Revised 2011 bird total:
437 species

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Painted Bunting! Total is 437, not 436!

When I was in the Florida Everglades in January of 2011, just days into my Junior Big Year I took a photo of a bird I could not identify.  Especially since I did not know I was doing a Junior Big Year at the time, every bird's ID didn't matter and I didn't ever really think much more about that bird.

It wasn't until now, over a year later while gathering photos for my Junior Big Year presentation that I came across that photo.  Female Painted Bunting jumped at me!  I grabbed the bird book.  I opened to the Painted Bunting page and low and behold, that bird that was "just another bird" was my only Painted Bunting of the year!  This means my total is not 436, it's 437.

Wow!  A very nice surprise.

Good birding everyone!


  1. What a nice surprise! That's one benefit of taking lots of photos.

  2. It is a very nice surprise and surely a benefit of being a photographer!
    Thanks Jeremy.

  3. Thats cool that that happened, that really shows that you should document the birss you see if you don't know wha it looks like.
    Just wondering but are you going to do or are doing a blog not just about your big year, thats what I plan to do after mine.

    Great job on such a great year of birding
    P.S. I did not count the Harlan's Red-tail that we saw.

  4. Hi Skyler,

    you are exactly right. I don't plan on keeping to blog, some Big Year birders do and some do not. Whenever I find a super duper cool bird I'll possibly/probably make a post but I won't continue blogging like I did on my Junior Big Year.

    Thanks so much.

    ps. good for you for knowing not to count the Harlan you saw!