And then, for my 199th bird, I spotted an elusive and shy Virginia Rail...with a little help from some birding friends.
While I didn't take these fabulous pictures (though I wish I had!), I did see these amazing birds. Fingers crossed that next year I can add #200 to my bird list. The bird I would most like to spot? The common loon! Although a barn owl would be cool, too. And if I make it to the Oregon coast next June, I'd really love to see some tufted puffins. Wish me luck!
In other, bird-related news, I recently learned to play Wingspan, a fun board game where you collect different bird cards and build your own bird habitats, earning points for both the number of birds you have, and any eggs you've collected. It wasn't too difficult to learn. And it plays fairly fast once you get going. I loved the beautifully illustrated bird cards, and the little round eggs, too. If you love unique board games, this is a fun one to try....even if you're not a birder.