I added yard bird #132 this morning when I took the dog outside and flushed a Wilson's Snipe. A nice way to start the new year. I visited several other areas today but didn't turn up anything too unusual. I tried for the Dickcissel at Hampshire College and any odd waterfowl at the UMASS pond. I struck out at both spots for anything unusual but did have a very large gathering of geese at the pond (almost 1400) plus a great look at a flyby Peregrine Falcon.
As I looked through eBird data for the last several years I noticed that I have never reached the 200 mark for species seen in one year in Hampshire County. I have come close before with totals of 199 in 2007 and 197 in 2011. I will update on occasion as I move toward the goal.