FOYs

In addition to compiling life lists of bird species, some bird watchers like to keep track of their First Of Year birds, or FOYs — the first time they see a particular species in a calendar year.
I’m informal about my FOYs, but this is certainly a great time of year to add to the count.
In the past week, I’ve seen FOY song sparrows, goldfinches, chipping sparrows, buffleheads, eared grebes, and I forget what else.
Just this morning, I had an FOY white-crowned sparrow scrounging for safflower.
I also briefly had a raven land on one of my trees. In the Sibley bird book, under Common Raven, the first word in the description is: “Uncommon.” They aren’t all that uncommon in parts of the Northland, but I certainly don’t often see one in my back yard.
Meanwhile, a robin’s nest suddenly appeared on my front porch. I’m not sure if it’s being built on spec or if it’s a certain nesting site.
I don’t think the robins will be happy with my habit of reading on the front porch, if it ever gets warm enough to do that.

Your bird stories and photos gladly accepted at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

2 thoughts on “FOYs

  1. Since I keep a database with my bird observations, I can pull of report of my FOY birds whenever I wish, so I don’t keep a list. Last year so many of my FOYs were in March and early April. This year it is late April and May. There are some birds that I don’t think I will see at this Spring’s migration. Some of the ducks that I normally see on Lake Beauty, I haven’t seen yet and probably won’t this Spring. We normally see the Common Merganser by now. Oh well there is next year.

  2. We have a small 1/4 acre pond that is ice free.Yesterday we had 2 buffleheads,2 common mergansers,2 mallards, a drake wood duck and a drake blue wing teal.Nice diversity!

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