As the great Chico Escuela might say, "New York been berra, berra good to me."
I have made 6 birding trips to New York locations this year and I've come away with 5 life birds. Not too shabby! On the flip side, I have gotten ZERO lifers in New Jersey. The most recent NY life bird came this morning on a trip to the now-famous Calvert Vaux Park where a Western Reef-Heron has been seen on and off since Sunday. Beth and I missed it yesterday, but upon hearing about its return, we immediately headed there for a great look at this very rare vagrant bird.
The other life birds I have gotten in New York in 2007:
February 26 - Ivory Gull
June 8 - Henslow's Sparrow
June 9 - Bicknell's Thrush
July 10 - Monk Parakeet
The one trip where I didn't get a lifer was when I tried to see the almost-mythical Smith's Longspur at Jones Beach which basically everyone except Corey and me saw.