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Welcome to the 2012 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race!  This is the fifth tally diary, where you can post your sightings, compare notes and/or brag some. Please tell me if I've missed you. It wasn't intentional, honest.

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 yard. More details and some fine print can be found at the end of this post.
It's never too late to join the race! burnt out and political mutt joined in during the last tally, bringing the field up to 19 racers. We're still looking for racers who might want to compete in the Apartment/Condo category.

So, here's where the race stood as of April Fool's Day.

Starting again in the SUBURBAN category we have enhydra lutris and jim in IA in a close race, with enhydra lutris leading jim in IA by just four species with a total of 30. Jim is located above the 40th parallel and in the middle of the country. Enhydra is below the 40th parallel and on the left hand coast. Who'll have the spring migration advantage?

Burnt out jumped in out of nowhere last month to take a commanding lead in the RURAL>5 ACRES category, and is starting this tally with 43 species. Janislav is behind right now with 23 species, but his location a little bit up the Mississippi may give him the migration advantage this month. Gentlemen - check in please.

PHScott has been alone in the RURAL< 5 ACRES category, happily counting up 28 species down on the lower right hand coast. It's been way too easy down there. Maybe a competitor will show up this month? And oh dear, the competition seems to have disappeared so my pathetic 27 species still puts me in the default lead in the URBAN DETACHED category. Come on! There's got to be some competition out there!

OK. Now to the most competitive category, WATERFRONT. When last we heard, matching mole was holding on to a 55 species lead with pollysyllabic in a close second with 52. Polly has continued to taunt from the northern reaches of the migration routes. Meanwhile, way to the northwest, millywatt quietly reported 38 species and political mutt made a respectable first and single day tally of 20 from the right hand coast.  Game on everyone - show your hands!

Tally #5 is open.

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.
Details about the Yardbird Race and a bit of fine print can be found over the orangewash below.

Details and the fine print.
You can list a bird if you see or hear it while you are somewhere in your yard. A "yard" includes your living quarters. So, you can list the Killdeer that wakes you at 2am, but you can't list the Herring Gull 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 visually ID a bird that you have 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 "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
    ~Suburban
    ~Rural <5 acres
    ~Rural >5 acres
    ~Waterfront (trumps any of the above...)

You're on the honor system here, though I suspect we'll figure it out if you list Rose-throated Becards and Green Kingfishers while claiming to live in somewhere north of the 40th parallel

All are welcome, even if you're new to backyard birding. We'll even help you with IDs. Good racing everyone!

The sixth tally is scheduled for June 2.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sat May 05, 2012 at 08:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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  •  My tally as of May 4. (16+ / 0-)

    Seattle WA
    Urban detached
    37 species

    Jan 1 -
    American Crow
    House Sparrow
    House Finch
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Bushtit
    Robin
    Starling
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Golden-crowned Sparrow
    Jan 2 -
    Steller's Jay
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Jan 4 -
    Anna's Hummingbird
    Townsend's Warbler
    Jan 6 -
    American Wigeon
    Jan 7 -
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    Song Sparrow
    Jan 9 -
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Jan 11 -
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Jan 16 -
    Great Blue Heron
    Jan 18 -
    American Goldfinch
    Jan 19 -
    Lincoln's Sparrow
    Jan 20 -
    Fox Sparrow
    Jan 22 -
    Bald Eagle
    Feb 4 -
    Pine Siskin
    Mar 12 -
    Canada Goose

    NEW
    April 10 -
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (2!)
    BEWICK'S WREN! Hello, where have you been???
    April 11 -
    Domestic Chicken
    Killdeer
    April 19 -
    Rufous Hummingbird
    April 22 -
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    White-crowned Sparrow
    April 23 -
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    April 28 -
    Violet-green Swallow
    April 29
    Barn Swallow

    Ten new ones!

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:55:29 PM PDT

  •  Good Morning, (12+ / 0-)

    we're in an open area with high hills around us, pretty rural.  At our feeders and in the home fields:
    Pine Siskens
    Gold Crowned Sparrows
    White Crowned Sparrows
    Red Wing Blackbirds
    Juncos, mostly Oregon, but some Slate-colored
    Violet Green Swallows
    Goldfinches
    Steller's Jays
    Gray Jays
    Mourning Doves
    Band tailed Pigeons
    Evening Grosbeaks
    Brown headed Cowbirds
    Ravens
    Crows
    Red Tailed Hawks
    Anna's Hummingbirds
    Red-shafted Flickers
    (can hear) Owls

  •  Forgot (12+ / 0-)

    our resident semi-wild, Mr. Peacock, who flew in several years ago and took a liking to us.

  •  Yikes! My hummers haven't arrived yet, (12+ / 0-)

    so I'm counting the neighbors mouthy rooster a Domestic Chicken on my list...just 'cause I can. The migration has been ongoing and exciting in Gooseville, WI.

    The warblers have yet to be warbling in the woodlot, but that will happen any day or night now. That's when I set my lawn chair at the riverback with a small thermos of spiked coffee and watch and listen. Here goes...

    Tally #1
    Gooseville, WI
    rural >5 acres waterfront

    Jan.1
    Barred Owl (1st bird heard of the year 12:02 am 1/1/12)
    Downy Woodpecker
    Hairy Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Blue Jay
    American Goldfinch
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Pine Siskin
    American Tree Sparrow
    Common Redpoll
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    Mourning Dove
    Purple Finch
    House Finch
    European Starling
    Cardinal
    Dark-eyed Junco
    White-crowned Sparrow
    House Sparrow
    American Crow

    (21 species total)
    ......................................
    Tally #2

    Jan. 3
    Great Horned Owl
    Canada Goose
    Jan. 4
    Fresh turkey tracks in snow under feeder
    Jan. 5  
    Northern Flicker (eastern yellow-shafted)
    Jan. 7
    Ring-necked Pheasant
    Jan. 9
    Brown Creeper
    Jan. 10
    English short faced Tumbler Pigeons
    Jan. 12
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Jan. 13
    Cooper's Hawk

    (30 species total)
    .........................................
    Tally #3

    Jan. 20
    Snow Bunting
    Jan. 21
    Song Sparrow
    Jan. 24
    Tufted Titmouse

    (33 species total)
    ...........................................
    Tally #4
    (19 new species)

    Jan. 30
    Rock Pigeon
    Feb. 4
    American Robin
    Feb. 6
    Rough-legged Hawk
    Feb. 21
    Sandhill Crane (3 weeks early)
    Feb. 29
    Common Grackle
    Pileated Woodpecker
    March 6
    Buffleheads
    March 7
    Red-wing Blackbird
    March 14
    Turkey Vultures
    March 15
    Eastern Bluebird
    March 16
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Herring Gulls
    March 17
    Tree Swallows
    March 18
    Barn Swallows
    Wood Duck
    Green-winged Teal
    Mallard Duck
    March 21
    Great Blue Heron
    March 29
    American Kestrel

    (52 total species for 2012)
    ..................................................................
    Tally #5
    (18 new species)

    April 2
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    April 7
    Chipping Sparrow
    April 8
    Song Sparrow
    April 11
    Osprey
    April 12
    Gray Catbird
    April 13
    Fox Sparrow
    April 20
    White-throated Sparrow
    April 21
    House Wren
    April 25
    Belted Kingfisher
    April 26
    Marsh Wren
    April 27
    Eastern Phoebe
    April 30
    Virginia Rail
    Eastern Meadowlark
    May 2
    Killdeer
    Baltimore Oriole
    May 3
    Red-breasted Grosbeak
    May 4
    Indigo Bunting
    Domestic Chicken

    (70 species for 2012)

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sat May 05, 2012 at 08:58:03 AM PDT

  •  Castro Valley, CA, suburban: (11+ / 0-)

    Grand total as of 5/4 = 33

    1/1 Red Tailed Hawk
    Mourning Dove
    Annas Hummingbird
    Nuttals Woodpecker
    American Crow
    Chestnut Backed Chickadee,
    Oak Titmouse
    Bushtit
    Red Breasted Nuthatch
    American Robin
    Townsends Warbler
    California Towhee
    White Crowned Sparrow
    Golden Crowned Sparrow
    Dark Eyed Junco
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    1/4 Red Shouldered Hawks
    1/7 Common Raven,
    Ruby Crowned Kinglet
    1/10 Domestic chicken (heard)
    1/12 Hermit Thrush
    1/15 Yellow Rumped Warbler
    1/16 Purple Finch
    Cedar Waxwing
    1/18 Turkey Vulture
    1/23 California Gull
        January total 28
    2/5 White Pelican
        February total 1
    3/15 Canada Goose
        March total 1
    4/8 Selasphorus Hummer (Allens/Rufous)
    4/21 Black Phoebe
        April total 2
    5/3 Brown Headed Cowbird

    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 Sat May 05, 2012 at 09:04:32 AM PDT

  •  Backyard bird tally (12+ / 0-)

    as of May 5th 2012
    mid Missouri
    Rural 5>Acres
    58 species

    1 Junco                                        daily at feeder
    2House sparrow                          daily at feeder
    3Purple Finch                             daily at feeder
    4House Finch                             daily at feeder
    5Chickadee                                daily at feeder
    6Tufted titmouse                        daily at feeder
    7Cardinal                                    daily at feeder      
    8Blue Jay                                    occasional at feeders, hangs out at forest edge
    9Brown Headed Cowbird          daily at feeders
    10Morning Dove                       cleans up crew in the chicken pen
    11Red Bellied Woodpecker       daily at feeder
    12Yellow Bellied Sapsucker     only one siting since March 16th in backyard tree
    13Flicker YS                            backyard and field
    14Red winged Blackbird         daily at feeder
    15Eastern bluebird                   always present all around the yard
    16Brown Thrasher                   Sings from yard trees and usually nests in border shrubs
    17Eastern Phoebe                                 Nests in out buildings and hunts from yard tree limbs
    18Am.Goldfinch                             daily at feeder
    19RS Towhee                           occasionally seen along border in undergrowth
    20Robin                                    everywhere
    21Chipping Sparrow                daily at feeders
    22Downy Woodpecker            daily at feeders
    23Hairy Woodpecker               occasionally at feeders
    24 WBNuthatch                              daily at feeders
    25Rock Dove (pigeons)          barn full
    26Starling                               several nesting in barn and nest boxes
    27Crow                                   check out our compost pile daily looking for goodies
    28Tree Swallow                      one pair nesting
    29Grackle                               occasional visitors to feeders,
    30Pilleated Woodpecker        daily at feeder
    31Chicken                              chicken coop
    32Cedar Waxwing                 occasional flocks stop to eat Juniper berries
    33Wild Turkey                       we see them crossing field back of house occasionally
    34White Throated Sparrow    occasional at feeder

    Fly overs
    35Turkey Vulture
    36Red Shouldered Hawk
    37Canada Goose
    38Great Blue Heron
    39Coopers Hawk
    40Wood Duck

    Heard Only
    41Barred Owl
    42Whipporwill
    43Great Horned Owl

    Additional backyard birds tally beginning April 1st 2012

    44Male barn swallow April 1st   back yard  
    45Blue Grey Gnatcatcher April 6th    border where backyard and forest merge
    46Purple Martin April  7th    backyard
    47Bald Eagle April11th     Fly over
    48Yellow Rumped Warbler April 11th     border of backyard/forest
    49Carolina Wren April 12,     front yard
    50Ruby Throated Hummingbird April 12,      feeder
    51White Crowned Sparrow April 14th      feeder
    52Summer Tanager April 25th      front yard
    53Baltimore Oriole Male April 25th      hummingbird feeder
    54Great Crested Flycatcher April 26th      back yard
    55Rosebreasted Grosbeak April 27th     feeder
    56Pine Siskin April 28th       feeder  New bird for my life list!  
    57 Yellow Billed Cuckoo.      No sighting yet but have heard him twice .
    58Red Tailed Hawk      Flyover only.

    Still waiting for a few regulars in our yard that are overdue this spring, Indigo Buntings, House Wrens, Yellow Breasted Chats, and Catbirds. We also occasionally see Orchard Orioles, Blue Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers but none so far this spring. Surprised also that I haven’t seen any Night Hawks  yet and I seem to have completely missed the woodcock mating rituals this year. Should get to add most of these one of these days but after that it will be pretty slim pickins as far as adding new birds to my backyard bird tally, at least until next fall, if the Backyard bird count is still going on then. There are more warblers around and vireos and flycatchers but I have a hard time identifying most of them. Most have look alikes and/or refuse to sit still for more than .003 seconds and mostly just like to hide out in the tops of the tallest trees and aggravate me with split second blurry views of them as they hop about up there. All I usually get for my efforts is a still neck.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Sat May 05, 2012 at 09:07:04 AM PDT

  •  Still waiting for spring here (12+ / 0-)

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

    As reported on April 1st (this part in Taxonomic order)

    1    Brant - Branta bernicla        02 Feb 2012
    2    Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata    04 Feb 2012
    3    Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola        06 Feb 2012
    4    Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator        11 Mar 2012
    5    Common Loon - Gavia immer        06 Feb 2012
    6    Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus        04 Feb 2012
    7    Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena        06 Feb 2012
    8    Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis        04 Feb 2012
    9    Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus    06 Jan 2012
        (nesting on our property)
    10    Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis        26 Jan 2012
    11    Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens        01 Jan 2012
    12    Common Murre - Uria aalge        25 Jan 2012
    13    Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba        04 Feb 2012
    14    Barred Owl - Strix varia        17 Jan 2012
        (sitting on top of birdfeeder pole)
    15    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna        01 Jan 2012
    16    Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus        24 Mar 2012
    17    Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber        18 Jan 2012
    18    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens        01 Jan 2012
    19    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus        01 Jan 2012
    20    Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus        07 Jan 2012
    21    Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri        29 Jan 2012
    22    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos        05 Feb 2012
    23    Common Raven - Corvus corax        17 Jan 2012
    24    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens        01 Jan 2012
    25    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis        01 Jan 2012
    26    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana        07 Jan 2012
    27    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus        19 Jan 2012
    28    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa        09 Jan 2012
    29    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula        12 Jan 2012
    30    American Robin - Turdus migratorius        27 Feb 2012
    31    Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius        20 Jan 2012
    32    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi        01 Jan 2012
    33    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus        12 Jan 2012
    34    Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca        19 Jan 2012
    35    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia        01 Jan 2012
    36    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis        01 Jan 2012
    37    Purple Finch - Carpodacus purpureus        27 Mar 2012
    38    Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus        13 Feb 2012

    New since last report (in chronological order):
    39    Bewick's Wren - Thryomanes bewickii        04 Apr 2012
    40    Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus    10 Apr 2012
    41    Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata    28 Apr 2012

    Only 3 new species last month for a total of 41

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sat May 05, 2012 at 09:14:22 AM PDT

  •  Peregrine babies being fed right this minute. (9+ / 0-)

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Sat May 05, 2012 at 09:18:57 AM PDT

  •  Suburban category Eastern IA (9+ / 0-)

    The last 2 sparrows are just this week May 1.

    1    Pileated Woodpecker    5-Jan-12
    2    Canada Goose    7-Jan-12
    3    Hairy Woodpecker    7-Jan-12
    4    Blue Jay    7-Jan-12
    5    American Crow    7-Jan-12
    6    Black-capped Chickadee    7-Jan-12
    7    White-breasted Nuthatch    7-Jan-12
    8    American Robin    7-Jan-12
    9    Dark-eyed Junco    7-Jan-12
    10    Northern Cardinal    7-Jan-12
    11    American Goldfinch    7-Jan-12
    12    House Sparrow    7-Jan-12
    13    Mourning Dove    14-Jan-12
    14    Northern Flicker    14-Jan-12
    15    Brown Creeper    14-Jan-12
    16    Purple Finch    14-Jan-12
    17    Cooper's Hawk    19-Jan-12
    18    Tufted Titmouse    23-Jan-12
    19    American Tree Sparrow    23-Jan-12
    20    Red-winged Blackbird    10-Mar-12
    21    Common Grackle    10-Mar-12
    22    Brown-headed Cowbird    1-Apr-12
    23    Red-bellied Woodpecker    2-Apr-12
    24    Downy Woodpecker    2-Apr-12
    25    Red-tailed Hawk    2-Apr-12
    26    European Starling    2-Apr-12
    27    White-throated Sparrow    2-Apr-12
    28    Blue-winged Teal    14-Apr-12
    29    Gray Catbird    14-Apr-12
    30    House Wren    20-Apr-12
    31    Chipping Sparrow    1-May-12
    32    White-crowned Sparrow    1-May-12

    Democracy seems a charade. Participation declines. Policy gets driven by the extremists. ~Lawrence Lessig

    by jim in IA on Sat May 05, 2012 at 10:12:36 AM PDT

  •  My tally since April 1 (9+ / 0-)

    Sandhills of North Carolina
    Waterfront (also rural >5 acres)
    40 species (20 new)

    I don't think I'm a threat in this competition, although I've got a great property.  I don't know that many birds, and I don't want to put up a feeder because of my barn cats.  I am having fun with this competition, though, and learning new species and some of their life history.

    4/2/12
    Cardinal
    Pileated woodpecker
    Savannah sparrow
    4/7/12
    Wild Turkey
    4/8/12
    Guinea fowl (domestic)
    Turkey vulture
    Red-tailed hawk
    Osprey
    Field sparrow
    4/15/12
    Spotted sandpiper
    Pied-billed grebe
    Chuck-will's widow
    4/20/12
    American Robin
    Bluejay
    Rock dove
    Red-bellied woodpecker
    4/22/12
    Blue-winged teal
    4/25/12
    Eastern kingbird
    Red-shouldered hawk
    5/4/12
    Chipping sparrow

    I am most excited about the sparrows, because they are all new species for me and took a lot of watching and waiting to id.  The field sparrows are in decline in this area, but apparently my neighbor's field of 3-year-old planted longleaf pines (i.e. field undisturbed for 3 years) is just what they like.  I was also really happy to see the teal, three pairs in breeding plumage, which I've never seen in the wild before.

    The bird song here is amazing and beautiful, and frustrating because there are so many songs I don't know.  

    What we have a whole lot of:  resident Canada geese, raising broods all over the place, bluebirds, barn swallows, and noisy tufted titmice, mockingbirds, brown thrashers, and cardinals.

  •  Janislav on >5 acres "prime farmland" in Iowa. (9+ / 0-)

    Rural >5 acres hardpan clay - now returning to prairie.
    Total birds now: 29
    Previously reported:
    Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, Ring-necked Pheasant, Purple Finch, American Tree Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Bald Eagle,White-crowned Sparrow, American Crow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird, Mallard, Eastern Meadowlark, European Starling, American Robin, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal, Turkey Vulture, Great Horned Owl.

    New birds:
    Common Flicker - Apr. 4
    Chipping Sparrow - Apr. 11
    Wood Duck - April 22
    Barred Owl - Apr. 24 (3:30 a.m.)
    Wood Thrush - Apr. 29
    American Kestrel - Apr. 30

    Waterfowl migration missed us almost entirely. Waterfowl apparently flew right on past our 1-acre pond during the warm weather in March. (Typically we see teal, mergansers, shovelers, and scaups, but not this spring.) Waiting for the ethereal call of the dicksissels next. Also waiting on the herons and swallows.

    Our floating goose box is full of eggs and hatching should be only a few days off. Hopefully the young will survive the pond turtles - the brood 2 years back didn't. If all goslings survive, we would be up to our necks in Canada Geese, so what will be will be....

    •  we saw severl teal in the two ponds near us. (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      burnt out, bwren, janislav, Polly Syllabic

      Haven't seen them this week. There are two goose families in the pond along 12th avenue near us. The youngins are fat.

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      by jim in IA on Sat May 05, 2012 at 04:38:20 PM PDT

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    •  Do the waterfowl usually come back down (2+ / 0-)
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      burnt out, Polly Syllabic

      via your pond in the fall? Have they missed you in the spring before? Interesting that the swallows have arrived up here and you've yet to see them. I wonder if this is how it usually works.

      29 for you on the spreadsheet.

      I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

      by bwren on Sat May 05, 2012 at 06:29:07 PM PDT

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      •  I don't recall seeing fall migrants, but that may (3+ / 0-)

        be my lack of attention. In the early spring I look for every sign of warming, and the migrating birds are part of that. We usually have hoards of swallows buzzing our pond and circling above my mower when I mow, but none so far. A neighbor has his front porch barn swallows back, but they haven't flown up to visit us yet. Our swallows are Bank Swallows, I think.

  •  As predicted (7+ / 0-)

    I have failed to keep pace as the spring progressed.

    Since the last poll I have only 7 new species

    1-Apr    Blue-winged Teal (seen late in the day after posting)
    10-Apr    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    13-Apr    Barred Owl
    15-Apr    Common Grackle
                Brown-headed Cowbird
    28-Apr    Chimney Swift
    30-Apr    Limpkin

    Brings my total to 62.  The shame and ignominy of it all!

    Nice of you to do this a day early before I leave town (and the country).  I'll be sending you guys buckets whenever possible from Ecuador until about May 24.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sat May 05, 2012 at 03:00:02 PM PDT

  •  Mother Robin sitting on her eggs. (5+ / 0-)

    Pics available. I have to figure out how to post them.

  •  add 2 more for rural < 5 near tallahassee (4+ / 0-)

    4-27 Hummer on coralbean
    5-1 Swallow tail kite  overhead

    I should have more but it's pretty much down to bird calls now that everything is leafed out - and boy are there a bunch of birds singing!

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