This will be the last monthly update of my yard list. After eight months, new birds are becoming fewer and further between, so I’ll report each new species as it comes from now on.
The two new birds in December were both expected to some degree: RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was just a case of when, not if, but BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was a little more exciting, especially due to the circumstances. See my separate blog post  about this interesting incident.
I ended December and the year on 82 species, a total which absolute delights me as it’s far higher than I could have imagined. The yard has delivered on its potential and I can’t wait to see what a full year brings!