[CT Birds] Fairfield Big Year Summary

eyeflight16 at optonline.net eyeflight16 at optonline.net
Sun Jan 1 11:23:00 EST 2012

As some of you may know, Alex Burdo and I did a Fairfield Big Year during 2011, where we tried to see as many species of birds within our town as we could in one year. It ended up being highly successful, with a total of 232 species of birds seen! Anyway, the reason why I am posting this to the list is because I highly encourage others to do a Big Year in their hometown. Not only is it better for the environment to bird locally, but you can discover the most amazing places that you never would have known were there, as well as finding some nice rarities in your own town. I know Alex and I both learned a lot about the birds of Fairfield. I believe Alex will post the entire list on his blog if anyone is interested. Highlights below:

Best Birds:
Snow Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, King Eider, Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Brown Pelican, Cattle Egret, Black Vulture, Northern Goshawk, American Coot, American Golden-Plover, Whimbrel, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Thayer's Gull, Royal Tern, Black Tern, Razorbill,  Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, Common Raven, Orange-crowned Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lapland Longspur, Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissel, Rusty Blackbird, Common Redpoll, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Sooty Tern

Biggest Misses:
Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Ring-necked Pheasant, Bald Eagle, Piping Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Long-eared Owl, Horned Lark, Cliff Swallow, Connecticut Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow

All in all, it was a fantastic experience and I was glad to share it with such a great kid as Alex. Happy New Year!

James Purcell

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