Monday, May 15, 2006

My bird list from Bird Day

Here's my list of birds seen by yours truly.
Some of you birders who are longer in the tooth than myself may think, "You've never seen a Veery?" and the answer would be NO.
This is my second full year of birding, and with little kids and limited traveling funds, I get to very few good birding places. And I haven't been on any sponsored, guided hiking trips. It's all me, all the time.
So I am rather proud of my list for this trip.
(Did I sound too defensive in the above paragraph? Sorry...didn't mean to)

(I had a lofty goal of listing these in taxonomic order, but it's late and I'm tired)

*Listing with an asterick is a Life Bird

Bald Eagle*
Magnolia Warbler*
Wilson's Warbler*
Common Yellowthroat*
Chestnut-sided Warbler*
Lincoln's Sparrow*
Black-throated Green Warbler*
Great Crested Flycatcher*
Lesser Yellowlegs*
Sharp-shinned hawk*
Palm Warbler*
White-Crowned Sparrow*
Baltimore Oriole*
Brown Trasher*
Veery *
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet*
Common Loon*
Heard: American Bittern*

Double Crested Cormorant
Red-winged Blackbird
American Robin
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
American Redstart
Grey Catbird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Yellow Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
Pied-billed Grebe
American Coot
Common Grackle
Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
American Crow

So that's 41 birds total seen or heard in a weekend, and 18 Life Birds.
Not bad, for just little ol' me.


Not-really anonymous said...

That is a lot of birds!! Probably even more birds seen, than friends that Dick Cheney has shot.

LauraHinNJ said...

Impressive bird list - lots of good ones! I'm surprised there aren't more shorebirds on your list?

Which was your favorite new bird?

Susan Gets Native said...

The bald eagle, hands (or wings) down, was my favorite...because Geoff and I saw it together.
The beach was pretty quiet, except for swallows. But I heard the buzz that there were ruddy turnstones further down, the day before I was there. Shoot.

Juliabohemian said...

I started birding when my 3 yr old was an infant. I took her places in a backpack. But, I also have one that's 2 1/2 yers older. Made birding QUITE difficult. Somehow I manage. Now my 5 yr old can name a number of species. She also does a great wood duck call.