Daily Archives: January 25, 2014


January 100 Species Challenge

The month was slipping away. This was the last full weekend before February and with 2 solid days where I could go birding. And it was supposed to snow on Saturday, which made finding my final bird for the month just that more important. However this was the last thing on my mind as I made my way to Oxford Ohio to visit my oldest son for the evening. Then I received the phone call…it was my best friend Phil…a male and female Northern Bobwhite were under his stationary feeders eating the seeds on the ground. And here I am an hour away with hardly any daylight left. So I told him the situation and asked that he keep me informed as to whether they return the next day.

Northern Bobwhites were once a very abundant species, however with the loss of habitat they’ve now become fewer in numbers till you could almost call them an uncommon species. So when the call came yesterday while still at work that they just showed up again to feed lifted my hopes. Even though Phil’s  house fronts a very busy road, the back and sides offer the cover that Bobwhites like, and they used that cover to sneak in and out to feed throughout the day. From what Phil was observing they would stay for about 15 minutes, feed, then leave. I smell a pattern that I might be able to use to catch these birds with my bins.

So after work yesterday I made my way over to his house to play the waiting game. As the clock approached 5:30 they came out. 1 male and 1 female, and 100 species.

IMG_3981Male Northern Bobwhite

IMG_3983Female Northern Bobwhite

IMG_3982The lovely couple

Sorry for the poor quality photo. You see I was taking this picture through 2 doors. One with just a glass pane and the other through a screen.

So here’s the list of birds for this January 2014.

  1. Carolina Chickadee
  2. House Finch
  3. House Sparrow
  4. American Crow
  5. Tufted Titmouse
  6. American Robin
  7. American Goldfinch
  8. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  9. Downy Woodpecker
  10. Blue Jay
  11. Red-tailed Hawk
  12. Northern Mockingbird
  13. White-breasted Nuthatch
  14. European Starling
  15. Northern Cardinal
  16. Red-shouldered Hawk
  17. Barred Owl
  18. Canada Goose
  19. Cackling Goose
  20. Pigeon
  21. Trumpeter Swan
  22. Tundra Swan
  23. Cooper’s Hawk
  24. Bald Eagle
  25. Carolina Wren
  26. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  27. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  28. American Coot
  29. Gadwall
  30. Mallard
  31. American Black Duck
  32. Song Sparrow
  33. Dark-eyed Junco
  34. Hairy Woodpecker
  35. Pied-billed Grebe
  36. Ring-billed Gull
  37. Ring-necked Duck
  38. Mourning Dove
  39. White-throated Sparrow
  40. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  41. Bufflehead
  42. Canvasback
  43. Greater White-fronted Goose
  44. Mute Swan
  45. Snow Goose
  46. Hooded Merganser
  47. Redhead
  48. Greater Scaup
  49. Lesser Scaup
  50. Hermit Thrush
  51. Common Grackle
  52. Ruddy Duck
  53. American Wigeon
  54. Common Goldeneye
  55. Northern Shoveler
  56. Brown Creeper
  57. American Tree Sparrow
  58. Wood Duck
  59. Northern Harrier
  60. American Kestrel
  61. Swamp Sparrow
  62. White-crowned Sparrow
  63. Great Blue Heron
  64. Double-creasted Cormorant
  65. Killdeer
  66. Northern Flicker
  67. Herring Gull
  68. Snow Bunting
  69. Fox Sparrow
  70. Horned Lark
  71. Glaucous Gull-Lifer
  72. Lapland Longspur
  73. Eastern Towhee
  74. Black Vulture
  75. Savannah Sparrow
  76. Red-headed Woodpecker
  77. Pileated Woodpecker
  78. Eastern Bluebird
  79. Eastern Meadowlark
  80. Wild Turkey
  81. Red-winged Blackbird
  82. Horned grebe
  83. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  84. Red-breasted Merganser
  85. Snowy Owl
  86. Merlin
  87. White-winged Scoter
  88. Common Merganser
  89. Surf Scoter
  90. Field Sparrow
  91. Turkey Vulture
  92. Green-winged Teal
  93. Brown-headed Cowbird
  94. Common Loon
  95. Bonaparte’s Gull
  96. Belted Kingfisher
  97. Rough-legged Hawk
  98. Short-eared Owl
  99. Winter Wren
  100. Northern Bobwhite

Some pretty common birds that I dipped on this month are very common, however I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes the birding Gods are with you, such was the case of the Snowy Owl, Glaucous Gull (which I saw on the coldest day of the year), Short-eared Owls. And other times no matter how hard you try you just can’t find them. Such as…

  • Northern Pintail
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Pine Siskin
  • Sandhill Crane

So until next year I’ll just keep on birding.