Sunday, June 24, 2012

Back from Maine with 26 Warblers!

After an amazing trip filled with memorable moments we traveled to: two countries, 10 states and 1 providence. We traveled over 2,000 miles and saw 198 birds. My Year list is now 389 and I am going to Arizona in late July for summer Mexican migrants. My life list soared to 485 and I am way over my schedule. I hope that birding is going well in the rest of the country for my followers and that one day you might be able to do a big year of your own! 
On another note earlier tonight I observed a group of 50+ Barn Swallows fly just over my house in a giant flock. All the birds flew in unison and gave Barn Swallow calls. It was also just before rain started to come down and thunder and lightning were going as they did this behavior. To me this seemed a little odd, any ideas? 

Thanks for reading!
Skyler Bol
Ft. Collins CO                               pics below from trip

Machias Seal Island, Canada
Atlantic Puffin (life bird)
Razorbill (also a life bird)
Black Skimmer, Cape May New Jersey
Forester's Tern (same location)
Also seen:
Black Bear
White-tailed Deer
Harbor Porpoise
Gray Seal
Harbor Seal


  1. Congrats on the success and being so far ahead of schedule! You can always bump it up to 500...

  2. That's awesome, Skyler! Mind sharing the warbler list so I can drool?