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Like many birders, I’ve just started documenting a back yard
bird list for my house in Moss Beach, California. I’m pleased to report after 2
years in this location I have 74 bird species so far. My good friend Pete of
Martinez California also has 74 bird species for his location. We are in a
friendly completion and are currently in a dead heat.
Back yard bird counts usually involve counts made from a
specific point, residence, gallery, or business. One such location is the
resident quarters at the Farallones Islands which as of 2010 has a bird species
count of 360. This is believed to be the most prolific in the United States. Paul
Leham of New Jersey claims 300 + at his residence. The Farallones Islands have
been criticized because the count is compiled by many individuals keeping
records over a long time frame. However Peter Pyle a biologist who spent
significant time at the Farallones claims 324 species documented by him alone
on his visits to the Farallones.
#74 Hooded Oriole 5/3/13
# 73 Western Tanager 5/2/13
So my 74 species count is pretty modest in relationship to
other bird spots, but it’s always fun to add a new bird to the list. Most of
the birds on my list are common birds found in this area, Brewer’s Black Birds,
House finches and sparrows, Scrub Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, Mourning Doves,
California Quail and Ravens. Some of the slightly unusual birds have been an
Osprey, Kestrel, Killdeer and my favorite occasional visitor, Great-horned Owl.
Some of the recent additions have been Cedar Waxwings, a Hooded Oriole and a
beautiful Western Tanager.