In my current stage of life, I am somewhere between a casual and avid birder. My wife and I have three boys under the age of four so I typically don’t drop everything to chase after a rare bird. Someday that will probably be me, but for now I am content to find as many birds as possible in the county where I live.
Carleton County is relatively “unbirded”. There aren’t a lot of reports from this part of New Brunswick as you can see here;
There shouldn’t be just one primary birder in a county and hopefully that will eventually change. It appears I go birding all the time, but that isn’t the case at all. There are a few other birders around and they use some of the other mediums I am about to describe.
www.ebird.org is what I use the most out of the different birding sites for New Brunswick. It keeps track of my life list for every province/state/country etc. where I go birding and I can see each checklist submitted by other users. Hopefully anyone who reads this posts already uses ebird, but if you don’t, go sign up!
Here are the other main birding sites/e-mail lists that I use in NB;
https://listserv.unb.ca/cgi-bin/wa?A0=NATURENB – click on subscribe and you receive e-mails about sightings related to nature from all over the province. This has been running since 1996 and you can search the entire archives.
http://birdingnewbrunswick.ca/ – nearly 900 members! Scroll down and see a map where different members live. Lots of different forums here such as ID Requests and NB Birding Hotspots.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdingNewBrunswick/ – over 700 members. Full of recent sightings & photos as well as an excellent spot to get advice from experienced birders.
Each site or e-mail list is quite different. Some birders, like me, use them all while others might only use one. I keep trying to persuade more birders to use ebird. I will frequently mention this excellent tool because of its many features such as keep tracking of your life list for every province/state and country.
Just last night, a CAROLINA WREN made an appearance in my backyard. This was a new species for my yard and for any of my life lists. I checked all the different sites I highlighted above and it appears this is a first for the county.
Thank you for taking the time to read my first post and I look forward to doing so again on the 23rd of next month!