1 January 2018

2017 Yard List

Posted by Callan Bentley

New year’s day is the time I tally up my accumulated bird species seen in my yard on the forested slope of Massanutten Mountain. This is my sixth such annual list. Here are the previous iterations:

Here we go, in chronological order of first appearance in our yard:

  1. Red-tailed hawk
  2. Red-bellied woodpecker
  3. Mourning dove
  4. Raven
  5. Turkey vulture
  6. American crow
  7. White-breasted nuthatch
  8. Tufted titmouse
  9. Downy woodpecker
  10. Carolina wren
  11. Chickadee
  12. Golden-crowned kinglet
  13. Goldfinch
  14. Sharp-shinned hawk
  15. Purple finch
  16. Barred owl
  17. Brown creeper
  18. Canada geese
  19. Eastern phoebe
  20. Eastern bluebird
  21. Blue jay
  22. Chipping sparrow
  23. Pileated woodpecker
  24. American robin
  25. Hairy woodpecker
  26. Pine warbler
  27. Fox sparrow
  28. Dark-eyed junco
  29. Brown-headed cowbird
  30. Whippoorwill
  31. Screech owl
  32. Brown thrasher
  33. Eastern towhee
  34. Blue-gray gnatcatcher
  35. Cardinal
  36. Turkey
  37. Ruby-throated hummingbird
  38. Yellow-throated warbler
  39. Red-eyed vireo
  40. Black-throated green warbler
  41. Red-breasted nuthatch
  42. Blue-headed vireo
  43. Great blue heron
  44. Broad-winged hawk
  45. Yellow-billed cuckoo
  46. Ovenbird
  47. Hermit thrush
  48. Scarlet tanager
  49. Great crested flycatcher
  50. Cedar waxwing
  51. Eastern wood-pewee
  52. Chimney swift
  53. Black vulture
  54. Northern (Yellow-shafted) flicker
  55. Rusty blackbird
  56. Yellow-bellied sapsucker

A few notes: The two in bold are “first time ever observed” here (by me) – and in both cases, that means not only my yard, but also the immediate area. I was very pleased to see the return of the red-breasted nuthatch, which has been absent for the past several years. I was bummed that no pine siskins showed up this year – they are one of the few treats of the winter birding season. One of my new year’s resolutions is to devote more time to birding, particularly in late April, when the happy combination of many migrants and relatively limited foliage makes for fruitful observing.