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  •  First time listing (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not a birder, so these are just the ones I'm sure I've seen or heard. We haven't really started getting the summer birds here in upstate New York, but now that I know about this post, I'll be sure to pay close attention!

    Rural, maybe a hair over 5 acres

    1.    American Crow
    2.    American Goldfinch
    3.    American Robin
    4.    American Tree Sparrow
    5.    Barred Owl (by ear)
    6.    Black Capped Chickadee
    7.    Blue Jay
    8.    Brown Headed Cowbird
    9.    Canada Goose
    10.    Chipping Sparrow
    11.    Common Grackle
    12.    Dark-eyed Junco
    13.    Downy Woodpecker
    14.    Eastern Bluebird
    15.    Eastern Phoebe
    16.    European Starling
    17.    Field Sparrow (by ear)
    18.    Hairy Woodpecker
    19.    House Finch
    20.    House Sparrow
    21.    House Wren
    22.    Mourning Dove
    23.    Northern Cardinal
    24.    Northern Flicker
    25.    Northern Mallard
    26.    Pileated Woodpecker
    27.    Red Bellied Wood Pecker
    28.    Red Tailed Hawk
    29.    Red Winged Black Bird
    30.    Rock Dove
    31.    Song Sparrow
    32.    Tree Swallow
    33.    Tufted Titmouse
    34.    Turkey Vulture
    35.    White Breasted Nuthatch
    36.    White-Throated Sparrow

    ...but my parents called me Kevin

    by MyInnerNameIsSpike on Mon May 06, 2013 at 03:39:28 PM PDT

    •  Nice list for a not-a-birder! (1+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic

      You list has been added to the official tally sheet under RURAL >5acres.  

      Welcome and may the spring migration bring you many new birds!

      (Also, watch out for your competitors: one bribes his birds with grape jelly and the other sets his prairies on fire.)

      I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

      by bwren on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:32:03 PM PDT

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    •  Can I add one more? (2+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic, bwren

      Last night I heard a Great Horned Owl, so can I say 37 now?

      I've got a pretty good yard for birds, with open unmowed fields with random brush piles and a few stands of tress (pines, oaks, maples, birch, etc). Also about an acre of woods (that continues on to other's property). Some wild cherry trees really draw in birds (like Waxwings) when they are fruiting. I have a couple of feeders that I try to keep up with, and an old bird bath that is slowly being reclaimed by nature.

      As I said, I'm not a birder, but I know my way around Sibley's and Kaufman, at least for the birds around here. When I travel (especially old world) I am lost! Funny how familiarity makes ID easier...

      We generally see/hear another dozen or so species in addition to this, with others occasionally passing through. I'm not a competitive type, though, so no extreme measures taken to encourage the birds. The brush piles I hear are a nice touch, but it's more out of laziness than anything that lets them accumulate!

       

      ...but my parents called me Kevin

      by MyInnerNameIsSpike on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:19:04 AM PDT

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