Birds of the Yard
  In the 15 or so years I've been watching the yard, I've kept a pretty
good record of the birds that have passed through or taken up
residence here. They seem to me to be an indicator of the quality of
the habitat, here on my fifth of an acre in suburbia, less than a mile
from the DC line. Here's the list:

Wood duck
Black-crowned night heron
Sharp-shinned hawk
Cooper’s hawk
Red-tailed hawk
Turkey vulture
Mourning dove
Yellow-billed cuckoo
Red-headed woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Northern flicker
Yellow-bellied flycatcher
Great crested flycatcher
Eastern kingbird
Blue-headed vireo
Blue jay
American crow
Tufted titmouse
Carolina chickadee
White-breasted nuthatch
Brown creeper
Carolina wren
House wren
Ruby-crowned kinglet
American robin
Wood thrush
Gray-cheeked thrush
Swainson’s thrush
Hermit thrush
Northern mockingbird
Gray catbird
European starling
Cedar waxwing
Magnolia  warbler
Black-throated blue warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Palm warbler
Blackpoll warbler
Black-and-white warbler
American redstart
Nashville warbler
Northern parula
Hooded warbler
Canada warbler
Scarlet tanager
Northern cardinal
Rose-breasted grosbeak
Dark-eyed junco
Eastern towhee
White-throated sparrow
House sparrow
Common grackle

That's 57 species, for anyone who's counting.

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A Year in the Yard