Yard Bird Challenge

Birding From Your Nest

Winter Edition

After last spring's resounding success, BASBC is bringing back the Yard Bird Challenge for the holidays! Follow the steps below to submit your close-to-home observations to our club's eBird checklist. Everyone who submits an observation is eligible to win BASBC swag delivered directly to your door!

Here’s how to take part:

Step 0: Create an eBird account. This can be done for free in under ten minutes: https://ebird.org/home.

Step 1: Go birding in your yard, balcony, looking out your window, or in front of your apartment. If you don’t have a yard, that’s okay. Mask up and bird the 100-meter radius around your residence. You can use this easy tool to build your 100-meter circle. Whether you bird for two minutes or two hours, you can still submit a checklist. You can log any bird you see while standing in your circle, even if the bird itself is outside of it!

Remember to follow all public health guidance local to your area, be safe, and be careful. Wear a mask and keep physical distance from others when you go outside.

Step 2: Create your checklist. To do this, click the “submit” tab at the top of the ebird page. To pick a location, select your county, and find your yard on a map. *Note: If you’re uncomfortable with revealing your exact address, feel free to select a point somewhere else in your neighborhood and label it with a less specific location name.

Next, pick how you birded. If you saw a couple birds while bringing in the mail, pick “Incidental.” If you purposefully looked for birds but stayed in roughly the same place, pick “Stationary.” If you took a short walk in your neighborhood (within 100 meters) pick “Travelling.” Log what time you began birding, how long you birded for, and who you birded with.

When filling in your checklist, if you’re not sure how many of a species you saw, feel free to make a rough estimate. Even if you couldn’t identify every single bird you saw, that’s okay! Submit as many as you are confident about.

If you have photos, we would love to see them! You can add them after submitting your checklists by clicking “Add media” while viewing your checklist.

Step 3: Share your checklist. After completing and submitting your checklist, share it with our eBird account! To do that, click on “Share checklist” on the left-hand side, and write “BruinAudubonYards.” Then click share. We’ll receive an update and accept your checklist.

You may think you have a boring yard or neighborhood, but even if you have just a little bit of green space, you will find birds. What some of our members have found so far:

  • MacGillivray’s Warbler and Nashville Warbler in Orange County, CA

  • Black-headed Grosbeak in Los Angeles County, CA

  • Swainson’s Hawk in Sacramento County, CA

  • Pileated Woodpecker and Black-capped Chickadee in Providence County, Rhode Island

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch in Latah County, Idaho

During last spring's Yard Bird Challenge, Bruin Audubon members recorded over 50 species!