Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Another List to Start Working On

As if it was announcing another start to winter listing, I woke up to the first snow fall of the season. A wet snow mind you, no accumulation but it was still snowing. It is December 1, 31 days left to add species to the year list and I'm all set to start another list. Yes, it's that time of year again. It's time for the Winter List. The winter birding season starts today and runs until February 28, 2011. Once again, Todd Pepper has volunteered to coordinate this year's list and Blake Maybank will be hosting the results on his website.

During the 2009/2010 winter birding season a total of 191 species were observed by Ontario birders, slightly lower than the 197 species in the winter of 2008/2009. Todd has challenged Ontario birders to try and get 200 species this year.

Last winter, Jean and I observed 75 species, up 4 from the species in 2008/2009. So while we try and get a few more for the 2010 Ontario list (results of the Niagara River Gull Watch to be posted soon), Jean and I will also be ticking species for the winter bird list. Let the madness begin.

2010/2011 Winter List
As of February 28: 77 species
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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