01 March 2009

100 Yard Birds (And Counting)!

Lindsay and I obtained possession of our 10 acre property and house across the street from a state park on April 30, 2007. We immediately began keeping a yard list of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and spiders. On our yard list, we include any species that is on or can be seen or heard from anywhere on our property. This morning, we reached a milestone; 100 species of yard birds!

I had just poured a bowl of cereal and decided to look at our yard list to find out on what date we started seeing certain birds migrating through last year. Our yard list is kept on a small table under the window in the front of the house, where our feeders are located. I took a quick glance around the base of our platform feeder and immediately saw the raspberry colors of a male Purple Finch! Knowing that this was yard bird #100, I ran upstairs to wake Lindsay up so that she could join me in the thrill of reaching this milestone. She followed me back downstairs and we were able to watch this little finch for a few minutes, and compare it to a male House Finch that also showed up at our feeders.

Below is a complete list of our yard birds to date, in order by date observed. The dates in parentheses are the dates we initially saw or heard a given species. We've also added notes on which species were seen or heard on our property (with notes on nesting) versus those observed from our property. If you are interested in seeing pictures or paintings of any of these species, click on one of the links under the Bird Website Essentials heading to the right and search for the species of interest.
  1. Barn Swallow (5/8/2007) - nesting on property, including on front porch
  2. Field Sparrow (5/8/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  3. Song Sparrow (5/8/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  4. Red-winged Blackbird (5/8/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  5. Yellow Warbler (5/8/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  6. Common Yellowthroat (5/8/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  7. White-throated Sparrow (5/8/2007) - on property
  8. American Robin (5/8/2007) - on property
  9. Northern Cardinal (5/8/2007) - on property
  10. Ring-necked Pheasant (5/8/2007) - heard from property
  11. Mourning Dove (5/8/2007) - on property
  12. Canada Goose (5/8/2007) - flyover; also in wetland at park seen from property
  13. Mallard (5/8/2007) - on property in small pond
  14. House Wren (5/9/2007) - nesting on property
  15. Great Blue Heron (5/9/2007) - on property around small pond
  16. Gray Catbird (5/9/2007) - on property
  17. Eastern Bluebird (5/9/2007) - on property
  18. American Goldfinch (5/9/2007) - on property
  19. American Crow (5/9/2007) - on property
  20. Killdeer (5/9/2007) - flyover
  21. Red-bellied Woodpecker (5/9/2007) - on property
  22. European Starling (5/9/2007) - nesting on property
  23. Chipping Sparrow (5/9/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  24. Double-crested Cormorant (5/9/2007) - seen from property flying over park
  25. House Sparrow (5/9/2007) - on property, likely nesting
  26. House Finch (5/9/2007) - on property
  27. Red-tailed Hawk (5/10-13/2007) - on property
  28. Eastern Phoebe (5/10-13/2007) - on property, maybe nesting
  29. Osprey (5/10-13/2007) - flyover
  30. Warbling Vireo (5/10-13/2007) - heard from property
  31. Turkey Vulture (5/10-13/2007) - flyover
  32. Willow Flycatcher (5/18/2007) - on property, maybe nesting
  33. Blue Jay (5/18/2007) - on property
  34. Sandhill Crane (5/18/2007) - flyover
  35. Eastern Wood-Pewee (5/18/2007) - heard from property
  36. Cedar Waxwing (5/18/2007) - on property
  37. Rock Pigeon (5/18/2007) - nesting on property
  38. Brown-headed Cowbird (5/18/2007) - on property
  39. Tennessee Warbler (5/21/2007) - heard from property
  40. Yellow-breasted Chat (5/24/2007) - on property
  41. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5/24/2007) - on property
  42. Great Egret (5/27/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  43. Red-eyed Vireo (5/27/2007) - heard from property
  44. Baltimore Oriole (5/28/2007) - on property, maybe nesting
  45. Common Grackle (5/28/2007) - on property
  46. Indigo Bunting (5/28/2007) - on property
  47. Yellow-billed Cuckoo (5/28/2007) - on property
  48. Downy Woodpecker (5/28/2007) - on property
  49. Green Heron (6/2/2007) - on property, maybe nesting around pond
  50. Black-billed Cuckoo (6/2/2007) - on property
  51. White-eyed Vireo (6/2/2007) - on property
  52. Tufted Titmouse (6/2/2007) - on property
  53. Yellow-throated Vireo (6/10/2007) - heard from property
  54. Wood Duck (6/11/2007) - on property around pond
  55. Red-headed Woodpecker (6/11/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  56. Tree Swallow (6/11/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  57. White-breasted Nuthatch (6/11/2007) - on property
  58. Wood Thrush (6/11/2007) - heard from property
  59. Brown Thrasher (6/15/2007) - on property
  60. Eastern Kingbird (6/15/2007) - on property
  61. Wild Turkey (6/17/2007) - heard from property
  62. Cooper's Hawk (8/19/2007) - on property
  63. Eastern Screech Owl (8/28/2007) - on property
  64. Red-breasted Nuthatch (9/9/2007) - on property
  65. Northern Flicker (10/7/2007) - on property
  66. Yellow-rumped Warbler (10/14/2007) - on property
  67. White-crowned Sparrow (10/14/2007) - on property
  68. Dark-eyed Junco (10/14/2007) - on property
  69. Mute Swan (10/23/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  70. Black-capped Chickadee (10/24/2007) - on property
  71. Ring-necked Duck (10/28/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  72. American Tree Sparrow (11/14/2007) - on property
  73. Northern Shoveler (11/17/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  74. Bufflehead (11/17/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  75. Red-shouldered Hawk (11/17/2007) - heard from property
  76. Pine Siskin (11/18/2007) - on property
  77. Common Redpoll (11/18/2007) - on property
  78. Gadwall (11/24/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  79. American Coot (11/24/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  80. American Wigeon (11/24/2007) - seen from property in wetland at park
  81. Northern Shrike (11/24/2007) - on property
  82. Hairy Woodpecker (11/25/2007) - on property
  83. Northern Harrier (12/8/2007) - seen from property
  84. Rough-legged Hawk (12/23/2007) - on property
  85. Great Horned Owl (1/28/2008) - heard from property
  86. American Kestrel (2/9/2008) - on property
  87. American Woodcock (3/13/2008) - on property, maybe nesting
  88. Ring-billed Gull (3/13/2008) - flyover
  89. Hooded Merganser (3/16/2008) - seen from property in wetland at park
  90. Pied-billed Grebe (4/1/2008) - seen from property in wetland at park
  91. Rusty Blackbird (4/8/2008) - on property
  92. Eastern Towhee (4/13/2008) - on property
  93. Golden-crowned Kinglet (4/15/2008) - on property
  94. Lesser Scaup (4/15/2008) - seen from property in wetland at park
  95. Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4/30/2008) - on property
  96. Orchard Oriole (5/7/2008) - on property, maybe nesting
  97. Barred Owl (10/10/2008) - heard from property
  98. Belted Kingfisher (11/6/2008) - on property around pond
  99. Snow Bunting (12/21/2008) - on property
  100. Purple Finch (3/1/2008) - on property

4 comments:

Justin said...

Congratulations on your 100th bird! That is good stuff. Keep me posted.

Scott said...

Thanks Justin.

Mateo Jose said...

Nice list. I hope I find a gal that shares my same interests in wildlife! BTW- Your 100th bird sighting is listed as the 3/1/2008, but I assume it was 2009.

Scott Namestnik said...

Thanks Mateo. You are correct, that should be 3/1/2009. Thanks!