2011 was a good year for rarities in New York State and Richard Fried saw almost all of them.  His 352 species in the state for the year broke the New York State big year record of 350, which was set by Scott Whittle in 2008.  Watch for an interview with Richard in the coming week here on 10,000 Birds!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.