Revised 2011 bird total:
437 species

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh what a year

As the sun set the evening of this last day of 2011 my Junior Big Year was ending.  What a year it was.  436!  436!  First bird: European Starling, out my bedroom window, January 1st.  Last bird: Bell's Vireo, "The Beanery" Cape May New Jersey, December 30th.  And 434 in between.

A few of the most memorable birds:

Brown Shrike
Horned Puffin
Black-vented Oriole
Green Jay
King Eider
Prairie Falcon
just a few of the most amazing.

Now that the Big Year is done, I'll of course continue birding.  I will continue to grow my life list and keep a year list in 2012, but it won't be that intense traveling and relentless birding.  I will still have plenty of travel in 2012: Glacier National Park in Montana, Canaan Valley West Virginia, and Chincoteague Virginia.

I would like to give my thank yous to everyone that has helped me on this amazing Junior Big Year.  There is a very long list of so much help from so many people that I couldn't begin to list everyone.  But the biggest, most important thank you to my amazing parents for their incredible support.  I literally could not have done this Junior Big Year without you.

On another note, I am happy to say that Skyler Bol of Colorado is setting out tomorrow on his own Junior Big Year, inspired by me!  I wish you best of luck and tons of fun, Skyler.  His blog is

Thank you to all of my blog readers for following my progress on this amazing year.


  1. Congrats, what an awesome accomplishment!

  2. Great job getting such a high number in one year!

  3. Congratulations on an amazing year and accomplishment. I have enjoyed reading your blog this year, and I hope you keep blogging about your birding adventures.

  4. What a great journey Gabriel. I am so proud of you. What a year it has been. I am so looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for us. i love you so much.. mama

  5. Thanks so so much for getting my blog on the NARBA site!

  6. This will surely be one of the most memorable years of your life! Congrats on such a successful Junior Big Year!

  7. White-breasted and Red-breasted are what are the most common in Fort Collins.

  8. Thanks to all for their wonderful comments. I really appreciate all the congratulations on my Junior Big Year. Skyler-I was happy to help you with NARBA. White-breasted and Red-breasted, interesting.