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
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler