One difference between my year and traditional big years is that I am not able to hop around at all; My route is completely continuous. What this means for me and for you as a reader of my blog is that birds are going to be added to the running list very slowly as I move between the specialty areas. There are a lot of specialty birds in the Southeast US, and it will take quite a bit of time to find them all. I know this is a lot less exciting than a four-day Florida blitz where I add 70 species to my total, but this is necessarily the way it is going to be given my mode of transportation. That being said, one of the really interesting aspects of my journey is seeing the changes in species distribution as I ride along. For example, I saw dozens of Red-tailed hawks in New England, but I only saw one Red-shouldered hawk. The numbers of the two species were probably equal in Maryland, and here in North Carolina it feels as though Red-shouldered have completely replaced Red-tailed. It has been interesting to see Black vultures increase steadily as I move south. The Chipping sparrows appeared everywhere today after being absent any further north. It is as if I am taking a very long transect line downy the east coast and sampling the birds all along it. Its very interesting, and I hope to post more on this in the next few weeks.
The weather tomorrow is going to be very rainy, but the wind is going to swing around and blow form the northeast for most of the day tomorrow. This means that I should have my first tailwind of the trip tomorrow, so even though it will be rainy and cold I should be able to cover a fair bit of ground.