Since I am not a chaser my main birding goals have always revolved around the county I reside. As I have often stated I believe that all birds that should be in, or come through, an area are there. People just aren’t looking. Enough philosophizing and on with the story.
So when I moved here at the beginning of 2013 my only goal was to see if I could reach 200 species in Johnson County in calender year 2013. And I fell a little short at 195. But it has only taken a couple of months to get to 200 for the county.
|196.||Greater White-fronted Goose||Feb. 1, 2014|
|197.||Common Merganser||Feb. 1, 2014|
|198.||Snow Bunting||Feb. 8, 2014|
|199.||Long-tailed Duck||Mar. 9, 2014|
All cool looking birds in their own right.
So this morning I really wasn’t thinking about #200. I went to the Lowes/Walmart pond at sunrise just in case a Red-necked Grebe or Red-throated Loon would show up as they have been over the area. And low and behold who should be there with 7 Ring-billed Gulls but 2 Herring Gulls – county bird #200.
It never crossed my mind I would see them in the county since Ring-billed Gulls are so scarce. And I am not saying they aren’t as good looking as the others on the above list. But…
Neither Gull came over to accept their prize, so I will keep it for species #300.
For those wondering #100 was a Solitary Sandpiper on 4/7/13.