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Aves specta means watch birds.*

I do. Do you?

I list. Not too fanatically. For the curious...
Lists updated 12 June 2017
  • World 635
  • USA Lower 48 521
  • Washington 272
  • Maine 269
  • Wells NERR 229
  • Yard 140 (7 as single occurrence)
  • Midway Atoll 47

Building a Yard List

Year Species New Ones Cumulative
2000 92 92 92
2001 90 14 106
2002 74 4 110
2003 83 1 111
2004 79 3 114
2005 81 4 118
2006 75 0 118
2007 92 5 123
2008 83 3 126
2009 85 0 126
2010 71 1 127
2011 87 3 130
2012 93 4 134
2013 88 0 134
2014 100 5 139
2015 84 0 139
2016 77 1 140
2017 79 0 140

  1. Canada Goose
  2. American Black Duck
  3. Mallard
  4. Hooded Merganser *
  5. Common Merganser
  6. Ring-necked Pheasant
  7. Ruffed Grouse
  8. Wild Turkey
  9. Common Loon
  10. Double-crested Cormorant
  11. Great Blue Heron
  12. Green Heron *
  13. Black-crowned Night-Heron *
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Osprey
  16. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  17. Cooper's Hawk
  18. Bald Eagle
  19. Red-shouldered Hawk
  20. Broad-winged Hawk
  21. Red-tailed Hawk
  22. Killdeer
  23. American Woodcock
  24. Solitary Sandpiper
  25. Greater Yellowlegs
  26. Ring-billed Gull
  27. Herring Gull
  28. Iceland Gull *
  29. Great Black-backed Gull
  30. Rock Pigeon
  31. Mourning Dove
  32. Black-billed Cuckoo
  33. Common Nighthawk
  34. Chimney Swift
  35. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  36. Belted Kingfisher
  37. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  38. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  39. Downy Woodpecker
  40. Hairy Woodpecker
  41. Northern Flicker
  42. Pileated Woodpecker
  43. Merlin
  44. Peregrine Falcon
  45. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  46. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  47. Alder Flycatcher
  48. Least Flycatcher
  49. Eastern Phoebe
  50. Great Crested Flycatcher
  51. Eastern Kingbird
  52. Northern Shrike
  53. Blue-headed Vireo
  54. Warbling Vireo
  55. Red-eyed Vireo
  56. Blue Jay
  57. American Crow
  58. Fish Crow
  59. Common Raven
  60. Tree Swallow
  61. Barn Swallow
  62. Black-capped Chickadee
  63. Tufted Titmouse
  64. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  65. White-breasted Nuthatch
  66. Brown Creeper
  67. House Wren
  68. Carolina Wren
  69. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  70. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  71. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  72. Eastern Bluebird
  73. Veery
  74. Swainson's Thrush
  75. Hermit Thrush
  76. Wood Thrush
  77. American Robin
  78. Gray Catbird
  79. Brown Thrasher
  80. Northern Mockingbird
  81. European Starling
  82. Bohemian Waxwing
  83. Cedar Waxwing
  84. Ovenbird
  85. Northern Waterthrush
  86. Blue-winged Warbler
  87. Black-and-white Warbler
  88. Tennessee Warbler
  89. Nashville Warbler
  90. Mourning Warbler
  91. Kentucky Warbler *
  92. Common Yellowthroat
  93. American Redstart
  94. Cape May Warbler
  95. Northern Parula
  96. Magnolia Warbler
  97. Bay-breasted Warbler
  98. Blackburnian Warbler
  99. Yellow Warbler
  100. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  101. Blackpoll Warbler
  102. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  103. Palm Warbler
  104. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  105. Prairie Warbler
  106. Black-throated Green Warbler
  107. Canada Warbler
  108. Wilson's Warbler
  109. American Tree Sparrow
  110. Chipping Sparrow
  111. Field Sparrow
  112. Fox Sparrow
  113. Dark-eyed Junco
  114. White-crowned Sparrow
  115. White-throated Sparrow
  116. Song Sparrow
  117. Lincoln's Sparrow
  118. Swamp Sparrow
  119. Eastern Towhee
  120. Scarlet Tanager
  121. Northern Cardinal
  122. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  123. Indigo Bunting
  124. Bobolink
  125. Red-winged Blackbird
  126. Eastern Meadowlark
  127. Rusty Blackbird
  128. Common Grackle
  129. Brown-headed Cowbird
  130. Baltimore Oriole
  131. Pine Grosbeak
  132. House Finch
  133. Purple Finch
  134. Red Crossbill *
  135. White-winged Crossbill *
  136. Common Redpoll
  137. Pine Siskin
  138. American Goldfinch
  139. Evening Grosbeak
  140. House Sparrow

Then there's the ones that got away: the American Kestrel seen by my wife, the Barred Owl seen by she and our daughter, the all-but-certain Yellow-throated Vireo that sang an almost recognizable tune invisibly overhead when I became distracted by a strident waterthrush then flew off when my attention returned, and the sure-sounds-like-a-cerulean-but-I-don't-want-to-get-faked-out-and-I-can't-see-it-to-be-sure warbler.

You want my advice?


Keeping cats indoors isn't just for the birds.

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* Well, not exactly: Avis specta means watch birds. A little Latin/Spanish mixup several years ago and I suppose I'm stuck with it.

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