The birds of 2010

Here goes!

Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wood Duck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Common Goldeneye, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, American Coot, Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, Common Redpoll, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

That’s 89 species for the year, starting June 1. Almost all were seen in Rensselaer and Albany counties, plus a few excursions. Starting after peak migration = very few warblers. Three species were new to me: one because I hadn’t bothered to look, one was in a habitat I hadn’t visited before, and one needed a degree of attention I wasn’t willing to pay before.

I’ll have to work much harder to add an equal number next year. The easy birds are all checked off already. I’d love to do a pelagic trip, and hit the Long Island beaches again, and see the waterfowl migration at Montezuma, and and and. Had I but world enough, and time… and money, too.

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