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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9374370

Here's to a successful 2013 for all! Post your totals of everything you see or hear this year . . .

To see who saw what in 2012, head back here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1262217/

Resin

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 3, 2013
1:52 PM

Post #9374394

For 1 Jan, 63 for me, just one less than 1 Jan 2012:
01 Herring Gull
02 Blackbird
03 Wren
04 Robin
05 Blue Tit
06 Wood Pigeon
07 Carrion Crow
08 Goldcrest
09 Long-tailed Tit
10 Grey Wagtail
11 Great Tit
12 Bullfinch
13 Siskin
14 Coal Tit
15 Dipper
16 Moorhen
17 Mallard
18 Magpie
19 Great Black-backed Gull
20 Sparrowhawk
21 Black-headed Gull
22 Goosander
23 Nuthatch
24 Stock Dove
25 Great Spotted Woodpecker
26 Redwing
27 Treecreeper
28 Rock Dove (feral pigeon)
29 Goldfinch
30 Common Gull
31 Jackdaw
32 Canada Goose
33 Mute Swan
34 Tufted Duck
35 Eurasian Coot
36 Slavonian Grebe (best bird of the day!)
37 Chaffinch
38 Greenfinch
39 Common Starling
40 Mistle Thrush
41 Pied Wagtail
42 Dunnock
43 Common Goldeneye
44 Pochard
45 Greylag Goose
46 Northern Shoveler
47 Little Grebe
48 House Sparrow (yes, #48 - that's how hard they are to find here now!)
49 Eurasian Wigeon
50 Common Teal
51 Great Cormorant
52 Common Kestrel
53 Common Pheasant
54 Red Crossbill
55 Gadwall
56 Northern Lapwing
57 Eurasian Curlew
58 Grey Heron
59 Fieldfare
60 Reed Bunting
61 Common Snipe
62 Collared Dove
63 Short-eared Owl

Then on 2nd, first trip to the coast:
64 Song Thrush
65 Mediterranean Gull
66 Common Oystercatcher
67 Redshank
68 Ruddy Turnstone
69 Sanderling
70 Ringed Plover - - - - - Edit (04 Jan): Ooops! Forgot to note this down!! Re-numbered from here down ;-)
71 Common Scoter
72 Rook
73 Common Eider
74 Grey Plover
75 Dunlin
76 Red-throated Diver
77 European Stonechat
78 Red-breasted Merganser
79 Long-tailed Duck
80 Pink-footed Goose
81 European Golden Plover
82 Grey Partridge
83 Twite
84 Linnet
85 Smew
86 Rock Pipit
87 Common Shag
88 Yellowhammer
89 Knot
90 Tree Sparrow

And today (3rd):
91 Bohemian Waxwing
92 Lesser Redpoll
93 Eurasian Jay

Resin


This message was edited Jan 4, 2013 9:48 PM

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9374454

Amazing list, Resin.

So I wonder, how is the Eurasian Tree Sparrow population over there as compared to the House sparrow. They struggle here, but seem to have developed a little bit of a niche in the area where they were released. We were so excited when we saw our first one this summer in southeast Iowa.

We beat our last year second day total by a few. On 2 January 2012, we were at 22. But this year, we got 30 on day one, now we are at 32. I will try to keep it official on this site, but for our personal list, we count subspecies if they have separate mentions in the field guides, like the various Juncos and Snow Geese. So I already knocked off one of the Junco subspecies.

1. Great Horned Owl – 1 Jan
2. Northern Cardinal- 1 Jan
3. Dark-eyed Junco- 1 January
4. American Tree Sparrow- 1 January
5. American Goldfinch- 1 January
6. House Sparrow- 1 January
7. Blue Jay- 1 January
8. House Finch- 1 Jan
9. Red-bellied – 1 January
10. Hairy Woodpecker- 1 January
11. Downy Woodpecker- 1 Jan
12. White-breasted Nuthatch- 1 January
13. Horned Lark- 1 Jan
14. European Starling- 1 January
15. Black-capped Chickadee- 1 Jan
16. American Crow- 1 January
17. Bald Eagle- 1 Jan
18. Belted Kingfisher- 1 Jan
19. Red-tailed Hawk- 1 January
20. Northern Flicker- 1 Jan
21. Tufted Titmouse- 1 Jan
22. Rough-legged Hawk- 1 Jan
23. Ring-necked Pheasant- 1 Jan
24. Mallard- 1 Jan
25. Common Goldeneye – 1 Jan
26. Canada Goose- 1 Jan
27. Cackling Goose- Jan
28. Lesser Scaup- 1 Jan.
29. Common Grackle 1 Jan
30. American Kestrel- 1 January
31. Common Redpoll- 3 January
32. Northern Shrike- 3 January

Like the common red pole?

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9374456

Ok, here's the real thing... We had a total of four come by this afternoon.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 3, 2013
3:13 PM

Post #9374483

Goog grief you two! Nice start

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2013
8:45 AM

Post #9375135

94 - Brambling
95 - Willow Tit

Resin


This message was edited Jan 4, 2013 9:49 PM

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
8:50 AM

Post #9375143

Thank you Mrs. Ed. Since my husband was off on the first, we made a trip out birding. If we stayed home, I believe the count would have been around a dozen.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
9:11 AM

Post #9375172

Look at Resin. You almost have as many as I had all year. ha!

I have 9, all just yard birds. Just the usual subjects.

1 - American Goldfinch
2 - House Finch
3 - House Sparrow
4 - Northern Cardinal
5 - Mourning Dove
6 - White-Breasted Nuthatch
7 - Black-capped Chickadee
8 - Blue Jay
9 - Downy Woodpecker

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
10:48 AM

Post #9375276

Mrs. Ed,

You have one bird I haven't seen yet, the Mourning Dove. We had to travel elsewhere to see the chickadee. The one that came Sunday, never came back.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9375321

That's odd! I was delighted to see three chickadees the other day because I usually only have my regular pair. Also, last year I remember the mourning doves were not around until later in the winter. We thought maybe something to do with hunting? Dunno. I was glad to see them here early.

When I finally leave the house tomorrow (ha), I will be able to add more to the list.

Regarding 2012, what was everyone's "bird sighting of the year"? Might not be the best bird or most rare, but what you would think was the best sighting. Maybe top three if you can't narrow it down.

Snowy Owl in February for me. Close runners up were the Eurasian Tree Sparrows and the Rough-legged Hawk that I saw recently. Also i suppose, the collective group of warblers in the stream this year.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 4, 2013
12:17 PM

Post #9375365

Mrs_Ed wrote:Regarding 2012, what was everyone's "bird sighting of the year"? Might not be the best bird or most rare, but what you would think was the best sighting. Maybe top three if you can't narrow it down.


Sounds a good topic for a thread of its own!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
2:22 PM

Post #9375535

I hope you have great success tomorrow, Mrs. Ed. And send some Mourning Doves my way! :)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
2:34 PM

Post #9375547

Coo Coo…

I had to run to the pharmacy so picked up a few today. More of the usual.

10 - Rock Pigeon (ha)
11 - American Crow
12 - Ring-billed Gull
13 - Canada Geese
14 - European Starling

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
4:11 PM

Post #9375633

Haha. :) I hope to get those Rock Doves tomorrow, if nothing else. Do your Gulls hang around all winter? Unless there's open water, they seem to disappear from around here.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2013
4:27 PM

Post #9375646

Yes they stay here as we have two dams with spillways and lots of shad. If the weather gets really cold, other waters freeze over and we are lucky to get a bunch of different water birds. Last year that really never happened.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 5, 2013
6:39 AM

Post #9376024

my birds are just in the yard so aI won't keep count. However, our male cardinal was around, about 6 juncos & usual # of tufted titmice & chickadees. there are 2 mourning doves.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2013
7:02 AM

Post #9376050

Wow. What an encouraging start! Resin and Chilly - Holy mackerel! - amazing lists both of you! Mrs. Ed, glad to see you are off and running as well. I'll have to think about your question. I'm still so new at this, seeing and being able to identify just about any bird excites me. LOL. Iris, how nice to have juncos in the yard. I hardly ever see them.

I only have a few yard birds so far - at my house and at our cabin in the woods, but I hope to get out soon and do some serious bird watching.

1. House Sparrow
2. White-winged Dove
3. Blue Jay
4. Northern Cardinal
5. Tufted Titmouse
6. Carolina Chickadee
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
8. American Goldfinch
9. Belted Kingfisher
10. Great-horned Owl
11. Turkey Vulture
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 5, 2013
8:34 AM

Post #9376098

Wow, you're off to a good start Resin and Chilli!!! Wonderful.
Mine are mostly yard birds. I do count the different Redpolls and Waxwings and Juncos. Because it's ok to add the many Warblers we see.
A few are from a trip to Moncton. Saw a Hawk some Gulls and ducks, in flight, but was unable to ID them as they were too far.

1.Common Redpolls hundreds + of them.
2.Mourning Doves, I have about 20 of them.
3. Rock Pigeon,
4. Blue Jays
5.Starlings
6.Black-capped Chickadees
7.American Crow
8. Cooper's Hawk
9.Bald Eagle saw 3 in flight between Fredericton and Woodstock.
10.Great Black-backed Gull
11.Ring-billed Gull

edited :Forgot to add
12. Hairy Woodpecker
13. Downy Woodpecker

This message was edited Jan 5, 2013 12:38 PM

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2013
10:07 AM

Post #9376162

Several there I'd like to see!

Just one more for me today:

96 Water Rail

Resin
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 5, 2013
2:13 PM

Post #9376364

One out of place bird today.

14.Grackle

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2013
5:33 AM

Post #9376922

Holy cow! How can this thread be so long already!

Water rail! Very cool!

I'm at 117 - not listing them all!

Last one was a Cooper's Hawk in the backyard. Best one was a imm. Bald Eagle standing on a tiny post way out in a field of tall grass. It looked like a person was out in the field! Other good ones for the year Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Vermillion Flycatchers and Rufous Hummingbirds (I have at least 2 with enough rufous on the back to differentiate from Allen's in the backyard.)

Must get to birding. It's supposed to be a nice day for a brief change!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2013
11:14 AM

Post #9377231

Two more yearticks today:

97 Whooper Swan
98 Little Owl

Well done Elph on jumping straight into the lead!

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2013
11:40 AM

Post #9377258

15 - Red-tailed Hawk
16 - American Kestrel

Lots of birds down at the river, I'm going to go down today for a few more ticks. not the blood sucking kind though
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 6, 2013
11:56 AM

Post #9377270

15. Bohemian Waxwing, this morning

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2013
12:33 PM

Post #9377310

Cool birds, you all. and my! Elphaba, that is great!

Well, got my Rock Doves... Whenever we go to Kalona, I know right where to find them when we're off the interstate. Might have had a chance to see a Eurasian Tree Sparrow, but we had to get back home.

#33 Rock Dove
#34 Wild Turkey

It is terrible. I remember when we were first trying to find American Kestrels, we never had any luck, but now that we are looking for Mourning Doves, every one of those birds are Kestrels. :) But this is a good thing and I know my Doves will be back this spring, if not sooner.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2013
1:09 PM

Post #9377353

We saw a number of doves on the CBC, Chilly. So they are around. But I know what you mean about the Kestrels. They are everywhere.

Scads of Canada Geese and ring billed gull at the river today. in the hundreds at least. But only added three new year birds

17 - Common Goldeneye
18 - Common Merganser
19 - American Bald Eagle.
oops. one more…
20 - Mallard

This message was edited Jan 6, 2013 3:24 PM

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 6, 2013
4:40 PM

Post #9377568

"...not the blood sucking type" -- good thing you made that clear!

Can't believe y'all have more kestrels than doves! How cool is that!

eBird says that I'm at 128 now, I'll see if I can figure out the newbies:
118 -- Pine Siskins
119 -- House Finches
120 -- Chipping Sparrow
121 -- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
122 -- Red-headed Woodpecker
123 -- Greater Pewee (walked up to a group that had just seen it but it had flown -- took me over an hour to refind it.)
124 -- Northern Flicker
125 -- Pileated Woodpecker
126 -- Rock Dove (just hadn't counted them yet)
127 -- Lark Bunting
128 -- American Robin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2013
4:49 PM

Post #9377579

I MUST get better at eBird this year.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 6, 2013
8:05 PM

Post #9377705

robin hanging around for the winter, but not at our house.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2013
9:29 PM

Post #9377745

Good day today. Covered around 350 miles and hit several spots...

12. American Crow
13. Snow Goose
14. Black Vulture
15. Killdeer
16. Northern Harrier
17. Red-tailed Hawk
18. Northern Mockingbird
19. Eastern Meadowlark
20. Vermillion Flycatcher
21. White Ibis
22. Snowy Egret
23. Great Blue Heron
24. Neotropic Cormorant
25. Mourning Dove
26. Loggerhead Shrike
27. Eastern Phoebe
28. White Pelican
29. Pied-billed Grebe
30. Little Blue Heron
31. Double-crested Cormorant
32. American Coot
33. Great Egret
34. Ring-billed Gull
35. Greater White-fronted Goose
36. Brown Pelican
37. Mallard
38. Mottled Duck
39. Forster's Tern
40. Laughing Gull
41. Herring Gull
42. Rock Dove
43. Myrtle Warbler
44. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
45. Blue-winged Teal
46. Northern Shoveler
47. Redhead
48. Osprey
49. White-tailed Kite
50. American Wigeon

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2013
8:45 AM

Post #9378050

21 - American Coot
22 - Cackling Goose
23 - Herring Gull


This message was edited Jan 7, 2013 11:10 AM

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 7, 2013
9:10 AM

Post #9378072

Don't know the cackling goose, just Canadians here.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9378094

irisMA wrote:Don't know the cackling goose, just Canadians here.


Check out here:
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2007/07/identification-of-cackling-and-canada-goose/
http://www.oceanwanderers.com/CAGO.Subspecies.html

Resin

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9378095

Congrats, Mrs_Ed on your latest birds. :)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 7, 2013
9:46 AM

Post #9378110

Thanks. Two more and a pix of today's Cackling, the smaller ones in front with the short bills.

24- Dark-eyed Junco
25 - Pine Siskin

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 7, 2013
10:29 AM

Post #9378156

A few more to add after getting IDs from Chilly and Resin ...

51. Greater Yellowlegs
52. Sanderling
53. Savannah Sparrow
54. Lincoln Sparrow
55. Song Sparrow

and one more to add from the photos I took. I didn't know it was there until I looked through the photos ...
56. Northern Pintail

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 7, 2013
1:47 PM

Post #9378380

We also have a resident population of the Canada goose as well as the migrating ones. the residents are most apt to foul up golf courses etc.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2013
6:25 AM

Post #9378946

Went to see some Tundra Swans at Anahuac. That makes 2 years in a row for Tundra Swan which isn't even supposed to be here, and yet I have never seen a Cackling Goose!

Loved your pic Mrs. Ed. Will be helpful if I ever get to see one. They're around. I just keep missing them.

Almost missed the Tundra Swans. We went around Shoveler's Pond 3 times before 2 showed up briefly before disappearing into the grass again.

I'm up to 134

129 - Brown-headed Cowbird
130 - Neotropic Cormorant
131 - Tundra Swan
132 - King Rail
133 - Peregrine Falcon
134 - Common Tern (I haven't put this in eBird yet b/c wanted to double check it)

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2013
7:38 AM

Post #9378994

Elphaba, Cool to see the swans! I was out at Anahuac Sunday, but didn't see any swans. The ducks on Shoveler's pond were all in hiding. They were way back in the grass and ponds toward the middle because of all of the duck hunters I think.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 8, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9379004

I was there on Friday and I bet those swans were there then, but we didn't see them. Barely got them this time too.

On Friday when we were at Anahuac, we went out to Frozen Point. I'd never gone out there before. I think the road may have been closed last year. There were at least 10 Horned Grebes off the point. My friend saw a Seaside Sparrow too. I missed that one.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2013
3:13 PM

Post #9379377

26 - Snow Goose
27 - Bufflehead
28 - Lesser Scaup

So many birds on the river right now. I had no idea we had that much fish here!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9380056

29 - Tundra Swan
30 - Thayer's Gull (thank goodness experts were with me…)
31 - American Black Duck
32 - Pied-billed Grebe

Still lots of activity here at the river. Experience birders are reporting all kinds of good gulls, but sooooo confusing to me.
Here's a fun Panoramic photo. And a sunset photo.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 9, 2013
2:25 PM

Post #9380296

Oh my you guys, it's only January!!! Most of you have almost half of last year total already. Can wait to see your big # at the end of this year.

16.Hoary Redpoll
17.Pine Grosbeak


This message was edited Feb 8, 2013 8:10 PM

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
3:20 PM

Post #9380356

burn_2007 wrote:Oh my you guys, it's only January!!! Most of you have almost half of last year total already.


That's the way it is in places with mild winters! We're getting all the birds that are escaping cold places like NB ;-)

I'd expect by the end of January I'll have well over half my end-of-year total.

Resin
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 9, 2013
3:53 PM

Post #9380401

Elphaba wrote:Holy cow! How can this thread be so long already!



I'm at 117 - not listing them all!




So, Elphy, you've got your Rolex watch and so you're not listing them all. You know you could win a Tiffany's diamond this year. I think that's what Resin has in mind as the end-of-year prize.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:22 PM

Post #9380429

irisMA wrote:We also have a resident population of the Canada goose as well as the migrating ones. the residents are most apt to foul up golf courses etc.


Hey, look at all the free fertilizer they are getting. I wish they'd land in my yard. but always just fly over.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
4:25 PM

Post #9380432

Mrs_Ed wrote:29 - Tundra Swan
30 - Thayer's Gull (thank goodness experts were with me…)
31 - American Black Duck
32 - Pied-billed Grebe


You're catching up with me. :) We are going to brave the cold with many layers to go out with the birding club Saturday. I am hoping to get a few new ones, but if not, that's ok.

I like your panoramic shot. I've never figured out how to do it on my new camera. I think I need to install some type of software.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2013
4:31 PM

Post #9380446

LOL Margaret! Seriously, where's the watch?

Mrs. Ed, very cool spot. Gull ID is maddening!

Chilly, I had just stopped to look at your Redpoll pics again and you posted twice! Love those Redpolls BTW.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
5:17 PM

Post #9380490

Thanks, Elphaba. We were just thrilled they stayed those few days. No sight of one yesterday or today, but got them for Feeder Watch on Monday!

Oh, one of my sons took this picture. He calls it a "Yelling Redpoll. "

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
5:18 PM

Post #9380491

Ach! Hit the wrong button. Here's the photo and gladly not of me yelling...

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 9, 2013
5:31 PM

Post #9380499

Nice Redpoll!!! I haven't seen one this season. Last Feb. was my last sighting. Hope they show up at the yard. That panoramic shot is with my iPhone. They have a feature that does it pretty easily. Otherwise, I had some photo-stitch software, but it was too difficult to line up the shots right. Not with the iphone!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2013
1:40 PM

Post #9382933

35. Lapland Longspur
36. Red-headed Woodpecker
37. Purple Finch


We had planned on going birding with the club this morning, but when the alarm went off the wind was howling like crazy. We didn't think the children (or us) would have a very good time of it, so we just stayed in bed. Later, when the wind didn't seem so bad, we bundled ourselves and went as a family.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2013
2:11 PM

Post #9382967

Purple finch, really! I'm not expecting those for a while.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 12, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9382989

They have been in our area for about 3 weeks, in spite of warm weather.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 14, 2013
7:21 AM

Post #9384482

38. Cooper's Hawk 13 January
39. Pine Siskin 14 January

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 16, 2013
7:28 AM

Post #9386974

Aching for a purple finch! Nice additions Chilly.

I'm up to 150 with some rarities found by fellow birders and one lifer.

135 - Gadwall
136 - Forster's Tern
137 - Royal Tern
138 - White-crowned Sparrow
139 - Roseate Spoonbill
140 - Brown Creeper
141 - Greater Scaup -- out of the water with good view of round head!
142 - Bufflehead
143 - Pacific Loon
144 - Great Horned Owl -- pair perched in a tree -- awesome!
145 - Brewer's Blackbird
146 - Cackling Goose -- lifer -- friend found it for me. When he showed it to me in his scope, I thought "why is he showing me a black-crowned night heron" and then it lifted its head. Never would have found it on my own.
147 - White-tailed Hawk
148 - Ferruginous Hawk
149 - Black-bellied Whistling Duck
150 - Merlin

Took pictures, but they are all terrible. Haven't taken any good photos this year except one of my friend who was photographing the Greater Scaup when a Vermillion Flycatcher landed right by him. He didn't even see it. He was so surprised when I showed him the photo.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9387020

Who Elphy. look at you go. Pays to live in Houston!!!

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2013
2:05 PM

Post #9387436

Well, it pays to live in (or near as in my case) Houston all right. But, you also have to know what you're doing... And, I might figure out this birding thing one of these years. LOL.

57 Red-bellied Woodpecker
58 Black-crowned Night Heron
59 Anhinga
60 Downy Woodpecker
61 Carolina Wren
62 Common Gallinule
63 Eastern Bluebird
64 Crested Caracara
65 Red-shouldered Hawk

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9387441

I'd love to do the Audubon High Island Tour some day for spring migration.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 16, 2013
2:28 PM

Post #9387451

I guess I should do that. :-) I did do South Padre Island's Convention Center last year during spring migration and it was incredible. There were a lot of birders and they were all happy to help out the newbies. High Island is about 1.5 hours from me and S Padre is more like 5 hours, but worth the drive.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2013
4:30 PM

Post #9387578

oh yes, then do the high island trip. That's pretty close!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 19, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9390430

#40 Harris's Sparrow
YAY!!! #41 is Mourning Dove. They must feel safe enough to come out of hiding. The hunting season is over. That was a bad idea to ever enact the law. :(
#42 Snow Goose
#43 Northern Harrier

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 21, 2013
9:46 AM

Post #9392378

33 Brown Creeper
34 Red-bellied Woodpecker (handsome male!)

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2013
7:05 AM

Post #9393497

Chilly, jealous of your Harris'! We had them around last winter because of the drought but I haven't seen any this winter.

Patti, you have a nice list going!

Mrs. Ed, good ones! especially the creeper!

My friend had me work like a dog at the Texas Ornithological Meeting, but I brought my list up to 162 including some more rarities.

First while scouting for the peregrine at the BP building before the TOS meeting, I stopped at my friend's house with all the hummers and got:

151 -- Buff-bellied Hummingbird
152 -- Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Then on my 3 trips I got:
153 -- Tri-colored Heron
154 -- Sharp-shinned Hawk
155 -- Wilson's Snipe
156 -- Least Sandpiper
157 -- Long-tailed Duck
158 -- Long-billed Dowitcher
159 -- Northern Bobwhite
160 -- Ladderbacked Woodpecker
161 -- Canada Goose
162 -- Sandhill Crane

It was a fun although exhausting weekend. Met a lot of great people. One of the really neat experiences for me, was standing at the top of the Sheldon Lake tower with a group of really top notch birders from around the state, with scopes going in every direction over the lake, woods and prairie and people just shouting out birds: Eastern towhee! Canvasbacks! Spoonbills, Kestrel! Immature Bald Eagle with prey! Just great!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
7:42 AM

Post #9393532

I'm going to seriously have to consider spending winters in Houston when I retire. Congrats on all of them, but I'd be so happy to see a hummingbird right now!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 22, 2013
8:05 AM

Post #9393556

red bellied turned up at our suet feeder today & then Mr. Hairy landed on the smaller birds' tube feeder.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9393570

Glad you got a Brown Creeper, Mrs. Ed. I hope we get one this year.

Elphaba, Amazing list. I do find it interesting, it took you this long to see Canada geese. Are they not as populous in Texas? They are all over here.

Iris, I am trying to picture a Hairy on a small tube feeder. He's so big.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
8:22 AM

Post #9393574

I get the brown creepers all the time. But I work form home and my office window is close to a tree that they visit. It's much easier to see them that way. When they arrived this fall, I was able to sit outside and here their little whistle-y call. I wonder if I'll see any redpolls in the yard this year. I know they are in the area. The food supply must be so plentiful they don't need to come to my feeder.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 22, 2013
8:25 AM

Post #9393576

yes, Hairy covered up all three holes on the one side.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2013
9:19 AM

Post #9393634

66. Pine Siskin

Elphaba, You saw the long-tailed duck! Cool. I haven't gotten out there yet. I am planning to go try to spot that flammulated owl though. I can't stand reading about everyone seeing it. I wanted to wait until March/April to go to South Padre, but guess I'll just have to do it twice. Went to Anahuac NWR, but still didn't see the tundra swans.

Mrs. Ed, How wonderful to be able to see brown creepers all the time! They are so much fun to watch.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
12:01 PM

Post #9393785

Thanks Patti. I mean in the winter though!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2013
12:50 PM

Post #9393839

Chilly, we do not get very many if any Canada Geese. Cackling are the default goose, but I was with a group of really experienced birders who said nope those two, yes only two, are Canada because of their size and long necks.

Patti, that Long-tailed Duck is as hard to see as the Tundra Swans. The swans disappear in that grass. The Long-tailed Duck disappears behind other ducks. She's a lot smaller, so a pintail just eclipses her. I'm dying to see the Flamulated Owl too. I have commitments this weekend, so don't know when. Hope it sticks around long enough.

Mrs. Ed, today is such a warm day that the bees are swarming the hummer feeders. I have yet to find a bee guard that works. Wish those darn bees would hibernate! Winter hummers are nice though. We didn't used to have a lot of hummers in the winter. This is a new thing.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
2:04 PM

Post #9393918

I had 16 goldfinch at the feeders today. hahaha. is that impressing anyone but me?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

January 22, 2013
2:14 PM

Post #9393925

yep!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 22, 2013
6:14 PM

Post #9394158

I'd say that is impressive. Mrs. Ed. :) We did have 25 House Finches yesterday, but hardly saw any today.

Elphaba, it's the other way around here, but then we also get some type of Canada subspecies that is as nearly as small as a Cackling, so we have to look at the bill and head shape. I like birding with the experts, but it isn't very often when we get the chance.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 23, 2013
1:08 AM

Post #9394385

Mrs_Ed wrote:I had 16 goldfinch at the feeders today. hahaha. is that impressing anyone but me?


I'm impressed.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 23, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9394703

Hey, i'm up to like 25 or 26 goldfinch! Sure, not Dellrose's 100s… but still big numbers for me. Sorry I'm off topic. Go to daily pix thread for… well, pix!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 23, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9395155

After a long gap due mainly to bad weather, got some more today:

99 Common Buzzard
100 Bar-tailed Godwit
101 Red Knot
102 Northern Pintail
103 Sky Lark
104 Razorbill
105 Common Guillemot
106 Kittiwake
107 Purple Sandpiper
108 Shelduck
109 Peregrine Falcon
110a Greenland White-fronted Goose
110b Eurasian White-fronted Goose
111 Bean Goose
112 Merlin
113 Jack Snipe

Resin


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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 24, 2013
12:18 AM

Post #9395590

Nice haul Resin.

I added two yesterday.

163 -- Eastern Screech Owl
164 -- Calliope Hummingbird

Here's a pic of the Calliope.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9397558

Got a few today ... Up to 76 now. I might have a few more, but I need to get the right IDs

Tundra Swan - wheeeee. I found them. They were close to where they have been seen.
Wilson's Snipe
European Starling
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Peregrine Falcon
Black-necked Stilt
Gadwall
Willet
White-faced Ibis

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 25, 2013
8:17 PM

Post #9397799

Patti, I'm so glad that you got the Tundra Swans! Congrats on all those birds.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2013
12:28 AM

Post #9397854

Thanks Elphaba. I was very excited to see those swans. They were all by themselves and quite visible, but very far away. Hopefully there are not other swans out there, because I really couldn't see them well enough or get photos decent enough to identify. This is all I got and you can see from the uncropped one (shot at full zoom on my little Canon Powershot SX-50 HS which is 1200mm) that they are far off. A couple stopped behind me and asked what I was seeing. I pointed the swans out and the guy got out his spotting scope and confirmed that they were Tundra Swans. He was from the UK and said he sees them all the time, so ??? hopefully right ID.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2013
2:46 AM

Post #9397871

Yep, Tundra Swans, adult (standing; black bill) and juvenile (sitting; pink bill)

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2013
5:16 AM

Post #9397912

Thanks, Resin. I feel a lot better about counting them, but have no clue how you could tell what they were from those bad photos.

Also, thanks for identifying my other mystery birds. Now I have 4 more to add to the list ...

77 Brown-headed Cowbirds
78 White-crowned Sparrows
79 Vesper Sparrow
80 Black-bellied Plover

Patti

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 26, 2013
5:56 AM

Post #9397959

The only real options are Mute Swan and Tundra Swan; Trumpeter would be even more out-of-range than Tundra in southern Texas. Mute Swan can be excluded by bill colour, and its longer tail (pointed, and usually slightly cocked up).

One new for me today: 114 [Eurasian] Woodcock.

Resin

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

January 26, 2013
5:37 PM

Post #9398550

44. Trumpeter Swan

I was going crazy seeing those ebird Needs alerts for my county, so we went out to see if we could find those swans. Yep, there were more than a dozen. And we saw TONS of Canada geese. I really, really like those things. If it wasn't so cold, I could have sat there all day just watching and listening to them.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2013
9:46 AM

Post #9403772

Way to get your bird Chilly.

We are having gorgeous weather, but I'm under-the-weather, so only birding from the window in my fluffy robe and slippers. Managed to get one year bird though.

165 -- Bronzed Cowbird

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2013
1:56 PM

Post #9403986

Been forgetting to update - these are from 27 Jan:

115 Cattle Egret
116 Brent Goose
117 Black-tailed Godwit
118 Meadow Pipit
119 Great Northern Diver (a.k.a. Common Loon)
120 Black Redstart

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 31, 2013
4:28 PM

Post #9404134

35-Common Redpoll (finally)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 2, 2013
2:46 PM

Post #9406256

Four more today:
Gannet
Fulmar
Velvet Scoter
Little Gull

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2013
8:49 PM

Post #9406534

Chillybean, Great find on that Trumpeter Swan!
Resin, You get the coolest birds. I've never even heard of some of the birds you get.
Mrs. Ed, Sweeet. A Common Redpoll! No way I'll see one of those in my neck of the woods.
Elphaba, I hope you are feeling better!

I just got back from spending a few days in South Texas. I intended to go for Spring Migration, but I had to go see that Flammulated Owl everyone is talking about. And after three days of looking, I finally saw it.

I added quite a few to my list ...

81 Red-winged Blackbird
82 Great-tailed Grackle
83 Eurasian Collared Dove
84 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
85 Green Jay
86 Roseate Spoonbill
87 Lesser Scaup
88 Tropical Kingbird
89 Red-breasted Merganser
90 Bufflehead
91 Loon - type hopefully to be determined by Resin :-)
92 American Bittern
93 Tricolored Heron
94 Kiskadee
95 Plain Chachalaca
96 Black-crested Titmouse
97 Altamira Oriole
98 Harris's Hawk
99 Least Sandpiper
100 American Kestrel
101 Ruddy Duck
102 Greater Scaup
103 Ring-necked Duck
104 Eared Grebe
105 Green Kingfisher
106 Long-billed Thrasher
107 Black-bellied Whistling Duck
108 Least Grebe
109 Lesser Yellowlegs
110 Orange-crowned Warbler
111 Green-winged Teal
112 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
113 Yellow-crowned Night Heron
114 Flammulated Owl
115 Reddish Egret and White Morph
116 Olive Sparrow
117 Long-billed Curlew

I might have a few more, but they are pending ID.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2013
8:12 AM

Post #9406825

Resin, I hope to see a Cattle Egret some day. Our neighbor described one a couple years ago. so we've been hoping.

Glad you got your Redpoll, Mrs. Ed.

Elphaba, I hope you're doing better by now. Four of us are home from church today and feel pretty miserable. Just common colds, probably. I thought I had strep, but the throat pain subsided dramatically. Oh, I don't like those sore throats.

P_Edens, what a great list. I think the Green Jays are cool looking birds and hope to someday see one.

45. Sharp-shinned Hawk Thought it was a Cooper's until looking more closely at the photos. Thanks to Resin for comfirming it. Now we're going to have to really study any of those hawks who come by. We used to only get Cooper's. I am glad they don't come by too often, though.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9407283

One more for me today, Eurasian Bittern

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 3, 2013
3:13 PM

Post #9407296

Four more from the trip to South Texas Rio Grande Valley - two ID'd by Resin (Thanks, Resin!) and two were ID'd by the naturalist at Santa Ana NWR in e-mail exchanges.

118 Common Loon
119 Brewer's Blackbird
120 Least Flycatcher
121 White-tailed Hawk

Chilly, Those Jays are quite entertaining. The ones at the rest area were gathering acorns and stashing them in a palm tree. They were busy running off the doves and blackbirds.

Patti


Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
5:15 PM

Post #9407388

I'm feeling much better. Thank you. Online assessment said that I had the flu which just made me kick myself for not getting vaccinated!

FABULOUS list Patti! I'm so glad that you got Flamulated Owl. I have to get down there!

Mrs. Ed, congrats on the redpoll!

Didn't go birding today but did go down to Freeport. Decided that I had to check out Bryan Beach while I was there. I was so excited because I thought I'd found a rare gull. I had found a pretty rare gull but only after half a dozen people found it before me! The ebird alert and texbird notice came after I'd left the house. Glad the bird was still there and that I found it even though I didn't know that I should be looking for it! I'm also impressed that I figured out what it was on my own. It was pretty obvious -- big white gull, but still...

166 - Glaucous Gull (lifer)
167 - Lesser Black-backed Gull

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9407409

Elphaba wrote: I was so excited because I thought I'd found a rare gull. I had found a pretty rare gull but only after half a dozen people found it before me! The ebird alert and texbird notice came after I'd left the house. Glad the bird was still there and that I found it even though I didn't know that I should be looking for it! I'm also impressed that I figured out what it was on my own. It was pretty obvious -- big white gull, but still...


Still counts as a self-find, because you didn't know it was there.

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 4, 2013
9:12 AM

Post #9408067

36 - Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Seems king of early, but I'm happy to see it.

Edited to say not early at all. HA! I checked last year's record and was here 1/25.

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 4, 2013
1:51 PM

Post #9408363

First Blue Jay in awhile showed up. Red bellied woodpecker as well. He left so DH could replace the suet cake.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 4, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9408557

Cool bird, Mrs. Ed. I haven't seen a sapsucker at all.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 4, 2013
8:18 PM

Post #9408812

Elphaba, Glad you are feeling better. Great find on that Glaucous!
Mrs. Ed, Is that sapsucker drilling holes in your trees? A few years ago we had one punching holes in our loquat tree. The tree died the next year. I think the drought killed it though, not the sapsucker.
Iris, You have some cool yard birds. I love to listen to those red-bellied woodpeckers.

A few more to add to my list from South Texas. I'm still going through photos and getting help (Thanks Resin) with ID on some.

122 Piping Plover
123 Ruddy Turnstone
124 Spotted Sandpiper
125 Dunlin
126 Solitary Sandpiper

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 6, 2013
8:14 AM

Post #9410140

Wow Patti, you cleaned up down south!

I just went south, but I was not birding. I did stop at Goose Island to get the Whooping Cranes and there were some Redheads off the coast. It was the middle of the afternoon, so not much else. Turns out Redheads are already on my list. A little while later a Roadrunner flew out in front of my car. So I got a total of two birds.

168 -- Whooping Cranes
169 -- Greater Roadrunner

I'm including the Redhead pic b/c it's the only good one! The Whooping Crane pic makes you long for clarity. The poor Roadrunner's eye is obscured by barbed wire.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 6, 2013
8:33 AM

Post #9410159

Wheee. A Whooper! That is so cool. The photo is great - makes me long to see a Whooping Crane. Wouldn't mind stumbling across a "Beep Beep" bird either.
Patti

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 6, 2013
8:38 AM

Post #9410163

oh you guys are leaving me in your dust.

37 - Cedar Waxwing. Helping the robins to strip the holly berries off my two bushes.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 8, 2013
4:59 AM

Post #9411815

Bet those Cedar Waxwings looked lovely in the Holly Mrs. Ed.

Went to a friend's house yesterday who has six hummer species although she said that she had only seen five that day! I went to see an immature Black-chinned but an adult male Black-chinned showed up. We were quite excited. It was the first adult male that either of us had seen. He was so beautiful! She also had four species of warbler one of which was a year bird for me and also a lovely adult male.

170 -- Black-chinned Hummingbird
171 -- Wilson's Warbler

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 8, 2013
9:43 AM

Post #9412082

126 - Red Grouse

Resin

edit: miscounted ;-)

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2013
10:48 AM

Post #9412134

jealous about the hummingbirds!!

Well i forgot to include the Robins in the count, so here's an update:

37-40
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Bluebird
American Tree Sparrow
and 41 is TBD. Some duck that I can't ID yet and I didn't have more than my phone camera. d'oh

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 10, 2013
6:00 PM

Post #9414715

46. Eurasian Collared Dove- I just realized I forgot to get this one on here.

We had gone to a state park earlier in the day, in hopes of finding a Winter Wren that was spotted there. Nope, but we weren't alone. We talked to other birders who also couldn't find it. They asked us if we saw the big flock of Robins. Nope. We had hoped to spot those on our way out. They must have moved on. We had walked to the feeders the park keeps filled, to at least see some feeder birds. Well, just as the birds were calming after our arrival, a big, mass of boys come bombing out of the building scaring us and the birds away. I tried consoling myself that if the boys were at the park, they were learning something about nature.

After lunch and picking up some flour from the local farm/mill, we took a detour. And we finally got some Robins and a couple other surprises. I had no idea there'd be any warblers left in Iowa. The field guides say migration only, so that was a real treat to see in the dead of winter. This sure made up for the earlier disappointment.
47. American Robin
48. Cedar Waxwing
49. Myrtle Warbler

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 11, 2013
12:47 PM

Post #9415665

The hummers are a delight. Now my friend has a mature male Allens. Hope I get to see that one.

Congrats on the Robins and warbler Chilly.

I'm still struggling with a few flu symptoms that I can't shake, so hadn't birded. I saw my friends pictures of Eared Grebes and Bonaparte's Gulls at the Texas City Dike and then read a report of a Great Black-backed Gull out there. Couldn't stand it any more, so drove out there in the rain yesteray afternoon. Didn't see a single Bonaparte's but did get three year birds.

172 - American Oystercatcher
173 - Eared Grebes
174 - Great Black-backed Gull

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2013
7:50 PM

Post #9416159

It great to see everyone see so much birds!
I have been house bound for a while so not much activity around.
But I notice the Crows and Raven are starting to come to the yard now. Hawk as well.
I should start seeing more activity by mid March.
Looking for a warm sunny day , to go out and try to find some bunting and other type of hawks and other surprises.

18. Raven

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2013
1:26 PM

Post #9422161

Well Burn, I'd like to see a Raven!

We do have a northern hawk around though and I joined a friend to go see it yesterday. Picked up a few other birds too.

Shoot, I just looked and I missed some birds from the last time I posted. I haven't really birded. I've just tried for birds when I'm out, so I kind of forgot!

175 -- Purple Martin
176 -- Inca Dove (pictured)
177 -- Vesper Sparrow
178 -- Harris' Sparrow
179 -- Rough-legged Hawk (2 pics)
180 -- Palm Warbler
181 -- Barn Swallow
182 -- Cave Swallow

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 17, 2013
2:24 PM

Post #9422237

snow brought the birds to the feeder. I have not kept track on numbers but we had juncos, plus a quartet of cardinals (I would guess last summer's family as at least one of the males has been singing for a couple days). Hairy woodpecker also stopped by.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 17, 2013
4:34 PM

Post #9422347

127 Tawny Owl

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 18, 2013
7:07 AM

Post #9422892

I got a few for the list in the last couple of days. Yesterday, I went to see the rough-legged hawk and missed it by an hour or so. It was there in the morning and then not seen again.

127 Pileated Woodpecker
128 Black-capped Vireo
129 Sandhill Crane
130 Cedar Waxwing
131 Bald Eagle
132 Western Meadowlark
133 Blue-headed Vireo
134 Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 18, 2013
9:17 AM

Post #9423077

128 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 21, 2013
1:52 AM

Post #9426285

Two more yesterday

129 Green Sandpiper
130 Black Grouse

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 21, 2013
1:58 AM

Post #9426288

My count is down one to 133. That black-capped vireo is more likely another blue-headed.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

February 21, 2013
5:46 AM

Post #9426415

2 (possiblly 3) white thoated sparrows & 2 Carolina wrens.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 21, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9426729

Very nice birds, all. Jealous of the Pileated and Caroline Wren.

50. Western Meadowlark 20 February
Just heard it, but it was so clear and rather close to the yard. We saw one the 30 of December which was our very latest of last year.

Robins came into our yard yesterday as well. Not a year bird, but first of 2013 in the yard. And our White-breasted Nuthatches returned from where ever. They've not been seen in the yard since early this year.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9431042

Trying to move to a town about two hours south of here, so have been traveling back and forth a lot. Added some birds in the process and made a further jog south on one outing to get the Black-legged Kittiwake. There have also been a few great birds right around here that I've popped over to see.

Let's see, I was at 182 so...

183 - Western Tanager (pic 1)
184 - Blue-headed Vireo
185 - Western Grebe
186 - Marbled Godwit (pic 2)
187 - Black-legged Kittiwake (pic 3)
188 - Gray Catbird
189 - Field Sparrow

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2013
3:42 PM

Post #9433982

131 Little Egret
132 Greater Scaup

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2013
6:28 AM

Post #9436322

Elphaba, If you move two hours south of Houston, it will be very wet since you'll be in the Gulf of Mexico... :-) Yes, just me being a smart a$$. But, seriously, sounds like you will be moving closer to the coast and the migrating birds - way cool!

The Purple Martins are camping out in our backyard again. I love their sweet little chirping sounds. I also got a couple of new birds yesterday, the hawk a lifer.

134 2/25/2013 Purple Martin Backyard
135 3/1/2013 Black-and-white Warbler Galveston - Lafitte's Cove
136 3/1/2013 Rough-legged Hawk Galveston - Just East of San Luis Pass

Hmmm. That pasted fairly well out of my Excel spreadsheet. And all this time I've been typing it all over. Geeeez.

Patti

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 2, 2013
10:47 AM

Post #9436573

P_Edens wrote:Hmmm. That pasted fairly well out of my Excel spreadsheet. And all this time I've been typing it all over.

Yep, works well!

Three new for me today too:

133 Northern Goshawk
134 Raven
135 Red Kite

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 4, 2013
1:11 PM

Post #9438629

136 Glaucous Gull

Resin

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Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
8:40 AM

Post #9439490

137 Great Crested Grebe

Resin
dkisser1
Fairfield Glade, TN

March 5, 2013
10:15 AM

Post #9439584

My wife and I had fun this morning watching our many birds. The pileated woodpecker was in this morning early. We have four that we know of but there could be more. People tell me they don't like backyard feeders but the one this morning watched me from about ten feet away. He saw the apple suet, his favorite.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
12:34 PM

Post #9439723

Some of you get lucky with Pileateds at your feeders. Never had such luck myself but enjoy hearing your tales.

LOL Patti, you're right about being in the Gulf of Mexico. Actually, I bet as soon as I buy a place on the coast, a hurricane will sweep it all out into the gulf! Nice catch on the B&W.

Nice ones Resin.

Was able to join a friend who was heading south to see the Flammulated Owl and the Crimson-collared Grosbeak. Got those and some other new birds.

190 -- Lesser Yellowlegs
191 -- Harris' Hawk
192 -- Green Jay
193 -- Reddish Egret (pic 1)
194 -- Green Heron
195 -- Sora (pictured -- It shared one soft note just as I clicked)
196 -- American Golden Plover
197 -- Tropical Kingbird
198 -- Flammulated Owl
199 -- Golden-fronted Woodpecker
200 -- Plain Chachalaca
201 -- Least Grebe
202 -- White-tipped Dove
203 -- Green Kingfisher
204 -- Great Kiskadee
205 -- White-eyed Vireo
206 -- Black-crested Titmouse
207 -- Clay-colored Thrush
208 -- Long-billed Thrasher
209 -- Yellow-throated Warbler
210 -- Olive Sparrow
211 -- Crimson-collared Grosbeak (pictured)
212 -- Fulvous Whistling Duck
213 -- Cinnamon Teal
214 -- Hook-billed Kite
215 -- Gray Hawk
216 -- Black-necked Stilt
217 -- Solitary Sandpiper
218 -- Couch's Kingbird
219 -- Northern Rough-winged Swallow
220 -- Green Parakeet
221 -- Red-crowned Parrots (pictured)
222 -- Common Ground Dove
223 -- Common Pauraque (pic 5 -- its preening, so head is turned looking backward)

Also saw some really cool but not countable parrots with the huge flock of Red-crowned Parrots that included Red-lored Parrots, White-fronted Parrots and one Yellow-headed Parrot.

Just clicked preview and shows my pics in a different order than I attached them. It looks like Reddish Egret, Red-crowned Parrots, Sora, Grosbeak and then Pauraque.

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Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2013
12:52 PM

Post #9439743

Oops! Have to nix one -- the Hook-billed Kite wasn't accepted. I didn't get any pics of it, but I thought my friend's pics were pretty convincing. I'll be interested to hear why the ID was rejected. Anyway, apparently just a Coopers. Wasn't acting like the Coops I know, but urban Coops may behave differenlty than wild south Texas Coops -- I don't know!

BTW Patti, those Rough-legged pics are stunning!

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 5, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9440065

Elphaba,

Wow! What a great trip. Glad you got to see the flammulated owl! Thanks for the kind words on the hawk pics. It flew right over my head and did a couple of circles.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 7, 2013
12:38 PM

Post #9441998

138 Snow Bunting

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2013
9:56 AM

Post #9449065

Adding a few from a trip to Hawaii (41-72) FYI, I'm counting the Hawaiian sub-species of birds like the Moorhen, etc.

Zebra dove
Spotted dove
Common myna
Red vented bulbul
Red crested cardinal
Black-crowned night heron
Cattle egret
Pacific golden plover
Hawaiian Black necked stilt
Hawaiian x mallard duck
Hawaiian coot
Japanese white eye
Red jungle fowl (feral)
Hawaiian moorhen
White rumped shama thrush
Nutmeg mannekin
Red-whiskered bulbul
Common waxbill
Lavender waxbill
Saffron finch
Yellow fronted canary
Yellow billed cardinal
Java sparrow
White tailed Tropicbird
Wild turkey
Gray Francolin
Erckels francolin
Apapane
Hawaiian hawk
Hawaiian owl
Brown booby
Great frigatebird

Back home:
73- Common Grackle

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 14, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9449133

Wow, wow and wow! Green with envy here. LOL

Sounds like you had an awesome trip! Congrats on all your bird finds.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9449238

Well there were many birds I could not see well enough to ID, and many more that I could not find. I was more than a bit distressed that I could not find the NeNe Goose, even after searching the Volcanoes National Park in a number of locations, as well as at a golf course alongside. RATS.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
3:41 PM

Post #9449465

139 [Eurasian] Kingfisher

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
4:47 PM

Post #9449553

Wow Mrs. Ed! Great list. If you can't get the bird, get the sign.

Last weekend I joined some friends who were going to Balcones Canyonlands to see the Golden-cheeked Warbler. I added some birds.

224 - Western Scrub Jay
225 - Golden-cheeked Warbler
226 - Spotted Towhee
227 - Common Raven
228 - Bewick's Wren
229 - Rufous-crowned Sparrow
230 - Lesser Goldfinch
231 - Black and White Warbler
232 - Upland Sandpiper
233 - Western Meadowlark

I didn't get any good pictures. Here's a blurry one of the Golden-cheeked which is an endangered species -- I almost took pics of the signs too!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 14, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9449576

Oh and may have had a female Ruby-throated Hummer land above me today in the yard. Had a good look but female hummers are so hard to discern. Hopefully, I'll see it again tomorrow.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9449723

Oh that is a cutie Elphalba! I can't believe you are up to 233!

I actually DID get the Hawaiian moorhen in the sign. I also joked about the Nene bird crossing signs. I have come to the conclusion that bird is fictional and is just a gimmick for tourists.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 14, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9449724


Ha ha ha.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 15, 2013
3:59 AM

Post #9449922

Elphaba, Wheee. You saw the Golden-cheeked! I hope to see one and the endangered Black-capped Vireo when I go to the Balcones Canyonlands birding festival in April.

Patti

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 18, 2013
7:38 AM

Post #9453364

74 - Brown-headed Cowbird
75 - Red-winged Blackbird

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2013
3:15 PM

Post #9456225

233 - Ruby-throated Hummingbird (I'm renumbering b/c my #s are off. Maybe I forgot to delete from this count the Hook-billed Kite that was nixed.)
234 - Pectoral Sandpiper
235 - Curve-billed Thrasher
236 - Cattle Egret
237 - Yellow-crowned Night Heron
238 - Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
239 - Fish Crow
240 - Swallow-tailed Kites

Might be a 241 but waiting to hear challenges. Entered as Chimney Swift because couldn't find any other swift or swallow with cigar-shaped body and with smoky gray wings and belly and a white throat and upper breast.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2013
8:37 AM

Post #9456914

241 - Chimney Swifts

I thought it was too early for them and ebird flagged it as rare, but people are reporting them all over the area, so I wasn't crazy -- well, not about seeing the Chimney Swifts anyway.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2013
4:53 AM

Post #9463549

We had some fallout from this front. I didn't have time to bird like I wanted, but I got some birding done.

242 -- Northern Parula
243 -- Nashville Warbler
244 -- Tennessee Warbler
245 -- Louisiana Waterthrush
246 -- Brown Thrasher
247 -- Great Crested Flycatcher
248 -- Franklin's Gull
249 -- Sandwich Tern
250 -- Swainson's Hawk
251 -- Wilson's Plover
252 -- Least Tern

No pictures. The back of my camera popped off. I took some with my really old camera but they're awful. The only good ones were of a Yellow-rumped! It was an Audubon's though, so very pretty.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2013
5:28 AM

Post #9463584

Yay, here come the migrants!!!!! Can't wait to see the warblers.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2013
5:12 AM

Post #9464700

Yep, and hummingbirds too! One hummer that was chasing another bumped into my window yesterday when I was sitting on the patio. She barely bumped it. Stopped chasing the other hummer though and decided to check me out instead.

Also, there were warblers that I didn't list because I already had them. For example, the trees were dripping with Black and Whites. I've never seen so many at once. They weren't shy either. They were landing right next to people. Killed me that I couldn't photograph them!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2013
12:59 PM

Post #9466016

omg. DRIPPING!

The radar was showing migratory activity last night, but I didn't see anything new in the yard today. I'm expecting thrashers and towhees any day.


MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 29, 2013
6:07 PM

Post #9466281

Year list 2013

1. Australian Magpie
2. Australian Raven
3. Black Swan
4. Brown Honeyeater
5. Crested Tern
6. Eastern Osprey
7. Grey Butcherbird
8. Grey Fantail
9. Laughing Kookaburra
10. Laughing Turtledove
11. Little Corella
12. Magpie Lark
13. New Holland Honeyeater
14. Pacific Black Duck
15. Pied Cormorant
16. Pink and Grey Galah
17. Pink-eared Duck
18. Rainbow Bee-eater
19. Rainbow Lorikeet
20. Red Wattlebird
21. Sacred Ibis
22. Silver Gull
23. Singing Honeyeater
24. Spotted Dove
25. Twenty-eight Parrot
26. Welcome Swallow
27. Willie Wagtail

Hawai'i:
28. Black-crowned Night Heron
29. Black-necked Stilt
30. Brazilian Cardinal
31. Brown Booby
32. Cattle Egret
33. Common Moorhen
34. Common Myna
35. Common Waxbill
36. Erckel’s Francolin
37. Great Frigatebird
38. Hawai'ian Coot
39. House Finch
40. House Sparrow
41. Japanese White-eye
42. Northern Cardinal
43. Nutmeg Mannikin
44. Pacific Golden Plover
45. Red-footed Booby
46. Red Junglefowl
47. Red-vented Bulbul
48. Red-whiskered Bulbul
49. Saffron Finch
50. White-rumped Shama
51. White-tailed Tropicbird
52. Wild Turkey
53. Yellow-billed Cardinal
54. Yellow-fronted Canary
55. Zebra Dove

Heard:
Southern Boobook Owl

I had to go to Hawai'i for half my birds and am still nowhere near your numbers, Elphaba.

56. Sacred Kingfisher
57. Barking Owl (heard)

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

March 29, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9466384

Seeing fewer birds now that most of the snow is gone, but hearing more of them.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2013
1:21 PM

Post #9466850

I've been doing pretty well this year, but I just bought a house in Rockport and have to move out of mine in and into it in the next 3 weeks. I'm sure I'll miss most of migration.

Y'all are welcomed to come down (or up) to Texas to pump-up your numbers! It's not Hawaii, but it's often as humid as Hawaii.

Went with a friend a few days ago to stake out spots for a bird count that he does, and I added a few.

253 - Hooded Warbler
254 - White-breasted Nuthatch
255 - Lark Sparrow
256 - Yellow-throated Vireo (saw and heard one in the backyard today too)

Went to Rockport yesterday for the house inspection and went down to the pier afterward and added:

257 - Gull-billed Tern

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 30, 2013
8:17 PM

Post #9467211

Elphaba, I hope you get settled in soon and don't miss too much of migration. Rockport - What a great place for birding!

I went with a group to Brazos Bend State Park today and got a few to add to my list ...

137 3/30/2013 Common Yellowthroat
138 3/30/2013 Eastern Kingbird
139 3/30/2013 Green Heron
140 3/30/2013 Northern Parula
141 3/30/2013 Prothonotary Warbler
142 3/30/2013 Rough-winged Swallow
143 3/30/2013 Swamp Sparrow
144 3/30/2013 Tree Swallow
145 3/30/2013 White-eyed Vireo

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2013
8:13 AM

Post #9469621

76 - Purple Finch

I've been hearing the kildeer, but i'm not marking it until I see one. But Yay! spring birds.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 2, 2013
8:16 AM

Post #9469622

sound should be verification of sighting?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2013
9:36 AM

Post #9469703

it is for things like christmas bird counts, etc. But for my personal year sightings, I really like to have visual.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 3, 2013
8:19 AM

Post #9470616

I count "heard only" if I'm confident of the ID and if its not a life bird or if it's the best way to ID the bird. For example, I've had a screech owl calling in the tree over my house for four days now. Haven't seen him, but really his call is the best way to ID him. I think he's made a nest hole and I'm upset about it because this house is going to be demolished and most of the trees cut down. I've lived here 10 years and I've just been dying for a Screech Owl to nest in my yard and he waited until now!

For me, if it's a life bird, I want to see it. Otherwise, heard only is OK especially since I usually end up seeing it later. Like last week there were lots of Hooded Warblers in the woods. I heard them but did not see a one. I entered them into ebird anyway. Then one showed up in the backyard and I've had great views of him. I also knew that I would be seeing more, so wasn't that worried about it.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 3, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9470897

Same for me, I prefer to see lifers. At one time I did have Spotted Crake (a very skulking wetland bird) on my life list as 'heard only' but have seen some since. The only problem with 'heard only' is that sometimes one species will imitate another, and often seeing is the only way to be certain it isn't a Starling or whatever playing tricks.

And some places, you have to check that what you're hearing is a bird, and not another birder playing a tape!

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2013
4:59 PM

Post #9471106

Ha! That's true!!! On the Christmas Bird Count, from the back seat, I started playing a sound of a snipe and got the birders in the front seat all excited that they had heard a bird.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9474008

Oh darn. That would have been a great April Fool's joke - play a recording of a very rare bird in a room full of birders and watch everyone run for the door. Hmmmm. Next year.

Added a few. Migration is on!

146 Cliff Swallow
147 Cave Swallow
148 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
149 Pectoral Sandpiper
150 Swainson's Hawk
151 Hooded Warbler
152 Summer Tanager
153 Orchard Oriole
154 Baltimore Oriole
155 Blackburnian Warbler
156 Brown Thrasher
157 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
158 Indigo Bunting
159 Yellow-throated Warbler
160 Blue-winged Warbler

Patti

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 6, 2013
5:52 PM

Post #9474071

ooo, patti, i like your mischievous way of thinking.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2013
7:31 AM

Post #9475809

If I'm ever riding around with you gals, I'll know to watch out for car birds! -- or room-clearing birds!

As soon as I could get away last Wednesday, I headed for the coast to take advantage of a bit of fallout. Didn't get there until late afternoon but stayed until dark! Talked to a gentleman who is a birder and meteorologist who said Thursday would be good and Friday not so much. Changed all my plans and headed out to High Island Thursday! Here's what I got:

258 - Eastern Kingbird
259 - Red-eyed Vireo
260 - Worm-eating Warbler
261 - Northern Waterthrush
262 - Prothonotary Warbler
263 - Kentucky Warbler
264 - Cerulean Warbler
265 - Summer Tanager
266 - Indigo Bunting
267 - Orchard Oriole
268 - Mississippi Kite
269 - Swainson's Warbler
270 - Ovenbird
271 - Warbling Vireo
272 - Blue-winged Warbler
273 - Yellow-breasted Chat
274 - Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Looks like the end of this week might be good too. I'll have to work it in around my garage sale!

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2013
7:39 AM

Post #9475825

Look at you go!!!! Love love love seeing those spring birds.


Meanwhile up north…

First Chipping Sparrow of the season is # 77

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2013
12:27 PM

Post #9476192

A brief lull in the winter weather yesterday allowed a few migrants to arrive at last, about 2-3 weeks late . . .

140 Chiffchaff
141 Northern Wheatear
142 Black-necked Grebe

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2013
1:14 PM

Post #9476270

78 - American White Pelican
79 - Field Sparrow
80 - Tufted Titmouse (IN MY YARD, woo hoo! Only the second time I've ever seen one here.)

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2013
4:14 PM

Post #9477985

Nice Mrs. Ed! I've only had a titmouse in the yard once before myself. Great yard bird to get.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2013
10:58 AM

Post #9478903

It's amazing to see one. In fact, even though these are fairly common and they are at my Mom's place, I did not get one on my list last year.

81 - Hermit Thrush. the way it is all over the yard, I keep thinking I have more than one! Ha! Seems right on time with my previous years' first sightings.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2013
4:54 PM

Post #9479298

A few more ...

161 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
162 Short-billed Dowitcher
163 Barn Swallow
164 Chipping Sparrow

Patti

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2013
8:26 AM

Post #9479960

82- Eastern Pheobe
83-Northern Shoveler
84-Blue-winged Teal
85-Bonapart's Gull

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2013
2:41 PM

Post #9481692

275 - American Bittern

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2013
3:25 PM

Post #9482768

143 Sand Martin

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2013
4:02 PM

Post #9482800

86 - Golden-crowned kinglet
87 - Ruby-crowned kinglet
88 - Hooded Merganser

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
4:03 PM

Post #9483888

144 - Barn Swallow
145 - Willow Warbler
146 - Sandwich Tern
147 - House Martin
148 - Red-legged Partridge

First four are newly arrived summer visitors, today (with 16°) is the warmest day for 7 months.

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2013
4:26 PM

Post #9483919

89-Gadwall
90-American wigeon
91- Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle? is that's what's here? I forget already)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9483973

Mrs_Ed wrote:(Myrtle? is that's what's here? I forget already)


Yep!

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2013
5:23 AM

Post #9485731

92 - Belted Kingfisher. I forgot to add this one; it should actually be 91.
93 - Brown Thrasher (truly a spring bird for me… so glad to see it).
94 - Eastern Meadowlark
95 - Great White Egret
96 - Great Blue Heron
97 - Fox Sparrow
98 - White Throated Sparrow
99 - House Wren

Heard some warbler this morning, but I can't remember which one it is and didn't see it. I'll be on watch for more! This next 30 days will be the spike in my count. After that it will be more work.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2013
1:18 PM

Post #9502973

Today was supposed to be an excellent day for birding, with southerly winds and last night's radar indicating a big move. So today I can add:

100-Rose-breasted Grosbeak
101-Baltimore Oriole

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 1, 2013
9:49 AM

Post #9504146

102- Gray Catbird
103 -Palm Warbler
104-Eastern Towhee
105-Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2013
7:32 AM

Post #9505217

Wow. Mrs_Ed, you are on a roll! Wonderful birds.

I got home from a songbird festival at one of our national wildlife refuges. I also visited a couple of state parks and a private landowner's property. I think I forgot more birds than I wrote down. I really need a better way to document what I'm seeing. Maybe I should start a thread asking what others do...

Here's what I did manage to write down. The thrill of the trip was seeing the two endangered species, the Black-capped vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. I got good looks at both along with a decent photo of the vireo and a lousy one of the warbler.

165 4/26/2013 Lark Sparrow Balcones Canyonlands NWR
166 4/26/2013 Inca Dove Balcones Canyonlands NWR
167 4/26/2013 Black-chinned Hummingbird Balcones Canyonlands NWR
168 4/26/2013 Painted Bunting Balcones Canyonlands NWR
169 4/27/2013 Dickcissel Balcones Canyonlands NWR
170 4/27/2013 Black-capped Vireo Balcones Canyonlands NWR
171 4/27/2013 Golden-crowned Warbler Balcones Canyonlands NWR
172 4/27/2013 Black-throated Sparrow Inks Lake State Park
173 4/28/2013 Lesser Goldfinch Balcones Canyonlands NWR
174 4/28/2013 Grasshopper Sparrow Balcones Canyonlands NWR
175 4/29/2013 Western Scrub Jay Pedernales Falls State Park
176 4/29/2013 Purple Finch Pedernales Falls State Park
177 4/29/2013 Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pedernales Falls State Park

Images
1. Black-capped Vireo
2. Golden-cheeked Warbler
3. Painted Bunting - I never get tired of seeing these.
4. Western Scrub Jay

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2013
7:46 AM

Post #9505235

Went by my sister's house on Tiki Island near Galveston, TX and got a few more ...

178 4/30/2013 Chestnut-sided Warbler
179 4/30/2013 Eastern Wood Pewee
180 4/30/2013 Magnolia Warbler
181 4/30/2013 Hooded Oriole

Patti

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2013
10:58 AM

Post #9505444

Yes Patti, my favorite time of year is May and it's when all the migrants come through. My pond and stream really brings them in I think. I just had FIVE myrtle warblers in the stream!

anyway,

106 - Nashville Warbler
107 - Veery

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2013
3:54 PM

Post #9505808

Been forgetting to update!

149 Mandarin Duck 15 Apr
150 Common Sandpiper 18 Apr
151 Marsh Tit 19 Apr
152 Barnacle Goose 19 Apr
153 Common Tern 19 Apr
154 Whimbrel 19 Apr
155 Garganey 19 Apr
156 Marsh Harrier 19 Apr
157 Avocet 19 Apr
158 Blackcap 20 Apr
159 Pectoral Sandpiper 20 Apr
160 Sedge Warbler 21 Apr
161 Reed Warbler 21 Apr
162 Whitethroat 24 Apr
163 Grasshopper Warbler 26 Apr
164 Snow Goose 26 Apr
165 Yellow Wagtail 26 Apr
166 Lesser Whitethroat 26 Apr
167 Green Woodpecker 27 Apr
168 Cuckoo 01 May
169 Whinchat 01 May
170 Ring Ouzel 01 May

Also some 'foreign' (outside of Northumberland) additions:
Green-winged Teal 31 Mar
Greenshank 31 Mar
Spotted Redshank 31 Mar
Little Bunting 23 Apr
Lesser Scaup 23 Apr
Iberian Chiffchaff 24 Apr

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2013
5:51 PM

Post #9505917

So you aren't counting outside your state/country?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2013
11:23 AM

Post #9506814

108 - Cape May Warbler
109 - White-crowned Sparrow

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 3, 2013
5:29 PM

Post #9507200

Big news rare bird for #110… RUFF.

111 - Dunlin
112 - Lesser Yellowlegs
113 - Bank Swallow
114 - Barn Swallow

Gotta check the camera for all the waders that I saw, in case I missed something.

Okay, I'm back to add:

115 - Greater Yellowlegs
116 - Solitary Sandpiper

Can I count wild game birds? I saw a ring-necked pheasant.


Spring bird count is tomorrow, hope the weather cooperates a bit so we have good results.

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 3, 2013
8:32 PM

Post #9507374

pheasant is a perfectly 'legal' bird.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9508036

Smart Ruff! Not often even I see them in full breeding plumage like that (they're fairly common here on autumn passage, by which time they've lost their summer plumage)

Today's tally:
171 Common Swift
172 Purple Heron (rarity!)
173 Arctic Tern
174 Tree Pipit
175 Pied Flycatcher

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2013
3:51 PM

Post #9508160

Just looked up purple heron. How pretty.

Okay then: Here's today's spring bird count list. Some I did not include because I did not see, (I was the note taker).


117- Ring-necked Pheasant
118- Red headed woodpecker
119- Wood Duck
120- Turkey Vulture
121- Sandhill Crane
122- Spotted Sandpiper
123- Great Horned Owl
124- Tree Swallow
125- Northern Waterthrush
126- Black and White Warbler
127- Prothonotary Warbler
128- Common Yellowthroat
129- American Redstart
130- Scarlet Tanager
131- Indigo Bunting
132 - Black Throated Green Warbler

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 4, 2013
5:04 PM

Post #9508267

I'm not keeping a numbered count but saw a Chipping sparrow today. I sort of sat still & let it come to me. I was weeding the garden & didn't weed for awhile & let it travel so that I could see the markings.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9509414

133 - Red-eyed Vireo
134 - Orchard Oriole
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 5, 2013
5:35 PM

Post #9509658


Hey, Marna, you're not supposed to leave me behind like this.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2013
5:38 PM

Post #9509668

zip zoom

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9510722

5 May:
176 Great Egret

6 May:
177 Wood Warbler
178 Common Redstart

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2013
9:39 AM

Post #9516861

8 May:
179 Greenshank
180 Wood Sandpiper

9 May
181 Collared Flycatcher MEGA RARE!
First Northumberland record, only about the 30th ever in Britain, big crowd of birders there to see it!

Resin

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 11, 2013
5:19 PM

Post #9517252

oh congratulations Resin!!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 11, 2013
7:29 PM

Post #9517366

A wonderful surprise & a rare birds is fantastic.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2013
10:48 AM

Post #9520306

135 - Savannah Sparrow
136 - Eastern Kingbird
137 - Kildeer

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2013
3:40 PM

Post #9520621

182 Garden Warbler

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2013
4:17 AM

Post #9521127

Few more ...
182 Mississippi Kite
183 Golden-winged Warbler
184 Audubon's Oriole
185 Gray Catbird
186 American Redstart
187 Northern Waterthrush
188 Willow Flycatcher
189 Black-throated Green Warbler
190 Swainson's Thrush
191 Common Nighthawk
192 Wilson's Phalarope
193 Scarlet Tanager

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2013
4:10 PM

Post #9523119

183 Black Kite - another rarity! (pic)
184 Little Tern
185 Roseate Tern

Resin

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9523940

186 Manx Shearwater

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9526253

187 Red-backed Shrike (female)

Resin

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 19, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9526379

Is that a 'woodland' bird?

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2013
8:25 AM

Post #9526986

That is a nice looking Shrike, Resin. The two in our area have masks.

I've not been keeping up with putting my year birds on this post. It's been a crazy year. :)
I won't list them all that this point, but we are at 162 right now. #162 was yesterday's Scarlet Tanager.

We are still missing some birds that I thought would be fairly easy, Sandhill Crane and Tennessee Warbler to name a couple.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2013
9:39 AM

Post #9527088

irisMA wrote:Is that a 'woodland' bird?


Open scrubland - shrubs, rough grass, weedy fields, and similar. Unfortunately a very rare habitat in modern intensive agriculture, so the species is in severe decline in much of Europe.

Chillybean wrote:That is a nice looking Shrike, Resin. The two in our area have masks.


So do male Red-backed Shrikes, it's just the females that are duller and browner. The males are really smart birds, here's a pic:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lanius_collurio_vogelartinfo_chris_romeiks_R7F6269.jpg

Chillybean wrote:I've not been keeping up with putting my year birds on this post. It's been a crazy year. :)
I won't list them all that this point, but we are at 162 right now. #162 was yesterday's Scarlet Tanager.

We are still missing some birds that I thought would be fairly easy, Sandhill Crane and Tennessee Warbler to name a couple.


Never too late to update!

Resin


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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 21, 2013
3:04 PM

Post #9528728

I'm so glad you said "never too late to update" Resin 'cause I'm way behind too. BTW, very cool Collared Flycatcher and Black Kite! Congrats.

Way to start racking them up Mrs. Ed.

Patti, gorgeous pics!

OK, moved -- horrible - please remind me never to move again. Also, moved during migration - what was I thinking? Then immediately went to west Texas for a week. Here's what I've added since my last post -- thank goodness for ebird! Well, I wrote that and then I looked up my list by date and it has American Bittern as 278 when I listed it here as 275. Must have 3 uncountable birds. Not going to figure it out now. I'll just do 276!

276 - Monk Parkeet
277 - Common Nighthawk
278 - Blackburnian Warbler
279 - Scarlet Tanager
280 - Baltimore Oriole
281 - Redstart
282 - Rose-breasted Grosbeak
283 - Painted Bunting
284 - Western Kingbird
285 - Cliff Swallow
286 - Black-capped Vireo
287 - Canyon Wren
288 - Black-throated Sparrow
289 - Scott's Oriole
290 - Baird's Sandpiper
291 - Wilson's Phalarope
292 - Bell's Vireo
293 - Yellow-headed Blackbirds
294 - Clark's Grebe
295 - Ash-throated Flycatcher
296 - Elf Owl - heard it and just put my flashlight up in the tree and there he was! When I turned the flashlight off, he buzzed right over my head.
297 - Cassin's Kingbird
298 - Canyon Towhee
299 - Acorn Woodpecker
300 - Say's Phoebe
301 - Bushtit
302 - Wild Turkey
303 - Plumbeous Vireo
304 - Western Bluebird
305 - Hepatic Tanager
306 - Black-headed Grosbeak
307 - Scaled Quail
308 - Zone-tailed Hawk - I'd looked at so many Turkey Vultures over the last year hoping for a Zone-tailed that when I checked this one and saw the bands on the tail, I couldn't even speak. There was a group around us. I just started pointing and snapping my fingers and finally managed the word "UP!" The leader of that group looked up and shouted "Zone-tailed!" and everyone got to see it.
309 - Phainopepla
310 - Brewer's Sparrow
311 - Western Wood Pewee
312 - Blue Grosbeak
313 - Verdin
314 - Cactus Wren
315 - Mexican Jay
316 - Lesser Nighthawk
317 - Blue-throated Hummingbird
318 - Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
319 - Colima Warbler
320 - Black-chinned Sparrow
321 - White-throated Swift
322 - Violet-green Swallow
323 - Black Phoebe
324 - Clay-colored Sparrow
325 - Dickcissel
325 - Hutton's Vireo
326 - Crissal Thrasher
327 - MacGillivray's Warbler
328 - Varied Bunting
329 - Common Black Hawk
330 - Pyrrhuloxia
331 - Western Screech Owl - this one also buzzed my head and darn near hit me.
332 - Yellow Warbler
333 - Rock Wren
334 - Burrowing Owl
335 - Chihuahuan Raven
336 - Chuck-wills-widow
337 - Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
338 - Willow Flycatcher
339 - Least Flycatcher
340 - Philadelphia Vireo
341 - Magnolia Warbler
342 - Veery
343 - Swainson's Thrush
344 - Chestnut-sided Warbler
345 - Canada Warbler
346 - Eastern Wood Pewee
347 - Least Bittern
348 - Black Tern
349 - Yellow-green Vireo
350 - Purple Gallinule
351 - Magnificent Frigatebird
352 - Eurasian Whimbrel
353 - Stilt Sandpipers
354 - Groove-billed Ani

Shoot, I should have two more. I messed up somewhere. Good enough for now. West Texas trip was awesome! Added over 50 year birds and 21 lifers! Pictured: Clark's Grebe, Crissal Thrasher, Mexican Jay, Varied Bunting, Western Bluebird.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 21, 2013
5:58 PM

Post #9528952

holy moly Elphalba!

Okay, new rules. All of us combined vs. Elphalba. hahahah.


Congrats on the birds and the move.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2013
1:30 PM

Post #9530046

188 Great Reed Warbler (heard only)
189 Spotted Flycatcher
190 Little Ringed Plover


Mrs_Ed wrote:Okay, new rules. All of us combined vs. Elphalba. hahahah.


Yeah, might just about be able to do it, with contributions from 3 continents!

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 22, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9530182

Heehee. Mrs. Ed, I'm afraid that's the only way we can even come close.

Fantastic birds everyone! And those rarities!!! Mrs. Ed's Ruff and Resin's Collared Flycatcher AND that Black Kite! Wow.

Elphaba, I love the light on the Bluebird! - That is a beautiful photo of a gorgeous bird.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 22, 2013
3:11 PM

Post #9530188


Elphaba, WOW! I burst out laughing when I saw your tally (and then added my single new bird)

57. White-browed Scrubwren.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2013
8:14 PM

Post #9530560

Y'all crack me up! -- and make me feel like a power birder! Bring it on!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 23, 2013
11:36 AM

Post #9531287

I was telling a friend that I wanted to buy this book. I couldn't remember the name of it and the name escapes me right now but Ron Weeks and Mel Cooksey are the authors and it tells you when and where each species can be found on the Texas coast. I was unpacking, and there it was! I am so losing my mind. Thank goodness I didn't buy it again. Anyway, I was just reading the section on the town where I now live, and 450 species have been recorded here! I knew it was a great birding town, but wow, I can get 400 year birds and not even leave town!

Patti, you were asking about keeping lists as you bird. I have one of those pocket recorders. It's the best. I just make a quick note of what I am seeing as I see it. When I get home, I do the list in ebird from memory and then check it with my recording. Usually, I remember a bird that I forgot to record and I record a bird that I forgot to enter - that's right, my mind fails both ways -- did I mention there's this book I want to buy? Right now, my recorder is packed in a box somewhere. I've been entering horrible lists in ebird b/c I just can't remember and I take terrible notes.

Here's a pic of the last year bird that I saw -- Groove-billed Ani.

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 23, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9531650

Thanks, Elphaba. I bought a little recorder and will likely do the same. I am also looking at software programs and apps that will transcribe my voice recordings into text. I hate the thought of listening to my voice droning on about something I saw. So far nothing I've tried works very well, but Dragon is okay.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2013
1:27 PM

Post #9532682

I thought I would hate listening to my voice too, but it goes by pretty quickly.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9532778

Strong northerly winds meant an excellent seawatching day down at the coast, with a rare four-skua day:

191 Great Skua (15 counted in 7 hours)
192 Arctic Skua (15)
193 Pomarine Skua (2)
194 Long-tailed Skua (2)

First time I've had all four skuas in one day in spring (only done it 2 or 3 times before, always in autumn), and first time I've ever had all four new for the year in one day.

Also nearly 400 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Little Terns, a Long-tailed Duck, hundreds of Fulmars, and thousands of assorted auks (none of them new for the year, though).

Resin

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 24, 2013
8:10 PM

Post #9533059

congratulations

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2013
10:12 AM

Post #9533513

Never seen a Skua let alone 4 in one day! -- never seen an Auk that you so casually dismissed! Very cool birds and amazing numbers Resin.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9533542

Way to Go Resin.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2013
4:49 PM

Post #9533866

Thanks! ;-)

The benefits of living close to subarctic waters . . . the downside was the bitterly cold (9°C), gale force winds to be endured! Felt more like February than late May.

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2013
6:54 PM

Post #9533951

Yah, that's what we're experiencing here today! So instead of summer cookout, we had hot soup!


141 - American Golden Plover
142 - Red-necked Phalarope (terrible and small pic to follow but glad to have it for documentation)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2013
10:40 PM

Post #9534110

Elphaba wrote:Never seen a Skua let alone 4 in one day!


Just a thought - remembered most of them are called 'jaegers' over your side of the pond ;-)

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9534650

Nope, never seen them under any name! I'm thinking about doing a pelagic in the next year. Looks like there are two jaegers I could get in the winter.

Mrs. Ed, I love that pic. They're so beautiful. Two nice birds to get.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2013
5:06 PM

Post #9535045

Here's one of the American Golden Plovers. I was pretty sure I saw a huge flock migrating last week, but didn't feel confident enough to tick them, so glad to see two of them yesterday. There were six (three pair) of the Phalaropes. Seems they are coming through Illinois right now because there are a number of sightings.

Funny Resin, I had to look up your Skuas and discovered the alternate name. I like Skua better.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 28, 2013
10:47 AM

Post #9537039

Mrs_Ed wrote:Funny Resin, I had to look up your Skuas and discovered the alternate name. I like Skua better.


Good for you! Tell the AOU to change them ;-)

Nice AGP, too!

Today: 195 Eurasian Spoonbill, with a load of bling, and at times a bad hair day . . .

Resin

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 28, 2013
3:35 PM

Post #9537443

HA! "Einstein" the Spoonbill.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 28, 2013
5:07 PM

Post #9537562

My hair doing the same thing. Partners?

Yesterday a catbird plopped into a batch of ferns near me as I was weeding. Good cover. I was able to watched it search for food about 15 minutes which was fun. I had not seen one for a couple years & it was good to know they are around.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9538204

Cool about the catbird Iris.

Bad hair day? That's the windswept look that's all the rage! At least that's what I've been telling people when they look at me funny.

Went to Laredo with a birder who lived there for 30 years and knew all the great spots to go. It was awesome! Lots of great birds. I added 4 year birds one of which was a lifer:

355 - White-collared Seedeater -- lifer
356 - Green Kingfisher
357 - Ringed Kingfisher
358 - Brown-crested Flycatcher

Didn't get any good pics although I should post some of the seedeater. I think that's the only spot in the US where you can see them. I don't have my external drive with all my photos plugged in. Maybe later! Oh and forgot a shorebird from the other day.

359 - White-rumped Sandpiper

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2013
7:51 PM

Post #9542637

360 - Wood Storks

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 2, 2013
4:55 PM

Post #9543625

58 Whistling Kite (being pursued by two Pink and Grey Galahs)
59 Western Gerygone

Elphaba, you are over 300 birds in front of me!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 6, 2013
4:16 PM

Post #9548989

What's 300 birds between friends! My friend here is ahead of me in the Texas standings. She's leaving for 2 months. She told me that if I pass her in the standings, we won't be friends anymore! Pretty sure she was joking!

Hauled my last load from Houston on Wednesday and went up to WG Jones State Park and got the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. I went twice before I moved and didn't see them. This time, it was all roped off but you could still see them. I was told that they weren't breeding this year because of all the housing construction behind the park in addition to all the people who come to see them. When they roped off their favorite area, they started nesting. That's why I was unsuccessful during my first few attempts. It's amazing that the bird adapted so well to protecting its nest cavity from snakes, but it can't seem to adapt to human encroachment. In fact, it's its weird nesting requirements that are going to drive it into extinction.

361 - Red-cockaded Woodpecker

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

June 6, 2013
7:05 PM

Post #9549280

It would be so sad.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 6, 2013
11:04 PM

Post #9549474

60. Swamp Harrier

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2013
9:13 PM

Post #9554399

362- Seaside Sparrow

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2013
9:09 AM

Post #9566171

143-Bobolink
144-Dicksissel
145-Some sort of fly catcher, ID TBD from this pix, resin?

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2013
9:32 AM

Post #9566206

Mrs_Ed wrote:
145-Some sort of fly catcher, ID TBD from this pix, resin?


It's an Empidonax, which of course means 'unidentifiable' (at least in the absence of song / calls) ;-) Could be any of Acadian, Willow, Alder or Least (of which Alder the least likely).

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2013
5:00 PM

Post #9566788

Okay, well I won't count any others I see. lol.

Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

June 21, 2013
5:54 AM

Post #9567285

1)Robin
2)blue jay
3)Cardinal
4)Golden Finch
5)House Finch
6)crow
7)Red winged Black bird
8) Northern Mockingbird
9) Horned Owl
10) Red Bellied wood pecker
11) cooper hawk
12)Baltimore Oriole
13)Brown Headed Cow Bird
14)song Sparrow
15) Black capped Chickadee
16)Tufted Titmouse
17)Tree Swallow
18)House Sparrow
19)Wild Turkey
20)Great Blue Heron

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 21, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9567293

Welcome Joey!!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2013
12:14 PM

Post #9567703

So glad somebody is getting year birds! Nice start Joey.

Too bad about the empid Mrs. Ed. A friend tells me that he has a book that shows all the empid bills from below and that you can differentiate them that way, but you have to get a picture of the underside of the bill. I haven't sent him any pics yet although I should! I have some unknown empids from this spring.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 21, 2013
6:24 PM

Post #9568053

I have to laugh at that Elphy, because of all the pictures I take of birds from below and I HATE that angle. And this time it would have worked. Well I was SUPER far away from this bird anyway, so just glad to have a pict.
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

June 24, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9570875

Thank you I have a few more to add to the list but I am having a hard time identifying the Sea Gulls.I keep for getting to take pictures when we are at the beach. Yesterday would have been perfect as they where so bold they were landing on the tables and wouldn't move until you got right up on them, one even managed to steal Mom's hamburger off her plate. I was so busy chasing them away it never dawned on me to pick up the camera. One crow kept coming in and fighting with the gulls it was funny to watch and so loud.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2013
6:30 AM

Post #9570920

Gulls are fun, for sure, to watch. I would think you're for sure seeing Herring Gulls and Ring-Billed gulls out there.
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

June 24, 2013
5:00 PM

Post #9571796

Morning Doves
Carolina Wern

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 25, 2013
1:09 AM

Post #9572187

Joeyk210 wrote:Thank you I have a few more to add to the list but I am having a hard time identifying the Sea Gulls.I keep for getting to take pictures when we are at the beach. Yesterday would have been perfect as they where so bold they were landing on the tables and wouldn't move until you got right up on them, one even managed to steal Mom's hamburger off her plate. I was so busy chasing them away it never dawned on me to pick up the camera. One crow kept coming in and fighting with the gulls it was funny to watch and so loud.


Mrs_Ed wrote:Gulls are fun, for sure, to watch. I would think you're for sure seeing Herring Gulls and Ring-Billed gulls out there.


Yep; or – if they've got black heads – Laughing Gulls.

Resin
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

June 26, 2013
10:11 AM

Post #9574035

Question does the Blue Macaw that lives next door count? or do all birds need to be in the wild?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2013
2:43 PM

Post #9574417

Joeyk210 wrote:Question does the Blue Macaw that lives next door count? or do all birds need to be in the wild?


Sorry, nope! They need to be wild.

Resin
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

June 26, 2013
5:58 PM

Post #9574736

thought so, even still the only way I will ever see certain birds is because they are wrongly in pet stores, are pets or in the zoo.
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

July 3, 2013
5:52 AM

Post #9584429

23) Laughing gull
24) Osprey
25) Canadian Goose
26) Mallard Duck

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 3, 2013
2:14 PM

Post #9585229

Been forgetting to update!

196 Rose-ringed Parakeet 18 June

197 Long-eared Owl 29 June

198 BRIDLED TERN 2 July - first one I've ever seen, a spectacular mega-rarity up here! 24th UK record ever.

Resin

Edit - forgot a semi-plastic parakeet! (feral)

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 3, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9585670

Congrats Resin! A lifer for you is a mega-rarity!

I added one today that's a rare bird here -- only the 11th one seen in Texas.

363 - Gray Kingbird

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2013
11:14 AM

Post #9586546

Elphaba wrote:Congrats Resin! A lifer for you is a mega-rarity!


Thanks! Yep, definitely is!

Just realised I forgot to add a parakeet to my yearlist - semi-plastic, but officially countable, as it is a feral population. Edited it in above.

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9586675

semi-plastic. does that mean it is made of resin, Resin?
ahahhahaha
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 4, 2013
4:29 PM

Post #9586929

Mrs_Ed wrote:semi-plastic. does that mean it is made of resin, Resin?
ahahhahaha


Groan

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2013
5:25 PM

Post #9586965

haha. I KNEW you'd groan.
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

July 5, 2013
12:50 PM

Post #9587965

question what is a year bird and a lifer?

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2013
1:20 PM

Post #9587989

Wow. Big congrats Resin and Elphaba!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9587991

Joeyk210,

A year bird is the first time you see one that year, and a lifer (or life bird) is one you see the first time in your life. Some people follow strict rules, others not so much, but commonly it is wild birds (not zoo, nor kept by rehabilitators), though I know one person who will count zoo birds since she actually has seen them.

For my list, I count subspecies such as with Juncos. Slate-colored and Oregon, for example, rather than just one Dark-eyed Junco. I tried being "official" for this thread, but got too confused trying to differentiate what birds can be on this thread and what my count is for our main list, so stopped.

Not all birders are listers, but for me personally, I find it keeps birding a little more exciting especially as our family doesn't travel large distances for birding. Most of our birding stays in Iowa.

This message was edited Jul 5, 2013 2:23 PM

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2013
5:11 PM

Post #9588232

For me the main thing is my yard. I have a yard list for the year and life. I love it when a new bird comes to the yard. I like to see how many species I had in a year. This calls for some good record keeping if I have seen a bird for the first time one year in a different location than home. I know birders though that keep county and state records. That's all too confusing for me.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

July 5, 2013
6:59 PM

Post #9588353


61 Pacific Heron
Joeyk210
HAINESPORT, NJ

July 7, 2013
6:54 AM

Post #9589909

Thank you for that very clear and helpful answer. I believe I understand. The cow bird and the Oriole I have never seen before so that would be life birds and the rest of my list I see every year so they are year birds correct? I have never listed the birds I see before, never thought to until I saw this thread. I have to use a book to identify some of the birds still but I am enjoying it. I use my yard mostly but I go for walks in the area and when we travel looking for birds is always on our list.
27) Bald Eagle

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2013
10:31 AM

Post #9590141

You won't be able to stop looking for new birds now! It's like a little treasure hunt.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 7, 2013
2:48 PM

Post #9590456

199 Osprey

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 8, 2013
5:22 PM

Post #9592150

200 European Nightjar

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 15, 2013
6:22 AM

Post #9599522

146 - Sedge Wren

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2013
5:06 PM

Post #9600203

Gorgeous picture of that wren! Love it! I liked your description of a treasure hunt too -- perfectly put.

Nice additions Resin.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 22, 2013
7:54 AM

Post #9608187

364 - Horned Lark - no pic - he was far away. Glad my friend had a scope and a good eye.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 25, 2013
2:27 PM

Post #9611753

201 - Curlew Sandpiper

Crappy pic (it was fairly distant!)

Resin

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 25, 2013
5:58 PM

Post #9611945

Nice one Resin. That's a bird I've wanted to see.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 26, 2013
6:12 AM

Post #9612209

147 - American Avocet.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9613724

202 - Spotted Sandpiper - another good rarity over here

Resin

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2013
3:14 PM

Post #9615627

Just spotted a Spotted Sandpiper myself although not a rarity here.

Avocets are so pretty. Nice bird.

I went on my first pelagic trip, but made a few stops before and after for sparrows and orioles. Also got Aplomado Falcon.

365 - Botteri's Sparrow (pic 2)
366 - Hooded Oriole
367 - Altamira Oriole (pic 3)
368 - Cassin's Sparrow
269 - Masked Booby (pic 1 - because it's the coolest!)
370 - Cory's Shearwater
371 - Band-rumped Storm Petrel
372 - Northern Beardless Tyrannulet

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9620362

373- Stilt Sandpiper
374- Semipalmated Sandpiper

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2013
2:17 PM

Post #9626047

203 Quail (heard only) 01 Aug
204 Ruff 02 Aug
205 Hobby 02 Aug
206 Spotted Crake 02 Aug

Cory's Shearwater must be a good record for Texas waters! How far offshore did you go?

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2013
6:20 PM

Post #9638568

Great birds Resin. I'm really mad at myself for not going for a Ruff that was in Anuhuac earlier this year. As for the Cory's Shearwater, I think we were 60 miles offshore. Takes a while to get to the deep water. A friend got a pretty good picture of it. I got a pretty good blur of it.

Had another surprise off the end of the jetty at Port Aransas for:
375 - Sooty Tern

Also added:
376 - Olive-sided Flycatcher
377 - Buff-breasted Sandpiper
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

August 23, 2013
1:38 AM

Post #9638769

58 (I think) Australasian Grebe

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 24, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9640256

Forgetting to update again!

207 White-winged Tern 10 Aug
208 Sooty Shearwater 23 Aug
209 Booted Warbler 24 Aug
210 Little Stint 24 Aug
211 Spotted Redshank 24 Aug

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 26, 2013
3:08 PM

Post #9642128

Autumn migration stepping up a gear

212 Red-necked Grebe
213 Black Tern
214 Greenish Warbler

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 26, 2013
4:23 PM

Post #9642191

Ha. "greenish, yellowish, I really couldn't tell!"

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 4, 2013
11:29 AM

Post #9650600

215 White-rumped Sandpiper - another transatlantic vagrant

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9652469

216 Balearic Shearwater

Resin

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2013
1:53 PM

Post #9653451

217 Black-throated Diver

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2013
12:42 AM

Post #9657650

Nice ones Resin.

Added 3 more:

378 - Dusky Flycatcher
379 - Bank Swallow
380 - Red Knot (there were 9 of them! and 6 Piping Plovers!)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2013
6:37 AM

Post #9657775

Wow! are you going to try for 400?

148 - Pine Warbler. I was surprised to see that I did not have this one on the spring migration.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2013
7:21 AM

Post #9657802

Yep! 400 is the goal. I missed some warblers in spring migration that I'm trying to get now too. It's much harder this time of year.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

September 13, 2013
8:58 AM

Post #9658765

I have not kept count, but saw several new birds on a 'senior' trip to Cape Cod yesterday. There was a Black backed gull which is usually farther off shore than our area. John had seen them around Long Island (NY) when duck hunting as a young man. As much as I have really enjoyed Margaret's osprey photos, I had never seen one in person, but there were several on their nesting platforms. A great thrill for me. Then there were batches of 'Double crested cormorants' all lined up on the edge of a wooden platform. the person running the boat called the 'black cormorants'. Quite a chorus line.
For other birds I saw green herons for the first time in 40 years. They used to hang around our small pond in CT. fishing for sunfish. As we zipped past wetlands in our bus ('coach' Resin) there were a lot of birds standing on one leg, but could not have an ID. There was a big flock of wild turkeys, but those come into our backyard, where John herds them out as they like to disturb plants by taking dust baths.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 13, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9659102

Elphaba, that count is astonishing. I think you're a shoe-in for the diamond-studded Rolex watch this year (again).

Sounds like a good day out, Iris. Wonderful that you finally got to see ospreys. Aren't they just fantastic?

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 18, 2013
6:47 AM

Post #9663020

I don't feel like working so finally compared this list to ebird b/c the numbers haven't matched for a while now. Here are some birds that I missed. FYI, my wrist is just aching for a diamond-studded Rolex.

381 - Gray-cheeked Thrush (from last spring)
382 - Alder Flycatcher
383 - Common Poorwill (from Big Bend trip)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2013
12:46 PM

Post #9663315

149 - Orange crowned Warbler

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2013
1:31 PM

Post #9665296

218 American Golden Plover

Resin

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2013
8:45 AM

Post #9667953

So, looks like my numbering got off here, My 149, should have been 148 and so on.

so today…
149 Red-Breasted Nuthatch. I was surprised I did not see it in the spring. Working on getting a picture, I know they like the stream.

Edited to add:
150- Yellow-throated Vireo (lifer). Pretty bird. got a pix of this and will post later.

This message was edited Sep 23, 2013 12:27 PM

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2013
7:11 PM

Post #9668408

Congrats Mrs. Ed. That is a pretty bird.

384 - Broad-winged Hawk

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2013
9:33 AM

Post #9668957

As promised, here are pictures. I'll post these in the daily thread too. Love its little blue legs.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 24, 2013
10:37 AM

Post #9669026

Nice Y-t Vireo!

219 Yellow-browed Warbler - two of them, classic autumn gems all the way from the Urals or beyond.

Resin

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2013
3:29 PM

Post #9670167

220 Bluethroat

Resin

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

September 25, 2013
8:39 PM

Post #9670389

We had a large flock of grackles & other blackbirds over the lawn this afternoon.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 27, 2013
10:16 AM

Post #9671588

Beautiful pics Resin and Mrs. Ed! Wow! My brand new big lens is broken. I'm so bummed. When I switch it back to autofocus, the camera doesn't recognize the change. It's stuck on manual which is impossible with warblers. The camera is working with other lenses, so it's the lens.

Anyway, that was part of the problem the other day when birding with my friend. We saw a warbler that we could not ID and I couldn't get a picture of it. We had a field guide with us, but it turns out that it was a western bird and we had an eastern field guide, so the bird wasn't in our book. My first thought when I saw it was Yellow-throated Warbler but the face pattern wasn't right. Then I thought it must be a Yellow Vireo, but we both decided that it wasn't a vireo. Fortunately, someone came that same day and did get a photo. It's been ID'd as a Grace's Warbler. Furthest east that it's been recorded. That's why it wasn't in our field guide!

385 - Grace's Warbler

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2013
1:41 PM

Post #9671729

d'oh. Well if it's brand new then probably under warranty

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


September 27, 2013
1:48 PM

Post #9671735

Nice lists... I saw a Raven and a Chicken this year... and lots of little brown, flitty things... guess I should learn to recognize them for what they really are.. but at least I have two birds on my list! I see birds in my vet practice... do those count? If so, I can add pigeon, budgie, cockatiel and various larger parrots to my list.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 27, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9671771

Elphy, that's a bummer about your lens. I hope it's under warranty and is easily sorted. BTW, I think you may lose your crown to Palmbob. He's hot on your heels.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2013
10:46 AM

Post #9674196

LOL Margaret! Bring it on Palmbob! Those brown flitty things are quite the rarity!

386 - Black-billed Cuckoo
387 - Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher!

The lens probably is under warranty and if not, I'd raise such a fuss that they'd better fix it. Problem is that I moved at the same time that I bought it, so not sure where that receipt might be and haven't had time to look! Took this pic of the Sulpher-bellied with my smaller and way less expensive lens. Can't tell the difference? Yeah, that's a bit disturbing!

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

September 30, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9674390

Nice bird, Elphy. The serial number may do. Alternatively the store where you purchased it should be able to provide you with a duplicate receipt.

Edited with note to self not to post upon waking.

This message was edited Oct 1, 2013 5:13 AM

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


September 30, 2013
3:19 PM

Post #9674402

I noticed that captive birds do not count... but do captive birds that now live free and are reproducing count? We have many species of Conure and parrot now living in Los Angeles, but they are not supposed to be here. I saw feral chickens in Hawaii... do those count? How about a wild bird that is injured and brought to our clinic, do those count?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2013
3:52 PM

Post #9674429

Well I suppose it depends on how serious you are about your list. I personally sort of have my own set of rules for my list. I have to truly see/photograph it. I don't go by calls. I also included all my Hawaii birds except the feral jungle fowl. Last I knew, ABA did not allow Hawaii birds anyway because of so many introduced species.

Here are the ABA rules: Species are on checklists.
http://listing.aba.org/aba-recording-rules/

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


September 30, 2013
4:06 PM

Post #9674446

Wow... what a specific (but somewhat muddy) set of rules... all for people who 'claim' to have seen a particular species (sure is a tightly regulated system that depends solely on the honor system). Guess there is little reason to lie, though, as I doubt any one gets anything monetary out of having such lists, right?

Wonder if these naturalized populations of parrots in Los Angeles will ever meet ABA standards for being counted. Many, if not most, of these species are half a world away from where they should be, but there are also many generations of some of these birds here and they are certainly naturalized.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2013
6:03 PM

Post #9674552

I can only say that for my list, I DID count the Patagonian Conures in Hawaii, and if I saw the Monk parakeets in Chicago, then I'd count them too. But you know, I'm not doing this for anyone but myself.

For eBird lists, if you claim you've seen a rarity, they make you prove it with a photo.


Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2013
6:36 PM

Post #9674577

Some parrots are allowed. I didn't read the rules, but from what I understand, if they've been reproducing successfully for 25 years or more, they're added to the ABA list. The Red-crowned Parrots in Brownsville are allowed but I also saw Red-lored, White-faced and Yellow-headed which are not.

A friend is doing "A Bird A Day." I think she's one of only 4 people left and the only one in Texas. You post a different bird species everyday for a year - no duplicates - and you have to have seen that bird on that day. Everything is allowed but a chicken!

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


October 1, 2013
12:10 PM

Post #9675187

Oh man... I just put chicken on my bird list.. and no eraser around! oh well

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 1, 2013
1:04 PM

Post #9675239

LOL! I want to say something about don't count your chickens but can't quite get it to work.

388 - Black-throated Gray - lifer
389 - Black-throated Green

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 1, 2013
1:32 PM

Post #9675279

Elphaba wrote:LOL! I want to say something about don't count your chickens but can't quite get it to work.

Trust you to chicken out of it ;-)

Around here it is BOU for UK lists, or IOC for world lists; Clements is persona non grata

The only significant difference from ABA rules is that here, we are allowed to tick birds trapped for ringing [banding], though it isn't an opportunity that occurs very often as ringers here are strictly controlled over how long they can hold a bird (it has to be released pretty much immediately after being ringed and measured, so no opportunities for travelling far to see a bird in the hand).

Resin

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9675435

151 - Eastern Wood Pewee

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

October 1, 2013
5:25 PM

Post #9675444

I think all the peewees here have left for warmer climates. they didn't know it would be in the 70s in Oct.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 4, 2013
5:11 AM

Post #9677580

221 Firecrest

Cr@p photo!

Resin

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 5, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9678830

222 Subalpine Warbler (pic)
223 Hen Harrier (awful pic!)

Resin

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2013
2:12 PM

Post #9680512

I like your awful pics Resin! I wish my awful pic of this bird were as good as yours!

390 - Eastern Whip-poor-will

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 18, 2013
1:39 PM

Post #9688917

391 - Painted Redstart

We tried for three rarities that had been seen near Edinburg, and got this one. We had great views of it, but my pics are horrible. Now, I've learned that there were three more rarities in the area that we didn't even try for. We'll have to go back!

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

October 18, 2013
2:37 PM

Post #9688959

You people are an inspiration. I will have to try harder next year. In 1992 I did a list of "Birds I Saw from My Mother's Kitchen Window" and got up to 63. So far, I think that was my record year. 450 possible in one town? Amazing.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2013
2:36 PM

Post #9694022

Been forgetting to update again . . .

224 Storm Petrel 10 Oct
225 Mealy Redpoll 15 Oct (a.k.a. Common Redpoll; pic 1)
226 Siberian Stonechat 22 Oct (pic 2)

Resin


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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2013
10:23 AM

Post #9699688

Nice pics Resin.

392 - Barn Owl
393 - Golden-crowned Warbler (lifer)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 1, 2013
11:55 AM

Post #9699719

oh boy, here comes 400!!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 1, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9699817

227 Bonaparte's Gull - another transatlantic vagrant across here

Resin

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 11, 2013
9:34 AM

Post #9706700

394 - Amazon Kingfisher - only 2nd time one has been seen in US and it was perched below a Belted Kingfisher which was interesting to view. Also saw Green and Ringed, so a 4 Kingfisher weekend!

395 - Audubon's Oriole

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2013
12:41 PM

Post #9706811

152-Pileated Woodpecker!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

November 11, 2013
1:48 PM

Post #9706855

I really envy the piliated woodpecker.

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2013
7:12 AM

Post #9707424

Amazing you saw the Bonaparte's Gull, Resin! We finally saw our first of the year at the end of October. It is a sweet, little gull when standing along side the larger Ring-billed.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9707496

Oh, and I forgot. Also can add Carolina Chickadee. (153)

Here's the distant Pileated

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 16, 2013
8:55 AM

Post #9710238

228 Lesser Grey Shrike

Missed one of these in spring, never thought I'd get a second chance, particularly not this late in the year! Only the 11th ever in my home county (and first time there's been two found in one year).

Resin

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 21, 2013
3:03 PM

Post #9713871

229 Little Auk. Blown down from the Arctic on strong N winds.

Resin

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

November 21, 2013
6:11 PM

Post #9713964

Poor auk.. It must wonder where it is.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 23, 2013
6:25 AM

Post #9714926

Maybe the auk is enjoying a southern vacation. Cool one to get Resin.

396 - Tropical Parula
397 - Sprague's Pipit
398 - Rose-throated Becard

Only pic I have is Tropical Parula. Repair shop requested the rest of the my camera (not just lens) so I am birding without one which is making me crazy!

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 1, 2013
11:07 AM

Post #9719576

Went west for the holiday, and made it over 400!

399 - Dark-eyed Junco
400 - Golden Eagle (woohoo!)
401 - Montezuma Quail
402 - Red-naped Sapsucker
403 - Sage Thrasher (pictured)
404 - Gambel's Quail
405 - Stellar's Jay
406 - Common Merganser

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 1, 2013
12:38 PM

Post #9719612

Are Juncos not normally seen in your area of Texas? They are one of my favorite birds and I'd go nuts not seeing them as much of the year as we do. Oct-April, usually. :) Did you know you have it listed twice? #399 and #402

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 1, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9719621

I don't normally see juncos. I had one in the yard in Houston once. I don't know if they see them in Rockport as I'm new here. I haven't seen any. I think you have to go just a little bit north or west. Thanks for catching my mistake! I only had 8 more birds, so will fix that right now!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 1, 2013
11:33 PM

Post #9719859

Elphaba, congratulations on a truly impressive year list. Brilliant! Resin will no doubt arrange to send you the Rolex early in the new year :)

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 2, 2013
9:41 AM

Post #9720110

congratulations

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2013
9:55 AM

Post #9722606

230 Iceland Gull

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2013
8:30 AM

Post #9723226

Thanks! Now that I've raised the bar for myself, I may have to do this every year -- yikes!

407 - Black Scoter
408 - LeConte's Sparrow
409 - Surf Scoter (pictured)

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2013
10:55 AM

Post #9723327

231 - Ivory Gull, not just one, but TWO! Apparently, the last time there were two together in Britain was 1907!

Resin

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

December 7, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9723390

Fantastic!

pollengarden

pollengarden
Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

December 7, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9723400

Congratulations Resin. I am almost afraid to ask - but they are arctic birds and they look cold - what was the temperature?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

December 7, 2013
5:09 PM

Post #9723493

Thanks! Fairly mild today, 7°C (though 0° yesterday, just after the storm brought the arctic air down). The sea is still around 8°, so the cold doesn't last too long at this time of year.

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2013
1:09 PM

Post #9731358

Very cool Resin! and pretty cold! We have a different idea of cold.I didn't take my scarf off yesterday until it reached 74F.

Had a two cool bird day on Sunday:

410 -- Long-eared Owl
411 -- Brown Booby

and then had another fab bird on Wednesday:

412 -- Prairie Falcon (pictures were lousy which was sad b/c beautifully marked)

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 20, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9731483

ha. you said booby!

Hope to add a few next weekend for the Christmas Bird Count.

But, added Horned Lark last weekend, which brings me to 154. I'm afraid I won't make 200 this year.

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2013
4:58 PM

Post #9736009

Horned Lark is a good one. I didn't see many this year. I just got my "needs" list from ebird. It's a list of birds that other people have just seen in Texas that I don't have for the year. There were more than 20 birds on it. Oh well, can't get them all, and can't complain as I have had a good year.

413 - American Woodcock

and I'm still hoping for a few more!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 28, 2013
6:59 PM

Post #9736056

155 - Rough-legged Hawk.

I was hoping for some Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs, but no luck. If I drove into chicago I could have gotten a bunch of "new" birds, but I'm too lazy.

Edited:
I just went through my camera card and see that the birds I thought were likely horned larks on 12/13 were actually Snow Buntings.

So. 156 - Snow Bunting. I DID have horned larks at that location the same day, as well as today, so they stay on the list.

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2013
12:02 PM

Post #9736334

Congratulations Mrs. Ed on the Snow Buntings. :) That is one I've been scouring the fields for. So far just the Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs, but we got those earlier this year.

It is kind of funny, that's how we got our lifer Horned Larks in 2012. The day was dark and we saw what I thought was a flock of Juncos, but when I looked at the photos on the computer, they were the Horned Larks.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9736372

Thanks CB!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 29, 2013
4:35 PM

Post #9736470

Awesome way to get those buntings Mrs. Ed!

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2013
2:52 PM

Post #9737060

Well, I've been AWOL for a while, but I just went through my photo files and notes from the last few months to update my list and at least get a fairly good estimate of the birds I've seen since I visited this thread last ... I don't remember where I left off, so I'll just go back a few months.

215 for the year. I hope to have more time to spend with the birdies in 2014!

183 5/3/2013 Golden-winged Warbler Lafite's Cove
184 5/3/2013 Audubon's Oriole Lafite's Cove
185 5/3/2013 Gray Catbird Lafite's Cove
186 5/3/2013 American Redstart Lafite's Cove
187 5/3/2013 Northern Waterthrush Lafite's Cove
188 5/3/2013 Willow Flycatcher Lafite's Cove
189 5/3/2013 Black-throated Green Warbler Lafite's Cove
190 5/3/2013 Swainson's Thrush Lafite's Cove
191 5/3/2013 Common Nighthawk Dos Vacas
192 5/3/2013 Wilson's Phalarope Lafite's Cove
193 5/3/2013 Scarlet Tanager Galveston Island SP
194 6/17/2013 Canada Goose Turkey Hollow
195 6/18/2013 Ash-throated Flycatcher Turkey Hollow
196 9/7/2013 Lucifer Hummingbird Southern Arizona
197 9/7/2013 House Finch Southern Arizona
198 9/7/2013 House Wren Southern Arizona
199 9/7/2013 Bewick's Wren Southern Arizona
200 9/7/2013 Black-throated Gray Warbler Southern Arizona
201 9/7/2013 Mexican Jay Southern Arizona
202 9/7/2013 Bridled Titmouse Southern Arizona
203 9/7/2013 Western Tanager Southern Arizona
204 9/7/2013 Broad-billed Hummingbird Southern Arizona
205 9/7/2013 Wild Turkey Southern Arizona
206 9/7/2013 White-breasted Nuthatch Southern Arizona
207 9/7/2013 Acorn Woodpecker Southern Arizona
208 9/7/2013 Gambel's Quail Southern Arizona
209 9/7/2013 Yellow Warbler Southern Arizona
210 9/7/2013 Townsend's Warbler Southern Arizona
211 9/7/2013 Anna's Hummingbird Southern Arizona
212 11/14/2013 Canyon Towhee Big Bend National Park
213 11/18/2013 Hooded Merganser Willis
214 12/23/2013 American Robin Willis
215 12/23/2013 Pine Warbler Willis
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

December 30, 2013
3:34 PM

Post #9737082


Is there a wooden spoon prize for this thread?

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2013
9:04 PM

Post #9737866

Way to pull it together Patti!

414 - Barred Owl (forgot to add it after Guadalupe Delta CBC)
415 - Rusty Blackbird
416 - Mountain Bluebird

Happy New Year!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 1, 2014
3:53 PM

Post #9738333

Congrats all!

I'll start a 2014 yearlists thread tomorrow (too tired just at the mo!)

Resin
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 1, 2014
4:40 PM

Post #9738359

Party animal!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 2, 2014
9:56 AM

Post #9738760

Long day out birding, actually ;-)

To head on to 2014, click here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1346086/

Resin


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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 2, 2014
12:05 PM

Post #9738842

[quote="Resin"]Long day out birding, actually ;-)

Likely story.

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