Author: zach

Mad City 100K (National Championships)

Mad City 100K (National Championships)

I decided at some point last autumn (2023) that I wanted to pursue a road 100K, but not just any 100K, I wanted to attempt Mad City 100K. Mad City is the American 100K National Championship race and therefore, it is generally very competitive. A 

Dizzy Daze 12 Hour Race

Dizzy Daze 12 Hour Race

I entered Dizzy Daze 12 Hour race with a goal running 76 miles in preparation for the 100k National Championships in Madison Wisconsin. Dizzy Daze is a Seattle classic ultramarathon that consists of clockwise loops around the Green Lake bike path. Because I ran 78 

Life List Update As of 2023

Life List Update As of 2023

Since I was a child, I have always been interested being outdoors and observing other animals. However, birding is rarely a hobby that young children become interested in, so I did not begin formally keeping a life list of birds until the latter part of 2013. I became interested in birding through my wife Apryle and over the years we have traveled to some beautiful places to track down new unique species of birds. Over the past ten years I have counted 489 unique bird species. Compared to avid birders seeking out a big year, counting over 800 unique birds in North America alone, my number is quite small. However, a big year has never interested me because it involves so much money and wasteful travel. I enjoy the process of finding new birds, and yes I have traveled to do so, but I like to keep my fuel usage to a minimum. 

In my home state of Washington, I get email alerts for rare bird sightings and then Apryle and I  sometimes travel to the location to go for a run and track down the bird if it seems feasible. In other circumstances, we travel to other areas of United States, Central or South America in search of new species of birds. In addition to birding, I also have a small flock of parrots, parakeets, doves, and chickens that share our property – Little Bird Landing. People often ask what made me adopt parrots and I cannot answer definitively. I think there are many reasons, but mostly I want our parrots to enjoy the best life possible in captivity. In my experience, no bird should be kept as a pet, they are highly intelligent beings and unless you are willing to spend as much time with a parrot as you would your partner, they will likely be depressed and lonely. However, because there are so many birds already living in captivity, I find meaning in trying to give them their best life and visiting friends who do the same.

So between birding and caring for birds, it has become a very important aspect of my life. It may come as no surprise based on my stats keeping for running, I also have stats for birding…

This is an extensive list of every unique bird species I have seen in my life. 

Bird Common NameLatin NameSpecific LocationPark/TownStateDay/MonthYear
American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchos826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Blue JayCyanocitta cristata826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalis826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
American RobinTurdus migratorius826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Red-winged BlackbirdAgelaius phoeniceus826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Bald EagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus151 & Forrest NPForrest Nature PreserveOhioN/A2000
American KestrelFalco sparverius151 WiresTiffinOhioN/A2000
Red-Tailed HawkButeo jamaicensisFields near 151TiffinOhioN/A2000
Barred OwlStrix variaRocky River ReservationBereaOhioN/A2000
Turkey VultureCathartes auraRoadside 16/151TiffinOhioN/A2000
Mallard DuckAnas platyrhynchosSt Francis Avenue CreekTiffinOhioN/A2000
Canada GooseBranta canadensisFlying over 826 HouseTiffinOhioN/A2000
Ring-Neck PheasantPhasianus colchicusCrawford CountyBucyrusOhioN/A2000
KilldeerCharadrius vociferus151 S Walking DogsTiffinOhioN/A2000
Great Blue HeronArdea herodiasVan Meter Creek Eden TownshipTiffinOhioN/A2000
House SparrowPasser domesticus826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Mourning DoveZenaida macroura826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Mute SwanCygnus olorMaumee Bay SP PondMaumee Bay State ParkOhioN/A2000
House FinchHaemorhous mexicanus826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
American GoldfinchSpinus tristisIndian Trail CampgroundFitchvilleOhioN/A2000
Chipping SparrowSpizella passerina826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Field SparrowSpizella pusilla826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
American Tree SparrowSpezelloides arborea826 House YardTiffinOhioN/A2000
Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavoFields near 151TiffinOhioN/A2000
Sandhill CraneAntigone canadensisUCF Campus Track Spring BreakOrlandoFloridaFebruary2010
Muscovy DuckCairina moschataCoastal Carolina UniversityConwaySouth CarolinaMarch2012
Ring-Billed GullLarus delawarensisMyrtle BeachMyrtle BeachSouth CarolinaMarch2012
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricillaMyrtle BeachMyrtle BeachSouth CarolinaMarch2012
Common RavenCorvus coraxBeaver Meadows VC RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJanuary2013
Black-Billed MagpiePica hudsoniaBeaver Meadows VC RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJanuary2013
Pine SiskinSpinus pinusYMCA of the Rockys Bird BandingRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Clark’s NutcrackerNucifraga columbianaTurquoise LakeLeadvilleColoradoAugust2013
Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellusBlack Canyon Trail RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJuly2013
White-Tailed PtarmiganLagopus leucuraChasm Lake Trail RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoMay2013
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilisRocky Mountain National ParkRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
OspreyPandion haliaetusMoraine Park RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Wilson’s SnipeGallinago delicataMoraine Park RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Belted KingfisherMegaceryle alcyonMoraine Park RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Stellar’s JayCyanocitta stelleriEndo Valley RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Great Horned OwlBubo virginianusEstes Park LibraryRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJuly2013
Mountain BluebirdSialia currucoidesNear Greenhouse RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Northern FlickerColaptes auratusMoraine Park RMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Common NighthawkChordeiles minorRMNPRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoApril2013
Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinusYMCA of the Rockys Bird BandingRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJune2013
Ruby-Crowned KingletCorthylio calendulaGray’s Peak ClimbFront RangeColoradoJune2013
Broad-Tailed HummingbirdSelasphorus platycercusRMNP ApartmentsRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJuly2013
Northern Pygmy OwlGlaucidium gnomaAspen Grove near Mary’s LakeRocky Mountain National ParkColoradoJuly2013
Crested CaracaraCaracara plancusMcKinney ParkwayAustinTexasSeptember2013
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetosMcKinney ParkwayAustinTexasSeptember2013
Scissor-Tail FlycatcherTyrannus forficatusMcKinney ParkwayAustinTexasSeptember2013
Mexican JayAphelcoma wollweberiChisos Mountains Big Bend, TXBig Bend National ParkTexasNovember2013
Black VultureCoragyps atratusMcKinney ParkwayAustinTexasSeptember2013
American OystercatcherHaematopus palliatusPadre Island National SeashorePadre Island National SeashoreTexasOctober2013
Greater RoadrunnerGeococcyx californianusUniversity of St Augustine CampusAustinTexasAugust2013
Brown PelicanPelecanus occidentalisPort AransasPort AransasTexasMay2013
Yellow-bellied FlycatcherEmpidonax flaviventrisPadre Island National SeashorePadre Island National SeashoreTexasOctober2013
Great-Tailed GrackleQuiscalus mexicanusHEB Parking LotAustinTexasAugust2013
Common GrackleQuiscalus quisculaHEB Parking LotAustinTexasAugust2013
Monk ParakeetMicromonacha lanceolataRedrick Drive HouseAustinTexasNovember2013
Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglectaHorse Tooth RidgeFort CollinsColoradoApril2014
Spotted TowheePipilo maculatusHorse Tooth RidgeFort CollinsColoradoApril2014
Snow GooseAnser caerulescensFlying over town of EphrataEphrataPennsylvaniaNovember2014
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaPort AransasPort AransasTexasMay2014
Roseate SpoonbillPlatalea ajajaPaddling in Port A inletPort AransasTexasMay2014
Woodhouse’s Scrub JayAphelocoma woodhouseiiLady Bird Wildflower CenterAustinTexasN/A2014
White-Winged DoveZenaida asiaticaTrelawney Lane House AustinAustinTexasN/A2014
Great EgretArdea albaMcKinney Falls State ParkMcKinney Falls State ParkTexasFebruary2014
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusMontezuma RoadColumbusTexasAugust2015
Cave SwallowPetrochelidon fulvaGuadalupe National ParkGuadalupe National ParkTexasJuly2015
White IbisEudocimus albusBrazoria National Wildlife RefugeBrazoria National Wildlife RefugeTexasJuly2015
Black-bellied Whistle DuckDendrocygna autumnalisBrazoria National Wildlife RefugeBrazoria National Wildlife RefugeTexasJuly2015
Royal TernThalasseus maximusBrazoria National Wildlife RefugeBrazoria National Wildlife RefugeTexasJuly2015
Carolina WrenThryothorus ludovicanusSan Bernard National Wildlife RefugeSan Bernard National Wildlife RefugeTexasJuly2015
Red Shouldered HawkButeo lineatusColumbus ParkColumbusTexasAugust2015
Zone-tailed HawkButeo albonotatusBig Bend National ParkBig Bend National ParkTexasSeptember 1st2015
BuffleheadBucephala albeolaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary2016
Wood DuckAix sponsaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary2016
Double-crested CormorantNannopterum auritumUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary2016
Common GullLarus canusRichmond BeachShorelineWashingtonApril2016
California QuailCallipepla californicaNespelem BunkhouseNespelemWashingtonMay 13th2016
Rock PigeonColumba liviaRichmond BeachShorelineWashingtonApril2016
Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescensWhitmore LookoutNespelemWashingtonMay2016
Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillusSky NurseryShorelineWashingtonApril2016
Brewer’s BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalusNespelem BunkhouseNespelemWashingtonMay2016
Dark-eyed JuncoJunco tetipariusSky NurseryShorelineWashingtonApril2016
American CootFulica americanaSun Lakes Dry Falls State ParkSun Lakes Dry Falls State ParkWashingtonMay 14th2016
Western KingbirdTyrannus verticalisNeseplem BunkhouseNespelemWashingtonMay 13th2016
Eastern KingbirdTyrannus tyrannusNeseplem BunkhouseNespelemWashingtonMay 13th2016
Bullock’s OrioleIcterus bullockiiNeseplem BunkhouseNespelemWashingtonMay 13th2016
White-Crowned SparrowZonotrichia leucophrysSky NurseryShorelineWashingtonApril2016
Song SparrowMelospiza melodiaEdmonds MarshEdmondsWashingtonApril2016
European StarlingSturnus vulgarisEdmonds MarshEdmondsWashingtonApril2016
Anna’s HummingbirdCalypte annaSky NurseryShorelineWashingtonApril2016
Spotted SandpiperActitis meculariusEdmonds MarshEdmondsWashingtonApril2016
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspiaSun Lakes Dry Falls State ParkSun Lakes Dry Falls State ParkWashingtonMay 14th2016
Glaucous-Winged GullLarus glaucusEdmonds MarshEdmondsWashingtonApril2016
Hooded MerganserLophodytes cucullatusUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonMay 20th2016
Pie-Billed GrebePodilymbus podicepsUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonMay 20th2016
Cinnamon TealSpatula cyanopteraUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonMay 20th2016
GadwallMareca streperaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonMay 20th2016
Savannah SparrowPasserculus sandwichensisUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonMay 20th2016
California GullLarus californicusCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 26th2016
Bewick’s WrenThryomanes bewickiiCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 26th2016
Brandt’s CormorantUrile penicillatusCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 26th2016
Pigeon GuillemotCepphus columbaCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 26th2016
Yellow WarblerSetophaga petechiaCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 26th2016
House WrenTroglodytes aedon826 House YardTiffinOhioMay 29th2016
Pacific LoonGavia pacificaCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 27th2016
Tree SwallowTachycineta bicolor826 House YardTiffinOhioMay 29th2016
Violet-Green SwallowTachycineta thalassinaCape FalconOswald West State ParkOregonMay 26th2016
Eastern BluebirdSialia sialis826 House YardTiffinOhioMay 29th2016
Brown-Headed CowbirdMolothrus aterGarlo Nature PreserveBloomvilleOhioMay 31st2016
Baltimore OrioleIcterus galbula826 House YardTiffinOhioMay 29th2016
Purple MartinProgne subisHedges Boyer Park Tiffin, OhioTiffinOhioJune 1st2016
Mountain CaracaraPhalcoboenus megalopterusCordillera HauyhuashCordillera HauyhuashPeruJune2016
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensisCordillera HauyhuashCordillera HauyhuashPeruJune2016
Andean GooseChloephaga melanopteraCordillera HauyhuashCordillera HauyhuashPeruJune2016
Andean IbisTheristicus branickiiCordillera HauyhuashCordillera HauyhuashPeruJune2016
Puna IbisPlegadis ridgwayiNazcaNazcaPeruJune2016
Lessor GoldfinchSpinus psaltriaOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Cuzco Brush FinchAtlapetes canigenisMachu PicchuMachu PicchuPeruJune2016
Ochre-naped Ground TyrantMuscisaxicola flavinuchaCordillera HauyhuashCordillera HauyhuashPeruJune2016
Fawn-Breasted TanagerPipraeidea melanonotaOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Rufous-Collared SparrowZonotrichia capensisOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Ferruginous Pygmy OwlGlaucidium brasilianumOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Tawny-Crowned GreenletHylophilus ochraceicepsOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Vermillion FlycatcherPyrocephalus obscurusNazcaNazcaPeruJune2016
Stripe-Faced Wood QuailOdontophorus ballivianiMachu PicchuMachu PicchuPeruJune2016
Great GrebePodiceps majorVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Neotropic CormorantPhalacrocorax brasilianusVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Snowy EgretEgretta thulaVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Andean CondorVultur gryphusCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropusVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Giant HummingbirdPatagona gigasThe Hoff Hostel AreaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Long-Tailed HermitPhaethornis superciliosusOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
White-Bellied HummingbirdAmazilia chionogasterMachu PicchuMachu PicchuPeruJune2016
Torrent DuckMerganetta armataCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Striated HeronButorides striataVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Black-Crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticoraxVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Inca TernLarosterna incaMirafloresLimaPeruJune2016
Long-Tailed MockingbirdMimus longicaudatusNazcaNazcaPeruJune2016
Hooded SiskinSpinus magellanicusOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Grayish SaltatorSaltator coerulescensCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Many-Striped CanasteroAsthenes flammulataCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Tit-Like DacnisXenodacnis parinaCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Many-Colored Rush TyrantTachuris rubrigastraVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Bright-Rumped Yellow FinchSicalis uropigyalisCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Ash-Breasted Sierra FinchGeospizopsis plebejusCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
White-browned Ground TyrantMuscisaxicola albiloraCordillera BlancaCordillera BlancaPeruJune2016
Plain-tailed Warbling FinchMicrospingus alticolaOllantaytamboOllantaytamboPeruJune2016
Cedar WaxwingBombycilla cedrorumPine Creek RoadTonaskatWashingtonJuly 4th2016
Cassin’s FinchCarpodacus cassiniiTonasketTonaskatWashingtonJuly 5th2016
Varied ThrushIxoreus naeviusSalmo-Priest WildernessSalmo-Priest WildernessWashingtonJuly 9th2016
Common LoonGavia immerBeaver LakeColville National ForestWashingtonAugust 5th2016
Western TanagerPiranga ludovicianaFish LakeSinlahekin Wildlife AreaWashingtonJuly 16th2016
White-Breasted NuthatchSitta carolinensisLost LakeColville National ForestWashingtonAugust 5th2016
American DipperCinclus mexicanusSinlahekin Wildlife AreaSinlahekin Wildlife AreaWashingtonSeptember 5th2016
Common MerganserMergus merganserSalmon RiverSalmon RiverWashingtonSeptember 16th2016
Yellow-Headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalusSidley LakeMolsonWashingtonJuly2016
Lazuli BuntingPasserina amoenaSinlahekin Wildlife AreaSinlahekin Wildlife AreaWashingtonJuly2016
Western BluebirdSialia mexicanaSinlahekin Wildlife AreaSinlahekin Wildlife AreaWashingtonJuly2016
Spruce GrouseFalcipennis canadensisSeven Pass LoopPasayten WildernessWashingtonAugust2016
Northern HarrierCircus hudsoniusSinlahekin Wildlife AreaSinlahekin Wildlife AreaWashingtonJuly2016
Say’s PhoebeSayornis sayaMcClauglin CanyonTonaskatWashingtonJuly2016
Cooper’s HawkAccipiter cooperiiTonasket Airport RoadTonaskatWashingtonSeptember2016
Hairy WoodpeckerLeuconotopicus villosusLost LakeColville National ForestWashingtonAugust 5th2016
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonOctober 8th2016
Pileated WoodpeckerDryocopus pileatusWhistler Canyon TrailOrovilleWashingtonOctober 14th2016
Western Wood-PeweeContopus sordidulusWhistler Canyon TrailOrovilleWashingtonJuly 19th2016
ChukarAlectoris chukarMcClauglin CanyonTonaskatWashingtonAugust 7th2016
Hawaiian DuckAnas wyvillianaJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulvaHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Red JunglefowlGallus gallusHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Spotted DoveSpilopelia chinensisHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Zebra DoveGeopelia striataHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Red-Vented BulbulPycnonotus caferHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Common MynaAcridotheres tristisHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Red-Crested CardinalParoaria coronataHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Common WaxbillEstrilda astrildHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Java SparrowLonchura oryzivoraHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 2nd2016
Gray FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianusHonolulu ParksHonoluluHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Great FrigatebirdFregata minorHanauma BayHanauma BayHawaiiNovember 4th2016
Hawiian CootFulica alaiJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Hawiian MoorhenGallinula galeata sandvicensisJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Black-Necked StiltHimantopus mexicanusJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Bristle-Thighed CurlewNumenius tahitiensisJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Long-Billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceusJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpresJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
SanderlingCalidris albaJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Wandering TattlerTringa incanaJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Sharp-Tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminataJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Northern PintailAnas acutaJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
Cackling GooseBranta hutchinsiiJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeJames Campbell National Wildlife RefugeHawaiiNovember 5th2016
White TernGygis albaWaikiki BeachHonoluluHawaiiNovember 7th2016
Western GrebeAechmophorus occidentalisWenatcheeWenatcheeWashingtonNovember 12th2016
Tufted TitmouseBaeolophus bicolorPokagon State ParkPokagon State ParkIndianaNovember 20th2016
Red-Bellied WoodpeckerMelanerpes carolinusPokagon State ParkPokagon State ParkIndianaNovember 20th2016
Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaPokagon State ParkPokagon State ParkIndianaNovember 20th2016
Barn OwlTyto albaOhio Bird SanctuaryMansfieldOhioNovember 27th2016
Rough-Legged HawkButeo lagopusOhio Bird SanctuaryMansfieldOhioNovember 27th2016
Eastern Screech OwlMegascops asioOhio Bird SanctuaryMansfieldOhioNovember 27th2016
American Black DuckAnas rubripesToledoToledoOhioNovember2016
Grey-Headed GullChroicocephalus cirrocephalusVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Belcher’s GullLarus belcheriMirafloresLimaPeruJune2016
Franklin’s GullLeucophaeus pipixcanVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
Andean CootFulica ardesiacaVilla MarshesLimaPeruJune2016
American WigeonMareca americanaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Green-winged TealAnas carolinensisUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Ring-necked DuckAythya collarisUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
CanvasbackAythya valisineriaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Lesser ScaupAythya affinisUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Greater ScaupAythya marilaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Barrows GoldeneyeBucephala islandicaRedondo BeachRedondo BeachWashingtonJanuary 7th2017
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillataRedondo Beach, WARedondo BeachWashingtonJanuary 7th2017
Horned GrebePodiceps auritusRedondo Beach, WARedondo BeachWashingtonJanuary 7th2017
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangulaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
RedheadAythya americanaUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Lincoln’s SparrowMelospiza lincolniiUnion Bay Natural AreaSeattleWashingtonJanuary 5th2017
Golden-crowned KingletRegulus satrapaMay Creek TrailNewcastleWashingtonJanuary 10th2017
Fox SparrowPasserella iliacaSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonJanuary 28th2017
Trumpeter SwanCygnus buccinatorSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonJanuary 28th2017
Brown CreeperCerthia americanaSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonJanuary 28th2017
Shell ParakeetMelopsittacus undulatusNewcastle HouseNewcastleWashingtonJanuary 22nd2017
BushtitPsaltriparus minimusFred Meyer Parking LotMonroeWashingtonFebruary 28th2017
Acorn WoodpeckerMelanerpes formicivorusCloverdale KOACloverdaleCaliforniaApril 16th2017
Common MurreUria aalgePoint Reyes LighthousePoint Reyes National SeashoreCaliforniaApril 14th2017
Black PhoebeSayornis nigricansCloverdale KOACloverdaleCaliforniaApril 15th2017
Hutton’s VireoVireo huttoniCloverdale KOACloverdaleCaliforniaApril 15th2017
California Scrub JayAphelocoma californicaCloverdale KOACloverdaleCaliforniaApril 16th2017
Bonaparte’s GullChroicocephalus philadelphiaRosario StraightDeception Pass State ParkWashingtonApril 29th2017
Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhataHaystack RockCannon BeachOregonMay 13th2017
Black OystercatcherHaematopus bachmaniHaystack RockCannon BeachOregonMay 13th2017
Harlequin DuckHistrionicus histrionicusHaystack RockCannon BeachOregonMay 13th2017
Red-breasted NuthatchSitta canadensisMonroeMonroeWashingtonJune2017
Band-tailed PigeonPatagioenas fasciataMonroeMonroeWashingtonJune2017
Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus melanocephalusMonroeMonroeWashingtonJune2017
Green-cheeked ConurePyrrhura molinaeNewcastle HouseNewcastleWashingtonJune 11th2017
Willow PtarmaginLagopus lagopusDenali National ParkDenali National ParkAlaskaJuly 7th2017
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudusDenali National ParkDenali National ParkAlaskaJuly 7th2017
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeusDenali National ParkDenali National ParkAlaskaJuly 7th2017
Gray Cheeked ThrushCatharus minimusDenali National ParkDenali National ParkAlaskaJuly 8th2017
Swainson’s ThrushCatharus ustulatusPotter MarshAnchorageAlaskaJuly 10th2017
Orange-crowned WarblerVermivora celataPotter MarshAnchorageAlaskaJuly 10th2017
Yellow-rumped WarblerSetophaga coronataPotter MarshAnchorageAlaskaJuly 10th2017
Alder FlycatcherEmpidonax alnorumPotter MarshAnchorageAlaskaJuly 10th2017
Greater YellowlegsTringa melanoleucaPotter MarshAnchorageAlaskaJuly 10th2017
Arctic TernSterna paradisaeaTern LakeTurnagin ArmAlaskaJuly 10th2017
Hermit ThrushCatharus guttatusSheep CreekSheep CreekAlaskaJuly 8th2017
Black Legged KittiwakeRissa tridactylaKenai Fjords National ParkKenai Fjords National ParkAlaskaJuly 14th2017
Rhinoceros AukletCerorhinca monocerataKenai Fjords National ParkKenai Fjords National ParkAlaskaJuly 14th2017
Horned PuffinFratercula corniculataKenai Fjords National ParkKenai Fjords National ParkAlaskaJuly 14th2017
Greater White-fronted GooseAnser albifronsDenali National ParkDenali National ParkAlaskaJuly 7th2017
American BitternBotaurus lentiginosusMonroe Retention PondMonroeWashingtonJuly 26th2017
Chestnut-Backed ChickadeePoecile rufescensSeward ParkSeattleWashingtonJuly 30th2017
Blue Winged TealAnas discorsBilly Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife RefugeBilly Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife RefugeWashingtonAugust 6th2017
Marsh WrenCistothorus palustrisBilly Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife RefugeBilly Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife RefugeWashingtonAugust 6th2017
Black TurnstoneArenaria melanocephalaCypress IslandCone Island State ParkWashingtonAugust 23rd2017
White-winged ScoterMelanitta deglandiCypress IslandCone Island State ParkWashingtonAugust 24th2017
American White PelicanPelecanus erythrorhynchosYellowstone National ParkYellowstone National ParkWashingtonSeptember 1st2017
Ferruginous HawkButeo regalisWhite Tank MountainPhoenixArizonaFebruary 18th2018
Cactus WrenCampylorhynchus brunneicapillusWhite Tank MountainPhoenixArizonaFebruary 18th2018
Curve-billed ThrasherToxostoma curvirostreWhite Tank MountainPhoenixArizonaFebruary 18th2018
Northern MockingbirdMimus polyglottosEdison ParkPhoenixArizonaFebruary 18th2018
VerdinAuriparus flavicepsWhite Tank MountainPhoenixArizonaFebruary 18th2018
Burrowing OwlAthene cuniculariaLemaster RoadOthelloWashingtonMarch 21st2018
Northern ShrikeLanius excubitorColumbia National Wildlife RefugeColumbia National Wildlife RefugeWashingtonMarch 21st2018
Red-breasted SapsuckerSphyrapicus ruberLake Sammamish State ParkLake Sammamish State ParkWashingtonApril 2nd2018
Townsend’s SolitaireMyadestes townsendiMary Minerva McCroskey State ParkMary Minerva McCroskey State ParkIdahoApril 26th2018
Dusky FlycatcherEmpidonax oberholseriTurnbull National Wildlife RefugeTurnbull National Wildlife RefugeWashingtonMay 2nd2018
Swainson’s HawkButeo swainsoniPullmanPullmanWashingtonMay 3rd2018
Horned LarkEremophila alpestrisZumwalt PrairieZumwalt PrairieOregonMay 10th2018
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacusZumwalt PrairieZumwalt PrairieOregonMay 10th2018
Gray PartridgePerdix perdixZumwalt PrairieZumwalt PrairieOregonMay 10th2018
Sooty GrouseDendragapus fuliginosusRattlesnake RidgeNorth BendWashingtonMay 30th2018
Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax trailliiAlder LakeAlder LakeWashingtonJune 9th2018
Northern Saw-Whet OwlAegolius acadicusWashington State UniversityPullmanWashingtonJanuary2018
Western Screech OwlMegascops kennicottiiWashington State UniversityPullmanWashingtonFebruary2018
Canada JayPerisoreus canadensisWest Tiger Peak IIIIssaquahWashingtonJune2018
Scarlet MacawAra macaoCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Golden Hooded TanagerTangara larvataCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Turquoise-Browed MotmotEumomota superciliosaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
WilletTringa semipalmataJaco PlayaJacoCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Wood StorkMycteria americanaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Rufous-naped WrenCampylorhynchus capistratusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Variable SeedeaterSporophila corvinaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Black-headed TrogonTrogon melanocephalusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Black-hooded AntshrikeThamnophilus bridgesiCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Streak-chested AntpittaHylopezus perspicillatusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Clay-colored ThrushTurdus grayiCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Orange-billed SparrowArremon aurantiirostrisCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Gray HawkButeo plagiatusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Inca DoveColumbina incaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Bare-throated Tiger HeronTigrisoma mexicanumCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Lesser Night HawkChordeiles acutipennisCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Purple-crowned FairyHeliothryx barrotiCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Rufous-tailed HummingbirdAmazilia tzacatlCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Rufous-tailed JacamarGalbula ruficaudaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Yellow-headed CaracaraMilvago chimachimaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Barred AntshrikeThamnophilus doliatusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Dusky AntbirdCercomacra tyranninaCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Tropical KingbirdTyrannus melancholicusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
White-shouldered TanagerTachyphonus luctuosusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Wedge-billed WoodcreeperGlyphorynchus spirurusCarara National ParkCarara National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 20th2019
Green-crowned BrilliantHeliodoxa jaculaMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Common ChlorospingusChlorospingus flavopectusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Gray-breasted Wood-WrenHenicorhina leucophrysMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Masked TityraTityra semifasciataMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Ruddy PigeonPatagioenas subvinaceaMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Three-striped WarblerBasileuterus tristriatusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Collared RedstartMyioborus torquatusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Slate-throated RedstartMyioborus miniatusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Orange-bellied TrogonTrogon aurantiiventrisMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Azure-hooded JayCyanolyca cucullataMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Black-headed Nightingale-thrushCatharus mexicanusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Yellowish FlycatcherEmpidonax flavescensMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Black-faced SolitaireMyadestes melanopsMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Blue-crowned MotmotMomotus lessoniiMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Emerald ToucanetAulacorhynchus prasinusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Violet SabrewingCampylopterus hemileucurusMonteverde National ParkMonteverde National ParkCosta RicaJanuary 22nd2019
Boat-billed FlycatcherMegarynchus pitanguaCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Coppery-headed EmeraldElvira cupreicepsCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Purple-throated MountaingemLampornis calolaemusCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
White-naped BrushfinchAtlapetes albinuchaCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Green VioletearColibri thalassinusCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Yellow-faced GrassquitTiaris olivaceusCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Great KiskadeePitangus sulphuratusCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Elegant EuphoniaEuphonia elegantissimaCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Brown JayPsilorhinus morioCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Nashville WarblerLeiothlypis ruficapillaCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
Volcano HummingbirdSelasphorus flammulaCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 23rd2019
White-throated Magpie JayCalocitta formosaCuri-Cancha ReserveCuri-Cancha ReserveCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Black-Mandibled ToucanRamphastos ambiguusBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Blue-gray TanagerThraupis episcopusBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Gray-headed ChachalacaOrtalis cinereicepsBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Black-cheeked WoodpeckerMelanerpes pucheraniBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Orange-chinned ParakeetBrotogeris jugularisBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Green HoneycreeperChlorophanes spizaBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Red-legged HoneycreeperCyanerpes cyaneusBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Buff-throated SaltatorSaltator maximusBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Scarlet-rumped tanagerRamphocelus passeriniiBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Green IbisMesembrinibis cayennensisBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violaceaBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Boat-billed HeronCochlearius cochleariusBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Green HeronButorides virescensBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
White-throated CrakeLaterallus albigularisBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Yellow-throated EuphoniaEuphonia hirundinaceaBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Hoffmann’s WoodpeckerMelanerpes hoffmanniiBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Palm TanagerThraupis palmarumBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Tennessee WarblerLeiothlypis peregrinaBogarin TrailLa FortunaCosta RicaJanuary 24th2019
Stripe-throated HermitPhaethornis striigularisHotel GavilanPuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Amazon KingfisherChloroceryle amazonaHotel GavilanPuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Collared AracariPteroglossus torquatusHotel GavilanPuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Olivaceous WoodcreeperSittasomus griseicapillusHotel GavilanPuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Blue-black GrosbeakCyanoloxia cyanoidesHotel GavilanPuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Summer TanagerPiranga rubraSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Crimson-fronted ParakeetPsittacara finschiSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Bay WrenCantorchilus nigricapillusSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Bright-rumped AttilaAttila spadiceusSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Yellow-billed CaciqueAmblycercus holosericeusSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Buff-rumped WarblerMyiothlypis fulvicaudaSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Hepatic TanagerPiranga flavaSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Plumbeous KiteIctinia plumbeaSelva VerdePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 25th2019
Montezuma OropendolaPsarocolius montezumaLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Black Headed SaltatorSaltator atricepsLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Keel-billed ToucanRamphastos sulfuratusLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Pale-billed WoodpeckerCampephilus guatemalensisLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Agami HeronAgamia agamiLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Red-lored ParrotAmazona autumnalisLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Gartered TrogonTrogon caligatusLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Green KingfisherChloroceryle americanaLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Black-throated TrogonTrogon rufusLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Great Green MacawAra ambiguusPuerto Viejo RoadsidePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Short-billed PigeonPatagioenas nigrirostrisLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Long-tailed TyrantColonia colonusLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysopteraLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
AnhingaAnhinga anhingaLa Selva Biological StationLa Selva Biological StationCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Morelet’s SeedeaterSporophila morelletiPuerto Viejo RoadsidePuerto ViejoCosta RicaJanuary 26th2019
Yellow-billed MagpiePica nuttalliGateway Oaks TrailSacramentoCaliforniaApril 15th2019
Golden-crowned SparrowZonotrichia atricapillaGateway Oaks TrailSacramentoCaliforniaApril 15th2019
California TowheeMelozone crissalisGateway Oaks TrailSacramentoCaliforniaApril 15th2019
Nutall’s WoodpeckerDryobates nuttalliiGateway Oaks TrailSacramentoCaliforniaApril 15th2019
Long-billed CurlewNumenius americanusSkaggs IslandSan Pablo Bay National Wildlife RefugeCaliforniaApril 13th2019
Rufous HummingbirdSelasphorus rufusArrington PlaceIssaquahWashingtonJune2019
Common EiderSomateria mollissimaAcadia National ParkAcadia National ParkMaineSeptember 20th2019
Northern GannetMorus bassanusAcadia National ParkAcadia National ParkMaineSeptember 22nd2019
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinusAcadia National ParkAcadia National ParkMaineSeptember 22nd2019
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatusAcadia National ParkAcadia National ParkMaineSeptember 22nd2019
Southwestern Willow FlycatcherEmpidonax traillii extimusGrand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon National ParkArizonaOctober 25th2019
Gambel’s QuailCallipepla gambeliiGrand Canyon National ParkGrand Canyon National ParkArizonaOctober 25th2019
BrantBranta berniclaAlki BeachSeattleWashingtonDecember 7th2019
SurfbirdCalidris virgataAlki BeachSeattleWashingtonDecember 7th2019
Blue-headed PionusPionus menstruusArrington PlaceIssaquahWashingtonJune2019
Ring-necked DoveStreptopelia capicolaArrington PlaceIssaquahWashingtonDecember2019
Senegal ParrotPoicephalus senegalusArrington PlaceIssaquahWashingtonDecember2019
Solomon Island EclectusEclectus polychlorosArrington PlaceIssaquahWashingtonMay2020
SoraPorzana carolinaSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonNovember 7th2020
Snowy OwlBubo scandiacusQueen Ann HouseSeattleWashingtonNovember 25th2020
Eurasian WigeonAnas creccaSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonFebruary 25th2021
Emperor GooseAnser canagicusPadilla Bay ReservePadilla Bay ReserveWashingtonJanuary 13th2021
DunlinCalidris alpinaSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonFebruary 25th2021
Tundra SwanCygnus columbianusSkagit Flats National Wildlife RefugeSammishWashingtonFebruary2021
White-throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaOhioApril2021
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinusMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaOhioApril2021
Palm WarblerSetophaga palmarumMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaOhioApril2021
OvenbirdSeiurus aurocapillaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaOhioApril2021
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipesMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaOhioApril2021
Eastern TowheePipilo erythrophthalmusMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaMagee Marsh Wildlife AreaOhioApril2021
Mandarin DuckAix galericulataFred Meyer Rentention PondAuburnWashingtonApril2021
American PipitAnthus rubescensGrand RidgeOlympic National ParkWashingtonJuly2021
Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraGrand RidgeOlympic National ParkWashingtonJuly2021
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacaIndian River ParkStuartFloridaDecember2021
Mottled DuckAnas fulvigulaIndian River ParkStuartFloridaDecember2021
Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarolaStuart BeachStuartFloridaDecember2021
Tri-colored HeronEgretta tricolorEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Little Blue HeronEgretta caeruleaEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Fish CrowCorvus ossifragusEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Boat-tailed GrackleQuiscalus majorEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Magnificent FrigatebirdFregata magnificensEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Black SkimmerRynchops nigerEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
American AvocetRecurvirostra americanaEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Fosters TernSterna forsteriEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseusEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
Gray KingbirdTyrannus dominicensisEverglades National ParkEverglades National ParkFloridaDecember2021
LimpkinAramus guaraunaWitham Natural AreaStuartFloridaDecember2022
Philadelphia VireoVireo philadelphicusBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Common YellowthroatGeothlypis trichasBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
American RedstartSetophaga ruticillaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Northern ParulaSetophaga americanaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Black-throated Blue WarblerSetophaga caerulescensBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Vaux SwiftsChaetura vauxiSelleck SchoolhouseRavensdaleWashingtonJune2022
Yellow-billed CuckooCoccyzus americanusSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioMay2022
Eastern Wood-PeweeContopus virensBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescensBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimusBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Warbling VireoVireo gilvusBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceusBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Gray CatbirdDumetella carolinensisSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioMay2022
Swamp SparrowMelospiza georgianaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Black-and-white WarblerMniotilta variaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citreaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilisBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Mourning WarblerGeothlypis philadelphiaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Canada WarblerCardellina canadensisBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Wilson’s WarblerCardellina pusillaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Magnolia WarblerSetophaga magnoliaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Bay-breasted WarblerSetophaga castaneaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Blackburnian WarblerSetophaga fuscaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Chestnut-sided WarblerSetophaga pensylvanicaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Blackpoll WarblerSetophaga striataBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Scarlet TanagerPiranga olivaceaBartlett PointKellys IslandOhioMay2022
Rose-breasted GrosbeakPheucticus ludovicianusSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioMay2022
Indigo BuntingPasserina cyaneaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioMay2022
Elegant TrogonTrogon elegansBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Olive-backed SparrowArremonops rufivirgatusBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Squirrel CuckooPiaya cayanaBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Banded WrenThryophilus pleurostictusBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxiBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Blue Ground DoveClaravis pretiosaBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Northern PotooNyctibius jamaicensisBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Common PauraqueNyctidromus albicollisBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Collared Forest FalconMicrastur semitorquatusBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Yellow-naped amazonAmazona auropalliataBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
White-fronted parrotAmazona albifronsBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Orange-fronted parakeetEupsittula canicularisBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Great CurassowCrax rubraBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Crested GuanPenelope purpurascensBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Black-throated Magpie-jayCalocitta collieiBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Rufescent Tiger HeronTigrisoma lineatumBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Little TinamouCrypturellus souiBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
Fiery-billed AracariPteroglossus frantziiBosque EscondidoNicoya PeninsulaCosta RicaMarch2023
MerlinFalco columbariusSelleck SchoolhouseRavensdaleWashingtonAugust2023
Orchard OrioleIcterus spuriusSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioAugust2023
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensisSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioAugust2023
American WoodcockScolopax minorSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaSpringville Marsh State Natural AreaOhioAugust2023
Red-Headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalusOttawa National Wildlife RefugeOttawa National Wildlife RefugeOhioAugust2023
Herring GullLarus argentatusOttawa National Wildlife RefugeOttawa National Wildlife RefugeOhioAugust2023
Pomeranian GooseAnser anserSandusky River TrailTiffinOhioAugust2023
Rock WrenSalpinctes obsoletusDeath Valley National ParkDeath Valley National ParkCaliforniaJanuary2023
PhainopeplaPhainopepla nitensDiscovery ParkPahrumpNevadaJanuary2023
Black-tailed GnatcatcherPolioptila melanuraSprings PreserveLas VegasNevadaJanuary2023
Abert’s TowheeMelozone abertiSprings PreserveLas VegasNevadaJanuary2023
Swan GooseAnser cygnoidesDiscovery ParkPahrumpNevadaJanuary2023
Eurasian Collared-doveStreptopelia decaoctoDiscovery ParkPahrumpNevadaJanuary2023
Costa’s HummingbirdCalypte costaeDiscovery ParkPahrumpNevadaJanuary2023
Ladder-backed WoodpeckerDryobates scalarisDiscovery ParkPahrumpNevadaJanuary2023
Mountain ChickadeePoecile gambeliDiscovery ParkPahrumpNevadaJanuary2023

Some of the observations are retrospective but generally my biggest year of birding thus far has been 2016 with 133 birds. In 2016, Apryle and I got married a traveled to Peru, which yielded many new bird species, so it makes sense that it is the biggest year. The next biggest year was 2019 with 116 new species, which also makes sense because we traveled to Costa Rica on a birding-focused trip. It is deceptive that our birding totals have declined over the years because my list only contains unique birds, therefore, it becomes difficult to add to the list when many of them are already on it. For example in 2023, I observed about 151 unique birds, but only 34 of them were new to the life list. 

Below is a breakdown of life list birding totals per year. 

YearBirds
200025
20101
20123
201331
20148
20158
2016133
201753
201819
2019116
20203
202126
202229
202334
Grand Total489

Here is a breakdown of birds by location:

Specific Location# of Birds
Carara National Park24
Bartlett Point23
Union Bay Natural Area18
Bogarin Trail18
Bosque Escondido18
826 House Yard16
Monteverde National Park16
La Selva Biological Station13
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge12
Honolulu Parks12
Curi-Cancha Reserve12
Villa Marshes10
Everglades National Park10
Ollantaytambo8
Cordillera Blanca8
Selva Verde8
Cape Falcon7
Skagit Flats National Wildlife Refuge7
Springville Marsh State Natural Area7
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area6
Discovery Park6
Cordillera Hauyhuash5
Denali National Park5
Potter Marsh5
Hotel Gavilan5
Arrington Place5
Moraine Park RMNP4
McKinney Parkway4
Sky Nursery4
Edmonds Marsh4
Sinlahekin Wildlife Area4
Cloverdale KOA4
White Tank Mountain4
Gateway Oaks Trail4
Acadia National Park4
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge3
Neseplem Bunkhouse3
Nazca3
Machu Picchu3
Pokagon State Park3
Ohio Bird Sanctuary3
Haystack Rock3
Monroe3
Kenai Fjords National Park3
Zumwalt Prairie3
Beaver Meadows VC RMNP2
YMCA of the Rockys Bird Banding2
Horse Tooth Ridge2
Myrtle Beach2
Port Aransas2
Padre Island National Seashore2
HEB Parking Lot2
Richmond Beach2
Nespelem Bunkhouse2
Sun Lakes Dry Falls State Park2
Miraflores2
Lost Lake2
McClauglin Canyon2
Whistler Canyon Trail2
Redondo Beach, WA2
Newcastle House2
Billy Frank Jr Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge2
Cypress Island2
Puerto Viejo Roadside2
Grand Canyon National Park2
Alki Beach2
Grand Ridge2
Indian River Park2
Selleck Schoolhouse2
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge2
Springs Preserve2
Fields near 1512
Washington State University2
151 & Forrest NP1
151 Wires1
Rocky River Reservation1
Roadside 16/1511
St Francis Avenue Creek1
Flying over 826 House1
Crawford County1
151 S Walking Dogs1
Van Meter Creek Eden Township1
Maumee Bay SP Pond1
Indian Trail Campground1
Turquoise Lake1
Black Canyon Trail RMNP1
Chasm Lake Trail RMNP1
Rocky Mountain National Park1
Endo Valley RMNP1
Estes Park Library1
Near Greenhouse RMNP1
RMNP1
Gray’s Peak Climb1
RMNP Apartments1
Aspen Grove near Mary’s Lake1
Flying over town of Ephrata1
UCF Campus Track Spring Break1
Coastal Carolina University1
Montezuma Road1
Guadalupe National Park1
Chisos Mountains Big Bend, TX1
Paddling in Port A inlet1
University of St Augustine Campus1
Lady Bird Wildflower Center1
Trelawney Lane House Austin1
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge1
McKinney Falls State Park1
Redrick Drive House1
Columbus Park1
Whitmore Lookout1
Garlo Nature Preserve1
Hedges Boyer Park Tiffin, Ohio1
The Hoff Hostel Area1
Pine Creek Road1
Tonasket1
Salmo-Priest Wilderness1
Beaver Lake1
Fish Lake1
Salmon River1
Sidley Lake1
Seven Pass Loop1
Tonasket Airport Road1
Hanauma Bay1
Waikiki Beach1
Wenatchee1
Toledo1
Redondo Beach1
May Creek Trail1
Fred Meyer Parking Lot1
Point Reyes Lighthouse1
Rosario Straight1
Tern Lake1
Sheep Creek1
Monroe Retention Pond1
Seward Park1
Yellowstone National Park1
Edison Park1
Lemaster Road1
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge1
Lake Sammamish State Park1
Mary Minerva McCroskey State Park1
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge1
Pullman1
Rattlesnake Ridge1
Alder Lake1
Big Bend National Park1
Jaco Playa1
Skaggs Island1
Queen Ann House1
Padilla Bay Reserve1
Fred Meyer Rentention Pond1
Witham Natural Area1
Stuart Beach1
Sandusky River Trail1
Death Valley National Park1
West Tiger Peak III1

Here is a breakdown of birds by state (or country if out of the USA):

State# of Birds
Costa Rica117
Washington105
Ohio74
Peru40
Hawaii26
Texas25
Colorado21
Florida15
Alaska15
Oregon13
California11
Nevada8
Arizona7
Maine4
South Carolina3
Indiana3
Pennsylvania1
Idaho1

I have had so many amazing birding experiences and I will highlight a few below.

Costa Rica Circumnavigation

In 2019, Apryle and I traveled to Costa Rica and visited many different places and saw 101 new birds:

  • In Carara National Park we saw 24 unique species including the charismatic Scarlet Macaw. Carara National Park holds the record for most unique bird sightings on my life list. It is also noteworthy that we had a guide for this outing.
  • In Monteverde National Park we saw 16 new species as we meandered through the cloud forest. This park featured many trogons and toucans. 
  • In an impromptu stop to Bogarin Trail Park, a converted cattle ranch, we spotted 18 new species. This location was certainly a birding hub because the visitor center had feeders and bunches of bananas.
  • In Curi-cancha, just down the road from Monteverde National Park we tagged another 12 species. This ecosystem was surprisingly drier than the Monteverde ecosystem which was just a little higher in elevation.
  • In La Selva Biological Station we spotted 13 new species in this unique rainforest on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica. Additionally in the Puerto Viejo area we spotted another 2 new birds, most notably the Great Green Macaw which I heard and then spotted while running a dirt road just outside of La Selva.

Bosque Escondido Volunteering

In 2023, Apryle and I traveled to Costa Rica again, and this time the purpose was volunteering with the Macaw Society. The wildlife preserve was on the Nicoya Peninsula, and we spent all of our time at Bosque Escondido. We observed behaviors of released Yellow-naped Amazons, Orange-fronted Parakeets, Orange-chinned Parakeets, and White-fronted Amazons. In the process of our observations we also added 18 new species to the life list.

Peru Honeymoon

The focus of this trip was on the mountain adventures and sightseeing, but we still added 40 new birds to our life list including many species native to the Andes. However, the greatest quantity of new birds were found at the Villa Marshes outside of Lima, Peru.

Florida

Each December we typically visit Apryle’s parents in Florida and there is not shortage of beautiful birds. 

  • In 2021, we made a trip to the Everglades National Park and kayaked near Snake Bight and there we saw 10 new species of birds including the Roseate Spoonbill, American Avocet, White Pelican, and Black Skimmer. 
  • In other areas near the Treasure Coast, we saw the Wood Stork, Egyptian Goose, Black-bellied Plover, and Limpkin. 

Hawaii

In 2016, Apryle and I went on a November trip to Oahu and added 26 new birds to our list. 

  • Many of the birds were non-native to the island, like the Rose-ringed Parakeet, and Java Sparrow. 
  • But on an organized birding event at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, we identified 12 new species including: Bristle-thighed Curlew, Hawaiian Moorhen, and Black-necked Stilt. 

Ohio

  • Growing up in northwest Ohio in a mostly agricultural landscape I managed to identify a 16 species in my own backyard. This list includes most of the common birds such as the Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Crow, and American Robin. 
  • However, in recent trips back to Ohio Apryle and I have volunteered with Tom Bartletts bird banding on Kellys Island and Springville Marsh. We have also went to the big week of Birding at the world famous Magee Marsh. At Magee Marsh we have observed over 20 unique warbler species. 
  • With the help of Tom Bartlett we observed 23 new birds on Kellys Island, making it second only to Carara National Park in Costa Rica for my most species rich location. 

Washington

I moved to Washington state in December of 2015 and have observed numerous birds in my new home state. I have tagged about 105 birds around the state. The vast majority of these birds have been at Union Bay Natural Area in Seattle near the University of Washington.

  • Union Bay Natural Area is home to many waterfowl species and the majority of the new birds I discovered here are ducks such as the Bufflehead, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pie-billed Grebe, Cinnamon Teal, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Lesser and Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, and Redhead. Union Bay slots into 3rd position on my list (tied with 2 other locations) for species richness with 18.
  • Skagit Flats is another excellent winter birding hotspot and I have spotted Eurasian Wigeon, Dunlin, Trumpeter Swan, and Tundra Swan.
  • I have also had many unusual sightings in the city. Back in 2020, Dennis Gorsuch and I biked into Seattle to see a Snowy Owl perched on a roof top in a neighborhood of Queen Ann. In January of 2021 there was an Emperor Goose in a flock of Brants at the Bingo Hall Lagoon in Padilla Bay. Then in April of 2021, I spotted a Mandarin Duck in a retention pond in a shady area of Auburn. 
  • In Eastern Washington I spotted a Burrowing Owl in a farm near Othello. Additionally, in Sinlahekin Wilderness I have spotted Lazuli Bunting, Western Bluebird, American Dipper, and Cedar Waxwing. Then at the Nespelem Bunkhouse I spotted Bullock’s Oriole and California Quail.
  • Most recently after moving to Ravensdale, we have participated in the Vaux Swift counts and have witnessed thousands of Swifts entering a chimney at night.

Texas

When Apryle came to visit me while I was in graduate school in Austin, Texas from 2013 to 2015 we added 25 new species to the life list. 

  • In the Austin Area these included Crested Caracara, Scissor-tail Flycatcher, Black Vulture, Greater Roadrunner, and Monk’s Parakeet.
  • On trips to Padre National Seashore and Port Aransas we added 4 new birds including the Brown Pelican and American Oystercatcher.
  • On a solo weekend adventure to Brazoria and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuges I added another 4 species including White Ibis and Black-belled Whistle Duck.

California

  • In Sacramento California, Apryle and I snagged 4 species (3 of which are endemic species) on a hour run through suburbia. We saw the Yellow-billed Magpie, California Towhee, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Nutall’s Woodpecker.
  • In wine country we spotted Black Phoebe, Hutton’s Vireo, California Scrub Jay, and Acorn Woodpecker.
  • At Point Reyes we spotted tons of Common Murre along the ocean bluffs.

Oregon

Oregon has been a special place for birds both on the coast and the interior with a total of 13 life list birds.

  • On a trip to Haystack Rock on the Oregon coast we have seen Tufted Puffin, Black Oystercatchers, and Harlequin Ducks.
  • At Cape Falcon along the coast we added 7 new species including Pigeon Guillemot, Pacific Loon, and Yellow Warbler.
  • In the Zumwalt Prairie in east Oregon we picked up Horned Lark, Lark Sparrow, and Gray Partridge.

Alaska

On a trip to Alaska we picked up 15 new species from the interior mountains to the fjords of the coast.

  • On a ride through Denali National Park with spotted a Short-eared Owl, Willow Ptarmigan, Long-tailed Jaeger, 
  • On a boat trip through Kenai Fjords National Park we saw: Rhinoceros Auklet, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Horned Puffin.
  • At Potter Marsh we added another 5 species including Greater Yellowlegs and Orange-crowned Warbler.

Nevada

  • In sin city we forwent the casinos in leu of visiting Springs Preserve where we added two new species to our list including the Abert’s Towhee and the Black-tailed Gnatcatcher.
  • In the unique town of Pahrump at Discovery Park, we added 6 new species including the Phainopepla, Swan Goose, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and Costa’s Hummingbird.

Colorado

In the state of Colorado first developed a love of birding and I have seen 21 unique bird species throughout the mountainous region.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park is where it all started and Apryle introduced me to birding. I spotted 17 new species of birds during my time there including: Pine siskin, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Wilson’s Snipe, Stella’s Jay, and Pygmy Owl.
  • At Horse Tooth Ridge I spotted Western Meadowlark and Spotted Towhee.

Of course there are many other trips and memories but these are the ones that most shaped me as a birder. I hope to continue to add to the list and the memories over the years!

Redwood National Park Adventure

Redwood National Park Adventure

After clearing the snow and ice off the driveway, Apryle and I drove off into the darkness en route to Redwood National Park. After about 8.5 hours and 520 miles of driving we arrived at the Lighthouse Inn in Crescent City, California. Although it was 

Seattle Marathon

Seattle Marathon

I signed up for the Seattle Marathon for the second year in a row and essentially kept to a very similar series of events as the 2022 edition. On November 25th, Apryle dropped me off to pick up the packet in downtown Seattle, then we 

Mount Si Hill Climb and North Bend Skyline 30K

Mount Si Hill Climb and North Bend Skyline 30K

After my Wonderland Loop, I throttled down on the mileage and geared up for two relatively short steep races in North Bend: Mount Si Hill Climb and North Bend Trail Fest 30K. These races were the vision of my friend Scott Sowle and he and his wife Elizabeth direct a series of races focused on vertical gain. 

The Mount Si Hill Climb was a little out of my wheelhouse, it was only 10.7 miles and featured a long descent. Typically, my strengths are long distance and steep terrain. The race certainly had steep terrain (3494 vertical feet of gain), but the low mileage would make it difficult for me to compete with faster runners. Nevertheless I toed the line in downtown North Bend at 0730 on September 23rd. The race started out on the road and then transitioned to the gravel Snoqualmie Valley trail before hitting the lower slopes of Mount Si. I managed to run the first 2 miles in 11:33 and then my pace slowed as I started the ascent. I was generally in 4th position on the climb, but managed to keep my competition in line of sight. 

The weather was conducive to a fast ascent, cloudy with temperatures in the low 50s. The first mile of the Old Si trail had 972 vertical feet and took me 13:24 and the second mile featured 1290 feet and took me 17:02. The third mile of the climb transitioned onto the Mt Si trail and even though it only had 843 vertical feet my tired legs only managed an 18:17 mile. I was also stung in the leg by a bee nearing the Mt Si trail junction. On the last quarter mile of the climb, the trail became quite technical with rocky outcrops and stair stepping boulders. 

I toped out (3917 feet) in 4th place in a time of 56:52 and then quickly headed back down the Mt Si trail, trying to keep a fast tempo. The descent was uneventful, I dodged hikers and tried to get into a grove, but the roots, rocks, and switchbacks made it impossible for me to run fast enough to push my cardiovascular system. Even though I felt like I could easily drop the pace, my legs could not keep up with the terrain. Ultimately I was passed by another runner and dropped to 5th place. 

I hit the flat road and Snoqualmie Valley trail section at 8.7 miles in 1:29:28. This means I ran the first 2 miles in 11:33, the ascent 3.7 miles in 45:19, and the descent 5 miles in 32:36. The final 2 miles took me only 11:28, meaning that I covered the distance about 5 seconds faster than the first 2 miles. Overall, I was happy because I hit my goal time of 1:40 and I ran my race segments nearly identical to my pre race predictions. However, I was a little disappointed to have one of my worst trail race places since 2018. 

I knew the Mount Si Hill Climb would be an excellent tune up race for the North Bend Skyline 30K, which was the A race of early autumn for me. Therefore, when October 14th came around I was ready to tackle the longer course. So at 0800 I hit the ground running out of Torguson Park and onto the Snoqualmie Valley trail. The weather was again perfect, with cloudy, misty skies and temperatures in the low 50s. 

I did the first 1.4 flat miles in 8:55 and then hit the Little Si climb with a strong pack of five runners. I tagged the Little Si summit (3.2 miles and 1551 feet) in 2nd in a time of 28:21. Then we descended to the Old Si trail and began the arduous ascent up Mount Si. I slotted into 4th place on the climb and reached the summit of Mount Si in 1:27:03 (7.1 miles and 4002 feet). From there the trail narrowed and descended slightly before kicking up again towards Mount Tenerife, which was the third and final summit of the race. 

The temperatures cooled significantly as I ascended in elevation, but I welcomed the declining temperatures because of how much my core temperatures increased with the uphill running effort. I was surprised how much I was able to run versus hike, especially on the stretch between Mount Si and Mount Tenerife. I reached the rocky summit of Tenerife in 1:59:36 (10 miles and 4783 feet). At this point I was in 4th place and the first three runners did not seem too far ahead. However, the runners behind me did not appear that far behind either.

I bombed down the hill, greeting other runners on their way up as much as my breathing would allow. The Mount Tenerife trail transitioned to the Mount Si trail, which contained one last minor blip of elevation gain before the Douglas Fir trail. Unfortunately, this little climb seemed to be the hardest of the entire race for me. Despite having about 6300 vertical feet behind me, the last 200 feet of climbing did my legs in. Fortunately, the ascent was short and things went steeply downhill from there. I actually really struggled with footing because the trail dropped so dramatically.

I reached the aid station near the base of the climb and managed to pass the king of the mountain and third place runner. This put me into a podium position. I was happy, but I knew my work was not done, I pushed on to the flat section, which I reached in 2:59:56 (17.3 miles). Meaning I managed the 7.3 mile descent in 59:40. I increased the tempo and ran the final 1.4 in 8:43, 12 seconds faster than my first 1.4 miles. I crossed the line in 3rd place with a time of 3:08:39. Obviously winning is always the goal, but I was pleased with a podium position. Since there was no precedent for this distance or race, I had no idea what time to expect, but I was hoping for somewhere between 3 to 3:10 for the overall time and I was right in that range. 

Thanks to Mountain Running Races for putting on an excellent race series and thanks as always to my father Walt and my wife Apryle for their support!

LandmarkTotal Distance (miles)Distance Between (miles)Total TimeTime Between
Start0000
End of Flat1.41.40:08:550:08:55
LIttle Si Summit3.31.90:28:210:19:26
Mount Si Summit7.13.81:27:030:58:42
Mount Tenerife Summit102.91:59:360:32:33
Start of Flat17.37.32:59:561:00:20
Finish18.71.43:08:390:08:43
The Ruff

The Ruff

The Ruff has be on my radar for a few years, but I have never made the long voyage down to the Columbia River Gorge for such a short distance race. However, this year I signed up for The Ruff as a unique final workout 

Ohio Reunion Part III: Wetland Birding Adventures and Class Reunion

Ohio Reunion Part III: Wetland Birding Adventures and Class Reunion

On the evening of August 24th after arriving in Tiffin, I decided to drive north to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, where I hoped to bird the next morning. However, I heard on the radio that a tornado was spotted near the refuge and was headed 

Raising Chickens!

Raising Chickens!

On March 31st 2023, following a long run on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail, Apryle and I went to a small farm in Fall City, Washington and adopted six little chickens. The six downy feathered birds fit neatly in a shoebox and when we arrived home we transferred them to a guinea pig cage. We were sure to blanket the bottom of the cage with a soft substrate and keep a heat lamp on top of the cage in order to keep the vulnerable chickens warm. We added water and food and were sure to watch each bird drink and eat before we left them alone. Their little peeps echoed through the house and we could not help ourselves from snuggling the chicks. 

We landed on six different breeds of chickens: Rhode Island Red (Maple), Speckled Sussex (Fern), Buff Orpington (Willow), Barred Plymouth Rock (Camellia), Araucana (Laurel), and a mixed breed Olive Egger (Olive). We assumed that we got six hens, but we later discovered that the Olive Egger was a rooster and we changed his name from Olive to Oliver. 

The first couple of days we tried to leave them alone so that they could become accustomed to their new home. They mainly ate their pellets for the first week, but after a while we introduced chopped zucchini and peppers. They devoured their vegetables and it helped us create a strong bond with them. As the weeks went on, we let the chicks roam around a small room to get some exploration time. They enjoyed their walkabouts and they became quite adventurous, running and jumping on anything they could find. They came to associate Apryle and I with food, which meant they generally gravitated to us whenever we entered the room.

As the springtime temperatures increased, we decreased the lamp temperatures and even started to bring the growing chicks outside. The chicks first adventure outdoors was on April 25th, less than a month after we brought them home. We established a small holding pen and the chickens would hunt for insects and worms. Basically for the month of May, we would let the chickens roost inside in the mudroom and spend their days outside in their holding pen. We finished assembling their coop on May 10th and we let the little chickens explore it for the first time. 

Disaster struck on May 26th when our Rhode Island Red, Maple, developed spastic torticollis or wry neck. We acted quickly and isolated her and began a regime of vitamins and hand feedings. After 8 days, she looked better and we started to reintroduce her to the flock. We continued to add vitamins to the chicken’s shared water for about another week. On June 1st, we let Maple rejoin the flock in a limited capacity. Fern, our Speckled Sussex took her under her wing and helped her to hunt for insects, but many of the other chickens picked on her. Then on June 3rd, we decided it was time to let the other chickens sleep outside in the coop. They all handled this quite well, but we continued to quarantine Maple until June 4th, we let her reintegrate with the flock. However, we still kept a close eye on her until it was obvious she was back up to full strength.

We were so happy that we had weathered such a difficult time with Maple and that she had made a full recovery. All of the chickens seemed healthy and happy, enjoying foraging in the yard and roosting in their spacious coop. Throughout this time the chickens were using a temporary holding pen that we attached to the coop so we began working on building the chicken run. This was an involved multistep process which strung out over several weeks. I started the project by digging a foundation and laying down cinderblock for the run footprint. Then we attached 2×6 boards to the cinderblocks using tapcons.

Following the completion of the foundation, we added 4×4 support beams that would support the rafters. After we had our chicken run frame, we laid out the roofing panels in order to keep the chickens dry in the rain. We then used 1/4 inch wire fence to create the walls of the run. This allowed maximal ventilation and lighting while limiting predators both big and small from infiltrating the run. We custom built a door to the run and then added a chicken exit in the coop with a guillotine door. Finally we added a rain gutter to keep the water from wearing away the foundation. 

We moved fill dirt in order to bring the chicken coop up to grade and then added a fenced area to the north side of the run. This allowed for a little extra uncovered space for the chickens to roam if they are not free ranging in the yard. Finally we added another chicken door from the run to the pasture and then called it a successful project. I plan to continue to landscape the area around the chicken coop and bolster the fencing, but overall the chickens have an excellent place to live and forage.

While working on the chicken living quarters, there were many other incidents both positive and tragic that occurred throughout the summer. On July 24th, we awoke to find our rooster Oliver very sick with difficulty breathing and nasal discharge. We rushed him off to the veterinarian, but he tragically passed away during the examination. None of the other chickens displayed any symptoms and all appeared healthy, but it did not help to ease the pain of Olivers untimely passing. Unfortunately our flock was decreased from six to five and Olivers boisterous personality was greatly missed. 

The surviving chickens continued to grow and develop their own personalities. Laurel, the Araucana is the smallest of the chickens, she most enjoys fruit and is the first to eat the kiwis that fall from our vine or dig into the apples that fall from the tree above their pasture. She is the most athletic and is known to make great leaps and quick sprints throughout the yard. She is also the most fearful and skeptical of humans and is often the most difficult to catch.

Fern, the Speckled Sussex, is the largest of the chickens and was first to lay an egg on August 20th (day 141). She enjoys scratching at the earth and digging for insects. She is one of the slowest of the chickens and quite easy to catch. She has a mostly sweet demeanor and is receptive to snuggles.

Maple, the Rhode Island Red, is medium in size, but lays the largest eggs. She has a very mild temperament and is very easy-going. She also enjoys scratching at the earth and hunting for insects. She appears to be the most independent, often roosting alone in the coop instead of snuggling with the flock. She also is not afraid to explore the yard alone, but often teams up with Fern when foraging. She is receptive to snuggles and is also the most interested in interacting with humans, perhaps because of her special attention when she had wry neck in her early weeks of life.

Willow, the Buff Orpington, is one of the largest chickens in the flock and has a beautiful yellow coloration. She is most obsessed with dust baths. She loves to dig a large hole and burry herself in it, kicking up dust and dirt all over her body. This behavior is so interesting to watch, and though the other chickens do this on occasion, none are as interested in dust bathing as Willow. She is also fairly receptive to snuggles with humans and is fairly easy to catch.

Camellia, the Barred Plymouth Rock, is perhaps the most beautiful of the chickens, with a very unique coloration. She is one of the largest chickens, but is a little more evasive and resistive to human snuggles. She also seems to be the most aggressive towards other animals that are not chickens. She will often chase away squirrels or Stella’s Jays that attempt to get too close to the flock or her territory.

Overall we are extremely happy with our decision to get chickens. They have been so much fun to watch grow and develop their own personalities. The coop and run building process challenged us and provided a unique summer project. After all of the time and monetary investment, the chickens also began providing us with eggs. Fern was the first to lay eggs followed closely by Maple, then Willow and Camellia. So far, Laurel has not laid an egg, but we are still getting 24 to 28 eggs a week. We look forward to watching our flock continue to evolve and perhaps even grow!

Chicken Timeline

  • March 31st: Chickens first day at Little Bird Landing (Day 1)
  • April 25th: Chickens first day outside (Day 25)
  • May 10th: Chickens first day exploring new coop (Day 40)
  • May 26th: Maple develops spastic torticollis (Day 56)
  • June 1st: Maple rejoins flock in limited capacity (Day 62)
  • June 3rd: Chickens first day sleeping outside (Day 63)
  • June 4th: Maple rejoins flock in full capacity (Day 64)
  • July 24th: Oliver passes away (Day 114)
  • August 20th: First Egg laid; Fern(Day 141)
  • September 23rd: 4 out of 5 chickens are laying eggs (Day 175)
Ohio Reunion Part II: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ohio Reunion Part II: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Following my Rocky River Reservation run, I continued towards the northern terminus of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Since there was a rain storm the previous evening, I assumed the waterfalls would be roaring down the Cuyahoga River Valley, so visiting waterfalls was the focus of