Thursday, January 29, 2015

Birds I saw (ebirded) from my condo in December 2014




Thanks to the magic of ebird.... I'm getting warmed up for my first summary post on my 2015 big year!!!


Red dot is my condo building


Red mark is the blue area defined in the first map


Click for - BIG YEAR RULES


The birds! -

Cackling Goose - 2
Canada Goose - 728
Trumpeter Swan - 18
American Black Duck - 9
Mallard - 294
Northern Pintail - 2
Redhead - 75
Greater Scaup - 281
Lesser Scaup - 21
King Eider - 1
Surf Scoter - 760
White-winged Scoter - 2466
Black Scoter - 16
Long-tailed Duck - 26075
Bufflehead - 14
Common Goldeneye - 852
Hooded Merganser - 2
Common Merganser - 115
Red-breasted Merganser - 451
Red-throated Loon - 5
Double-crested Cormorant - 6
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Ring-billed Gull - 529
Herring Gull - 783
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 2
Glaucous Gull - 1
Great Black-backed Gull - 145
Rock Pigeon - 29
Mourning Dove - 44
Hairy Woodpecker - 2
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 4
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 5
Black-capped Chickadee - 4
European Starling - 5
Snow Bunting - 1
American Tree Sparrow - 2
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal - 11
House Finch - 3
American Goldfinch - 49
House Sparrow - 368


Total species - 50

Total ebird checklists - 26
Complete Checklists - 20

Best birds of the month: King Eider, Cackling Goose (2),  Lesser Black-backed Gull (2)

Checklists of the month:

#1 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21066024
#2 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20972718
#3 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20805715

Total species added to the big year this month: N/A
Highlight "big year" birds: N/A
Big year total to date: N/A

Target species going forwards: N/A

Previous summaries: N/A



Thoughts:

This is a warm-up post for my 2015 big year summaries. I'm hoping to do these monthly! So far in 2015 I'm missing several of these December species... Some make sense (Red-throated Loon) while many others do not (American Goldfinch)...  I've also been trying to submit my checklists as complete - something that may get harder as more birds start to arrive, but we'll see how it goes. 

There is obviously a lot of overlap with these sightings as well. 281 Greater Scaup likely reflects 281 different GRSC... Whereas 368 house sparrows are likely no more than 40-50 birds max... Or 4 Merlins all being the same young female... 

Still neat though! Look for the next post in early February! 



Maybe i'll even include some condo-window-views from the specific month in these posts?! This one was from Dec 2013. 



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