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Posted 4th August 2015, 08:08 AM
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Straight up birdwatching!


Just because the Feeder Watch thread needed an experimental younger sister... and because I know that some one the most awesome birds in the world think they're too goof for our feeders, I wanted to start a new thread on bird watching that is not limited to feeders.

Just to save time, bandwidth, space, and also because I hate photobucket (hate is a strong word, I know but if you're too broke/cheap to get their paid account it is terribly slow, I'm not going to post many pictures in this thread itself. I'll update this thread often and occasionally toss in a picture but I'm more looking for your birds.

Wild birds only though please. No captive birds. I've got cranes in the sanctuary that come from India. I'd rather see Kiddy post some in the wild in their natural habitat, ya know?

Photos should be your own too. Or used with permission and a photo credit if its not yours, it's only fair.

Otherwise anything goes. They can be current or from previous seasons. If you're from the New York area please tell me when and where the bird was spotted. I have a list I'm working on. LOL I am not above driving for three hours to see a Common Loon or a Pink Footed Goose.

Feel free to post your Life Lists, if you have one. Or start a new one here!

Some Birdwatching Tips

- Early mornings are the best for variety, especially song birds.
- Walk quietly and listen closely.
- Have your camera ready and know what you are looking for; i.e. Thrushes to the ground, Orioles and Warblers like the canopy.
-Pine trees make great covers for owls. They prefer hiding up in pines during the day because they are less likely to get attacked by a predator or mobbed by crows.
- Don't follow a path that loops, always retrace your steps. Not only is this a good way to avoid getting lost in bear country but also any animal is likely to assume you're passing through. So when you leave an area, they may assume you are not returning. I have seen more birds and other wildlife (deer and such) going back the way I came rather than following a trail that loops.
-Tick check after every hike.
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Posted 4th August 2015, 08:50 AM
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My Life List Pt. 1


A bit about this list before you take a look. This is for birds found (during migration, breeding, or introduced) in New York. So if you see this list and say "oh hey, you're missing the blah blah bird".. it's probably because it has either been not sighted/reported for a few years and thought to have left or it is a bird that just doesn't pass through here. Some of the birds on this list I'm not even sure are still around the NY area at all. For example, Snow Geese are getting harder to spot, as are the Pink Footed Geese. In the crane section, you'll see the Sandhill Crane listed. I have NEVER seen one in NY but for the NYSDEC to include it on the species census... it must have been spotted somewhere. More than likely (as was the case with the Emus and Peacocks) they were someone's pet that got loose and began propagating in the wild. I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for this bird so suffice to say it will never be checked off my list.

This list is organized by scientific order and then further broken down into families. It makes it easier for me to look up stuff, especially since in my word document, I have everything anchored. So if I see a new sparrow, I just open it up and hit the "sparrow" anchor and it brings me right to that section.

As of now, my count is up to 79 (give or take one due to a miscount) species seen in New York State over the last year. I have always been a bird watcher but I have not always been a photographer or an ornithology student, lol, so I only started keeping track as of last winter.

I tried to make this list as easy to read as possible even though it's long. Everything with an X next to it means not only did I see it, but I also have a picture. I will not check something off my list if I only heard it or sighted it. I only mark birds as seen when I have a photo. It's my weird rule.
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My Lift List Pt. 2


Anseriformes
Family Anatidae — Geese, Swans, and Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis (N)
Fulvous Whistling-Duck D. bicolor (N)
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus (N)
Greater White-fronted Goose A. albifrons
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
Ross's Goose C. rossii
Brant Branta bernicla
Barnacle Goose B. leucopsis (N)
Cackling Goose B. hutchinsii
Canada Goose B. canadensis * X
Mute Swan Cygnus olor (I) * X
Trumpeter Swan C. buccinator (D)
Tundra Swan C. columbianus
Wood Duck Aix sponsa *
Gadwall Anas strepera *
Eurasian Wigeon A. Penelope
American Wigeon A. americana *
American Black Duck A. rubripes * X
Mallard A. platyrhynchos * X
Blue-winged Teal A. discors *
Cinnamon Teal A. cyanoptera (N)
Northern Shoveler A. clypeata *
Northern Pintail A. acuta *
Green-winged Teal A. crecca *
Canvasback Aythya valisineria *
Redhead A. americana *
Ring-necked Duck A. collaris *
Tufted Duck A. fuligula (U)
Greater Scaup A. marila
Lesser Scaup A. affinis *
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Common Eider S. mollissima (U) *
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter M. fusca
Black Scoter M. americana
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye B. clangula * X
Barrow's Goldeneye B. islandica
Smew Mergellus albellus (N)
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus * X
Common Merganser Mergus merganser * X
Red-breasted Merganser M. serrator *
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis *

Galliformes
Family Odontophoridae — New World Quail
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus *

Family Phasianidae — Partridges, Grouse, and Turkeys
Gray Partridge Perdix perdix (I) *
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus (I) *
Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus *
Spruce Grouse Falcipennis canadensis (A) *
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo * X

Gaviiformes
Family Gaviidae — Loons
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellate
Pacific Loon G. pacifica (N)
Common Loon G. immer *
Yellow-billed Loon G. adamsii (N)

Podicipediformes
Family Podicipedidae — Grebes
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps *
Horned Grebe Podiceps auratus
Red-necked Grebe P. grisegena
Eared Grebe P. nigricollis
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis (N)

Procellariiformes
Family Diomedeidae — Albatrosses
Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos (N)
Family Procellariidae — Fulmars, Shearwaters and Petrels X
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis (U)
Herald Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana (N)
Mottled Petrel P. inexpectata (N)
Black-capped Petrel P. hasitata (N)
Fea's/Zino's Petrel P. feae/madeira (N)
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea (U)
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis (U)
Sooty Shearwater P. griseus (U)
Manx Shearwater P. puffinus (U)
Audubon's Shearwater P. lherminieri (N)

Family Hydrobatidae — Storm-Petrels
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus (U)
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina (N)
Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa (N)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel O. castro (N)

PHAETHONTIFORMES
Family Phaethontidae — Tropicbirds
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus (N)
Red-billed Tropicbird P. aethereus (N)

CICONIIFORMES
Family Ciconiidae — Storks
Wood Stork Mycteria americana (N)

SULIFORMES
Family Fregatidae — Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens (N)

Family Sulidae — Boobies and Gannets
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster (N)
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus

Family Phalacrocoracidae — Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus * X
Great Cormorant P. carbo

Family Anhingidae — Darters
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga (N)

PELECANIFORMES
Family Pelecanidae — Pelicans
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos (D)
Brown Pelican P. occidentalis (U)

Family Ardeidae — Bitterns, Herons, and Allies
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus *
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis *
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias * X
Great Egret A. alba * X
Western Reef-Heron Egretta gularis (N)
Snowy Egret E. thula *
Little Blue Heron E. caerulea *
Tricolored Heron E. tricolor (U) *
Reddish Egret E. rufescens (N)
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis *
Green Heron Butorides virescens * X
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax *
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea *

Family Threskiornithidae — Ibises and Spoonbills
White Ibis Eudocimus albus (N)
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus *
White-faced Ibis P. chihi (N)
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja (N)

ACCIPTRIFORMES
Family Cathartidae — New World Vultures
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus * X
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura * X

Family Pandionidae — Osprey
Osprey Pandion haliaetus *

Family Accipitridae — Kites, Eagles, Hawks, and Allies
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus (N)
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus (N)
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis (N) *
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus * X
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus *
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus *
Cooper's Hawk A. cooperii * X
Northern Goshawk A. gentilis *
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus *
Broad-winged Hawk B. platypterus *
Swainson's Hawk B. swainsoni (N)
Red-tailed Hawk B. jamaicensis * X
Rough-legged Hawk B. lagopus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos * X

GRUIFORMES
Family Rallidae — Rails, Gallinules, and Coots
Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis (N)
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis (U) *
Corn Crake Crex crex (N)
Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans (U) *
King Rail R. elegans (N) *
Virginia Rail R. limicola *
Sora Porzana carolina *
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinicus (N)
Azure Gallinule P. flavirostris (N)
Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata *
American Coot Fulica americana *

Family Gruidae — Cranes
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis *

CHARADRIIFORMES
Family Recurvirostridae — Stilts and Avocets
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus (N)
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

Family Haematopodidae — Oystercatchers
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus (U) *

Family Charadriidae — Lapwings and Plovers
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus (N)
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
American Golden-Plover P. dominica
Pacific Golden-Plover P. fulva (N)
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia (N)
Common Ringed Plover C. hiaticula (N)
Semipalmated Plover C. semipalmatus
Piping Plover C. melodus (U) *
Killdeer C. vociferus * X

Family Scolopacidae — Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius * X
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Spotted Redshank T. erythropus (N)
Greater Yellowlegs T. melanoleuca
Willet T. semipalmata *
Lesser Yellowlegs T. flavipes X
Wood Sandpiper T. glareola (N)
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda *
Whimbrel N. phaeopus
Eurasian Curlew N. arquata (N)
Long-billed Curlew N. americanus (N)
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa (N)
Hudsonian Godwit L. haemastica
Bar-tailed Godwit L. lapponica (N)
Marbled Godwit L. fedoa (U)
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Ruff C. pugnax (N)
Broad-billed Sandpiper C. falcinellus (N)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper C. acuminata (N)
Stilt Sandpiper C. himantopus
Curlew Sandpiper C. ferruginea (N)
Red-necked Stint C. ruficollis (N)
Sanderling C. alba
Dunlin C. alpine
Purple Sandpiper C. maritima
Baird's Sandpiper C. bairdii (S)
Little Stint C. minuta (N)
Least Sandpiper C. minutilla
White-rumped Sandpiper C. fuscicollis
Buff-breasted Sandpiper C. subruficollis
Pectoral Sandpiper C. melanotos
Semipalmated Sandpiper C. pusilla
Western Sandpiper C. mauri (S,U)
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher L. scolopaceus
Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata *
American Woodcock Scolopax minor * X
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor *
Red-necked Phalarope P. lobatus
Red Phalarope P. fulicarius

Family Stercorariidae— Skuas and Jaegers
Great Skua Stercorarius skua (N)
South Polar Skua S. maccormicki (N)
Pomarine Jaeger S. pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger S. parasiticus
Long-tailed Jaeger S. longicaudus (N)

Family Alcidae — Murres, Puffins, and Allies
Dovekie Alle alle (U)
Common Murre Uria aalge (N)
Thick-billed Murre U. lomvia (N)
Razorbill Alca torda (U)
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle (U)
Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix (N)
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquus (N)
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica (N)

Family Laridae — Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
Ivory Gull Pagophila eburnea (N)
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini (S)
Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus Philadelphia
Gray-hooded Gull C. cirrocephalus (N)
Black-headed Gull C. ridibundus
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea (N)
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla *
Franklin's Gull L. pipixcan (N)
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris (N)
Mew Gull L. canus (N)
Ring-billed Gull L. delawarensis * X
Western Gull L. occidentalis (N)
California Gull L. californicus (N)
Herring Gull L. argentatus * X
Thayer's Gull L. thayeri (N)
Iceland Gull L. glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed Gull L. fuscus
Slaty-backed Gull L. schistisagus (N)
Glaucous Gull L. hyperboreus
Great Black-backed Gull L. marinus *
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus (N)
Bridled Tern O. anaethetus (N)
Least Tern Sternula antillarum (U) *
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica (U) *
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia *
Black Tern Chlidonias niger *
White-winged Tern C. leucopterus (N) *
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii (U) *
Common Tern S. hirundo *
Arctic Tern S. paradisaea (N)
Forster's Tern S. forsteri *
Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus (U)
Sandwich Tern T. sandvicensis (N)
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger (U) *

COLUMBIFORMES
Family Columbidae — Pigeons and Doves
Rock Pigeon Columba livia (I) * X
Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata (N)
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto (N)
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina (N)
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica (N)
Mourning Dove Z. macroura * X

CUCULIFORMES
Family Cuculidae — Cuckoos
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus *
Black-billed Cuckoo C. erythropthalmus *

STRIGIFORMES
Family Tytonidae — Barn Owls
Barn Owl Tyto alba *

Family Strigidae — True Owls
Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio *
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus *
Snowy Owl B. scandiacus
Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula (N)
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia (N)
Barred Owl Strix varia *
Great Gray Owl S. nebulosa (N)
Long-eared Owl Asio otus *
Short-eared Owl A. flammeus *
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus (N)
Northern Saw-whet Owl A. acadicus *

CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Family Caprimulgidae — Goatsuckers
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor *
Chuck-will's-widow Antrostomus carolinensis (U) *
Eastern Whip-poor-will A. vociferus *

APODIFORMES
Family Apodidae — Swifts
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica * X

Family Trochilidae — Hummingbirds
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris * X

CORACIIFORMES
Family Alcedinidae — Kingfishers
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon * X

PICIFORMES
Family Picidae — Woodpeckers and Allies
Lewis's Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis (N)
Red-headed Woodpecker M. erythrocephalus *
Red-bellied Woodpecker M. carolinus * X
Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus (N)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker S. varius * X
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens * X
Hairy Woodpecker P. villosus * X
American Three-toed Woodpecker P. dorsalis (A) *
Black-backed Woodpecker P. arcticus (A) *
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus * X
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus * X
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My Life List Pt. 3


FALCONIFORMES
Family Falconidae — Falcons
American Kestrel Falco sparverius * X
Merlin F. columbarius *
Gyrfalcon F. rusticolus (N)
Peregrine Falcon F. peregrinus *

PSITTACIFORMES
Family Psittacidae — Parrots
Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus (I) *

PASSERIFORMES
Family Tyrannidae — Tyrant Flycatchers
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi *
Eastern Wood-Pewee C. virens *
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris *
Acadian Flycatcher E. virescens *
Alder Flycatcher E. alnorum *
Willow Flycatcher E. traillii *
Least Flycatcher E. minimus *
Hammond's Flycatcher E. hammondii (N)
Pacific-slope/Cordilleran Flycatcher E. difficilis/occidentalis (N)
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe * X
Say's Phoebe S. saya (N)
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus (N)
Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens (N)
Great Crested Flycatcher M. crinitus *
Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans (N)
Western Kingbird T. verticalis (U)
Eastern Kingbird T. tyrannus * X
Gray Kingbird T. dominicensis (N)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher T. forficatus (N)
Fork-tailed Flycatcher T. savana (N)

Family Laniidae — Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus (N)*
Northern Shrike L. excubitor

Family Vireonidae — Vireos
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus *
Bell's Vireo V. bellii (N)
Yellow-throated Vireo V. flavifrons *
Cassin's Vireo V. cassinii (N)
Blue-headed Vireo V. solitarius *
Warbling Vireo V. gilvus * X
Philadelphia Vireo V. philadelphicus *
Red-eyed Vireo V. olivaceus *

Family Corvidae — Jays, Magpies, and Crows
Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis (A) *
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata * X
Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia (N)
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos * X
Fish Crow C. ossifragus *
Common Raven C. corax * X

Family Alaudidae — Larks
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris *

Family Hirundinidae — Martins and Swallows
Purple Martin Progne subis *
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor * X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis *
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia *
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota *
Cave Swallow P. fulva (N)
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica *

Family Paridae — Chickadees and Titmice
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus * X
Boreal Chickadee P. hudsonicus *
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor * X

Family Sittidae — Nuthatches
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis * X
White-breasted Nuthatch S. carolinensis * X
Brown-headed Nuthatch S. pusilla (N)

Family Certhiidae — Creepers
Brown Creeper Certhia americana * X

Family Troglodytidae — Wrens
Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus (N)
House Wren Troglodytes aedon * X
Winter Wren T. hiemalis *
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis *
Marsh Wren C. palustris *
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus * X
Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii (N) *

Family Polioptilidae — Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea *

Family Regulidae — Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa *
Ruby-crowned Kinglet R. calendula * X

Family Turdidae — Wheatears, Bluebirds, and Thrushes
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe (N)
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis * X
Mountain Bluebird S. currucoides (N)
Townsend's Solitaire Myadestes townsendi (N)
Veery Catharus fuscescens *
Gray-cheeked Thrush C. minimus
Bicknell's Thrush C. bicknelli (N outside known breeding area) *
Swainson's Thrush C. ustulatus *
Hermit Thrush C. guttatus *
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina *
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris (N)
Redwing T. iliacus (N)
American Robin T. migratorius * X
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius (N)

Family Mimidae — Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis * X
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum * X
Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus (N)
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos * X

Family Sturnidae — Starlings
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris (I) * X

Family Motacillidae — Wagtails and Pipits
'Yellow' Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis/flava (N)
American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Family Bombycillidae — Waxwings
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus
Cedar Waxwing B. cedrorum * X

Family Calcariidae — Longspurs and Snow Buntings
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
Chestnut-collared Longspur C. ornatus (N)
Smith's Longspur C. pictus (N)
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis

Family Parulidae — Wood-Warblers
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla *
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorum *
Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia. motacilla *
Northern Waterthrush P. noveboracensis *
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera *
Blue-winged Warbler V. cyanoptera *
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia *
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea *
Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii (N)
Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina *
Orange-crowned Warbler O. celata
Nashville Warbler O. ruficapilla *
Virginia's Warbler O. virginiae (N)
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
MacGillivray's Warbler Geothlypis tolmiei (N)
Mourning Warbler G. philadelphia *
Kentucky Warbler G. formosa *
Common Yellowthroat G. trichas * X
Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina *
American Redstart S. ruticilla * X
Cape May Warbler S. tigrina *
Cerulean Warbler S. cerulea *
Northern Parula S. americana *
Magnolia Warbler S. magnolia *
Bay-breasted Warbler S. castanea *
Blackburnian Warbler S. fusca *
Yellow Warbler S. petechia *
Chestnut-sided Warbler S. pensylvanica *
Blackpoll Warbler S. striata *
Black-throated Blue Warbler S. caerulescens *
Palm Warbler S. palmarum *
Pine Warbler S. pinus *
Yellow-rumped Warbler S. coronata * X
Yellow-throated Warbler S. dominica *
Prairie Warbler S. discolor *
Grace's Warbler S. graciae (N)
Black-throated Gray Warbler S. nigrescens (N)
Townsend's Warbler S. townsendi (N)
Hermit Warbler S. occidentalis (N)
Black-throated Green Warbler S. virens *
Canada Warbler Cardellina canadensis *
Wilson's Warbler C. pusilla *
Painted Redstart Myioborus pictus (N)
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens *

Family Emberizidae —New World Sparrows and Allies
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus (N)
Spotted Towhee P. maculatus (N)
Eastern Towhee P. erythrophthalmus * X
Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii (N)
Bachman's Sparrow P. aestivalis (N)
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea X
Chipping Sparrow S. passerina * X
Clay-colored Sparrow S. pallida *
Field Sparrow S. pusilla * X
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus *
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus (U)
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys (N)
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis *
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum *
Baird's Sparrow A. bairdii (N)
Henslow's Sparrow A. henslowii *
Le Conte's Sparrow A. leconteii (N)
Nelson's Sparrow A. nelson
Saltmarsh Sparrow A. caudacutus (U) *
Seaside Sparrow A. maritimus (U) *
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia * X
Lincoln's Sparrow M. lincolnii *
Swamp Sparrow M. georgiana *
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis * X
Harris's Sparrow Z. querula (N)
White-crowned Sparrow Z. leucophrys
Golden-crowned Sparrow Z. atricapilla (N)
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis * X

Family Cardinalidae — Tanagers, Cardinals and Allies
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra (U) *
Scarlet Tanager P. olivacea *
Western Tanager P. ludoviciana (N)
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis * X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus *
Black-headed Grosbeak P. melanocephalus (N)
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea (U) *
Lazuli Bunting P. amoena (N)
Indigo Bunting P. cyanea * X
Painted Bunting P. ciris (N)
Dickcissel Spiza americana *

Family Icteridae — Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, and Orioles
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus * X
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus * X
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna *
Western Meadowlark S. neglecta (N)*
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (N)
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus *
Brewer's Blackbird E. cyanocephalus (N)
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula * X
Boat-tailed Grackle Q. major (U) *
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater * X
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius *
Bullock's Oriole I. bullockii (N)
Baltimore Oriole I. galbula * X
Scott's Oriole I. parisorum (N)

Family Fringillidae — Finches and Crossbills
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla (N)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis (N)
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus (I) * X
Purple Finch H. purpureus * X
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra *
White-winged Crossbill L. leucoptera *
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea
Hoary Redpoll A. hornemanni (D)
Pine Siskin Spinus pinus *
American Goldfinch S. tristis * X
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus *

Family Passeridae — Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow Passer domesticus (I) * X

... And this is what a nerd does for fun.
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Oh... Koomori, I would call you an ornithologist from now really as I have never seen such a big researchers in birds. I like birdwatching but hardly aware of all of their names even , nobody could tell me yet nor I got someone to ask. It is great to be a part of this knowledge sharing from someone who seems to me an expert kind of in this field.
And yes we do have cranes here almost everywhere and these days I see them flying over my roof / passing by this route carrying nesting material in beaks but don't know where they stop. They are actually spotted in outer areas of the cities in farming fields, we see them when we travel from our current city to our previous city by road. So will try to get pics of them then if get a chance. Or if anywhere else I find them, I will surely try to click them for this thread
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Thank you but I wish! In order to be an "official" Ornithologist I still need about 2-3 more college degrees and a job pertaining to the field. I'll be starting my second college degree in the spring if I don't just switch my major now. I don't need a Fine Arts Major in order to become a teacher but an Associates in Environmental Studies looks good if I want to teach Biology or work as a field scientist. In order to work for the NYSDEC (New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation) I'd need a Bachelor's Degree (4 years of college) and anything that would maybe qualify me as an Ornithologist takes a Masters Degree (6-8 years of college) or a Doctorate (8-10 years of college).

I'll get there! The passion is in me! It lives! LOL But sadly, I'm only entering my second year of a degree I really don't need. I kinda started off rough with college - I had no idea what courses to take but now I'm figuring it out.

But I'm willing to research! Even though North American Birds are what I am more familiar with and what I am used to, I really do not mind at all learning about worldly birds. In fact, I'd love the opportunity. I'm never against doing some reading and being introduced to a bird that I'll never see on my own. Part of the beauty of the internet, really.

Just for the sake of reference, are these the cranes you see?


These are what we call Demoiselle Cranes (Anthropoides virgo) (कूंज, کونج, ਕੂੰਜ ? I'm not sure about the Indian translation.) I love them. They are intense looking, very striking, and their behaviors are rather mysterious. The African Crowned Cranes and Sandhill Cranes will play with me. These guys won't, but they will sit with me and let me touch them. They seem very relaxed, which to me is a bit atypical of the larger cranes I've encountered.

If these are the cranes you see, if you can ever grab pictures, I'd be excited to see them. As for their migration all I know is that they span from Mongolia to Turkey, maybe a bit past there because we consider them Eurasian birds which gives them a HUGE territory. I know they are significant in Indian culture too, as are the Vultures thanks to the Ramayana (Still trying to get a hold of a copy). The story of Jatayu and Sampati got my attention and changed the way I thought about vultures. Mix that with Tibetan theology and I was a changed girl.

I love it when stuff makes sense. Birds are awesome. So is literature. Feel free to post whenever you can, and this goes for everyone. Also, if anyone is bored...

Here is where I post my bird pics. check this when you feel like it. It's easier than uploading to Photobucket and posting here but I still will do that from time to time.
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Awesome lists! Agree with kiddy. You are an ornithologist, even without all the pieces of paper! Are there bats there too? Have noticed some flying around at night here but not sure what type.
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Awesome lists! Agree with kiddy. You are an ornithologist, even without all the pieces of paper! Are there bats there too? Have noticed some flying around at night here but not sure what type.
Awww, thanks!! I'm really nothing special, a lot of it is just basic "look it up" research. I just do so much of it that it kinda comes out natural. Anyone can do what I'm doing, you just gotta put the time in. I'll be official some day. Thanks for the support you guys! As for the bats, we have a HUUUUGE bat population in NY. Several of them are protected species as well so even if they become a nuisance, we can't do anything about them. My dad and I are going to be setting up bat boxes before the winter to try and keep them out of his attic (he lives in a chapel that was remodeled into a house so their attic is like, bat city). I love bats too so if I get any pictures I can post them up for ya.

Most of our bats are Brown Bats but we do have other species. I know I have a book on it somewhere. I'll go through my collection because I know I have one. I believe the book covers all North American species so maybe I can help you figure out what type. If you clap your hands, they'll swoop at you!

Be careful. Beware the rabies. Bats are the No. 1 carrier of that and the plague virus. Second to rats. But to me they look like itty bitty flying piglets.
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Will leave the bats alone. Just see them flying around at night. I just go outside to check on the lovely giant orb weaver who lives in a knot hole in an oak tree by my house. I love spiders too.
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No, we don't see those cranes normally but I think I have seen many of them in zoo but not very sure until I get a chance to visit them again and see if they are same. For reference only, attaching what I see here all around, this is a downloaded one from an online source. May be you people have these cranes there in abundance because these are very common here.

We see black bats here (like batman, lol) but all at night so not possible to get a pic
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Ok so last night I was on my way home when I saw black birds and it looked like they were migrating already. I've never seen them fly in a row like that, they were 30 or 40 birds wide and a half mile long. I didn't think they would migrate so early.
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Ok so last night I was on my way home when I saw black birds and it looked like they were migrating already. I've never seen them fly in a row like that, they were 30 or 40 birds wide and a half mile long. I didn't think they would migrate so early.
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Kiddy, your crane looks a lot like our Great Egret. I took this picture while standing on the side of a major highway at a local reservoir (all-terrain birdwatching, oh yeah!). It was otherwise private property but since the road is public.... that was my loop hole. There were also Mute Swans, Double Crested Comorants and two types of heron (Green and Great Blue) there along with the Belted Kingfishers and a ton of geese.


Crazy Pete (love the name),

What you might be seeing (since it is blackbirds) might be a short-distance movement rather than a migration. If it was a bunch of crows, they may have been moving from their foraging areas to a roost. Around 6 o'clock at night the local crows will travel in much the same fashion. I have a gigantic crow population in my city and every night we will see them passing over in the high 10's to maybe over 100 at once. They'll forage in the cornfields, golf courses, landfills and such places but then they'll all get together and roost in the woods in between my city and the next. It's really cool to see!

I'm not entirely sure about Nebraska's migration schedule though. I was only ever there for maybe about 2 months during the summer to visit some family and at the time I was so out of my element I didn't pay attention to the birds. I wish I did though because ya'll have those neat looking quail and grouse.

Anyway, if it is crows you're seeing, they are only "partial" migrators. They are generally year-round birds but they'll travel out short distances when food is getting low or when they are roosting. Another interesting thing they do is that sometimes, if a population gets too big (and bees do this too, actually), a big chunk of them will leave the "natal" area and find a nearby territory to occupy.

You should see if this happens daily or semi-daily. If you keep seeing the blackbirds, it is likely a roost movement. Otherwise, you may be witnessing a short-distance migration. Let me know if they are indeed crows or if this keeps happening. They could also be Rusty Blackbirds or Red-Wing Blackbirds and while they kind of but not exactly behave like crows, I'd like to further investigate what you're seeing.
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Oh yes they resemble a lot. I don't know if they are same, just the difference in name but i think great egrets have longer necks?
Well I downloaded the pic from this link so I am sure this is what I see here:

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki...01-29_1712.JPG

These are what we commonly see in India or may be in my state, if I ever get a chance to take any of their pics or of any other species, I will surely do for you
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