Winter Goals: New York – Revisited

Thayer's Gull (Larus thayerii) - Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, Ithaca, New York,

Thayer's Gull (Larus thayerii) - Allan H. Treman Marine State Park, Ithaca, New York,

As you may remember, I had put together two sets of goals for the winter, one to focus on my time here in New York and one set aimed at my time in south Florida.  Yesterday, we looked a how successful I was with the Florida goals and today we will look at the goals for New York.

As you will see, I was not very successful with these particular goals.  Part of that was because I ended up extending my time in Florida so that  I was out of New York from mid December through the third week of March.  That doesn’t leave all that much time in winter to accomplish any goals!

  • Northern Finches – A absolute and total bust!  Even though I wasn’t here, I was still keeping tabs on bird reports and none of the finches or crossbills that I had wanted to photograph were even reported this year.  The predictions in the fall ended up being quite accurate as there weren’t any birds around!
  • Snowy Owls – Again, I wasn’t here but neither were the birds.  No luck and I still don’t even have this beautiful bird on my lifelist, much less in my photographic files.
  • Gulls – I was somewhat successful here.  While I didn’t make it Niagara Falls, I did manage to find and identify two unusual goals, an Iceland Gull and a Thayer’s Gull.  While I was in Florida, a Glacous Gull was also seen in the area.  I am much more confident with gull identification but I still have a long way to go!
  • Frozen Waterfalls – Yup, didn’t ever even attempt this.  Things weren’t that frozen when I left and most of the snow and ice was melted by a warm week of rain just before I got home.  Maybe next year?

Well, as you can see, I didn’t do very well with my goals.  Does that mean I am a failure?  After all, I did fail to meet my goals.  We’ll look at this tomorrow.

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