Calling Birdsharers: We’ve Got a Wish List (Part One)

By Hugh Powell
January 16, 2009
Mountain ChickadeeMountain Chickadee by Robinsegg via Birdshare.

Since we started Birdshare in late July it’s taken on a life of its own. We now have nearly 350 members and more than 4,300 photos, with more streaming in every day.

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Birdshare members sometimes ask if we’re looking for any species in particular. And now, as we start to put together new species account pages for All About Birds, that answer is an emphatic (and grateful) yes – see our Top 10 Most Wanted list below.

Our new wireframe design calls for a much greater emphasis on photographs than the current All About Birds species guide. Having more and better photographs means you’ll be better able to identify birds and compare different plumages. The only catch, of course, is that means we need lots of pictures.

So I’ve checked Birdshare to see how many photos we have of the birds on my species account to-do list, which is made up of 100 of the most common birds across the country. The results are pretty encouraging – 93 Red-tailed Hawk photos and counting, 64 cardinal shots, and a dozen more common species represented in 40 or more photos – nice work, Birdsharers!

Our list does have some surprising gaps, though – so please check your photo archives for any of these species:

Top Ten Most Wanted Birds on Birdshare:

1. California Towhee

2. Mountain Chickadee

3. European Starling

4. Common Grackle

5. Rock Pigeon

6. Chestnut-backed Chickadee

7. Gray Catbird

8. Spotted Towhee

9. Purple Finch

10. House Wren

This is just Part One of our Most Wanted List – we’ll roll out the next installment in a week or so. As always, thanks for Birdsharing, and enjoy your photography! The rest of us certainly do.

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Comments

  • Ashley

    The mountain chickadee is the CUTEST…

  • Ashley

    The mountain chickadee is the CUTEST…

  • Red

    sweet :) i just joined the group and will now work on my tags and then add some… got a couple of these most wanteds!

  • Red

    sweet :) i just joined the group and will now work on my tags and then add some… got a couple of these most wanteds!

  • Great picture.

  • Great picture.

  • Thanks for the inclusion of this image. The Mountain Chickadee RARELY visits my yard, although I do see/hear them quite frequently in the mountains which surround Salt Lake. This image was shot during a break in a snowstorm. In additon to the Chickadee, doezens of Cedar Waxwings, Starlings, Townsends Solitaire and American Robins converged on my hawthorn and juniper trees to fuel up on the berries. I count that afternoon as one of my top ten birding days EVER!

  • Thanks for the inclusion of this image. The Mountain Chickadee RARELY visits my yard, although I do see/hear them quite frequently in the mountains which surround Salt Lake. This image was shot during a break in a snowstorm. In additon to the Chickadee, doezens of Cedar Waxwings, Starlings, Townsends Solitaire and American Robins converged on my hawthorn and juniper trees to fuel up on the berries. I count that afternoon as one of my top ten birding days EVER!

  • finchwench

    I offer California Towhees and Mountain Chickadee, but the images are not of the best quality.

  • finchwench

    I offer California Towhees and Mountain Chickadee, but the images are not of the best quality.

  • Awesome! I just joined and added some Purple Finch photos (both male and female).

  • Awesome! I just joined and added some Purple Finch photos (both male and female).

  • Hi,

    My Wife and I posted a European Starling eating a Pin cherry and from what I found out the photo we took is a rare look at how the shape of the tongue is and how it works. here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlminnesota/3219523784/in/pool-birdshare

  • Hi,

    My Wife and I posted a European Starling eating a Pin cherry and from what I found out the photo we took is a rare look at how the shape of the tongue is and how it works. here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlminnesota/3219523784/in/pool-birdshare