[wisb] Re: Yard Lists

My rule of thumb for my "yard list" is this:

Without from within, or within from without.

So basically I either see the bird FROM my actual yard, or I see it IN my yard, 
though I may be outside the yard.

If I were 20 feet from my yard, and a Mississippi Kite were to fly past me, I 
would have to run to my yard and see the bird from my yard to actually count 
it, unless I was absolutely sure it flew directly OVER the airspace of my yard. 
  lol

But that's my rule and I'm sticking to it.

Jerry DeBoer
Central Racine County






-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Sykes <sykes@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Wisbirdn network <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 2:17 pm
Subject: [wisb] Re: Yard Lists


Hi Bob,
Others may have a different take but I believe the general rule of thumb is 
that 
ny birds observed while you are physically within the boundary of your yard are 
ountable as yard birds. When we had a yard defined by property lines we went so 
ar as to categorize a yard bird as a fly-over, heard only, using a water 
eature, feeding, or nesting. We also annual logged dates of when a species was 
irst and last seen in a given calendar year.
Now that we're full-time RVers, our definition of a yard has changed to be the 
ize of the site where our RV (our home) is parked. Suffice to say, our yard 
ist has grown at a terrific rate as we have traveled and is far more robust 
han the list we accumulated in our former static yard. There are not many 
acific Loons, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, or Greater Roadrunners to be seen in 
ppleton....not even in Daryl's yard! ;-)
Tom and Carol Sykes (currently in Las Cruces, NM)
ykes@xxxxxxxxxx

On Oct 7, 2010, at 9:41 AM, <rcd2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Yard lists are perhaps based on each birder's concept of what constitutes a 
ard bird.  Are there some standard rules?  My personal rule has been that a 
ard bird is one that is seen or heard while one is on the actual yard property. 
 
y property is one block from the Village Pond and Lake Oschwald.  When I 
atched the Cackling Geese this morning, I saw them over the air space of my 
roperty.  I have had other similar experiences.  I often do cemetery studies at 
he local cemetery about two blocks from my property.  The cemetery is high on a 
ill and, from there, I am able to see my house.  While at the cemetery, I have 
een various birds (such as a Sharp-shinned Hawk) fly over my house and then 
ver my head at the cemetery.  I have not included any of these species as part 
f my yard list.  Am I being too restrictive?
    -- Bob Domagalski, St. Nazianz
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