Now that a new year has begun, I'd like to look back at the birding highlights of the last year. My best birds of the year were Gyrfalcon, Swainson's Hawk, Dusky Flycatcher and Eurasian Kestrel. The rarest was the Eurasian Kestrel with an ABA code of 4 which represents a bird recorded less than annually in North America. My most memorable photographic moments were with the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Cattle Egret, Black Skimmer and Little Blue Heron.
2014 provided me with 36 lifers! It seems like a lot when they are all presented together. Here is the list from latest to earliest. The self-found species are annotated with an asterisk (*).
Eurasian Kestrel (2nd record for NS)
Dusky Flycatcher (4th record for NS)
Yellow-headed Blackbird* (with Ronnie and Ellis)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Little Blue Heron*
Northern Saw-whet Owl*
Thayer's type Gull*
Below are some photos of the interesting birds that I took during the last year.
Thayer's Gull - Pubnico - February 15, 2014.
Great Egret - Bon Portage Island - August 23, 2014.
Olive-sided Flycatcher - Goodwin's Island - August 24, 2014.
Western Marsh Wren - Miner's Marsh - November 10, 2014.
Cattle Egret - Pubnico - November 11, 2014.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Pubnico - November 15, 2014.
Red-shouldered Hawk - Cape Sable Island - November 16, 2014.
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Pubnico, November 21, 2014.
Northern Shoveler - Pubnico - November 21, 2014.
Hybrid HERG x GBBG - Pubnico - November 22, 2014.
Northern Shoveler - Cape Sable - November 29, 2014.
Ipswich Sparrow - Cape Sable - November 29, 2014.
White-eyed Vireo - Pubnico - December 7, 2014.
American Coot - Cape Sable Island - December 26, 2014.
Glaucous Gull - Pubnico - December 26, 2014.
Eurasian Kestrel - Hartlen Point - December 29, 2014.
Oregon Junco - Deerfield - December 31, 2014.