Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Big Year Count Day 1: 10

Which isn't that bad when you consider I never left my house yesterday.  Not even once.  I slept in, looked out my window at the feeder from the bed every once in a while, and then sat at my computer and watched from there.

It was glorious.  The birds included:

1. House Finch
2. Northern Cardinal
3. Downy Woodpecker
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. White-breasted Nuthatch
6.  American Goldfinch
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. Mourning Dove
9. American Crow
10. American Tree Sparrow (Life Lister, oddly enough)

Today I'll be off to Lakeside Park to hopefully see lots of ducks, geese, gulls, cormorants, and pelicans.  The last time I went there another birder said there have been sightings of a pair of Bald Eagles there, so I might scratch him off early.  Driving there often takes me past pheasants, turkeys, hawks, and kestrels.  So here's my "wishlist" for tomorrow based on what I expect and what I hope for:

Expected (Seen Recently):
Canada Goose
Mallard
Redhead
Canvasback
Lesser Scaup
American Black Duck
American Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Wild Turkey
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-tailed Hawk

Hopeful for (Not seen recently, but heard about or was asked about):
Bald Eagle
Bufflehead
Kestrel
Common Goldeneye