I'm only copying a friend's idea for a blog post... but considering I haven't posted on my blog in several months, maybe it's forgivable?
As many birders know, the American Birding Association (ABA) puts out a checklist every once-in-a-while that also has a 1-6 scale ranking the difficulty of finding any particular species (you can see the 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 = 32):
Plover, Common Ringed
Thrasher, Le Conte's
As you can see, I'm hurting most with my lack of seabirds/alcids. 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 5 from the above list, they would be:
Le Conte's Thrasher
I might continue to work on this later and post a list of the Code 3s I need. Stay tuned....