Birding in Place

Quarantined birding for me isn’t much different from non-quarantined birding. We live on a bluff overlooking a creek, river, and ash-dominated floodplain, and I’ve worked from home full-time, in this location, for nearly 1 year. It’s backyard birding as usual except that now it’s spring, so the migrants are passing through (north [or up]) and the residents are setting up territories and building nests.

My office view of my backyard; April 14, 2020; Camas, WA.

On March 24, 5MR Jen kicked off a yard challenge. This generally means counting birds you see or hear in or from your yard. Because I work from home, this feels like one very long birding point count, but with long, nighttime breaks for sleep and many breaks during the day for cheese and crackers (many).

I’ve been participating in this yard challenge since March 24. My office window faces our backyard and my feeders. During the day, I catch what I can while I’m working. After work, I sit outside and catch the late afternoon/evening bird activity.

As of today, April 14, my yard challenge list since March 24 is 47 species.

Here’s a selection of yard birds that I was able to capture with my pretty basic camera. Check out my YouTube channel for videos of a Varied Thrush and a Fox Sparrow.

White-breasted Nuthatch; Camas, WA; April 2020
Golden-crowned Sparrow; Camas, WA; April 2020
California Scrub-Jay; Camas, WA; April 2020
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon); Camas, WA; April 2020
Golden-crowned Sparrow; Camas, WA; April 2020
Northern Flicker; Camas, WA; April 2020
Downy Woodecker; Camas, WA; April 2020
Spotted Towhee; Camas, WA; April 2020
Black-capped Chickadee; Camas, WA; April 2020
House Finch; Camas, WA; April 2020
Bald Eagle; Camas, WA; April 2020
Canada Goose; Camas, WA; April 2020
Song Sparrow; Camas, WA; April 2020
Chestnut-backed Chickadee; Camas, WA; April 2020
Bald Eagles; Camas, WA; April 2020
Black-capped Chickadee; Camas, WA; April 2020
White-crowned Sparrow; Camas, WA; April 2020
Downy Woodpecker; Camas, WA; April 2020

May 5, 2018

Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018

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Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Northern Flicker (female); Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Orange-crowned Warbler; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Orange-crowned Warbler, with the not-so-often-seen orange crown; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

 

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Bald Eagle; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Wood Thrush (me); Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Clint Burfitt.

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A shy Bushtit; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Phyciodes mylitta; Skinner Butte; Eugene, Oregon; May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

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Savannah Sparrow; canola field north of Corvallis, May 5, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

New Birds for 2018: 1
2018 Year-to-Date Talley: 156