Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:20 PM
Many of us who are into birding at various levels make something called a life list. It means we count each species of bird you see in your life. You only have to see either the male or female to count it. When you see the bird for the first time, it is called a "lifer" short for going on your life list. I am pretty new at doing this but find it really fun. To me it's like a scavenger hunt. My husband likes to photograph the bird and then figure it out. He says it is like detective work. What's really nice is we enjoy it together.
Life list at 429!...Recent Lifers: Northern Shrike, Pine Grosbeak, Merlin, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, Common Pauraque, Olive Sparrow, Western, Least, Clark's, Horned and Eared Grebes, Altimira, Audubons, Scotts and Bullock's Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeak, Green Kingfisher, Reddish Egret, Red-naped Sapsucker, Barred, Eastern and Western Screech Owls, Flamulated owl,Elf Owl, Mexican Spotted Owl, Snowy Owl, American Bittern, more ducks and shorebirds than I can list , Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Buff-breasted flycatcher, ELEGANT TROGON, Gray Hawk, Black Hawk,Yellow-throated, Hutton's and Bell's Vireo,Black-throated Gray Warbler, Painted Redstart, Yellow-throated warbler, TROPICAL PARULA, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Broad-billed, Anna's, Costa's, Violet -crowned, Rufous and Magnificent Hummingbirds, Yellow and Black-billed Cuckoos, Swamp sparrow,Black-throated Blue warbler, Bay-breasted warbler,Prairie Warbler, Townsend's warbler, Clark's Nutcracker, BB Magpie,Pinyon and Gray Jay, Pygmy Nuthatch, Lewis's Woodpecker, Brant.