Let’s share what you would like to see this year!
Pick up to three species that you want to see the most and maybe add one you would adore to see, but don’t expect it to happen in 2023?
I’ll start as an example: Berber Skink
For years, I’ve been looking around the forests streams for a banana slug (which were pretty common when I was a child). Very gratified to spot a big one yesterday! It was about 8 feet up a tree - I should have been looking up, not down, I guess. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/151525559
Can we be very generic? I’d love to see as many new bird species as possible when I visit Guatemala, but listing the top three most common gets boring.(Great-tailed Grackle, etc.) The unlikely candidate would be a male Resplendent Quetzal, my favorite bird. Unfortunately I don’t expect to be able to see one of those where I’ll be.
That’s too hard! Maybe Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Violet Sabrewing, and Turquoise-browed Motmot? There are lots of candidates for top three! BTW, I likely won’t be able to iNat all the new birds due to lack of photos/recordings, so I may have seen one even if it isn’t posted.
I think I’ll aim for the top three most observed species in my state that I’ve never seen anywhere, to my knowledge: European Green Crab, Tan Jumping Spider, and Viscid Violet Cort. That’s a nice assortment.
Once you find a spot, they’re incredibly abundant. You can typically find them in rocky areas beneath large stones. I’ve also found them while snorkeling crawling around in shallow-ish water. Careful though, their pinches are pretty painful. We have plenty in RI if you’d like to visit, Bristol is a good place to start.
The problem with crabs is that they tend to be where there are lots of people, and thus lots of roads and cars and all that Stuff. I live about two hours from the seacoast, but I rarely visit because of all the people in the way. Once in a while in the fall or winter, but rarely otherwise. But I should screw up my courage someday…