As the year winds down, I've compiled a top ten list of my own best birds of 2014. I mostly stayed close to home this past year--and ended up in the top 3 listers for my home county for the third year in a row, adding 7 birds to my Hunterdon County (NJ) list. A also added 12 birds to my yard list. Close to home I found a new bird for New Jersey. New birds were few and far between, I got 2 new ABA birds and 11 life birds--mostly on a trip to The Netherlands in October.
First NJ record of Neotropic Cormorant, Clinton, Hunterdon, NJ
Whether you just birded in your yard, or you traveled around the globe, everyone has birding favorites from the past year. What were your own birding highlights and best birds of 2014?