Saturday, May 2, 2009

My 100th Bird for the Year!! Guess Who!!!

96.. Black & White Warbler. Lifer!!!!

97...Chestnut-sided Warbler...Lifer!!!!!!


98.......Common-yellowthroat Warbler.....Lifer!!!!!



99.........Blue-headed Vireo.....Lifer!!!!


And number 100.....Drumroll please............The humble yet lovable Ovenbird. Lifer!!!! Of course my number 100 was one of the most difficult bird to photograph as it is so skittish hence the lousy photo. You would think I would be happy to stop at 100, but that is impossible for someone as obsessive/compulsive as I. Ready for more????!!!! Good, me too!!

101........Red-breasted Nuthatch...Lifer!!!!! I couldn't get a photo to do this one justice so this will have to do for now.


102............Swamp Sparrow........Another bird difficult to photograph. I guess I had better get used to it......I will be leaving at 6am tomorrow for more!! My new goal is 110 for by next Sunday. Let's see if I can do it!!!

Seriously, the 100 birds I have seen this year have been fantastic. Each and every one of them in their own way. I am glad I could share some of my birds with all and in return see all of yours. Blogging is one of the many things that has kept me motivated to bird as seriously as I do. I would also like to give thanks to a few people who have really helped me in my birding the past few weeks.

Special thanks for Fran who always offers me words of wisdom and makes me stop to think of birds and their behaviour. Fran has decades of birding experience behind him and I consider it an honor whenever he teaches me something new. I hope one day I too can teach others about birds but I am still learning myself. Thanks to Joan as well for use of her spare boots when I was unprepared and her words of encouragement on my blog. Joan is another very experienced birder and its nice to have fellow female birders out there to learn from and bird with.

Special thanks to both Beth and Paul who helped me pick up a couple of these lifers. Beth and I email each other often and she has taught me so much through her patience and her good ears and eyes that I have yet to have. Looking forward to more birding with both of you!!

And last but by no means least, a VERY SPECIAL thank you to Alan who I consider my birding mentor of sorts. If I had never met up with Alan, I would still be going to all of the same spots and looking at a lot of the same birds. Alan has taught me so much in the past few weeks than I have learned during the past few months of my birding. He also has the patience of a saint watching me attempt to take pictures of birds with my camera and its lack of adequate zoom. You are the best Alan and I am so thankful to have met you.

Peace all and get out there and bird!!!

30 comments:

Mildred said...

Congrats on 100 and I hope you meet your new goal. Thanks for sharing the pictures and how great that you have made some great new friends doing something that gives you so much joy.

Chris said...

Gosh you did it already!!! Wow congrats, this is fantastic!! And you did it with nice pictures of them, I love these, except maybe Mr hundred that did not give you a nice shot ;-) that was because it was Mr 100 I guess....

Rich said...

Great job! Great Photos too.

Elaine Dale said...

Girl, you are an over-achiever! Congratulations.

madcobug said...

You sure have seen a lot of different ones. Most of them I haven't seen. Congrats on the 100th. Helen

Deborah Godin said...

That was SO exciting!! And TBC, of course! (to be continued). I love the call of the RB Nuthatch - such a loud voice for a such a diminutive bird!

Ratty said...

100 birds is something special. Accomplishing a goal like this must feel wonderful. It makes me happy just to see this.

Ali said...

Yay! Congrats, that is so exciting! And just to let you know, I started a bird photography blog, thanks in part to your inspiration! I posted my first bird, a Brown Thrasher. We have a nesting pair and I just love them! Good luck on the 110 =)

Ginnymo said...

Wow! Congrats Kim!! I don't know how you find so many birds. I have never seen any of those. So neat!! Isn't it amazing that there are so many different kinds of birds out there??!! You'll have another 100 before you know it...

NW Nature Nut said...

Wow, you guys get some great Warblers back there!

Kelly said...

Kim...what a wonderful post! Congrats on your 100...it's very exciting. I saw some of the same birds today. The spring is such a wonderful time. The warblers moving in and migrating through are gorgeous and exciting!! (Loved the photo of your Black and White Warbler. I tried all morning but couldn't get a photo of one...just listend to their song and watch through the binocs.)

Abe Lincoln said...

Congratulations on reaching and going past your goal. All of these birds are new to me. Never saw any of them here in my backyard.

Little Brown Job said...

Congratulations on getting past the 100 mark!

Jayne said...

WOW, what a great bird for #100!! So many lifers too. You go girl!

Mary said...

Wow...these are all wonderful and new to me except the nuthatch. I wish I could go birding with you...you really see wonderful birds.

dAwN said...

Ya hoooooo....Great birds! The ovenbird is super bird for your 100th bird.
Congrats!
I was wondering what had happened to you a while back..you weren't blogging..I know what you have been doing...
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Vickie said...

Congratulations! That is a beautiful collection and a fun goal to complete.

The Early Birder said...

Fantastic achievement. It is great to see how your confidence has grown throughout the journey from the 'Kitche Window Birder' to exploring new territories with new friends. You are already teaching others by sharing what you see via your blog. In the race for new ticks just don't forget to enjoy those birds you already know very well.
Congrats & hugs...FAB

NCmountainwoman said...

Hip! Hip! HOORAY!!!

Heather said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 (and counting)! I totally appreciate your enthusiasm, and I'm glad you're getting out there to see more and more new birds, but remember that getting photos for us to see isn't always necessary. We will believe you even if the photo op doesn't work out... Remember to sit back and really enjoy those birds!!! Have fun, and bird on!!!!

Steve B said...

Nice shot of the Blank and White!

Shellmo said...

Congrats to you!! And so many lovely photos!!!

Carol said...

What a beauty that Chestnut Sided Warbler is.

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Christopher said...

Well done - and well documented! I knew that you'd get there so quickly, and I'm betting that you'll just keep rolling on past those milestones. Thanks for sharing your excitement and passion with us!

MaineBirder said...

Congrats Kim! It's awesome that your birding experiences have moved up to another level of adventure.

Thank you for sharing your photos and stories with all of us.

Larry said...

Congratulations on all the time and effort you put in.The reuslts show.-I am jeaous of those first two photos you took.

Leedra said...

WOW! Guess I do need to get outside more often.

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A New England Life said...

Kim, it appears you are the go-to gal these days for birds! Can't say I've seen most of these birds myself so good for you!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Congratulations! With the exception of the red-breasted nuthatch, they're all new to me. You inspire me to get out and about more with my camera in tow.

BirdingGirl said...

Wow- what amazing pictures you have of the warblers and other migrants. Excellent camera work :)

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