Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:30 AM
I have far fewer birds right now than last month. It appears the Orioles are now gone (both hooded and Bullock's) and I did not see the black-headed grosbeaks yesterday. I have more local birds of the finch (house and lessser) types now after nesting season and of course the other locals moutain chickadee and oak titmouse, western scrub jay and acorn woodpecker, band-tailed pigeon and mourning dove, but even the towhees seem fewer.
Soon, though, the juncos and white-crowned sparrows will return (I hope).
I have taken down one hummer feeder, but still have six up, and my neighbor (who I set up!), still has her two out. So everything is still well taken care of. I will keep all the other feeders up (but probably will remove another two hummer feeders eventually as winter sets in and visitors (black-chinned and migrating roufous) leave. But we have Anna's all year (I really don't know about year-around Allen's at this point... we will see!).
Eventually, the suet will go back out, too.
New Birder January 1, 2013
Life list: 326
Most recent lifers: Craveri's Murrelet, Ashy Storm-Petral, Grasshopper Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Sabine's Gull, Scripp's Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Black Storm-Petral, MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-chinned Sparrow, Gull-billed Tern, Calliope Hummingbird, Red Knot, Violet-green Swallow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Mountain Quail, Summer Tanager, Dusky Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Sage Thrasher, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Western Screech Owl, Cassin's Vireo, Northern Waterthrush, Rusty Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbird, Burrowing Owl, Prairie Falcon, White-winged Scoter, Herring Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hermit Warbler, Lewis's Woodpecker, Plumbeous Vireo
-- DONE! My first goal is met: get 100 birds in the first week of January (and I'm over count and still have two days to go). My approach was not to go after the easy birds, but the harder ones and pick up the easier ones along the way. So meeting this goal without really birding the easy spots is encouraging. I might feel different in August.
-- DONE! My goal for the next week (through the 15th) is to get my count up somewhere around 160. That shouldn't be too hard I don't think as I am missing a number of pretty easy species because I've been concentrating on local rarities. I am, however, taking a trip to the grasslands on Sunday hoping to get a new raptor or two and Mountain Bluebird.
-- DONE! With (yeah!) days to go! My goal for this week (through the 22nd of Jan) is to get my numbers up to around 170. I'd like to hit 175. We'll see. (I was 9 birds over... horray!)
-- 1/2 DONE This week's goal will be to get my life list to 300 and my seen list up to 195. Did not get my life list to 300. Didn't leave the county this week.
-- Finally completed last week's goal.
-- DONE! This weeks goal (to Feb 14) is to get to 206 seen birds, including at least one owl (heard or seen for owl), and add at least one life bird.
This year's goal: Get life list to 400, see 365 different birds this year, and travel to at least three other states. The last part is the hardest for me.
Seen/heard: 283 (one is under discussion)
To go: 82
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