Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while, but I am resuming this blog with a very timely post. Fear of the coronavirus has swept the nation, and for good reason (seriously, stay safe). With this disease forcing all of us to cancel our birding plans and stop going to our favorite migrant traps it can be easy to do less birding. Personally, I have found doing the opposite has helped me(but then again everyone’s different. Don’t let me tell you what to do). I am happiest when I’m birding, and social distancing has given me more time to do it. Just this Friday-Saturday I spent 24 hours (5pm-5pm) doing a patch big day in celebration of the canceled Youth Birding Competition that would be happening instead. I found 73 species by going to a bunch of small hotspots all within 2 miles of me (this list would be higher if all the spots I went weren’t forests with creeks running through). Two other people also participated in their own patches, and the final list was at 78 species as a group. I haven’t been heading over to Piedmont Park, my normal patch, because it has been so busy. Instead I’ve been birding a much smaller park (Orme Park). My list there has grown exponentially since migration started and I’ve had some fantastic days. Just a few days ago I had 49 species in Orme Park, including a first of year Veery and around 13 Warbler species (in a very small park). Essentially what I’m trying to say is get out while migration in happening (as long as it’s safe and legal). It can be super rewarding.
I’ve been seeing a lot more new birders misidentifying birds on the Georgia RBAs. This is actually very promising! Even if they do make a few mistakes, at least they’re engaged. Maybe the quarantine has caused people to have more interest in birds. Anyways, I think all beginner birders make mistakes. I can remember misidentifying a White-throated Sparrow as a Seaside Sparrow when I first started (not my proudest moment). Anyways, I think that just about concludes it for this post. I hope y’all have some great birding!