Aug 032018

With respect to my 2018 Big Running Year, July wasn’t the strongest month. I took the first two weeks of July off. No running, no birds.

Don’t cry for me just yet. It was because we did an epic European road trip where, in addition to visiting eight countries (5 new), I secured Top 10 spots on eBird in four different (but all small) countries: . I purposefully left my running shoes at home, knowing free time on this 2,000 km journey would be limited — especially with a toddler — and I wanted to keep my running list a purely North American effort.

As anticipated, my first run back in DC confirmed that two weeks of driving, cheese, bread and pasta — while enjoyable — isn’t the best way to maintain aerobic fitness. The heat and humidity didn’t help either.

I still fit in 46 miles of running and tallied 3 new species for the year: a LAUGHING GULL when I was looking for shorebirds on some flooded fields near the Hains Point Golf Course, a FIELD SPARROW that was singing at the tip of Hains Point and a juvenile COOPER’S HAWK that — after three attempts — I finally found at Lower Senate Park with the help of birders on Twitter.

I’m awaiting fall migration and a week-long trip to the Bay Area where I should be able to fit in four runs. Aside from one run near Seattle on January 1, these will be my first runs on the west coast this year and I should add quite a few new species.

2018 “RUNNING LIST” – By the Numbers

Number of runs: 75
Total Mileage: 508.37
Total Species: 143
Avg Mileage: 6.8

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Gambel’s Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Rock Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
American Coot
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Gila Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Cactus Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Orchard Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

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