In light of Gord's shrike and Mike's bathing Pygmy-Owl, it got me thinking about what everyone's best yard bird might be?
Back when I lived in East Van, I had a Merlin in my front yard. That was pretty cool. When I lived in a Kits apartment we had Caspian Tern and Killdeer fly over. Here in Promontory, a Bald Eagle perched atop one of our trees briefly.
Post by nickinthegarden on Nov 29, 2020 5:15:13 GMT -8
When I lived in New Westminster I had a family of 4 Pileated Woodpeckers land on a power pole beside my garden. Dad seemed to be teaching the young ones how to look for grubs. He dug a pretty good hole in the pole, they did not stay long and the pole got replaced a few weeks later. This was before I got interested in photographing birds I regret I did not get photos of them.
"Best" is an interesting term. My favourite was a family of barred owls that bred at my place in the summer of 2019. I was able to watch the young ones grow weekly!
My "best" as in least likely sighting is probably Tennessee Warbler from a couple months ago.
I've been fortunate to have some decent species. Here are some of my other favourites/honourable mentions:
Cassin's vireo Whimbrel - had a small group fly over in 2019 Solitary sandpiper - spent some time on my pond, great looks Virginia rail Sora - calling only Lazuli bunting Least flycatcher - heard only Calliope hummingbird Eurasian wigeon
My best so far are a Lesser goldfinch and a White-throated sparrow. I'm actually pretty impressed by the variety that we get in our suburban backyard in Sardis. I'm up to 65 species in the 3 years we've lived at this house.
Post by murraybrown on Dec 4, 2020 16:48:26 GMT -8
Some good birds have been reported here folks. We moved to our 50x100 ft. strata lot here in Agassiz in 2007. I started my yard list right away and within a fairly short time had 50 species that I had ID'd from within the boundary of the yard. Most were fly overs that were easy to identify, like gulls, geese, ducks, etc. but a surprisingly large number were birds actually seen in the branches or on the ground. Then it started to slow down and it seemed that most of the sightings were repeats. So the other morning my 83 rd tick turned out to be a flock of Snow Geese which I saw for the first time flying low over the house. Some of the less common birds that come to mind are: Gyrfalcon, Northern Shrike, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Cassin's Finch, Townsend's Solitaire, Bohemian Waxwing and about 73 others. It actually surprises me as to how many there are from the relatively bare urban environment in which we live.
I'd have to say the big flock of Brant that flew over was one of our surprises at our current place. At an old rental house years ago I had a Glaucous Gull land on the roof with a flock of other gulls.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)