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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day Walk -- Birds and a Snowy Sunset.

Time to reflect on the year past and muse about the new year. What better place to do that than outside in nature. 22 degrees F, snow, and a brilliant sunset made it memorable. Nature is a good friend.
  • Best birds I saw in during my walk here in Kansas City near the Missouri River were a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER hanging out halfway up a tall Cottonwood by the river and several HARRIS'S SPARROWS mixed in with a flock of Dark-eyed JUNCOS.
  • Saw/heard 15 different species to kick off the year in about an hour. Far cry from New Year's Days past when I'd go out for a half-day and see/hear 50+ species. :)
  • Started my 2013 year bird list today at home and added to it on the walk. As any good birder will do, I like to note firsts on New Year's Day. My first bird of the year (seen) was a Dark-eyed Junco and my first bird of the year (heard) was the ubiquitous House Sparrow.
Red Cedar, snow, and sunlight Missouri River 1/1/13 Sunlight through a Red Cedar on a snowy New Year's Day


Below are the records I put into eBird.
  • eBird is a tool anyone can use, including kids at school. Citizen Science. You share your sightings with scientists and eBird keeps, organizes all your data for you. Win-win.

eBird.org WEEK REPORT:  Species Totals
Report Details
Date range:Jan 1, 2013 - Jan 7, 2013Total # of Species:15
Total # of Checklists:3
Location(s):   English Landing Park (MO River); Prairie Point area; White Alloe Creek CA


Summary
Jan 1Jan 2Jan 3Jan 4Jan 5Jan 6Jan 7
Number of Species15------------
Number of Individuals276------------
Number of Checklists3------------


Total Number of Birds   (sample size)
Species NameJan 1Jan 2Jan 3Jan 4Jan 5Jan 6Jan 7
Canada Goose122
(3)
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Red-tailed Hawk1
(1)
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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker1
(1)
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Downy Woodpecker2
(2)
------------
Blue Jay3
(2)
------------
American Crow3
(1)
------------
Black-capped Chickadee6
(3)
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Tufted Titmouse2
(2)
------------
American Robin48
(3)
------------
European Starling21
(2)
------------
Harris's Sparrow3
(1)
------------
Dark-eyed Junco42
(2)
------------
Northern Cardinal3
(2)
------------
Red-winged Blackbird2
(1)
------------
House Sparrow17
(2)
------------


Here is a short video of some semi-distant JUNCOS both on the snow and flying up into the short trees. It was just me, the cold, the snow and a nice-sized flock of juncos. Peaceful and awesome to be a part of their day. Listen to their twittering little song/calls.



Happy New Year everyone!



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