2010 Birding

Well, 2010 is over and while I didn’t get out as often as I had wanted, I still had a number of chances to bird in new places including an awesome trip to the San Francisco area. Along with a number of new bird species, I got to see some new butterflies and dragonflies, as well as having some great photographic opportunities.


Type Total New
Overall 170 16
New Jersey 127 4

And I had a good year – I saw 170 total species of bird, bringing my lifelist total to 437 species, including 16 new species (* = NJ list, too; ^ = new to NJ only). Not only did I add a bunch of new birds, but I had a great guided tour around Monterey Bay, and got to take some nice pictures:

New Lifers

  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Brandt’s Cormorant
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo*
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • California Gull
  • Anna’s Hummingbird
  • Black-legged Kittiwake
  • Pacific Loon
  • Black Oystercatcher
  • Nuttall’s White-Crowned Sparrow
  • Surfbird
  • Roseate Tern*
  • Oak Titmouse
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler*
  • Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  • Chimney Swift^

...and I hear the school districts are good, too What, are my highlights showing? Chestnut

Butterflies & Moths

Type Total New
Overall 35 4
New Jersey 30 4
Overall 9 1
New Jersey 7 1

Butterflies were less successful this year – I was too early in San Fran for a good number of species and I wasn’t able to get out very often this summer and find local varieties. Still, my one ‘big’ trip to Tom’s River ended up yielding 3 new hairstreak species, while I added a new skipper and large moth species in NC.

New Lifers

  • Coral Hairstreak
  • Hickory Hairstreak
  • Striped Hairstreak
  • Ocola Skipper
  • Darling Underwing (moth)

American Copper on Spotted Knapweed


Type Total New
Overall 24 1
New Jersey 22 1
Overall 6 1
New Jersey 6 1

I had a really slow year for dragonflies and the like – again, my only big trip was to Tom’s River where I picked up the majority of my sightings and my only two new species for the year. Still, I got to see some other species that I haven’t seen much of recently, so it was nice in that way.

New Lifers

  • Lancet Clubtail
  • Sphagnum Sprite

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