Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Nikolai Gogol




Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809-52) was a Russian writer, who was born in an era where European nations with rulers such as Nicholas I were fearful of revolution and tightened up censorship of published works. Gogol’s father died when he was fifteen, but he finished education in Ukraine and headed to St. Petersburg for a career in the Czarist bureaucracy. He fancied himself an actor or a painter, but it was obvious his skills were with words. His skill in describing people led to many a character in his book sketched out by artists of the period. It took him no time to realize that his job would stifle any personal development and even the salary prospects were poor. He attempted creative work in the two or less years he worked as a government official. Most letters to his mother begged for another three hundred rubles.

His first stories were derived from his native Ukraine, as those were popular in Russia at the time. Pushkin preceded Gogol, but otherwise the state of Russian literature was poor. People read many a book of German poetry and fiction as harmless entertainment.

Gogol developed literary relationships in St. Petersburg and published regularly in literary journals. Eventually some stories were collected in book form, and he was accepted into the literary circles and educated circles all the way up to the royal family. He taught in a girls’ school and worked as a tutor at other times.

Gogol’s books are full of fussy majors, landowners, peasants and other colorful characters described to the tiniest detail. If his heroes were vain, so was Gogol. If they had particular habits of eating and consumed a variety of Russian and foreign foods, so did Gogol. He suffered from anxiety, travel discomforts, health problems and endless little things that occupied his daily routines. He was not a particularly easy person to be with, but he did always have Russian friends, especially during his years abroad.

Gogol’s relationships with women were usually with the wives of his friends and supporters, and members of the Czarist nobility. He was never known to have a physical relationship with a woman, and his intimate matters are mostly speculation.

Gogol was in fact patriotic and fairly religious and at times superstitious. His works reflect an attitude to the Russian bureaucracy, but his notions of improvement for Russia must be categorized as rather strange. His private letters were published at one point, after careful editing and censorship. People took his writings as satire and criticism of certain classes in Russia. The Inspector General took some work to publish, but mysteriously Nicholas I himself approved it. The Czar then soon forgot all about Gogol and his plays. The play as well as many of his works are humorous, but writers who followed him warn us not to treat him simply as a humorist. Gogol himself did not enjoy the attention the play got as a sort of criticism of the system, and he made one of his many escapes abroad. He merely wanted some fame, not any label as a revolutionary of any sort.

The Overcoat remains a work that easily portrays Russia of the time and the underclasses. The scribes and offices in it are pretty much what Gogol saw when he arrived in the capitol as a young man. Despite his flaws, there was not a comparable writer in his day. Dostoevski was released from prison in 1854 and published his major works in the 1860s.

One can read the biographies of many writers and find the person not quite what you expect. This is true of Gogol but is even true of Mark Twain, for example. We all have our failures. I find it best to read the material, but then give the greater weight to the works, not the writer and his failures or quirks.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Survival

Sparrows

In our neighborhood I found a bluebird box with sparrows in it. About a week ago there were three nestlings in it. Yesterday there was one barely alive and today nothing. The parents remover the nestlings that do not survive. Sparrows can feed on seeds but they feed their nestlings insects and caterpillars. Last week was a cool week. They had to survive themselves to try nesting again.


Sparrow's nests are often round shaped with a a roof over and just the opening on the side.

Bluebirds

Out South side birds are doing well. In what I call Box 13 are five nestlings. The mom never left the nest on previous visits but on a warm day like today the nestlings were alone, content from the morning feedings and sleeping. In fact the dad came by with food and nobody responded so he ate it himself. The dad is in some brush not far from the nest:


Here is the mom on the nest when she still had eggs.  

 


And the resting nestlings. The Box 13 family. 

There will more pictures of the Box 7 family soon enough, There was a similar clutch inside. Here is just the box. I have never seen the female but she kept the eggs warm through the cold spell. I have a picture of the empty grass nest from it in the previous blog, look back.


The birds seem to like the compact boxes. Some bigger boxes are available and some brand new. One more box (2) had five eggs in the South end. So we are expecting up to 15 nestlings on the South side (now locked at the bridge)

Swallows

Swallows were fighting over Box 1 on the South side and Box 11 on the North side. Up to three males circle the box, land, go inside and so and. This is just to show to a female that "I have a nest box". I believe he does not make any nests. 


The surprise of the week was a swallow's nest with nestlings when all the other swallow nests do not even have eggs in them. Among the feathers (sign of swallow nest) were some sleeping nestlings. 


The swallows must have found enough insects to feed the nestlings and themsleves. In bad weather, bluebirds can find berries. I think these swallows may be able to eat some vegetable matter as well. Of all the swallows, these are the most song bird like and have feet to land and walk on unlike useless barn swallow feet. In the swallow category, I found a dead male in a box. The birds roost in empty boxes all year, This one was probably old or sick. I have to remove some dead things once in a while. If eggs start to rot they have to be taken out.

All in all, life goes on. People running in bluebird lines have always been impressed that they seem to plan well and rarely abandon eggs and never nestlings. It is all  a matter of survival and doing your job. People the study bluebirds say they live one or two years and very few nest and live to the third year.


Monday, May 02, 2016

Nearly 500 Birds

Life list reconstruction.

Birds in 2003 are a best guess of order. The birds of 2003-2012 are in Missouri unless noted otherwise. Some of the lifer birds are actually bird #2 as I was not 100% sure of the first or the record of the first is sketchy. There have been a few “lost” birds added to the list, so the old numbers may be off, after the bird name.

  1. Eurasian starling (2.23.2003)
  2. American Crow
  3. northern mockingbird
  4. northern cardinal
  5. mourning dove
  6. house sparrow
  7. house finch
  8. red winged blackbird
  9. american robin
  10. tufted titmouse
  11. dark-eyed junco
  12. american goldfinch
  13.  downy woodpecker
  14. white-throated sparrow
  15. killdeer
  16. red-bellied woodpecker
  17. bluejay
  18. eastern phoebe
  19. brown-headed cowbird
  20. turkey vulture
  21. common grackle (april 2003)
  22. chimney swift (IL)
  23. eastern bluebird (IL)
  24. Baltimore oriole (IL)
  25. eastern meadowlark
  26. red-headed woodpecker
  27. indigo bunting (5.31.2003)
  28. eastern towhee
  29. summer tanager (at Elephant Rocks)
  30. cedar waxwing
  31. ruby-crowned kinglet
  32. blue-gray gnatcatcher
  33. barn swallow
  34. eastern kingbird (Indiana)
  35. brown thrasher (Indiana)
  36. Eurasian tree-sparrow
  37. tree swallow
  38. house wren
  39. bobwhite
  40. rose-breasted grosbeak (MI)
  41. red-tailed hawk
  42. western kingbird
  43. yellow-bellied sapsucker (June 2003 Manitoba)
  44. gray catbird (Alberta)
  45. yellow warbler (Manitoba, other birds were MO a year or two later)
  46. spotted towhee (Alberta)
  47. black-billed magpie (Alberta)
  48. ring-billed gull (Alberta)
  49. Clark’s nutcracker (Alberta)
  50. Gray Jay (Alberta)
  51. Common Raven (Alberta)
  52. Song sparrow (Alberta)
  53. Chipping Sparrow (Alberta)
  54. Great horned owl (Alberta, mobbed)
  55. American avocet (Saskatchewan)
  56. Canvasback (Saskatchewan)
  57. double-crested cormorant (Saskatchewan)
  58. Lazuli bunting (North Dakota)
  59. white-breasted nuthatch (ND)
  60. black-capped chickadee (ND)
  61. northern flicker (Nebraska)
  62. ruby-throated hummingbird (Sep 2003)
  63. common nighthawk
  64. red-breasted nuthatch
  65. wood thrush
  66. american kestrel
  67. carolina wren
  68. brown creeper
  69. green heron
  70. great blue heron
  71. great egret
  72. little blue heron
  73. hooded/carrion crow (SWE)
  74. great tit (SWE, Oct 2003)
  75. (common, Eurasian) magpie (SWE 2003, Finland 09)
  76. yellow-rumped warbler
  77. cooper’s hawk
  78. herring gull (USA)
  79. mallard
  80. Canada goose
  81. rock dove
  82. greater roadrunner (NM, Texas Big Bend 2013) (77-82 are just here as missed exact order)
  83. common goldeneye (2004, downtown MO on river)
  84. wild turkey (WI)
  85. sharp shinned hawk (MO)
  86. golden-crowned kinglet
  87. purple martin (IL, Horseshoe lake)
  88. lesser yellowlegs (NE)
  89. blue-winged teal (NE)
  90. green-winged teal NE)
  91. sandhill crane (march 2004,NE)
  92. lesser scaup
  93. blue grosbeak (BG trail)
  94. carolina chickadee (scout camp, Famington)
  95. great crested flycatcher (MO)
  96. whip-poor-will (Elephant rocks, MO)
  97. black tern (WI)
  98.             marsh wren (WI)
  99.             pileated woodpecker (MO)
  100. pheasant (Iowa)
  101. chestnut-sided warbler (July 2004, MN)
  102. Mississippi kite
  103. willow flycatcher
  104. burrowing owl (NE)
  105. black and white warbler (NE)
  106. american redstart (NE)
  107. spotted sandpiper (NE)
  108. belted kingfisher (NE)
  109. bald eagle (NE)
  110. prothonotary warbler
  111. blackburnian warbler (fall 2004)
  112. dicksissel (IL)
  113. field sparrow (Forest park)
  114. fox sparrow
  115. pied billed grebe
  116. prairie falcon (Meramec State Park 2004)
  117. hooded merganser
  118. trumpeter swan
  119. tundra swan
  120. bufflehead
  121. ruddy duck
  122. ring necked duck
  123. red breasted merganser
  124. swamp sparrow
  125. american white pelican
  126. warbling vireo (125 to 130  are out of order)
  127. philadelphia vireo
  128. red-eyed vireo (WI)
  129. northern rough-winged swallow
  130. hermit thrush
  131. american coot
  132. common loon (seen before red-throated, at Horseshoe Lake IL and Alton)
  133. Northern Pintail (2004 list)
  134. bobolink (2004 list)
  135. (2005) american tree sparrow
  136. snow goose (Feb 2005)
  137. gadwall
  138. common merganser (all 3 now!)
  139. redhead
  140. peregrine falcon
  141. pine siskin (2005 eau Claire)
  142. northern shoveler
  143. brown pelican (CA San Diego)
  144. marbled godwit (CA)
  145. wandering tattler (CA)
  146. California gull (CA)
  147. black phoebe (CA)
  148. Townsend’s warbler (CA)
  149. western bluebird (CA)
  150. California towhee (CA)
  151. Anna’s hummingbird (CA)
  152. Pacific-slope Flycatcher  (CA, all are San Diego)
  153. Northern harrier (IL)
  154. wood duck (AR)
  155. Eurasian collared dove (AR)
  156. fish crow
  157. yellow-throated warbler (4.16.2005)
  158. red-shouldered hawk
  159. broad winged hawk
  160. northern parula
  161. acadian flycatcher
  162. Caspian tern
  163. white-crowned sparrow
  164. swainson’s thrush
  165. Tennessee warbler
  166. dunlin (may 2005)
  167. semipalmated plover
  168. cliff swallow
  169. least sandpiper
  170. semipalmated sandpiper
  171. pectoral sanpiper
  172. greater yellowlegs
  173. black-crowned night heron
  174. common yellow-thooat
  175. yellow-bellied flycatcher
  176. oven bird
  177. orchard oriole
  178. american bittern
  179. american golden plover
  180. yellow-billed cuckoo
  181. Louisiana waterthrush
  182. Eastern wood-pewee
  183. ICELAND (178-204): meadow pipit (took out 347, also saw it Finland 2009)
  184. Arctic Skua
  185. Whimbrel
  186. Great Black-Backed Gull
  187. White Wagtail
  188. Oyster Catcher
  189. Arctic Tern
  190. Common Snipe
  191. Redwing
  192. Kittiwake
  193. Black Headed Gull
  194. Whooper Swan
  195. Great Skua
  196. Atlantic Puffin
  197. Eurasian Golden Plover
  198. Red Necked Phalarope
  199. Graylag Goose
  200. Common Redshank
  201. Red-throated Loon (Busch Wildlife with David)(also FIN 09)
  202. Long-tailed Duck
  203. Greater Scaup (Myvatn, IS)
  204. Barrow’s Goldeneye (Myvatn IS)
  205. Snow Bunting IS
  206. Common Eider IS
  207. Lesser Black-Backed Gull IS
  208. Raven
  209. Black Guillemot (End ICELAND)
  210. Northern Gannett
  211. worm-eating warbler (gaddy garden MO)
  212. northern waterthrush (Castlewood, Oct 2005, Costa Rica 2016)
  213. wilson’s snipe (fall 2005)
  214. savannah sparrow
  215. leconte’s sparrow
  216. horned grebe
  217. Thayer’s gull (with Joe eades)
  218. Scarlet tanager (2005 summer, MN)
  219. hairy woodpecker (2005)
  220. upland sandpiper (2005)
  221.             buff-breasted sandpiper (2005)
  222. common redpoll (2005 WI)
  223. cackling goose (MO 05)
  224. Common gallinule (originally moorhen,MO 05, LA 06)
  225.             purple finch
  226.             blue-headed vireo
  227. (2006) Greater White-fronted Goose
  228. Ross’s Goose, eskimohanhi
  229. Short Eared Owl
  230. Loggerhead Shrike
  231. Steller’s jay (CO)
  232. bell’s vireo
  233. Kentucky warbler
  234. Harris’ sparrow
  235. vesper sparrow (second one was in 08 with group)
  236. Wilson’s warbler
  237. brewer’s blackbird (CO)
  238. violet green swallow (CO)
  239. western wood-pewee (CO)
  240. dusky flycatcher (CO)
  241. Green Tailed Towhee, CO
  242. Black Throated Sparrow, UT
  243. Ash Throated Flycatcher, UT and CO
  244. Juniper Titmouse, CO
  245. White Throated Swift, CO, kalliokiitäjä
  246. Rock Wren, CO
  247. Pinyon Jay, CO
  248. Western Scrub-Jay CO
  249. Lark Sparrow, CO, kirjopääsirkku
  250. Bullock’s Oriole, CO
  251. Cattle Egret, CO, NE, lehmähaikara
  252. Lark Bunting, CO
  253. Painted bunting
  254. Bush tit (Seattle)
  255. bewick’s wren (Seattle)
  256. glaucous-winged gull
  257. ruffed grouse (MN)
  258. swallow-tailed kite
  259. black-throated green warbler
  260. Franklin’s gull
  261. black scoter (Riverlands, MO or IL)
  262. rusty blackbird
  263. Bonaparte’s gull
  264. long billed dowitcher (Mike, two rivers IL)
  265. american black duck
  266. pine warbler (2006 list)
  267. cerulean warbler (2006 list)
  268. winter wren (see year lists)
  269. least flycatcher (see year lists)
  270. orange-crowned warbler (MO 06, also 08, 2014 with STL Audubon, Forest Park)
  271. (2007) great-tailed grackle (TX)
  272. sage thrasher (AZ)
  273. canyon wren (AZ)
  274. black-chinned sparrow  (AZ)
  275. mountain chickadee (AZ)
  276. albert’s towhee (AZ)
  277. pygmy nuthatch (AZ)
  278. say’s phoebe (AZ)
  279. rufous-crowned sparrow (AZ)
  280. Calofornia condor (AZ, grand Canyon, 07)
  281. (added sort of randomly to 269) Sabine’s gull (07, IL)
  282. willet (2007, MO)
  283. white-winged scoter
  284. American Wigeon (2007 year list)
  285. American Woodcock (spring 2007)
  286. Glaucous Gull (IL 07)
  287. Barred Owl (M0 07, IL with Mike 08)
  288. prairie warbler (2007 list)
  289. palm warbler (2007 list)
  290. grasshopper sparrow (2007 list)
  291. sanderling (see 2007 list)
  292. Henslow’s sparrow
  293. Blackpoll warbler (04 possible, 07 sure)
  294. hooded warbler
  295. Yellow-Breasted Chat, MO 07(#293 old numbering, off due to Condor)
  296. Yellow-Throated Vireo, MO 07 (#294)
  297. Gray Cheeked Thrush, MO 07 (#295)
  298. Magnolia Warbler MO 06, 07(#297)
  299. Canada warbler (#298)
  300. Bank Swallow (#299)
  301. Mourning Warbler (#300)
  302. osprey (#301)
  303. baird’s sandpiper (#302)
  304. stilt sandpiper (#303)
  305. short-billed dowitcher (#304)
  306. snowy egret (#305)
  307. Forster’s tern (#306)
  308. common tern (#307)
  309. laughing gull (#308)
  310. ruddy turnstone (#309)
  311. Bay-breasted warbler (#310)
  312. Common Moorhen MO (2007?), new Orleans 2008 (#311)
  313. Monk Parakeet (#312)
  314. White Ibis (#313)
  315. Anhinga (#314)
  316. red crossbill (#315)
  317. Black-Billed Cuckoo (#316)
  318. Black Necked Stilt (#317)
  319. Scissortailed Flycatcher (#318)
  320. Black-throated Blue Warbler (#319)
  321. Eastern Screech Owl  (#320)
  322. Iceland Gull (#321)
  323. Northern Shrike (#322)
  324. Lesser Goldfinch(#323)
  325.  mustarastas LIFER 324
  326. FIELDFARE räkättirastas LIFER 325 (2009 Sweden/FIN)
  327. COMMON (MEW) GULL, kalalokki, LIFER 326
  328. CHAFFINCH, peippo, LIFER 327
  329. BLUE TIT, sinitiainen, LIFER 328
  330. SONG THRUSH, laulurastas, LIFER 329
  331. SISKIN, vihervarpunen, LIFER 330
  332. PIED FLYCATCHER, kirjosieppo, LIFER 331
  333. ROBIN, punarinta, LIFER 332
  334. willow warbler, pajulintu, LIFER 333
  335. THRUSH NIGHTINGALE, satakieli, LIFER 334
  336. SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, harmaasieppo, LIFER 335
  337. WOOD PIGEON, sepelkyyhky, LIFER 336
  338. SWIFT, tervapääsky, LIFER 337
  339. JACKDAW, naakka, LIFER 338
  340. GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, käpytikka, LIFER 339
  341. BLACK-THROATED DIVER (Loon), kuikka, LIFER 340
  342. COOT, nokikana, LIFER 341
  343. Eurasian Wigeon, haapana, LIFER 342
  344. EURASIAN TEAL (Eurasian green-winged teal), tavi, LIFER 343
  345. GREAT CRESTED GREBE, silkkiuikku, LIFER 344
  346. YELLOWHAMMER, keltasirkku, LIFER 346
  347. COMMON CUCKOO, käki, LIFER 347
  348. DUNNOCK, rautiainen, LIFER 348
  349. COMMON SANDPIPER, rantasipi, LIFER 349
  350. TREE PIPIT, metsäkirvinen, LIFER 350
  351. CHIFFCHAFF, tiltaltti, LIFER 351
  352. CRESTED TIT, töyhtötiainen, LIFER 352
  353. CURLEW, kuovi, LIFER 353
  354. LAPWING, töyhtöhyyppä, LIFER 354
  355. RED-NECKED GREBE, härkälintu, LIFER 355
  356. WOODCOCK, lehtokurppa, LIFER 356
  357. NIGHTJAR, kehrääjä, LIFER 357
  358. SEDGE WARBLER, ruokokerttunen, LIFER 358
  359. MARSH HARRIER, ruskosuohaukka, LIFER 359
  360. MUTE SWAN, kyhmyjoutsen, (put in place of MISSOURI lifer?) LIFER 360
  361. REED BUNTING, pajusirkku, LIFER 361
  362. COMMON WHITETHROAT, pensaskerttu, LIFER 362
  363. WILLOW TIT, hömötiainen, LIFER 363
  364. BARNACLE GOOSE, valkoposkihanhi, LIFER  364
  365. Common Crane, kurki (lifer 365)
  366. Moorhen (Tampere, 2009, split later from Gallinule)
  367. Green Finch, viherpeippo (Turku, 09, actually after 330, see notes)
  368. Alder Flycatcher LIFER CAN NS 367
  369. Sooty Shearwater CAN NF Lifer 368
  370. Greater Shearwater CAN NF Lifer 369
  371. Least tern (MO,09) Lifer 370
  372. Nelson’s Sharp-tailed sparrow MO 09
  373. Lapland Longspur, Jan 2010 at Columbia bottoms MO
  374. Chestnut-backed Chickadee (CA, Berkeley, 2010)
  375. Western Gull (CA, Golden Gate park)
  376. Cape May Warbler (Gaddy Garden, MO, May 2010)
  377. American Pipit (Riverlands, MO, Nov 2010)
  378. bullfinch, punatulkku (Finland 2010)
  379. (Eurasian) tree creeper, puukiipijä (Finland 2010)
  380. coal tit, kuusitiainen (Finland 2010)
  381. (Eurasian) dipper, koskikara
  382. Grey Heron, harmaahaikara AUG 2011 FIN
  383. Tufted duck, tukkasotka, AUG 2011 FIN
  384. Common Pochard, punasotka Aug 20111 FIN
  385. Black Vulture, Cape Canaveral FL
  386. Roseate Spoonbill, Cape Canaveral FL
  387. Boat-tailed Grackle, Cape Canaveral FL
  388. Glossy Ibis, Cape Canaveral FL
  389. White winged dove , Tucson (2013)
  390. Verdin, Tucson
  391. Gambel's quail, Tucson
  392. Cactus wren , Tucson
  393. Gila woodpecker, Tucson
  394. Curve billed thrasher, Tucson
  395. Bronzed cowbird, Tucson
  396. Broad-billed Hummingbird, Tucson
  397. Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Tucson
  398. Brown-crested Flycatcher, Tucson
  399. Zone-tailed hawk, Tucson

  1. Sooty Tern, Dry Tortugas 2013
  2. Roseate Tern, same
  3. Brown Noddy, same
  4. Royal Tern, same
  5. Magnificent Frigatebird, same
  6. Black Skimmer, same
  7. Yellow-crowned Night-heron, same
  8. Wood Stork, Everglades 2013
  9. Vermillion flycatcher TX
  10. Mexican Jay  TX
  11. Golden-fronted Woodpecker TX
  12. Ladder-backed Woodpecker  TX
  13. Colima Warbler  TX (end 2013)
  14. Yucatan Jay (2014)
  15. Great Kiskadee
  16. Yucatan Woodpecker
  17. Ruddy ground dove
  18. Melodious singing blackbird
  19. Rose-breasted becard
  20. White-collared swift
  21. Turquoise-browed mot-mot
  22. Masked tityra
  23. Yucatan Mockingbird (2014)
  24. Yellow-headed blackbird (Ceresco, NE, 2015)
  25. Marbled Godwit (Apr 13, 2015, Ceresco)
  26. eared grebe (Pawnee Lake, 2015)
  27. Hudsonian Godwit ( Lincoln Saline Wetlands 2015)
  28. Wilson’s Phalarope ( Lincoln Saline Wetlands 2015)
  29. Cinnamon Teal (Whitehead Saline Wetland Lincoln)
  30. White-faced Ibis (Whitehead Saline Wetland Lincoln)
  31. Clay-colored sparrow (Lincoln Saline Wetlands 2015)
  32. White-rumped sandpiper (Jack Sinn, CR14, 2015)
  33. sedge wren ( Aug 2015 Lincoln Saline Wetlands)
  34. merlin (Pioneers park Sep 2015)
  35. western grebe (Oak Lake Park, Lincoln, Sep 25, 2015)
  36. Swainson’s Hawk, (Lincoln Oct 2015, Pawnee Lake 4-14-16)
  37. Costa Rica: Bananaquit - Coereba flaveola
  38. Short-tailed Hawk - Buteo brachyurus
  39. Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata
  40. Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus
  41. Short-billed Pigeon - Patagioenas nigrirostris
  42. Plain Wren - Cantorchilus modestus
  43. Clay-colored Thrush - Turdus grayi
  44. Yellow-throated Toucan - Ramphastos ambiguous
  45. Chestnut-backed Antbird - Myrmeciza exsul
  46. Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus
  47. White-shouldered Tanager - Tachyphonus luctuosus
  48. Passerini's Tanager - Ramphocelus passerinii
  49. Grayish Saltator - Saltator coerulescens
  50. Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis
  51. Black-cowled Oriole - Icterus prosthemelas
  52. Neotropic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Costa Rica 2015, Holmes Lake May 2016)
  53. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum
  54. Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius
  55. Sungrebe - Heliornis fulica
  56. Ringed Kingfisher - Megaceryle torquata
  57. Amazon Kingfisher - Chloroceryle amazona
  58. Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea
  59. Harris's Hawk - Parabuteo unicinctus
  60. Gray-headed Chachalaca - Ortalis cinereiceps
  61. Collared Aracari - Pteroglossus torquatus
  62. Tawny-crested Tanager - Tachyphonus delatrii
  63. Golden-hooded Tanager - Tangara larvata
  64. Buff-throated Saltator - Saltator maximus
  65. White Hawk - Pseudastur albicollis
  66. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
  67. Cocoa Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus susurrans
  68. Yellow-headed Caracara - Milvago chimachima
  69. Inca Dove
  70. Rufous-naped Wren - Campylorhynchus rufinucha
  71. Blue-black Grassquit - Volatinia jacarina
  72. Stripe-headed Sparrow - Peucaea ruficauda
  73. Streak-backed Oriole - Icterus pustulatus
  74. Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor
  75. Common Black Hawk - Buteogallus anthracinus
  76. Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa
  77. Crested Caracara - Caracara cheriway
  78. Scarlet Macaw - Ara macao
  79. Gray-necked Wood-Rail - Aramides cajaneus
  80. Lesser Nighthawk - Chordeiles acutipennis
  81. Black-hooded Antshrike - Thamnophilus bridgesi
  82. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher - Mionectes oleagineus
  83. Orange-billed Sparrow - Arremon aurantiirostris
  84. Cherrie's Tanager - Ramphocelus costaricensis
  85. Red-lored Parrot - Amazona autumnalis (end Costa Rica)
  86. Smith’s Longspur (NE, 2.23.16)
  87. Baird’s sandpiper (Conestoga lake 3.28.16)
  88. whooping crane (Wilkinson WMA  NE 4.3.16)
  89. greater prairie-chicken (4.12.16 Butler Co NE)
  90. piping plover (4.25.16. Conestoga Lake  NE)



Nearly 500 Birds

I have managed to properly log about 300 birds into eBird. My real life list is below. Need to find a second Prairie Falcon one of these days.

Life list reconstruction..in seen order, 2009 version edited through 2012

Birds in 2003 are a best guess of order. The birds of 2003-2012 are in Missouri unless noted otherwise. 

  1. Eurasian starling (2.23.2003)
  2. American Crow
  3. northern mockingbird
  4. northern cardinal
  5. mourning dove
  6. house sparrow
  7. house finch
  8. red winged blackbird
  9. american robin
  10. tufted titmouse
  11. dark-eyed junco
  12. american goldfinch
  13.  downy woodpecker
  14. white-throated sparrow
  15. killdeer
  16. red-bellied woodpecker
  17. bluejay
  18. eastern phoebe
  19. brown-headed cowbird
  20. turkey vulture
  21. common grackle (april 2003)
  22. chimney swift (IL)
  23. eastern bluebird (IL)
  24. Baltimore oriole (IL)
  25. eastern meadowlark
  26. red-headed woodpecker
  27. indigo bunting (5.31.2003)
  28. eastern towhee
  29. summer tanager (at Elephant Rocks)
  30. cedar waxwing
  31. ruby-crowned kinglet
  32. blue-gray gnatcatcher
  33. barn swallow
  34. eastern kingbird (Indiana)
  35. brown thrasher (Indiana)
  36. Eurasian tree-sparrow
  37. tree swallow
  38. house wren
  39. bobwhite
  40. rose-breasted grosbeak (MI)
  41. red-tailed hawk
  42. western kingbird
  43. yellow-bellied sapsucker (June 2003 Manitoba)
  44. gray catbird (Alberta)
  45. yellow warbler (Manitoba, other birds were MO a year or two later)
  46. spotted towhee (Alberta)
  47. black-billed magpie (Alberta)
  48. ring-billed gull (Alberta)
  49. Clark’s nutcracker (Alberta)
  50. Gray Jay (Alberta)
  51. Common Raven (Alberta)
  52. Song sparrow (Alberta)
  53. Chipping Sparrow (Alberta)
  54. Great horned owl (Alberta, mobbed)
  55. American avocet (Saskatchewan)
  56. Canvasback (Saskatchewan)
  57. double-crested cormorant (Saskatchewan)
  58. Lazuli bunting (North Dakota)
  59. white-breasted nuthatch (ND)
  60. black-capped chickadee (ND)
  61. northern flicker (Nebraska)
  62. ruby-throated hummingbird (Sep 2003)
  63. common nighthawk
  64. red-breasted nuthatch
  65. wood thrush
  66. american kestrel
  67. carolina wren
  68. brown creeper
  69. green heron
  70. great blue heron
  71. great egret
  72. little blue heron
  73. hooded/carrion crow (SWE)
  74. great tit (SWE, Oct 2003)
  75. (common, Eurasian) magpie (SWE 2003, Finland 09)
  76. yellow-rumped warbler
  77. cooper’s hawk
  78. herring gull (USA)
  79. mallard
  80. Canada goose
  81. rock dove
  82. greater roadrunner (NM, Texas Big Bend 2013) (77-82 are just here as missed exact order)
  83. common goldeneye (2004, downtown MO on river)
  84. wild turkey (WI)
  85. sharp shinned hawk (MO)
  86. golden-crowned kinglet
  87. purple martin (IL, Horseshoe lake)
  88. lesser yellowlegs (NE)
  89. blue-winged teal (NE)
  90. green-winged teal NE)
  91. sandhill crane (march 2004,NE)
  92. lesser scaup
  93. blue grosbeak (BG trail)
  94. carolina chickadee (scout camp, Famington)
  95. great crested flycatcher (MO)
  96. whip-poor-will (Elephant rocks, MO)
  97. black tern (WI)
  98.             marsh wren (WI)
  99.             pileated woodpecker (MO)
  100. pheasant (Iowa)
  101. chestnut-sided warbler (July 2004, MN)
  102. Mississippi kite
  103. willow flycatcher
  104. burrowing owl (NE)
  105. black and white warbler (NE)
  106. american redstart (NE)
  107. spotted sandpiper (NE)
  108. belted kingfisher (NE)
  109. bald eagle (NE)
  110. prothonotary warbler
  111. blackburnian warbler (fall 2004)
  112. dicksissel (IL)
  113. field sparrow (Forest park)
  114. fox sparrow
  115. pied billed grebe
  116. prairie falcon (Meramec State Park 2004)
  117. hooded merganser
  118. trumpeter swan
  119. tundra swan
  120. bufflehead
  121. ruddy duck
  122. ring necked duck
  123. red breasted merganser
  124. swamp sparrow
  125. american white pelican
  126. warbling vireo (125 to 130  are out of order)
  127. philadelphia vireo
  128. red-eyed vireo (WI)
  129. northern rough-winged swallow
  130. hermit thrush
  131. american coot
  132. common loon (seen before red-throated, at Horseshoe Lake IL and Alton)
  133. Northern Pintail (2004 list)
  134. bobolink (2004 list)
  135. (2005) american tree sparrow
  136. snow goose (Feb 2005)
  137. gadwall
  138. common merganser (all 3 now!)
  139. redhead
  140. peregrine falcon
  141. pine siskin (2005 eau Claire)
  142. northern shoveler
  143. brown pelican (CA San Diego)
  144. marbled godwit (CA)
  145. wandering tattler (CA)
  146. California gull (CA)
  147. black phoebe (CA)
  148. Townsend’s warbler (CA)
  149. western bluebird (CA)
  150. California towhee (CA)
  151. Anna’s hummingbird (CA)
  152. Pacific-slope Flycatcher  (CA, all are San Diego)
  153. Northern harrier (IL)
  154. wood duck (AR)
  155. Eurasian collared dove (AR)
  156. fish crow
  157. yellow-throated warbler (4.16.2005)
  158. red-shouldered hawk
  159. broad winged hawk
  160. northern parula
  161. acadian flycatcher
  162. Caspian tern
  163. white-crowned sparrow
  164. swainson’s thrush
  165. Tennessee warbler
  166. dunlin (may 2005)
  167. semipalmated plover
  168. cliff swallow
  169. least sandpiper
  170. semipalmated sandpiper
  171. pectoral sanpiper
  172. greater yellowlegs
  173. black-crowned night heron
  174. common yellow-thooat
  175. yellow-bellied flycatcher
  176. oven bird
  177. orchard oriole
  178. american bittern
  179. american golden plover
  180. yellow-billed cuckoo
  181. Louisiana waterthrush
  182. Eastern wood-pewee
  183. ICELAND (178-204): meadow pipit (took out 347, also saw it Finland 2009)
  184. Arctic Skua
  185. Whimbrel
  186. Great Black-Backed Gull
  187. White Wagtail
  188. Oyster Catcher
  189. Arctic Tern
  190. Common Snipe
  191. Redwing
  192. Kittiwake
  193. Black Headed Gull
  194. Whooper Swan
  195. Great Skua
  196. Atlantic Puffin
  197. Eurasian Golden Plover
  198. Red Necked Phalarope
  199. Graylag Goose
  200. Common Redshank
  201. Red-throated Loon (Busch Wildlife with David)(also FIN 09)
  202. Long-tailed Duck
  203. Greater Scaup (Myvatn, IS)
  204. Barrow’s Goldeneye (Myvatn IS)
  205. Snow Bunting IS
  206. Common Eider IS
  207. Lesser Black-Backed Gull IS
  208. Raven
  209. Black Guillemot (End ICELAND)
  210. Northern Gannett
  211. worm-eating warbler (gaddy garden MO)
  212. northern waterthrush (Castlewood, Oct 2005, Costa Rica 2016)
  213. wilson’s snipe (fall 2005)
  214. savannah sparrow
  215. leconte’s sparrow
  216. horned grebe
  217. Thayer’s gull (with Joe eades)
  218. Scarlet tanager (2005 summer, MN)
  219. hairy woodpecker (2005)
  220. upland sandpiper (2005)
  221.             buff-breasted sandpiper (2005)
  222. common redpoll (2005 WI)
  223. cackling goose (MO 05)
  224. Common gallinule (originally moorhen,MO 05, LA 06)
  225.             purple finch
  226.             blue-headed vireo
  227. (2006) Greater White-fronted Goose
  228. Ross’s Goose, eskimohanhi
  229. Short Eared Owl
  230. Loggerhead Shrike
  231. Steller’s jay (CO)
  232. bell’s vireo
  233. Kentucky warbler
  234. Harris’ sparrow
  235. vesper sparrow (second one was in 08 with group)
  236. Wilson’s warbler
  237. brewer’s blackbird (CO)
  238. violet green swallow (CO)
  239. western wood-pewee (CO)
  240. dusky flycatcher (CO)
  241. Green Tailed Towhee, CO
  242. Black Throated Sparrow, UT
  243. Ash Throated Flycatcher, UT and CO
  244. Juniper Titmouse, CO
  245. White Throated Swift, CO, kalliokiitäjä
  246. Rock Wren, CO
  247. Pinyon Jay, CO
  248. Western Scrub-Jay CO
  249. Lark Sparrow, CO, kirjopääsirkku
  250. Bullock’s Oriole, CO
  251. Cattle Egret, CO, NE, lehmähaikara
  252. Lark Bunting, CO
  253. Painted bunting
  254. Bush tit (Seattle)
  255. bewick’s wren (Seattle)
  256. glaucous-winged gull
  257. ruffed grouse (MN)
  258. swallow-tailed kite
  259. black-throated green warbler
  260. Franklin’s gull
  261. black scoter (Riverlands, MO or IL)
  262. rusty blackbird
  263. Bonaparte’s gull
  264. long billed dowitcher (Mike, two rivers IL)
  265. american black duck
  266. pine warbler (2006 list)
  267. cerulean warbler (2006 list)
  268. winter wren (see year lists)
  269. least flycatcher (see year lists)
  270. orange-crowned warbler (MO 06, also 08, 2014 with STL Audubon, Forest Park)
  271. (2007) great-tailed grackle (TX)
  272. sage thrasher (AZ)
  273. canyon wren (AZ)
  274. black-chinned sparrow  (AZ)
  275. mountain chickadee (AZ)
  276. albert’s towhee (AZ)
  277. pygmy nuthatch (AZ)
  278. say’s phoebe (AZ)
  279. rufous-crowned sparrow (AZ)
  280. Calofornia condor (AZ, grand Canyon, 07)
  281. (added sort of randomly to 269) Sabine’s gull (07, IL)
  282. willet (2007, MO)
  283. white-winged scoter
  284. American Wigeon (2007 year list)
  285. American Woodcock (spring 2007)
  286. Glaucous Gull (IL 07)
  287. Barred Owl (M0 07, IL with Mike 08)
  288. prairie warbler (2007 list)
  289. palm warbler (2007 list)
  290. grasshopper sparrow (2007 list)
  291. sanderling (see 2007 list)
  292. Henslow’s sparrow
  293. Blackpoll warbler (04 possible, 07 sure)
  294. hooded warbler
  295. Yellow-Breasted Chat, MO 07(#293 old numbering, off due to Condor)
  296. Yellow-Throated Vireo, MO 07 (#294)
  297. Gray Cheeked Thrush, MO 07 (#295)
  298. Magnolia Warbler MO 06, 07(#297)
  299. Canada warbler (#298)
  300. Bank Swallow (#299)
  301. Mourning Warbler (#300)
  302. osprey (#301)
  303. baird’s sandpiper (#302)
  304. stilt sandpiper (#303)
  305. short-billed dowitcher (#304)
  306. snowy egret (#305)
  307. Forster’s tern (#306)
  308. common tern (#307)
  309. laughing gull (#308)
  310. ruddy turnstone (#309)
  311. Bay-breasted warbler (#310)
  312. Common Moorhen MO (2007?), new Orleans 2008 (#311)
  313. Monk Parakeet (#312)
  314. White Ibis (#313)
  315. Anhinga (#314)
  316. red crossbill (#315)
  317. Black-Billed Cuckoo (#316)
  318. Black Necked Stilt (#317)
  319. Scissortailed Flycatcher (#318)
  320. Black-throated Blue Warbler (#319)
  321. Eastern Screech Owl  (#320)
  322. Iceland Gull (#321)
  323. Northern Shrike (#322)
  324. Lesser Goldfinch(#323)
  325.  mustarastas LIFER 324
  326. FIELDFARE räkättirastas LIFER 325 (2009 Sweden/FIN)
  327. COMMON (MEW) GULL, kalalokki, LIFER 326
  328. CHAFFINCH, peippo, LIFER 327
  329. BLUE TIT, sinitiainen, LIFER 328
  330. SONG THRUSH, laulurastas, LIFER 329
  331. SISKIN, vihervarpunen, LIFER 330
  332. PIED FLYCATCHER, kirjosieppo, LIFER 331
  333. ROBIN, punarinta, LIFER 332
  334. willow warbler, pajulintu, LIFER 333
  335. THRUSH NIGHTINGALE, satakieli, LIFER 334
  336. SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, harmaasieppo, LIFER 335
  337. WOOD PIGEON, sepelkyyhky, LIFER 336
  338. SWIFT, tervapääsky, LIFER 337
  339. JACKDAW, naakka, LIFER 338
  340. GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, käpytikka, LIFER 339
  341. BLACK-THROATED DIVER (Loon), kuikka, LIFER 340
  342. COOT, nokikana, LIFER 341
  343. Eurasian Wigeon, haapana, LIFER 342
  344. EURASIAN TEAL (Eurasian green-winged teal), tavi, LIFER 343
  345. GREAT CRESTED GREBE, silkkiuikku, LIFER 344
  346. YELLOWHAMMER, keltasirkku, LIFER 346
  347. COMMON CUCKOO, käki, LIFER 347
  348. DUNNOCK, rautiainen, LIFER 348
  349. COMMON SANDPIPER, rantasipi, LIFER 349
  350. TREE PIPIT, metsäkirvinen, LIFER 350
  351. CHIFFCHAFF, tiltaltti, LIFER 351
  352. CRESTED TIT, töyhtötiainen, LIFER 352
  353. CURLEW, kuovi, LIFER 353
  354. LAPWING, töyhtöhyyppä, LIFER 354
  355. RED-NECKED GREBE, härkälintu, LIFER 355
  356. WOODCOCK, lehtokurppa, LIFER 356
  357. NIGHTJAR, kehrääjä, LIFER 357
  358. SEDGE WARBLER, ruokokerttunen, LIFER 358
  359. MARSH HARRIER, ruskosuohaukka, LIFER 359
  360. MUTE SWAN, kyhmyjoutsen, (put in place of MISSOURI lifer?) LIFER 360
  361. REED BUNTING, pajusirkku, LIFER 361
  362. COMMON WHITETHROAT, pensaskerttu, LIFER 362
  363. WILLOW TIT, hömötiainen, LIFER 363
  364. BARNACLE GOOSE, valkoposkihanhi, LIFER  364
  365. Common Crane, kurki (lifer 365)
  366. Moorhen (Tampere, 2009, split later from Gallinule)
  367. Green Finch, viherpeippo (Turku, 09, actually after 330, see notes)
  368. Alder Flycatcher LIFER CAN NS 367
  369. Sooty Shearwater CAN NF Lifer 368
  370. Greater Shearwater CAN NF Lifer 369
  371. Least tern (MO,09) Lifer 370
  372. Nelson’s Sharp-tailed sparrow MO 09
  373. Lapland Longspur, Jan 2010 at Columbia bottoms MO
  374. Chestnut-backed Chickadee (CA, Berkeley, 2010)
  375. Western Gull (CA, Golden Gate park)
  376. Cape May Warbler (Gaddy Garden, MO, May 2010)
  377. American Pipit (Riverlands, MO, Nov 2010)
  378. bullfinch, punatulkku (Finland 2010)
  379. (Eurasian) tree creeper, puukiipijä (Finland 2010)
  380. coal tit, kuusitiainen (Finland 2010)
  381. (Eurasian) dipper, koskikara
  382. Grey Heron, harmaahaikara AUG 2011 FIN
  383. Tufted duck, tukkasotka, AUG 2011 FIN
  384. Common Pochard, punasotka Aug 20111 FIN
  385. Black Vulture, Cape Canaveral FL
  386. Roseate Spoonbill, Cape Canaveral FL
  387. Boat-tailed Grackle, Cape Canaveral FL
  388. Glossy Ibis, Cape Canaveral FL
  389. White winged dove , Tucson (2013)
  390. Verdin, Tucson
  391. Gambel's quail, Tucson
  392. Cactus wren , Tucson
  393. Gila woodpecker, Tucson
  394. Curve billed thrasher, Tucson
  395. Bronzed cowbird, Tucson
  396. Broad-billed Hummingbird, Tucson
  397. Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Tucson
  398. Brown-crested Flycatcher, Tucson
  399. Zone-tailed hawk, Tucson

  1. Sooty Tern, Dry Tortugas 2013
  2. Roseate Tern, same
  3. Brown Noddy, same
  4. Royal Tern, same
  5. Magnificent Frigatebird, same
  6. Black Skimmer, same
  7. Yellow-crowned Night-heron, same
  8. Wood Stork, Everglades 2013
  9. Vermillion flycatcher TX
  10. Mexican Jay  TX
  11. Golden-fronted Woodpecker TX
  12. Ladder-backed Woodpecker  TX
  13. Colima Warbler  TX (end 2013)
  14. Yucatan Jay (2014)
  15. Great Kiskadee
  16. Yucatan Woodpecker
  17. Ruddy ground dove
  18. Melodious singing blackbird
  19. Rose-breasted becard
  20. White-collared swift
  21. Turquoise-browed mot-mot
  22. Masked tityra
  23. Yucatan Mockingbird (2014)
  24. Yellow-headed blackbird (Ceresco, NE, 2015)
  25. Marbled Godwit (Apr 13, 2015, Ceresco)
  26. eared grebe (Pawnee Lake, 2015)
  27. Hudsonian Godwit ( Lincoln Saline Wetlands 2015)
  28. Wilson’s Phalarope ( Lincoln Saline Wetlands 2015)
  29. Cinnamon Teal (Whitehead Saline Wetland Lincoln)
  30. White-faced Ibis (Whitehead Saline Wetland Lincoln)
  31. Clay-colored sparrow (Lincoln Saline Wetlands 2015)
  32. White-rumped sandpiper (Jack Sinn, CR14, 2015)
  33. sedge wren ( Aug 2015 Lincoln Saline Wetlands)
  34. merlin (Pioneers park Sep 2015)
  35. western grebe (Oak Lake Park, Lincoln, Sep 25, 2015)
  36. Swainson’s Hawk, (Lincoln Oct 2015, Pawnee Lake 4-14-16)
  37. Costa Rica: Bananaquit - Coereba flaveola
  38. Short-tailed Hawk - Buteo brachyurus
  39. Band-tailed Pigeon - Patagioenas fasciata
  40. Blue-gray Tanager - Thraupis episcopus
  41. Short-billed Pigeon - Patagioenas nigrirostris
  42. Plain Wren - Cantorchilus modestus
  43. Clay-colored Thrush - Turdus grayi
  44. Yellow-throated Toucan - Ramphastos ambiguous
  45. Chestnut-backed Antbird - Myrmeciza exsul
  46. Tropical Kingbird - Tyrannus melancholicus
  47. White-shouldered Tanager - Tachyphonus luctuosus
  48. Passerini's Tanager - Ramphocelus passerinii
  49. Grayish Saltator - Saltator coerulescens
  50. Rufous-collared Sparrow - Zonotrichia capensis
  51. Black-cowled Oriole - Icterus prosthemelas
  52. Neotropic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax brasilianus (Costa Rica 2015, Holmes Lake May 2016)
  53. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron - Tigrisoma mexicanum
  54. Boat-billed Heron - Cochlearius cochlearius
  55. Sungrebe - Heliornis fulica
  56. Ringed Kingfisher - Megaceryle torquata
  57. Amazon Kingfisher - Chloroceryle amazona
  58. Mangrove Swallow - Tachycineta albilinea
  59. Harris's Hawk - Parabuteo unicinctus
  60. Gray-headed Chachalaca - Ortalis cinereiceps
  61. Collared Aracari - Pteroglossus torquatus
  62. Tawny-crested Tanager - Tachyphonus delatrii
  63. Golden-hooded Tanager - Tangara larvata
  64. Buff-throated Saltator - Saltator maximus
  65. White Hawk - Pseudastur albicollis
  66. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
  67. Cocoa Woodcreeper - Xiphorhynchus susurrans
  68. Yellow-headed Caracara - Milvago chimachima
  69. Inca Dove
  70. Rufous-naped Wren - Campylorhynchus rufinucha
  71. Blue-black Grassquit - Volatinia jacarina
  72. Stripe-headed Sparrow - Peucaea ruficauda
  73. Streak-backed Oriole - Icterus pustulatus
  74. Tricolored Heron - Egretta tricolor
  75. Common Black Hawk - Buteogallus anthracinus
  76. Northern Jacana - Jacana spinosa
  77. Crested Caracara - Caracara cheriway
  78. Scarlet Macaw - Ara macao
  79. Gray-necked Wood-Rail - Aramides cajaneus
  80. Lesser Nighthawk - Chordeiles acutipennis
  81. Black-hooded Antshrike - Thamnophilus bridgesi
  82. Ochre-bellied Flycatcher - Mionectes oleagineus
  83. Orange-billed Sparrow - Arremon aurantiirostris
  84. Cherrie's Tanager - Ramphocelus costaricensis
  85. Red-lored Parrot - Amazona autumnalis (end Costa Rica)
  86. Smith’s Longspur (NE, 2.23.16)
  87. Baird’s sandpiper (Conestoga lake 3.28.16)
  88. whooping crane (Wilkinson WMA  NE 4.3.16)
  89. greater prairie-chicken (4.12.16 Butler Co NE)
  90. piping plover (4.25.16. Conestoga Lake  NE)



Friday, June 05, 2015

400 Birds

2003 to2 012



Life list reconstruction..in seen order, done 2009, edited 2010

This list  as of Jan 2010 had the same number as v.3



Birds in 2003..best guess of order. The birds are in Missouri unless noted otherwise. Some of the lifer birds are actually bird #2 as I was not 100% sure of the first or the record of the first is sketchy. There have been a few “lost” birds added to the list, so the old numbers may be off, after the bird name.



Eurasian starling (2.23.2003)

American Crow

northern mockingbird

northern cardinal

mourning dove

house sparrow

house finch

red winged blackbird

american robin

tufted titmouse

dark-eyed junco

american goldfinch

 downy woodpecker

white-throated sparrow

killdeer

red-bellied woodpecker

bluejay

eastern phoebe

brown-headed cowbird

turkey vulture

common grackle (april 2003)

chimney swift (IL)

eastern bluebird (IL)

Baltimore oriole (IL)

eastern meadowlark

red-headed woodpecker

indigo bunting (5.31.2003)

eastern towhee

summer tanager (at Elephant Rocks)

cedar waxwing

ruby-crowned kinglet

blue-gray gnatcatcher

barn swallow

eastern kingbird (Indiana)

brown thrasher (Indiana)

Eurasian tree-sparrow

tree swallow

house wren

bobwhite

rose-breasted grosbeak (MI)

red-tailed hawk

western kingbird

yellow-bellied sapsucker (June 2003 Manitoba)

gray catbird (Alberta)

yellow warbler (Manitoba)

spotted towhee (Alberta)

black-billed magpie (Alberta)

ring-billed gull (Alberta)

Clark's nutcracker (Alberta)

Gray Jay (Alberta)

Common Raven (Alberta)

Song sparrow (Alberta)

Chipping Sparrow (Alberta)

Great horned owl (Alberta, mobbed)

American avocet (Saskatchewan)

Canvasback (Saskatchewan)

double-crested cormorant (Saskatchewan)

Lazuli bunting (North Dakota)

white-breasted nuthatch (ND)

black-capped chickadee (ND)

northern flicker (Nebraska)

ruby-throated hummingbird (Sep 2003)

common nighthawk

red-breasted nuthatch

wood thrush

american kestrel

carolina wren

brown creeper

green heron

great blue heron

great egret

little blue heron

hooded/carrion crow (SWE)

great tit (SWE, Oct 2003)

(common, Eurasian) magpie (SWE 2003, Finland 09)

yellow-rumped warbler

cooper's hawk

herring gull (USA)

mallard

Canada goose

rock dove

greater roadrunner (NM) (77-82 are just here as missed exact order)

common goldeneye (2004)

wild turkey (WI)

sharp shinned hawk

golden-crowned kinglet

purple martin

lesser yellowlegs (NE)

blue-winged teal (NE)

green-winged teal NE)

sandhill crane (march 2004,NE)

lesser scaup

blue grosbeak

carolina chickadee

great crested flycatcher

whip-poor-will

black tern (WI)

 marsh wren

 pileated woodpecker

 pheasant (Iowa)

chestnut-sided warbler (July 2004, MN)

Mississippi kite

willow flycatcher

burrowing owl (NE)

black and white warbler (NE)

american redstart (NE)

spotted sandpiper (NE)

belted kingfisher (NE)

bald eagle (NE)

prothonotary warbler

blackburnian warbler (fall 2004)

dicksissel (IL)

field sparrow (Forest park)

fox sparrow

pied billed grebe

prairie falcon

hooded merganser

trumpeter swan

tundra swan

bufflehead

ruddy duck

ring necked duck

red breasted merganser

swamp sparrow

american white pelican

warbling vireo (125 to 130  are out of order)

philadelphia vireo

red-eyed vireo (WI)

northern rough-winged swallow

hermit thrush

american coot

common loon

Northern Pintail (2004 list)

bobolink (2004 list)

(2005) american tree sparrow

snow goose (Feb 2005)

gadwall

common merganser (all 3 now!)

redhead

peregrine falcon

pine siskin

northern shoveler

brown pelican (CA)

marbled godwit (CA)

wandering tattler (CA)

California gull (CA)

black phoebe (CA)

Townsend's warbler (CA)

western bluebird (CA)

California towhee (CA)

Anna's hummingbird (CA)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher  (CA)

Northern harrier (IL)

wood duck (AR)

Eurasian collared dove (AR)

fish crow

yellow-throated warbler (4.16.2005)

red-shouldered hawk

broad winged hawk

northern parula

acadian flycatcher

Caspian tern

white-crowned sparrow

swainson's thrush

Tennessee warbler

dunlin (may 2005)

semipalmated plover

cliff swallow

least sandpiper

semipalmated sandpiper

pectoral sanpiper

greater yellowlegs

black-crowned night heron

common yellow-thooat

yellow-bellied flycatcher

oven bird

orchard oriole

american bittern

american golden plover

yellow-billed cuckoo

Louisiana waterthrush

Eastern wood-pewee

ICELAND (178-204): meadow pipit

Arctic Skua

Whimbrel

Great Black Backed Gull

White Wagtail

Oyster Catcher

Arctic Tern

Common Snipe

Redwing

Kittiwake

Black Headed Gull

Whooper Swan

Great Skua

Atlantic Puffin

Eurasian Golden Plover

Red Necked Phalarope

Graylag Goose

Common Redshank

Red-throated Loon (also FIN 09)

Common Loon

Long-tailed Duck

Greater Scaup

Barrow's Goldeneye (Myvatn)

Snow Bunting

Common Eider

Lesser Black Backed Gull

Raven

Black Guillemot (End ICELAND)

Northern Gannett

worm-eating warbler

northern waterthrush (Castlewood, Oct)

wilson's snipe (fall 2005)

savannah sparrow

leconte's sparrow

horned grebe

Thayer's gull (with Joe eades)

Scarlet tanager (2005 summer, MN)

hairy woodpecker (2005)

upland sandpiper (2005)

            buff-breasted sandpiper (2005)

 common redpoll (2005 WI)

 cackling goose (MO 05)

 moorhen (MO 05, LA 06, FIN 09)

            purple finch

            blue-headed vireo

(2006) Greater White-fronted Goose

Ross's Goose, eskimohanhi

Short Eared Owl

Loggerhead Shrike

Steller's jay

bell's vireo

Kentucky warbler

Harris' sparrow

vesper sparrow (second one was in 08 with group)

Wilson's warbler

brewer's blackbird (CO)

violet green swallow (CO)

western wood-pewee (CO)

dusky flycatcher (CO

Green Tailed Towhee, CO

Black Throated Sparrow, UT

Ash Throated Flycatcher, UT and CO

Juniper Titmouse, CO

White Throated Swift, CO, kalliokiitäjä

Rock Wren, CO

Pinyon Jay, CO

Western Scrub-Jay CO

Lark Sparrow, CO, kirjopääsirkku

Bullock's Oriole, CO

Cattle Egret, CO, NE, lehmähaikara

Lark Bunting, CO

Painted bunting

Bush tit (Seattle)

bewick's wren (Seattle)

glaucous-winged gull

ruffed grouse (MN)

swallow-tailed kite

black-throated green warbler

Franklin's gull

black scoter (Riverlands, MO or IL)

rusty blackbird

Bonaparte's gull

long billed dowitcher (Mike, two rivers IL)

american black duck

pine warbler (2006 list)

cerulean warbler (2006 list)

winter wren (see year lists)

least flycatcher (see year lists)

orange-crowned warbler (06, also 08)

(2007) great-tailed grackle (TX)

sage thrasher (AZ)

canyon wren (AZ)

black-chinned sparrow  (AZ)

mountain chickadee (AZ)

albert's towhee (AZ)

pygmy nuthatch (AZ)

say's phoebe (AZ)

rufous-crowned sparrow (AZ)

Calofornia condor (AZ, grand Canyon, 07)

(added sort of randomly to 269) Sabine's gull (07, IL)

willet (2007, MO)

white-winged scoter

American Wigeon (2007 year list)

American Woodcock (spring 2007)

Glaucous Gull (IL 07)

Barred Owl (M0 07, IL with Mike 08)

prairie warbler (2007 list)

palm warbler (2007 list)

grasshopper sparrow (2007 list)

sanderling (see 2007 list)

Henslow's sparrow

Blackpoll warbler (04 possible, 07 sure)

hooded warbler

Yellow-Breasted Chat, MO 07(#293 old numbering, off due to Condor)

Yellow-Throated Vireo, MO 07 (#294)

Gray Cheeked Thrush, MO 07 (#295)

Palm Warbler, MO 07(#296)

Magnolia Warbler MO 06, 07(#297)

Canada warbler (#298)

Bank Swallow (#299)

Mourning Warbler (#300)

osprey (#301)

baird's sandpiper (#302)

stilt sandpiper (#303)

short-billed dowitcher (#304)

snowy egret (#305)

Forster's tern (#306)

common tern (#307)

lauging gull (#308)

ruddy turnstone (#309)

Bay-breasted warbler (#310)

Common Moorhen MO (2007?), new Orleans 2008 (#311)

Monk Parakeet (#312)

White Ibis (#313)

Anhinga (#314)

red crossbill (#315)

Black-Billed Cuckoo (#316)

Black Necked Stilt (#317)

Scissortailed Flycatcher (#318)

Black-throated Blue Warbler (#319)

Eastern Screech Owl  (#320)

Iceland Gull (#321)

Northern Shrike (#322)

Lesser Goldfinch(#323)

 mustarastas LIFER 324

FIELDFARE räkättirastas LIFER 325

COMMON (MEW) GULL, kalalokki, LIFER 326

CHAFFINCH, peippo, LIFER 327

BLUE TIT, sinitiainen, LIFER 328

SONG THRUSH, laulurastas, LIFER 329

SISKIN, vihervarpunen, LIFER 330

PIED FLYCATCHER, kirjosieppo, LIFER 331

ROBIN, punarinta, LIFER 332

willow warbler, pajulintu, LIFER 333

THRUSH NIGHTINGALE, satakieli, LIFER 334

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, harmaasieppo, LIFER 335

WOOD PIGEON, sepelkyyhky, LIFER 336

SWIFT, tervapääsky, LIFER 337

JACKDAW, naakka, LIFER 338

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, käpytikka, LIFER 339

BLACK-THROATED DIVER (Loon), kuikka, LIFER 340

COOT, nokikana, LIFER 341

Eurasian Wigeon, haapana, LIFER 342

EURASIAN TEAL, tavi, LIFER 343

GREAT CRESTED GREBE, silkkiuikku, LIFER 344

MEADOW PIPIT, niittykirvinen, LIFER 345

YELLOWHAMMER, keltasirkku, LIFER 346

COMMON CUCKOO, käki, LIFER 347

DUNNOCK, rautiainen, LIFER 348

COMMON SANDPIPER, rantasipi, LIFER 349

TREE PIPIT, metsäkirvinen, LIFER 350

CHIFFCHAFF, tiltaltti, LIFER 351

CRESTED TIT, töyhtötiainen, LIFER 352

CURLEW, kuovi, LIFER 353

LAPWING, töyhtöhyyppä, LIFER 354

RED-NECKED GREBE, härkälintu, LIFER 355

WOODCOCK, lehtokurppa, LIFER 356

NIGHTJAR, kehrääjä, LIFER 357

SEDGE WARBLER, ruokokerttunen, LIFER 358

MARSH HARRIER, ruskosuohaukka, LIFER 359

MUTE SWAN, kyhmyjoutsen, (put in place of MISSOURI lifer?) LIFER 360

REED BUNTING, pajusirkku, LIFER 361

COMMON WHITETHROAT, pensaskerttu, LIFER 362

WILLOW TIT, hömötiainen, LIFER 363

BARNACLE GOOSE, valkoposkihanhi, LIFER  364

Common Crane, kurki (lifer 365)

Green Finch, viherpeippo (Turku, 09, actually after 330, see notes)

Alder Flycatcher LIFER CAN NS 367

Sooty Shearwater CAN NF Lifer 368

Greater Shearwater CAN NF Lifer 369

Least tern (MO,09) Lifer 370

Nelson's Sharp-tailed sparrow MO 09

Lapland Longspur, Jan 2010 at Columbia bottoms MO

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (CA, Berkeley, 2010)

Western Gull (CA, Golden Gate park)

Cape May Warbler (Gaddy Garden, MO, May 2010)

American Pipit (Riverlands, MO, Nov 2010)

bullfinch, punatulkku (Finland 2010)

european tree creeper, puukiipijä (Finland 2010)

coal tit, kuusitiainen (Finland 2010)

eurasian dipper, koskikara

384.  Grey heron, Harmaahaikara 2011 Fin

385.  Tufted duck, tukkasotka

386.  Common pochard,  punasotka



387. Black Vulture, Cape Canaveral FL

388. Roseate Spoonbill, Cape Canaveral FL

389. Boat-tailed Grackle, Cape Canaveral FL

390. Glossy Ibis, Cape Canaveral FL

391 White winged dove

392 Verdin..several

393 Gambel's quail

394 Cactus wren

395 Gila woodpecker 395

396 Curve billed thrasher 396

397 Bronzed cowbird 397 red eye!

398  Broad-billed Hummingbird

399 Black Chinned Hummingbir

400 Brown-crested Flycatcher 400

401 Hutton's vireo 401

Monday, May 28, 2012

Miksi ja miksi?

Miksi on olemassa jotain? Kukamikä loi kaiken? Ja kaikenlaista sellaista höpinää. Esi-isät kysyivät tällaisia kysymyksiä. Tuulella ja tulivuorella oli tarkoitus, keksittiin selityksiä. Tämä kaikki johtuu ihmiskeskeisestä ajattelusta. Me näemme outoja ihmisiä aluellamme ja heitä seuratessamme heti rupeamme tuumimaan näitä miksikysymyksiä. Ja niihin on yleensä vastaus jos on ihmisestä kysymys. Maailmankaikkeus ei ole ihminen. Se on kiviä, kaasuja planeettoja aurinkoja. Niillä ei ole mitään tarkoitusta. Samoja kysymyksiä englanniksi: BLOGI

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Fine Tuning of Universe

Determinism is a difficult concept for theists. The universe we live in is made of atoms, space and assorted loose parts. I maintain that whether someone created the universe or it just came about, or even always was in some form, there is only one way the subatomic particles could come together. In other words, determinism. Events in the universe are then a different matter.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

KALIFORNIASSA


Olin San Franciscossa noin viikon. Saavuin sunnuntaina, mutta olin perillä vasta illalla. Vähän kirjakaupan tarkastusta ja simppeli ateria. Pummeja oli heti kun tuli metrosta ulos. Need 99c for ransom, wife was kidnapped. Pahvilapussa.

Busseissa liikuin vain kerran, Golden Gate puistoon. Paljon häiriintyneitä ihmisiä bussissa, tappelukin syntyi. metroista ne pysyvät pois.

Kokousaamuna parrakas, pitkätukkainen pikkasen nuhjuinen mutta muuten aika normaali mies, parikymppinen, huuteli ”Bitch” ja ”You are not so special!” Katsoin mikä se siellä, 50m päässä. Samanlainen parrakas mies. Tämä Convention Centerin edessä.

Kokouksessa on wifi, ihmisiä istuskelee kokolattiamatolla nurkissa kahvin ja läppärin kanssa. Kahvi on 5 dollaria.

Käyn Berkeleyssä, vanhassa ylipistossani, metrolla. Kampuksen alareunasa viidakkomaista, eukalyptuspuita. Kampus ei herää, onkohan kevätloma.

Pyysin aamuherätyksen, ja kai ne jonnekin soittikin, mutta ei mulle. Herätyskello oli jotenkin sotkettu, mutta heräsin. Vedettävän matkalaukun kanssa metrolle noin viisi korttelia.

Olen työmatkalla, tsekkaan laukun, otan kassin koneeseen. Muut tunkevat isoja laukuja ylätiloihin pitkän aikaa, kun laukusta saa maksaa tsekattuna 25 dollaria.

Mutta vielä turvatarkastus. Olen jo pari vuotta mennyt ekalla läpi, kaikki vaan kassiin kelloja ja lompakoita myöten. Kengät muovifatiin joka menee koneesta läpi. Clueless pariskunta touhuaa pitkän aikaa edestakas. Olivat etelään, johonkin tropiikkiin menossa. Liikaa laukkuja, huomasin jo aikaisemmin.

Koneessa oli noin 150 kiloinen nainen. Tämä lykättiin ikkunaistuimelle ja taisi istua siinä koko neljän tunnin lennon. Käsinoja oli nostettu ylös. Keskimmäisessä ei istunut kukaan.