Saturday, January 10, 2009

Top 20 Bird List and Challenge

A few months ago I made a list of the top 20 most common year-round resident birds in my neighborhood. Since it's a new year, I thought I'd mention it again. The list came from my 3 years of observation data in the NASWC area, and (except for a few birds) I think it would fit most Austin neighborhoods, greenbelts, and local parks.

So if you're interested in learning our local birds, or getting into birding in general, try to find all the birds on the list. Take as long as you want -- make it a project for 2009!

Here's the NASWC Top 20 Bird List. And the above picture links to photos I've taken of most of the birds. (I took this picture of a Northern Mockingbird in a Possumhaw bush about 1 year ago on the Lake Creek Trail.)

3 comments:

James said...

Good list. I've seen all of them in my neighborhood except the lesser goldfinch and the eastern screech owl.

Mikael Behrens said...

Thanks! Eastern Screech-owl can be tricky to see. Keep your ears open in the evenings. And Lesser Goldfinches seem to be locally common or uncommon in different parts of town. What part of Austin is your neighborhood in?

James said...

I live about 2 miles north of Parmer and 620. In Austin, but only barely. I've seen American Goldfinches in the wintertime, and come to think of it last summer a canary yellow bird flew out in front of me while cycling so I didn't get a good look. Could have been a lesser, I guess. About the owls, I put up an owl house a few years ago, but rats moved in so I took it down. I would have thought the rats would make it even more inviting to an owl :).