- Only eating pork (bacon, pork, ham etc) and beef (yes burgers too) once a month each. I am attempting to reduce my meat consumption but only a fool would go cold turkey on poultry. I have had my one pork product this past Sunday brunch at Savorez (Pork belly and Trout Taco).
- Birding at least once a day and logging it in eBird even if just a tally of my feeder birds out my office window.
- My only year listing this year will be my 5 Mile Radius birds. Sure I will chase any new NC birds or lifers and probably go on some pelagics, but this will be the first year in 4 years that I will not be doing a "NC big year". You know you are addicted to listing when you make a resolution to stop doing big years.
- Running at least 5 days a week. I have done at least 3 miles a day for five days in the first week and I am on track for another 5 day week this week. I am getting old and I hurt all over.
I bet the pork and beef one falls first as I love bacon and my favorite dish in Wilmington is the Pork Belly Bahn Mini sandwich at Yosake. I don't think I have ever turned down a gourmet burger when offered one either. I also have some client dinners coming up soon for work, and it's hard to turn away a free filet mignon.
Back to birds... In the first week I spent a bunch of mornings at neighbor's houses looking for Western Tanagers. I know of at least 2 houses maybe three in Wilmington that are hosting Western Tanagers. That being said I dipped every time the first week. But the consolations were pretty good...
A brighter yellow Orange-crowned then the previously posted one.
Cape May Warbler
Lots of good bokeh on this day.
Hmm, is it really winter?
A quick trip to Airlie Gardens one day yielded some new 5MR birds.
My first thought on this was a Mottled Duck! Are you kidding? I missed Mottled on my big year last year... and this one was 50 yards from my house..... Further inspection revealed this was the love child of a Mottled and a Mallard. The chest had too much rufous coloring and the throat was not totally free of streaks. The tail had a little hint of lighter colored feathers.
White under wing was nice....
But way too thick of a white border in the speculum... By the way, does anyone else think it's weird that speculum can be the feathers on a duck or the "medical tool used for inspecting body orifices"?
After checking this hybrid monster's speculum thoroughly with my speculum, I slowly walked home and lucked into a nice flock a stone's throw from my back yard in the land that is being cleared for a new house.
Dark-eyed Junco is actually a pretty decent bird here.
Brown Creepers are not easy to find in New Hanover county either.
What a week to start the year and all within 5 miles of Casa Adams. Half of this was achieved without any driving.
Happy New Year!