To be a member in Club Yard 100 you must have seen 100 bird species from your yard according to the rules stated in Tomtskådning från början (only in Swedish sofar). In short the rules say that you must make the observation from your yard, but the bird has not to be in your yard. Heard only birds are also counted. I have restricted the Club to Swedish yards only. The membership in CY1 is free of charge. The club is based on this and related web pages, no other information is available.
In 1998 the first national championship in yard birding was held. In the championships you try to see as many different species as possible during 24 hours, from your own yard.
|Year||Date||Winner||Number of species||Number of participants|
|1998||12 September||Christer Andersson, Halland||89||43 yards, 48 birders|
|1999||28 August||Cecilia Johansson and Christian Cederroth, Öland.||101||55 yards, 60 birders|
|2000||2 September||Jan Uddén, Bohuslän||91||56 yards, 81 birders|
|2001||25 August||Lasse Tydén, Gotland||92||58 yards, 98 birders|
|2002||14 September||Christian Cederroth, Öland.||95||72 yars, 111 birders!!!|
|2003||13 september||Cecilia Johansson och Christian Cederroth, Öland.||100||56 yards, 87 birders|
|2004||4 september||Anders Kornestedt, Halland||105||60 yards, 87 birders|
|2005||3 september||Anders Kornestedt, Halland||106||66 yards, 109 birders|
|2006||2 september||Christian Cederroth and Tobias Berger, Öland||109||68 yards, 100 birders|
|2007||1 september||Anders Kornestedt, Halland. Other participants Stephan Sundström and Jan Ohlson.
||109||83 yards, 125 birders Record!|
|2008||6 september||Anders Kornestedt, Halland. Other participants Stephan Sundström and Håkan Thorstensson.||103||65 yards, 101 birders|
Backyard Birders are numerous!
"Every five years the Bureau of the Census and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cooperate on a national Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The 1991 survey found that 63.1 million adults feed wild birds at home (the backyard birders)..." (Winging It, October 1996)
Paul Lehman and Shawneem Finnegan, Cape May, USA tallied their 300th yard-bird, a Black-tailed Gull, in December 1998. (Winging It, November 1999). A world record?
Check out Bird links in Sweden, a compilation of all major birding links I have found in Sweden.
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