Birding

Our whole family got into birding in 2020. It's been a great family activity to get us outdoors, paying attention to nature, and learning more about the world around us. It has also given me an excuse to practice my photography skills again, which I post on Instagram.

Life List

63 species since 1 January 2020:

No. Common Name Latin Name Date Seen Location Notes
1 Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus 01 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
2 Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis 01 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
3 Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo 03 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH West Pete. btw MacDowell Reservoir & Nubanusit
4 Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor 03 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
5 American Goldfinch Spinus tristis 03 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
6 Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis 03 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
7 Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata 04 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
8 American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos 04 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
9 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 04 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
10 Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura 08 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
11 Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus 08 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
12 American Robin Turdus migratorius 08 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
13 Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis 09 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
14 European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 09 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
15 Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus 12 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
16 White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis 13 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
17 Brown Creeper Certhia americana 13 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
18 Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus 15 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
19 Downy Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens 16 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
20 Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis 17 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
21 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 18 Jan 2020 Nashua, NH Mine Falls Park--Spine Rd. entrance
22 Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 18 Jan 2020 Nashua, NH Mine Falls Park--Spine Rd. entrance
23 Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia 18 Jan 2020 Nashua, NH Mine Falls Park--Spine Rd. entrance
24 Canada Goose Branta canadensis 18 Jan 2020 Nashua, NH 58 Technology Way, (42.762, -71.477)
25 American Black Duck Anas rubripes 18 Jan 2020 Nashua, NH 58 Technology Way, (42.762, -71.477)
26 Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 18 Jan 2020 Nashua, NH 58 Technology Way, (42.762, -71.477)
27 Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum 19 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Neighborhood
28 House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus 20 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Home Feeder
29 Common Raven Corvus corax 25 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Circling over Depot Square
30 Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus 26 Jan 2020 Peterborough, NH Female at feeder in group of House Finches
31 Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa 1 Feb 2020 Hudson, NH Flitting around in shrubbery
32 Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus 2 Feb 2020 Peterborough, NH At base of forsythia bushes in neighbor's yard
33 Rock Pigeon Columba livia 9 Feb 2020 Manchester, NH Groups sitting on street lights
34 Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 9 Feb 2020 Manchester, NH Merrimack River
35 Barrow's Goldeneye Bucephala islandica 9 Feb 2020 Manchester, NH Merrimack River
36 Common Merganser Mergus merganser 9 Feb 2020 Manchester, NH Merrimack River
37 Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 9 Feb 2020 Manchester, NH Merrimack River
38 Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus 10 Feb 2020 Vernon, VT Nest and 2 adults seen outside window of Amtrak train
39 Mute Swan Cygnus olor 10 Feb 2020 Holyoke, MA Seen outside window of Amtrak train
40 Herring Gull Larus argentatus 11 Feb 2020 New York, NY Outside hotel window on rooftop
41 Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata 12 Feb 2020 New York, NY Central Park Ramble
42 White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis 12 Feb 2020 New York, NY Central Park Ramble
43 Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis 13 Feb 2020 New York, NY Bryant Park
44 Bufflehead Bucephala albeola 14 Feb 2020 New York, NY Central Park Reservoir
45 Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus 14 Feb 2020 New York, NY Central Park Reservoir
46 Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 14 Feb 2020 New York, NY Central Park Reservoir
47 Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis 14 Feb 2020 New York, NY Central Park Reservoir
48 Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus 28 Feb 2020 Peterborough, NH First bird of spring
49 Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
50 Black Scoter Melanitta americana 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
51 Common Eider Somateria mollissima 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
52 Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
53 Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
54 Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
55 Northern Pintail Anas acuta 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
56 White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
57 Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis 29 Feb 2020 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Plum Island
58 Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 13 Mar 2020 Peterborough, NH Circling field
59 Wood Duck Aix sponsa 14 Mar 2020 Peterborough, NH MacDowell Reservoir
60 Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis 15 Mar 2020 Peterborough, NH Shieling Forest
61 Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater 1 Apr 2020 Peterborough, NH Yard
62 Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe 4 Apr 2020 Peterborough, NH MacDowell Reservoir
63 Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina 15 Apr 2020 Peterborough, NH Yard