[CT Birds] Fairfield Big Year Summary

Alex Burdo aburdo10 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 2 07:17:05 EST 2012

I second James's encouragement about doing a big year in your home town. There is this sort of 'patriotic' feeling that goes with finding a good bird in your own town. Overall it was a blast. I had a heck of lot of fun doing the big year and doing it with someone like James made it ever the more worthwhile. I believe the amount of teamwork that went into it only furthered our great friendship.

I'll be posting the highlights (including photos), the list, etc on my blog in the coming week.

Good birding,

Alex Burdo
On Jan 1, 2012, at 11:23 AM, eyeflight16 at optonline.net wrote:

> 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
> Fairfield
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