December 31st 2011
Only a few hours to go until birds spotted count as ‘ticks’. [will this sort of language prevail?]
A couple other questions:
When will I spot my first/final endemic/endemic sub-species?
When will I have a final number target? 200/250/300/350?
How will I include the off-shore islands Matzu and Kinmen?
When will the first birding trip that turns up nothing new happen?
with most things in life it is probably best to get of to a good start. Since I can't schedule Dasyueshan etc for a while, the obvious decision for me is to go to one of my favorite non-mountain
haunts - Aogu, a wetland not far north of Tainan rich in
wintering shorebirds. My schedule suggests I probably will in farmland
and low hills tomorrow - with non-birders.
my first bird of the year is interesting - not a feral Racing Pigeon or Tree
Sparrow. Will be honest and report anything seen after
midnight...although considering how fireworks are so abundant here I
doubt any sane bird will venture out for some time.
Happy New Year!