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June Challenge starts Wednesday (1 Viewer)

oops, forgot one:

74: Northern Flicker

Me too!

Northern Flicker

and some recent additions:Snow Goose
Blue Grosbeak
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Bobwhite
Rock Pigeon
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Downy Woodpecker
ouble-crested Cormorant
American Goldfinch

Up to 62 on my count now for the county.
Actually it seems pretty healthy. A lone bird hanging around with a flock of Canada Geese. It is unusual for them to be around this time of year, but it does happen sometimes.
Got some good birds yesterday at Devil's Den State Park:

75. Broad-winged Hawk
76. Louisiana Waterthrush
77. Barred Owl
78. Red-tailed Hawk
79. Scarlet Tanager
81. Worm-eating Warbler
82. Hooded Warbler
83. Belted Kingfisher
84. Killdeer
Some good birds! I'm at 99, with the last two species added being Mangrove Cuckoo and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Sunday. I think I can easily get over 100 for the month now with lots of potential 'easy' birds to see, including Prairie Warbler, Roseate Spoonbill, Snail Kite, and Red-whiskered Bulbul.

I'm trying for 100, surely it's possible but I've exhausted most of the easy species (except Black Vulture, don't know how I haven't seen one! and Blue Grosbeak), and I gotta find them before I leave for Colorado on Friday... maybe 90 is a more reasonable goal.
I added two more birds yesterday to my personal June Challenge list, putting me at 101 for the month so far:

100) Black Skimmer
101) Great Black-backed Gull (usually only a winter visitor, a nice surprise!)

86. Cliff Swallow
87. Great Horned Owl

I guess that wraps it up for me, given that I am now in Colorado and won't return until July. There are a few species that I should have been able to get if I had put in more effort (such as for nightjars), and plenty more that were at least possible. I found this to be an instructive exercise, I thought I knew the birds of the area well but this taught be a lot about which species breed around here... for instance, I see plenty of Warbling Vireos and Yellow Warblers in the spring so I assumed these would be easy targets, but it turns out that if they breed in the area at all it must be very locally because I didn't find them! Finding the Cerulean Warblers was the highlight.
I have been outside of my home county for much of June, as I was doing Breeding Block Surveys in other parts of my home state of Missouri. Hence, my "county list" came to a "stand still". I did get some nice 2011 Missouri Year Birds though, so I can not complain too loudly!
Miami-Dade county in southeast Florida is currently neck and neck with Hillsborough county in central Florida (Tampa Bay Area). We are currently at 150, and they are at 149. Just one more day to go.

I just picked up my bird #102: Cliff Swallow and the 150th bird for the county effort!

So, it has been an incredible June Challenge. Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties went neck and neck for the last couple of weeks. We ended with a draw at 152 species, county records for Florida for the month of June.

I ended the month with 102 species, and I am fine with that considering I was not birding nearly as much as I could have been (how could I have missed Red-whiskered Bulbul, Snail Kite, and Roseate Spoonbill?). Hope those who participated had fun with this little exercise.

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