Virtual AOS Fall Meeting Compilation Showcases Birding Near Home

Red-breasted Nuthatch photo by Harry Dean

AOS members were encouraged to go out birding between October 3 and October 9 near where they live, and submit the checklist to Geoff Hill, AOS President. Geoff compiled a summary and presented the results at the Saturday evening virtual banquet, which also featured an excellent workshop on Tern Identification by Andrew Haffenden, and a hilarious presentation by noted Birder/Humorist Al Batt.

The virtual meeting saved members a ton of money.  No meals, or lodging, and much less gasoline.  So the board challenged participants in the Birding Near Home event to pledge a certain amount either for each bird species seen or for each individual bird seen.  The money was donated directly to a charity chosen by the donor, but AOS strongly suggested donating to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary (DIBS), which is purchasing and preserving bird habitat on Dauphin Island.  DIBS is currently involved in an expensive clean up of bird habitat on Dauphin Island which has been damaged in the recent hurricanes.  Donations for storm clean-up are especially needed right now.  To donate, send checks to:

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
PO Box 1295
Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Home Page photo of Red-breasted Nuthatch by Harry Dean

All lists from inland Alabama counties

October 3 to 9, 2020

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Common Nighthawk

Chimney Swift


Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Cattle Egret

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Eastern Screech-Owl

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

House Sparrow

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Meadowlark

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Grackle


Golden-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Birding Near Home was based on 16 lists totaling 96 species