It’s quite silly that I’m nervous to publish this page, 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! As of 18 May 2020, I now have 28/43!
I’ll update this 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– lifer seen on 22 May 2020! Blue-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Curve-billed Thrasher Gray-cheeked Thrush
- Plain-capped Starthroat
- Red-throated Loon
- Yellow-billed Loon
Pacific Loon– lifer seen on 28 February 2020! Common Loon
- Arctic Loon
- Atlantic Puffin
Montezuma Quail– lifer seen on 22 May 2020! Virginia Rail
- California Black Rail
- Black-footed Albatross
- Cassin’s Auklet
American Bittern Brewer’s Blackbird
- Mountain Bluebird
Brown Booby– lifer seen on 28 February 2020! Indigo Bunting Bushtit– lifer seen on 11 November 2019! Canvasback Northern Cardinal Grey Catbird Chickadee (chickadee) American Coot Cormorant Cowbird American Crow Common Ground Dove– lifer seen on 19 May 2020! Eurasian Collard Dove Dowitcher
Happy Birding! (and wish me luck)