Day 267 – Inspiring Young Birders

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On January 2nd, I met this tiny birder at the Bananaquit stakeout. She tickled me with her pink binoculars. I asked her parents if I could take this photo.

Apparently, on the second day of my Big Year, I was also surpassing “James’s” life list.

James is a young birder who follows my blog and who sent me a note that made my day. I’m sure he won’t mind if I share what he said. And I quote:

“Hey Yve! I’m a 13 year old young birder who’s been following your progress ever since I found the blog in August. I actually went back and read every entry! You beat my life list of 104 in just two days. I’ve followed yours and the Stoll brothers’ every checklist on eBird, read and watched the Big Year, and listened to all ten hours of the audiobook by Neil Hayward “Lost Among the Birds.” Keep it up, and I hope to see the next entry soon.:)”

Aside from my personal goal of going above 700, my biggest desire was to inspire young birders with my quest. I am touched and honored that I have so many young followers.

Thank you James for getting me out of my funk today and reminding me why I do this.

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  1. James says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for featuring me! I just got back from Pennsylvania, where I picked up 8 new birds in two short trips I also removed two from earlier checklists so that explains why I am at 111, not 113). One of those, a very late season Great Crested Flycatcher, is probably going to get rejected. I’m keeping it on my life list regardless :). I got to go birding with my grandmother who lives in North Carolina, which was a special experience. I’m so happy that you saw my comment and wish you great luck on the rest of the year!

    1. James says:

      9* new birds

    2. The Dancing Birder says:

      Hi James!
      Glad you had a chance to bird with your grandmother. Do you by any chance know about Young Birder’s camps put on by the ABA?? You should definitely look into it. I think you’d enjoy them.

        1. The Dancing Birder says:

          Not sure that the bird is GCFL. I don’t see any rufous coloring but the picture is from far away and the colors could be off. GCFL from the back shows tertials that are boldly edged in white and has wingbars. Hope that helps with the I.D.

  2. Dalton Spencer says:

    Hey Yve,

    My name is Dalton aka 24/7Birder and I have also followed you from the beginning. You are truly an inspiration to us all.

    I have to ask, in you most recent most you talk about all the places you are going to travel to next. What are your target/goal species for those locations. You have so many species right now it’s hard to think of any that you don’t already have.

    1. The Dancing Birder says:

      I’m doing a post on it right now. I still need the following Code 2s: Emperor Goose(Kodiak), Yellow Rail (Louisiana), Common Ringed Plover, Dovekie(Massachusetts), Boreal Owl( Alaska), Smith’s Longspur, McKay’s Bunting. I’m going to Barrow to try and see Ross’s Gull(Code 3).
      Thanks for all your support Dalton!!

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