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Dang how do you all get such big yard lists? Am jealous...

Mine is somewhere around 30 or 40, BUT, I did have a flock of Red Crossbills fly over back in November, which is the pride and joy of my yard list.

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Yeah, not sure why it double-posted...

43 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

Dang how do you all get such big yard lists? Am jealous...

I am located near the beach (in the west) and live near a Butterfly grove with a creek running through it, so I get the beach birds flying over, and the tanagers, sparrows, and warblers in the grove.

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Mine is 116. Latest was Fox Sparrow. 

1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

 BUT, I did have a flock of Red Crossbills fly over back in November, which is the pride and joy of my yard list.

I am pretty proud of my Peregrine Falcon, which are not any to common here!

https://ebird.org/MyEBird?cmd=list&rtype=loc&r=L8143448&time=life&sortKey=taxon_order&o=asc

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17 minutes ago, Kevin said:

I am pretty proud of my Peregrine Falcon, which are not any to common here!

Great bird! Very cool. 

14 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

We're at 155. 

Holy cow what is your yard like?

I do get some cool birds - Reb-breasted Sapsuckers sometimes in winter, tons of Anna's Hummers, good numbers of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Oak Titmice, Bewick's Wrens. Since I'm only about 3 miles from San Francisco Bay, I've had American White Pelicans and Caspian Terns flyover.

I just can't imagine possibly getting more than about 50 species. 

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@AlexHenry  We have a relatively large yard.  It's surrounded by fields, forests, mountains, ponds, and rivers.  We get uncommon birds regularly, such as Golden Eagles, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, and Orange-crowned Warblers.  Our yard list wouldn't be nearly this big if it weren't for Bird Nut #2 - he goes birding EVERY SINGLE DAY (1000 straight days in November 2018 and still going).  If you look, you will find them, I guess!

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My yard (2 acres) is situated right next to the Snake River canyon, which birds often follow during migration. I've gotten 2 first county records and multiple miscellaneous rarities. I have a few pride and joy birds, obviously those first county records (Red-breasted Sapsucker and American Redstart), but I also like the fun exciting birds that come through like Northern Goshawk (at least 3 lived here last winter), Lark Sparrow and Green-tailed Towhee. The variety is pretty cool too... I had a flock of over 20 Evening Grosbeak in fall 2019, and a couple years ago I counted 60 Bohemian Waxwings in one tree. I also have the state high count of Cackling Goose, unfortunately not for my yard but about 20 feet away in a hidden lake, not visible from my house because it's like 100 ft below ground level. 

@The Bird Nuts That's pretty awesome! I wish I could spend every day birding my patch :classic_biggrin:

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Anyone ever see a bird just outside of their yard and run back into their yard to see it while standing in the yard so that it can be added to the yard list?  We've done that a few times... 😆

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1 minute ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Anyone ever see a bird just outside of their yard and run back into their yard to see it while standing in the yard so that it can be added to the yard list?  We've done that a few times... 😆

Oh yeah! Of course :classic_laugh:

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Wow. I’m jealous. One of my dreams to have an excellent birding yard like the ones mentioned.  I think I’m around 80. I live in a very residential neighborhood in Raleigh NC, although we do live on a very small lake. Highlights have been Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers (every spring on flats), Lesser Yellowlegs, and Blackpoll Warbler. 
 

We do occasionally see Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. 
 

Also, the rarest, is NC’s only photographed “Oregon” Junco. 
 

In my other yard (mom’s side), I had breeding Mississippi Kites. 
 

Far cry from goshawks and Golden Eagles though!

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17 hours ago, Melierax said:

Double post... @Aveschapines can you merge them?

Nobody has responded to the other one, so I locked it; do you really want me to merge, or should I just delete the other one (duplicate of your first post)?

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1 hour ago, Aveschapines said:

Nobody has responded to the other one, so I locked it; do you really want me to merge, or should I just delete the other one (duplicate of your first post)?

Nah, that's fine! It isn't my post btw... 

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We live out in the country, and have 25 acres. And a small creek that runs behind our house, around the creek it is heavily wooded. There is a field across the road. I have only been birding less than two years, so I have not found many of the less common birds, in my yard yet.

A Yellow-crowned Night-heron made it's summer home in my yard last year, I hope it come back this year!

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2 hours ago, Aveschapines said:

Nobody has responded to the other one, so I locked it; do you really want me to merge, or should I just delete the other one (duplicate of your first post)?

You can delete the other post.

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On 3/21/2020 at 8:50 AM, Melierax said:

Nah, that's fine! It isn't my post btw... 

Oops, sorry! I should be asking @Bird-Boys - can I delete the other thread (just a duplicate of your first post here)?

And sorry for the delay; my internet was out all day yesterday 😞

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On 3/20/2020 at 5:54 PM, The Bird Nuts said:

Our yard list wouldn't be nearly this big if it weren't for Bird Nut #2 - he goes birding EVERY SINGLE DAY

Living the dream, baby; living the dream.

65, by the way.  I'm in a suburban neighborhood but it backs up to a small mixed conifer-hardwood forest.  There are large agricultural fields adjoining.  They're pretty much boring but the ponds for irrigation draw some waterfowl and other fly-overs.

My most unusual sighting was my only Golden-crowned Kinglet.  It was a literal Christmas present.  I had the binos focused on something else early that morning and it hopped across my line of sight.  I followed him for about 20 feet and it was gone.

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145, with latest being Cackling Geese.  I have the only sighting of a Summer Tanager in the county.  Prior to all the lockdowns I had decided to do a Big Year for the yard anyway.  My high was 117 from last year.  I’m at 58 so far this year and am 3 for 3 this year on Big Day highs, by month.

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On 3/20/2020 at 4:23 PM, Kevin said:

Mine is 116. Latest was Fox Sparrow. 

It is now 120! Grasshopper Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, House Sparrow, and Golden-cheeked Warbler!

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It is now 120! Grasshopper Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, House Sparrow, and Golden-cheeked Warbler!

House Sparrow?!?!  Those are some of the main birds on our house/farm.

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16 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

House Sparrow?!?!  Those are some of the main birds on our house/farm.

I just do not see many out of town. I live five miles from the nearest town. It have a gigantic population 584 people, one cafe, and one church, a few small businesses, and a (We really upgraded in the wold a few years ago.) dollar general!

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