Oct 072018
 

I targeted specific species on nearly every run in September, and I struck out pretty much every time, from the somewhat common Ruby-throated Hummingbird that had been seen around the U.S. Botanic Garden in migration; several Red-headed Woodpecker in a couple locations; and a Black-headed Gull—a rare visitor from Europe—that is attracting throngs of birdwatchers to the Georgetown waterfront. Many have viewed either species in September: I, however, despite many attempts, have not.

That significant gripe aside, September wasn’t a month without highlights. After a long run at the Delaware shore, I tallied both RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES, thus completing a clean sweep of all four North American nuthatch species in 2018 (PYGMY was heard during a run in California and WHITE-BREASTED has been seen throughout DC).

That coastal run also afforded me great views of SANDERLING and BLUE GROSBEAK, rounding out four new species—my only additions all month.

If I maintain my current pace, I’ll tally 950 miles of running by December 31. Can I add another 5 miles a week to hit quadruple digits? It’s a tall order, but my knees may be up for it. It’ll increase my chances at new species, too.

2018 “RUNNING LIST” – By the Numbers

Number of runs: 101
Total Mileage: 696.62
Total Species: 170
Avg Mileage: 6.9

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Gambel’s Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ridgway’s Rail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Killdeer
Long-billed Curlew
Sanderling
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California 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
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Merlin
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
California Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Verdin
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Cactus Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Canyon Towhee
California 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
Ovenbird
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
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

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