Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Backyard Big Year--Week 1 Report

One week into the Backyard Big Year, I've seen some great birds, including 4 new birds for my overall yard list--Great Black-backed Gull, Gadwall, Common Merganser, American Black Duck.  On January 1, I saw 36 species.  The next day, I saw four additional species for the year.  Since then I've hit a wall, and haven't come up with any new species.  But I'm digiscoping and taking pictures with a goal of getting shots of 150 species in the yard this year--so far up to 25 species.  So life is good.  I won't post weekly here, but I will post monthly updates and perhaps other highlights.  Meanwhile you can check out the daily action on the Backyard Big Year blog or on Facebook.

Good yard birding!


  1. Good for you! I restarted my yard list on the 1st and am up to 22 species this year with the addition of a European starling just today! I had a total of 106 species in my yard last year, the largest total ever for my backyard, but I just moved here last year in February. It helps living near the ocean, so i get woodland species as well as ocean species!

  2. Sounds like a fun idea. Maybe you could build a tree stand in your tallest tree? That should up the list a little.

  3. It must be challenging over your winter!