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Bird List USA 2008 so far

Posted in ALL BLOG POSTS, birds & birding by adamwelz on June 2, 2008

Hi All

sorry – another ‘boring’ post. Have just typed up the birds I’ve seen on this trip so far (California, Alaska, Texas, Michigan) so that I can orient myself. Listing species for me is a remembering tool (I’m not particularly into ‘big years’ or anything like that). Challenging yourself to find particular birds can sharpen your field skills and connect you better to the environment, I feel, so I do try to write down what I see and have certain ‘target birds’ in mind when I visit a particular area.

Birding on this trip has been largely opportunistic and recreational although I have spent perhaps 5 days doing dedicated birding in certain places. As a result I have seen some great birds (including the two rarest warblers in the USA, Kirtland’s and Golden-cheeked, both Endangered) but have some obvious common species missing from the list. Names are according to Sibley and roughly in his order (I have tried to group birds by genus). Birds in italics were only seen in the hand (in California). All others were identified by me as free-flying birds, or identified by local companion birders and seen well enough by me to confirm field marks. At least two species (Veery and E Wood-Peewee) were heard but not seen, and are excluded from this list. There are 258 species listed here, and combined with the birds seen on previous trips to the US I now have over 300 species for my US list.

Cheers!

Adam

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Eared Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Least Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Anhinga
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Dble-crested Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great (White) Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Yell.-crown. Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Mute Swan (introduced)
Trumpeter Swan
Gtr. White-frnt. Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Brant (Goose)
Blck-bell. Whistl.-Duck
Wood Duck
Mallard
Mottled Duck
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Comm Merganser
Red-br Merganser
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
California Condor
Mississippi Kite
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Harrier
Harris’s Hawk
Red-shoul Hawk
Red-tail Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Plain Chachalaca
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bell. Plover
Killdeer
Black Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Spott. Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
Blk.-leg. Kittiwake
Bonaparte’s Gull
Laughing Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-wing. Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Western Gull
Heermann’s Gull
Black Tern
Caspian Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Arctic Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrulet
Feral Pigeon (intro.)
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground Dove
White-tipped Dove
Red-crowned Parrot
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Groove-billed Ani
Barred Owl
Lesser Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk
Common Paraque
Chimney Swift
Vaux’s Swift
White-throat. Swift
Anna’s Hummingbd
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird
Ruby-thr. Hummingbird
Black-chin. Humm-brd
Buff-bell. Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Ringed Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher
Red-head. Woodpecker
Red-bell. Woodpecker
Golden-front. W-pecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Ladder-back. W-pecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
N. Beardless-Tyrannulet
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Couch’s Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay
Steller’s Jay
Green Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Gray Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Northwestern Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
N. Rough-w. Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Purple Martin
Oak Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Black-crested Titmouse
Chstnt-bkd Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chikadee
Brown Creeper
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bushtit
Marsh Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Varied Thrush
American Robin
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
Long-billed Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling (intro.)
Orange-crown. Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Blk.-Thrt. Gray Warbler
Yellow-thrt. Warbler
Kirtland’s Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Dickissel
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-hd. Grosbeak
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Olive Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-cr. Sparrow
Golden-cr. Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Baltimore Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bronzed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
House Sparrow (intro.)

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