Tahoma Audubon’s Big Year Progress 2019
This page shows our progress by highlighting milestone species and providing our growing checklist. Updates can be expected about weekly. To learn how to participate click here
Currently, we are at 207 Species as of 3/1/2019
- 88 species as of 2/7/2019
First bird seen: spotted Towhee
Not only is the Spotted Towhee Tahoma Audubon’s signature bird, they are frequent visits to the Adrianna Hess Nature Center. These birds are about American Robin size. Towhees prefer shrub or small tree habitats and are ground nesters and ground foragers. Towhee’s have some cool habits like the ‘double backyard scratch’ and have striking color patterns.
The 50th Bird Seen: Marsh Wren
Our 50th bird seen was the Marsh Wren. Like most wrens they are usually heard before seen. A Marsh Wren has a machine gun like call and if you are lucky he will come out to visit by clinging to sedges or cattails
the 150th Bird seen: White-Eyed Vireo
Our 150th bird seen was the White-eyed Vireo. Our first non-Washington bird, seen in the Florida Everglades by Art Wang. This small song bird has flanks washed in yellow with a more pronounced and brighter yellow near and around the eye. The yellow is highly contrasted by a gray head. They like dense shrubs and low trees.