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Friday, May 7, 2010

Yolo County...1999

Thanks to Steve Hampton for providing the first GREEN BIG DAY record. Here are the details:

This H-2-H (home to home) loop started at Steve's house in Davis on April 24, 1999. Steve and his team-mate Paul Kelly logged approximately 30 miles by bike to come up with an impressive 116 species!

Here's their list for the day:

Complete List of Species

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera
American Wigeon Anas americana
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Sora Porzana carolina
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
California Gull Larus californicus
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Rock Dove Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
Yellow-billed Magpie Pica nuttalli
American Crow Corvus brachyrynchos
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
American Pipit Anthus rubescens
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
Townsend's Warbler Dendroica townsendi
Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
California Towhee Pipilo crissalis
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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