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