Now, folks who consider themselves "serious birders" would be disappointed by such a common bird being the first they'd see this decade. In fact, they probably didn't even look at their feeders on New Year's morning so that they could travel to a cool location to find a less common bird to be their first bird of the decade. Maybe a Rough-legged Hawk or an Hudsonian Godwit. Just not a chickadee, please!
Me? I was totally content with having this common little cherub, which just happens to be my favorite bird, be my first bird of the decade.
Here's the other birds I saw on January 1st, starting my 2010 year list at 10 (not counting the unidentified hawk). Having barely stepped out of the door all day, it's not too bad.
First bird: Black-capped Chickadee
Second bird: Tufted Titmouse
Third bird: Dark-eyed Junco
Fourth bird: Blue Jay
Fifth bird: Hairy Woodpecker
Sixth bird: Downy Woodpecker
Seventh bird: Red-breasted Nuthatch
Eighth bird: Mourning Dove
Ninth bird: Unidentified hawk
Tenth bird: American Goldfinch
Eleventh bird: (First of season) Pine Siskin (an individual sisken amongst a flock of about 2 dozen goldfinch)
In 2008, my year list was 100 and in 2009, it increased to 128. Who knows what 2010 will hold??
Did you keep a year list in 2009? If not, why not start one right away for 2010?