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2013 Yearlists

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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:


Pic: Great Black-backed Gull

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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


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

(Zone 5a)

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?

Thumbnail by Chillybean
(Zone 5a)

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

Thumbnail by Chillybean Thumbnail by Chillybean
Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

Goog grief you two! Nice start

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

94 - Brambling
95 - Willow Tit


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

(Zone 5a)

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.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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

(Zone 5a)

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.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quote from Mrs_Ed :
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!

(Zone 5a)

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

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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

(Zone 5a)

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.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

South Hamilton, MA

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.

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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

Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

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
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

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Several there I'd like to see!

Just one more for me today:

96 Water Rail


Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

One out of place bird today.


Rockport, TX(Zone 9a)

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!

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Two more yearticks today:

97 Whooper Swan
98 Little Owl

Well done Elph on jumping straight into the lead!


Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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

Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

15. Bohemian Waxwing, this morning

(Zone 5a)

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.

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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

Rockport, TX(Zone 9a)

"...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

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

I MUST get better at eBird this year.

South Hamilton, MA

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

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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

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

South Hamilton, MA

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

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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

Check out here:


(Zone 5a)

Congrats, Mrs_Ed on your latest birds. :)

Whiteside County, IL(Zone 5a)

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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Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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

South Hamilton, MA

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.

Rockport, TX(Zone 9a)

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)

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

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.

Rockport, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

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