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Welcome to the 2013 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race! This is our 9th tally diary of the year, and is the official place to post your sightings, ask for help, and/or crow some if you wish.

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 write up a good description or post a photo. There are a bunch of categories, so people who live in urban centers dion't have to compete against others who have a lot of open space or waterfront views.

The Categories:

       ~Urban apartment or condo
        ~Urban attached (townhouse, rowhouse)
        ~Urban detached
        ~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.)


Welcome to mikidee, who jumped into the race last time. There was a nice turnout of participants who sent in July tallies, 22 in all.

No, you didn't miss a tally in August - backyard birding here in Seattle was so slow in July that I just forgot to write one up. However, we started seeing fewer summer birds during August, signaling the beginning of the fall migration. You all south of the 45th parallel, let us know if you've seen any of our Rufous Hummingbirds or our Violet-green Swallow passing through in the last few weeks!

Here's what the race looked like at the end of the last tally (July 7). Big thanks to Milly for tackling the June tally numbers, the writing and the record keeping last time! (And for noticing that I've been spelling (counting?) 6412093's userID incorrectly. It should be fixed now. If not, let me know.) Let me know if anything else needs correcting, too.

(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. chantedor ... Paradise, CA ... 45
2. enhydra lutris (40) ... Castro Valley NOCA ... 42
3 (tie). AZ Sphinxmoth ... Baja, AZ ... 35
3 (tie). lorell ... Sugarland TX ... 35
4. temmoku ... Chicago, IL ... 23
4. 6412093 ... NW Oregon ... 17

Chantedor has taken the lead in the SUBURBAN category, but only by three, and this without a June count from second placeholder, enhydra lutris. Add in a tie for third between AZ Sphinxmoth and lorell and things look very interesting going into this tally. Temmoku and 6412093 definitely have time to catch up!


1. bwren (50)... Seattle WA ... 39
2. billybush ... Omaha NE ... 34
3. gulfga98 ... Brevard, NC ... 30
4. duckhunter ... St Louis MO ... 29   
5. mikidee ... St. Paul, Minnesota ... 28
6. Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN ... Middleton, OH ... 16

Take a look at how close URBAN DETACHED is getting! billybush and I continue our duel for first place, while gulfga98, duckhunter and mikidee are strung out one species apart from each other right behind us. Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN is tagging now, but the fall migration may well help him out.


1. burnt out (73)... middle MO ... 70
2. janislav ... IA ... 46
3. MyInnerNameIsSpike ... upstate NY ... 37

burnt out continues to lead in the RURAL >5ACRES category, and is only three species down from his final count last season. While janislav and MyInnerNameIsSpike, have strong totals, neither checked in last month. We'll be hoping for a report this time.


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

Ah, things in the APARTMENT OR CONDO category seem to be at a standstill. Benny Toothpick remains in the lead without even checking in last month and aaroninsandiego is still in second place even without seeing any new birds since May. DarkHawk98 and LilithGardener haven't reported in recently, but we hope they'll jump in again this time.


1. most awesome nana ... NE PA ... 44
2. PHScott (32) ... west of Tallahassee FL ... 35
3 (tie). Mojave Jo ... Barstow, CA ... 24
3. (tie) homeschoolingmom ... WV ... 24
4. Robert Helmuth ... OK ... 14

most awesome nana added three species in July to continue her lead in the RURAL <5ACRES category. PHScott remains in second place here for now, but will be reporting from a new location for the rest of the year. (Please correct me if I'm confused here, PH.) Mojave Jo pulled into a third place tie with homeschoolingmom last time, so we'll be anxious to hear from the both of them. And here's a shout out to Robert Helmuth: Come back!!


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

Summertimebird backyard birding held steady in URBAN ATTACHED too last tally. lineatus noted that she's not seen any new birds since June, and Kay Observer2 hasn't checked in since April. May autumn bring renewed counts for our urban birders!


1. Polly Syllabic (100) ... Gooseville WI ... 100
2. Dr. Arcadia ... thumb of MI ... 75
3. matching mole (78) ... Tallahassee FL ... 71
4. Milly Watt (67) ... Olympic Peninsula WA ... 66
5. political mutt ... Sandhills NC ...  65
7. OceanDiver ... Lopez IS WA ... 60
8. john difool ... Jacksonville, FL ... 36
9. PHScott ...Lake Onterio, NY ... 17

Now to WATERFRONT, where Polly Syllabic has both retained her commanding lead and has already matched her total count from last season! Relative newcomer Dr. Arcadia is holding in second place with a strong challenge from matching mole. Milly Watt and political mutt continue to duke it out for third, with Milly in by a one species nose this time. OceanDiver looks to be sleeper in this race. Watch out! john difool hasn't checked in for a while, but may still be competitive. We send kudos to PHScott for switching categories mid season. 17 isn't half bad for a month's tally.

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

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

The 9th tally of the 2013 Backyard Science Yardbird Race is now open. Participants, start your tallies!


I'll be in and out all day, but definitely not before 8:30am 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, but wandering peafowl are fair game.

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

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

You're on the honor system here. Morus bassanus west of the Texas panhandle? We don't think so!

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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  •  My list as of September 8, 2013 (25+ / 0-)

    Seattle WA
    Urban Detached

    I've had nothing, nada, zero, zip, flat out 0 since May 31.  Aaugh!

    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

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

    by bwren on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 07:32:01 PM PDT

  •  Good morning (16+ / 0-)

    Love the new sig line (maybe you've had it for a while but I haven't noticed).

    lakefront, Tallahassee, FL

    I'm at 73 which is one fewer than I had at this time last year.  The worst thing is that all of my fall birds last year (except one) are ones I already have for this year.  I need to pick up some migrants!

    two recent additions after a long dry spell - barred owl (heard) and belted kingfisher

    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
    22-Aug    Barred Owl
    25-Aug    Belted Kingfisher

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

    by matching mole on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 05:12:27 AM PDT

  •  Fall migration doesn't seem to be helping me out (16+ / 0-)

    unless it hasn't started yet.  I just seem to get the same old same old crowd of small brown birds, grackles, starlings, jays, and the occasional cardinal for the most part, day in and day out.  Since the $%^$%^ feral cat beheaded the woodpecker at my feeder, I haven't even seen another of those around.

  •  my updated list (14+ / 0-)

    Carrboro, NC

    1.    Northern Cardinal
    2.    Tufted Titmouse
    3.    Carolina Chickadee
    4.    Carolina Wren
    5.    White-throated Sparrow
    6.    Downy Woodpecker
    7.    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    8.    Northern Mockingbird
    9.    Yellow-Rumped Warbler
    10.  House Sparrow
    11.   Dark-eyed Junco
    12.   American Goldfinch
    13.   Pine Siskin
    14.   House Finch
    15.   Brown Thrasher
    16.   Brown Creeper
    17.   American Robin
    18.   Fish Crow (voice)
    19.   Eastern Towhee
    20.   Gray Catbird
    21.   White-breasted Nuthatch
    22.   Red-eyed Vireo (voice)
    23.   Blue Jay

    24.  Mourning Dove (voice)
    25.  American Crow (voice)
    26.  Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Not too much new since I checked in a few months ago. But we had lots of fledges at our feeders this summer, including 2 or possibly 3 rounds of cardinals. Earlier there was a lot of activity (they would go through a whole cake of suet in 3 days), but things have died down a little bit recently.

  •  Updated list (14+ / 0-)

    I missed last month because my husband had a bicycle accident on the bird count diary morning and we spent most of the day in the emergency room getting his collarbone patched up.  He broke it in two places as a result of carelessness on his part but he is mending fine.  I simply forgot to add my one new bird to my list last month.

    Recently, very early one morning before dawn I heard an unusual bird call and spent several hours trying to identify it from recordings at Cornell University. Needless to say, I could not find anything that remotely resembled what I thought I heard. It drove me crazy. This stuff is harder than it appears for us novices.

    Anyway, my one new bird is a common one, a black and white warbler.  I heard something in a small tree nearby and looked up to see it.

    Here is my updated list with one new addition:
    location: Brevard, NC (near Asheville)
    category: Urban Detached
    total species sighted this year: 31

    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
    31) black and white warbler

    "I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West speaking to Occupy Tallahassee on January 18, 2012

    by gulfgal98 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 05:44:14 AM PDT

  •  Nothing new in the yard lately. Hopefully I'll (12+ / 0-)

    pick up a couple migrants in the next month or two. Lot's to do today but wanted to post my list before getting started. It's the same as the last one.

    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  May 23
    69Eastern wood peewee
    70Chuck-wills widow June 18

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:24:08 AM PDT

  •  I can't easily post my full list, but I did add 1 (11+ / 0-)

    New for August was Coopers Hawk.

    It was a pretty dramatic addition - I heard a robin squawk and saw it go into the yew right outside the window followed by a brown blur crashing into the bush in hot pursuit. Branches flailed, the brown blur flew off down the street and the robin popped out a moment later with plenty to say. I never got a great look at the hawk but style and size strongly suggested Coop.

    I was debating whether or not to include it, but a little later I was working in the back yard and a juvenile Coop flew by - probably the same bird.

    So I'm at 43

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

    by lineatus on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:56:40 AM PDT

  •  Only one more to add. (11+ / 0-)

    The Eurasian Collared Dive.

    Eurasian Collared Dive

    I'm currently out of town, so had to make my contribution quick.

  •  Finally wifi so I can rec and comment (12+ / 0-)

    For the summer only in NY
    waterfront - Lake Ontario
    1 Ring-billed gull
    2 Caspian tern
    3 Double-crested Cormorant
    4 Mourning dove
    5 American crow
    6 Robin
    7 Marsh wren
    8 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    9 Field Sparrow
    10 RW blackbird
    11 blackbird
    12 downy woodpecker
    13 Yellow warbler
    14 Eastern Phoebe
    15 Common loon - calls at sunrise
    16 BC chickadee
    17 Pileated woodpecker
    18 Cedar Waxwing
    19 Song Sparrow
    20 Semipalmated Plovers
    21 Turkey Vulture
    22 unknown flycatcher, maybe Alder

    No change to the count for rural <5 but that should improve now that I am in FL for the rest of the year.   And I'd like to thank BYS for inspiring me to become more aware of my surroundings and getting me take the time to learn more about what I see.

    Back to showing off our 2005 David Tennant full sized TARDIS replica at Cincy Comic Con....

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

    by PHScott on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 07:08:10 AM PDT

    •  You're on the tally with 22 in waterfront (7+ / 0-)

      and 35 (right?) in rural <5 acres.

      Nice start on an annual summer waterfront list!

      Yes, BYS has been a gift.

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

      by bwren on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 10:54:43 AM PDT

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      •  MsBee wrote down hers and mine on calenders now (6+ / 0-)

        see what you've done??!!!

        She saw a pair of Yellow something Kingbirds flycatching right outside..we have seen them about this time of year before.

        She also saw huge schools of stripey fish in the harbor, some said this,that, and some other kind of fish. Something unseen was causing them to explode from the surface. Nobody else watching...tourists just bumbling along...

        This week she saw the Osprey she always sees finally try go catch something, she waited a half hour when he finally coasted along the surface and dragged his feet but missed. I saw one dive in the surf recently, yay!

        She also saw a ray slide over a sandy spot and hump around. likely vacuuming for critters, altho she saw no sediment disturbed....and...this is a test, what else did she tell me...oh yeah..she helped get a dog back safe to the owner's friend, and , and...ohoh...oops!

        This machine kills Fascists.

        by KenBee on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 05:44:46 PM PDT

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  •  Not a heck of a lot going on here in NEPA. (11+ / 0-)

    I have managed to add three more, but those three represents HOURS of looking over two months. The grackle and thrasher have since disappeared, but the wren is still around.

    Most bird activity has been the crows chasing vultures (I believe there is true hatred between those two groups!), and small birds chasing the poor juvenile goshawk.  

    NE PA
    <5 acres

    45.  common grackle
    46.  brown thrasher
    47.  Carolina wren

    And unless I get lucky with some migrants, I think that is going to be my total for the year.

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

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 07:17:04 AM PDT

  •  Castro Valley,CA; NorCal, suburban, Total 41 (8+ / 0-)

    unchanged since May when it was 42.

    This is what my log shows:
    1/1 Anna's hummingbird
    American Goldfinch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Chestnut Backed Chickadee
    American Crow
    California Towhee
    1/2 White Crowned Sparrow
    House Finch
    Townsend's Warbler
    1/3 Mourning Dove
    Red Breasted Nuthatch
    1/4 Oak Titmouse
    1/6 Nuttal's Woodpecker
    American Robin
    1/11 Bewick's Wren
    1/16 Western Scrub Jay
    1/17 Bushtits
    Turkey Vulture
    1/19 Acorn Woodpecker
    1/22 Wrentit
    1/23 Common Raven
    1/27 Pine Siskins
    1/30 Red Shouldered Hawk
    January Total = 23
    2/18 Cedar Waxwings
    February Total = 1
    3/9 Bald Eagle - quite high, flying more or less from direction of Lake Chabot generally southerly, size & shape plus brief tail flash. Several TVs had just flown through, lower down, and size difference was very obvious, as was wing posture (it was mostly gliding).
    3/11 Mew Gull
    3/12 Merlin
         Sharp Shinned Hawk
    3/28 Eurasian Collared Dove
    3/29 Golden Crowned Sparrow
         Peregrine Falcom
    3/30 Canada Geese    
    March Total = 8    
    4/20 Heard domestic chicken for about 1/2 hour
    4/24 Purple Finch
    4/26 Northern Mockingbird (at last)
    April Total = 3
    5/1 Great Blue Heron
    5/5 English Sparrow
    5/9 Baby Rufous or Allens
    5/13 Mallard overflight
    barn owl talking
    May Total = 7 <= This s/b 6, unless I erased one.

    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 Sep 08, 2013 at 08:05:09 AM PDT

  •  I added the peahen to break last year's record (9+ / 0-)

    Update Sept. 8: yep, still here.

    Sunday is bread baking day. The house smells good.

    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
    101. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    102. Peafowl

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 08:32:11 AM PDT

  •  Please add me to the waterfront list (8+ / 0-)

    I can't resist picking up the camera, so I have photos of most of these.

    This is waterfront on a small (80 acre) man made lake just north of Hillsboro, MO

    1) Canada Goose
    A small flock year round, with larger transient population late fall through spring. Over 50 eggs destroyed by the MO DNC, but three young 'ens got past them.

    2) Wood Duck
    Winter only (which is not as expected), small numbers.

    3) Mallard
    Common year round. Eight young this summer

    5) Blue-winged Teal
    Transient only in spring.

    6) Gadwall
    Mama still leading around a flock of ducklings that have already reached her (small) size.

    7) Northern Pintail
    Winter and spring only. Few.

    8) Canvasback
    Winter and spring only.

    9) Ring-necked Duck
    Still see a few around, but they were much more common through late winter and spring

    10) Lesser Scaup
    Common in fall and winter, rarer over the summer but still a couple around

    11) Common Goldeneye
    Winter only. Neat little birds.

    12) Common Merganser
    Winter and early spring. Only a few, sadly.

    13) Greater White-fronted Goose
    A few of these guys honked down and settled right in with the Canada's just a couple of weeks ago. Only ones I've seen.

    14) Snow Goose
    Both normal and "blue" were common over the winter. None since May.

    15) Trumpeter Swan
    Exactly four of these big dudes spent a couple of weeks here in the winter, bullying the suddenly not the top dogs geese.

    16) Common Loon
    One (1) male loon arrived in spring and coasted around the lake until the start of August. Never saw another, and never heard the famous call. Poor guy.

    17) Herring Gull
    A couple of visitors, but no residents

    18) Great Blue Heron
    There are three resident birds. One is sure to give that gargling cats squawk every time I'm out in the kayak.

    19) Great Egret
    A solo bird perched on the dead tree in our backyard for a couple of days in spring. No more.

    20) Snowy Egret
    Another solo visitor. Spent most of the spring and summer hanging around a little island in the lake. Seems to be gone now.

    21) Green Heron
    Scads of them. Probably my favorite bird at the lake. Much bolder than their bigger relatives. I can't resist taking pics of them.

    22) Black-Crowned Night Heron
    Don't see many, but see the "regulars" often

    23) American Bittern
    Has settled in near my dock and gives me one of those big shouts whenever I disturb it.

    24) Sora
    Took me forever to figure out what it was.

    25) American Coot
    Several over winter, few since. They had a nest, but I think they were flooded out. I love watching these guys ride their underwater bicycles.

    26) Turkey Vulture
    To clean up all the newly arrived (and freshly squashed) armadillos.

    27) Osprey
    A pair in early spring. A solo bird through early summer.

    26) Broad-winged Hawk
    Noisy bugger in the front yard, doesn't seem to go near the lake.

    27) Red-tailed Hawk
    Very common

    28) Bald Eagle
    One big bird. Settled initially in our dead hickory, then moved to a giant oak when wind took that tree. Showed up in winter, but surprised me by sticking around till just a couple of weeks ago. Saw an immature in spring, but the adult chased him off. Also sparred with the osprey.

    29) American Kestrel
    Common, but still pretty

    30) Killdeer
    There's water, so...

    31) Spotted Sandpiper
    In spring. Seems to have left with the heat.

    32) Mourning Dove

    33) Barred Owl
    I like to think it's the same one that was always looking in through the windows at the log house.

    34) Whip-poor Will
    Sadly rare. My wife loves the sound, but we seldom hear them

    35) Belted Kingfisher
    Never get a picture of them, always see them in flight.

    36) Red-bellied Woodpecker
    37) Hairy Woodpecker
    38) Downy Woodpecker
    The trinity of common MO woodpeckers.

    39) Pileated Woodpecker
    I can't help but check every time to make sure it's not an ivory. Surprisingly common around the lake.

    40) Chimney Swift
    Common in the evenings. Always welcome.

    41) Barn Swallow
    42) Cliff Swallow
    43) Tree Swallow
    Apparently there are enough bugs flying over the water to keep all three busy doing aerobatics until the bats take over.

    44) Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
    Come to the window to inform me when the feeder is empty.

    45) Great Crested Flycatcher
    I notice this guy, and not all his small brownish relatives

    46) Eastern Kingbird

    47) Tufted titmouse

    48) Black-capped Chickadee

    49) Eastern Bluebird
    Never saw these at log house just eight miles away. Common here.

    50) American Robin
    Common here as everywhere.

    51) Blue Jay
    Always like hem, even if they are mean

    52) American Crow
    I swear they're making plots. That has to be a language.

    53) Red-winged Blackbird
    Not as common as I would have expected. I wonder if it's the lack of high grasses along the shore.

    54) Baltimore Oriole
    Another bird not seen at the log Ouse that I wouldn't think of as lake-centric

    55) Northern Cardinal
    Of course.

    56) American Goldfinch
    Much more common at the log house.

    If we could go back to last year, I'd include Double-crested Cormorant, but I haven't seen any since last fall.

    You can tell I've just been staring at the lake. All the little brown birds are missing from my list. I can't even tell you if we have sparrows.

  •  Lopez Island, water, total = 65 (9+ / 0-)

    Finally saw a Townsends Warbler, according to the books common in this area. Foraging in the plum tree. Beautiful yellow stripes.

    And heard a GB Heron. They are always on the beach but not visible in my telescope view, being behind the road berm. Surprised I hadn't heard one or seen one fly over this year. Last year they'd perch in my trees.

    And most dramatically (not counting the turkey family drama described at the time in some bucket) just a few days ago heard a window strike, and leapt outside to protect it. Flew off, with just a spread banded tail to see. Then later that day saw it chasing a LBB across the yard: Sharp Shinned Hawk. Saw it again that day, but not since. The feeder birds were in quite a tizzy, they are back to usual now.

    Black Headed Grosbeaks still around

    Young finches still getting fed by parents, as well as visiting the feeder. Red Wing Blackbird juveniles messily gobbling suet at a great rate.

    All the American Goldfinches have lost their gold.

    A few Rufous Hummingbirds still around.

    Starting to see winter ducks on the bay, so I'll be spending more time at the telescope hoping they swim into my view, a keyhole through the trees. The astronomy teacher at school has not asked for it back yet (she's a friend as well ex-colleague, so I may have it for a while). My brother was upgrading his telescope and gave me his old one, but it's a reflector, and has upside down images that can't be reversed even with an added lens. Could be tricky doing ID. I'm working on getting photos through it.

    Now here's a weird thing that might be a problem - I'm interested in hearing opinions. The yellowjackets, exceptionally bad this year, have been swarming around the h'bird feeder. Now I'm seeing them around the suet too. Do they sting birds???

    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  (scaup)
    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
    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
    59. Olive sided flycatcher (heard)
    60. Barred owl (heard)
    61. Wild turkey family (8 chicks)
    62. Eurasian collared dove
    63. Great blue heron (heard)
    64. Townsends warbler
    65. Sharp shinned hawk

  •  this is... (7+ / 0-)

    an unknown warbler I hoped someone could help me identify?

    There was a small flock of them this morning, moving quickly through the weeds... (eek! but maybe it pays to have a yard slightly overgrown) and under some brush.  Perhaps going after insects?  Not sure.

    All looked similar to each other that I could see.

    sorry - it's a bad photo because i took it through the window!! They were prancing around right below the window.  TINY.  like not more than 4 inches.

     photo warbler_zps1c82e99c.jpg

     photo warbler2_zps56fc511a.jpg

    the yellow under was not bright.  And feathers definitely olive brown... more olive than brown. The breast didn't seem significantly streaked. Beak too long and wide to be a kinglet???

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 11:42:13 AM PDT

  •  I'm zeroing out on new yard birds for the last (7+ / 0-)

    few months.  The last two I added, an egret and a mallard, were overflights.

    I'm firmly in last place, the SF Giants of birding.

    Can I count my Douglas squirrel as a new bird?

    “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 Sep 08, 2013 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

  •  Nothing new for me (6+ / 0-)

    I haven't had any new birds to add to the list last month or this one. However, I DID see a Monarch butterfly at my butterfly bush this morning, and I don't see them all that often, so that helps make up for the recent dearth of birds.

    •  Another member of the 0 club! (6+ / 0-)

      There's 6 of us now.

      You should see my weekly bird count notebooks - birds are listed down the left side and other interesting stuff gets written along the right margin. By late June the right hand margin begins to spill into the empty space on the left hand side.

      Happy day with a Monarch!

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

      by bwren on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:34:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I got so upset at zero,that I went in the backyard (6+ / 0-)

        with binoculars, and scoured the tops of the nearest big pines and firs for fly-bys for a couple of hours.

        Spotted some cedar waxwings, a new addition to my Back Yard list, so there!

        I also saw some massive pine cones in the tops of one of those trees, probably a foot long. I'll wander by that neighbor's yard tomorrow, look for some that have fallen, for pictures.

        “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 Sep 08, 2013 at 09:28:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  One new species (7+ / 0-)

    Thumb of Michigan
    76 species

    Only one new species: Snowy Egret (a first for this location)

    The  juvies are driving me nuts as possible new species.

    The plural of anecdote is NOT data

    by Dr Arcadia on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 05:49:26 PM PDT

  •  I'm late to the party today (6+ / 0-)

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

    Last report from July 7 (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    Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto              27 Jun  
    31    Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus              27 Mar  
    32    Barred Owl - Strix varia              23 Feb  
    33    Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus              30 Mar  
    34    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna              01 Jan  
    35    Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus              19 Mar  
    36    Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon              04 Jan  
    37    Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber              17 Feb  
    38    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens              01 Jan  
    39    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus              01 Jan  
    40    Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus              18 Jan  
    41    Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus              04 Mar  
    42    Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis              13 Jun  
    43    Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri              04 Mar  
    44    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos              07 Jan  
    45    Common Raven - Corvus corax              06 Jan  
    46    Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis              27 Jun  
    47    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens              01 Jan  
    48    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis              01 Jan  
    49    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana              01 Jan  
    50    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus              01 Jan  
    51    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa              01 Jan  
    52    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula              07 Jan  
    53    American Robin - Turdus migratorius              01 Mar  
    54    Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius              22 Jan  
    55    Orange-crowned Warbler - Oreothlypis celata              01 May  
    56    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi              01 Jan  
    57    Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla              26 Apr  
    58    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus              01 Jan  
    59    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia              01 Jan  
    60    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis              01 Jan  
    61    Black-headed Grosbeak - Pheucticus melanocephalus              27 May  
    62    Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus              06 Apr  
    63    House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus              01 Jun  
    64    Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra              07 Jan  
    65    Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus              22 Feb  
    66    Evening Grosbeak - Coccothraustes vespertinus              17 Apr

    new since last report (in chronological order)

    67    Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina        09 Jul
    68    Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus        19 Jul  (heard, not seen)
    69    Heermann's Gull - Larus heermanni        12 Aug
    70    American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis        06 Sep

        * I passed last year's total! *

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 08:32:39 PM PDT

  •  Updated list for Mojave Jo (0+ / 0-)

    July 24 - Scott's oriole (sitting nice as can be in a large palo verde)

    Aug 23 - black-throated sparrow

    Aug 31 - Northern Flicker, white-crowned sparrow

    updated total is now 28

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