Along those lines, many birders decide to keep "yard lists", a simple list of the species they've seen where they live. Although I live in an urban neighborhood south of Sacramento overlooking a busy 4-lane road, I too keep track of the species I see from home. If you're used to large, wooded yards, streams and rivers, you'd look at my neighborhood in horror:
eBird to keep tabs of my records, I can see that I've submitted a checklist for 273 days for this yard since I moved here in September 2011. I can also see that I've tallied more than 104 different species. Yep, more than a hundred species from only my patio window.
Numbers-wise, if I pay attention to the species flying by in a given morning, my list will likely be between 20-30 species per day at this time of year. As an example, here's a checklist from about a week ago.
Today marks the 1-month milestone; I arrived back home from Alaska a month ago today. Since then, I've submitted 22 daily checklists from the yard and have totaled 51 species. Here are some highlights from the past month:
Ross's Goose (3 on 12 November; my 3rd record for the yard)
Tundra Swan (10 on 14 November; my 6th record for the yard)
Northern Harrier (1 on 3 and 12 November; my 7th and 8th records for the yard)
Long-billed Curlew (14th record for the yard)
Merlin (1 on 17 November; my 3rd record for the yard and my 7th record for the county)
Prairie Falcon (1 on 17 November; my 1st record for the yard)
Western Bluebird (1 on 6 November; my 1st record for the yard)
American Pipit (4 on 7 November; my 2nd record for the yard)
Pine Siskin (7 on 27 October and 1 on 4 November; my 1st and 2nd records for the yard)
Even the common species that I see from the yard could be pretty interesting depending on where you're from. I often see species such as NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BUSHTIT, WHITE-TAILED KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. Not to mention the hummingbirds; I see hummingbirds every single day, year-round. In spring migration, I've seen as many as 4 hummingbird species at my feeders (including this stunner, a CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD):