Jun 032018

If you asked me when I started this whole thing which month would’ve provided the most species for my year list, I would’ve said, without pausing, “May.”

It’s the peak of migration and it didn’t disappoint.

I ran three times a week (save one missed run due to a head cold) and I added a new species on nearly every run. I had a year-high of 37 species detected on one seven mile run around the Tidal Basin and the pond at Constitution Gardens including six new for the year: WILLOW and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BAY-BREASTED and PRAIRIE WARBLERS.

The pond at Constitution Gardens — near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall — was a favorite destination for me during migration, especially the trees along the southern shore. I found CAPE MAY and PALM WARBLERS on 5/1; COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLACKPOLL and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS on 5/7; WILLOW FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, BAY-BREASTED and PRAIRIE WARBLERS on 5/14; and GREAT EGRET, AMERICAN REDSTART and MAGNOLIA WARBLER on 5/16. 

The biggest highlight was a run in the desert of Scottsdale, Arizona where I added 14 new species for the year. After two nights of a bachelor party where optimal sleep and nutrition were not achieved, I extracted myself out of bed after five hours of sleep and ran six miles in 85+ degree heat knowing that I couldn’t give up the opportunity to add some desert species to my yearly list. From HARRIS’S HAWK to LUCY’S WARBLER, it proved to be a great decision.

At the end of the month, I had tallied 80.6 miles and 37 new species.

Now begins the “summer lull” where bird activity wanes and the infamous heat and humidity of Washington D.C. continues to build.

2018 “RUNNING LIST” – By the Numbers

Number of runs: 56
Total Mileage: 375.17
Total Species: 135
Avg Mileage: 6.7

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
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
Harris’s 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
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
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
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

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