Posted by: Sandy Steinman | February 12, 2019

A “big year” and Neighborhood Birding

Today I went birding in North Berkeley Flatland neighborhoods with my friend Eric Schroeder, who is doing his version of a big year.

Here is Eric’s description of his big year.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, it’s an attempt to see as many species as you can in a year—generally species in a specific place (usually one’s own country). I recommend the book The Big Year if you want a great illustration of how compulsive these efforts can be. I’m not going to be quite so obsessive—and my big year is actually going to be a global one. I’m doing it for two reasons: 1) I realized a few months back that I’ve got a lot of travel scheduled for 2019 and I thought it would be fun to record how many species I could see in a single year, and 2) I’m hoping to raise money for my favorite charity, the Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS). 
If you’d like to learn more about what I’m up to, check out my web page.

On it you can sign up for my monthly updates if you are interested in receiving them (don’t worry, unless you sign up, I won’t bother you about this again.) And if you are feeling generous (and not too tapped out from the holiday

Today between us we saw 29 species between us plus some unidentified gulls. Most abundant were large numbers of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings; conservatively about 80 of each. We also saw three Woodpeckers: Downy, Nuttall’s and Northern Flickr. Eric also saw a couple of Ravens that I missed and won’t be included on attached list. I had two White-throated Sparrows in my backyard, which Eric missed and have eluded him so far this year. Click read more to see our bird list from today.

North Berkeley Flatlands Bird List – 2/12/15
3 miles between Gilman St. and Strawberry Creek Park along the Ohlone Greenway, adjacent side streets and my backyard.

28 species (+1 other taxa)

Mourning Dove  10
Anna’s Hummingbird  4
California Gull  1
gull sp.  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Nuttall’s Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Black Phoebe  1
California Scrub-Jay  4
American Crow  20
Common Raven  0
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Bushtit  5
Bewick’s Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Western Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  80
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  80
House Finch  5
Lesser Goldfinch  5
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  3
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Golden-crowned Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
California Towhee  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
House Sparrow  12

View this checklist online at

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