|White-breasted Nuthatch in Indiana County, PA on 6 January 2012.|
|Nutting's Flycatcher at Bill Williams NWR in Arizona on 2 March 2012.|
|Yellow-billed Cuckoo in Kern County, CA on 20 June 2012.|
On the way back East, I didn't stop but two new species slid onto the list, one in Oklahoma and another in Tennessee. Before I started my next bird job, I spent a couple of weeks in Pennsylvania catching up with friends and spending time with my fiancee and family. I did squeeze a few days of birding in here and there. I added 23 new species to my year list.
|Red-headed Woodpecker near State College, PA on 29 August 2012|
|Nelson's Sparrow at Prime Hook NWR in Sussex County, DE on 1 October 2012.|
|Evening Grosbeak in Indiana County, PA on 1 November 2012|
|Pink-footed Goose at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County, PA on 18 November 2012|
I got into the car and headed north towards Prime Hook NWR, but had to make a quick stop by Dogfish Head Brewery to pick up a few tasty Christmas gifts. I got to the refuge and had to follow the directions to the wigeon's location. Alright, "the west end on the north side." I parked, walked to the west end and saw a huge raft of ducks on the other side of the pool. One scan through and I didn't see the bird. Others pulled up to the parking area as I was making another scan and, "BOOM!" I found the bird! Year bird 400 and lifer 435 was in the books!
|Eurasian Wigeon at Prime Hook NWR on 8 December 2012.|
Year birds are becoming hard to come by these days, but I may be able to add a few more species to my such as Great Cormorant, Snow Bunting, and Short-eared Owl before the end of the year. With upcoming Christmas Bird Counts, a few unexpected species may also turn up in the area.
My Year List can be seen for those interested here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0537BaYHIa8Y3dSaDRYUGdNU1U
More of my posts can be seen over at Thermal Birding!