I’ve published this post as a page, as well, but I wanted it in both places.
It’s quite silly that I’m nervous to publish this, but I wanted it out there as a way to truly commit to the challenge.
So here’s goes:
I’m trying to see all of the birds listed in the song Birding by the Swet Shop Boys (if you haven’t heard it, I’d highly recommend giving it a listen).
There. It’s out there.
I’ve been a fan of SSB for several years now, and I was in a shopping mall when I got a notification they’d released a new EP. I 100% seriously gave a little scream when I saw the word “Birding” as one of the titles.
I downloaded that EP so fast, iTunes didn’t know what hit it.
I’ve been working at this challenge for about a year now, but I’m ready to be held accountable for it.
Below is the complete list of birds I need to see (in order of the song).
So far, I have 25/43. Only 18 to go! I’ll update the official challenge page as I see new species.
- Swallow-tailed Gull
Boat-tailed Grackle Tricolored Heron Blue Jay Ring-necked Pheasant
- White-rumped Sandpiper
- Flame-colored Tanager
Blue-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Curve-billed Thrasher Gray-cheeked Thrush
- Plain-capped Starthroat
- Red-throated Loon
- Yellow-billed Loon
- Pacific Loon
- Arctic Loon
- Atlantic Puffin
- Montezuma Quail
- California Black Rail
- Black-footed Albatross
- Cassin’s Auklet
American Bittern Brewer’s Blackbird
- Mountain Bluebird
- Brown Booby
Canvasback Northern Cardinal Grey Catbird Chickadee (chickadee) American Coot Cormorant Cowbird American Crow
- Common Ground Dove
Eurasian Collard Dove Dowitcher
Happy Birding! (and wish me luck)