I was shuffling through some of my old blog posts just now and stumbled across this one from early 2011. I figured it was time for an update.
As many birders know, the American Birding Association (ABA) puts out a checklist every once-in-a-while that has a 1-6 scale ranking the difficulty of finding any particular species (you can see the most-recent ABA checklist at: http://www.aba.org/checklist/abachecklist.pdf). The lower the number, the easier the bird should be to find. With that in mind, here are some species I'm still searching for....
Code 1 (n = 1):
Code 2 (n = 19):
As you can see, I'm hurting most with my lack of seabirds/alcids and things from Alaska. Considering how violently ill I become on any boat, I doubt I'll see them anytime soon.
This list reminds me of my "nemesis" list... birds I've tried for and missed (sometimes many times!). If I had to pick the top couple from the above list, they would be: