Adios, 2011.

Well, it's time to do what everyone else seems to be doing- wrapping up the year with some reminiscing and positive thoughts for 2012.

I'll start by saying this year was alright for me.  Some things sucked but some things were totally awesome.  Like the birds.  I saw some awesome awesome birds this year.  Wanna know my favorites?  Ok, who doesn't love an end of the year top ten list??

Favorite lifer #10: Virginia Rail

Ridgefield NWR, March 2011

Favorite lifer #9: Western Kingbird

Sherman County, August 2011

Favorite lifer #8: Ruddy Turnstone

Seaside Cove, August 2011

Favorite lifer #7: Tufted Puffin

Cannon Beach, June 2011

Favorite lifer #6: Lazuli Bunting

Powell Butte, June 2011

Favorite Lifer #5: Baltimore Oriole

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Wellfleet, MA), May 2011

Favorite lifer #4: White-eyed Vireo

Norman Bird Sanctuary (Newport, RI), May 2011

Favorite lifer #3: Sooty Grouse

Mount Rainier, October 2011

Favorite lifer #2: Snowy Owl

Ocean Shores, December 2011

And, finally, my most favorite lifer of the year: the White-headed Woodpecker!

Sisters, Oregon, September 2011

Dang those were some amazing birds!

If you care about numbers, then I will say I did not make my goal of 300 on my life list this year... If you count the Ruffed Grouse, White-winged Dove, and Gambel's Quail (from my blog-o-versary post) I am at 299.  That's 95 new birds this year!  Woot!  My year list stands at 281, not too shabby...

What's on my agenda for 2012?  I have some general goals of driving less, motorless birding more, being kinder to the planet, all that hippie crap.  As for trips, plans are made to be broken so I prefer to wing it and keep you surprised!

Happy New Years!