Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Counting Birds

I thought I'd already started this list here but apparently not. I've decided to see if I can spot 100 different birds this year. My fellow naturalist Paul Smithson is currently ahead in the standings.

Here is my bird list thus far. I spotted the barred owl and barn swallow today so I am now at 67.

Black throated sparrow
Great tailed grackle
Killdeer
Great egret
Great blue heron
Mallard duck
Violet green sparrow
Mourning dove
White crowned sparrow
Gambel's quail

Verdin
Great horned owl
Cactus wren
Curve billed thrasher
Cliff swallow
White breasted nuthatch
Ruby crowned kinglet
Western Bluebird
Yellow rumped warbler (Audubons)
Anna's hummingbird

Common Goldeneye
Common loon
Wood duck
Wild Turkey
Red bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
Brown creeper
Northern cardinal
American robin

Blue jay
American goldfinch
Dark eyed junco (slate colored)
Pileated woodpecker
Black capped chickadee
Purple finch
Red shouldered hawk
Bald eagle
Hermit thrush
American crow

Eastern Phoebe
Cedar waxwing
European starling
Bufflehead
Ring necked duck
Canada goose
House sparrow
Fox sparrow
Turkey vulture
Hooded merganser

Ring necked pheasant
Brown headed cowbird
Tree swallow
Yellow bellied sapsucker
American coot
Osprey
Red tailed hawk
Eastern bluebird
American woodcock
Eastern Towhee

White throated sparrow
Tufted titmouse
Red breasted nuthatch
Yellow rumped warbler (Myrtle)
Chipping sparrow
Barred owl
Barn swallow

What will be next? If I had to guess I'd say I'm due to see a sandhill crane, an oriole, an ovenbird and if I actually stepped outside and looked I could hunt down a grackle, song sparrow and field sparrow. Weirdly I also haven't seen a house wren. I guess I just need to look. I've heard a bunch of other birds but those don't count.

~Kirk

2 comments:

katie_red said...

Do hot girls, (otherwise known as "birds") count?

I was at an NPS visitor center last weekend and this woman was trying to identify a bird that she felt was a cross between a great blue heron and a bald eagle. Wish I could have seen it!

Kirk said...

Hmm, check out this picture.
(no not the dumb one of me that appears automaticaly)

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/photo_htm/Images/h1280p3.gif

It is an immature magnificent frigate bird. Could be what she saw though a bit far north. Not unheard of but unusual.

Also I suppose it could be a yellow crowned night heron.

http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/Infocenter/i2030id.html

They have a buffy white crown. I wouldn't describe it as a cross betwen a bald eagle and a GBH but who knows.

Intermediate morphs between the regular great blue heron and the white phase of the GBH are called the W├╝rdemann's morph. They look like a regular great blue but with a white head. Good photos are hard to find but here is one.
http://www.otterside.com/slidejpg/herwurd-l.jpg