I found some notes from our San Diego trip (2011) and was able to finally verify several more species for my life-list:
- Cassin’s Kingbird
- Black-chinned Hummingbird
- Pelagic Cormorant
The new total is 201. I realize that for someone birding as long as I have (since 1990) 201 seems pretty small for a life-list. That doesn’t really bother me too much. There have been chunks of time (including grad school) where birding took a back seat to other pressing matters. My goal when birding is to observe behavior over tick-marks on a list. I also don’t have much of a travel budget (even for regional trips) so I don’t forge far and wide to get my list up. Don’t get me wrong, when an opportunity does come for me to get to new places and new habitats, I am all for it. But life list growing isn’t my main priority.
In any case, I’ve passed the 200 mark for my life list, and that is at least some milestone worth being happy about.