Birding Life List

This is a “life list” of birds I’ve seen since 2019.
For the ABA “Big Year” checklist, CLICK HERE.

  1. Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Bucorvus abyssinicus
  2. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  3. American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana
  4. American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus
  5. American Coot, Fulica americana
  6. American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis
  7. American Kestrel, Falco sparverius
  8. American Pipit, Anthus rubescens
  9. American Robin, Turdus migratorius
  10. American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  11. American Wigeon, Anas americana
  12. Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
  13. Ash-Throated Flycatcher, Myiarchus cinerascens
  14. Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
  15. Azure-Winged Magpie, Cyanopica cyanus
  16. Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. Barn Swallow, American Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
  18. Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon
  19. Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
  20. Black-Chinned Hummingbird, Archilochus alexandri
  21. Black Crowned Crane, Balearica pavonina
  22. Black-Crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax
  23. Black-Headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus
  24. Black-Necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus
  25. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  26. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus
  27. Brown Creeper, Certhia americana
  28. Brown-Headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater
  29. Buff Orpington Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Orpington
  30. Bufflehead Duck, Bucephala albeola
  31. Bullock’s Oriole, Icterus bullockii
  32. Burrowing Owl, Western Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia hypugaea
  33. Bushtit, American Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus
  34. Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii
  35. California Gull, Larus californicus [yellow legs; dark eye; red spot]
  36. California Quail, Callipepla californica
  37. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  38. California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
  39. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  40. Canvasback Duck, Aythya valisineria
  41. Caribbean Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber
  42. Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis
  43. Cayuga Duck, Cayuga Black Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. cayuga
  44. Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum
  45. Central Valley Bi-Colored Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus californicus
  46. Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, Poecile rufescens
  47. Cinnamon Teal, Anas cyanoptera
  48. Clark’s Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii [black above the eye]
  49. Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  50. Comb-Billed Duck, Knob-Bill, Sarkidiornis melanotos
  51. Common Gallinule, Gallinula galeata
  52. Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
  53. Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
  54. Cooper’s Hawk, Acipiter cooperii
  55. Crested Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Crested
  56. Crested Screamer, Chauna torquata
  57. Crow, American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
  58. Dark-Eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis
  59. Double-Crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auratus
  60. Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
  61. Dunlin, Calidris alpina
  62. Emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae
  63. Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
  64. European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  65. Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri
  66. Fox Sparrow, Passerella iliaca
  67. Gadwall Duck, Mareca Strepera
  68. Glaucous-Winged Gull, Larus glaucescens [gray wings/grey wing-tips; red spot; pink legs]
  69. Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
  70. Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
  71. Great Egret, Ardea alba
  72. Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus
  73. Great-Tailed Grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus
  74. Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus
  75. Greater White-Fronted Goose, Anser albifrons
  76. Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca
  77. Green Heron, Butorides virescens
  78. Green-Winged Teal, Anas carolinensis
  79. Hairy Woodpecker, Dryobates villosus [long bill]
  80. Hawk-Headed Parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus
  81. Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus
  82. Herring Gull, Larus argentatus [spot on bill, gray legs, pale eye]
  83. Himalayan Monal, Lophophorus impejanus
  84. Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus
  85. Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris
  86. House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
  87. House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
  88. House Wren, Troglodytes aedon
  89. Indian Runner Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Runner
  90. Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
  91. Lark Sparrow, Chondestes grammacus
  92. Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae
  93. Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla
  94. Lesser Goldfinch, Spinus psaltria
  95. Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes [very pale, white]
  96. Lincoln’s Sparrow, Melospiza lincolnii
  97. Long-Billed Curlew, Numenius americanus
  98. Long-Billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus
  99. Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
  100. Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris
  101. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  102. Muscovy Duck, Cairina moschata
  103. Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
  104. Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  105. Northern Harrier, Marsh Hawk, Circus hudsonius
  106. Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottos
  107. Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
  108. Northern Red-Billed Hornbill, Tockus erythrorhynchus
  109. Northern Rough-Winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis [ashy]
  110. Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata
  111. Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii
  112. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  113. Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
  114. Ostrich, Common Ostrich, Struthio camelus
  115. Pekin Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Pekin
  116. Phainopepla, Phainopepla nitens
  117. Pied-Billed Grebe, Podilymbus podiceps
  118. Raven, Common Raven, Corvus corax
  119. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  120. Red-Tailed Hawk, Western Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis calurus
  121. Red-Winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
  122. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  123. Ring-Billed Gull, Larus delawarensis [ black ring, light eye, yellow legs]
  124. Ring-Necked Duck, Aythya collaris
  125. Ring-Necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus
  126. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
  127. Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis
  128. Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Aimophila ruficeps
  129. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis
  130. Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis
  131. Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya
  132. Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens
  133. Snowy Egret, Egretta thula
  134. Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
  135. Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularius
  136. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
  137. Southern White-Faced Owl, Ptilopsis granti
  138. Spur-Winged Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus
  139. Steller’s Jay, Cyanocitta stelleri
  140. Swan Goose, Chinese Goose, Anser cygnoides [can be white, or gray/brown, knob on the bill]
  141. Swedish Blue Duck, Anas platyrhynchos domesticus var. Swedish Blue
  142. Swainson’s Hawk, Buteo swainsoni
  143. Tawny Frogmouth, Podargus strigoides
  144. Thick-Billed Parrot, Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha
  145. Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor
  146. Tricolored Blackbird, Agelaius tricolor
  147. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  148. Western Bluebird, Sialia Mexicana
  149. Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis [black below the eye]
  150. Western Gull, Larus occidentalis [spot on bill, pink legs, orange circle around eye]
  151. Western Kingbird, Tyrant Flycatcher, Tyrannus verticalis
  152. Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta
  153. Western Screech Owl, Megascops kennicottii
  154. Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana
  155. White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
  156. White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
  157. White-Faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi
  158. White-Faced Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna viduata
  159. White Tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus
  160. Wilson’s Phalaropes, Phalaropus tricolor
  161. Wilson’s Snipe, Gallinago delicata
  162. Wood Duck, Aix sponsa
  163. Yellow-Billed Magpie, Pica nuttalli
  164. Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata
  165. Yellow Warbler, Setophaga petechia

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