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This year, 2018, I have set up a little challenge for myself. The challenge is to see 100 or more species in Yolo County each month. Now, that does not mean that the 100 species of February have to all be different species from the 100 species in January. Rather it means that the total number of species seen in each month should get to a total of 100 or more. So, if I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in January it gets added to the January list. If I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in February it get added to the February list.

I am hoping this will help me to notice more details as I search to find that next species for a given month, encourage me to visit more habitat types each month, and highlight the seasonal differences as species come and go from my monthly list. This first few months, I have really been enjoying it, and will share what I see with you as the months go by.

Below is my species list from May. It has a total of 97 species, so I did not make my target. This is the first month of the year that I have ended with under 100 species, and it was a bit of a surprise. I did miss two weekends of birding this month which certainly presented a challenge, but I also missed several species that I thought I would see easily. Northern Flicker was one of the most conspicuous misses. I searched and searched for days to see or hear one, and could not find one anywhere! I also visited a spot along Putah Creek outside of Davis that I thought would be an easy place to find Acorn Woodpeckers, but found none. Virginia Rail, Barn Owl, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and an absurd lack of gulls were a few other species that I was kind of surprised I was not able to find despite specifically looking for them.

When I started this challenge, I was slightly worried that I had made it too easy. In January and February I was able to clear the 100 species mark easily, and was thinking about raising my target to 110 species or maybe even 115. Now that spring is ending and summer is just around the corner, and having ended May three species short, it looks like 100 species per month is a worthy challenge after all.

Some of the highlights from the month were a couple of Ring-necked Ducks and a lovely male Green-winged Teal at the Yolo Bypass, a Burrowing Owl that I spotted on the side of an on ramp to I-80 in Davis, a Loggerhead Shrike that flew past me just beside the Yolo County Landfill, and the lovely and colorful assortment of Central Valley breeding birds like Bullock’s Oriole, Blue Grosbeak, and Lazuli Bunting.

With five months down, and my first under-100 total, I am determined to get over 100 species in June! We will see what I am able to find!

Here is my May species list.

Species – Yolo County – May
1 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
3 Cinnamon Teal
4 Northern Shoveler
5 Gadwall
6 Mallard
7 Green-winged Teal
8 Ring-necked Duck
9 Ruddy Duck
10 California Quail
11 Ring-necked Pheasant
12 Wild Turkey
13 Pied-billed Grebe
14 Double-crested Cormorant
15 American Bittern
16 Great Blue Heron
17 Great Egret
18 Snowy Egret
19 Cattle Egret
20 Green Heron
21 Black-crowned Night-Heron
22 White-faced Ibis
23 Turkey Vulture
24 Osprey
25 White-tailed Kite
26 Northern Harrier
27 Cooper’s Hawk
28 Red-shouldered Hawk
29 Swainson’s Hawk
30 Red-tailed Hawk
31 Sora
32 Common Gallinule
33 American Coot
34 Black-necked Stilt
35 American Avocet
36 Killdeer
37 Least Sandpiper
38 Spotted Sandpiper
39 Greater Yellowlegs
40 California Gull
41 Rock Pigeon
42 Eurasian Collared-Dove
43 Mourning Dove
44 Great Horned Owl
45 Burrowing Owl
46 White-throated Swift
47 Anna’s Hummingbird
48 Belted Kingfisher
49 Nuttall’s Woodpecker
50 Downy Woodpecker
51 American Kestrel
52 Pacific-slope Flycatcher
53 Black Phoebe
54 Ash-throated Flycatcher
55 Western Kingbird
56 Loggerhead Shrike
57 California Scrub-Jay
58 Yellow-billed Magpie
59 American Crow
60 Common Raven
61 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
62 Tree Swallow
63 Barn Swallow
64 Cliff Swallow
65 Oak Titmouse
66 Bushtit
67 White-breasted Nuthatch
68 House Wren
69 Marsh Wren
70 Bewick’s Wren
71 Western Bluebird
72 Hermit Thrush
73 American Robin
74 Northern Mockingbird
75 European Starling
76 Cedar Waxwing
77 Orange-crowned Warbler
78 Common Yellowthroat
79 Yellow Warbler
80 Wilson’s Warbler
81 Savannah Sparrow
82 Song Sparrow
83 California Towhee
84 Spotted Towhee
85 Western Tanager
86 Blue Grosbeak
87 Lazuli Bunting
88 Western Meadowlark
89 Bullock’s Oriole
90 Red-winged Blackbird
91 Brown-headed Cowbird
92 Brewer’s Blackbird
93 Great-tailed Grackle
94 House Finch
95 Lesser Goldfinch
96 American Goldfinch
97 House Sparrow

 

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This year, 2018, I have set up a little challenge for myself. The challenge is to see 100 or more species in Yolo County each month. Now, that does not mean that the 100 species of February have to all be different species from the 100 species in January. Rather it means that the total number of species seen in each month should get to a total of 100 or more. So, if I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in January it gets added to the January list. If I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in February it get added to the February list.

I am hoping this will help me to notice more details as I search to find that next species for a given month, encourage me to visit more habitat types each month, and highlight the seasonal differences as species come and go from my monthly list. This first few months, I have really been enjoying it, and will share what I see with you as the months go by.

Below is my species list from April. It has a total of 103 species, so I made my target! This month was a bit of a stretch for me to reach the 100 species mark. My family spent more time away from home which meant less time here birding. On the 27th, I was only at 89 species. But, I drove around the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area auto tour route on the 28th and picked up quite a few species including a lot of shorebirds. Some of the highlights from the month were my first Western Kingbird and Caspian Tern of the year, an Eared Grebe that I found at the Port of West Sacramento, a Horned Lark that I happened upon driving through the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, and a handful of Semipalmated Plovers at the same location. A notable and surprising miss for the month was American Kestrel. I really kept my eyes open for this species, but never was able to cross paths with one!

I am now 1/3rd of the way through my challenge, and I am definitely continuing to enjoy it. I am looking forward to seeing what I can find in May!

Here is my April species list.

 

Species – Yolo County – April
1 Snow Goose
2 Canada Goose
3 Wood Duck
4 Cinnamon Teal
5 Northern Shoveler
6 Gadwall
7 American Wigeon
8 Mallard
9 Green-winged Teal
10 Common Merganser
11 California Quail
12 Ring-necked Pheasant
13 Wild Turkey
14 Pied-billed Grebe
15 Eared Grebe
16 Double-crested Cormorant
17 American White Pelican
18 American Bittern
19 Great Blue Heron
20 Great Egret
21 Snowy Egret
22 Green Heron
23 Black-crowned Night-Heron
24 White-faced Ibis
25 Turkey Vulture
26 Osprey
27 White-tailed Kite
28 Northern Harrier
29 Cooper’s Hawk
30 Red-shouldered Hawk
31 Swainson’s Hawk
32 Red-tailed Hawk
33 Virginia Rail
34 Sora
35 Common Gallinule
36 American Coot
37 Black-necked Stilt
38 American Avocet
39 Black-bellied Plover
40 Semipalmated Plover
41 Killdeer
42 Long-billed Curlew
43 Dunlin
44 Least Sandpiper
45 Western Sandpiper
46 Long-billed Dowitcher
47 Spotted Sandpiper
48 Greater Yellowlegs
49 Ring-billed Gull
50 California Gull
51 Caspian Tern
52 Rock Pigeon
53 Eurasian Collared-Dove
54 Mourning Dove
55 Barn Owl
56 Great Horned Owl
57 White-throated Swift
58 Anna’s Hummingbird
59 Belted Kingfisher
60 Nuttall’s Woodpecker
61 Northern Flicker
62 Black Phoebe
63 Western Kingbird
64 California Scrub-Jay
65 Yellow-billed Magpie
66 American Crow
67 Common Raven
68 Horned Lark
69 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
70 Tree Swallow
71 Barn Swallow
72 Cliff Swallow
73 Oak Titmouse
74 Bushtit
75 Marsh Wren
76 Bewick’s Wren
77 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
78 Hermit Thrush
79 American Robin
80 Northern Mockingbird
81 European Starling
82 Cedar Waxwing
83 Common Yellowthroat
84 Yellow Warbler
85 Yellow-rumped Warbler
86 Wilson’s Warbler
87 Dark-eyed Junco
88 White-crowned Sparrow
89 Golden-crowned Sparrow
90 Savannah Sparrow
91 Song Sparrow
92 Lincoln’s Sparrow
93 California Towhee
94 Spotted Towhee
95 Western Meadowlark
96 Red-winged Blackbird
97 Brown-headed Cowbird
98 Brewer’s Blackbird
99 Great-tailed Grackle
100 House Finch
101 Lesser Goldfinch
102 American Goldfinch
103 House Sparrow

 

 

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This year, 2018, I have set up a little challenge for myself. The challenge is to see 100 or more species in Yolo County each month. Now, that does not mean that the 100 species of February have to all be different species from the 100 species in January. Rather it means that the total number of species seen in each month should get to a total of 100 or more. So, if I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in January it gets added to the January list. If I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in February it get added to the February list.

I am hoping this will help me to notice more details as I search to find that next species for a given month, encourage me to visit more habitat types each month, and highlight the seasonal differences as species come and go from my monthly list. I am looking forward to it, and will share what I see with you as the months go by.

Below is my species list from March. It has a total of 101 species, so I made my target! This month started really strong with 71 species on my list in just the first week. But  then things slowed down for the rest of the month. I was delighted to see my first Swainson’s Hawk of the year, but I have not yet found my first Western Kingbird. I had a nice diving duck month that included Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, and Ruddy Ducks! Another duck note of interest was that I spotted a few Green-winged Teal, but the Blue-winged Teal look like they have left the area. Additionally, the couple of Varied Thrush that I heard at Wood Duck Lake were a really wonderful treat that I was not expecting!

I am now 1/4th of the way through my challenge, and I am definitely continuing to enjoy it. I am looking forward to seeing what I can find in April!

Here is my March species list.

Species Name – Yolo County – March
1 Snow Goose
2 Ross’s Goose
3 Greater White-fronted Goose
4 Canada Goose
5 Wood Duck
6 Northern Shoveler
7 Gadwall
8 American Wigeon
9 Mallard
10 Northern Pintail
11 Green-winged Teal
12 Canvasback
13 Lesser Scaup
14 Bufflehead
15 Common Goldeneye
16 Common Merganser
17 Ruddy Duck
18 California Quail
19 Ring-necked Pheasant
20 Wild Turkey
21 Pied-billed Grebe
22 Double-crested Cormorant
23 American White Pelican
24 Great Blue Heron
25 Great Egret
26 Snowy Egret
27 Green Heron
28 White-faced Ibis
29 Turkey Vulture
30 White-tailed Kite
31 Northern Harrier
32 Cooper’s Hawk
33 Red-shouldered Hawk
34 Swainson’s Hawk
35 Red-tailed Hawk
36 Ferruginous Hawk
37 Virginia Rail
38 Common Gallinule
39 American Coot
40 Sandhill Crane
41 Black-necked Stilt
42 American Avocet
43 Killdeer
44 Long-billed Curlew
45 Long-billed Dowitcher
46 Greater Yellowlegs
47 Ring-billed Gull
48 California Gull
49 Glaucous-winged Gull
50 Rock Pigeon
51 Eurasian Collared-Dove
52 Mourning Dove
53 White-throated Swift
54 Anna’s Hummingbird
55 Belted Kingfisher
56 Red-breasted Sapsucker
57 Nuttall’s Woodpecker
58 Northern Flicker
59 American Kestrel
60 Merlin
61 Peregrine Falcon
62 Black Phoebe
63 California Scrub-Jay
64 Yellow-billed Magpie
65 American Crow
66 Common Raven
67 Tree Swallow
68 Barn Swallow
69 Oak Titmouse
70 Bushtit
71 House Wren
72 Marsh Wren
73 Bewick’s Wren
74 Golden-crowned Kinglet
75 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
76 Wrentit
77 Western Bluebird
78 American Robin
79 Varied Thrush
80 Northern Mockingbird
81 European Starling
82 Cedar Waxwing
83 Orange-crowned Warbler
84 Yellow-rumped Warbler
85 Fox Sparrow
86 Dark-eyed Junco
87 White-crowned Sparrow
88 Golden-crowned Sparrow
89 Song Sparrow
90 California Towhee
91 Spotted Towhee
92 Western Meadowlark
93 Red-winged Blackbird
94 Brown-headed Cowbird
95 Brewer’s Blackbird
96 Great-tailed Grackle
97 House Finch
98 Purple Finch
99 Lesser Goldfinch
100 American Goldfinch
101 House Sparrow

 

 

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This year, 2018, I have set up a little challenge for myself. The challenge is to see 100 or more species in Yolo County each month. Now, that does not mean that the 100 species of February have to all be different species from the 100 species in January. Rather it means that the total number of species seen in each month should get to a total of 100 or more. So, if I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in January it gets added to the January list. If I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in February it get added to the February list.

I am hoping this will help me to notice more details as I search to find that next species for a given month, encourage me to visit more habitat types each month, and highlight the seasonal differences as species come and go from my monthly list. I am looking forward to it, and will share what I see with you as the months go by.

Below is my species list from February. It has a total of 105 species, which is exactly the same number of species I saw in January, so I made my target! This month was a really nice raptor month including 3 Ferruginous Hawks, 3 falcon species, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Cooper’s Hawks among others. Cedar Waxwings were surprisingly hard to find, for me, this month. The most surprising misses were Say’s Phoebe and House Sparrow; two species that I specifically tried to find on a couple of occasions.

I am definitely continuing to enjoy this challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what I can find in March!

Here is my February species list.

Species – Yolo County – February
1 Snow Goose
2 Greater White-fronted Goose
3 Canada Goose
4 Wood Duck
5 Blue-winged Teal
6 Cinnamon Teal
7 Northern Shoveler
8 Gadwall
9 American Wigeon
10 Mallard
11 Northern Pintail
12 Canvasback
13 Common Goldeneye
14 Common Merganser
15 California Quail
16 Wild Turkey
17 Pied-billed Grebe
18 Double-crested Cormorant
19 American White Pelican
20 Great Blue Heron
21 Great Egret
22 Snowy Egret
23 Green Heron
24 Black-crowned Night-Heron
25 White-faced Ibis
26 Turkey Vulture
27 White-tailed Kite
28 Northern Harrier
29 Sharp-shinned Hawk
30 Cooper’s Hawk
31 Red-shouldered Hawk
32 Red-tailed Hawk
33 Ferruginous Hawk
34 Virginia Rail
35 Sora
36 Common Gallinule
37 American Coot
38 Sandhill Crane
39 Black-necked Stilt
40 American Avocet
41 Killdeer
42 Long-billed Dowitcher
43 Wilson’s Snipe
44 Greater Yellowlegs
45 Ring-billed Gull
46 California Gull
47 Herring Gull
48 Rock Pigeon
49 Eurasian Collared-Dove
50 Mourning Dove
51 Barn Owl
52 Great Horned Owl
53 White-throated Swift
54 Anna’s Hummingbird
55 Belted Kingfisher
56 Nuttall’s Woodpecker
57 Northern Flicker
58 American Kestrel
59 Merlin
60 Peregrine Falcon
61 Black Phoebe
62 Loggerhead Shrike
63 California Scrub-Jay
64 Yellow-billed Magpie
65 American Crow
66 Common Raven
67 Tree Swallow
68 Barn Swallow
69 Oak Titmouse
70 Bushtit
71 White-breasted Nuthatch
72 House Wren
73 Marsh Wren
74 Bewick’s Wren
75 Golden-crowned Kinglet
76 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
77 Wrentit
78 Hermit Thrush
79 American Robin
80 Northern Mockingbird
81 European Starling
82 American Pipit
83 Cedar Waxwing
84 Orange-crowned Warbler
85 Common Yellowthroat
86 Yellow-rumped Warbler
87 Fox Sparrow
88 Dark-eyed Junco
89 White-crowned Sparrow
90 Golden-crowned Sparrow
91 Savannah Sparrow
92 Song Sparrow
93 Lincoln’s Sparrow
94 California Towhee
95 Spotted Towhee
96 Western Meadowlark
97 Red-winged Blackbird
98 Tricolored Blackbird
99 Brown-headed Cowbird
100 Brewer’s Blackbird
101 Great-tailed Grackle
102 House Finch
103 Purple Finch
104 Lesser Goldfinch
105 American Goldfinch

 

 

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This year, 2018, I have set up a little challenge for myself. The challenge is to see 100 or more species in Yolo County each month. Now, that does not mean that the 100 species of February have to all be different species from the 100 species in January. Rather it means that the total number of species seen in each month should get to a total of 100 or more. So, if I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in January it gets added to the January list. If I see a Red-tailed Hawk some time in February it get added to the February list.

I am hoping this will help me to notice more details as I search to find that next species for a given month, encourage me to visit more habitat types each month, and highlight the seasonal differences as species come and go from my monthly list. I am looking forward to it, and will share what I see with you as the months go by.

To get started, below is my species list from January. It has a total of 105 species, so I made my target! It has some fun birds on it. The Cackling Goose that I found at Bridgeway Island Pond, and the Glaucous-winged Gull that I spotted flying over the Yolo Bypass were both very nice and unexpected additions. The Green Heron and White-throated Swifts were both surprisingly hard to track down. The fact that I never did find a Green-winged Teal was very unexpected as I figured that species would be a given in January.

Already, this challenge has been fun, and I have noticed myself checking each bird I see a bit more carefully just to make sure I don’t overlook that Lincoln’s Sparrow as yet another Song Sparrow and so deny myself a species. I think I am going to enjoy the rest of the experiment.

Here is my January species list.

Species Names – Yolo County – January 2018
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Canvasback
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Killdeer
Long-billed Curlew
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
White-throated Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
California Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Purple Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

 

 

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