Slow & Steady

Posted by Jane N on

Hello everyone,
I thought I would give you all the weekly update on my Big Year count. It has been a quiet week of birding, but I was still able to add a few new birds to my list. I spent a very nice day at my sisters doing some birding. Their new place has really diverse habitats with lots of possibilities for interesting birds. With the pond across the street, the stream running through their property and the old growth woodlot in back their yard attracts many different species. Add to all that natural bounty the welcoming buffet they put out for the birds and it sure adds up to lots of bird visitors.
I saw Mallards in the pond, Robins on the lawn, A Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch & Red Bellied Woodpecker at the suet feeder. A pair of Northern Cardinals, Chick-a-Dee's, Tufted Titmouse, Goldfinches and Dark Eyed Juncos at the seed feeders. And an Eastern Phoebe hovering over the stream catching little flys for lunch.
Becky & Chris had seen a mystery bird in the pond a couple of times, but it wasn't there when I was so its identity remains a mystery. Maybe I'll catch sight of it next visit. Becky & I also heard a very musical songstress in the wood lot. Between the two of us and our bird apps we decided it was a Winter Wren. I won't count that in my totals till I get to see it. So a return visit is indeed needed.
The only bird I saw at Becky's that was new that I can count for my Big Year total was the Eastern Phoebe. Thou I did see a pair of Eastern Bluebirds on a fence in Hudson as I was heading home. And today on my way home from work I saw a Northern Goshawk perched on a fence post at a Brentwood farm.
Now I know I'm not the only one counting species out there. I may be the most vocal about my intentions but come on girls fess up, we all have lists going. Sissy has quite a list going on her Kindle, and Becky showed me her list on her IPad. And Beth I know you have made a trip out West and have a good list going as well. So what's your number? Me, I'm going at it slow & steady, enjoying every sighting and the bonus of visiting with fellow birders.

Current Big Year total, 122...

Happy Birding, Jane

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