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Welcome to the 2013 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race! This is our fifth tally diary of the year, the official place to post your sightings, ask for help, and politely brag as much as you wish. Please let me know in the comments if I missed you last time or need to make any corrections. Alas, I got overwhelmed with keeping track of who's seen what, so there won't be any of those notes this month. Perhaps next time.

It's never too late to join in. Here's what you need to know:

The Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race is a birding competition where, over the course of one year, participants strive to identify the most bird species - by sight and/or by sound - from the confines of their yards.

We've set up categories so racers living in urban centers aren't competing against the lucky ones who have a waterfront view.
       ~Urban apartment or condo
        ~Urban attached (townhouse, rowhouse)
        ~Urban detached
        ~Rural <5 acres
        ~Rural >5 acres
        ~Waterfront (trumps any of the above...)
        ~Classroom Project
Classroom Project is a new category this year, and is for K-12 teachers and their students who wish to compete as a group. These racers can list the birds that they see or hear from any place on their school grounds. I hope we'll be hearing from the first classroom group today.

As always, the details and some fine print (always the fine print) can be found under the squiggly orange bird poop way below.

We're up to 21 participants, with three who joined the fray last time. Welcome, barbwires, AZ Sphinxmoth, and john difool! Looking forward to hearing more from you this tally. Almost all of the categories continue to be competitive, though we could use another voice or two in the Apartment or Condo category.

Many of us up north are still anticipating the arrival of the spring migrants, birds that may well have passed through the southern regions of the country since the last tally. Some of our winter residents are moving on to their summer nesting grounds even farther north, too. We'll see how the patterns are emerging this month.

And on to the March summary:
(Note that last year's racers' final 2012 counts are in parentheses after their names. They're competing against themselves this year, too.)

1. most awesome nana ... NE PA ... 25
2. homeschoolingmom     ... WV ... 24
3. PHScott (32) ... west of Tallahassee FL ... 21
4. marleycat ... MD.... 18
5. cany ... Orange County CA ... 12
6. Robert Helmuth ... OK ... 11

There was some shuffling in the RURAL <5ACRES counts last month. ocean diver had the clear lead at the beginning of the tally, but graciously decided to change categories since  her proximity to water seemed to better place her in the Waterfront category. That put most awesome nana in the lead. February's tie for second among  homeschooling mom, PHScott and marleycat has been broken, though their numbers are still tight. homeschooling mom is a close second now, with PHScott lagging behind just a bit in third. We've not heard from the other three competitors for a bit and hope to hear from them this time.


1. matching mole (78) ... Tallahassee FL ... 48
2. political mutt ... Sandhills NC ... 47
3. milly watt (67) ... Olympic Peninsula WA ... 41
4. polly syllabic (100) ... Gooseville WI ... 37
5. john difool ...Jacksonville, FL ... 36
6. oceandiver ... Lopez IS WA ... 34

We welcomed political mutt into the race last month and they have become a formidable presence in the WATERFRONT category. matching mole is still hanging on to his lead, but only by a hair. For the rest, it's location, location, location. Three of the four are located in the northern reaches of the competition: milly watt, polly syllabic and ocean diver. We might expect to see some competition here as the migrants begin to arrive in the north. Too, john difool just joined the race last month and has now had a month to catch up. Anything is possible on the waterfront.


1. bwren (50)... Seattle WA ... 27
2. duckhunter ... St Louis MO ... 26   
3. billybush ... Omaha NE ... 15

It's tightening in the URBAN DETACHED category, with duckhunter giving me a real challenge. billybush lags some, but who knows, with luck and those feeders he could definitely be back in contention this time around.  


On to the smaller categories, which are again listed alphabetically.


1. aaroninsandiego ... San Diego CA ... 10
2. youffraita ... PA... 1

aaroninsandiego added two more birds to his list last month and has the lead here. We've not heard from youffraita for a while, but hope she returns. Are any of you apartment/condo lurkers ready to join in? There are real possibilities here!


1. burnt out (73)... middle MO ... 37
2. janislav ... IA ... 22

burnt out and janislav continue to maintain their places as we go into this tally. They're sharing their Cardinals, but only janislav has seen a Bald Eagle so far. What goes this time, you two?


1. chantedor ... Paradise, CA ... 29
2. enhydra lutris (40) ... Castro Valley NOCA ... 24
3. barbwires ... Alexandria VA ... 12
4. AZ Sphinxmoth ... Baja, AZ ... 7

More shuffling in suburbia, with two new racers joining in last month. This category was tied between enhydra lutris and chantedor when we began the March tally. chantedor pulled ahead with 29 to enhydra lutris' 24. Newcomers barbwires and AZ Sphinxmoth are trailing, but both arrived just last month. Another month has gone by since then and a lot can change in a month.


1. lineatus ... San Francisco CA ... 35
2. Kay Observer2 ... Washington DC ... 19

Latitudes 38.90 vs 37.77. Longitudes -77.03 vs. -122.42. lineatus on the west coast maintains her lead over east coaster Kay Observer2, but they're so close in latitude. What new birds will the east and west migration routes bring for this month's tally?


Tally Updates
Be kind to your record keeper. For ease of keeping track of everyone's lists, please post your tallies in the following manner.

Your location, as close as you are comfortable revealing.
Your yard category.
Number of species seen so far, including your other tallies if you have any.
List of birds seen, dated if you wish.
Any comments you have about your sightings.

The fifth tally of the 2013 Backyard Science Yardbird Race is now open! You all know what to do. New racers are welcome - show your stuff!


I'll be in and out all day.

The next tally will be on May 5.

Help! I'll be out of town the first week of July. Does anyone want to take on the July 6 tally? Let me know in the comments or via kosmail. I'll even send you the Official dKos Backyard Bird Race Tally Sheet™.

Details and the fine print.

You'll be listing the number of bird species that you find from the confines of your yard between January 1 and December 31, 2013.  You can list a bird if you see or hear it while you are somewhere in your yard. If you live in an apartment or condo building your "yard" includes the property on which the building is located. Note that a "yard" includes your living quarters. So, you can list the owl that wakes you at 2am, but you can't list the Flamingo you see in your neighbor's side yard while driving home if you cannot see it from any place in your yard after you get out of your car. You can, however, walk around to your neighbor's side yard to ID a bird that you have initially seen or heard from the confines of your own yard.

You may list domestic chickens, but only as the generic "domestic chicken". Feral parrots and budgies may also be listed, but only as the generic "feral parrot". Pet birds, other captive birds and birds kept for hunting don't count.

There are no rules about ladders and fences. With the exception of utilizing recorded bird calls, which is strongly discouraged, there are also no rules about making your yard more bird-attractive than the competition's.

           Here are the yard categories:
            ~Urban apartment or condo
            ~Urban attached (townhouse, rowhouse)
            ~Urban detached
            ~Rural <5 acres
            ~Rural >5 acres
            ~Waterfront (trumps any of the above...)
            ~Classroom Project

You're on the honor system here. Think twice before reporting Geococcyx californianus from anywhere above latitude 42.00.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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  •  My tally, alas, has not changed in a month. (24+ / 0-)

    Where are my warblers? my swallows? my Osprey?

    Seattle WA
    Urban Detached
    28 species

    Jan 1 -
    1. American Crow
    2. Anna's Hummingbird
    3. American Robin
    4. Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
    5. Starling
    6. Spotted Towhee
    7. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    8. Dark Eyed Junco
    9. House Finch
    10. House Sparrow
    11. Black-capped Chickadee
    Jan 2-
    12. Bushtit
    Jan 3-
    13. Song Sparrow
    14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    15. Red Crossbill (Yard first!)
    Jan 4 -
    16. Bewick's Wren
    17. Steller's Jay
    Jan 5-
    18. Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Jan 6 -
    19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    20. Snow Goose
    Jan 10 -
    21. Killdeer
    Jan 12 -
    22. Golden-crowned Sparrow
    Jan 15 -
    23. White-crowned Sparrow
    Jan 21 -
    24. Domestic Chicken
    Jan 25 -
    25. Red-winged Blackbird
    Feb 2 -
    26. Canada Goose
    Mar 2 -
    27. Bald Eagle (yaay!!)
    28. Glaucous-winged Gull

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 08:44:51 PM PDT

  •  Well mine has changed but not by much (18+ / 0-)

    March has been a bit of a dud.  I'm now at 53 having added only five birds since the last tally.  I have a feeling I'm about to get 'squashed like a bug'

    1-Jan    Northern Cardinal
        American Coot
        Great Egret
    2-Jan    Mourning Dove
        Carolina Chickadee
        Carolina Wren
        Northern Mockingbird
        Ring-necked Duck
        Great Blue Heron
        White Pelican
        Red-bellied Woodpecker
        White-throated Sparrow
        White Ibis
        Pied-Billed Grebe
        Bald Eagle
        Tri-color Heron
        Northern Harrier
        Eastern Phoebe
        Red-winged Blackbird
        Little Blue Heron
        Great-Horned Owl
    5-Jan    Snowy Egret
        Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
        American Goldfinch
    6-Jan    Ring-billed Gull
        Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    11-Jan    Red-shouldered Hawk
    13-Jan    Blue Jay
    18-Jan    Forsters Tern
    19-Jan    Gray Catbird
        Yellow-rumped Warbler
    21-Jan    Black-crowned Night Heron
    23-Jan    Boat-tailed Grackle
        Chipping Sparrow
    24-Jan    Lesser Yellowlegs
    26-Jan    American Crow
    27-Jan    American Kestrel
        Black Vulture
    2-Feb    Turkey Vulture
        Purple Finch
        Red-tailed Hawk
    3-Feb    Cooper's Hawk
        Yellow-throated Warbler
    10-Feb    Song Sparrow
    16-Feb    Tree Swallow
    20-Feb    Limpkin
    2-Mar    Glossy Ibis
    23-Mar    Brown Thrasher
    24-Mar    Double-crested Cormorant
    30-Mar    Fish Crow
    31-Mar    Brown-headed Cowbird
    2-Apr    Canada Goose

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:06:27 AM PDT

  •  Omaha, Nebraska (17+ / 0-)

    Urban attached
    21 species

    1.  01/01/13 Dark-eyed Junco
    2.  01/02/13 Red-tailed Hawk  
    3.  01/03/13 House sparrow
    4.  01/04/13 Northern Cardinal
    5.  01/04/13 Blue Jay
    6.  01/04/13 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    7.  01/05/13 European Starling
    8.  01/06/13 Black capped Chickadee
    9.  01/06/13 White-breasted Nuthatch
    10.  01/06/13 Downy Woodpecker
    11.  01/08/13 American Crow
    12.  01/10/13 House Finch
    13.  01/10/13 Northern Flicker
    14.  01/28/13 Cooper's Hawk
    15.  02/03/13 Bald Eagle
    16.  03/04/13 Robin
    17.  03/17/13 Common Grackle
    18. 03/23/13  Canada Goose
    19.  03/24/13  Song Sparrow
    20.  03/29/13  Seagull(unknown, black wing tips)
    21.  04/06/13 Brown-headed Cowbird

    I'm thinking those gulls were probably Ring-billed Gulls, but they were too high up, and flew by too fast for me to be sure.  The Song Sparrow at #19 I had originally identified as Lincoln's Sparrow, but with some additional research and a little help, I correctly ID'd it as a Song Sparrow.

  •  Things are really slow so far this spring in WI (18+ / 0-)

    The Bluebirds haven't arrived yet and seem to be dawdling behind with everyone else. I surely hope it gets over 37 degrees today. sigh  

    Gooseville, WI

    1.   Northen Cardinal
    2.   Northern Flicker
    3.   Black-capped Chickadee
    4.   American Goldfinch
    5.   Pine Siskin
    6.   Common Redpoll
    7.   House Finch
    8.   Purple Finch
    9.   Mourning Dove
    10. Blue Jay
    11. Hairy Woodpecker
    12. Downy Woodpecker
    13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
    14. House Sparrow
    15. White-breasted Nuthatch
    16. Dark-eyed Junco
    17. Red-brested Nuthatch
    18. American Crow
    19. Cooper's Hawk
    20. European Starling
    21. Wild Turkey
    22. Brown Creeper
    23. American Tree Sparrow
    24. Great Horned Owl (heard)
    25. Tufted Titmouse
    26. Northern Harrier
    27. domestic chicken (rooster)
    28. Snow Buntings
    29. Ring-necked Pheasant
    30. Barred Owl (heard)
    31. Red-tailed Hawk
    32. Pileated Woodpecker
    33. Rock Pigeon
    34. Song Sparrow
    35. Canada Goose
    36. Sharp-shinned Hawk
    37. Red-shouldered Hawk
    38. Red-winged Blackbird
    39. Sandhill Cranes
    40. American Robin
    41. Bald Eagle
    42. Turkey Vulture
    43. Great Blue Heron
    44. Brown-headed Cowbird
    45. Common Grackle
    46. American Kestrel
    47. Snow Geese
    48. Mallard Duck
    49. Buffleheads
    50. Chipping Sparrow
    51. Wood Duck
    52. Herring Gull
    53. Blue-winged Teal
    54. Packer's Warbler
    54. Common Goldeneye
    55. Belted Kingfisher

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:12:52 AM PDT

  •  A beautiful spring day here today and (16+ / 0-)

    Mrs. burnt, LB, and I are heading out in just a few minutes to take advantage of it and will be gone for the day but wanted to post my Yb list real quick before we leave.  Added a few more birds but still waiting on many to return. This next couple, three weeks should bring quite a few new ones in.

     The wonderful barn swallows showed up yesterday and the tree swallows came back ten days ago so the only yard bird swallows missing now are the martins.  I'm ready for them when they do get here, old house cleaned and the new one mounted on the pole and ready to be raised at first sign of their return. Now if I can just figure out how to entice the bank and cliff swallows into the yard...... Can you tell I'm in love with swallows?  Saw a chippy hanging out in the bush where one has nested the last few years so I think it's probably building a nest in there again. Too thick to see what's going on inside there though so that's mere speculation.

    Mid Missouri,
    Rural > acres
    1Cardinal Jan 1
    2Dark eyed Junco Jan 1
    3Gold Finch Jan 1
    4Bluejay Jan 1
    5Hairy woodpecker Jan 1
    6House finch Jan 1
    7Downy woodpecker Jan 1
    8Chickadee Jan 1
    9Pileated woodpecker Jan 1
    10Tufted titmouse Jan 1
    11Flicker Jan 1
    12Carolina wren Jan 1
    13House sparrow Jan 1
    14Cooper hawk Jan 1
    15Fox sparrow Jan 1
    16Red belly woodpecker Jan 1
    17White breasted nuthatch Jan 1
    18White throated sparrow Jan 1
    19 Rock dove Jan 3
    20Crow Jan 3
    21Starling Jan3
    22Mourning Dove Jan 5
    23 Purple Finch Jan 5
    24Cedar Waxwing Jan5
    26Great Horned Owl (heard only)Jan 10
    27Canada Goose (fly over)Jan 12
    28Red Shouldered Hawk Jan 12
    29Blue bird Jan 5
    30Robin Jan 5
    31Snow geese (fly over)
    32Turkey vulture(fly over) Feb 13
    33Red wing blackbird M Feb 19 F Feb 22
    34Brown headed cowbird Feb 22
    35Field Sparrow Feb 22
    36Brewers Blackbird Feb 22
    37Song Sparrow Feb 26
    38Wood ducks March 9 (fly over)
    39Rufous sided Towhee
    40Tree swallow March 29
    41Grackle April 1
    42Eastern Phoebe April 4th
    43Barn swallow April 6

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:21:02 AM PDT

  •  March was a slow month here too (16+ / 0-)

    I only added 5 new species. But one of those species, the Varied Thrush, I'd never seen or heard here before, and it was only here one morning. And the Rufous Hummers are just passing through, but I was lucky enough to spot 2 females and a gorgeous male! The warblers have been trickling into our area the past couple weeks, but so far I've only identified one from my yard.

    Paradise, CA
    34 species as of 4/7/2013

    Listed in order of sighting:

    1.    Dark-Eyed Junco
    2.    California Towhee
    3.    Spotted Towhee
    4.    Eurasian Collared Dove
    5.    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
    6.    Steller’s Jay
    7.    Scrub Jay
    8.    Common Raven
    9.    Acorn Woodpecker
    10.    Anna’s Hummingbird
    11.    Evening Grosbeak
    12.    House Finch
    13.    Oak Titmouse
    14.    Bushtit
    15.    Cedar Waxwing
    16.    American Crow
    17.    White-Breasted Nuthatch
    18.    Pine Siskin
    19.    Northern Flicker
    20.    Downy Woodpecker
    21.    Nuttall’s Woodpecker
    22.    American Robin
    23.    Turkey Vulture
    24.    Snow Geese (flyover)
    25.    Fox Sparrow
    26.    Golden-Crowned Sparrow
    27.    Savannah Sparrow
    28.    Domestic Chickens
    29.    Mourning Dove
    30.    Hermit Thrush
    31.    Lesser Goldfinch
    32.    Varied Thrush
    33.    Rufous Hummingbird
    34.    Yellow-Rumped Warbler

  •  The scoop from E. Central IA - 9 new birds... (15+ / 0-)

    E. Central IA
    Rural >5 acres

    1- American Goldfinch
    2- American Tree Sparrow
    3- Dark-eyed Junco
    4- Downy Woodpecker
    5- European Starling
    6- House Sparrow
    7- Mourning Dove
    8- Purple Finch
    9- Red-bellied Woodpecker
    10- White-crowned Sparrow
    11- Hairy Woodpecker
    12- Common Crow
    13- Cardinal
    14- Red-tailed Hawk
    15- Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    16- Bald Eagle
    17- Cooper's Hawk - returning from a 2012 visit.
    18- Great Horned Owl
    19- Canada Goose
    20- Eastern Bluebird - so a new bluebird box.
    21- Ring-necked Pheasant
    22- White-throated Sparrow

    Since March 3...
    23- Red-winged Blackbird - Mar 12
    24- American Kestrel - Mar 16
    25- Eastern Meadowlark - Mar 17
    26- Common Goldeneye - Mar 20
    27- American Robin - Mar 24
    28- Killdeer - Mar 28
    29- Common Grackle - Apr 3
    30- Turkey Vulture (yesterday) - Apr 6
    31- Wood Duck (this morning) - Apr 7

    We are burning about 1/2 of our prairie later today, including a patch that's been full of hen Pheasants lately. Hope they aren't nesting yet. Things are just starting to green up here.

  •  Reporting in on a very rainy PNW morning (13+ / 0-)

    NE corner, Olympic Peninsula WA
    waterfront (rural >5 acres)

    I am running ahead of my count from last year at this same time, but that doesn't mean much. I am not seeing that many new and different species from what I'd expect to see eventually. I suspect I'll have a really s-l-o-w 2nd half of the year once I've counted all the usual suspects.

    Last report (in Taxonomic order)
    1    Brant - Branta bernicla                15 Feb  
    2    Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata                30 Jan  
    3    Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola                04 Jan  
    4    Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula                04 Jan  
    5    Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus                04 Jan  
    6    Common Merganser - Mergus merganser                04 Jan  
    7    Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator                09 Feb  
    8    Common Loon - Gavia immer                04 Jan  
    9    Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus                04 Jan  
    10    Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis                02 Jan  
    11    Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus                03 Feb  
    12    Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias                04 Jan  
    13    Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii                01 Mar  
    14    Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus                03 Jan  
    15    Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis                16 Jan  
    16    Mew Gull - Larus canus                25 Jan  
    17    Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis                17 Jan  
    18    Herring Gull - Larus argentatus                04 Jan  
    19    Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens                01 Jan  
    20    Common Murre - Uria aalge                02 Jan  
    21    Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba                02 Jan  
    22    Barred Owl - Strix varia                23 Feb  
    23    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna                01 Jan  
    24    Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon                04 Jan  
    25    Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber                17 Feb  
    26    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens                01 Jan  
    27    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus                01 Jan  
    28    Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus                18 Jan  
    29    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos                07 Jan  
    30    Common Raven - Corvus corax                06 Jan  
    31    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens                01 Jan  
    32    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis                01 Jan  
    33    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana                01 Jan  
    34    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus                01 Jan  
    35    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa                01 Jan  
    36    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula                07 Jan  
    37    American Robin - Turdus migratorius                01 Mar  
    38    Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius                22 Jan  
    39    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi                01 Jan  
    40    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus                01 Jan  
    41    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia                01 Jan  
    42    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis                01 Jan  
    43    Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra                07 Jan  
    44    Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus                22 Feb  

    New since last report (in chronological order)

    45    Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus    04 Mar
    46    Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri        04 Mar
    47    Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos    15 Mar
    48    Harlequin Duck - Histrionicus histrionicus    15 Mar
    49    Rhinoceros Auklet - Cerorhinca monocerata    18 Mar
    50    Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus        19 Mar
    51    Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus        19 Mar
    52    Marbled Murrelet - Brachyramphus marmoratus     22 Mar
    53    Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus        27 Mar  (heard)
    54    Canada Goose - Branta canadensis    29 Mar
    55    Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus    30 Mar  (heard)
    56    Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus        06 Apr

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:44:24 AM PDT

  •  I am a new apartment/condo person (13+ / 0-)

    in Carrboro, NC.  Here is my list since Jan 1, 2013:

    1.    Northern Cardinal
    2.    Tufted Titmouse
    3.    Carolina Chickadee
    4.    Carolina Wren
    5.    White-throated Sparrow
    6.    Downy Woodpecker
    7.    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    8.    Northern Mockingbird
    9.    Yellow-Rumpted Warbler
    10.  House Sparrow
    11.   Dark-eyed Junco
    12.   American Goldfinch
    13.   Pine Siskin
    14.   House Finch
    15.   Brown Thrasher
    16.   Brown Creeper
    17.   American Robin
    18.   Fish Crow
    19.   Eastern Towhee

  •  Oops - late to the party. 38 species as of 3/31. (12+ / 0-)

    Had to take hubby to the airport and forgot to look this up when I came back!

    March was slower, but I added three.  (I've added one for April so far, but my spring migrants haven't really shown up yet.)  I have one breeding bird at our house - a pair of House Finches in the yew next to the garage door.

    1/1 - Common Raven (first bird of the year!)
    1/1 - Dark-eyed Junco
    1/1 - Golden-crowned Sparrow
    1/1 - Townsend's Warbler
    1/1 - California Towhee
    1/1 - White-crowned Sparrow
    1/1 - Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1/1 - Rock Pigeon
    1/1 - Western Gull
    1/6 - Great Egret
    1/10 - Peregrine Falcon
    1/10 - American Robin
    1/11 - Red-tailed Hawk
    1/11 - European Starling
    1/12 - Double-crested Cormorant
    1/12 - Hermit Thrush
    1/13 - Mourning Dove
    1/13 - Western Scrub-jay
    1/13 - Brown Pelican
    1/15 - Bushtit
    1/15 - Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1/18 - Orange-crowned Warbler
    1/21 - Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    1/21 - Fox Sparrow
    1/24 - American Crow
    1/24 - Northern Flicker
    1/27 - Black Phoebe
    1/28 - Turkey Vulture
    January:  28 new species, 28 cumulative

    2/3 - Satan's Dove
    2/5 - Canada Goose
    2/6 - Glaucous-winged Gull
    2/7 - Northern Mockingbird
    2/7 - Pine Siskin
    2/16 - Cedar Waxwing
    2/22 - Pygmy Nuthatch
    February:  7 new species,  35 cumulative

    3/3 - Killdeer
    3/16 - American Goldfinch
    3/31 - Red-breated Nuthatch
    March:  3 new species, 38 cumulative.

    Glancing over that list, I realize that I don't show California Gull, and I know I've seen a few so far.  In all likelihood, I can spot one today and add that to the April list, bringing me to a nice, round 40.

  •  You guys & your lists (11+ / 0-)

    put me to shame.

    Since the last accounting, I got my books out to see if I can do better. As mm brought up in the diary, names change. I'm way out of date concerning some I listed & what they are now named (dark-eyed junco nee slate colored.)

    The only additions I have are:

    1. Sharp-shinned hawk, red breast like a robin with the white tail band,
    2. Turkey Vulture &
    3. Great Blue Heron.

    No Martins, Swallows or Bluebirds, yet.

    Two years ago, all the cowbirds & blackbirds disappeared. Some blackbirds last year, but still no cowbirds. Lots of gas production down in the river bottom where they lived.

    "I stand alone and take back somethin' worth rememberin'"

    by Robert Helmuth on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:20:57 PM PDT

    •  I think that these 3 brings you up to 14? (4+ / 0-)

      Is that right? Let us know.

      as to being out of date, you're not alone. I still list the newly renamed Pacific Wrens as Winter Wrens. It's hard to break old habits and I'm just very fond of some of the old names.

      Not sure if I should feel bad about the lack of cowbirds, but they have a place. Hope the blackbirds return with the rest of the birds you're expecting.

      I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

      by bwren on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:59:31 PM PDT

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  •  Hm, comment didn't post the first time. (11+ / 0-)

    Anyway, 3 more this month.

    Scripps Ranch area, city of San Diego
    Total species: 13
    Tally #1: 1
    Tally #2: 2
    Tally #3: 5
    Tally #4: 2
    Tally #5: 3
    1/1/13    American Crow

    1/4/13    Anna's Hummingbird
    1/6/13    Cassin's Kingbird

    1/7/13    House Finch
    1/9/13    Bewick's Wren
    1/17/13    Western Gull
    1/25/13    Song Sparrow
    1/26/13    Mourning Dove

    2/22/13    Lesser Goldfinch
    2/25/13    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    3/6/13    House Sparrow
    3/13/13    Bushtit
    4/6/13    Common Raven

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 01:29:25 PM PDT

  •  Lopez Island, Salish Sea (12+ / 0-)

    Water (rural<5 acres)
    Total: (a measly) 38 (so far)

    Not much change from last time. Winter marine birds are departing, though there are still a few buffleheads, red breasted mergansers, and common loons. Spring birds just starting - seen some elsewhere, like swallows, but not from the yard yet. Some bird, probably a warbler, with a lot of yellow, stopped by the feeder briefly but I didn't have my glasses on, and couldn't get a good enough look to ID (note to self...). So here goes:

    1. Raven
    2. Anna's hummingbird
    3. Red breasted nuthatch
    4. Chestnut backed chickadee
    5. Spotted towhee
    6. American crow
    7. Dark eyed junco
    8. House finch
    9. Song sparrow
    10. Redwing blackbird

    11. Canada goose
    12.  Ring neck pheasant

    13.  House sparrow
    14.  Golden crowned sparrow
    15.  Fox sparrow
    16.  Red breasted merganser
    17.  Buffleheads

    18.  Hooded merganser
    19.  Glaucus winged gull

    20.  Starling

    21.  Horned grebe

    22. Robin

    23. Common goldeneye  

    24. Pine Siskin

    25.  Bald eagle  

    26. Double crested cormorant

    27. Barn owl

    28. Common merganser

    29. American goldfinch

    30. Redtail hawk

    31.  Pacific wren

    32. Bluebills  

    33. Downy woodpecker

    34.  Common loons

    35. Red crossbills

    36. Yellow rumpled warbler

    37. Turkey vulture

    38. White crowned sparrow

    Out on a beachwalk, a group of female redbreasted mergansers were having a good old time bathing in the quiet water. It was like a party, chatting, following each other around, splashing water. Far off, but here are a few of them. They'll be heading north soon...

  •  Wow, hot competition in Waterfront! (10+ / 0-)

    I'm at home reading on my iPod; my computer and bird list are at work.  I'm going to have to post my list in the morning (yes, I actually took a day off).  I think my numbers put me right in the thick of it.  I saw maybe two species In March, but lately my summer birds have been returning and with no leaves yet I can see them!

    I want to request a referee's decision.  I saw a surprising bird the other day.  It had a red cap like a chipping sparrow and a dark eye line, but no streaks at all.  It's back was gray-brown and its underside pale gray.  I can only find one bird that looks like this--a Swainson's warbler.  My ornithologist friend says it's too early to see those here, but on e bird there is a local report April 6.  I saw mine April 3.  Usually I only claim a species if I get multiple sightings and the range and season are right, or if it's unmistakable.  I only had a few seconds to examine this bird before it flew, but it was pretty distinctive.  What do you think?

  •  Dang disappearing comments!!!! (9+ / 0-)

    Total is 26 as of this morning for rural < 5 ac near Tallahassee.

    "You are what you write, not what you look like."

    by PHScott on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:20:11 PM PDT

  •  I'm late! I'm late! (12+ / 0-)

    I wanted to spend some time at the races today, but life got in the way.  And I have to run out again soon. :(

    But I am adding a bird to my Life List!  The common redpoll - which has not been so common in my area.  A pair have been messing about at the spot where the stream comes out of the bog.  FYI - the female is way more aggressive than the male.

    So, Rural, <5 acres, NEPA:


    1.   cardinal
    2.   downy woodpecker
    3.   hairy woodpecker
    4.   red-bellied woodpecker
    5.   black-capped chickadee
    6.   American goldfinch
    7.   purple finch
    8.   slate-colored junco
    9.   mourning dove
    10. bluejay
    11. catbird
    12. American crow
    13. tufted titmouse


    14. Northern raven
    15. white-breasted nuthatch
    16. winter wren


    17.  Northern goshawk
    18.  mockingbird
    19.  turkey vulture (overhead)
    20.  Canada goose (overhead)
    21.  wild turkey (actually in the yard!)
    22.  house finch
    23.  red-tailed hawk (sitting in the big red oak)


    24.  house sparrow
    25.  brown creeper


    26.  common redpoll
    27.  mallard
    28.  northern harrier (aka Marsh Hawk) hunting the
           mourning doves.
    29.  pileated woodpecker

    As usual, the harrier scared the devil out of me.  It flies so low, I swear the thing was below my shoulder level as it tore by.  Poor doves didn't stand a chance.

    Not very "Springy" here.  Have seen robins in the valley but not so far at my elevation (about 1700 feet).  Not a single tree/shrub is budding.  The crocus are up!  And the tips of the daffodils are showing!  Soon!  PLEASE!!!!!!

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 02:30:29 PM PDT

  •  Late in the day, and not much new... (10+ / 0-)

    Washington, DC
    Urban attached
    23 species

    Barred Owl (voice)
    Red-Tailed Hawk
    Snow Goose (gaggle flying over)
    White Throated Sparrow

    previous list:
    White Breasted Nuthatch
    Song Sparrow
    Carolina Wren
    Blue Jay
    Carolina Chickadee
    Downy Woodpecker
    American Crow
    Herring Gull (explanation to follow)
    Canada Goose (ditto)
    Mourning Dove
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    American Robin
    European Starling
    Northern Cardinal
    House Sparrow

    Explanation:  I live in a row house located between a large reservoir less than a mile away on one side, and on the other side, across a street, Rock Creek Park, containing a good-sized stream, and not too much further away a sheltered reservoir, and then the Potomac River.  The Potomac is still tidal at this point, and Herring Gulls live in this area year round.  From this yard, over the years, I've seen and/or heard, flying over, Bald Eagles, Great Blue Heron, Mallard Ducks, Snow Geese (voice), Canada Geese, and Herring Gulls.

  •  Dragging in (8+ / 0-)

    I have my grand-daughter staying with me. Sorry about being mia.

    Bisbee, AZ

    1. White crown sparrow
    2. House Finch
    3. House sparrow
    4. Mockingbird
    5. Curved-billed Thrasher
    6. Raven (Chihuahuan?)
    7. White-winged Dove
    8. Western Kingbird
    9. Brewer's Blackbird
    10. Great-tailed Grackle
    11. Bullock's Oriole
    12. Canyon Towhee
    13. Cooper's Hawk
    14. European Starling
    15. Lessor Goldfinch
    16. Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
    17. Verdin
    18. Northern Cardinal
    19. Warbler (Orange-crowned or Wilson's)
    20. Painted Redstart
    21. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    22. Turkey Vulture
    23. Black-chinned Hummingbird (female?)

  •  Sorry to have been away all day, (7+ / 0-)

    the day turned out to be way fuller than I'd expected.

    Back now for a bit. I may need to finish up tomorrow.

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 06:13:47 PM PDT

  •  Oh, one more thing.. (8+ / 0-)


    Violet-green Swallows flitting through all of the sky above the house, in great and wondrous numbers.

    OK. I'll speak in my indoor voice now.

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:14:55 PM PDT

  •  Here's my list (4+ / 0-)

    Sorry to be so late.

    political mutt
    Sandhills of NC
    57 species total

    1    Tufted titmouse
    2    American robin
    3    Northern cardinal
    4    Pileated woodpecker
    5    Red-bellied woodpecker
        (Yellow-bellied sapsucker*)
    6    Carolina chickadee*
    7    Carolina wren
    8    Canada goose
    9    Mallard duck
    10    American crow
    11    Red-tailed hawk
    12    Red-shouldered hawk
    13    Eastern bluebird
    14    dark-eyed junco
    15    killdeer
    16    goldfinch
    17    Mockingbird (Northern)
    18    Fish crow
    19    Starlings
    20    Turkey vultures
    21    Wild Turkey
    22    Mourning dove
    23    Blue jay
    24    Hermit thrush*
    25    Fox sparrow*

    26    feral Rock dove
    27    Black vulture
    28    Hooded merganser
    29    Great blue heron
    30    Northern flicker
        (White-breasted nuthatch)
    31    Yellow-rumped warbler*
        (Ruby-crowned kinglet)
        (domestic chickens)
    32    guinea fowl
    33    blue-winged teal
    34    house sparrow
    35    cedar waxwing
    36    ring-necked duck
    37    white-throated sparrow
        (golden-crowned kinglet)
    38    Lesser scaup 2/10
    39    Red-winged blackbird 2/12
        (Winter wren* 2/13)
    40    Belted Kingfisher 2/19
    41    Chipping sparrow 2/19
    42    Eastern meadowlark 2/20
    43    Loggerhead shrike 2/23
    44    Swamp sparrow 2/24
    45    Ruddy duck 2/25
    46    Song sparrow* 2/27

    47    Eastern pheobe 3/2
    48    Northern harrier 3/4
    49    Wood duck 3/9
    50    Pine warbler*
    51    American coot 3/30
        (brown creeper)
    52    Barn swallows 3/31

    53    Field sparrow 4/1
    54    Eastern kingbird 4/2
    55    Brown thrasher 4/3
    56    mystery bird:  Swainson's warbler?
    57    Blue-gray gnatcatcher 4/7

    I'll limit my comments since I'm so far behind this morning and probably few people will still read this.  I was most excited to actually see a brown thrasher!  I identified them by song last year, being told that they usually sing each song twice.  But I trained my binoculars on the tree the song was coming from, and since it hadn't leafed out yet, I could see him--big and reddish with a long tail just like in the pictures, and singing his heart out.  OK, I wouldn't know if he was singing dispassionately, but the song was impressive, as was the repertoire--lots of phrases I didn't recognize.

    The wood duck was one I saw once but consider unmistakeable.  He was sitting on the pond right in front of the house one morning.  I got my husband and son up to look but he was gone.

  •  Add me to the list!! (7+ / 0-)

    Mojave desert (outside Barstow, CA)
    less than one acre

    Don't remember specific date
    Cooper's Hawk
    Prairie Falcon
    Scrub Jay
    Barn Owl
    Greater Horned Owl
    Downy Woodpecker

    April 2
    Greater Roadrunner
    California Quail
    Common Raven
    Ring-necked Dove
    House Sparrow
    Costa's Hummingbird

    April 8
    Crissal Thrasher
    Horned Lark
    California Towee
    House Finch

  •  first time listing apartment catagory please (5+ / 0-)

    Since the first of the year all from my kitchen window or bedroom window

    1. Turkey
    2. Barn owl (heard)
    3. Great horned owl (heard)
    4. Merlin
    5. Mourning Dove
    6. Lesser Goldfinch
    7. White Crowned Sparrow
    8. House Finch
    9. Dark-eyed Junco
    10. Pine Siskin
    11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
    12. Golden-crowned Kinglet
    13. Canadian Geese
    14. Turkey Vulture
    15. House Sparrow
    16. California Towhee
    17. Sandhill Cranes (heard)
    18. Brewer's Blackbird
    19. Mallard Duck

    I am lucky that my apartment complex has pretty nice landscaping with lots of (mostly native species) tree's and we are next to a major powerline created greenbelt.  Last night was the best, I almost died laughing.  Walking by the kitchen window was a breeding  pair of Mallard Ducks walking by.  I guess they were looking for a nest site to help "finish the deal".  

    My college ornithology professor always said that drake Mallards had no morals at all in spring; that they would attempt to mate with anything with feathers that they could get close to.

    Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

    by DarkHawk98 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:08:27 PM PDT

    •  We've got a real race in Apartment/condo now! (3+ / 0-)

      You and BennyToothpick, newcomers both, are tied for first. Nicely done!

      You're in the tally with 19. Might you give us a general idea of where you're located?

      My apologies for getting back to this so late.

      I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

      by bwren on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:25:09 PM PDT

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