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Friday, January 18, 2008

Bird fortified morning

I was easily able to reach my recommended daily allowance of birds on my snowy, icy, slushy morning walk this morning. I identified most birds by their calls through the crunchy sound of snowy footfalls. American Robins were very conspicuous, and Eastern Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers were foraging on the ice in a flooded field. A Hairy Woodpecker, first heard then seen, was a new bird for the year.

Here's the report from eBird:

Location: Perkasie, Bucks County, PA, US
Observation date: 1/18/08
Number of species: 24

Canada Goose 15
Mallard 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 5
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 7
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 25
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Eastern Towhee 1
White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 6
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 3

Thanks to eBird I don't even have to keep a running count of the species I see. I just enter them when I get home and it counts them up for me!

Daily List: 28 species (140% of Bird RDA)
2008 List: 208 species

2 comments:

Ryan said...

Thanks for the comment, Rob. I've been checking every flock of waxwings for your bluebird, but I haven't seen it yet. I was cruising around the neighborhood looking for it a week or so ago and I ran into a woman that lives right near where you saw it. She asked what I was looking for, and I told her about the bluebird. She said, "oh, I see a bluebird here all the time!" I got excited, but showed her a picture in the field guide to be sure. "No, not that. . . " Then I tried a Steller's jay (a blue bird): "Yeah, that's it!" Oh well. . .

birdchaser said...

Nobody wants you to find that bluebird more than I do. Its awful when you find a good bird and others can't relocate it! Last week it happened to me again with a Ruff in Arizona. I saw it after it had disappeared a few weeks earlier, and a couple miles away from the original site, but as far as I can tell nobody else has seen it since.

So, good luck finding that bluebird! I hope you get your Bird RDA and reach 200 for Cache County this year.

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