Here's an update on how I'm doing on my Junior Big Year:
P E R F E C T! Before Alaska I would have said pretty good but not great. I had got a few less year birds than hoped on the Ontario trip, and if Alaska and Arizona also were not great for year bird count I may not reach my goal of 375 at year's end but I thought I would. In Alaska I got 38 year birds and my goal was 20-30 and my guess was 25. Now I'm at 359 bird species for the year and 375 is going to be as easy as pie! 400 I would not say is my new "goal" (because if I don't get that I'm PERFECTLY HAPPY with just what I have now 359 given my original goal was 350) but it is a number that is my highest vision and that I'd work towards. Anything between 375 and 400 is totally great with me though.
Tomorrow I make a 4 hour round trip to try and find a Swallow-tailed Kite that's been hanging around south of Lynchburg Virginia. That would be a life raptor, super exciting bird number 360 for the year and raptors are undoubtly my favorite birds.