Ride Report: January Bird Watching By Bike Highlights
What inspired you to ride this past month? Ashley here from the Marketing Team and the promise of primo winter bird watching by bike had me bundling up and strapping on my helmet more days than not!
When on my EdgeRunner, I carry my binoculars and ID guide in my PorterPack but this month found me riding solo on the trail with my mountain bike a lot. LockPocket and DIY bottle cage bino holder to the rescue! My trail bike became a minimalist cargo bike and allowed me to easily take my binoculars, bird ID guide and little log book. This combo of an urban trail workout ride with the promise of good bird watching had me watching the clock all day, just waiting to get out on the trail.
January is prime time for winter migration birding in north Florida, where our East coast remote teammates are based. While I’m definitely a comfort rider and tend to stay in if it’s cold or rainy, the promise of seeing some stunning feathered friends had me bundled up and excited to brave the elements these last few weeks.
The Audubon Society’s app has been my go-to for finding places to ride to. Users track the birds they see and places with notable avian activity are listed as hot spots under the Discover tab. I noticed some hot spots in my town that were places I was never really that inclined to visit but seeing that they were actually primo for bird spotting had me heading straight there.
Most were spotted in urban landscapes, but a handful were spotted in the National Forest south of town, which I reached by bike using a historic rails to trails that starts downtown.
My total species count for the month was 42 different species. I can’t wait to see what February brings. Take a peek at my favorites from this past month!
What inspired you to ride this month? Birds, beer with friends, stargazing, camping, sledging? We’d love to hear what gets you out there on your bike!