Quarantine Yard List Tally

In light of recent events keeping us at or close to home, starting on March 24, 2020, I started a quarantine yard list as part of a challenge kicked off by 5MR Jen. Even though no cloud of any sort has truly lifted (e.g., we are still staying close to home), that yard challenge ended yesterday, April 30, 2020.

I ended with 62 species of birds on my quarantine yard list and a total ongoing yard count of 80 species. I even managed to summon a Western Tanager yesterday morning, species #80 for my yard and my final species for this yard challenge! I found it in the lower part of the canopy in one of our Doug-fir trees.

This was a rewarding time of the year to participate in this challenge because bird species are coming and going. During this window of time, I said goodbye to the Dark-eyed Juncos and Varied Thrushes and hello to the Black-headed Grosbeaks, Ospreys, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

What follows are some yard bird photos from this final week. My quarantine yard list is at the end of this blog post. The ongoing yard list continues though! And May 9 is the eBird Global Big Day!

Chipping Sparrow. Camas, WA. April 2020.
I couldn’t help but shoot a video of this individual: https://youtu.be/zV_xhGGjVFw
Anna’s Hummingbird. Camas, WA. April 2020.
Rufous Hummingbird. Camas, WA. April 2020.
Black-headed Grosbeak. Camas, WA. April 2020.
American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins. Camas, WA. April 2020.
American Goldfinches dominated my yard on the last day.
Red-breasted Sapsucker. Camas, WA. April 2020.
Spotted Sandpiper. Lacamas Creek. Camas, WA. April 2020. Note: this photo was taken off of our property but looking up toward our property. I have seen (and heard) this species from our yard a handful of times these past couple of weeks, but I was able to get a much better photo from down below.
And how could I not shoot a video: https://youtu.be/08bZC_6fsVU

Quarantine Yard List March 24–April 30, 2020

#Species Name (taxonomic order)
1Canada Goose – Branta canadensis
2Wood Duck – Aix sponsa
3Hooded Merganser – Lophodytes cucullatus
4Mallard – Anas platyrhynchos
5Common Merganser – Mergus merganser
6Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura
7Vaux’s Swift – Chaetura vauxi
8Anna’s Hummingbird – Calypte anna
9Rufous Hummingbird – Selasphorus rufus
10Spotted Sandpiper – Actitis macularius
11Greater Yellowlegs – Tringa melanoleuca
12Double-crested Cormorant – Phalacrocorax auritus
13Great Blue Heron – Ardea herodias
14Turkey Vulture – Cathartes aura
15Osprey – Pandion haliaetus
16Bald Eagle – Haliaeetus leucocephalus
17Great Horned Owl – Bubo virginianus
18Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis
19Belted Kingfisher – Megaceryle alcyon
20Red-breasted Sapsucker – Sphyrapicus ruber
21Downy Woodpecker – Dryobates pubescens
22Hairy Woodpecker – Dryobates villosus
23Northern Flicker – Colaptes auratus
24Steller’s Jay – Cyanocitta stelleri
25California Scrub-Jay – Aphelocoma californica
26American Crow – Corvus brachyrhynchos
27Black-capped Chickadee – Poecile atricapillus
28Chestnut-backed Chickadee – Poecile rufescens
29Tree Swallow – Tachycineta bicolor
30Violet-green Swallow – Tachycineta thalassina
31Bushtit – Psaltriparus minimus
32Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Regulus calendula
33Red-breasted Nuthatch – Sitta canadensis
34White-breasted Nuthatch – Sitta carolinensis
35Brown Creeper – Certhia americana
36Pacific Wren – Troglodytes pacificus
37Bewick’s Wren – Thryomanes bewickii
38European Starling – Sturnus vulgaris
39Varied Thrush – Ixoreus naevius
40American Robin – Turdus migratorius
41House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
42House Finch – Haemorhous mexicanus
43Purple Finch – Haemorhous purpureus
44Pine Siskin – Spinus pinus
45Lesser Goldfinch – Spinus psaltria
46American Goldfinch – Spinus tristis
47Chipping Sparrow – Spizella passerina
48Fox Sparrow – Passerella iliaca
49Dark-eyed Junco – Junco hyemalis
50White-crowned Sparrow – Zonotrichia leucophrys
51Golden-crowned Sparrow – Zonotrichia atricapilla
52Song Sparrow – Melospiza melodia
53Lincoln’s Sparrow – Melospiza lincolnii
54Spotted Towhee – Pipilo maculatus
55Red-winged Blackbird – Agelaius phoeniceus
56Brown-headed Cowbird – Molothrus ater
57Orange-crowned Warbler – Leiothlypis celata
58Common Yellowthroat – Geothlypis trichas
59Yellow-rumped Warbler – Setophaga coronata
60Townsend’s Warbler – Setophaga townsendi
61Western Tanager – Piranga ludoviciana
62Black-headed Grosbeak – Pheucticus melanocephalus

February 11, 2018

My birding since Ms. Eider has comprised fits and starts, mostly, but has garnered me a few more species for my list.

This post isn’t very excited, so let’s begin with the full moon on January 31. I was hoping to see the lunar eclipse, which was supposed to be ideal in the west. I woke up at 4:30 AM, walked around my house peering out the windows, and I’m pretty sure it was cloudy, and I went back to bed.


Full moon; Salem, Oregon; January 31, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

On Sunday, February 4, we headed to Astoria, Oregon, because C had a work conference. En-route, we stopped near Cedar Mill, Oregon, at Commonwealth Lake Park where a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was being seen regularly. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers don’t really occur in the western U.S. I’m pretty sure I caught a quick glimpse of said sapsucker, but then I lost him. I’ll try again this upcoming Tuesday when I’m back up in that area for an eye appointment. I did, however, get two 2018 new birds at this park: a *Red-breasted Sapsucker (lifer!) and a *Redhead duck.


Red-breasted Sapsucker; Commonwealth Lake Park; Cedar Mill, Oregon; February 4, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.


Redhead; Commonwealth Lake Park; Cedar Mill, Oregon; February 4, 2018;  photograph by Linda Burfitt.


American Wigeon; Commonwealth Lake Park; Cedar Mill, Oregon; February 4, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

While in Astoria, I was determined to find the White-Winged Crossbills that are being seen almost daily at Fort Steven State Park hanging with a larger flock of Red Crossbills. The first two times were failures. The third time, I’m almost positive I saw (from a distance) and heard the crossbill flock fly away from one tree and disappear into another dimension. I’m certain of this. Their calls were loud sounded like they were coming from all directions until they just stopped. We sifted and sifted, but no crossbills. Different dimension. Who knew this about crossbills? Fort Stevens State Park did, however, yield me a two new 2018 species: *Raven and *Sanderlings.


Raven; Fort Stevens State Park; February 7, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.


Sanderlings and Dunlin; Fort Stevens State Park; February 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.


Ring-necked Ducks; Astoria, Oregon; February 8, 2018;  photograph by Linda Burfitt.

While at the hotel in Astoria, I got three new species for 2018: *Glaucous-Winged Gull, *Western Gull, and *Western Grebe.

*New Birds for 2018: 7
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 84