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jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:14am PT
I really like the idea, but do most of my birding on my bike ride to work. I don't see much variety around the home feeders (chickadees, finches, juncos, phoebes, warblers, nuttall's woodpeckers, nut hatches, doves, jays, sparrows, and an occasional cooper's hawk, so wouldn't do too well if limited to that.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:26am PT
I love it. You all in the south have an advantage, although coastal Alaska might put up a fight.

But I'm with Reilly about songs, and it should be within bicycling distance, i.e. you count if you got there by bicycle from your house. That opens it up a bit. I still think we're f*#ked here in Seattle. Whatever you all come up with is a great idea.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:35am PT
I'm in with whatever rules are settled upon. I will be traveling during some crucial local breeding season dates, so an additional overall list would also be desirable to me, too.

Edit: Darwin, you have some pretty good local habitat, so no sympathy for you.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:14am PT
I'll play - I live right on the Gulf migratory flight path. So I ge Kettles of Hawks. I had a Kettle of 20 Mississippi Hawks lose air right over my house on year.
And it will be a good incentive to ride my bike to Bentson.
We are starting to see a few early migrating spring Warlbers already.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:15am PT
I had read the book years ago also.
But the movie is exceptionally well done.
You will love it Crimps
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 09:52am PT
OK another revision.

Pedal power is a good thing too! So any birds you see from your house via foot or bike. If you left your house got in your car and drove to the end of your driveway, got on your bike and then saw an Ivory Billed Woodpecker, it would not count.

For those who are talented enough, songs count as well.

This puts RockerMike in the game.

Starts this Thursday 3/1/12

In so far....

Christa/ Prod
Crimpie/ Brass
Bergbryce?
Silver
Locker
Dee Dee
Willoughby
Rocker Mike
Steve W
Cyndiebransford
Studly? Good point, I'm not actualy participating, I'm just helping organize....
John Hansen
Reilly, OK calls can count.
Jbaker, biking counts.
Darwin is in. Just don't get hit by a car while you are looking through binos, I couldn't take the irony with your name and all.
Tony
Riley.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 27, 2012 - 10:12am PT
And two lists....pleeeeeeaaase?
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:04am PT
-Bird sitings must be seen while on foot or bike from your home.
I can bike to Texas and get another 200!!

I'm not in unless this is a little more structured.

I liked it better when it was just From Your House, meaning you can look across the street with your binocs, but can't set foot off your property.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:41am PT
I still think we're f*#ked here in Seattle.

Why is that? Are there typically fewer species of birds in the Seattle area than elsewhere?

I'm not a birder the way many of you are, although I do enjoy eating them from time to time, but our new house is right across the steet from a big (as in a mile long) park that is apparently popular with birders, and there is also a big swath of trees on the other side of the house.

If this contest was limited to birds seen either from your house, or while walking from your house, and if I actually knew anything about birds, I'd probably have a chance to win.

Right now there are plenty of little brown birds in the yard, and a couple of days ago a crew of Steller's Jays moved in.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:43am PT
a couple of days ago a crew of Steller's Jays moved in

Well, there goes the neighborhood!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:52am PT
Well, there goes the neighborhood!

I think that happened when we moved in. The Jays are the second wave.
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 11:59am PT
Ghost,

I know very little about birds other than you have to lead quail a hell of a lot further than pheasant. So I'm using this as a chance to learn about the birds we get around our house. You ought to join in.

Dr F.,

I think it is staying within the spirit of enjoying the out doors to say if you leave your property via foot or bike then any birds you see can be counted. If you want to ride to Texas to get another 200 birds, then I say good for you!!!

Crimps,

1 list to keep it simple, but I'm sure we would all be interested in hearing about your other sitings.

Prod.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Well count me in.

I doubt I will go all out, since I could bike many places if I really wanted too and rake up the numbers, but won't, since I'm a Retired Bird Counter.

Once you reach the upper reaches of what is left to check off, you lose the passion. There are only about 3 birds left for me in California, except vagrants. Its like having done every route on Tahquitz, there is no reason to go there anymore.

BUT!!
Count Me in for getting others excited and keeping up the Enthusiasm levels!!!!

Todd Battey (itodd) is a big Birder, he is up around 550 or higher.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
I assume that anyone participationg in this would have good enough notes
or memories to be able to split things up into any number of lists.
As near-constant feedback and updates occur (what I would expect) people
will naturally be asking each other the particulars (was that on a bike
ride, or in your yard, or in your neighborhood, etc.)
How else is it going to grow into the multiple thousands of posts?

Maybe this will be the year I finally see the Townsend's Solitaire and
Swainson's Thrush that I've heard in my yard for eight years now.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:42pm PT
I like the bike rule! It's a nice ride to the back bay in Newport.

If it was just the yard, 30-40 would be about max.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
Bingo! Actually he's in my neighbor's yard but I 'got' him from mine.

"RAIN SUCKS!" - 'Green-backed Lesser Goldfinch
"RAIN SUCKS!" - 'Green-backed Lesser Goldfinch
Credit: Reilly
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Prod, So... is there a limit to miles away from your home by bike?.....Less than 10, 15, 20.. miles?...or does it not matter...

edit: Monrovia - Reilly... hehe, I live across the street from the park, and it's 11, miles to the end of the road.......I am a shitty birder, but i got a new pair of bino's from Timid, no scope, no camera no tripod.....


Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
Nita,

As far as you would like to ride
.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
But, Nita, ya gotta factor in the carrying of a tripod, scope, binos, two
camera bodies, a 300mm lens, and a 600mm. That means I might make it to
the park three blocks away.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 02:10pm PT
Do I get to Count the Cherry-Headed (aka Red-Masked) Conures that I can see from my yard?

Credit: Dr. F.
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