Birder's Guide

OCT 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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10 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2015 Biking for Birds tered approach to birding. While birding in New Jersey in January of this year, I re- ceived word of a Pink-footed Goose only an hour from where I was birding at that time. My (Pink-footed-Goose-less) view from the Barnegat jetty was satisfying enough, and I turned my attention back to the thousands of scoters streaming past the inlet. It was a beautiful sight. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– To read what a typical day was like for Dorian during his Big Year by bike, check out Lori Potter's article, "1/365th of a Big Year by Bike", in the Feb- ruary 2015 issue of Birding. bike by a car. Luckily, I was fne and only mildly rattled. There were about a dozen other close calls on the roads this year; I am really thankful to have survived in one piece. Most importantly though, I cannot describe, in the detail deserving, the per- sonal interactions with people as I zigged and zagged my way around the United States. And fnally, this year would not have been possible without the support of each of these people, and for this I owe them a huge and sincere thank you. Since the conclusion of this adventure, I've moved away from a purely list-cen- the Year" honors, however, will go to the Red-legged Honeycreeper that a group of us found at Es- tero Llano Grande State Park on Thanksgiving Day. My hope is that this well-pho- tographed, young, female bird will be accepted by the ABA Checklist Com- mittee. I rounded out the year by adding Whooping Crane and Yellow Rail along the Texas coast and Harris's Spar- row, Little Gull, and Smith's Long- spur en route to Dallas. My girlfriend met me in Dallas, and, on January 1, 2015, we started the drive to the Northeast. I offcially ended the year with 617 species, not including the honeycreeper, which, if deemed countable, would bring the offcial ABA-reportable total to 618. I biked 17,830 miles and raised nearly $50,000 for bird conservation. I have a fock of new friends and stories to last well into the future. Biking for Birds truly was the adventure of a lifetime. I cannot in this small space recount the unbelievable amount of daily logistics re- quired to plan safe-but-direct routes, lo- cate birds, fnd lodging, and ensure that I had enough to eat and drink. Nor can I relay the multitude of personal and en - vironmental musings during my countless hours of solitary biking. A particularly no- table incident occurred in Ocala, Florida, where I was struck and thrown from my Beach bumming, biking, and birding near Charleston, South Carolina in February. Photo © Dorian Anderson The author's 17,830-mile route through 28 states yielded 617 species and a sore backside. Map © Kei Sochi

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