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Welcome to the 2013 Daily Kos Backyard Science Yardbird Race! This is the 10th tally for 2013 and is the official place to post your sightings, ask for help, and 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.)


A Backyard Bird Race welcome to Mark Sumner, who joined up during the last tally back on September 8. 19 others reported in last time, too.

Here's what the race looked like at the end of the last tally (September 8). Please let me know if anything needs correcting. (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.

Before we start, I'd like to introduce a new and exclusive Backyard Bird Race Group - The ZERO Club - which is only open to participants who have seen no new birds in their yards for at least one tally. Current ZERO Club members will find an official notification near their name in this tally. Please congratulate one another. May your membership be fleeting.

1. chantedor ... Paradise, CA ... 45 (ZERO Club, 1 tally)
2. enhydra lutris (40) ... Castro Valley NOCA ... 41
3. AZ Sphinxmoth ... Baja, AZ ... 36
4 (tie). lorell ... Sugarland TX ... 35 (ZERO Club, 2 tallies)
5. temmoku ... Chicago, IL ... 23
6. 6412093 ... NW Oregon ... 18

Chantedor continues to lead in the SUBURBAN category, even as the first noted member of the ZERO Club. enhydra lutris actually dropped one species last time, but is still in a reasonably close second place.  AZ Sphinxmoth and lorell were tied last time, but AZ Sphinxmoth was able to add one bird and has snuck into the lead, leaving lorell in 4th place, but with a 2 tally membership in the exclusive ZERO Club.  Temmoku and 6412093 may not catch up to the leaders this year, but there's still room for competition between them.

Congratulations are in order to enhydra lutris, who beat his 2012 total this tally!


1. bwren (50)... Seattle WA ... 39 (ZERO Club, 2 tallies)
2. billybush ... Omaha NE ... 34 (ZERO Club, 1 tally)
3. gulfga98 ... Brevard, NC ... 31
4. duckhunter ... St Louis MO ... 29    
5. mikidee ... St. Paul, Minnesota ... 28 (ZERO Club, 1 tally)
6. Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN ... Middleton, OH ... 16 (ZERO Club, 1 tally)

Static might be the only way to describe the current affairs in the URBAN DETACHED category, with four out of six participants currently members of the ZERO Club. How exclusive is that? billybush and I are stuck where we've been, 5 species apart between first and second place. gulfga98 added one species last tally to lead the mid-pack, with duckhunter and mikidee just one species apart behind her. I'm thinking it's time for the rest of us to send Dr. Erich Bloodaxe RN some new birds.  


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

Oh my.... The RURAL >5ACRES category seem to have gone static, too.  burnt out has joined the ZERO Club, and neither    janislav nor MyInnerNameIsSpike checked in last tally. Here's hoping that the fall migration has brought all of them new birds!


1. Benny Toothpick ... Carrboro, NC ... 26
2. aaroninsandiego ... San Diego CA ... 18 (ZERO Club, 2 tallies)
3. DarkHawk98 ... ? ... 19
4. LilithGardener ... NY NY ... 10


Benny Toothpick added three new species to his list last, raising his his lead by 6 in the APARTMENT OR CONDO category. aaroninsandiego has been stuck in the ZERO Club for two tallies now, but who know what new birds have flown over his neighborhood during the fall migration. We'll continue to look forward to new reports from DarkHawk98 and LilithGardener.


1. most awesome nana ... NE PA ... 47
2. PHScott (32) ... west of Tallahassee FL ... 35
3. (tie) Mojave Jo ... Barstow, CA ... 24 (ZERO Club, 1 tally)
3. (tie) homeschoolingmom ... WV ... 24

Once again, most awesome nana has added three species to her leading tally in the RURAL <5ACRES category. PHScott continues to remain in second place even as he has completed his 2013 reports in this category, as well as beating his record for 2012. Huzza! We'll see more of him in WATERFRONT this time around. Mojave Jo and homeschoolingmom continue their tie for third. There could be some competition here this time!


1. lineatus ... San Francisco CA ... 43

lineatus added one new species to her tally last month, and looks to be the only surviving member of the URBAN ATTACHED racers.  We'll see how her list grows this time around.


1. Polly Syllabic (100) ... Gooseville WI ... 101
2. Dr. Arcadia ... thumb of MI ... 76
3. matching mole (78) ... Tallahassee FL ... 73
4. Milly Watt (67) ... Olympic Peninsula WA ... 70
5. (tie) OceanDiver ... Lopez IS WA ... 65
5. (tie) political mutt ... Sandhills NC ...  65
6. Mark Sumner ... Hillsboro, MO ... 56
7. john difool ... Jacksonville, FL ... 36
8. PHScott ...Lake Onterio, NY ... 22

Wonder of wonders, there are no members of the ZERO Club in the WATERFRONT category! A few racers haven't checked in for a while and we've added a couple new participants. Still, the numbers haven't changed much, though Polly Syllabic has already outdone her 2012 tally by 1 species. Nice going, Polly. Dr. Arcadia continues to hold on to second place and is still being challenged by matching mole. Milly Watt is another racer who has outdone her 2012 tally. Congratulations, Milly!
There's a tie going on for fifth here: OceanDiver added five species last time to match political mutt's last report of 65 from May. Perhaps we can noodge political mutt to send in an updated report? Welcome to Mark Sumner - 56 isn't half bad for a first tally! PHScott added five new species for a total of 22 in this category after switching categories mid season.


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 10th tally of the 2013 Backyard Science Yardbird Race is now open. Participants, go for it!


I'll be in and out all day, but definitely not before 8:00am 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. May I come visit if you've seen Asio flammeus sandwichensis recently?

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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  •  My list as of November 2, 2013 (25+ / 0-)

    Seattle WA
    Urban Detached

    One new bird. One. I'm 10 off my 2012 total and may need both wind and snow to catch up. Hmm....

    40 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
    no date -
    40. Double-Crested Cormorant

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

    by bwren on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 09:41:09 PM PDT

  •  My count (19+ / 0-)

    Tallahassee, FL  Waterfront

    75 species with two 'new'.  One Northern Parula was a genuine new bird for the year - two seen during migration.

    The other was Tufted Titmouse that somehow missed getting put on the list last January and I had assumed it was there ever since.  No idea when I actually first saw it this year so I added it in when I noticed the discrepancy.  Has been a daily sighting since putting the feeders back up.

    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
    3-Oct    Tufted Titmouse
    12-Oct    Northern Parula

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

    by matching mole on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:31:01 AM PST

  •  I need a bigger yard! Still spinnin my wheels (19+ / 0-)

    here in mid Mo. No new yard birds since way back in June. Very few migrants have showed up at the feeders yet, none that weren't already on my list, so I guess you can renew my membership in the zero club one more time. If this continues I'm thinking of looking around for someone who'll sell me a peahen. I've heard that's a good way to increase your count......

    Here's a copy and paste from June with no changes.

    yard birds since way back in June.
    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 Nov 03, 2013 at 05:35:09 AM PST

  •  NEPA has had beautiful Autumn weather..... (16+ / 0-)

    .....but darn few birds! Only one to add, and I saw that one in early October.


    48.  Eastern PeWee

    Very close to the Eastern Phoebe but they did have white bars on the wings so I am going with Pewee.

    PeWees are migrants here; they couldn't survive our winters, so they are all gone now. All the summer birds are gone, even the geese that I was sure would stay as long as the lake didn't freeze. Maybe they know something.

    There has been a lot of bear and coyote activity - and the crows are being particularly menacing (!) - but few birds. Not even migrants. :(

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

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:13:31 AM PST

  •  Suburban, house (13+ / 0-)

    No new birds....but seeing some more frequently than in the past!

    Really enjoyed the hummingbirds this summer.
    And the Downey Woodpecker has been a frequent visitor when I haven't seen one here for many years!

    Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

    by Temmoku on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:21:16 AM PST

  •  Just two new ones for me (14+ / 0-)

    57) Red-shouldered hawk
    Hung out in the back this fall, fitting right in with the orangey leaves

    58) Pie-billed Grebe
    Small flocks. The visiting grebes originally had a clearly marked vertical stripe on the bill, but lately that seems to have faded leaving these about the plainest little gray diving ducks you ever saw. I'm just going on the relatively robust bills to classify them all as pie-bills.

    Haven't seen my unidentified gull-like bird again, which makes me worried it'll never make the list.  There are also several varieties of LBD that I haven't definitively identified. I think widgeons and pintails are in there, but I'll need to study the photos to be sure.  There are some new ducks on the lake, smallish, that are the most skittish birds I've seen. I can't get close enough to make out any features at all before they take off... but I'm persistent.

  •  A Flock Of Purple Martins Came Through (13+ / 0-)

    Along with an assortments of sparrows and other very small bird.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:09:37 AM PST

  •  Dern it! (11+ / 0-)

    Oh, I know what I'd get: I'd bet up to about 17, and then that'd be it. Honestly, in the sandy soil of SE Georgia, too far from the ocean, too far from the woods, near enough to the farms, we get nice, steady, stable populations, but the migrants are very, very, very predictable, and they're all flying to be counted by someone in Jacksonville or Tallahassee.

    Killdeer  (how many you want?)
    Barred owl (in profusion)
    Purple martins
    House finch
    White throated sparrow
    Eurasian tree sparrow
    Brown thrasher (only rare guy)
    Eastern mocking bird (by the gross)
    Fish crow
    American crow
    Canada goose
    Mallard duck
    Sparrow hawk (American kestrel)
    Red tailed hawk
    [Sharp shinned? Red shouldered hawk? might have been a female red tail, but the size and coloration were wrong. It was definitely a hawk and one of those "dang it, it's so close to a red tail" hawks]
    Pine siskin (last week, only heard, but the ID is dubious)

    . . . and. . . we're about done, although purple finches and gold finches will be around, too.

    Consider that the year. I'll let you know if something interesting (by these standards) shows up.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 07:33:12 AM PST

    •  I can add you to the published tally (4+ / 0-)

      if you'd like, or you can be an adjunct racer. Either way, you're on the tally.

      Are your siskins winter birds?

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

      by bwren on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:09:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks; siskins (4+ / 0-)

        I've only caught one this year, and it just happened, so I assume the fellow is on the move. I used to catch them in the Spring in North Carolina (how I know the song), and this fellow may be transient or sticking for the Fall.

        I'm going to set up a feeder in the winter. During the blooming parts of the year around here, there is no need.


        I have a flock of them in my neighborhood, and at least three males come to my yard. At first, I just thought that the trees were laughing at me, but then I recognized their call, and then there was no mistaking the bird. (My house is by a grave yard, so dead trees are near, which makes the owls very happy, as well as sap suckers who I have not seen in my yard.)

        Everyone's innocent of some crime.

        by The Geogre on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:34:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Arithmetic is gonna kill me, I added one bird (11+ / 0-)

    and stand at 42; 23+1+8+3+6+1 = 42, go figger.

    Castro Valley, suburban:

    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 = 6
    Sept 13 = heard a Red Tailed Hawk, briefly, to the East.
    September Total 1

    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 Nov 03, 2013 at 07:45:03 AM PST

  •  Three more to add to my tally (9+ / 0-)

    The pyracatha bush is laden with berries which is attracting the local birds. I think I have some birds that I haven't ID yet but they are shy around cameras. I'm still working on it though. Also, setting up a hummingbird feeder in Sept. helped with catching photos of the hummingbirds for ID. I think the migrating season is expired for my area but I'm still looking for new ones. Bwren, thanks for hosting the race. I'm in CA for a week. I'll try to capture some of the wildlife with my granddaughter while I'm here and post what we see. I'm in an entirely different landscape within the coastal redwoods.

    The full list to date:
    Bisbee, Cochise County, AZ


    39 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. Rock Dove - Pigeon (fly over)
35. Inca Dove
    36. Eurasian Collared Dove
    37. Broad billed hummingbird
    38. Anna's Hummingbird
    39. Swainson's Thrush

  •  Gooseville has noted no new birds...but! (9+ / 0-)

    who needs a new yardbird when you've got a peahen living on your deck?

    We share our favorite bench. Got mealworms?  

    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 Nov 03, 2013 at 08:41:27 AM PST

  •  One new species! (9+ / 0-)

    Things have been slow during the summer bird doldrums, but I added one new species to my tally last week when I spotted a Great Blue Heron looking longingly down at my neighbor's koi pond from its rooftop perch. This would be a highly unusual bird in our piney-woods town, but for the great fishing in our neighborhood with several backyard koi ponds. Even so, this is only the third time I've seen one in the seven years I've lived here, so it was still exciting!

    So my total is now 46, topping last year's tally of 40, although there were a couple species I saw last year that were rarities here that I may not see again this year. I don't think I'm going to get many more species at this point, as I already tallied the usual winter suspects the first couple months. Here's my full list:

    Paradise, CA
    46 species as of the end of October 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
    46.    Great Blue Heron

  •  Finally got some new birds (9+ / 0-)

    Scripps Ranch area, city of San Diego
    Total species: 21
    Tally #1: 1
    Tally #2: 2
    Tally #3: 5
    Tally #4: 2
    Tally #5: 3
    Tally #6: 2
    Tally #7: 3
    Tally #8: 0
    Tally #9: 0
    Tally #10: 3

    1/1/13    American Crow

    1/4/13    Anna's Hummingbird
    1/6/13    Cassin's Kingbird

    1/7/13    House Finch
    1/9/13    Bewick's Wren
    1/17/13  Western Gull
    1/25/13  Song Sparrow
    1/26/13  Mourning Dove

    2/22/13  Lesser Goldfinch
    2/25/13  Yellow-rumped Warbler

    3/6/13    House Sparrow
    3/13/13  Bushtit
    4/6/13    Common Raven

    4/10/13  Killdeer (voice)
    5/4/13    Northern Mockingbird (voice)

    5/8/13    Mallard
    5/20/13  Cliff Swallow
    5/26/13  Nuttall's Woodpecker

    9/21/13    Red-shouldered Hawk
    9/23/13    Black Phoebe
    10/7/13    Say's Phoebe

    Also think I saw a smallish pale raptor of some sort at dusk a couple evenings ago. I think it was chasing a mourning dove, but it was a fleeting view. Not sure what it was.

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 09:19:34 AM PST

  •  Two more in late Sept then October got too foggy (7+ / 0-)

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

    Last report from September (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    Common Murre - Uria aalge              02 Jan  
    22    Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba              02 Jan  
    23    Marbled Murrelet - Brachyramphus marmoratus              22 Mar  
    24    Rhinoceros Auklet - Cerorhinca monocerata              18 Mar  
    25    Heermann's Gull - Larus heermanni              12 Aug  
    26    Mew Gull - Larus canus              25 Jan  
    27    Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis              17 Jan  
    28    Herring Gull - Larus argentatus              04 Jan  
    29    Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens              01 Jan  
    30    Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata              11 Apr  
    31    Eurasian Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decaocto              27 Jun  
    32    Great Horned Owl - Bubo virginianus              27 Mar  
    33    Barred Owl - Strix varia              23 Feb  
    34    Northern Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius acadicus              30 Mar  
    35    Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna              01 Jan  
    36    Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus              19 Mar  
    37    Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon              04 Jan  
    38    Red-breasted Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus ruber              17 Feb  
    39    Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens              01 Jan  
    40    Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus              01 Jan  
    41    Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus              18 Jan  
    42    Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus              04 Mar  
    43    Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Empidonax difficilis              13 Jun  
    44    Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri              04 Mar  
    45    American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos              07 Jan  
    46    Common Raven - Corvus corax              06 Jan  
    47    Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Stelgidopteryx serripennis              27 Jun  
    48    Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina              09 Jul  
    49    Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Poecile rufescens              01 Jan  
    50    Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis              01 Jan  
    51    Brown Creeper - Certhia americana              01 Jan  
    52    Pacific Wren - Troglodytes pacificus              01 Jan  
    53    Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa              01 Jan  
    54    Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula              07 Jan  
    55    Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus              19 Jul  
    56    American Robin - Turdus migratorius              01 Mar  
    57    Varied Thrush - Ixoreus naevius              22 Jan  
    58    Orange-crowned Warbler - Oreothlypis celata              01 May  
    59    Townsend's Warbler - Setophaga townsendi              01 Jan  
    60    Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla              26 Apr  
    61    Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus              01 Jan  
    62    Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia              01 Jan  
    63    Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis              01 Jan  
    64    Black-headed Grosbeak - Pheucticus melanocephalus              27 May  
    65    House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus              01 Jun  
    66    Purple Finch - Haemorhous purpureus              06 Apr  
    67    Red Crossbill - Loxia curvirostra              07 Jan  
    68    Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus              22 Feb  
    69    American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis              06 Sep  
    70    Evening Grosbeak - Coccothraustes vespertinus              17 Apr  

    new since last report (in chronological order)

    71    Pacific Loon - Gavia pacifica        23 Sep
    72    Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus    25 Sep

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by Milly Watt on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 09:34:19 AM PST

  •  Omaha, Nebraska (7+ / 0-)

    Urban detached

    35 species
    Nothing new since September

    1.  01/01/13 Dark-eyed Junco
    2.  01/02/13 Red-tailed Hawk  
    3.  01/03/13 House sparrow
    4.  01/04/13 Northern Cardinal
    5.  01/04/13 Blue Jay
    6.  01/04/13 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    7.  01/05/13 European Starling
    8.  01/06/13 Black capped Chickadee
    9.  01/06/13 White-breasted Nuthatch
    10.  01/06/13 Downy Woodpecker
    11.  01/08/13 American Crow
    12.  01/10/13 House Finch
    13.  01/10/13 Northern Flicker
    14.  01/28/13 Cooper's Hawk
    15.  02/03/13 Bald Eagle
    16.  03/04/13 Robin
    17.  03/17/13 Common Grackle
    18.  03/23/13  Canada Goose
    19.  03/24/13  Song Sparrow
    20.  03/29/13  Seagull(unknown, black wing tips)
    21.  04/06/13 Brown-headed Cowbird
    22.  04/21/13 White-throated Sparrow
    23.  04/21/13 Brown Thrasher  
    24.  04/21/13 Chipping Sparrow
    25. 04/25/13  Mourning Dove
    26.  04/30/13  White-crowned Sparrow
    27.  04/30/13 Lincoln's Sparrow(pending ID)
    28.  04/30/13  Harris Sparrow
    29.  05/05/13  House Wren
    30.  05/08/13  American Goldfinch
    31.  05/11/13  Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    32.  05/14/13  Gray Catbird
    33.  05/26/13  Chimney Swift
    34.  06/11/13  Barn Swallow
    35.  09/18/13 Ruby Throated Hummingbird

  •  Lopez Isl, PNW ~ water category (6+ / 0-)

    67 total, so 2 new since last time. Tiny incremental progress, I'll take it :)
    Winter water birds have been arriving, so hopefully I'll pick up a new one or two. Sometimes I get lucky and animals swim into my strip of view, like otters and seals too. Possibly some of the Mew gulls that are back now (while I was walking on the beach recently I saw a pair mewing, wailing into the sky as they floated close to shore).

    Cumulative Yardbird List

    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
    62. Eurasian collared dove
    63. Great blue heron (heard)
    64. Townsends warbler
    65. Sharp shinned hawk
    66. Northern flicker (red shafted)
    67. Golden crowned kinglet

    The storm has blown away to the east, and it's calm and sunny out today. Checking on the bay where the Canada Geese were waiting out the gale yesterday I found just 4 of them this morning, snoozing on some rocks. Quite a few C Geese stay all winter here.

  •  Report from the thumb of Michigan (6+ / 0-)

    I have been working on improvements to my spreadsheet, but it is getting late, so here is my cryptic update.

    I have added the house sparrow Passer domesticus I have been working diligently to avoid them using the nesting boxes for a few years, and the numbers are reduced, but they appeared last Wednesday.  Very common for most people, but like the ring-billed gulls that hangout in town, they don't always show up here. So, 77 at the moment.

    As for sandhill cranes, I looked at many common places today when the weather was good and could not find any.  I will be outside early tomorrow and will listen. If I don't hear any I guess that November 1st will be the departure day.

    I did see a single turkey vulture today.

    The plural of anecdote is NOT data

    by Dr Arcadia on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 03:09:53 PM PST

  •  We are right on the border line where the (6+ / 0-)

    ranges of two different species of chickadees overlap, the Carolina and the Black capped. I have never been able to differentiate between the two so have always just lumped them together. But I spent some google time this afternoon, (trying to wiggle my way out of the zero club) and think that I'm finally able to identify the two different species. From Bird Source  

    The bib is smaller and better defined in a Carolina Chickadee.

    Finally, the cinnamon-buff coloring of the underparts is less extensive on a Carolina Chickadee.

    All chickadees are diminutive in size, ranging from 4.5 inches (Carolina Chickadee) to 5.5 inches (Boreal Chickadee). which I take to mean that the Carolina is smaller than the Black capped as well.

    Found this pic I took last December that I believe shows both species together. All the characteristics mentioned above indicate to me that the upper bird is a Carolina while the lower one is a Black capped. The trouble is that I took this shot back in December so can't use it as a new yard bird species, but I'm going to be watching the chickadees real close for awhile.
     photo Chickadeecomparison1_zps20edddca.jpg

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 03:17:24 PM PST

  •  44, possibly 45 (7+ / 0-)

    I didn't report last month, but I did add one bird in September.  I added an Allen's Hummingbird in October (I think) but didn't document it when I saw it so it's on my mental list but not the official one.

    1/1 - Common Raven (first bird of the year!)
    1/1 - Dark-eyed Junco
    1/1 - Golden-crowned Sparrow
    1/1 - Townsend's Warbler
    1/1 - California Towhee
    1/1 - White-crowned Sparrow
    1/1 - Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1/1 - Rock Pigeon
    1/1 - Western Gull
    1/6 - Great Egret
    1/10 - Peregrine Falcon
    1/10 - American Robin
    1/11 - Red-tailed Hawk
    1/11 - European Starling
    1/12 - Double-crested Cormorant
    1/12 - Hermit Thrush
    1/13 - Mourning Dove
    1/13 - Western Scrub-jay
    1/13 - Brown Pelican
    1/15 - Bushtit
    1/15 - Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1/18 - Orange-crowned Warbler
    1/21 - Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    1/21 - Fox Sparrow
    1/24 - American Crow
    1/24 - Northern Flicker
    1/27 - Black Phoebe
    1/28 - Turkey Vulture
    January:  28 new species, 28 cumulative

    2/3 - Satan's Dove
    2/5 - Canada Goose
    2/6 - Glaucous-winged Gull
    2/7 - Northern Mockingbird
    2/7 - Pine Siskin
    2/16 - Cedar Waxwing
    2/22 - Pygmy Nuthatch
    February:  7 new species,  35 cumulative

    3/3 - Killdeer
    3/16 - American Goldfinch
    3/31 - Red-breated Nuthatch
    March:  3 new species, 38 cumulative.

    4/2 - Black-bellied Plover
    4/14 - California Gull
    4/21 - Brewer's Blackbird

    April:  3 new species,  41 cumulative

    5/19 - Barn Swallow
    May: 1 new species, 42 cumulative

    June:  0 new species,  42 cumulative

    July:  0 new species,  42 cumulative

    8/11 - Cooper's Hawk
    August:  1 new species,  43 cumulative

    9/2 - Downy Woodpecker
    September:  1 new species,  44 cumulative

    October:  0 documented new species, 44 cumulative

    Lead your life - don't let your life lead you.

    by lineatus on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 03:41:25 PM PST

  •  Wonder where PH is at today? Not like him to (6+ / 0-)

    miss a BYBC. Hope everything's alright.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 08:52:51 PM PST

  •  Sorry I'm late - been out a lot (5+ / 0-)

    and will be taking off to work in the woods Mon & Tues.

    My summer waterfront adventure ended up with 24 species.
    My home list of rural < 5 is now at 36. I don't expect that to change much in the last 2 months unless I get really lucky. OR set out a bird feeder.....

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

    by PHScott on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 05:25:40 AM PST

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