Bright and early, two Gallus domesticus head for the woods’ edge. By 6:30 a.m. I had identified 11 wild bird species too.
I have been using ebird.org since January 2014 to record the birds I see. (Wild, not domestic!) I have been able to identify 43 species in my backyard and 87 species so far. Yes, I’m a beginner.
I submitted an eBird checklist this morning…
Location: North Hampton backyard, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, US
Date and Effort: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:30 AM
Party Size: 1
Duration: 1 hour
Observer: Amy Kane
Comments: Heard the wood thrush at 5 a.m. Put the feeders out at 5:30 a.m. (we keep them inside at night due to raccoons). Drank coffee in bed while watching the bird feeders on back deck from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. A large doe wandered into the backyard too and nibbled on some hostas.
11 species total
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Blue Jay
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Eastern Bluebird
(Adults visited early. The 2 fledglings showed up later, after my official count. Female sitting on new clutch of 5 eggs in nearby nest box.)
(Heard not seen. We used to call this bird “the Liquid Crystal Warbler” before we learned to match the song to the bird. A favorite sound of summer.)
1 Wood Thrush
(Heard not seen. Very clear and close to bedroom window. Lovely way to wake up.)
1 Gray Catbird
4 Common Grackle
1 American Goldfinch
Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify? Yes
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