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After Christmas backyard birding

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Daktari JG, 11 Jan 2019.

  1. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member

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    Lets have a little fun this coming Sunday. Spend a little time in your backyard and list the species of bird you see.With the worldwide membership we should get a heckofa list.
     
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  2. Mbwamwitu

    Mbwamwitu Well-Known Member

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    I'm fairly certain of the 8-9 I'll get, but I'm going to try to spend some more time and hit all 15 that hang around here. Being in a wooded patch within a heavily urban area means day-to-day variation is quite low, but always possible (grey hornbills and flamingoes have passed before!)
     
  3. aardvark250

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    I don't have a backyard so now what?;)
     
  4. Mbwamwitu

    Mbwamwitu Well-Known Member

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    Me neither :p

    I interpreted "backyard" to mean "neighborhood" lol.
     
  5. Sarus Crane

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    I recently saw Sandhill Cranes, Great & Snowy Egrets, a Little Blue Heron, Robins, Killdeer, & Turkey Vultures over the holidays.
     
  6. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member

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    Your general neighborhood will be fine. Maybe a nearby park iffen you live in an apartment building. Its just a fun thing to do, not going to be scientific or anything.
     
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  7. Mbwamwitu

    Mbwamwitu Well-Known Member

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    Some poor time planning landed me with a lot of work to finish this evening, so I didn't actually give this the kind of time and effort I'd hoped to (i.e. walking down to this abnormally productive sacred fig tree grove at the end of my street). BUT I did record everything that was outside my window + what I saw in the 15 minutes or so I got there.

    1. Rock pigeon
    2. Indian house crow
    3. Indian jungle crow
    4. Black kite
    5. Rose-ringed parakeet - more than I've ever seen before, in a whole lot of what seemed to be mating pairs, including the ones that are roosting in a hole in my wall
    6. Coppersmith barbet
    7. Asian koel
    8. Indian myna
    9. Some kind of bulbul - the only one I wasn't fully sure I would see; it was too quick for me to identify whether white-vented or white-whiskered

    That's a wrap! Pretty much all the regulars here, except purple-rumped sunbird. Other possibilities were golden oriole, a couple egrets/herons that come sometimes, and - I'm told - tailorbirds, a few flycatcher species, and magpie-robin. Never seen the last few.
     
  8. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member

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    My list seems so ordinary. I saw a few others in my little park but from my back yard
    Costa's hummingbird
    Northern mockingbird
    verdin
    ruby crowned kinglet
    rock pigeon (their everywhere their everywhere)
    house finch
    white crowned sparrow
    dark eyed junco
     
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  9. Hipporex

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    I just for went for a walk around my neighborhood park and I saw so many birds you're not going to believe it!!! ... I saw 3.
    1. American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    2. House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
    3. Steller's jaw (Cyanocitta stelleri)
     
  10. Mbwamwitu

    Mbwamwitu Well-Known Member

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    Hey, your "ordinary" is my "had-to-google" :p
     
  11. birdsandbats

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    This is what I saw in my neighborhood yesterday:

    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
    Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
    Dark-Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

    I also heard American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), if that counts.
     
  12. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member

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    Well the results of the first annual After Christmas backyard birding extravaganza are in:

    4.5 participants
    19 identified species
    7 auxiliary species
    1 additional species heard
    1 unidentified species

    The growth rate for this annual event seems bright :)
     
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    4.5 participants?
     
  14. Daktari JG

    Daktari JG Well-Known Member

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    Sarus Crane listed some birds but not on the specified day. :)
     
  15. Mbwamwitu

    Mbwamwitu Well-Known Member

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    Dang, if I'd been a little quicker/better with that bulbul we could have at least hit an even 20. Next year...