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Yard List

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Yard List
GA Birding Year 2004-6
Yellow-billed Loons
Red-throated Loons (24 Inland)
Red-throated Loons (Inland)
Pacific Loons
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebes
Eared Grebes
Horned Grebe (summer)
Great Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebirds (Inland)
Sabine's Gulls
Thayer's Gull
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Franklin's Gulls
California Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull
Little Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Inland)
Sooty Terns, Royal Tern & Sandwich Tern (Inland)
Arctic Tern (Inland)
Pomarine Jaegers (Inland)
Long-tailed Jaegers (Inland)
Parasitic Jaeger (Inland)
Brown Pelicans (Inland)
American White Pelicans (76 in Piedmont)
American White Pelicans (100+ inland)
Common Mergansers
Mottled Duck (Inland)
Long-tailed Ducks
Rare Ducks
Rare Ducks for Summer
Greater White-fronted Geese
Barnacle Goose
Ross's Geese (7)
Ross's Geese in Upson Co
Ross's Geese Elsewhere
Snow Geese
Snow Geese in Summer
Mute Swans (appearing wild)
Black Swans (exotic)
Bell's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Scott's Oriole
Cave Swallows
Rare Swallows
Black-billed Cuckoos
Clay-colored Sparrows
Lark Sparrows
Lincoln's Sparrow
Wilson's Warblers
Audubon's Warbler
Alder and Willow Flycatchers
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Least Flycatchers
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Brewer's Blackbirds
Yellow-headed Blackbirds
Common Ground-doves in Piedmont
Rare Shorebirds
Wilson's Phalarope
Long-billed Curlews
Willets (Inland)
American Avocets (Inland)
Baird's Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpipers
Upland Sandpipers 52 seen
American Golden Plover
Anhingas in Piedmont
Anhingas Nesting in Piedmont
Roseate Spoonbill in Piedmont
Wood Storks in Piedmont
Night-Herons in Piedmont
Herons, Egrets, Ibises
Plegadis Ibis (Inland)
White Ibis (Piedmont in Winter)
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (Western)
Golden Eagle
Swallow-tailed Kites in Piedmont
Pelagic Birds
Cedar Waxwings Nesting in Southern Piedmont
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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.

Yard Birds:

Rarest birds for my yard have been:

Inca Dove

Swainson’s Hawk

Townsend’s Warbler

Black Rail

Golden Eagle

Western Tanager

Alder Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Lark Sparrow

Cave Swallow

Here is the list:

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant


American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-heron

White Ibis

Wood Stork

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Blue-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Red-breasted Merganser

Hooded Merganser


Swallow-tailed Kite

Mississippi Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Golden Eagle

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite

Black Rail


Virginia Rail

King Rail

Sandhill Crane


Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Solitary Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Wilson’s Snipe

American Woodcock

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Barn Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Short-eared Owl

Common Nighthawk



Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Horned Lark

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren

Carolina Wren

Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird


Gray-cheeked Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing

Blue-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Pine Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Palm Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Black-n-white Warbler

American Redstart

Prothonotary Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Swainson's Warbler


Northern Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Kentucky Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Canada Warbler

Yellow-breasted Chat

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Western Tanager

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting



Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Purple Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Birds not in the yard but close include:


Roseate Spoonbill (seen by others)

Greater White-fronted Goose

Least Bittern

Stilt Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Golden Eagle (another one)

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Dickcissel (20+ more than in yard)

other stuff