Backyard visitor–Red Bellied Woodpecker

I admit the title “Birder” sounds a little strange to me, as it suggests something more participatory than watching birds. And although I may be a birder, I’m certainly not a twitcher (someone who travels long distances to see birds). I prefer to let them come to me. I am a list maker however, and keeping a list of birds in my special list book is something I enjoy. My bird list contains few rarities–these are just the birds that inhabit the same environs I do. I’ve been keeping a life list for several years now, but throughout 2019 I kept a list of all the birds I saw. Today I sat down and took a final count–there were 75. A few birds that I didn’t quite identify didn’t make it on my list–like the black duck I thought I saw just before Christmas. I figure confirming it over the next few days will give me a jump on the 2020 list.

January 1Black Capped Chickadees
January 1Northern Cardinal
January 1Wild Turkey
January 1Dark Eyed Junco
January 1American Gold Finch
January 2Red Breasted Nuthatch
January 2White Breasted Nuthatch
January 2Mourning Dove
January 3Ringbill Gulls
January 11Raven
January 14American Crow
January 14Red Tail Hawk
January 17Purple Finch
January 19Hairy Woodpecker
January 20Redpoll
January 20Sharp Shinned Hawk
January 28Rock Doves
January 29Pileated Woodpecker
February 7Blue Jay
February 6Snowbirds
February 24European Starlings
February 6Snowy Owl
March 4Canada Goose
March 12Brown Creeper
March 14Common Grackle
March 17American Robin
March 17Red Wind Blackbird
March 18Turkey Vulture
March 20Blue Heron
March 20American Kestrel
March 20Common Merganzer
March 21Killdeer
March 23Mute Swan
May 5Bald Eagle
May 6Eastern Bluebird
April 17Red Headed Woodpecker
April 17Double Crested Cormorant
April 21Common Loon
April 21Osprey
April 21Yellow Shafted Flicker
April 21Eastern Phoebe
April 21Northern Meganzer
April 29Belted King Fisher
May 6House Finch
May 11Tree Swallow
May 14Cowbird
May 17Catbird
May 17Field Sparrow
May 20Baltimore Oriel
May 19House Sparrow
May 24Brown Thrasher
May 26Bobolink
May 27Barn Swallow
May 24Mallard Duck
July 26Green Heron
June 27House Wren
June 27Ruby Throated Hummingbird
July 5Cedar Waxwings
August 18Herring Gull
August 18Yellow Warbler
August 18Lesser Yellowlegs
August 18Caspian Tern
August 18Common Tern
August 18Dowitcher
August 18Least Sandpiper
August 18Semipalmated Sandpiper
August 18Egret
August 18Downey Woodpecker
August 19ā€ˇGallinula
August 19Willet
August 19Bairds Sandpiper
August 19Black Bellied Sandpiper
August 27Phoebe
October 10Song Sparrow
October 12Red Bellied Woodpecker