I decided to keep track of all of the bird species I see this year. I didn't really do it last year, although I went through my archives the other day and found I had blogged about 70+ species. The highlights were the Western tanager that made a brief appearance in my yard, and a probable cattle egret I saw across the road on the morning of my stepson's wedding (so I was too busy to properly document it!)
So far my list is pretty ordinary; my first sighting of the year was a goldfinch, and there have been numerous chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, crows, ravens, and others. But today Stan the Cardinal came for a long visit, so I was more than happy to add him to the list! He almost looked like he enjoyed a place out of the wind, in the company of other birds, more than the objective of finding food. I put a pie plate of sunflower seeds out, but Stan was not very interested. He did hover over it once, but for some reason found it not to his liking.
Other additions to my list today were downy woodpecker (for some reason I have not seen many of these lately!), common redpoll (one positive ID among the flock of goldfinches), and American tree sparrow, which was a cool find on the Christmas bird count! This one was pure luck; it was working some grass heads near the ground by the feeder, and it looked different enough for me to take a closer look.
One of my nemesis birds is the boreal chickadee. I have decided to increase my chances of finding it this year by going with Lynne to the Sax Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival in February! Am I excited?! Woo hoo!