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Pick Six: New Year’s Birding Resolutions

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Hey there birding enthusiasts!

It’s a brand new year, which means a fresh start and new opportunities to explore the wonderful world of birds. As we kick off the year, why not make some resolutions to take our birding game to the next level? Whether you’re a seasoned birder or just starting out, setting goals and challenges for the year can be a great way to keep things exciting and add some purpose to your birding adventures.

So, let’s spread our wings and soar into some fun and achievable New Year’s Birding Resolutions!

1.  Learn 6 new warbler songs

Find songs by using search function above. Navigate to header image -> Play

2.  Visit 6 new birding locations

elegant trogon

Photograph of Elegant Trogon © Greg Lavaty.

A trip to Southeastern Arizona can help fulfill resolutions 2 and 3.

3.  Add 6 new U.S. Life Birds.

4. Improve skill at identifying these 6 birds.
Greater and Lesser Scaup
– Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers
– Immature Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks

Which is the Long-billed and which is the Short-billed Dowitcher, or are they both the same species?


short-billed dowitcher

Photograph © Greg Lavaty.

long-billed dowitcher

Photograph © Greg Lavaty.

5.  Buy a new birdmobile

bird mobile
Not this kind, thinking more like a 4-wheel drive SUV.


6.  Participate in a Big Sit.

Big year
These guys were not sitting, but if you are interested in birding, The Big Year was a somewhat interesting movie.

A movie current making the rounds is Pelican Dreams,  dealing with Brown Pelicans in California.


About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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