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I've attached a document that I've created to help everyone more easily identify birds in the area by narrowing the list down to 103. I've sifted through Sibley's and created a list (broken down by family) of all of the perching songbirds (plus a few extras) that summer in our bioregion. The ones with asterisks next to their names are ones who summer really close to the bio-region boundary, but not quite in. I didn't include shorebirds or any birds of prey, with the exception of owls.
Eventually I want to break this list down into specific habitats where you can find each of the species, so if anyone would like to help me out on this one it would be awesome. Just saying.
I also wanted to pass along some tools that I use when I'm trying to identify a bird call or song. I bring a recording device into the woods with me and record any song or call that I don't know. Then, using the list attached, I go through the birds one by one on the site allaboutbirds.org (It organizes the MacAuley Library, which is a jumbled mess, into an organized grouping of all songs and calls by that particular bird). It's a little time consuming at first, but once you start getting familiar with the distinct sounds of certain families, you can whip down the list quickly.
Also, if the formatting is coming out bad when you open the document, let me know and I can send you the file in another format or just paste the list directly on the forum.
You should put Ruby Crown Kinglet in there too. They are definitely here.
Yellowthroat's are in or near wetlands just like the red wing b bs. And of course marsh wrens too. Other wetland birds on your list...I have found robins nests and song sparrow nests in hardhack/reed canary grass wetlands.
What is "our bioregion"?
thanks steve, i missed the ruby crown kinglet. in sibley's it's wintering and summering grounds are right on the border of where we are but it definitely should be included. I'll add yellowthroat as well, missed that one too. I guess I consider our biogregion to be from sultan, southwest to seattle, north to bellingham, east to mt. baker and then back down south to us again. Simply an area where the students from the school live.
Good stuff, Gabe! Did you ever see the species list I started in the Naturalist Group called "Alderleaf Species List?" That is stuff we have seen directly or seen tracks of on and around the property.
I know you are going with mostly songbirds here, but I might also add these, as they are present and often vocal:
- California Quail
- Red-tailed hawk
- Cooper's Hawk
- Bald Eagle
- Eurasian Collared Dove (increasingly common in farmlands throughout the country, present around Monroe, Duvall, etc.)
- Pied-billed grebes
- Canada Goose
Note I am not including all of the birds of prey, just ones that I hear often. Many are generally silent. I would add more, but we are talking about summer visitors. We also get some special wintertime locals, such as the long-eared owl that visits Ben Howard Road every winter, Northern Shrikes and birds like that.