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Welcome to the 2014 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race! This is the third tally for 2014 and is the official place to post your sightings, ask for help, and brag some if you wish. All of the fine print can be found way below under the pile of squiggly orange bird poop.

Here's what the race is all about:

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.

There are a number of categories, so people who live in urban centers don't have to compete against others who have a lot of open space or waterfront views.

The Categories:

       ~Urban apartment or condo
        ~Urban attached (townhouse, rowhouse)
        ~Urban detached
        ~Suburban
        ~Rural <5 acres
        ~Rural >5 acres
        ~Waterfront (trumps any of the above...)
        ~Classroom Project
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27 participants have sent in at least one tally since the start of the year, with two more joiningd up for the first time last tally: welcome ninety wt and wood gas, glad to have you aboard! All of the categories except Classroom Project are now represented.  

I'm going to change things a bit this time and just list the results of each category without any commentary. Instead, I'll attempt to speak of the birds that have been reported overall. Please send kudos to Milly Watt for her work setting up a spreadsheet that will allow us to track the birds that each of us see over the course of this year's race. Matching Mole, Ocean Diver, and a couple others have also offered to enter our lists into the spreadsheet. Please kosmail me your email addy if you'd like to take a turn doing data entry.

As always, please let me know if I missed you last month, or if anything else needs correcting. Note, too, that the final counts for those who have participated in previous races are in parentheses after their names. Remember that all returning racers are competing against themselves this season, too.

Here's where we stand:

URBAN ATTACHED
1. lineatus (44) ... San Francisco, CA ... 20

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APARTMENT OR CONDO
1. Benny Toothpick (27)... Carrboro, NC ... 14
2. aaroninsandiego (21)... San Diego CA ... 12

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RURAL <5ACRES
1. most awesome nana (48)... NE PA ... 30
2. PHScott ... (32, 38) ... west of Tallahassee ... 27
3. Attack Gardener (new) ... Saratoga County NY ... 24

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RURAL >5ACRES
1. burnt out (73, 75)... middle MO ... 34
ninety wt (new) ... central MS ... 25

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URBAN DETACHED
1. greycat  (new)... Portland, OR ... 20
2. bwren (50, 41)... Seattle WA ... 19
3. billybush (35)... Omaha NE ... 8

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SUBURBAN

1. AZ Sphinxmoth (43)... Baja, AZ ...  28
2. enhydra lutris (40, 47) ... Castro Valley NOCA ... 25
3. lorell (36) ... Sugarland, TX ... 22
4. DarkHawk98 (new)... Bella Vista AR ... 16
5. 6412093 (20)... NW Oregon ... 15
6. Mark Mywurtz (new)... MN 8 ... 11
7. barbwires (24) ... Alexandria VA ... 9

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WATERFRONT
1. matching mole (78, 79) ... Tallahassee FL ... 18
2. OceanDiver (71) ... Lopez IS WA ... 17
3. Polly Syllabic (100, 102) ... Gooseville WI ... 26
4. political mutt (53, 65) ... Sandhills NC ...  6
5. nom de plume (new) ... Upper Kitsap Peninsula WA ... 16
6. Milly Watt (67, 75) ... Olympic Peninsula WA ... 21
7. Dr. Arcadia (78) ... thumb of MI ... 15
8. wood gas (new) ... Prince of Wales IS AK ... 17
9. Mark Sumner (69) ... Hillsboro, MO ... 15

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Remember last month's quiz/poll?

Which seemingly common bird is NOT in the top 10 seen so far this year?

Here's the vote:
0%    Dark-eyed Junco
0%    American Crow
33%    Hairy Woodpecker
0%    House Finch
33%    Anna's Hummingbird
16%    European Starling
0%    Black-capped Chickadee
8%    Northern Cardinal
0%    Blue Jay
8%    Mourning Dove

And the answer? Mea culpa. None of the above.

This inadvertently ended up being a trick question because there were a bunch of ties for a number of places, and I just looked at the top ten on the list when I set up the poll. In that case, European Starling would have been the odd bird out, but here's how the "top ten" look when the ties are taken into consideration:
1. American Crow (18)
2. Dark-eyed Junco (13)
3.Mourning Dove (11), Hairy Woodpecker (11), Black-capped Chickadee (11), Northern Cardinal (11), House Finch (11)
4. Downy Woodpecker (10)
5. Blue Jay (9)
6. Anna's Hummingbird (8), Tufted Titmouse (8), American Robin (8), Song Sparrow (8),
American Goldfinch, (8)
7. Red-bellied Woodpecker (7), White-breasted Nuthatch (7)
8. Starling (6), House Sparrow (6)
9. Great Blue Heron (5), Northern Flicker (5), Red-breasted Nuthatch (5), Spotted Towee (5), Purple Finch (5)
10. Pileated Woodpecker (4), Winter Wren (4), Golden-crowned Sparrow (4)
Still, Starlings did come in towards the bottom, along with the House Sparrows. I'm not surprised that American Crows were the top bird, but was interested to see that Dark-eyed Juncos were so well represented on lists from all over the country.

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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 third tally of the 2014 Backyard Science Yardbird Race is now open! You all know what to do. I'll be in until late-afternoon PDT (aargh!), then back on Monday to finish up.

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"Green Diary Rescue" is posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page. Green Diary Rescue has been good to Backyard Science, so take a minute to recommend, comment, and then link to your other off-Kos groups.

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, 2014.  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, but wandering peafowl are fair game.

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
            ~Suburban
            ~Rural <5 acres
            ~Rural >5 acres
            ~Waterfront (trumps any of the above...)
            ~Classroom Project

Originally posted to Birds and Birdwatching on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Backyard Science.

Poll

Which Swallow has been reported as of Feb 2?

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  •  My list as of March 9, 2014 (26+ / 0-)

    Seattle, WA
    Urban Detached

    22 species

    Jan 1 -
    1. American Crow
    2. Steller's Jay
    3. Anna's Hummingbird
    4. Dark-eyed Junco

    Jan 2 -
    5. Song Sparrow
    6. Golden-crowned Sparrow
    7. Black-capped Chickadee
    8. House Sparrow
    9. Bewick's Wren

    Jan 4 -
    10. Spotted Towhee
    11. Glaucous-winged Gull

    Jan 5 -
    12. Butterbutt

    Jan 6 -
    13. Golden-crowned Kinglet
    14. European Starling

    Jan 7 -
    15. Killdeer

    Jan 8 -
    16. Robin

    Jan 9 -
    17. Bushtit

    Jan 19 -
    18. House Finch

    Jan 28 -
    19. Townsend's Warbler

    Feb 3 -
    20. Domestic Chicken

    Feb 13 -
    21. Bald Eagle

    Feb 15 -
    22. Chestnut-backed Chickadee

    "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

    by bwren on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 11:35:45 PM PST

  •  Waterfront - 45 species - Tallahassee, FL (20+ / 0-)

    1-Jan    American Coot
    4-Jan    Blue Jay
        Cardinal
        Carolina Chickadee
        Red-bellied Woodpecker
        Mourning Dove
        Carolina Wren
        Tufted Titmouse
        Red-shouldered Hawk (Heard)
    5-Jan    Boat-tailed Grackle
        Great Blue Heron
        Pied-billed Grebe
        Great Egret
        Limpkin (heard)
        Double-crested Cormorant
        Northern Harrier
        Ring-billed Gull
    7-Jan    American Goldfinch
        Brown Thrasher
        Yellow-rumped Warbler
    10-Jan    Great Horned Owl
    11-Jan    Canvasback
        White-throated Sparrow (heard)
        Black Phoebe
    12-Jan    Cedar Waxwing
        Forster's Tern
        Turkey Vulture
    13-Jan    Blad Eagle
    15-Jan    Song Sparrow
        Yellow-throated Warbler
    18-Jan    Red-winged Blackbird
        Ruddy Duck
    19-Jan    Tree Swallow
    29-Jan    Ruby Crowned Kinglet
    31-Jan    Killdeer
    1-Feb    Eastern Bluebird
    3-Feb    Pileated Woodpecker
    8-Feb    White Ibis
        American Kestrel
    9-Feb    Osprey
    16-Feb    Bufflehead
        Ring-necked Duck
        Pine Warbler
    24-Feb    American Crow
    9-Mar    Wood Duck

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

    by matching mole on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:20:47 AM PDT

  •  From the little lake... (18+ / 0-)

    Way behind those coastal folks already.  With the lake frozen for better than two months, I didn't get nearly the variety we saw by this point last year, but we are having some nice little pods of diving ducks.

    2014 all birds list
    1. Black-cap chickadee 1/1
    2. Great Blue Heron 1/1
    3. Canada Goose 1/1

    4. Hairy Woodpecker 1/2 -
    5. Tufted Titmouse  1/2 -
    6. White-breasted Nuthatch 1/2 -
    7. Mallard 1/2 -
    8. Dark-eyed Junco 1/2 - 2/23
    9. Downy Woodpecker 1/2 -

    10. American Coot 1/3
    11. Green-winged Teal 1/3 - 3/3

    12. Northern Cardinal  1/4
    13. American Bald Eagle 1/4 -
    14. American Crow 1/4

    15. Ring-necked Duck 1/6 - 3/7
    16. Red-bellied Woodpecker  1/6

    17. Pileated Woodpecker 1/7

    18. Carolina Wren 1/8
    19. Mourning Dove 1/8

    20. Greater Scaup 1/12

    21. Canvasback Duck 2/10 - 3/7

    22. Goldfinch 2/16
    23. House Finch 2/16

    24. Bufflehead 2/17

    25. Gadwall 2/19

    26. Blue Jay 2/23
    27. Red-Shouldered Hawk 2/23
    28. Lesser Scaup 2/23

    29. Eastern Bluebird 3/3
    30. Cackling Goose 3/3

    31. American Robin 3/6

  •  ok, I'm urban apartment, St Pete Florida (16+ / 0-)

    1 official backyard sighting ---Nanday Parakeet. They have a nesting tree on the next block and I often see (and hear) them in my backyard trees.

    That at least puts me on the scoreboard.  :)

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:35:52 AM PDT

  •  Backyard Birds in Thumb of Michigan (18+ / 0-)

    Thumb of Michigan
    Waterfront (rural >5 acre)
    26 species

    Chronological Order
    1    Mourning Dove    MODO    Zenaida macroura    1-Jan-14
    2    Red-bellied Woodpecker    RBDO    Melanerpes carolinus    1-Jan-14
    3    Downy Woodpecker    DOWO    Picoides pubescens    1-Jan-14
    4    Blue Jay    BLJA    Cyanocitta cristata    1-Jan-14
    5    American Crow    AMCR    Corvus brachyrhynchos    1-Jan-14
    6    Black-capped Chickadee    BCCH    Poecile atricapillus    1-Jan-14
    7    Tufted Titmouse    TUTI    Baeolophus bicolor    1-Jan-14
    8    American Tree Sparrow    ATSP    Spizella arborea    1-Jan-14
    9    Dark-eyed Junco    DEJU    Junco hyemalis    1-Jan-14
    10    Northern Cardinal    NOCA    Cardinalis cardinalis    1-Jan-14
    11    House Finch    HOFI    Haemorhous mexicanus    1-Jan-14
    12    American Goldfinch    AMCO    Spinus tristis    1-Jan-14
    13    Sharp-shinned Hawk    SSHA    Accipiter striatus    2-Jan-14
    14    Hairy Woodpecker    HAWO    Picoides villosus    2-Jan-14
    15    Cooper’s Hawk    COHA    Accipiter cooperii    5-Jan-14
    16    European Starling    EUST    Sturnus vulgaris (Introduced)    8-Jan-14
    17    Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker    YSFL    Colaptes auratus    9-Jan-14
    18    White-breasted Nuthatch    WBNU    Sitta carolinensis    14-Jan-14
    19    Wild Turkey    WITU    Meleagris gallopavo    15-Jan-14
    20    Domestic Chicken        Gallus gallus domesticus    15-Jan-14
    21    Red-tailed Hawk    RTHA    Buteo jamaicensis    17-Jan-14
    22    Northern Shrike    NSHR    Lanius excubitor    20-Jan-14
    23    Ring-necked Pheasant    RNEP    Phasianus colchicus    28-Jan-14

    Since last tally
    24    Bald Eagle    BAEA    Haliaeetus leucocephalus    16-Feb-14
    25    Herring Gull    HERG    Larus argentatus    21-Feb-14
    26    Rough-legged Hawk    RLHA    Buteo lagopus    25-Feb-14


                                           Click to enlarge

    Not much happening here, except that the 20+ tenant juncos we had in the immediate yard left about March 1st. I have seen an occasional one or two for a few hours, so I presume they are simply passing through.  I have no previous dates for them leaving.  We still have 5-10" of snow on the ground.

    The plural of anecdote is NOT data

    by Dr Arcadia on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:48:22 AM PDT

    •  Taxonomic Order if it helps for data entry (13+ / 0-)

      Ring-necked Pheasant    RNEP    Phasianus colchicus    28-Jan-14
      Wild Turkey    WITU    Meleagris gallopavo    15-Jan-14
      Bald Eagle    BAEA    Haliaeetus leucocephalus    16-Feb-14
      Sharp-shinned Hawk    SSHA    Accipiter striatus    2-Jan-14
      Cooper’s Hawk    COHA    Accipiter cooperii    5-Jan-14
      Red-tailed Hawk    RTHA    Buteo jamaicensis    17-Jan-14
      Rough-legged Hawk    RLHA    Buteo lagopus    25-Feb-14
      Herring Gull    HERG    Larus argentatus    21-Feb-14
      Mourning Dove    MODO    Zenaida macroura    1-Jan-14
      Red-bellied Woodpecker    RBDO    Melanerpes carolinus    1-Jan-14
      Downy Woodpecker    DOWO    Picoides pubescens    1-Jan-14
      Hairy Woodpecker    HAWO    Picoides villosus    2-Jan-14
      Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker    YSFL    Colaptes auratus    9-Jan-14
      Northern Shrike    NSHR    Lanius excubitor    20-Jan-14
      Blue Jay    BLJA    Cyanocitta cristata    1-Jan-14
      American Crow    AMCR    Corvus brachyrhynchos    1-Jan-14
      Black-capped Chickadee    BCCH    Poecile atricapillus    1-Jan-14
      Tufted Titmouse    TUTI    Baeolophus bicolor    1-Jan-14
      White-breasted Nuthatch    WBNU    Sitta carolinensis    14-Jan-14
      European Starling    EUST    Sturnus vulgaris (Introduced)    8-Jan-14
      American Tree Sparrow    ATSP    Spizella arborea    1-Jan-14
      Dark-eyed Junco    DEJU    Junco hyemalis    1-Jan-14
      Northern Cardinal    NOCA    Cardinalis cardinalis    1-Jan-14
      House Finch    HOFI    Haemorhous mexicanus    1-Jan-14
      American Goldfinch    AMCO    Spinus tristis    1-Jan-14
      Domestic Chicken        Gallus gallus domesticus    15-Jan-14

      The plural of anecdote is NOT data

      by Dr Arcadia on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:55:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Taxonomy Differences (10+ / 0-)

        I didn't realize that there were different taxonomic schemes until I read Milly Watt's entry below. (I was suspicious given the different ordering in various field guides)

        The taxonomic order that I used here is the one used by the Michigan Audubon Society in their 2013 spreadsheet for Michigan birds. That spreadsheet is the one that I used to develop mine. If we are going to use USGS, then I will add another index column to filter and order on this taxonomy.

        The plural of anecdote is NOT data

        by Dr Arcadia on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:38:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  In USGS Taxonomic order with page number first (6+ / 0-)

          91.2    Bald Eagle    BAEA    Haliaeetus leucocephalus    16-Feb-14
          93.3    Sharp-shinned Hawk    SSHA    Accipiter striatus    2-Jan-14
          94.1    Cooper’s Hawk    COHA    Accipiter cooperii    5-Jan-14
          102.2    Red-tailed Hawk    RTHA    Buteo jamaicensis    17-Jan-14
          103.1    Rough-legged Hawk    RLHA    Buteo lagopus    25-Feb-14
          117.3    Ring-necked Pheasant    RNEP    Phasianus colchicus    28-Jan-14
          122.2    Wild Turkey    WITU    Meleagris gallopavo    15-Jan-14
          189.2    Herring Gull    HERG    Larus argentatus    21-Feb-14
          224.3    Mourning Dove    MODO    Zenaida macroura    1-Jan-14
          336.1    Red-bellied Woodpecker    RBDO    Melanerpes carolinus    1-Jan-14
          339.3    Downy Woodpecker    DOWO    Picoides pubescens    1-Jan-14
          339.4    Hairy Woodpecker    HAWO    Picoides villosus    2-Jan-14
          344.1    Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker    YSFL    Colaptes auratus    9-Jan-14
          429.1    Northern Shrike    NSHR    Lanius excubitor    20-Jan-14
          442.2    Blue Jay    BLJA    Cyanocitta cristata    1-Jan-14
          449.3    American Crow    AMCR    Corvus brachyrhynchos    1-Jan-14
          463.3    Black-capped Chickadee    BCCH    Poecile atricapillus    1-Jan-14
          466.4    Tufted Titmouse    TUTI    Baeolophus bicolor    1-Jan-14
          469.1    White-breasted Nuthatch    WBNU    Sitta carolinensis    14-Jan-14
          523.2    European Starling    EUST    Sturnus vulgaris (Introduced)    8-Jan-14
          610.3    American Tree Sparrow    ATSP    Spizella arborea    1-Jan-14
          625.1    Dark-eyed Junco    DEJU    Junco hyemalis    1-Jan-14
          633.3    Northern Cardinal    NOCA    Cardinalis cardinalis    1-Jan-14
          662.1    House Finch    HOFI    Haemorhous mexicanus    1-Jan-14
          668.1    American Goldfinch    AMCO    Spinus tristis    1-Jan-14
          999.9    Domestic Chicken        Gallus gallus domesticus    15-Jan-14

          The only difference with this set of birds was that it moved the pheasant and turkey below the raptors. New species in bold.

          The plural of anecdote is NOT data

          by Dr Arcadia on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 11:41:54 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  26 on the tally sheet for you, DrA. (6+ / 0-)

      Got any idea when the Juncos will show up again?

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 01:00:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  up to 45 plus some interesting unidentifieds (18+ / 0-)

    waterfront (also rural >5 acres)
    Sandhills (central) area of North Carolina

    I've got some kind of diver that doesn't fit anything in my books, a bird with a silhouette and behavior very like a green heron, which shouldn't be here now (and I haven't seen it when it's not backlit), and something that looks and acts like a flycatcher but with white on the wings.

    This month I plan to set up some feeders near our back property line, a fence line overgrown with oak and cherry trees and brush.  I'm hoping to draw out some interesting migrants.  Will post here if I do.

    Here are my positive IDs:

        January
    1    Mourning dove
    2    Blue jay
    3    American crow
    4    Great blue heron
    5    Hooded merganser
    6    Northern mockingbird

        As of February 2, 2014
    7    Canada goose
    8    Northern cardinal
    9    Dark-eyed slate-colored junco
    10    Red-shouldered hawk
    11    Sharp-shinned hawk
    12    Fox sparrow
    13    Tufted titmouse
    14    Turkey vulture
    15    White-throated sparrow
    16    Eastern bluebird
    17    Redhead duck
    18    Ringneck duck
    19    Mallard duck
    20    Northern yellow-shafted flicker
    21    Pileated woodpecker
    22    Yellow-bellied sapsucker
    23    Killdeer
    24    Brown thrasher
    25    Eastern phoebe
    26    Carolina wren
    27    Feral rock dove
    28    domestic guinea fowl
    29    American robin

        Feb 2-March 9 2014
    30    Golden-crowned kinglet
    31    Hermit thrush
    32    Yellow-bellied sapsucker
    33    Common grackle
    34    White-breasted nuthatch
    35    Cooper's hawk
    36    Vesper sparrow
    37    Eastern meadowlark
    38    Chipping sparrow
    39    Fish crow
    40    Ruddy ducks
    41    Wild turkeys
    42    Little blue heron
    43    Pine warbler
    44    Bufflehead
    45    Domestic chicken

  •  Just running in and out - no new birds this month. (16+ / 0-)

    Off to #1 granddaughter's soccer game.

    Ciao!

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

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:26:44 AM PDT

  •  Omaha, Nebraska (16+ / 0-)

    Urban detached.

    Only 1 new bird last month.  I'm now seven behind my total from last year.

    1.  01/02/14  House Sparrow
    2.  01/02/14  Dark-eyed Junco
    3.  01/03/14  Downy Woodpecker
    4.  01/03/14  American Crow
    5.  01/05/14  Black-capped Chickadee
    6.  01/05/14  Northern Cardinal
    7.  01/06/14  Blue Jay
    8.  01/06/14  House Finch
    9.  02/03/14  Red-tailed Hawk

  •  Prince of Wales Is. Alaska (15+ / 0-)

    Note to Bwren,
    Sorry for the slop job, I am not a record keeper, do not ask my wife about that or she will finally kill me and probably burn your ear through the phone. It's tax time.

    Jan 3
                  1   Harlequins,
                  2  Flicker,
                  3  Bald Eagle,    
                  4   Horned Grebe,
                  5  Common Merganser,
                  6  Common Loon
    Jan 4  
                  7   Hooded Merganser
                     8  Raven,
                     9  Crow
    Jan 9
                10  Western grebe,  
                11 Glaucous gull,
                12  Murre
    Jan 10
                 13 Glaucous Winged gull,
                 14 Sharp Shinned hawk,
    Jan 11
                 15  Red breasted Merganser
    Jan 28  
                  16  30+ Surf Scoters ,
    Jan 31
                  17  Black Turnstone

    Feb 5
                  18 American Pipit,    
              19  Bonapartes Gull
    Feb  7  
              20 Arctic loon
    Feb 13
              21 Semi-palmated Plover
    Feb 22
              22 White Winged Scoter

    Mar 7
              23  Canada Geese, Dusky

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. Sam Clemens

    by Wood Gas on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:00:05 AM PDT

  •  40 species (14+ / 0-)

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

    List reported on Feb 2    (in eBird Taxonomic order)

    1    Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata              02 Jan  
    2    Common Merganser - Mergus merganser              01 Jan  
    3    Common Loon - Gavia immer              01 Jan  
    4    Yellow-billed Loon - Gavia adamsii              02 Jan  
    5    Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus              01 Jan  
    6    Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus              01 Jan  
    7    Common Murre - Uria aalge              02 Jan  
    8    Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba              01 Jan  
    9    Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens              02 Jan  
    10    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna              01 Jan  
    11    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens              01 Jan  
    12    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus              01 Jan  
    13*    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos              31 Jan  
    14    Common Raven - Corvus corax              24 Jan  
    15    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens              01 Jan  
    16    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis              01 Jan  
    17    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana              01 Jan  
    18    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus              03 Jan  
    19    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa              02 Jan  
    20    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi              01 Jan  
    21    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus              01 Jan  
    22    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia              01 Jan  
    23    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis              01 Jan  

    New since last report (in usgs taxonomic order - numbering scheme used in our spreadsheet)
    24 Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis              05 Feb  (8.2)
    25 Pelagic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax pelagicus              05 Feb  (34.1)
    26 Brant - Branta bernicla        14 Feb (60.2)
    27 Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola              05 Feb  (82.1)
    28 Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula              05 Feb  (82.2)
    29 Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus              05 Feb  (84.1)
    30 Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator              05 Feb  (85.1)
    31 Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus              05 Feb  (148.2)
    32 Bonaparte's Gull - Chroicocephalus philadelphia     15 Feb (new row 186.1)
    33 Mew Gull - Larus canus        02 Feb (187.4)
    34 Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon              05 Feb  (323.2)
    35 Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber        02 Feb (338.1)
    36 Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri        07 Feb   (442.1)
    37 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula              05 Feb  (488.1)
    38 Hermit Thrush - Catharus guttatus              05 Feb (505.3)
    39 American Robin - Turdus migratorius        22 Feb (511.3)
    40 Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius        02 Feb (513.1)

    *13  I am still trying to figure out whether I'm seeing Northwestern Crows (Corvus caurinus)(450.1) or American Crows.  I'm not going to claim both so it won't affect my count this year, but I'd like to get the id correct.  This seems to be a problem that baffles lots of birders in the Puget Sound region. From http://10000birds.com/...

    The rule of thumbs seems to be that in Washington State, until you get out to the Olympic Peninsula you can’t be sure that the birds you are seeing aren’t small American Crows or a hybrid. But even on the Olympic Peninsula American Crows are possible, though Northwestern Crows are more likely.  And it was on the Olympic Peninsula, in Port Townsend, when I got my first for sure, countable, Northwestern Crow.
    So I'm starting to think I should change number 13 to Northwestern, given the likelihood here on the peninsula as well as their beach habitat and behavior (all the crows I see on my property are over the beach not upland).

    Of course, that will knock down the American crow's lead in the number 1 spot.

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:12:44 AM PDT

  •  Suburban, Castro Valley, CA; 30 species (16+ / 0-)

        Jan 1: (13)
    American Crow (AMCR)
    American Goldfinch (AMGO)
    Lesser Goldfnch (LEGO)
    Mourning Dove (MODO)
    White Crowned Sparrow (WCSP)
    House Finch (HOFI)
    Annas Hummingbird (ANHU)
    California Towhee (CALT)
    Rock Pigeon (ROPI)
    American Robin (AMRO)
    Red Breasted Nuthatch (RBNU)
    Ruby Crowned Kinglet (RCKI)
    Bewick's Wren (BEWR)
         Jan 2: (3)
    Purple Finch (PUFI)
    Golden Crown Sparrow (GCSP)
    Brown Creeper (BRCR)
         Jan 3: (2)
    Butterbutt (YRWA)
    Chestnut Backed Chickadee (CBCH)
         Jan 4: (1)
    Oak Titmouse (OATI)
         Jan 5: (1)
    Western Scrub Jay (WESJ)
         Jan 12 (1)
    Nuttal's Woodpecker (NUWO)
         Jan 13 (1)
    Bushtits (BUSH)
         Jan 29 (2)
    Townsend's Warbler (TOWA)
    Rufous Crowned Sparrow (RCSP)
         Jan 31 (1)
    Spotted Towhee (SPTO
    January TOTAL: 25

         Feb 4 (1)
    Cedar Waxwings (CEDW)
         Feb 5  (1)
    Coopers Hawk (COHA)
         Feb 18  (1)
    Rufous Hummingbird (RUHU)
         Feb 23  (1)
    Turkey Vultures (TUVU)
         Feb 27   (1)
    Canada Geese (CAGO)
    February TOTAL: 5

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:14:57 AM PDT

  •  Six new BY birds this past month plus adding (17+ / 0-)

    bluebirds to the list. They've been around all winter but just noticed that I'd forgotten to count them.
                   Backyard Bird Count 2014
    Mid Missouri: >5 acres
    01-American Goldfinch/AMCO                  Jan 1     J,F,M
    02-Tufted titmouse/TUTI                             Jan 1     J,F,M
    03-Chickadee/??CH                                     Jan 1     J,F,M  
    04-Northern Flicker/NOFL                          Jan 1     J,F,M
    05-Dark-eyed Junco/DEJU                          Jan 1     J,F,M
    06-Northern Cardinal/NOCA                       Jan 1     J,F,M
    07-Blue jay/BLJA                                         Jan 1     J,F,M
    08-Pileated Woodpecker/PIWO                   Jan 1     J,F,M
    09-Mourning Dove/MODO                         Jan 1     J,F,M
    10-White-Breasted Nuthatch/WBNU          Jan 1     J,F,M
    11-Carolina Wren/CARW                            Jan 1     J,F,M
    12-Downy Woodpecker/DOWO                  Jan 1     J,F,M
    13-House Sparrow/HOSP                            Jan 1     J,FM
    14-Red-Shouldered Hawk/RSHA                Jan 1    J,F,M
    15-White-Throated Sparrow/WTSP            Jan 1    J,F,M
    16-American Robin/AMRO                        Jan1     J,F,M
    17-American Crow/AMCR                          Jan1     J,F,M
    18-European Starling/EUST                        Jan1     J,F,M
    19-Red-Bellied Woodpecker/RBWO          Jan 2    J,F,M
    20-Hairy Woodpecker/HAWO                    Jan 2    J,FM
    21-House Finch/HOFI                                 Jan 2    J,F,M
    22-Song Sparrow/SOSP                              Jan 5    J,F,M
    23-Fox Sparrow/FOSP                                Jan 5    J,F,M
    24-Cedar Waxwings/CEDW*                      Jan 5   J
    25-Common Grackle/COGR                       Jan 6   J
    26-Red Wing Blackbird/RWBL                  Jan. 6   J,F,M  
    27-Eastern Towhee/EATO                           Jan  7   J,F,M  
    28-Wild turkey/WITU                                 Jan   8  J
    29-American Tree Sparrow/ATSP               Jan  11 J,F,M
    30-Canada Goose/CANG*                          Jan  11 J,F,M
    31-Purple finch/PUFI                                  Jan 21 J,F,M
    32-Red-tailed hawk/RTHA                         Jan 23 J,F,M
    33-Bald eagle/BAEA                                  Jan 23 J,F,
    34-Cooper hawk/COHA                              Jan 23 J,F,M
    35-Barred owl/BAOW                                Feb 03 F,M
    36-Great Horned Owl/GHOW                    Feb 19 F
    37-Snow Goose/SNGO                               Feb 24 F,M
    38-Brown creeper/BRCR                            Feb 28 F
    39-Sharp-shinned Hawk/SSHA                   Mar 6 M
    40-Great blue heron/GBHE                         March 6 M
    41-Eastern bluebird/EABL                          J,F,M

    Sharpie from a few days ago.
     photo SSHA-2014-03-06-1a-500_zps44b1c5de.jpg

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 10:08:00 AM PDT

  •  Here we go (14+ / 0-)

    Suburban Portland Oregon

    At the feeder so far this year as of January 4
    black-capped and chestnut chickadees
    Robin
    Meadowlark
    Brewers blackbird
    red wing blackbird
    doves
    stellar blue jay

    In the sky, plying the flight lanes between Forest Park and the Jackson Bottom wetlands:
    Ducks (mallards)
    crows
    herons (blue)
    geese (canadian)

    Below are my new sightings
    1/24 house finch, red headed.  

    1/26 (new) red tail hawk circling overhead.
    2/4-8 wren, chickadee-like with pale red breast
    2-10-Cooper’s hawk
    2/16, sparrows, gulls overhead

    I get 18 total.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 10:37:43 AM PDT

  •  Just A few more than last time, but I'm most (14+ / 0-)

    excited about the first visit this year by a male rufous hummingbird, seen yesterday (Saturday) at 10:30 am.  He was very nervous around the feeder, never landing. Probably for good reason as he is vastly outnumbered by the overwintering Anna's, but I'll put out a second feeder later today just out of sight of the first one.

    Waterfront, north Kitsap peninsula, Washington

    1.    Dark-eyed junco (Oregon variant)
    2.    Anna's hummingbird
    3.    Black-capped chickadee
    4.    Chestnut-backed chickadee
    5.    Song sparrow
    6.    Golden-crowned sparrow
    7.    Bald eagle
    8.    Northern flicker (red-shafted)
    9.    American crow
    10.    Double-crested cormorant
    11.    Blue heron
    12.    Steller's jay
    13.    Canada goose
    14.    Varied thrush
    15.    Spotted towhee
    16.    American robin
    17.    European starling
    18.    Red-breasted nuthatch
    19.    Bufflehead
    20.    Common loon
    21.    House finch
    22.    Banded kingfisher
    23.    Downy woodpecker
    24.    Glaucous-winged gull
    25.    Mew gull
    26.    Sharp-shinned hawk
    27.    Barrow's goldeneye
    28.    Mallard
    29.    Red-tailed hawk
    30.    Surf scoter
    31.    American wigeon
    32.    Common goldeneye
    33.    Eurasian wigeon
    34.    Rufous hummingbird

  •  here's my list (16+ / 0-)

    Carrboro, NC
    apartment / condo

    1.    Carolina Wren (1/1)
    2.    Carolina Chickadee (1/1)
    3.    Downy Woodpecker (1/1)
    4.    Northern Mockingbird (1/1)
    5.    Tufted Titmouse (1/1)
    6.    White-breasted Nuthatch (1/1)
    7.    Dark-eyed Junco (1/1)
    8.    Northern Cardinal (1/1)
    9.    Yellow-rumped warbler (1/1)
    10.    Red-bellied Woodpecker (1/1)
    11.    White-throated Sparrow (1/1)
    12.    American Robin (1/1)
    13.    Golden-crowned Kinglet (1/5)
    14.    Blue Jay (voice) (1/5)
    15.    Eastern Bluebird (1/12)
    16.    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1/29)
    17.    Brown Thrasher (2/12)
    18.    American Crow (voice) (2/16)
    19.    Mourning Dove (3/5)
    20.    Fish Crow (voice) (3/8)

    So far, I have three that I didn't see last year: the kinglet, bluebird, and sapsucker

  •  Here I am! (16+ / 0-)

    The birds in my backyard were just the same old, same old early this year, especially after last winter having been so exciting with a large flock of Evening Grosbeaks accompanied by Pine Siskins hanging out between my yard and my neighbor's for months. Even the Cedar Waxwings made only a scarce appearance this year, whereas last year I had huge flocks of them every day all winter too.

    So I was not inspired to spend much time on my yardbirds list until a couple weeks ago, when I was sitting outside on a warm, sunny day and heard and saw several flocks of Sandhill Cranes flying overhead as they headed north. At one point, I kept hearing them first from my right and then to my left, so I finally checked with my binoculars to see what was going on. There was a flock of 11 cranes being followed by a Red-tailed Hawk, and behind the hawk were two much huger birds: immature Bald Eagles! The cranes kept wheeling about and changing direction, as the raptors followed close on their heels. I'd assumed they were hoping to snag a crane, but when I wrote about it on the Central Valley Birding blog, one of the local experts thought they may have all just been trying to catch a better thermal.

    Anyway, all 3 of these species were first sightings for me from my backyard, so I immediately got to work on my list! And while comparing it with last year's, I discovered that I'd forgotten to list the White-Crowned Sparrow on my 2013 list. Don't know how I forgot that one, as I usually see Golden-Crowned and White-Crowned Sparrows together in small flocks in my yard, and I did list the Golden-Crowned. Oh, well, on to 2014! Here's my list thus far.

    Paradise, CA
    Suburban
    30 species as of beginning of March 2014

    1.    Dark-Eyed Junco
    2.    California Towhee
    3.    Spotted Towhee
    4.    Eurasian Collared Dove
    5.    Mourning Dove
    6.    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
    7.    Steller’s Jay
    8.    Scrub Jay
    9.    Acorn Woodpecker
    10.    Northern Flicker
    11.    Downy Woodpecker
    12.    Anna’s Hummingbird
    13.    House Finch
    14.    Lesser Goldfinch
    15.    Oak Titmouse
    16.    Bushtit
    17.    Cedar Waxwing
    18.    Common Raven
    19.    American Crow
    20.    American Robin
    21.    Turkey Vulture
    22.    Fox Sparrow
    23.    Golden-Crowned Sparrow
    24.    White-Crowned Sparrow
    25.    Domestic Chickens
    26.    Sandhill Cranes (flyover of several flocks)
    27.    Red-Tailed Hawk (flyover)
    28.    Bald Eagles (two juveniles in flyover)
    29.    Great Blue Heron
    30.    Rufous Hummingbird

  •  First Rufus of the year, about 5 min. ago. :) (14+ / 0-)

    Portland Oregon,
    Urban Detached,
    28 species so far

    Jan 1
    1. Bushtit
    2. American Crow
    3. European Starling
    4. Song Sparrow
    5. Western Scrub Jay
    6. Anna's Hummingbird
    7. Townsend's Warbler
    8. Dark-eyed Junco
    9. American Robin
    10. Black-capped Chickadee,
    Jan 2
    11. Bewick's Wren
    12. Domestic Chicken
    13. House Finch
    Jan 3
    14. Spotted Towhee
    15. Red-tailed Hawk
    Jan 5
    16. Rock Pigeon
    Jan 6
    17. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    19. Northern Flicker
    Jan 16
    20. Canada Goose
    Feb 3
    21. Bald Eagle (juvenile)
    Feb 10
    22. House Sparrow
    23. Great Blue Heron
    Feb 11
    24. American Kestrel
    25. Fox Sparrow
    26. Golden-crowned Sparrow
    27. Hairy Woodpecker
    Mar 9
    28. Rufus Hummingbird

    Here's your horoscope for today: The universe doesn't even know that you exist.--Jbou

    by greycat on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 11:46:09 AM PDT

  •  Here's my latest visitor (12+ / 0-)

    A lovely robust Rufous Hummingbird. I've had several come through in the past couple weeks, but this one is the most striking in coloration, and he took over the feeders and has been driving away the poor little Anna's male and female whose territory it is and who have been feeding here all winter. I was afraid they might starve, as there aren't a lot of flowers in bloom in my yard right now, so I hung another feeder on the opposite side of the shed, figuring they could sneak in to feed there and he wouldn't be able to see them. It worked! I saw the Anna's feeding at that new spot the other day.

  •  42 species for Southeastern Arizona (15+ / 0-)

    Bisbee, Cochise County, AZ
    Suburban
    42 Species

    1. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus Jan 1-Jan. 10
    2. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
      Gamble's  Z. l. gambelii Jan 1-
      Mountain  Z. l. oriantha ID Feb. 19-
    3. Raven sp.   Jan 1-
    4. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula Jan 1-
    5. House Sparrow Passer domesticus Jan 1-
    6. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia Jan 1 summer bird
    6. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna Jan 1-
    7. Curved-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre Jan 1-
    8. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis Jan 1-
    9. Rock Pigeon Columba livia Jan 1-
    10. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus Jan 1-
    11. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris Jan. 2-
    12. Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana Jan. 9-
    13. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata Jan. 9-
    14. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica Jan. 9-
    15. American Robin Turdus migratorius Jan. 9-
    16. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos Jan. 9-
    17. Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens Jan. 9-
    18. House Wren Troglodytes aedon Jan. 10-
    19. Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus ID Jan. 15-
    20. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Jan. 11-
    21. Domestic Chicken   call Jan. 13-
    22. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya Jan. 14-
    23. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii Jan. 17-
    24. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria Jan. 18-
    25. Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi Jan. 20-22
    26. Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis Jan. 25-
    27. Broad-billed Hummingbird Cynanthus latirostris Jan. 26-
    NEW SPECIES
    28. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina Feb. 2, ID Mar. 6
    29. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps Feb. 7
    30. Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus Feb. 12-
    31. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Feb. 13 call, Feb. 21 in yard
    32. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii ID Feb. 16-
    33. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus Feb. 17-
    34. Eurasian-Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Feb. 19-
    35. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans Feb. 20-
    36. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus Feb. 24-Mar. 5
    37. Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus Feb. 25-
    38. Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus call Feb. 26-
    39. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Feb. 26-
    40. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Mar. 3-
    41. Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus Mar. 4-
    42. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii call Mar. 5
    ...... ........................................    
    Changes to last month's list:

    1. I removed the Yellow Warbler from my list for now. I wasn't confident with my ID, it didn't reappear and I discovered that it is a summer bird for SE AZ.

    2. I added the "Mountain" subspecies under White-crowned Sparrow. I don't know if subspecies adds to the count but I like to see them included in my list for the fun of it.

  •  As of March 9 2014 (15+ / 0-)

    Suburban Alexandria VA

    Previous lists
     1) Hairy woodpecker
     2) Blue heron
     3) Crow (American)
     4) Cardinal
     5) Blue jay
     6) Mourning dove
     7) Canada geese (flyover)
     8) Purple finch
     9) House sparrow
    New additions
    10) Robin
    11) Starling
    12) Mockingbird
    13) Downy woodpecker
    14) Thrush (juvenile-came inside and inspired the cats)

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 12:35:25 PM PDT

    •  You're 2 over where you were (5+ / 0-)

      this time last year, barbwires. Was that juvie thrush a fledgling? cool.  You're on the official tally with 14.

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:32:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes-definitely fledged (6+ / 0-)

        After securing the felines I managed to steer it near a window and back outside.

        Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

        by barbwires on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 10:39:25 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  a story: the bird store woman told me a story (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          bwren, RiveroftheWest

          one morning she got to the store and some street people were hanging around waiting, they had a baby bird that they had rescued from a downtown Eureka parking lot.

          It was a fledgling Peregrine Falcon...probably from the nesting pair under the bridge a mile away.

          It hadn't torn them up, it was docile and unharmed, just confused..the Wildlife Rescue got there toot suite and everybody did what they were supposed to do, including the 'street' people.

          This could have been mom, warning me as I walk under her on the bridge...a moment later she flared at me, then flew off.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:12:17 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Lopez island, PNW. Waterfront. (15+ / 0-)

    Total so far: 36

    Things got very quiet since last time in terms of new birds, and no new ones at all through the telescope, although that may be due to the deluge of rain we've been having for weeks (been keeping the scope inside). There are several waterfowl I know are in the bay that I've seen when walking on the beach, so I'm hoping they swim within view SOON. The duck season is winding down unfortunately.

    Looking at my birds last year, I'm really wondering where in heck the goldfinches, siskins and red crossbills are. No sign of these fellows who were very abundant last year. Odd.

    But my first male Rufous showed up a couple of days ago. With an attitude. So far everybody's sharing the feeder nicely.

    Chronological count below:
    (T=only seen thru telescope)

    1/1/14
    1. Chestnut backed chickadee
    2. Red breasted nuthatch
    3. Spotted towhee
    4. Dark eyed Junco
    5. House finch
    6. Golden crowned sparrow

    1/2
    7. Northwestern Crow (tentatively; might be American)
    8. Fox sparrow
    9. Song sparrow
    10. Common loons T

    1/3
    11. Common Raven
    12. American Robin
    13. Hairy woodpecker
    14. Trumpeter swan (heard)

    1/5
    15. Anna's hummingbird

    1/6
    16. Canada geese (heard)

    1/7
    17. English house sparrow
    18. Red winged blackbirds

    1/8
    19. Glaucous winged gull T

    1/10
    20.  Bald eagle

    1/11
    21. Sharp shinned hawk

    1/16
    22. Red breasted merganser T

    1/17
    23. American wigeons (sitting on bull kelp) T
    24. Oystercatchers in flight T
    25. Hooded mergansers T

    1/18
    26. Downy woodpecker
    27. Mew Gull T

    1/25
    28. Pileated woodpecker (drumming)

    1/28
    29. Common goldeneye T
    30. Common merganser T

    2/2
    31. Northern flicker
    32. Hermit thrush

    2/4
    33. Red Tail hawk

    2/8
    34. Eurasian collared dove (heard)

    2/15
    35. Purple finch

    3/7
    36. Rufous hummingbird

    •  I'm with you on the lack of finches (5+ / 0-)

      this year. Other locals have been wondering, too. Usually this time of year the Forest canopy is loud with Siskin chatter...  Their absence must account for the fact that you're a couple short from where you were last year.

      36 on the tally, and here's to an influx of spring finches!

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:37:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I would have voted Tree Swallow like da resta ya (16+ / 0-)

    Spent the day at Torreya again. Did the river loop. I am amazed by how much leatherwood and red buckeye was leafed out or flowering. Leatherwood endemic/endangered to the area.

    Woke up to a tick from yesterday's hike. "the groin area"  - better than my ankle when I got my first tick in mid-Feb 2013 (lone star nymph gifted me with STARI - it was discussed here :)  )

    updated list - I eliminated a couple I thought I saw.

    2014        BYS bird list - PHScott         Tallahassee rural < 5 ac
    date    seq    bird    Mig/Res    notes
    01/01/14    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker    R    by call
    01/02/14    2    Eastern Phoebe        perching
    01/02/14    3    Mockingbird    R    in Beautyberry
    01/04/14    4    Fish Crow    R    overhead going unh-unh the whole way
    01/05/14    5    Carolina Wren    R   
    01/06/14    6    Pileated Woodpecker    R   
    01/07/14    7    Northern Cardinal    R    pair
    01/07/14    8    Black Vulture    R   
    01/12/14    9    Mourning Dove    R   
    01/12/14    10    Turkey Vulture    R    that let me see the red head
    01/12/14    11    Blackbirds    M   
    01/12/14    12    Bluejay    R    by call  1-23 in yard
    01/13/14    13    Red-shouldered Hawk    R    by call
    01/16/14    14    Robin    Mig/Res   
    01/20/14    15    Northern Flicker       
    01/20/14    16    American Crow    R    by call
    01/20/14    17    Bald Eagle    R    glimpse of 3 and recorded "peals"
    01/20/14    18    Red-winged Blackbird    M    flock in trees
    01/22/14    19    Snowy Egret    R    at neighbor's pond
    01/23/14    20    Black & White Warbler        on Hickory tree
    01/25/14    21    Least Flycatcher       
    01/25/14    22    Hermit Thrush    M    by bath, eye-ring, pink legs, spotted breast, olive-brown
    01/25/14    23    Tufted Titmouse    R    in birdbath
    01/29/14    24    Brown Thrasher        thrashing at a nut in side yard
    01/29/14    25    Yellow-rumped Warbler        feeding on nuts on ground
    02/01/14    26    Wood Duck    R    beating into the sunset
    02/01/14    27    Cooper or Sharp-skinned        in side yard
    02/18/14    28    Canada Goose        by sound and a glimpse
    02/25/14    29    Carolina Chickadee        pecking at hickory
    02/27/14    30    Downy woodpecker        pecking at hickory
    02/27/14    31    Osprey    R    2 overhead
    02/28/14    32    White-throated Sparrow    M    in yard w leaf litter
    03/03/14    33    Eastern Bluebird    R    top of hill by field

    This is a copy and paste from my spreadsheet. It was tab-delimited  - wonder if it is still??

    Oh yeah - no photos cause some tired soul washed his iPhone with the rest of the tick carriers. Stopped by Boothes' on way home to check on their LL Pine burn Monday. May be delayed because, even tho the fuel (dog fennel for them) is very dry, there is no wind.  Tuesday is Wolf Cr near Cairo GA to put those trout lilys to bed for another year.

    and there were hugs all around….

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

    by PHScott on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 02:02:30 PM PDT

    •  The swallow question was way to easy! I'll have (6+ / 0-)

      to work harder next time.

      Yep, your list is still tab delineated. Nice. Which were the ones you eliminated? We'll want to delete those from your bird tally - hopefully only a temporary measure.

      Just checked and your 33 is almost double the 18 you had this time last year.  Not bad at all.

      Tally updated.

      Erythronium is just beginning to bloom here. Happy happy!

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:43:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  30 Species (14+ / 0-)

    Sugar Land, TX
    Suburban

        January       

    1    Blue Jay        
    2    American Goldfinch                                       Seasonal
    3    Yellow-rumped Warbler                                Seasonal
    4    White-winged Dove       
    5    Northern Cardinal       
    6    Northern Mockingbird       
    7    House Finch       
    8    Cooper's Hawk                           Flyover   
    9    Double-crested Cormorant         Flyover   
    10    Red-bellied Woodpecker       
    11    Great Egret                               Flyover   
    12    Mourning Dove       
    13    Red-tailed Hawk                       Flyover   
    14    Turkey Vulture                          Flyover   
    15    Common Grackle       
    16    Ruby-crowned Kinglet                               Seasonal
    17    Cedar Waxwing                                        Seasonal
    18    Downy Woodpecker       
    19    Carolina Chickadee         
    20    American Crow                          Flyover   
    21    House Sparrow       
    22    Pine Warbler                                            Seasonal

        February       

    23    Ring-billed Gull                          Flyover   Seasonal
    24    Brown-headed Cowbird       
    25    Orange-crowned Warbler                       Seasonal
    26    Black-bellied Whistling Duck     Flyover   
    27    Red-winged Blackbird       
    28    Black Vulture                            Flyover   
    29    White Ibis                                Flyover   
    30    Nutmeg Mannikin                                    Exotic

    The Mannikins

    IMG_4036

  •  I Remembered To Participate This Month!! woo hoo! (13+ / 0-)

    Happy March to everyone!  Hopefully Winter will oblige our passions and go away. I still have a pile of snow melting on a portion of my front walk that never gets sunlight, it fell a week ago. Being as this is Northwest Arkansas, that ain't supposed to happen in March, January is a different story but not March.

    Ok, my whine is done. LOL

    Here is my list, updated as of this month, I am still reporting from my very Suburban neighborhood.

    January

    1, Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus,01 Jan 2014
    2, Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens,01 Jan 2014
    3, Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus,01 Jan 2014
    4, Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus,01 Jan 2014
    5, Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis,01 Jan 2014
    6, Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor,01 Jan 2014
    7, White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis,01 Jan 2014
    8, Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus,01 Jan 2014
    9, Eastern Bluebird - Sialia sialis,01 Jan 2014
    10, Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis,01 Jan 2014
    11, Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis,01 Jan 2014
    12, House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus,01 Jan 2014
    13, American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis,01 Jan 2014
    14, Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus,02 Jan 2014
    15, Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura,05 Jan 2014
    16, Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula,06 Jan 2014
    17, European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris,07 Jan 2014
    18, Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus,08 Jan 2014
    19, American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos,08 Jan 2014
    20, Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata,09 Jan 2014
    21, Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata,09 Jan 2014
    22, American Robin - Turdus migratorius,13 Jan 2014

    February

    23, White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis,04 Feb 2014
    24,Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus,07 Feb 2014
    25,  Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura,15 Feb 2014

    March

    26, Rusty Blackbird - Euphagus carolinus,04 Mar 2014

    I was REALLY tickled to have the Rusties drop by, it was in the middle of a driving sleet/snow storm we had last weekend.  I am in the middle of a hardwood forest which is not the usual habitat for Rusties.  

    Some of my resident daily visitors.

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

    by DarkHawk98 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 05:28:15 PM PDT

    •  You've got a nice list going D H. I don't know if (8+ / 0-)

      you're aware of it or not but rusty blackbird numbers have been declining for many years. Because of that there is a rusty blackbird migration study going on right now. They are asking people to submit their rusty observations to ebird. You can check out more about it in this diary I wrote last month.

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon

      by burnt out on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:01:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  saw a bird list showing Rusty in Santa Cruz (5+ / 0-)

        can't find  it now...

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:29:06 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  YES!!!! (6+ / 0-)

        That is why I was soooooo  excited to see them. I was shocked that shortly  after I read your Daily Bucket and the eBird article, I saw these birds.  I was going to wait a few days for the weather and roads to clear and then I was going to go out looking.  Instead they came to me and my feeders.  These two birds browsed around on the snow below my feeders looking for tasty morsels that interested them.  When my regular visitors would flush into the tree's,  these two would too, when the all clear was obvious (titmice of chickadee showed back up) they would return to browse some more. They stayed around for about an hour.

        I made sure to report my whole bird list for that day to the Rusty Blackbird eBird link because I KNOW how important all observations are.

        this coming week I will be making some road transits to see who is around in the area and I will be looking for Rusties for sure.

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

        by DarkHawk98 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:35:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Check into a Bucket after (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Dr Arcadia, burnt out, OceanDiver

          the road transits, OK?

          "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

          by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:39:56 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Excellent! I've been on the lookout for them and (4+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          bwren, Dr Arcadia, OceanDiver, KenBee

          saw a few in February but none in March so far. The next six or eight weeks  are pretty much the best of the year to see migrant birds here in Missouri so we'll be out and about a lot and hopefully will come across some  rustys.

          There's also a woodcock migration study going on right now that includes Ark. and Missouri both, several other states as well,  so if you hear/see any and want to participate in that study let me know and I'll send you the info. It's not set up with ebird and is a bit more complicated to enter the data than it is for the rusty survey but it's not too bad.

          Just give me some truth. John Lennon

          by burnt out on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 09:11:17 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Nice to see you, darkhawk98. (6+ / 0-)

      and your Rusty BB might be a group first for the year. Congratulations! You're on the tally sheet with 26.

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:53:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Here are some of my daily visitors .... (6+ / 0-)

      Eastern Bluebird along with two American Goldfinches

      They are perched on our bird bath that is only about 20 feet from my office window.

      One day soon I will even know how to NOT over-expose my subjects.  LOL

      I have a long way to go learning to use the camera I have
      (Sony Cybershot) I wish I still had my Pentax MX with my 200 mm lense. so much easier to use. LOL

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

      by DarkHawk98 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:22:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yesterday, Mrs. Master of the Point (11+ / 0-)

    showed up. Separate vacations?

     photo DSCN0766_zpsfef38492.jpg

    And the family of Dusky Canadians came back.

     photo DSCN0763_zps7412522f.jpg

    This little tide puddle, which I have named Mandelbrot,
    is attractive to waterfowl except when frozen over. It gets pop wrack and other seaweeds washed into it during winter high tides. Lots of biology goes on in there. In the summer it becomes nearly clogged with sea lettuce. A nearly year round trickle drains into it giving a fresh water boost.

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. Sam Clemens

    by Wood Gas on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 06:44:55 PM PDT

  •  Only 1 new this month (8+ / 0-)

    but I didn't have it on my list last year.

    Scripps Ranch area, city of San Diego
    Apartment
    Total species: 13
    Tally #1: 6
    Tally #2: 6
    Tally #3: 1

    Jan 2
    1. Bewick's Wren
    2. Anna's HummingBird

    Jan 4
    3. Mourning Dove
    4. Western Gull
    5. American Crow
    6. Song Sparrow

    Jan 7
    7. House Finch

    Jan 10
    8. Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Jan 13
    9. Lesser Goldfinch (heard)

    Jan 18
    10. Black Phoebe (heard)

    Jan 27
    11. Cassin's Kingbird (heard)

    Jan 28
    12. Say's Phoebe

    Feb 9
    13. Red-tailed Hawk

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:29:38 PM PDT

  •  My Bitterns are rare apparently (6+ / 0-)

    might have missed but none on these lists, and then I went on an hour long experiment in eBirdlists, geesh!

    so I discovered I can sort by species and by time,and it worked pretty good.

    There have been a few reports from the Arcata Marsh of them, in one case 1 seen, then two like I saw, but another had three. There is little exactitude as to where,however pictures can sometimes be included, and I found a terrific set included with one such list...and it includes the very spot and probably thre very birds I saw.

    So if you have an hour to spend look here at this eBird list. The Bittern is towards the end and the photostream has a left right arrow hovering over the picture...most of those are realllllly good pictures, many of birds I have seen here and photo'd with my handy  but, you know,... camera. These are what they really!!! look like.

    Forster's Tern, geese, Swans, owls, hawks etcetcetc.

    This list has the Bittern photo with the photo stream in it.

    My two pictures on very dead 'last time I really means it' dead batteries:

    So there you go, my promised Bittern pictures ..what'd I win?

    Am I ahead in the west coast category...oh, wait, I guess not :>

    but I'm still ahead.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:56:26 PM PDT

    •  We have to have a list, KenBee! (5+ / 0-)

      a list!!!!

      You're definitely ahead in Bittern pics, dead batteries and all.

      "Sometimes when things are beautiful, I just want to fall down." - begone's 4-year old grandson

      by bwren on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 08:36:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  haha..what category, world citizen? (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        bwren, lorell, RiveroftheWest

        west coast distributor?

        old joke...sry

        and does the zoo picture work as proof of Flamingos?

        between my confusion, intermittent internet, and this huuuuuge and varied bird environment it hardly seems fair or accurate..but it is some indicator of moving species I suppose, and now that I have found the eBird reporting and how to use it, I can see which of my guesses are not supported by other observations, such as the Ruddy Turnstones I have claimed and photo..the ebird reports show a very few, but lots of Black Turnstones...for example.

        Problem with eBird reports are inaccurate locations, very generalized. The local yahoo NWCal bird site is sporadic, only when rare birds are seen.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:34:04 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Surf Scoter picture here at eBird article (5+ / 0-)

    surf scoter

    A really great shot, OD, what are those clams in his maw?

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sun Mar 09, 2014 at 07:59:39 PM PDT

    •  Looks like clump of blue mussels (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      KenBee, bwren, RiveroftheWest

      in the beak of that WHITE WINGED scoter. Gorgeous eye marking on that fellow isn't it. I haven't seen one of them in quite a while...they're offshore a ways, best seen from a boat around here.

    •  Hey I just read about an earthquake down there! (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      KenBee, bwren, lorell, RiveroftheWest

      Did you feel it?? Everything ok?

      •  yeehaa (5+ / 0-)

        like a George Thoroughogood song

        'and out the door I went'

        it went on and on, 30ish seconds but felt like 2 minutes of rolling rolling rolling...when  the metal heating pipes started clanging I grabbed my back pack and was outside in the rain, spent much of the night in the truck, in the rain.

        dozens of smaller earthquakes, swarms, all this was 60 miles out to sea roughly centered around the junction of three major offshore faults. 90% chance of 5.0 or greater in the next week.

        This was 6.9, the 7.1 sounded really bad and cracked plaster and toppled chimneys, but wasn't as bad as the one in Arroyo Grande where scads of unreinforced brick storefronts(oops, looking around, erm, uh...)...fell into the street and crushed cars and maybe i can't recall, a couple of people.

        downtown, nothing looks disturbed...except little sleep.

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 09:16:14 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Morning! Sorry I'm late! (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PHScott, KenBee, bwren, lorell, RiveroftheWest

    I'm not positive, since I managed to come in without my bird log, but I can only add two birds - a northern mockingbird and either a Sharp-shinned hawk or a Cooper's. I posted a pic but I'm not sure what the consensus was. Probably a Sharpie.

    So, I'm in the rural >5 acres, NY. Here's my new list, though I don't have dates for the 2 new ones:

    Jan 1 -
    1. House finch
    2. Black-capped Chickadee
    3. Goldfinch
    4. Dark-eyed Junco
    5. Mourning Dove
    6. Downy Woodpecker
    7. American Tree Sparrow
    8. House Sparrow
    9. American Crow
    10. Cardinal
    11. Red-winged Blackbird
    12. Bluejay
    13. Pileated Woodpecker

    Jan 2 -
    14. Song Sparrow
    15. American Robin

    Jan 4 -
    16. Red-bellied Woodpecker
    17. Northern Flicker
    18. White-throated Sparrow

    Jan 5 -
    19. Tufted Titmouse
    20. White-breasted Nuthatch
    21. Red-tailed Hawk

    Jan 18 -
    22. Eastern Bluebird

    Jan 19 -
    23. Hairy Woodpecker

    Jan 26 -
    24. Carolina Wren

    New
    25. Northern Mockingbird
    26. Sharp-shinned hawk

    Watch out or I'll go get my shovel and unload plant divisions on you!

    by Attack Gardener on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 05:54:33 AM PDT

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