In honor of our record we signed up for a Wildlife Habitat Certificate at The National Wildlife Federation. To qualify, there are certain criterias to meet and we've spent countless hours getting our property habitat ready.
Here's the bullet list links...
- One thing we're super excited about is our resident Western Screech Owl. With leftover cedar fence wood and some online plans, we made a box and erected it on an old lighting pole. One year later, he moved in his new home. We've even named our guy "Barkly" because he looks like tree bark. If he draws in a mate, she'll be named Sparkly.
- A little more difficult, but something that made all the difference, was adding moving water. We made a nice 30 ft shallow stream and that's a "hot spot" for all the birds, local or passing by. Recently, a Rufous-backed Robin stopped in for a bath. There's been swimming Ravens, Towhees, Quails and so many more. Super cuteness occurs when hummingbirds swim. Sometimes, they swim in a small group like a real backyard pool party!
Certainly, we've also planted native plants and flowers such as milkweed, lantana, cassia, and Texas rangers. I'll make a plant list soon.
In all honesty, you don't need to go crazy to make a habitat. Just follow the link above and do a few small improvements to the space around you. Hang a seed feeder, make a small water feature, add some potted flowers and next thing you know...you too can get a Wildlife Habitat Certificate! (For a mere $20.00).
Anyway, back to the bird list. Birds with asterisk made the Audubon Rare Bird Alert for Southern Arizona. I'll be attaching/linking images I've taken from the yard. Some links may leave this page or open in a separate window.
That's all for now. Happy birding. Leave me a comment below. Tell me about your rarities, yard, or birds. I'm all ears.
This list is presented in the taxonomic sequence of the Check-list of North American Birds.
New World Quail
Herons, Bitterns & Allies
Great Blue Heron
New World Vultures
Hawks, Kites, Eagles & Allies
Pigeons & Doves
Cuckoos, Roadrunners & Anis
(Families Tytonidae & Strigidae)
Great Horned Owl
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Woodpeckers & Allies
Caracaras & Falcons
Crows & Jays
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Penduline Tits & Verdins
Long-tailed Tits & Bushtits
Mockingbirds & Thrashers
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco (multiple subspecies)
Cardinals, Saltators & Allies
Finches & Allies