This post is going to explain my blog and what I am trying to accomplish in this upcoming year, 2013!
Lets start with a formal greeting:
Hello! I am Aaron Gyllenhaal. I love birds. I have been birding since 2nd grade, and now I am a sophomore in high school, which means I have been birding for as long as I can remember. I am a lister, which means I enjoy trying to see as many birds as possible. I can tell you all of my lists off of the top of my head. World-854 USA-600 Illinois-349 Cook County- 290. Birds are my life, and I am not ashamed of it.
Now, about my goal for 2013. For 4-5 years now, I have kept yearlists. In 2012, I have managed to see 312 species only in Illinois, which is pretty good, but it doesn't break any records. I want to narrow my search. So, in 2013, I want to set a new year record for Cook County. The old record was set in 1990 by Eric Walters at 274 species. So naturally, my goal is 275 species. This won't be easy, as Eric's total is very remarkable. I will need both a good migration and rarity year to even come close to this record. This blog will chronicle my journey throughout the year, so join me on my journey for 275 and beyond!