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Welcome to the 2012 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race!  This is our seventh tally diary, where you can post your sightings, compare notes, and brag a bit if you wish. I've been remiss in keeping this up, but we've gone through spring and autumn migrations and hopefully, you all have been better at keeping track than I have.

It's still not too late to join the race. 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 the fine print can be found beyond the orange bird poop below.
The last tally was in June, when we had 10 active racers participating in five categories and 10 more who had at reported at least once since we began in January.

Here's where the race stood on June 10:

Again, we'll start in the SUBURBAN category, where jim in IA pulled away with 37 species as the summer heated up. enhyrda lutris stalled at 33, unchanged from May, but the spring migration is a little later in the Bay area, so there's a good chance of a race here, especially as we're counting the return migration.

burnt out continues his commanding lead in the RURAL <5 ACRES category, adding six species from May for a total of 64 in his middle Missouri neighborhood. North of him in Iowa, janislav also added six species for a total of 35. Lets see what happened when the birds headed south.

Alas, I'm still the only active competitor in the URBAN DETACHED category, with 44 species counted. Perhaps someone will jump in to challenge me. It's not too late.

PHscott is another lone competitor, holding down the fort in the RURAL >5 ACRES category where he leads at 32. However, he abandoned his site in Florida in May to take up temporary residence in NY, and we've not had his count from there yet. He's back in Florida, (I think) and it appears that he may still be competing with himself. Lets let him figure this out!

Now to the big race - WATERFRONT. Last we heard there were four active racers. polly syllabic, up in southeast Wisconsin holds the current record for this and all categories, a smashing 87 species. matching mole, down in Florida is a bit behind, bit still secure in second place at 65. The real race is between political mutt in the Sandhills of North Carolina and milly watt up on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Southeast vs Northwest here, with political mutt just in the lead for the bronze, 53 to milly watt's 49.

OK, there's been a good while since we last had a tally, a time that has encompassed the spring migration, breeding season and the return migration. Some areas are getting snow now, others wind and rain. Some remain unseasonably mild. How are the birds dealing with this? Let us know.

New racers are welcome! Go back to your photos and your notes and let us know what you've seen in your backyard since January 1. Everyone else, you know what to do. The penultimate 2012 Birdrace tally is now open. The final tally will be on January 1, 2013, with Bragging Rights to follow.

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.
As always, details about the Yardbird Race and a bit of fine print can be found below the orange bird poop.

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
        ~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 Mangrove Cuckoos and Fulvous Whistling Ducks while claiming to live above the 40th parallel.

Everyone is welcome! We'll even help you with ID's.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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  •  My list... (17+ / 0-)

    Seattle WA
    Urban detached
    51 species

    Jan 1 -
    American Crow
    House Sparrow
    House Finch
    Anna's Hummingbird
    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
    April 10 -
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (2!)
    BEWICK'S WREN! Hello, where have you been???
    April 11 -
    Domestic Chicken
    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
    May 5 -
    Red-winged Blackbird
    May 8 -
    Vaux Swift
    Wilson's Warbler
    May 9 -
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    May 29 -
    Western Wood-Pewee
    June 6 -

    New -
    Spotted Towhee (and where have YOU been?)
    Double-Crested Cormorant
    Barn Owl * Yard First!!
    Ring-billed Gull
    California Gull
    Snow Goose

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:25:48 PM PST

  •  Not many new to add to my suburban list. (15+ / 0-)

    I think the hot summer really slowed the activity. But I did get a some new ones.

    01    Pileated Woodpecker
    02    Canada Goose
    03    Hairy Woodpecker
    04    Blue Jay
    05    American Crow
    06    Black-capped Chickadee
    07    White-breasted Nuthatch
    08    American Robin
    09    Dark-eyed Junco
    10    Northern Cardinal
    11    American Goldfinch
    12    House Sparrow
    13    Mourning Dove
    14    Northern Flicker
    15    Brown Creeper
    16    Purple Finch
    17    Cooper's Hawk
    18    Tufted Titmouse
    19    American Tree Sparrow
    20    Barred Owl
    21    Red-winged Blackbird
    22    Common Grackle
    23    Turkey Vulture
    24    Bald Eagle
    25    Brown-headed Cowbird
    26    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    27    Downy Woodpecker
    28    Red-tailed Hawk
    29    European Starling
    30    White-throated Sparrow
    31    Blue-winged Teal
    32    Gray Catbird
    33    House Wren
    34    Chipping Sparrow
    35    White-crowned Sparrow
    36    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    37    Baltimore Oriole
    38    Killdeer
    39    Herring Gull
    40    Common Nighthawk
    41    Chimney Swift
    42    Barn Swallow
    43    Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~ Ben Franklin

    by jim in IA on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:07:17 AM PST

  •  I've got a 100 so far for 2012 (14+ / 0-)

    Gooseville, WI
     rural >5 acres waterfront

    Tally #1
    (21 new species)
     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
     Dark-eyed Junco
     White-crowned Sparrow
     House Sparrow
     American Crow

    (21 species total)
     Tally #2
    (9 new species)

    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
    (3 new species)

    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
     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
     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
     Baltimore Oriole
     May 3
     Rose-breasted Grosbeak
     May 4
     Indigo Bunting
     Domestic Chicken

    (70 species for 2012)
     Tally #6
     ( 17 new species)

    May 5
     Orchard Oriole
     May 6
     Ruby-throated Hummingbird
     May 10
     Cedar Waxwings
     May 11
     Eastern Kingbird
     Eastern Phoebe
     May 13
     Ruffed Grouse
     American Woodcock
     May 14
     Yellow Warblers
     Blackburnian Warblers
     May 20
     Scarlet Tanager
     Common Nighthawk
     May 23
     Eastern Towhee (heard only)
     Ovenbird (heard only)
     May 24
     Veery (heard only)
     May 28
     Golden-crowned Kinglet
     May 31
     Green Heron
     Great Egret

    (87 species for 2012)
     Tally # 7
     (13 new species)
     June 2
     Wood Thrush
     Nothern Rough-winged Swallow
     June 6
     Yellow-billed Cuckoo
     June 10
     June 14
     Red-eyed Vireo (heard only)
     June 19
     Swamp Sparrow
     June 24
     Yellow-throated Vireo
     July 2
     Chestnut-sided Warbler
     Brown Thrasher
     July 14
     Blue-gray gnatcatcher (new life list bird)
     July 28
     Screech Owl
     October 16
     Bald Eagle
     November 11
     Snow geese

    (100 species total for 2012)

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:36:31 AM PST

  •  I've only added nine birds since the last time. (15+ / 0-)

    They are coming few and far between now so each one is exciting, but especially so when they are also new life birds which, the vireo and rb nuthatch are.


    The final tally will be on January 1, 2013
    ) : Sorry to hear that. this has been fun.

    as of December 2nd 2012
    mid Missouri
    Rural 5>Acres
    73 species

    1 Junco                                      daily at feeder
    2House sparrow                        daily at feeder year round
    3Purple Finch                            daily at feeder
    4House Finch                            daily at feeder
    5Chickadee                               daily at feeder year round
    6Tufted titmouse                       daily at feeder year round
    7Cardinal                                  daily at feeder year round  
    8Blue Jay                                  year round
    9Brown Headed Cowbird         daily at feeders
    10Morning Dove                       clean up crew in the chicken pen year round
    11Red Bellied Woodpecker      daily at feeder year round
    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 year round
    19RS Towhee                           occasionally seen along border in undergrowth
    20Robin                                    everywhere year round most years
    21Chipping Sparrow                daily at feeders
    22Downy Woodpecker             daily at feeders year round
    23Hairy Woodpecker                daily at feeders year round
    24 WBNuthatch                        daily at feeders year round
    25Rock Dove (pigeons)            barn full year round
    26Starling                                 several nesting in barn and nest boxes year round
    27Crow                                     check out our compost pile daily looking for goodies year round
    28Tree Swallow                        one pair nesting spring and summer
    29Grackle                                 occasional visitors to feeders, summer
    30Pilleated Woodpecker          daily at feeder year round
    31Chicken                                chicken coop
    32Cedar Waxwing                    occasional flocks stop to eat Juniper berries
    33Wild Turkey                         we see them crossing field back of house occasionally year round
    34White Throated Sparrow      intermittent at feeder
    35Turkey Vulture                     regular flyovers and occasionally land in field
    36Red Shouldered Hawk         year round residents
    37Canada Goose                      regular flyovers year round most years
    38Great Blue Heron                 occasional flyovers
    39Coopers Hawk                     regular visitors year round
    40Wood Duck                          flyovers from woods to river
    41Barred Owl                          heard often , seldom seen year round
    42Whipporwill                        same as above
    43Great Horned Owl               hear them occasionally, one sighting from yard year round
    44Male barn swallow April 1st   back yard  
    45Blue Grey Gnatcatcher April 6th    border woods
    46Purple Martin April  7th     backyard
    47Bald Eagle April 11th         Fly over year round
    48Yellow Rumped Warbler April 11th     border woods
    49Carolina Wren April 12,     yard bird
    50Ruby Throated Hummingbird April 12, feeder
    51White Crowned Sparrow April 14th      feeder
    52Summer Tanager April 25th      front yard
    53Baltimore Oriole Male April 25th   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.   sings from tree tops .
    58Red Tailed Hawk      Flyovers only. year round
    59Blue Grosbeak May 6th       feeder
    60Nashville Warbler May 7th border woods
    61Meadowlark May 7th    one sighting in backyard
    62Night Hawk May 7        flyovers
    63Indigo bunting May 10th  common summer resident
    64 Yellow bellied chat June 1st  border woods

    Additional birds since last tally
    65Empidonax  flycatcher            June 22nd border woods
    66Eastern wood peewee             June 27th  border woods
    67White eyed vireo                    June 30th  border woods(new life bird)
    68 Screech owl                           July 28th (heard only)
    69Grey Catbird                           August 26th border woods
    70White pelicans                       Oct 6th flyovers
    71Sharpshinned hawk               Nov 4th  feeder predator winter only
    72Red breasted nuthatch           Nov 30 feeder,(new life list bird)
    73Snow geese                            Nov 30  flyovers migrant only

    We got the little screech owl delivered to the rehabbers yesterday and so far so good. But there wasn't a vet on duty when we got there but the volunteer looked him over pretty well and couldn't find any thing serious, other than one eye seemed to dilate slowly when he shined a light into it. They just put him in a quiet place where he wouldn't be stressed while waiting for the vet.

    We got to see the barred owl we took up there a month ago and that bird is doing great. They said he is scheduled to be moved outside to the strenghtening pens Monday where he will be able to excercise his wings and once he builds his strength back up he will be released. They told us he is a particularly aggressive fellow and that only the most experienced handlers were allowed to administer  to him!

    Here is my newest bird and a couple pics of the  screech, one at home yesterday morning just before  heading to the hospital and the other of Little Bit and the owl at the bird center.



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

    by burnt out on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 09:38:51 AM PST

  •  Here's my list from Mount Washington, Baltimore, (11+ / 0-)


    I hope it's okay that it's in my sister's yard, not mine. The only reason I have a list is that we compare what we see.

    01 House Sparrows
    02 Tufted Titmouse
    03 Goldfinches
    04 Black Capped-Chickadee
    05 White-breasted Nuthatch
    06 House Finches
    07 Purple Finches
    08 Song Sparrows
    09 White Throated Sparrows
    10 Norther Cardinals
    11 Downey Woodpecker
    12 Dark-eyed Junco
    13 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    14 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    15 Eastern Towhee
    16 Blue Jay
    17 Mourning Doves
    18 Brown-headed Cowbird
    19 Common Grackle
    20 European Starling
    21 Gray Catbird
    22 Ruby Throated Hummingbird
    23 American Robbins
    24 Carolina Wren
    25 Crows
    26 Eastern Phoebe
    27 Black Vultures
    28 Turkey Vultures
    29 Red-tailed Hawks
    30 Bald Eagle

    Unfortunately, I'm not a birder, so there were a few other things that I couldn't identify. I'm pretty sure I saw a  Northern Harrier, but not sure enough. In other words, some hawks that weren't Red-tailed Hawks and some little mottled brown gray and white things that aren't any of the ones I've already identified. And I hear what I believe is a Whooperwhill, but I can't see it. Both my sister and I are newbies at this, so I'm unsure half the time.

    A few birds that we saw last year have to be left off of this year's list, also some common birds like Mockingbirds, which I especially love for some reason, that I see nearby, but not in our yard. The yard backs up to a little strip of woods, so we get an unusually broad array of wildlife for a clearly suburban area. (What's the difference between "urban detached" and "suburban"? We are technically within the city limits.)

    Does anyone compete in the urban apartment or condo yet?

  •  I'm lagging here, not been home & outside (8+ / 0-)

    enough to get the flyovers who are usually the only additions I get this time of year that aren't already logged for January:

    Castro Valley, CA
    Suburban detached
    Total to date: 38 species
    1/1 Red Tailed Hawk
    Mourning Dove
    Annas Hummingbird
    Nuttals Woodpecker
    American Crow
    Chestnut Backed Chickadee,
    Oak Titmouse
    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
             May Total 1
    6/17 English Sparrow
         Band Tailed Pigeon
             June Total 2
    7/26 Selasphorus - I'm pretty sure an Allens, but don't coun't.
    9/11 Pair of White Tailed Kites,
             Western Bluebird
    9/24 Orchard Oriole
             Sept total 3

    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 Dec 02, 2012 at 10:37:32 AM PST

  •  I lost my lists when the old Mac died (7+ / 0-)

    But the process made me more aware and more likely to research what I did see.

    Onward thru downtown Savannah....

    I love George Takei for being aware and honest and sharing. And "the best damn pilot in the universe."

    by PHScott on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:57:28 AM PST

  •  My list (9+ / 0-)
    NE corner, Olympic Peninsula WA
    waterfront (rural >5 acres)
    new total:  65
    As reported previously (this part in Taxonomic order)

    Brant - Branta bernicla        02 Feb 2012
    Canada Goose - Branta canadensis    27 May 2012
    Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata    04 Feb 2012
    Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola        06 Feb 2012
    Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator        11 Mar 2012
    Common Loon - Gavia immer        06 Feb 2012
    Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus        04 Feb 2012
    Red-necked Grebe - Podiceps grisegena        06 Feb 2012
    Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis        04 Feb 2012
    Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus    06 Jan 2012
        (nesting on our property)
    Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii    06 May 2012    
    Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis        26 Jan 2012
    Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius    11 May 2012
    Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens        01 Jan 2012
    Common Murre - Uria aalge        25 Jan 2012
    Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba        04 Feb 2012
    Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata    28 Apr 2012
    Barred Owl - Strix varia        17 Jan 2012
        (sitting on top of birdfeeder pole)
    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna        01 Jan 2012
    Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus        24 Mar 2012
    Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon    11 May 2012
    Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber        18 Jan 2012
    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens        01 Jan 2012
    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus        01 Jan 2012
    Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus        07 Jan 2012
    Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus    10 Apr 2012
    Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri        29 Jan 2012
    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos        05 Feb 2012
    Common Raven - Corvus corax        17 Jan 2012
    Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor        11 May 2012
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens        01 Jan 2012
    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis        01 Jan 2012
    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana        07 Jan 2012
    Bewick's Wren - Thryomanes bewickii        04 Apr 2012
    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus        19 Jan 2012
    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa        09 Jan 2012
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula        12 Jan 2012
    American Robin - Turdus migratorius        27 Feb 2012
    Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius        20 Jan 2012
    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi        01 Jan 2012
    Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla    12 May 2012
    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus        12 Jan 2012
    Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca        19 Jan 2012
    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia        01 Jan 2012
    Golden-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia atricapilla    12 May 2012
    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis        01 Jan 2012
    Black-headed Grosbeak - Pheucticus melanocephalus    10 May 2012
    Purple Finch - Carpodacus purpureus        27 Mar 2012
    Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus        13 Feb 2012
    subtotal: 49

    New since last report (in chronological order):

    50    Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis        24 Jul 2012
    51    Pelagic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax pelagicus        05 Aug 2012
    52    Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias        06 Aug 2012
    53    Marbled Murrelet - Brachyramphus marmoratus        07 Aug 2
    54    Black Oystercatcher - Haematopus bachmani    08 Aug 2012
    55    Rhinoceros Auklet - Cerorhinca monocerata    09 Aug 2012
    56    Heermann's Gull - Larus heermanni    12 Aug 2012
    57    Mew Gull - Larus canus        30 Sep 2012
    58    California Gull - Larus californicus        30 Sep 2012
    59    Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis    02 Oct 2012
    60    Red-throated Loon - Gavia stellata        03 Oct 2012
    61    Pacific Loon - Gavia pacifica        04 Oct 2012
    62    Brandt's Cormorant - Phalacrocorax penicillatus    21 Nov 2012
    63    Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus    25 Nov 2012
    64    Hermit Thrush - Catharus guttatus    25 Nov 2012
    65    Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus    28 Nov 2012

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 11:19:24 AM PST

  •  I've got to step away from the computer for a bit. (5+ / 0-)

    Back late afternoon PST.

    Play well.

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 12:37:30 PM PST

  •  OK, I'll join (10+ / 0-)

    Paradise, CA
    35 species (that I can remember so far)

    Regarding the category, I'm not sure what it falls into, but it's a small town where we have fairly large yards, with mine being about 1/3, and with a large wild acreage that was a former tree farm behind my neighbors'. I wouldn't call it urban, anyway, so I'm saying suburban.

    1.    House Finch
    2.    Lesser Goldfinch
    3.    Pine Siskin
    4.    Oak Titmouse
    5.    Black-Headed Grosbeak
    6.    Evening Grosbeak
    7.    Western Tanager
    8.    Bullock’s Oriole
    9.    Anna’s Hummingbird
    10.    Rufous Hummingbird
    11.    California Towhee
    12.    Spotted Towhee
    13.    California Quail
    14.    Dark-Eyed Junco
    15.    White-Crowned Sparrow
    16.    Golden-Crowned Sparrow
    17.    Steller’s Jay
    18.    Scrub Jay
    19.    Downy Woodpecker
    20.    Acorn Woodpecker
    21.    Nuttall’s Woodpecker
    22.    Red-Breasted Sapsucker
    23.    American Robin
    24.    Northern Flicker
    25.    American Crow
    26.    Yellow-Rumped Warbler
    27.    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
    28.    Bushtit
    29.    Starling
    30.    Red-Tailed Hawk
    31.    White-Breasted Nuthatch
    32.    Brewer’s Blackbird
    33.    Mourning Dove
    34.    Turkey Vulture
    35.    Cedar Waxwing

    I also saw an unlikely (for the area) Great Blue Heron perched on top of a tall evergreen in my backyard, surveying my neighbors' koi ponds, but I'm not sure if it was this year. or the year before. I'll rack my memory some more and maybe add more birds later. Can we count birds we heard but didn't see?

  •  Sorry to be so late (5+ / 0-)

    I left the house at 1 and just got back now.

    My list to date is below - nothing new for the last month and a half although I've been trying to get White Pelican in view.

    Total is 75 at the moment.

    1-Jan    American Coot
        Northern Cardinal
        Carolina Chickadee
        Tufted Titmouse
        Great Egret
        Ring-billed Gull
        Carolina Wren
        Red-winged Blackbird
        White Ibis
        Great Blue Heron
    2-Jan    Mourning Dove
        Song Sparrow
        Pied-billed Grebe
    7-Jan    Turkey Vulture
        Red-bellied Woodpecker
        Ruddy Duck
        Little Blue Heron
        Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    8-Jan    Ring-necked Duck
        Eastern Phoebe
        Northern Harrier
    13-Jan    Bald Eagle
    15-Jan    Tree Swallow
        Forster's Tern
        White-throated sparrow
        Blue Jay
        Snowy Egret
        Tricolor Heron
    16-Jan    Hermit Thrush
        Eastern Bluebird
    21-Jan    Cedar Waxwing
        American Kestrel
    29-Jan    Red-tailed Hawk
        American Goldfinch
        Double-crested Cormorant
        Pine Warbler
    7-Feb    American Robin
    11-Feb    Chipping Sparrow
    17-Feb    Glossy Ibis
        Cattle Egret
    25-Feb    Yellow-Rumped Warbler
        Black and White Warbler
        Downy Woodpecker
    27-Feb    Fish Crow
    7-Mar    White-breasted Nuthatch
    10-Mar    Northern Mockingbird
    15-Mar    Red-shouldered Hawk
    17-Mar    Common Moorhen
    25-Mar    Canada Goose
        Wood Stork
        Pileated Woodpecher
    26-Mar    Brown Thrasher
    29-Mar    Northern Parula
    1-Apr    Blue-winged Teal
    10-Apr    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    13-Apr    Barred Owl
    15-Apr    Common Grackle
        Brown-headed Cowbird
    28-Apr    Chimney Swift
    30-Apr    Limpkin
    1-Jun    Purple Gallinule
    9-Jun    Roseate Spoonbill
        American Crow
    10-Jun    Green Heron
    11-Jun    Cooper's Hawk
    14-Jun    Mississippi Kite
        Great Crested Flycatcher
    19-Jun    Black Vulture
    22-Jun    House Finch
    28-Jul    Swallow-tailed Kite
    25-Aug    Wood Duck
    2-Sep    Belted Kingfisher
    14-Oct    Great Horned Owl

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

    by matching mole on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:25:40 PM PST

  •  OK everyone. (3+ / 0-)

    The final tally will appear on January 1. This gives everyone until 11:59:59 on December 31 to catch the last owl that perches on a neighbor's rooftop or the last Killdeer calling just before the fireworks start.

    We can make the final tally (and Bragging Rights) the preview for the beginning of a 2013 Yardrace, too, but I'm thinking that it would be cool if we open the tally diaries to the group. What say? Anyone up for doing a tally diary next year?

    Signing out for the evening. Thank you everyone for hanging in and making this a very interesting birding year.


    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:15:02 PM PST

    •  Sounds good to me, although I've got no (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bwren, Polly Syllabic

      complaints of any kind with the great job you've been doing with the tally. I'm happy to go along with whatever the group wants on this. Do you mean that one person take over the tally for the whole year, quarterly or what? Not sure what you mean. We have enough people in the group now that we could each do one per month, or not, just a thought.  I've enjoyed this bird count a lot, it's been fun and interesting finding out what everyone else has in their backyards. Thanks bwren . Thanks everyone!

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

      by burnt out on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:33:15 PM PST

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      •  I'm thinking (3+ / 0-)

        that anyone who wants to do a tally sign up for one or two or ? at the beginning of the year. I'd be delighted to set up a spreadsheet and email it to the next tally writer, who could update it and send it on to the next.

        OK. Now I'm really going to sign off.

        I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

        by bwren on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:39:55 PM PST

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