Filling Gaps

It seems like every year many of us set new birding goals and some fun ones the last couple years for me included the 12 Day Big Year, “discovering” Eastport Wastelands, and getting 70+ species checklists. eBird has a great article this month about setting new personal challenges for 2017, and one thing they suggested is using the eBird bar charts to set goals or fill gaps. I took a quick peek at Duval County’s all-time bar charts and think there are several “easy” gaps to fill along with some stretch goal challenges.For example, how do we not have Sora recorded at all for two weeks spanning January and February? 

I’ll note the target species and weeks below, and encourage you to use the Comments feature on this entry to  brag about filling in these important holes in our County’s coverage. I’ll try to do a post here to include the targets for each of the four seasons in 2017.

The following species do not exist in eBird for Duval County in the weeks noted; those marked with ^ should be slam dunks, those marked with * are stretch goals:

January:
Week two: Sandhill Crane

Week three: American Black Duck^, Common Goldeneye^

Week four: Common Goldeneye^, Sora^, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Prairie Warbler, Bachman’s Sparrow

February:
Week one: Common Goldeneye, Northern Bobwhite, American Bittern, Glossy Ibis*, Sora^, American Avocet^, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Northern Parula*, Prairie Warbler, Bachman’s Sparrow

Week two: Snow Goose*, Common Goldeneye, American Bittern, Parasitic Jaeger*, Sandwich Tern, Hairy Woodpecker*, Prairie Warbler, Bachman’s Sparrow

Week three: Common Goldeneye, Northern Bobwhite, Red-throated Loon, American Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Swallow-tailed Kite*, Long-billed Dowitcher

Week four: Common Goldeneye,* American Bittern, Stilt Sandpiper*, Pectoral Sandpiper*, Eastern Whip-poor-will*, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Barn Swallow*, Golden-crowned Kinglet*, Nelson’s Sparrow, Field Sparrow