As the first month of my New Jersey Big Year wrapped up, I took some time to review the total number of bird species I had identified and the effort involved in finding those birds.
So here is January – by the numbers:
Bird Species Identified – 156
Miles driven – over 1200 miles (plus another 250 miles driven by other birding friends)
Counties in which I birded – 10 Counties (Monmouth, Ocean, Cape May, Burlington, Mercer, Hunterdon, Cumberland, Middlesex, Somerset, and Morris)
Days birded – I actually pretty happy about this, as I managed to bird at least a portion of 23 days out of 31 possible birding days for January.
Checklists submitted to eBird – 53
I birded a range of locations during January – from the Great Swamp to salt marshes along the Delaware Bay. From wildlife management areas in the Pine Barrens to the feeder in my back yard. From muddy farm fields to busy street corners. And I have found an amazing variety of birds along the way.
My year total now stands at 161 species. As you may know, I got off to a slow start in February due to a nasty stomach bug. And I don’t expect to find another 156 species during February, or the remainder of the winter for that matter. Winter rarities continue to pop up here and there and I’ll continue the chase. I’ve still got a bit to go – 300 species is a pretty big number for little New Jersey!