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Welcome to the 2013 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race! This is our 8th tally diary of the year, the official place to post your sightings, ask for help, and/or crow some if you wish. This is Milly Watt and I will be the Official Tally Keeper for this round while bwren enjoys some great music. Please, let me know in the comments or kosmail me if we missed your report for June and/or I need to make any corrections.  Bwren will be back for the next tally which will appear on Sunday August 4. Mark your calendars!

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.

Remember, anytime is a good time to join in, even if you're just a beginning birder. There may be some friendly bluster, but if you ask for ID help you'll get it, especially if you can write up a good description or post a photo. There are a bunch of categories, so people who live in urban centers aren't competing against others who have a lot of open space or waterfront views.

The Categories:

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

We always suggest that you look under the squiggly orange bird poop way below to find  the details and the fine print (always the fine print.)


We added several new racers last month, lorell, Temmoku, 6410293, Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN, and Dr. Arcadia. Welcome! A number of regulars didn't check in last month, so the active number of June participants was 23. Here's hoping that they'll return to the fray this time.

Summer is here, bringing the summer birds and their activities. The forest canopy has closed with the leaves unfolding to their full size.  This makes viewing birds in the treetops much harder.  Those of us who have learned to recognize bird songs now have an advantage (this excludes me, unfortunately). We'll see how the summer birds have changed the race since the beginning of June.

Here's what the race looked like at the end of the last tally. (Note that last year's racers' 2012 counts are in parentheses after their names. They're competing against themselves this year, too.) There are still more new racers than veterans this year.  This is a very good thing.


1. enhydra lutris (40) ... Castro Valley NOCA ... 42
2. chantedor ... Paradise, CA ... 40
3. lorell ... Sugarland TX ... 35
4. AZ Sphinxmoth ... Baja, AZ ... 33
5. barbwires ... Alexandria VA ... 24
6. Temmoku ... Chicago Il ...23
7. 6412093 ... NW Oregon ... 15

One of the hottest races so far has been in the SUBURBAN category. enhydra lutris has not only taken the lead with 42, but already surpassed last year's count with half the year still to come. Congratulations for beating last year, enhydra lutris! Chantedor is in a close 2nd place with 40. Three of the newcomers are in the SUBURBAN category with lorell now in 3rd place with 35 species. Temmoku and 6412093 are the other newcomers to this group and will have lots of opportunities to catch up. AZ Sphinxmoth and barbwires didn't report in last time so we don't know how many species they will eventually add to their 4th and 5th place showings when they (hopefully) report in again.  


1. bwren (50)... Seattle WA ... 39
2. billybush ... Omaha NE ... 33
3. duckhunter ... St Louis MO ... 29   
4. gulfga98 ... Brevard, NC ... 28
5. Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN ... Middleton, OH ... 10

URBAN DETACHED looks to be another exciting race this year. bwren has expanded her lead a bit over billybush but the competition seems to be pretty intense. duckhunter and gulfga98 are right on their heels. Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN is a newcomer to this category and will have lots of chances to catch up over the seasons ahead.


1. burnt out (73)... middle MO ... 68
2. janislav ... IA ... 46
3. MyInnerNameIsSpike ... upstate NY ... 37

burnt out has taken a seemingly commanding lead in the RURAL >5ACRES category.  But summer has been slower to arrive for janislav and MyInnerNameIsSpike, so things could change quickly with this report.


1. Benny Toothpick ... Carrboro, NC ... 23
2. DarkHawk98 ... location? ... 19
3. aaroninsandiego ... San Diego CA ... 18
4. LilithGardener ... NY NY ... 10

The APARTMENT OR CONDO category is a tight race with the top three contenders quite close. Benny Toothpick remains in the lead with 23. Darkhawk98 is still in second place without reporting in last month, but aaroninsandiego is working hard to close the gap and is catching up quickly. LilithGardener remains in fourth here, but hasn't reported in recently.


1. most awesome nana ... NE PA ... 41
2. PHScott (32) ... west of Tallahassee FL ... 33
3. homeschoolingmom     ... WV ... 24
4. Mojave Jo ... Barstow, CA ... 23
6. Robert Helmuth ... OK ... 14

In the RURAL <5ACRES category, most awesome nana has pulled further ahead with seven new species for a total of 41 for the year. PHScott is in second place with 33 which means he surpassed his 2012 final total.  Congratulations, PHScott, for already beating your year-end tally from last year!  homeschoolingmom's is still in third place from her earlier tally, but Mojave Jo is close behind at 23. We hope Robert Helmuth hasn't given up since his April report.


1. lineatus ... San Francisco CA ... 42
2. Kay Observer2 ... Washington DC ... 23

lineatus continues to hold the URBAN ATTACHED lead at 42. Kay Observer2 didn't check in since April, but we hope to hear from her again this time.


1. Polly Syllabic (100) ... Gooseville WI ... 92
2. Dr. Arcadia ... thumb of MI ... 71
3. matching mole (78) ... Tallahassee FL ... 68
4. political mutt ... Sandhills NC ...  65
5. Milly Watt (67) ... Olympic Peninsula WA ... 63
6. OceanDiver ... Lopez IS WA ... 55
7. john difool ... Jacksonville, FL ... 36

And now, the WATERFRONT category, which is always exciting. Polly Syllabic has surged ahead with 13 new species to maintain her first place position. Dr. Arcadia joined the race last month and immediately went into second place. matching mole leapfrogged over political mutt and Milly Watt to move into third. OceanDiver is quickly catching up with Milly Watt.  john difool didn't report in last month, so he may have surprises for us this time.


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 8th tally of the 2013 Backyard Science Yardbird Race is now open! You all know what to do.


I'll be in and out all day, but not before 8am PDT.

Details and the fine print.

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

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

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

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

You're on the honor system here. I'm certain that the competitors will catch any reports of Fratercula cirrhata arriving from anywhere on the east coast.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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  •  66 this month for Milly (25+ / 0-)

    Just one short of matching last year's total.

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

    Last report from June (in Taxonomic order)

    1    Brant - Branta bernicla              15 Feb  
    2    Canada Goose - Branta canadensis              29 Mar  
    3    Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos              15 Mar  
    4    Harlequin Duck - Histrionicus histrionicus              15 Mar  
    5    Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata              30 Jan  
    6    Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola              04 Jan  
    7    Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula              04 Jan  
    8    Hooded Merganser - Lophodytes cucullatus              04 Jan  
    9    Common Merganser - Mergus merganser              04 Jan  
    10    Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator              09 Feb  
    11    Common Loon - Gavia immer              04 Jan  
    12    Horned Grebe - Podiceps auritus              04 Jan  
    13    Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis              02 Jan  
    14    Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus              03 Feb  
    15    Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias              04 Jan  
    16    Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura              09 May  
    17    Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus              19 Mar  
    18    Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii              01 Mar  
    19    Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus              03 Jan  
    20    Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis              16 Jan  
    21    Mew Gull - Larus canus              25 Jan  
    22    Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis              17 Jan  
    23    Herring Gull - Larus argentatus              04 Jan  
    24    Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens              01 Jan  
    25    Common Murre - Uria aalge              02 Jan  
    26    Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba              02 Jan  
    27    Marbled Murrelet - Brachyramphus marmoratus              22 Mar  
    28    Rhinoceros Auklet - Cerorhinca monocerata              18 Mar  
    29    Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata              11 Apr  
    30    Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus              27 Mar  
    31    Barred Owl - Strix varia              23 Feb  
    32    Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus              30 Mar  
    33    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna              01 Jan  
    34    Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus              19 Mar  
    35    Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon              04 Jan  
    36    Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber              17 Feb  
    37    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens              01 Jan  
    38    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus              01 Jan  
    39    Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus              18 Jan  
    40    Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus              04 Mar  
    41    Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis              13 Jun  
    42    Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri              04 Mar  
    43    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos              07 Jan  
    44    Common Raven - Corvus corax              06 Jan  
    45    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens              01 Jan  
    46    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis              01 Jan  
    47    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana              01 Jan  
    48    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus              01 Jan  
    49    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa              01 Jan  
    50    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula              07 Jan  
    51    American Robin - Turdus migratorius              01 Mar  
    52    Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius              22 Jan  
    53    Orange-crowned Warbler - Oreothlypis celata              01 May  
    54    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi              01 Jan  
    55    Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla              26 Apr  
    56    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus              01 Jan  
    57    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia              01 Jan  
    58    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis              01 Jan  
    59    Black-headed Grosbeak - Pheucticus melanocephalus              27 May  
    60    Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus              06 Apr  
    61    House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus              01 Jun  
    62    Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra              07 Jan  
    63    Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus              22 Feb  

    new since last report (in chronological order)

    64    Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis     13 Jun
    65    Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis    27 Jun 2013
    66    Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto    27 Jun 2013

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:54:36 PM PDT

  •  bwren's tally (20+ / 0-)

    Alas, no new birds have graced my yard since the last tally. I'm stuck at 39.

    Seattle WA
    Urban Detached
    39 species

    Jan 1 -
    1. American Crow
    2. Anna's Hummingbird
    3. American Robin
    4. Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
    5. Starling
    6. Spotted Towhee
    7. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    8. Dark Eyed Junco
    9. House Finch
    10. House Sparrow
    11. Black-capped Chickadee

    Jan 2-
    12. Bushtit

    Jan 3-
    13. Song Sparrow
    14. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    15. Red Crossbill (Yard first!)

    Jan 4 -
    16. Bewick's Wren
    17. Steller's Jay

    Jan 5-
    18. Golden-crowned Kinglet

    Jan 6 -
    19. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    20. Snow Goose

    Jan 10 -
    21. Killdeer

    Jan 12 -
    22. Golden-crowned Sparrow

    Jan 15 -
    23. White-crowned Sparrow

    Jan 21 -
    24. Domestic Chicken

    Jan 25 -
    25. Red-winged Blackbird

    Feb 2 -
    26. Canada Goose

    Mar 2 -
    27. Bald Eagle (yaay!!)
    28. Glaucous-winged Gull

    Apr 7 -
    29. Violet-green Swallow

    Apr 26 -
    30. Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Apr 28 -
    31. Varied Thrush

    May 12 -
    32. Wilson's Warbler

    May 16 -
    33. Osprey (I heard it. I'm calling it! )

    May 17 -
    34. Western Tanager

    May 21 -
    35. Barn Swallow

    May 26 -
    36. Vaux Swift

    May 27 -
    37. Western Wood Peewee
    38. Brown Creeper

    May 31 -
    39. Red-breasted Nuthatch

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:56:10 PM PDT

  •  matching mole - waterfront - 71 (22+ / 0-)

    Three new species since last month.

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

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

    by matching mole on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:04:54 AM PDT

  •  Had to look twice at #12 - Thought it was bullshit (6+ / 0-)

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:21:35 AM PDT

  •  oopsie. This shoulda been in the previous (10+ / 0-)

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:23:31 AM PDT

  •  Only two additions this go round, (20+ / 0-)

    Chuck-wills widows are joining in with the whippoorwills occasionally now, and on looking over my last tally sheet this morning I realized that I'd neglected to list peewees which have been back for several weeks.

    Backyard bird count 2013
    Mid Missouri,
    Rural > acres
    1Cardinal Jan 1 Year round
    2Dark eyed Junco Jan 1
    3Gold Finch Jan 1Year round
    4Bluejay Jan 1Year round
    5Hairy woodpecker Jan 1Year round
    6House finch Jan 1
    7Downy woodpecker Jan 1Year round
    8Chickadee Jan 1Year round
    9Pileated woodpecker Jan 1Year round
    10Tufted titmouse Jan 1Year round
    11Flicker Jan 1Year round
    12Carolina wren Jan 1Year round
    13House sparrow Jan 1Year round
    14Cooper hawk Jan 1Year round
    15Fox sparrow Jan 1
    16Red belly woodpecker Jan 1Year round
    17White breasted nuthatch Jan 1Year round
    18White throated sparrow Jan 1
    19 Rock dove Jan 3Year round
    20Crow Jan 3Year round
    21Starling Jan3Year round
    22Mourning Dove Jan 5 Year round
    23 Purple Finch Jan 5
    24Cedar Waxwing Jan5
    26Great Horned Owl (heard only)Jan 10 Year round
    27Canada Goose Jan 12Year round
    28Red Shouldered Hawk Jan 12Year round
    29Blue bird Jan 5Year round
    30Robin Jan 5 Year round most years
    31Snow geese (fly over)
    32Turkey vulture(fly over) Feb 13
    33Red wing blackbird M Feb 19 F Feb 22
    34Brown headed cowbird Feb 22
    35Field Sparrow Feb 22
    36Brewers Blackbird  Feb 22
    37Song Sparrow Feb 26
    38Wood ducks March 9 (fly over)
    39Rufous sided Towhee
    40Tree swallow March 29
    41Grackle April 1
    42Eastern Phoebe April 4
    43Barn swallow April 6
    44Purple martin April 19
    45Ruby Throated hummingbird April 20th
    46Rosebreasted Grosbeak April 21
    47Baltimore Oriole April 25
    48Red Headed Woodpecker April 26
    49Indigo Bunting April 27
    50Pine Siskins April 28
    51Whipoorwills April 29 (heard only)
    52Orchard Oriole April 29
    53Bald Eagle  April 29 (fly over)
    54Yellow billed cuckoo May 10
    55Yellow warbler May 10
    56Gray Catbird May 11
    57Ruby crowned kinglet May 11
    58Summer tanager May 12
    59Eastern Kingbird May 15th
    60Great Crested flycatcher May 21
    61Great Blue Heron May 21, flyover
    62Yellow breasted chat May 22
    63House wren May 23
    64Brown thrasher May 26
    65Wild turkey May 26
    66Yellow bellied sapsucker April 9
    67Barred Owl year round
    68Empidonax f/c May 23
    69Eastern wood peewee
    70Chuck-wills widow June 18

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:28:52 AM PDT

  •  New list starts for me -waterfront (19+ / 0-)

    A correction to rural <5 ac for PHScott -- my list was at 35 before heading north.

    And here on the lake I have 17:
    Ring bill gull
    Caspian tern
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Common loon
    Mourning dove
    American crow
    Marsh wren
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Field Sparrow
    Redwing blackbird
    Yellow warbler
    Downy woodpecker
    Pileated woodpecker
    Cedar Waxwing
    The mulberry fruiting is a good attractor.  I can hear the birds now.

    Thanks Milly!

    Incredibly humid morning, mid 70s. Heading down to beach to find a breeze

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

    by PHScott on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:41:23 AM PDT

  •  Bah, now I have to find my list again. (17+ / 0-)

    urban detached

    sharp shinned hawk
    red bellied woodpecker
    dark eyed junco
    blue jay
    purple finch
    mourning dove
    american tree sparrow
    chipping sparrow(?)
    house sparrow

    and while driving along the highway (so it doesn't count as my backyard, I'm sure), baltimore orioles and of all things, what looked like (after a lot of research and using this Ohio waterbird guide) a 'great blue heron'.

  •  Good morning, everyone! (17+ / 0-)

    A beautiful morning in NEPA. The humidity is very high, but that is normal for summer in a temperate rainforest.

    The list has gotten a little long, so I am only going to update from last month. Not really much to add. :(


    35.  ruby-throated hummingbird
    36.  white-throated sparrow (white-striped form)
    37.  chipping sparrow
    38.  swamp sparrow
    39.  song sparrow
    40.  wood thrush
    41.  pine siskin (which I had been mistaking for a "winter" female goldfinch)


    42.  Bald Eagle (overhead)
    43.  Bob-white quail (voice)
    44.  Cedar waxwing (voice)

    A big shout out of thanks to Polly Syllabic. Her description of the cedar waxwing's voice identified it for me. Cheers, Polly, and may all your feeders be busy.

    The quail is not a local. There is a quail breeder on the other side of the woods and the occasional bird makes a break for freedom. I never see them, but hear them every year. Sadly, I know they will not last. Far too many predators for ground dwelling birds to survive.

    The bald eagles have a nest by the river and I have been waiting all year for them to fly over.

    That's it for this month. It is hard to identify anything in the lush, Summer growth. Now if we were counting frogs and bugs.............

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

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:30:12 AM PDT

  •  Checking in from the Thumb of Michigan (17+ / 0-)

    Waterfront category (also >5 acres rural)

    with 4 new for a total of 75

    1    Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
    2    Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
    3    Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator
    4    Wood Duck, Aix sponsa
    5    American Black Duck, Anas rubripes
    6    Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    7    Blue-winged Teal, Anas discors
    8    Canvasback, Aythya valisineria
    9    Ring-necked Duck, Aythya collaris
    10    Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
    11    Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
    12    Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
    13    Ring-necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus
    14    Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo
    15    Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus
    16    Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
    17    Great Egret, Ardea alba
    18    Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
    19    Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
    20    Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    21    Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
    22    Cooper’s Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
    23    Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
    24    Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis
    25    Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
    26    Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    27    Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia
    28    Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
    29    Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus (heard)
    30    Common Nighthawk, Chordeiles minor (heard and saw)
    31    Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus
    32    Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
    33    Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus
    34    Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus (yellow shafted)
    35    Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus
    36    Eastern Wood-Pewee, Contopus virens
    37    Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe
    38    Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus
    39    Northern Shrike, Lanius excubitor
    40    Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
    41    American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
    42    Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor
    43    Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica
    44    Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
    45    Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor
    46    White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
    47    House Wren, Troglodytes aedon
    48    Eastern Bluebird, Sialia sialis
    49    American Robin, Turdus migratorius
    50    Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis
    51    Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma rufum
    52    European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris (Introduced)
    53    Eastern Towhee, Pipilo erythrophthalmus
    54    American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea
    55    Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina
    56    Field Sparrow, Spizella pusilla
    57    Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
    58    Swamp Sparrow, Melospiza georgiana
    59    White-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
    60    Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis
    61    Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
    62    Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
    63    Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
    64    Eastern Meadowlark, Sturnella magna
    65    Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula
    66    Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater
    67    Baltimore Oriole, Icterus galbula
    68    House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
    69    Common Redpoll, Acanthis flammea
    70    American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis
    71    Domestic Chicken (neighbor's incessant rooster)

        New Since Last Report
    72    Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris
    73    Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
    74    Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum
    75    Bobolink, Dolichonyx oryzivorus

    There are still many to be identified, but I am sure of these.  I have noticed recently that the new crop of juveniles complicates visual identifications.

    The plural of anecdote is NOT data

    by Dr Arcadia on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 07:04:22 AM PDT

  •  Yard Bird List (14+ / 0-)

    Nothing new this month. A tropical wave is supposed to move ashore today. Maybe that'll stir up some activity.

    1    house sparrow
    2    house finch
    3    mourning dove
    4    white-winged dove
    5    inca dove
    6    eurasian collared dove
    7    common grackle
    8    great-tailed grackle
    9    european starling
    10    blue jay
    11    northern cardinal
    12    coopers hawk
    13    red-tailed hawk
    14    mississippi kite
    15    black-bellied whistling duck
    16    great blue heron
    17    great egret
    18    yellow-crowned night-heron
    19    carolina chickadee
    20    carolina wren
    21    northern mockingbird
    22    ruby-throated hummingbird
    23    american goldfinch
    24    downy woodpecker
    25    red-bellied woodpecker
    26    american crow
    27    black vulture
    28    turkey vulture
    29    common nighthawk
    30    white ibis
    31    yellow-rumped warbler
    32    chimney swift
    33    barn swallow
    34    cliff swallow
    35    purple martin

  •  Roatan birds, waterfront (17+ / 0-)

    Yellow naped Amazon parrot (Pauli, lives at the resort, likes to be scratched on his neck)
    Golden fronted woodpecker
    Magnificent Frigate bird
    Hummingbirds (at least 2 species, one big)
    Brown pelican
    Great tailed grackles (stream past at dusk across the water between our little key toward roost on main island Roatan)
    White winged dove
    Turkey vulture
    various passerines, too fast to ID

    Dolphins in the water yesterday, riding boat wake

    OK, HOME birds,

    Water, Lopez, as of a week ago, falling further and further behind, sigh,

    Total 60

    1. Raven  
    2. Anna's hummingbird
    3. Red breasted nuthatch
    4. Chestnut backed chickadee
    5. Spotted towhee
    6. American crow
    7. Dark eyed junco
    8. House finch
    9. Song sparrow
    10. Redwing blackbird
    11. Canada goose (heard)
    12.  Ring neck pheasant (heard)
    13.  House sparrow
    14.  Golden crowned sparrow
    15.  Fox sparrow
    16.  Red breasted merganser
    17.  Buffleheads
    18.  Hooded merganser
    19.  Glaucus winged gull
    20.  Starling
    21.  Horned grebe
    22. Robin
    23. Common goldeneye  
    24. Pine Siskin
    25.  Bald eagle  
    26. Double crested cormorant
    27. Barn owl (heard)
    28. Common merganser
    29. American goldfinch
    30. Redtail hawk
    31.  Pacific wren
    32. Bluebills  
    33. Downy woodpecker
    34.  Common loons
    35. Red crossbills
    36. Rufous hummingbird
    37. Yellow rumped warbler
    38. Turkey vulture
    39. White crowned sparrow
    40. Orange crowned warbler
    41. Purple finch
    42. Cooper's hawk
    43. Kingfisher (heard)
    44. Mourning dove (heard)
    45. Great horned owl (heard)
    46. Northern harrier
    47. Barn swallow
    48. Black headed grosbeak
    49. House wren
    50. Violet green swallow
    51. Brewers blackbird
    52. Band tail pigeon
    53. Brown headed cowbird
    54. Peacock (heard)
    55. Swainson's thrush (heard)
    56. Hairy woodpecker
    57. Marsh wren (heard)
    58. Bewick's wren (heard)
    59. Olive sided flycatcher (heard)
    60. Barred owl (heard)

  •  Tied my record from last year. (13+ / 0-)

    The canopy has closed over. I'll be listening down by the river in the woods. I need to practice, practice, practice... my listening skills aren't that great.  

    Gooseville, WI

    1.   Northern Cardinal
    2.   Northern Flicker
    3.   Black-capped Chickadee
    4.   American Goldfinch
    5.   Pine Siskin
    6.   Common Redpoll
    7.   House Finch
    8.   Purple Finch
    9.   Mourning Dove
    10. Blue Jay
    11. Hairy Woodpecker
    12. Downy Woodpecker
    13. Red-bellied Woodpecker
    14. House Sparrow
    15. White-breasted Nuthatch
    16. Dark-eyed Junco
    17. Red-breasted Nuthatch
    18. American Crow
    19. Cooper's Hawk
    20. European Starling
    21. Wild Turkey
    22. Brown Creeper
    23. American Tree Sparrow
    24. Great Horned Owl (heard)
    25. Tufted Titmouse
    26. Northern Harrier
    27. domestic chicken (rooster)
    28. Snow Buntings
    29. Ring-necked Pheasant
    30. Barred Owl (heard)
    31. Red-tailed Hawk
    32. Pileated Woodpecker
    33. Rock Pigeon
    34. Song Sparrow
    35. Canada Goose
    36. Sharp-shinned Hawk
    37. Red-shouldered Hawk
    38. Red-winged Blackbird
    39. Sandhill Cranes
    40. American Robin
    41. Bald Eagle
    42. Turkey Vulture
    43. Great Blue Heron
    44. Brown-headed Cowbird
    45. Common Grackle
    46. American Kestrel
    47. Snow Geese
    48. Mallard Duck
    49. Buffleheads
    50. Chipping Sparrow
    51. Wood Duck
    52. Herring Gull
    53. Blue-winged Teal
    54. Packer's Warbler
    54. Common Goldeneye
    55. Belted Kingfisher
    56. Eastern Bluebird
    57. Fox Sparrow
    58. Hooded Merganser
    59. Lincoln's Sparrow
    60. Redhead
    61. Eastern Towhee
    62. Yellow-headed Blackbird
    63. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    64. Tree Swallow
    65. White-crowned Sparrow
    66. American Woodcock
    67. Barn Swallow
    68. Field Sparrow
    69. Lesser Yellowlegs
    70. White-throated Sparrow
    71. Eastern Phoebe
    72. Yellow Warbler
    73. Black-and-white Warbler
    74. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    75. House Wren
    76. Baltimore Oriole
    77. Swamp Sparrow
    78. Gray Catbird
    79. Orchard Oriole
    80. Eastern Wood-Pewee
    81. Indigo Bunting
    82. Eastern Kingbird
    83. Killdeer
    84. Common Nighthawk
    85. Marsh Wren
    86. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    87. Ring-billed Gull
    88. Veery
    89. Common Yellowthroat
    90. Blackburnian Warbler
    91. Scarlet Tanager
    92. Northern Mockingbird
    93. Green Heron
    94. Sora
    95. American Redstart
    96. Osprey
    97. Cedar Waxwing
    ? - been here since spring. Forgot to add.
    98. Eastern Meadowlark
    99. Ovenbird
    100. Wood Thrush

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:25:14 AM PDT

  •  New here today - and a beginning wannabe (12+ / 0-)

    birder for about 15 years now.  ;-)

    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Urban Detached, 1/1/13 - 7/7/13, in no particular order:

    1  House Sparrow
    2  Chipping Sparrow
    3  Fox Sparrow
    4  American Goldfinch
    5  House Finch
    6  Black-capped Chickadee
    7  Baltimore Oriole
    8  Cardinal
    9  White-breasted Nuthatch
    10 Downy Woodpecker
    11 Hairy Woodpecker
    12 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    13 American Crow
    14 Coopers Hawk
    15 Great Blue Heron (flying overhead)
    16 Great Egret (flying overhead)
    17 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    18 Hermit Thrush
    19 Dark-eyed Junco
    20 Mourning Dove
    21 Blue Jay
    22 Cardinal
    23 Common Grackle
    24 European Starling
    25 Brown-headed Cowbird
    28 Robin

    Two new birds for  me this year were the Yellow-rumped Warbler and the Hermit Thrush. The former has probably been around for a while but I never noticed their cute little yellow caps until this year. The Hermit Thrush was a two day visitor to the neighborhood in May - it was awesome.

    My new neighbors to the south spent the long weekend chopping down an overgrown lilac hedge - the birds loved hanging out in there, especially in the winter. It will be interesting to see how it changes the bird count.

    Thanks for this, Milly Watt.

    Out with the gloomage - in with the plumage!

    by mikidee on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:03:33 AM PDT

  •  Omaha, Nebraska (11+ / 0-)

    Urban detached.

    Only one new bird since last count.

    34.  6/11/13 Barn Swallow

  •  5 more since last month (8+ / 0-)

    May and June have been pretty slow bird-wise, but I did get a few I've never seen or heard in my backyard before. Somehow I overlooked the Starlings in previous months. Too common to even notice, I guess. Got lucky and heard a Great-Horned Owl the night I went outside to look at the "supermoon." In the 7 years I've lived here, there haven't been any House Wrens in my neighborhood, but one finally arrived this year and has been singing its little heart out. And thanks to a birding by ear class this spring, I was able to identify an Ash-Throated Flycatcher and two Wrentits.

    The Wrentits were a real surprise, because this isn't really the right habitat for them and you wouldn't expect to find them here, but they have a really distinctive ping-pong-ball-like sound. The first time I heard one here, I thought, "Could that really be a Wrentit? No ..." So I went inside and listened to Wrentits online, and sure enough, that's what they are! Sounds like there's a pair of them nesting in one of the trees in a neighbor's yard. Without further ado, here's my list:

    Paradise, CA
    45 species as of 6/30/2013

    Listed in order of sighting:

    1.    Dark-Eyed Junco
    2.    California Towhee
    3.    Spotted Towhee
    4.    Eurasian Collared Dove
    5.    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
    6.    Steller’s Jay
    7.    Scrub Jay
    8.    Common Raven
    9.    Acorn Woodpecker
    10.    Anna’s Hummingbird
    11.    Evening Grosbeak
    12.    House Finch
    13.    Oak Titmouse
    14.    Bushtit
    15.    Cedar Waxwing
    16.    American Crow
    17.    White-Breasted Nuthatch
    18.    Pine Siskin
    19.    Northern Flicker
    20.    Downy Woodpecker
    21.    Nuttall’s Woodpecker
    22.    American Robin
    23.    Turkey Vulture
    24.    Snow Geese (flyover)
    25.    Fox Sparrow
    26.    Golden-Crowned Sparrow
    27.    Savannah Sparrow
    28.    Domestic Chickens
    29.    Mourning Dove
    30.    Hermit Thrush
    31.    Lesser Goldfinch
    32.    Varied Thrush
    33.    Rufous Hummingbird
    34.    Yellow-Rumped Warbler
    35.    Orange-Crowned Warbler
    36.    Wilson’s Warbler
    37.    Bullock’s Oriole
    38.    Black-Headed Grosbeak
    39.    Western Tanager
    40.    Canada Geese (flyover)
    41.    European Starling
    42.    House Wren
    43.    Wrentit
    44.    Great Horned Owl
    45.    Ash-Throated Flycatcher

  •  June gloom (8+ / 0-)

    no new species this tally, partly because I've been too busy to take much time to observe. Hopefully if there are any summering birds around that I haven't seen, they will stick around a bit longer and I might find them.

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:55:39 AM PDT

  •  No changes since last month. If I add three (8+ / 0-)

    species all summer, it will be remarkable.  Between the fact that I was gone every weekend, and that there are fewer birds here in summer, my expectations for June were low.  Come September, things should pick up.

    DOMA delenda est. DOMA: September 21, 1996 - June 26, 2013

    by lineatus on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 11:01:07 AM PDT

  •  I'd like to add 2 flyovers, (9+ / 0-)

    Canadian geese, and widgeons.

    I'd like to count the meadowlark I saw today at the golf course, but rules are rules.

    “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 Jul 07, 2013 at 01:26:26 PM PDT

  •  I missed June (5+ / 0-)

    so I'll add the pigons flying over. The only new bird beyond that, I'm pretty excited about it, is the Inca Dove.


    Bisbee, AZ
    35 Species

    1. White crown sparrow
    2. House Finch
    3. House sparrow
    4. Mockingbird
    5. Curved-billed Thrasher
    6. Raven (Chihuahuan?)
    7. White-winged Dove
    8. Western Kingbird
    9. Brewer's Blackbird
    10. Great-tailed Grackle
    11. Bullock's Oriole
    12. Canyon Towhee
    13. Cooper's Hawk
    14. European Starling
    15. Lessor Goldfinch
    16. Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
    17. Verdin
    18. Northern Cardinal
    19. Warbler (Orange-crowned or Wilson's)
    20. Painted Redstart
    21. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    22. Turkey Vulture
    23. Black-chinned Hummingbird
    24. Gila Woodpecker
    25. House Wren
    26. Lark Sparrow
    27. Yellow-rumped Warbler
    28. Cactus Wren
    29. Domestic Chickens (hear)
    30. Turkey (heard one day only from the location of the domestic chickens)
    31. Great Horned Owl (hear)
    32. Barn Swallow
    33. Lincoln's Sparrow

    34. Pigeon (fly over)

    35. Inca Dove

  •  Updated count for July (6+ / 0-)

    < 5 acres

    count to date = 23

    I had only one new sighting for this update, but it was a nice one.

    June 14 - Northern Harrier

    new total = 24

    Extra note: currently in southwestern Oklahoma:  Mississippi kite, scissor-tailed flycatcher and, and, and a possible Northern Bobwhite. Very hurried sighting and in the middle distance, so not very reliable. However, personally exciting given their decline in OK.

    My best to all.

  •  Sorry, late to add to the count this month (5+ / 0-)

    I was tied up much of yesterday and forgot to check for this diary last night.  As feared, my counts are starting to stagnate but I did have two new additions and one little brown bird that I still cannot verify.  Oh well, those little brown birds are a devil for us rank amateurs, aren't they?

    One sighting that cannot be added to my list, but was exciting nevertheless, was a bird my husband spotted in Tallahassee where we live part of the year.  He spotted a swallow tail kite appearing to build a nest in a tall pine tree in our yard.

    Here is my updated list with two new additions:
    location: Brevard, NC (near Asheville)
    category: Urban Detached
    total species sighted this year: 30

    1) pileated woodpecker
    2) red bellied woodpecker
    3) downy woodpecker
    4) yellow rumped warbler
    5) blue winged warbler
    6) mourning dove
    7) American crow
    8) buzzard
    9) brown headed cowbird
    10) wood thrush
    11) song sparrow
    12) white crowned sparrow
    13) ruby throated hummingbird
    14) purple finch
    15) house finch
    16) goldfinch
    17) cardinal
    18) Carolina wren
    19) Carolina chickadee
    20) rufous sided towhee
    21) American robin
    22) white breasted nuthatch
    23) red breasted nuthatch
    24) tufted titmouse
    25) blue jay
    26) grey catbird
    27) mockingbird
    28) American redstart
    29) great horned owl (heard outside my back window very early one morning)
    30) house wren

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:45:22 AM PDT

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