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8BY1: Quarterly Report April 3, 2019

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

It’s been a long winter, and it doesn’t feel like I’ve listed a lot of birds yet, beyond the usual suspects, but apparently I’ve had my best first quarter since beginning my annual lists. Last year I added several when I went to Maryland, but this year, I added only one on my visit. My brief forays to Portland early in the year got me some water birds.

Here’s what I’ve got so far: downy woodpecker, house finch, white-breasted nuthatch, tufted titmouse, mourning dove, Carolina wren, American crow, mallard, rock pigeon, red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, herring gull, great black-backed gull, European starling, red-breasted merganser, common eider, common loon, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, black scoter, northern mockingbird, great black hawk (the rarity whom I got to see for the second time just 27 days before it died, and yes, its death was heartbreaking), harlequin duck, wild turkey, Canada goose, hairy woodpecker, great blue heron, northern flicker, blue jay, northern cardinal, black-capped chickadee, red-bellied woodpecker, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, house sparrow, white-throated sparrow, American robin, common raven, pine grosbeak (my first ever), cedar waxwing, bald eagle, rough-legged hawk, northern harrier, pileated woodpecker, barred owl, hooded merganser, common redpoll, eastern bluebird, snow bunting, red-winged blackbird, killdeer, belted kingfisher, wood duck, song sparrow, black duck, Wilson’s snipe, American kestrel, fish crow, black vulture, eastern phoebe, common grackle.

Year-to-date count: 62. (2012: 40. 2013: 53. 2014: 40. 2015: 43. 2016: 56. 2017: 50. 2018: 58.)


1. Bridgett - April 4, 2019

Bufflehead. That cracks me up this morning.

I’m going to make a similar list. I’m not as avid a birder as you are but I did see a new bird for the first time for me this past month so that was something.

2. Eulalia Cobb - April 4, 2019

Every time I see a bird, I think of you (well, almost).

3. Helen - April 5, 2019

I’m always impressed by your quarterly reports. And curious about the ordering: is it by date of sighting, or by random remembering, or …?

indigobunting - April 7, 2019

Helen—no way is it by remembering! Each calendar year I record my first sighting of a species and where I saw it. I don’t note anything else after that. The order you read is the order in which I saw them!

4. Mali - April 30, 2019

Oh no, I thought I’d responded earlier to this!

Bridgett picked the name of the quarter, though I also like common grackle, as it sounds like something you’d pick up at a hardware store.

And how wonderful that you’re still able to list a sighting of a bird that was your first ever, without having to leave your regular haunts, or visit NZ!

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