Yard List: 212 species (from May 2001 to August 2007)
Here is my yard list. I started this list in May 2001 when we moved here. I am basically the only
one who birds the yard. The list currently stands at 212 species (as of August 2007).
Interestingly, from what I've been told, this is the highest yard list in GA. That is not a concern of mine,
but I do find it interesting considering the millions of yards out there. In fact, I looked at the Kennesaw Mountain
checklist (2003) and noticed it listed 183 species. Kind of interesting since Kennesaw Mountain is probably the most
birded inland location in Georgia and consists of hundreds of acres of trails and such.
[As a side note, we have also found a lot in my parents' yard and have recently added such unlikely birds as:
Sooty Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Laughing Gull, Bachman's Sparrow, and a long, long , long overdue White-breasted Nuthatch
to their yard list.]
Located in Spalding County (middle Georgia, piedmont region), my yard portion that I am referring to is about 5 acres.
There is a creek and a small marshy area. Interestingly, almost all the sightings have been on a half acre area right
behind my house.
I am not sure what advantages my yard has over any other yard. I do not typically keep feeders up. I do not
live on the coast or near the ocean which can significantly add to the total. I do not mistnet birds. I usually
don't even have time to look for birds, but I do keep my eyes open. I would think that a well placed yard in say Florida
or Texas would have a distinct advantage in regards to total species found. Also, if more than one person is contributing
then expect the number to rise a good bit.
It is really amazing what has simply flown over the yard. I am a bit hesitant to show all these rarities,
but there will always be unbelievers in any crowd. Fortunately, at least some of the rarer birds were relocated
by others and a few videotaped.
Rarest birds for my yard have been:
Here is the list:
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Birds not in the yard but close include:
Roseate Spoonbill (seen by others)
Greater White-fronted Goose
Golden Eagle (another one)
Dickcissel (20+ more than in yard)