Taking a group selfie with a Great Gray Owl at -36F!

Big Year Update – Winter Summary!

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Apr 10, 2022 | by Alex Lamoreaux

As the country slowly transitions into spring, we just wanted to update you all on our Big Year tour series. As of March 15th we have seen 331 species on 4 tours so far this year. We kicked things off with our 10-day Ultimate SoCal Birding Adventure, then had 2 back-to-back Minnesota: Winter Boreal Specialties trips, and then ran our new Arizona: Black Hawk Migration trip! We’ve seen Spruce Grouse and Great Gray Owls in the bogs of northern Minnesota; a California Condor, Surfbirds, and Island Scrub-Jay in southern California; and Painted Redstarts bouncing off tree trunks in southern Arizona! The tours have been going great, and everyone has been so excited to be back to traveling around to some of the most bird-rich winter locations in the US.

Chris Brown is currently out leading the Colorado: Chicken Odyssey trip which is sure to rack up a nice list of new year birds, and next week Alex sets off for southern Texas to lead our Texas: Rio Grande Valley in Spring and Golden-cheeked Warbler & Black-capped Vireo target tour! 

Check out the links below to read our full trip reports and view our detailed eBird trip reports, all of which are loaded with great information and tons of photos from our adventures! Alex and Chris are looking forward to seeing you out in the field somewhere this year! 

California: Ultimate SoCal Birding Adventure trip report

Minnesota: Winter Boreal Specialties #1 trip report

Minnesota: Winter Boreal Specialties #2 trip report

Arizona: Black Hawk Migration trip report

And you can follow along with the Chicken Odyssey at the eBird trip report!

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