101st and final 2008 Bigby Bird

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It’s the last day of 2008 and it was graced the appearance (at last) of that elusive little bird, the Pine Siskin, whom I have been waiting to reappear around here for the past two years … they used to be common in winter but never once appeared in 2007 and only just squeaked in by the skin of their teeth/beaks this year.  welcome back chaps …

We also were visited by in the garden by a beautiful Pine Grosbeak … not a Bigby bird as i had seen them around here a couple of times last January and February but an addition to my personal garden list and very welcome whatever.

I have mentioned a few days ago that we have a Robin in the garden this year … now his tiny flockette has grown to three, two of whom are here :

The Robins seem willing to share their amenities with others:

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I have taken advantage of the cold weather and a few days off work to spiff up and reorganise my on-line photography galleries … you may visit them at http://www.sparroworks.ca/photographs2.html

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And so …. what were my 101 Bigby species? The list is below and I am immensely proud of them as these are all, by definition, birds seen within walking/cycling distance (and I am not a great cyclist) of our suburban, if leafy, home …

BIGBY SPECIES SEEN ~ 2008
From 1/1/2008 to 12/31/2008 ~ All Places ~ 101 seen
LOONS
Common Loon
GREBES
Pied-billed Grebe
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Mallard
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
NEW WORLD VULTURES
Turkey Vulture
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
FALCONS AND CARACARAS
Merlin
SANDPIPERS
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
GULLS
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
CUCKOOS
Black-billed Cuckoo
SWIFTS
Chimney Swift
HUMMINGBIRDS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
WOODPECKERS
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
SWALLOWS
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
WAGTAILS AND PIPITS
American Pipit
KINGLETS
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
WAXWINGS
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
WRENS
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
House Wren
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
THRUSHES
Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
CHICKADEES AND TITS
Black-capped Chickadee
NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
CROWS AND JAYS
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
STARLINGS
European Starling
VIREOS AND ALLIES
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
WOOD WARBLERS
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Canada Warbler
TANAGERS AND ALLIES
Scarlet Tanager
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
SALTATORS, CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
House Finch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow
——– STATISTICS ——–
Species seen – 101

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