199… and a Half?

Lawrence's Warbler

Lawrence’s Warbler

According to the website, eBird, I had seen 198 species in my life.  I thought I would see if I could get to 200 before the end of the week since migration is in full swing.  Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Well, I got #199 in New Jersey, a pair of Monk Parakeets.  I didn’t have a camera with me to photograph them, but it still counts in the grand scheme of things.  I would like to get back to that location though and get some photos down the road.

Today, at Buttercup Farm Sanctuary in Stanfordville, New York.  I thought I got #200 with this Lawrence’s Warbler, but it turns out that it doesn’t count as a species.  You see, blue-winged warblers and golden-winged warblers breeding grounds overlap in some areas, which creates ‘hybrids’.  This is one such hybrid.

Seeing that I’ve never seen a golden-winged warbler before, I feel it should count as a half a new bird. 😛

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