience and I am VERY lucky to have a small but excellent group of people who play an important role in my North American birding. In no order I can't say thank you enough to Tom Burke, Gail Benson, Shai Mitra, Particia Lindsay, Doug Futuyma, Steve Walter, Joan Quinlan, Joe Giunta, Eric Miller and all the other people (too many to list) who tolerate my company. My non NA peeps--Jamieboy, AdamdaGrettonator, Nigel Clarke, Guy Anderson, Professor Chang, Professor Ma, Hebo Peng, Miao, Anna Zhang, Zhang Lin, Jing Li and David Melville. Thank you for your friendship--I think you know how much I value each and everyone of you! Happy New Year to all my readers and thank you for staying faithful.
Tags: Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Blue-crowned Laughing Thrush, Relict Gull, Mew Gull, Baltimore Oriole, South Polar SkuaYellow-throated Warbler, Red-necked Stint, China