A Travellerspoint blog

January 2022

10 years of birding

Around the world

all seasons in one day

It certainly was a fateful moment when 12-year-old me glanced out of the back window of my home back in 2012 to see a large, strong, agile bird dart across the sky only to land in the (now cut-down) Elm across the alley. I quickly grabbed the toy binoculars nearest to the window and took in its general markings: streaked breast, tall posture, long tail, etc…and came to the conclusion I had seen a Peregrine Falcon! (wrong)

After hours of pouring over iBird pro which my dad had installed in my iPad a few months prior, I still was trying to convince myself the bird was a Peregrine while something inside me said it was really a Cooper’s Hawk. Even now, from the vivid memory of that bird, it was most certainly one of the resident Cooper’s Hawks which proves an important lesson for overzealous young birders: always be cautious, diligent, and conservative with bird ID.

One hundred thousand misidentifications later, here I am having birded on 6 continents and having found some of my most-wanted avian species like Great Gray Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, Superb Lyrebird, and much more. So I thought it would be fitting that after 10 years of birding I would list my specific favorite life birds from year to year (and for most of them, pictures and my corresponding blog posts). So I hope you do read through these flashback blog posts to see not only the evolution of my birding & writing style, but also all of the people along the way who have helped me find such magnificent birds. Family, friends, and the folks you meet along the way are indeed half the fun of birding (and that’s coming from an introvert!). After all, all but one of these lifers were shared experiences with others!

2012: Cooper’s Hawk **spark bird**

2013: Snowy Owl, DeKalb & Montrose Point, IL — seen with my dad in DeKalb as a lifer and with my mom at Montrose (shown here)
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2014: Little Spotted Kiwi, Wellington, NZ — seen with my Dad
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2015: Resplendent Quetzal, Monteverde, Costa Rica — seen with my wonderful Costa Rica high school tour group led by Mario and Alexa Stickel.
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2016: Piping Plover, MI — seen with my Uncle Mory
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2017: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, El Paso Sewage Ponds IL — seen with my birding friends Isoo (and his dad), Jake, Eddie, and Brett
As a side note, of course one of these has to be found at a sewage pond! :)
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2018: Cassia Crossbill, South Hills, ID — seen with my friend Poo
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2019: Snowy Sheathbill, Antarctica — seen with my lovely birding friends from Ireland
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2020: Torrent Duck, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile — seen with my mom and Parker
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2021: Gyrfalcon, Waukegan Harbor, IL — seen with my friends Isoo & Oliver, along with a myriad of midwestern birders who had flocked to see this impressive rarity
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TOTAL LIFE LIST:
1126 Species (most recent life bird from 11-26-21: Pink-footed Goose)

Also for your perusal I included my life list here which is self-written so it may have some slight inconsistencies and definitely needs a taxonomic update, but is better than nothing. I also included their location first found, and for some, their conservation status.

Good birding!
Henry

Rheas
Lesser Rhea Patagonian Steppe CH

Tinamou
Great Tinamou La Selva Biological Station, CR
Little Tinamou La Selva Biological Station, CR

Kiwi
North Island Brown Kiwi Paihia, NZ
Little Spotted Kiwi Zealandia Sanctuary, NZ

Screamers
Southern Screamer Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur AR

Waterfowl
White-faced Whistling-Duck Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Pipeline Road, NZ
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Upland Goose Falkland Islands, UK territory
Kelp Goose Falkland Islands, UK territory
Ashy-headed Goose Tierra del Fuego NP AR threatened
Cape Barren Goose Kangaroo Island, AU endangered
Greylag Goose Canterbury, UK
Snow Goose Montrose Point, IL
Ross’ Goose Grant Park, IL
Greater White-fronted Goose Montrose Point, IL
Pink-footed Goose Wappengers Falls, NY
Brant Adler Planetarium, IL
Barnacle Goose Belmont Lake State Park, NY
Cackling Goose North Point Marina, IL
Canada Goose USA
Trumpeter Swan Mississippi Palisades State Park, IL
Tundra Swan LaCrosse, WI
Mute Swan Ashland Drive, Otsego MI
Coscoroba Swan Patagonia CH
Black Swan Lake Taupo, NZ
Black-necked Swan Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Flying Steamer-Duck Ushuaia AR
Fuegian Steamer-Duck Tierra del Fuego NP, AR
Falkland Steamer-Duck Falkland Islands UK
Muscovy Duck Panama City, PA
Egyptian Goose London, UK
American Wood Duck North Pond, IL
Mandarin Duck London, UK
Gadwall Rollins Savanna FP, IL
Spectacled Duck eastern Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Eurasian Wigeon Staten Island, NY
Chiloe Wigeon Punta Arenas Wetland CH
American Wigeon Rollins Savanna FP, IL
Pacific Black Duck Great Ocean Rd AU
American Black Duck Des Plaines Conservation Area, IL
Mallard USA
Crested Duck Falkland Islands, UK territory
Yellow-billed Pintail Falkland Islands, UK territory
Silver Teal Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Cinnamon Teal Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Northern Shoveler North Pond, IL
White-cheeked Pintail Grand Turk, TC
Brown Pintail Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Northern Pintail Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Grey Teal Great Ocean Rd, AU
Chestnut Teal Great Ocean Rd, AU
Australian Wood Duck AU
Blue-winged Teal Morton Arboretum, IL
Green-winged Teal LaCrosse, WI
Red-crested Pochard London, UK
Rosy-billed Pochard Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Canvasback Harborside Golf Course, IL
Redhead Monroe Harbor, IL
Common Pochard London, UK
New Zealand Scaup Lake Taupo, NZ
Paradise Shelduck Zealandia, NZ
Australian Shelduck Great Ocean Rd, AU
Brown Teal Zealandia, NZ
Ring-necked Duck Harborside Golf Course, IL
Tufted Duck London Wetlands, UK
Greater Scaup Monroe Harbor, IL
Lesser Scaup Monroe Harbor, IL
King Eider Orient Point, NY
Common Eider Breezy Point, NY
Harlequin Duck Rainbow Beach, IL
Surf Scoter Olympic Peninsula, WA
White-winged Scoter Montrose Point, IL
Black Scoter Jacob Riis Park, IL
Long-tailed Duck Montrose Point, IL
Bufflehead Monroe Harbor, IL
Common Goldeneye Monroe Harbor, IL
Barrow's Goldeneye Crab Meadow Beach, NY
Torrent Duck Rio Pingo, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Hooded Merganser North Pond, IL
Common Merganser Monroe Harbor, IL
Red-breasted Merganser Monroe Harbor, IL
Black-headed Duck Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Masked Duck Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Ruddy Duck Magic Reservoir, ID
Andean Duck Punta Arenas Wetland CH
Lake Duck eastern Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Scrubfowl
Orange-footed Scrubfowl Daintree Rainforest, AU

Chachalacas
Grey-headed Chachalaca Panama Radisson Summit, PA

Guan
Black Guan Monteverde, CR
Crested Guan La Selva Biological Station, CR

Guineafowl
Helmeted Guineafowl Bali, IN

New World Quail
California Quail Paihia, NZ
Gambel's Quail Tubac, AZ
Northern Bobwhite Kankakee Sands Natural Area, IN

Fowl
Wild Turkey Selkirk Lake, MI
Ruffed Grouse Sax-Zim Bog, MN
Spruce Grouse Redfish Lake, ID
Dusky Grouse Warm Springs Rd, ID
Sooty Grouse Olympic Peninsula, WA
Chukar Center for Birds of Prey, ID
Red-legged Partridge Paris, FR
Gray Partridge Picabo, ID
Ring-necked Pheasant Paris, FR

Loons
Red-throated Loon Monroe Harbor, IL
Pacific Loon Oyster Bay Marina, NY
Common Loon Selkirk Lake, MI

Penguins
King Penguin Falkland Islands, UK territory
Gentoo Penguin Falkland Islands, UK territory
Adelie Penguin Admirality Bay, Antarctica
Magellanic Penguin Falkland Islands, UK territory
Chinstrap Penguin Elephant Island, Antarctica
Little Penguin Bay of Islands, NZ

Albatross
Wandering Albatross Kaikoura, NZ endangered
Royal Albatross Cook Strait, NZ threatened
White-capped Albatross Queensland sound, NZ near threatened
Gray-headed Albatross international waters — Southern Ocean
Salvin's Albatross Kaikoura, NZ
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Atlantic waters of Argentinaendangered
Sooty Albatross Atlantic waters of Argentina’s endangered
Light-mantled Albatross Southern Ocean endangered
Black-browed Albatross Atlantic waters of Argentinanear threatened
Buller's Albatross Kaikoura, NZ

Giant Petrels
Northern Giant Petrel Kaikoura, NZ
Southern Giant Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina

Tubenoses
Blue Petrel international waters — Southern Ocean
Slender-billed Prion international waters — Southern Ocean
Antarctic Prion international waters — Southern Ocean
Southern Fulmar Southern Ocean
Cape Petrel Bay of Islands, NZ
Juan Fernandez Petrel S Pacific Ocean
De Filippi’s Petrel S Pacific Ocean
Stejneger’s Petrel S Pacific Ocean threatened
White-chinned Petrel Kaikoura, NZ threatened
Spectacled Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina endangered
Atlantic Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina
Soft-plumaged Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina
Cape Verde Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentinanear threatened
Westland Petrel Kaikoura, NZ
Buller’s Shearwater S Pacific Ocean threatened
Sooty Shearwater Bay of Islands, NZ near threatened
Pink-footed Shearwater S Pacific Ocean threatened
Great Shearwater Atlantic waters of Argentina
Gray Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina
Fluttering Shearwater Bay of Islands, NZ
Hutton's Shearwater Kaikoura, NZ
Yelkouan Shearwater Istanbul, TK threatened
Cory's Shearwater Istanbul, TK
Snow Petrel Admirality Bay, Antarctica

Southern Storm-Petrels
White-bellied Storm-Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel Atlantic waters of Argentina
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel international waters — Southern Ocean
White-faced Storm-petrel Bay of Islands, NZ

Diving-petrels
Magellanic Diving-Petrel Strait of Magellan CH
Common Diving-Petrel Bay of Islands, NZ

Grebes
Little Grebe London Wetlands, UK
Australasian Grebe Lake Taupo, NZ
Pied-billed Grebe Rollins Savanna, IL
White-tufted Grebe Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Silvery Grebe Falkland Islands, UK territory
Hoary-headed Grebe London Wetlands, UK
Great Crested Grebe London Wetlands, UK
Horned Grebe Monroe Harbor, IL
Great Grebe Tierra del Fuego NP CH
Red-necked Grebe Shinnecock Inlet, NY
Eared Grebe Magic Reservoir, ID
Black-necked Grebe London Wetlands, UK
Western Grebe San Francisco Harbor, CA
Clark's Grebe Magic Reservoir, ID

Flamingoes
American Flamingo Grand Turk, TC
Chilean Flamingo Patagonian Steppe CH

Double-striped Thick-Knee
Double-striped Thick-Knee CR

Storks
Wood Stork Merrit Island NWR, FL
Maguari Stork Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur

Ibis & Spoonbill
White Ibis Ft Lauderdale, FL
Australian White Ibis Kangaroo Island, AU
Straw-necked Ibis Great Ocean Rd, AU
Buff-necked Ibis Patagonian Steppe CH
Green Ibis Bocas del Toro, PA
Royal Spoonbill Shorebird Preserve, NZ
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Kangaroo Island, AUo
White-faced Ibis Magic Reservoir, ID
Glossy Ibis Merrit Island NWR, FL
Roseate Spoonbill Naples, FL

Herons & Egrets
Rufescent Tiger Heron Amunition Ponds, PA
Bare-throated Tiger-Heron CR
Boat-billed Heron Amunition Ponds, PA
Least Bittern Illinois Beach State Park, IL
American Bittern Air Station Prairie, IL
Cinnamon Bittern Bali, IN
Black-crowned Night Heron North Pond, IL
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Green Heron Selkirk Lake, MI
Javan Pond Heron Bali, IN
Cattle Egret David, PA
Grey Heron London Wetlands, UK
Great Blue Heron Selkirk Lake, MI
Cocoi Heron Panama City, PA
Whistling Heron Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Purple Heron Bali, IN
Great Egret Wolf Lake, IL
Intermediate Egret Bali,NZ
White-faced Heron Paihia, NZ
Tricolored Heron Merrit Island NWR, FL
Reddish Egret Merrit Island NWR, FL near threatened
Little Blue Heron Merrit Island NWR, FL
White-necked Heron Great Ocean Rd, AU
Snowy Egret Merrit Island NWR, FL
Little Egret London Wetlands, UK
Pacific Reef Heron Cairns, AU

Pelicans
Australian Pelican Sydney, AU
American White Pelican Magic Reservoir, ID
Brown Pelican Sam Francisco Bay, CA
Peruvian Pelican San Antonio Cruise Port, CH

Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebird Panama City, PA

Sulids
Australasian Gannet Paihia, NZ
Northern Gannet Breezy Point, NY
Masked Booby South Pacific Ocean outside Chile
Peruvian Booby San Antonio Cruise Port, CH
Brown Booby Atlantic Ocean

Cormorants
Little Pied Cormorant Bay of Islands, NZ
Spotted Shag Picton, NZ
Brandt's Cormorant Olympic Peninsula, WA
Neotropic Cormorant Panama City, PA
Rock Cormorant Falkland Islands, UK territory
Red-legged Cormorant San Antonio Cruise Port, CH
Blue-eyed Cormorant Gerlache Strait, Antarctica
King Cormorant Falkland Islands, UK territory
Double-crested Cormorant IL
European Shag London Wetlands, UK
Little Black Cormorant Bay of Islands, NZ
Australian Pied Cormorant Great Ocean Rd, AU
Great Cormorant Bay of Islands, NZ
Pelagic Cormorant Olympic Peninsula, WA

Anhingas
Australasian Darter Great Ocean Rd, AU
Anhinga Ft Lauderdale, FL

New World Vultures
Turkey Vulture IL
Black Vulture Panama City, PA
Andean Condor Tierra del Fuego NP CH

Ospreys
Osprey, Jackson Hole, WY

Hawks and Eagles
Black-shouldered Kite Great Ocean Rd, AU
Swallow-tailed Kite CR
Black Hawk-Eagle Boquete, PA
Ornate Hawk-Eagle Monteverde Cloudforest, CR
Golden Eagle Sawtooth National Forest, ID
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Pesaro, IT
Sharp-shinned Hawk LaCrosse, WI
Cooper's Hawk Oak Park, IL
Northern Goshawk Cape Horn Rd, ID
Northern Harrier Rollins Savanna, IL
Cinerous Harrier Patagonian steppe CH
Australian Harrier Great Ocean Rd, AU
Black Kite Great Ocean Rd, AU
Bald Eagle Selkirk Lake, MI
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Cairns, AU
Mississippi Kite East Cape Girardeau, IL
Snail Kite Pipeline Rd, PA
Great Black Hawk Canopy Tower, PA
Roadside Hawk David, PA
Variable Hawk Falkland Islands, UK territory
Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle Tierra del fuego NP AR
Semiplumbeous Hawk PA
Gray Hawk Tubac, AZ
Red-shouldered Hawk Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, IL
Broad-winged Hawk Oak Park, IL
Swainson's Hawk Wood River Valley ID
Red-tailed Hawk USA
Ferruginous Hawk Camas Centennial Marsh, ID near threatened
Rough-legged Hawk Sax-Zim Bog, MN
Common Buzzard Bosphorus Strt, TK

Rails
Weka Picton, NZ
Clapper Rail Merrit Island NWR, FL
King Rail Illinois Beach State Park, IL near threatened
Gray-necked Wood-Rail Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur
Giant Wood-Rail Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur
White-breasted Waterhen Bali, IN
Virginia Rail Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Sora Kankakee, IL
Ruddy-breasted Crake Bali, IN
White-throated Crake Pipeline Rd, PA
Plumbeous Rail Punta Arenas cemetery CH
Purple Swamphen North Island, NZ
Eurasian Moorhen Auckland, NZ
Purple Gallinule Alligator Adventures, FL
Common Gallinule Big Marsh, IL
Spot-flanked Gallinule Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur AR
Eurasian Coot London, UK
White-winged Coot Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur
Red-gartered Coot Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur
Red-fronted Coot Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur
American Coot North Pond, IL
Limpkin Alligator Adventures, FL

Cranes
Sandhill Crane Oak Park, IL
Common Crane De Motte, IN
Whooping Crane Necedah NWR, WI

Stone-Curlew
Beach Stone-Curlew Cairns, AU

Snowy Sheathbill
Snowy Sheathbill Elephant Island, Antarctica

Magellanic Plover
Magellanic Plover Patagonian steppe CH

Oystercatchers
Magellanic Oystercatcher Falkland Islands, UK territory
Blackish Oystercatcher Falkland Islands, UK territory
Black Oystercatcher Olympic Peninsula, WA
South Island Oystercatcher NZ
American Oystercatcher Plumb Beach, NY
Variable Oystercatcher Bay of Islands, NZ

Avocets & Stilts
Black-winged Stilt Bay of Islands, NZ
Black-necked Stilt Magic Reservoir, ID
American Avocet Magic Reservoir, ID

Plovers
Northern Lapwing London Wetlands, UK
Masked Lapwing Great Ocean Rd, AU
Southern Lapwing Buenos Aires, AR
Wrybill Shorebird Preserve, NZ
Pacific Golden Plover Shorebird Preserve, NZ
American Golden Plover Kankakee, IL
Snowy Plover Montrose Point, IL
Wilson's Plover New Smyrna State Park, FL
New Zealand Plover North Island NZ endangered
Little Ringed Plover London Wetlands, UK
Killdeer Selkirk Lake, MI
Semipalmated Plover USA
Piping Plover Muskegon, MI near threatened
Red-capped Plover Shorebird preserve, NZ
Two-banded Plover Falkland Islands, UK territory
Rufous-chested Dotterel Falkland Islands, UK territory

Jacanas
Wattled Jacana Summit Resort, PA

Seed-Snipe
Least Seed-Snipe Patagonian Steppe CH

Sandpipers
American Woodcock Middlefork Savanna, IL
Pin-tailed Snipe Ubud, IN
Wilson's Snipe Miller’s Meadow, IL
Fuegian Snipe Ushuaia AR
Short-billed Dowitcher Kankakee, IL
Long-billed Dowitcher Jamaica Bay NWR, NY
Hudsonian Godwit Emiquon, IL
Bar-tailed Godwit Shorebird Reserve, NZ near threatened
Marbled Godwit Magic Reservoir, ID
Western Whimbrel Panama City, PA
Long-billed Curlew I-90 near Wall, SD
Common Redshank London Wetlands, UK
Upland Sandpiper Kankakee Sands Preserve, IN
Greater Yellowlegs Kankakee Sox Farm IL
Lesser Yellowlegs Panama Viejo PA
Solitary Sandpiper Taylor Park, IL
Wood Sandpiper Bali, IN
Willet Panama City, PA
Common Sandpiper Bali, IN
Spotted Sandpiper Selkirk Lake, MI
Ruddy Turnstone Montrose Point, IL
Black Turnstone Olympic Peninsula, WA
Sanderling Montrose Point, IL
Dunlin Montrose Point, IL
Semipalmated Sandpiper Montrose Point, IL
Western Sandpiper Magic Reservoir, ID
Purple Sandpiper Bay Ridge, NY
Baird's Sandpiper Kankakee, IL
Least Sandpiper Montrose Point, IL
White-rumped Sandpiper Falkland Islands UK
Pectoral Sandpiper Emiquon, IL
Red Knot Montrose Point, IL
Ruff Walworth County, WI
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Kangaroo Island, AU
Stilt Sandpiper Emiquon, IL
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Kankakee, IL near threatened
Wilson's Phalarope Stanley Sewage Pond, ID
Red-necked Phalarope Stanley Sewage Pond, ID
Red Phalarope S Pacific Ocean

Gulls and Terns
Black-legged Kittiwake Montauk Point, NY
Black Noddy Great Barrier Reef, AU
Silver Gull Bay of Islands, NZ
Black-billed Gull NZ endangered
Sabine’s Gull Saganashkee Slough Forest Preserve, IL
Bonaparte's Gull Wolf Lake, IL
Brown-hooded Gull Port of Buenos Aires, AR
Black-headed Gull Jones Beach SP, NY
Little Gull Saganashkee Slough Forest Preserve, IL
Laughing Gull Ft Lauderdale, FL
Franklin's Gull Panama City, PA
Mediterranean Gull Istanbul, TK
Pacific Gull Kangaroo Island, AU
Heerman’s Gull Port Elizabeth, WA
Ring-billed Gull IL
California Gull Magic Reservoir, ID
Dolphin Gull Falkland Islands, UK territory
Kelp Gull N Island NZ
Western Gull San Francisco CA
Iceland Gull Monroe Harbor, IL
Herring Gull Chicago, IL
Yellow-legged Gull Istanbul, Turkey
Glaucous Gull North Point Marina, IL
Great Black-backed Gull North Point Marina, IL
Lesser Black-backed Gull Normandy, France
Glaucous-winged Gull Olympic Peninsula, WA
Least Tern Tern Bar Slough, IN
Gull-billed Tern Jones Beach State Park, NY
Caspian Tern Montrose Point, IL
Black Tern LaCrosse, WI
Fairy Tern Queenstown, NZ
White-fronted Tern Queenstown, NZ
Common Tern Montrose Point, IL
South American Tern Falkland Islands, UK territory
Arctic Tern S Pacific Ocean
Antarctic Tern Elephant Island, Antarctica
Forster's Tern Montrose Point, IL
Royal Tern Ft Lauderdale, FL
Sandwich Tern Bastimentos, PA
Black-fronted Tern S Island, NZ
Black Skimmer New Smyrna, FL

Skuas
Chilean Skua Cape Horn, Chile
South Polar Skua Antarctica
Brown Skua Falkland Islands, UK territory
Parasitic Jaeger Fort Tilden, NY
Long-tailed Jaeger Atlantic Ocean off Argentina, N of Falklands

Alcids
Dovekie Montauk Point, NY
Common Murre Olympic Peninsula, WA
Thick-billed Murre Shinnecock Inlet, NY
Razorbill Breezy Point, NY
Black Guillemot offshore Block Island, RI
Pigeon Guillemot Olympic Peninsula, WA
Marbled Murrelet Olympic Peninsula, WA
Cassin's Auklet Olympic Peninsula, WA
Rhinoceros Auklet Olympic Peninsula, WA
Tufted Puffin Olympic Peninsula, WA

Doves and Pigeons
Feral Pigeon Chicago, IL
Stock Dove Chartres FR
Common Wood Pigeon IT
Picazuro Pigeon Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Spot-winged Pigeon Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Band-tailed Pigeon Monteverde, CR
Pale-vented Pigeon Pipeline Rd, PA
Red-billed Pigeon Monteverde, CR
Short-billed Pigeon La Selva, CR
Ruddy Pigeon CR
Eurasian Collared Dove Ketchum ID
Crested Pigeon Uluru, AU
Peaceful Dove Uluru, AU
White-winged Dove Dallas, TX
Mourning Dove Oak Park, IL
Eared Dove Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Inca Dove tubac AZ
Common Ground Dove Providenciales, TC
Ruddy Ground Dove Radisson Summit, PA
Picui Ground-Dove Buenos Aires, AR
Ruddy Quail Dove Pipeline Rd, PA
White-tipped Dove Radisson Summit, PA
Gray-chested Dove La Selva CR
Laughing Dove Istanbul TK
Pied Imperial Pigeon Cairnd AU
New Zealand Pigeon N island NZ

Cuckoos
Greater Ani Panama City, PA
Smooth-billed Ani Grand Turk, TC
Lesser Coucal Ubud, IN
Squirrel Cuckoo Pipeline Rd, PA
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Oak Park, IL
Mangrove Cuckoo Providenciales, TC
Black-billed Cuckoo Montrose Point, IL
Guira Cuckoo Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Greater Roadrunner Tubac, AZ
Common Cuckoo FR

Barn Owls
Barn Owl Picabo, ID

Owls
Flammulated Owl City of Rocks, ID
Western Screech-Owl Hailey, ID
Eastern Screech-Owl Thatcher Woods, IL
Snowy Owl DeKalb, IL
Great Horned Owl Thatcher Woods, IL
Burrowing Owl Marco Island, FL
Tawny Owl Urbania, IT
Northern Barred Owl Morton Arboretum, IL
Great Gray Owl Cape Horn Rd, ID
Long-eared Owl Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Short-eared Owl Picabo, ID
Northern Hawk Owl WI
Northern Pygmy-Owl Bald Mt, ID
Austral Pygmy-Owl Tierra del Fuego AR
Little Owl Urbania, IT
Boreal Owl Galena Pass, ID
Northern Saw-whet Owl Central Park, NY
Eurasian Scops Owl Urbania, IT
Morepork Paihia, NZ

Nightjars
Common Eurasian Nightjar Urbania IT
Common Nighthawk Wilmette, IL
Common Pauraque Monteverde CR
Common Poorwill Picabo, ID
Chuck-will’s-widow Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL
Eastern Whip-poor-will Kankakee Sands, IL

Swifts
Edible-nest Swiftlet Ubud, IN
Antillean Palm-Swift Grand Turk, TC
Chimney Swift Oak Park, IL
Gray-rumped Swift La Selva, CR
Band-rumped Swift Panama City, PA
White-throated Swift Castle Rocks, ID
Asian Palm Swift Ubud, IN
Alpine Swift Tuscany, IT
Common Swift Naples, IT
Pallid Swift Istanbul, TK

Hummingbirds
Violet Sabrewing Boquete, PA
Stripe-throated Hermit Don Juan Farm CR
Long-billed Hermit Canopy Tower, PA
White-necked Jacobin Canopy Tower, PA
Blue-throated Hummingbird AZ
Lesser Violetear Monteverde, CR
Green-breasted Mango Radisson Summit, PA
Black-throated Mango Radisson Summit PA
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird Boquete PA
Black-bellied Hummingbird Boquete, PA
Coppery-headed Emerald Monteverde CR
Violet-headed Hummingbird Boquete PA
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird Boquete PA
Garden Emerald Radisson Summit PA
Glittering-bellied Emerald Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Cuban Emerald Havana, CU
Steely-vented Hummingbird Boquete PA
Crowned Woodnymph La Selva CR
Violet-bellied Hummingbird Canopy Tower, PA
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Radisson Summit, PA
Bronze-tailed Plumeleteer Canopy Tower, PA
White-bellied Mountain-Gem Boquete PA
Purple-throated Mountain-Gem Boquete, PA
Green-crowned Brilliant Boquete PA
Magnificent Hummingbird Madera Canyon, AZ
White-vented Plumeleteer Boquete PA
Bahama Woodstar Princess Quay, BA
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Oak Park, IL
Black-chinned Hummingbird Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Anna's Hummingbird Tubac, AZ
Costa's Hummingbird SE AZ Desert
Rufous Hummingbird Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Calliope Hummingbird Stanley, ID
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Stanley, ID
Broad-billed Hummingbird LaBagh Woods, IL
Violet-crowned Hummingbird Canopy Tower, PA
Scintillant Hummingbird Boquete, PA

Trogons
Black-headed Trogon Corazalito CR
Gartered Trogon La Selva, CR
Slaty-tailed Trogon Pipeline Rd, PA
Elegant Trogon Madera Canyon, AZ
Collared Trogon Boquete, PA
Orange-bellied Trogon Monteverde, CR
Resplendent Quetzal Monteverde, CR

Motmots
Rufous Motmot La Selva Biological Station, CR
Turquoise-browed Motmot Corazalito, CR

Kookaburras
Laughing Kookaburra Dandenong AU

Kingfishers
Javan Kingfisher Ubud, IN
Sacred Kingfisher North Island, NZ
American Pygmy Kingfisher Bocas del Toro, PA
Amazon Kingfisher Don Juan Farm, CR
Ringed Kingfisher Panama Canal, PA
Belted Kingfisher Selkirk Lake, MI

Bee-eaters
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Ubud IN

Puffbirds
Pied Puffbird Canopy Tower, PA

Jacamars
Rufous-tailed Jacamar La Selva CR

Toucans
Prong-billed Barbet Boquete, PA
Emerald Toucanet Monteverde, CR
Collared Aracari Monteverde, CR
Keel-billed Toucan Radisson Summit, PA
Black-mandible Toucan Canopy Tower, PA

Woodpeckers
Red-headed Woodpecker Selkirk Lake, MI near threatened
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Urbania, IT
Acorn Woodpecker Yosemite NP, CA
Black-cheeked Woodpecker Pipeline Rd, PA
Hoffman's Woodpecker Boquete, PA
Golden-olive Woodpecker Don Juan Farm CR
Smoky-brown Woodpecker Boquete, PA
Rufous-winged Woodpecker La Selva CR
Cinnamon Woodpecker Pipeline Rd, PA
Red-crowned Woodpecker Radisson Summit, PA
Gila Woodpecker Tubac, AZ
Red-bellied Woodpecker Selkirk Lake, MI
Williamson's Sapsucker Bald Mt, ID
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Oak Park, IL
Red-naped Sapsucker Ketchum, ID
Red-breasted Sapsucker Yosemite NP, CA
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Madera Canyon, AZ
Checkered Woodpecker Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Striped Woodpecker Hotel Lago Gray, Torres del Paine NP, CH
Downy Woodpecker Oak Park, IL
Hairy Woodpecker Selkirk Lake, MI
Red-cockaded Woodpecker SW FL of Naples near threatened
Arizona Woodpecker Madera Canyon, AZ
White-headed Woodpecker Yosemite NP, CA
American Three-toed Woodpecker Smoky Mts, Sawtooth NF, ID
Black-backed Woodpecker Bald Mt, ID
Chilean Flicker Patagonian Steppe, Chile
Northern Flicker Selkirk Lake, IL
Gilded Flicker Tubac, AZ
Lineated Woodpecker Canopy Tower, PA
Pileated Woodpecker Selkirk Lake, MI
Magellanic Woodpecker Tierra del Fuego NP AR

Falcons
White-throated Caracara Ushuaia Dump AR
Crested Caracara e FL near Orlando
Yellow-headed Caracara Canopy Tower, PA
Chimango Caracara Ezeiza Intl Airport, ARG
Common Kestrel Turkey east of the Bosphorus
Nankeen Kestrel Great Ocean Rd AU
American Kestrel LaCrosse, WI
Aplomado Falcon Patagonian Steppe CH
Merlin Kankakee, IL
Bat Falcon Radisson Summit, PA
Eurasian Hobby London Wetlands, UK
New Zealand Falcon Queenstown, NZ threatened
Peregrine Falcon Chicago, IL
Gyrfalcon Waukegan Harbor, IL
Prairie Falcon Magic Reservoir, ID

New Zealand Parrots
Kea Thomas Cook NP NZ
New Zealand Kaka Martinborough NZ

Cockatoos
Glossy Black Cockatoo Kangaroo Island, AU
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Great Ocean Rd, AU
Gang-gang Cockatoo Great Ocean Rd, AU
Galah Great Ocean Rd AU
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Great Ocean Rd, AU

Old World Parrots
Rainbow Lorikeet Melbourne, AU
Crimson Rosella Auckland, NZ
Eastern Rosella Dandenong, AU
Australian King Parrot Melbourne, AU
Alexandrine Parakeet Istanbul, TK
Rose-ringed Parakeet London Wetlands, UK

Parakeets
Scarlet Macaw Bocas del Toro, PA
Monk Parakeet Chicago Skyway, IL
Crimson-fronted Parakeet La Selva CR
Olive-throated Parakeet Boquete PA
Orange-chinned Parakeet Radisson Summit PA
Austral Parakeet Ushuaia, Argentina
Nanday Parakeet Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Brown-hooded Parrot Don Juan Farm CR
White-crowned Parrot Monteverde CR
White-fronted Parrot Corazalito CR
Red-lored Parrot Canopy Tower, PA
Mealy Parrot Don Juan Farm CR

New Zealand Wrens
Rifleman Aoraki NP, NZ

Woodcreepers
Common Miner Patagonia lagoon CH
Plain Xenops La Selva CR
Northern Barred-Woodcreeper La Selva CR
Wedge-billed Woodcreeper La Selva CR
Cocoa Woodcreeper La Selva CR
Rufous Hornero Buenos Aires, AR
Wren-like Rushbird e. Torres del Paine National Park CH
Scale-throated Earthcreeper outside of Estancia del Paine, Chile
Band-winged Earthcreeper Patagonia CH
Austral Canastero Patagonia CH
Red-faced Spinetail Boquete PA
Spotted Barbtail Boquete, PA
Ruddy Treerunner Boquete, PA
White-throated Treerunner Tierra del Fuego AR
Thorn-tailed Rayadito Tierra del Fuego AR
Lineated Foliage-gleaner Boquete, PA
Streak-breasted Treehunter Boquete, PA
Spotted Woodcreeper Boquete, PA
Streak-headed Woodcreeper Pipeline Rd, PA
Spot-crowned Woodcreeper Boquete, PA

Ovenbirds
Buff-winged Cinclodes Patagonia steppe, Chile
Dark-bellied Cinclodes Punta Arenas Cemetery CH

Antbirds
Fasciated Antshrike La Selva CR
Barred Antshrike Panama Viejo, PA
Dusky Antbird Radisson Summit PA
Streak-crowned Antvireo Boquete PA

Flycatchers
Yellow-bellied Elaenia Boquete PA
White-crested Elaenia Tierra del Fuego AR
Mountain Elaenia Boquete PA
Paltry Tyrannulet Boquete PA
Piratic Flycatcher Monteverde Lodge CR
Olive-striped Flycatcher Boquete PA
Common Tody-Flycatcher Boquete, PA
Bright-rumped Attila La Selva CR
Chocolate-vented Tyrant Patagonian Steppe CH
Pied Water-Tyrant Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Austral Negrito Tierra del Fuego NP CH
Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant Falkland Islands, UK territory
Fire-eyre Diucon Tierra del Fuego NP CH
Long-tailed Tyrant La Selva, CR
Eastern Phoebe Selkirk Lake, MI
Black Phoebe Yosemite NP, CA
Say's Phoebe Magic Reservoir, ID
Vermillion Flycatcher Tubac, AZ
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Madeira Canyon AZ
Tufted Tit-Tyrant Tierra del Fuego NP CH
Olive-sided Flycatcher Bald Mt, ID near threatened
Dark Pewee Boquete PA
Western Wood Pewee Warm Springs, ID
Eastern Wood Pewee Montrose Point, IL
Tropical Pewee Pipeline Rd, PA
Yellowish Flycatcher Boquete PA
Tufted Flycatcher Boquete PA
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Oak Park, IL
Acadian Flycatcher Yankee Springs NRA, MI
Alder Flycatcher Madeline Island, WI
Willow Flycatcher Montrose Point, IL
Least Flycatcher Montrose Point, IL
Hammond's Flycatcher Bald Mt, ID
Gray Flycatcher Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Dusky Flycatcher Bald Mt, ID
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Olympic Peninsula, WA
Cordilleran Flycatcher Warm Springs, ID
Gray-capped Flycatcher Boquete PA
Rusty-margined Flycatcher Canopy Tower, PA
Social Flycatcher Canopy Tower, PA
Great Kiskadee Radisson Summit, PA
Lesser Kiskadee Canopy Tower, PA
Boat-billed Flycatcher Corazalito CR
White-ringed Flycatcher Don Juan Farm CR
Streaked Flycatcher Monteverde, CR
Tropical Kingbird Radisson Summit, PA
Cassin's Kingbird Radisson Summit, PA
Western Kingbird West Magic ID
Eastern Kingbird Selkirk Lake, MI
Gray Kingbird Radisson Summit, PA
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Cemetery Rd, Meridosia, IL
Fork-tailed Flycatcher Gamboa, PA
Ash-throated Flycatcher City of Rocks Preserve, ID
Great Crested Flycatcher Selkirk Lake, MI
Brown-crested Flycatcher Madera Canyon AZ
Dusky-capped Flycatcher Madera Canyon AZ

Cotingas
Blue Cotinga Canopy Tower, PA
Purple-throated Fruitcrow Canopy Tower, PA
Three-wattled Bellbird Monteverde, CR
Rufous-tailed Plantcutter Patagonian Steppe, Chile

Manakins
Long-tailed Manakin Corazalito CR
White-collared Manakin La Selva CR
Blue-crowned Manakin Pipeline Rd, PA
Red-capped Manakin Pipeline Rd, PA

Becards
Rose-throated Becard Corazalito CR
Cinnamon Becard La Selva CR

Superb Lyrebird
Superb Lyrebird Dandenong Preserve, AU

Fairywrens
Superb Fairywren near Adelaide AU

Honeyeaters
New Holland Honeyeater Great Ocean Rd AU
Tui Paihia, NZ
New Zealand Bellbird S Island, NZ

Treecreepers
New Zealand Brown Creeper near Milford Sound NZ
White-throated Treecreeper Great Ocean Rd AU

Wattlebirds & Miners
Little Wattlebird Great Ocean Rd AU
Red Wattlebird Great Ocean Rd AU
Yellow-throated Miner Ayers Rock AU

Australian Wrens
Striated Fieldwren Great Ocean Rd AU
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Great Ocean Rd, NZ
White-browed Scrubwren Great Ocean Rd AU

Australian Magpies
Pied Butcherbird Uluru AU
Australian Magpie N island NZ

Woodswallows
White-breasted Woodswallow Bali, IN

Ioras
Common Iora Bali, IN

Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike West Magic, ID
Northern Shrike Sax-Zim Bog, MN

Vireos
Lesser Greenlet La Selva CR
Rufous-browed Peppershrike Boquete, PA
White-eyed Vireo Kankakee, IL
Thick-billed Vireo Eleuthera, BA
Bell's Vireo Kankakee Sands, IN near threatened
Yellow-throated Vireo Selkirk Lake, MI
Plumbeous Vireo City of Rocks, ID
Cassin's Vireo Bald Mt, ID
Blue-headed Vireo Montrose Point, IL
Hutton's Vireo Madera Canyon, AZ
Warbling Vireo Selkirk Lake, MI
Brown-capped Vireo Boquete PA
Philidelphia Vireo Montrose Point, IL
Red-eyed Vireo Montrose Point, IL
Scrub Greenlet Pipeline Rd, PA

Old World Orioles
Black-naped Oriole Singapore

Fantails
Willy Wagtail Great Ocean Rd, AU
Grey Fantail Adelaide, AU
New Zealand Fantail North Island, NZ
Rufous Fantail Great Ocean Rd AU

Corvids
Grey Jay Sax-Zim Bog, MN
Brown Jay Monteverde CR
Blue Jay Otsego, MI
Steller's Jay Hallett Peak, CO
Florida Scrub Jay Merritt Island NWR, FL threatened
California Scrub Jay Bay area, CA
Woodhouse's Scrub Jay City of Rocks NWR, ID
Mexican Jay Madera Canyon, AZ
Eurasian Jay Paris FR
Eurasian Magpie Beijing PEK Airport, CN
Black-billed Magpie Estes Park, CO
Clark's Nutcracker Bald Mt, ID
Western Jackdaw London, UK
House Crow Singapore
Rook Chartres FR
American Crow Oak Park, IL
Carrion Crow Normandy FR
Hooded Crow London, UK
Australian Raven Great Ocean Rd AU
Chihuahuan Raven Tubac, AZ
Common Raven Sawtooth NF, ID

Australian Robins
Eastern Yellow Robin Great Ocean Rd AU
Scarlet Robin Kangaroo Island, AU
Tomtit Milford Sound, NZ
New Zealand Robin Milford Sound, NZ

Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing Selkirk Lake, MI

Silky-Flycatchers
Black-and-yellow Silky-Flycatcher Boquete, PA

Tits
Tufted Titmouse Selkirk Lake, MI
Juniper Titmouse City of Rocks NWR, ID
Carolina Chickadee Fox River SP, IL
Black-capped Chickadee Oak Park, IL
Mountain Chickadee Bald Mt, ID
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Olympic Peninsula, WA
Boreal Chickadee Sax-Zim Bog, MN
Bridled Titmouse Madera Canyon AZ
Eurasian Blue Tit FR
Great Tit FR
Coal Tit English countryside

Verdin
Verdin Yosemite NP, CA

Bushtit
Bushtit City of Rocks Preserve, ID

Larks
Eurasian Skylark Normandy FR
Horned Lark Kankakee, IL

Bulbuls
Sooty-headed Bulbul Bali, IN
Yellow-vented Bulbul Bali, IN

Swallows
Tree Swallow Selkirk Lake, ID
Mangrove Swallow David, PA
Blue-and-White Swallow Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Violet-green Swallow Warm Springs, ID
Tree Martin Great Ocean Rd AU
White-rumped Swallow Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Chilean Swallow Ushuaia AR
Fairy Martin Great Ocean Rd AU
Purple Martin Montrose Point IL
Brown-chested Martin Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Gray-breasted Martin Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Montrose Point, IL
Southern Rough-winged Swallow Panama City, PA
Barn Swallow Shelbyville, MI
Pacific Swallow Bali IN
Welcome Swallow Bali, IN
Common House Martin Naples IT
Striated Swallow Bali IN
Cliff Swallow Montrose Point, IL

Cisticolas
Little Grassbird Bali, IN
Zitting Cisticola Bali, IN
Golden-headed Cisticola Bali IN
Bar-winged Prinia Bali, IN

Long-tailed Tit
Long-tailed Tit London Wetlands, UK

Old World Warblers
Eurasian Blackcap Normandy FR
Common Whitethroat London EN
Sedge Warbler London, UK
Wood Warbler Gola del Furlo, IT
Melodious Warbler Urbania IT
Gray Warbler South Island, NZ
Australian Silvereye NZ

Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet Montrose Point, IL
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Montrose Point, IL

Wrens
Rock Wren Goat Peak, ID
Canyon Wren Yosemite NP, CA
Sedge Wren Kankakee, IL
Grass Wren Falkland Islands
Marsh Wren Montrose Point, IL
Rufous-naped Wren Corazalito CR
Band-backed Wren La Selva CR
Stripe-breasted Wren Boquete, PA
Bay Wren La Selva CR
Rufous-and-white Wren Radisson Summit, PA
Plain Wren Pipeline Rd, PA
Carolina Wren Fox River SP, IL
Bewick's Wren Olympic Pen WA
Eurasian Wren Urbania, IT
Winter Wren Oak Park, IL
Pacific Wren Yosemite NP, CA
House Wren Oak Park, IL
Ochraceous Wren Boquete PA
White-breasted Wood Wren Pipeline Rd, PA
Grey-breasted Wood Wren Boquete, PA
Song Wren Pipeline Rd, PA

Gnatcatchers
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Montrose Point, IL
Masked Gnatcatcher Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur AR

Nuthatches
Eurasian Nuthatch Urbania, IT
Red-breasted Nuthatch Oak Park, IL
White-breasted Nuthatch Oak Park, IL
Brown-headed Nuthatch Corkscrew Swamp, FL

Creepers
Eurasian Treecreeper Urbania, IT
Brown Creeper Oak Park, IL

Mimids
Gray Catbird Montrose Point, IL
Tropical Mockingbird Radisson Summit, PA
Chalk-billed Mockingbird Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Curve-billed Thrasher Montrose Point, IL
Sage Thrasher West Magic, ID
Brown Thrasher Montrose Point, IL
Bahama Mockingbird Eleuthera, BA
Northern Mockingbird Dallas, TX

Starlings
Metallic Starling Daintree Rainforest AU
Javan Myna Bali, IN
Common Myna Auckland NZ
European Starling Oak Park, IL

Thrushes
Brown Songlark Kangaroo Island AU
Bassian Thrush Great Ocean Rd AU
Varied Thrush Olympic Peninsula, WA
Eastern Bluebird Selkirk Lake, MI
Western Bluebird Yosemite NP, CA
Mountain Bluebird Sawtooth NF, ID
Townsend's Solitaire Warm Springs, ID
Black-faced Solitaire Boquete, PA
Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush Boquete, PA
Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush Boquete, PA
Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush CR/PA
Rufous-bellied Thrush Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Falkland Thrush Falkland Islands, UK territory
Veery Montrose Point, IL
Grey-cheeked Thrush Oak Park, IL
Swainson's Thrush Montrose Point, IL
Hermit Thrush Oak Park, IL
Wood Thrush Montrose Point, IL
Common Blackbird FR
Song Thrush IT
Mistle Thrush UK countryside threatened
Mountain Thrush Boquete, PA
Clay-colored Thrush Radisson Summit, PA
American Robin Oak Park, IL
Red-legged Thrush Havana, CU

Old World Flycatchers
Oriental Magpie-Robin Singapore
European Robin IT
Common Nightingale Urbania IT
European Pied Flycatcher Capri IT
Common Redstart FR
Black Redstart San Marino, SM

Dippers
American Dipper Warm Springs, ID

Sunbirds
Brown-throated Sunbird Bali, IN
Olive-backed Sunbird Bali, IN

Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow Oak Park, IL
Italian Sparrow Pompei, IT
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Bali, IN

Old World Finches
Red-browed Finch Cairns AU
Zebra Finch Uluru, AU
Javan Munia Bali, IN
Scaly-breasted Munia Bali, IN
Dunnock Cotswalds UK

Pipits
Grey Wagtail Chartres FR
White Wagtail Urbania IT
American Pipit Olympic NP, WA
Tree Pipit San Marino
Falkland Pipit Falkland Islands, UK territory

Finches
Common Chaffinch Paihia, NZ
Evening Grosbeak Sax-Zim Bog, MN
Pine Grosbeak Sax-Zim Bog, MN
Black Rosy-Finch Sawtooth NF, ID
Purple Finch Oak Park, IL
Cassin's Finch Titus Lake Trail, ID
House Finch Oak Park, IL
European Greenfinch IT
Common Linnet Normandy FR
Common Redpoll Oak Park, IL
Hoary Redpoll Chicago Botanic Garden, IL
Lesser Redpoll New Zealand
Red Crossbill Salmon - Challis NF, ID
Cassia Crossbill South Hills, ID
White-winged Crossbill Oak Park, IL
European Goldfinch Florence IT
Citril Finch Amalfi Coast, IT
European Serin Tuscany, IT
American Goldfinch Oak Park, IL
Lesser Goldfinch City of Rocks, ID
Pine Siskin Oak Park, IL
Black-chinned Siskin Tierra del Fuego AR
Yellow-bellied Siskin Boquete, PA
Hooded Siskin Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Black-throated Finch Falkland Islands, UK territory
Golden-browed Chlorophonia Monteverde, CR
Olive-backed Euphonia La Selva CR
Yellow-throated Euphonia Boquete PA
Yellow-crowned Euphonia Boquete PA
Thick-billed Euphonia Radisson Summit, PA
Elegant Euphonia Boquete, PA

Phainopepla
Phainopepla Tubac, AZ

Warblers
Ovenbird Montrose Point, IL
Worm-eating Warbler Allegan SGA, MI
Louisiana Waterthrush Central Park, NY
Northern Waterthrush Montrose Point, IL
Buff-rumped Warbler Don Juan farm CR
Blue-winged Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Golden-winged Warbler Montrose Point, IL near threatened
Black-and-white Warbler Oak Park, IL
Swainson’s Warbler Colombia, MO
Prothonotary Warbler Skokie Lagoons, IL
Flame-throated Warbler Boquete, PA
Tennessee Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Orange-crowned Warbler Sawtooth NF, ID
Lucy's Warbler southeast AZ
Nashville Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Virginia’s Warbler City of Rocks Preserve, ID
Connecticut Warbler Oak Park, IL
MacGillivray's Warbler Sawtooth NF, ID
Mourning Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Kentucky Warbler Kankakee Sands, IN
Olive-crowned Yellowthroat PA
Common Yellowthroat Montrose Point, IL
Hooded Warbler Montrose Point, IL
American Redstart Montrose Point, IL
Kirtland's Warbler Eleuthera, BA near threatened
Cape May Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Cerulean Warbler Yankee Springs NRA, MI threatened
Northern Parula Montrose Point, IL
Tropical Parula Boquete, PA
Magnolia Warbler Oak Park, IL
Bay-breasted Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Blackburnian Warbler Oak Park, IL
American Yellow Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Chestnut-sided Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Blackpoll Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Black-throated Blue Warbler Oak Park, IL
Palm Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Pine Warbler Morton Arboretum, IL
Yellow-rumped Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Yellow-throated Warbler Morton Arboretum, IL
Prairie Warbler Grand Turk, TC
Black-throated Grey Warbler Yosemite NP, CA
Townsend's Warbler Bald Mt, ID
Hermit Warbler Olympic Peninsula, WA
Black-throated Green Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Chestnut-capped Warbler Radisson Summit, PA
Black-cheeked Warbler Boquete PA
Canada Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Wilson's Warbler Montrose Point, IL
Painted Redstart Madera Canyon, AZ
Slate-throated Redstart Boquete, PA
Collared Redstart Boquete, PA
Golden-crowned Warbler Monteverde, CR
White-browed Warbler Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Three-striped Warbler Curi Cancha Preserve CR

Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat Montrose Point, IL

Icterids
Chestnut-headed Oropendola Pipeline Rd, PA
Montezuma Oropendola Bocas del Toro, PA
Yellow-rumped Cacique Radisson Summit, PA
Scarlet-rumped Cacique Canopy Tower, PA
Yellow-billed Cacique Boquete, PA
Orchard Oriole Montrose Point, IL
Baltimore Oriole Montrose Point, IL
Bullock's Oriole Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Scott's Oriole southeast AZ
Shiny Cowbird Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur AR
Brown-headed Cowbird Oak Park, IL
Bobolink Miller Meadow, IL
Red-winged Blackbird Selkirk Lake, IL
Cuban Blackbird Havana, CU
Rusty Blackbird Thatcher Woods, IL
Brewer's Blackbird Taylor Park, IL
Melodious Blackbird Panama City, PA
Bronzed Cowbird Panama City, PA
Bay-winged Cowbird Reserva Ecológica Costerna Sur AR
Common Grackle Taylor Park, IL
Greater Antillean Grackle Grand Turk, TC
Boat-tailed Grackle Broad Channel, NY
Great-tailed Grackle Dallas, TX
Eastern Meadowlark Middlefork Savanna FP, IL
Western Meadowlark Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Long-tailed Meadowlark Falkland Islands, UK territory
Yellow-headed Blackbird Jackson Hole, WY
Austral Blackbird Tierra del Fuego NP AR

Bananaquit
Bananaquit Bocas del Toro, PA

Buntings
Snow Bunting Sax-Zim Bog, WI
Black-faced Grassquit Radisson Summit, PA
Falkland Grasswren Falkland Islands, UK territory
Black-and-Rufous Warbling-Finch Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Greater Antillean Bullfinch Eleuthera, BA
Yellowhammer Normandy FR
Reed Bunting London Wetlands, UK
Corn Bunting London Wetlands, UK

Sparrows
Orange-billed Sparrow Boquete, PA
White-eared Ground-Sparrow CR/PA
Fox Sparrow Thatcher Woods, IL
Song Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Lincoln's Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Swamp Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Rufous-collared Sparrow Boquete, PA
Harris's Sparrow Millennium Park, IL
White-crowned Sparrow Oak Park, IL
Golden-crowned Sparrow Brookhaven County Park, Sayville, NY
White-throated Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Dark-eyed Junco Oak Park, IL
Yellow-eyed Junco Madera Canyon, AZ
Savannah Sparrow Miller’s Meadow, IL
Seaside Sparrow Plumb Beach, NY
Nelson's Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Saltmarsh Sparrow Merritt Island NWR, FL
Henslow's Sparrow Otis Farm Preserve, MI
LeConte’s Sparrow Gillson Park, IL
Grasshopper Sparrow Mississippi Palisades SP, IL
Cassin’s Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Rufous-winged Sparrow Tucson AZ
American Tree Sparrow Oak Park, IL
Chipping Sparrow Oak Park, IL
Field Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Clay-colored Sparrow Montrose Point, IL
Brewer's Sparrow Sawtooth NF, ID
Vesper Sparrow Kankakee, IL
Black-throated Sparrow AZ
Stripe-headed Sparrow CR/PA
Lark Bunting Mush Creek Rd, WY
Lark Sparrow Silver Creek Preserve, ID
Sagebrush Sparrow BLM land, ID
Spotted Towhee Hailey, ID
Eastern Towhee Montrose Point, IL
Canyon Towhee Madera Canyon, AZ
California Towhee Yosemite, CA
Abert's Towhee Madera Canyon, AZ

Tanagers
Yellow-thighed Finch Boquete, PA
White-shouldered Tanager Canopy Tower, PA
Common Bush Tanager Selva Verde Lodge, CR
Crimson-backed Tanager Radisson Summit, PA
Passerini's Tanager Boquete, PA
Cherrie's Tanager Boquete, PA
Blue-gray Tanager Radisson Summit, PA
Sayaca Tanager Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Palm Tanager Radisson Summit, PA
Golden-hooded Tanager Canopy Tower, PA
Plain-colored Tanager Caopy Tower, PA
Silver-throated Tanager Boquete, PA
Spangle-cheeked Tanager Boquete, PA
Green Honeycreeper La Selva Biological Station, CR
Blue Dacnis Canopy Tower, PA
Shining Honeycreeper Gamboa, PA
Red-legged Honeycreeper Gamboa, PA
Slaty Flowerpiercer Boquete PA
Gray-hooded Sierra-Finch Patagonia steppe CH
Patagonia Sierra-Finch Tierra del Fuego AR
Mourning Sierra-Finch Ranch east of Torres del Paine, Chile

Seedeaters
Blue-black Grassquit Panama City, PA
Double-collared Seedeater Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Variable Seedeater La Selva CR
Ruddy-breasted Seedeater Radisson Summit, PA
Yellow-faced Grassquit Panama City, PA

Longspurs
Smith’s Longspur Bartel Grassland, IL
Chestnut-collared Longspur North of Cottonwoods, SD
Lapland Longspur Montrose Point, IL

Grosbeaks
Flame-colored Tanager Boquete, PA
Hepatic Tanager Madera Canyon, AZ
Summer Tanager Morton Arboretum, IL
Scarlet Tanager Montrose Point, IL
Western Tanager Bald Mt, ID
Dickcissel Miller’s Meadow, IL
Black-faced Grosbeak Boquete, PA
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Oak Park, IL
Black-headed Grosbeak Sawtooth NF, ID
Red-crested Cardinal Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
Northern Cardinal Oak Park, IL
Pyrrhuloxia Tubac, AZ
Buff-throated Saltator La Selva CR
Black-headed Saltator Radisson Summit, Panama
Blue-black Grosbeak Panama City, Panama
Blue Grosbeak Kankakee Sands, IN
Indigo Bunting Montrose Point, IL
Lazuli Bunting Warm Springs, ID
Painted Bunting Eleuthera, BA near threatened

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Central Park, 2022

New York, NY

all seasons in one day 34 °F

With a new semester beginning tomorrow, it’s time for a post of the limited birding I was able to do this winter break. Tian and I stayed in Manhattan for the break and apart from one foray to Brooklyn about which I wrote in a previous post, we stayed on the island (mostly sheltering in the dorm due to omicron raging outside). After the aforementioned Brooklyn trip, I didn’t use any public transit due to the pandemic so birding for me was limited to the northern half of Central Park which is walkable from the School of Music.

On the way there we passed by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where I noticed something different about one of the angels—
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In the form of a RED-TAILED HAWK:
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Central Park hosted a fair diversity of waterfowl on the Pool and the Reservoir including this female BUFFLEHEAD:
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Male NORTHERN SHOVELER:
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LESSER SCAUP:
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Many, many RUDDY DUCKS can be found on the southwest corner of the Reservoir:
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A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS:
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And more BUFFLEHEAD pictured with CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS:
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A tiny GREEN-WINGED TEAL pictured with the rump of a Mallard:
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My first herp of 2021 was an old male Red-eared Slider (introduced) at Morningside Park, amazingly out basking in the cold weather:
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And finally, to end, a sunset view from our dormitory building looking north toward the George Washington Bridge.
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You may have wondered what happened to the pelagic day cruise — well, thankfully it wasn’t canceled but it was postponed to January 29 so barring any bad weather or further outbreak situations, you should be hearing about that from me fairly soon. Also, I will be posting a 10-year recap of my birding highlights as it was exactly 10 years ago, January 2012, when a Cooper’s Hawk flew into my Oak Park backyard igniting this avian passion of mine.

Good birding and stay healthy.
Henry
World Life List: 1127 Species

Posted by skwclar 01:37 Archived in USA Comments (4)

Last twitch of the year & 2021 recap!

USA

all seasons in one day

Happy new year everyone! I will start off by detailing my last quest for a target bird in 2021, and I will follow it with a recap of my bird & nature highlights of the year!

DECEMBER 28:

I woke up in the late morning this tuesday to excited reports of birders who had refound a Short-billed Gull at the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier 4. This particular Short-billed, or possibly a few different individuals of the species, have turned up along the Brooklyn coastline of the New York Harbor very sporadically the last few winters. I chased one back in 2019 but came up empty as it is a very unreliable bird, and extremely tough to pick out from the Ring-billed Gulls.

Until recently, the Short-billed Gull was known as the “Mew Gull” until scientists split this former species’ two geographic forms: the Pacific form residing along the western coast of North America is now known as the Short-billed Gull while the European form is known as the Common Gull. This species was split by the American Ornithological Society due to geographic & DNA differences that were discovered.

Anyway, back to my day: I took the ferry since from Wall Street it goes straight to Pier 4 where the gull had been reported. I was afforded with beautiful classic NYC views along the way.
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And speaking of this gull’s identification, tricky to say the least. It looks basically like a slightly cuter version of a Ring-billed Gull with a smudgy head during the wintertime, and a ring-less bill. So when picking through dozens of distant Ring-billeds, it can be quite a task. Luckily at least one other gull was easy to pick out: this GREAT BLACK-BACKED:
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Distant BUFFLEHEADS:
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DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT:
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RED-BREASTED MERGANSER:
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AMERICAN WIGEON with a RING-BILLED GULL. This was the distance from which I was scoping most of the birds so my hopes of finding the Short-billed were going down by the minute, not to mention I was burning through my three camera batteries in the cold weather.
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More gulls with a female BUFFLEHEAD flying away. And none of them were Short-billed…
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Well, after scanning for a few hours until my batteries were fully exhausted, I unfortunately ended my birding year of 2021 with a third dip in a row. To me it seems fitting for a year we began with such high hopes only to have them tempered, made more realistic, by the time this year is wrapping up.

Despite all this, 2021 also brought moments of great joy. In addition to moments made special by family and friends, nature was something that helped me to remain grounded through this crazy era in which we are living. So here are my natural highlights of 2021, mainly birds with a couple herps thrown in for good measure.

January 30 was one of the best days of birding in my entire life. When Oliver and I were birding Calumet, he received a report of a Gyrfalcon up in Waukegan and we chased successfully. An incredible, even emotional life bird!
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Then Isoo and I high-tailed it to Indiana on the SAME DAY and got our lifer Common Crane, a mega rarity! Absolutely insane day.
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A photographic lifer, also in Indiana, in mid-february in the form of a Black-legged Kittiwake was a more than welcome treat amid the cold winter we experienced in Chicago.
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Then, an early-march twitch down to southern Illinois, not for a bird, but for a herp (and also with Oliver) turned into a huge success with our target Jefferson’s Salamander, Illinois’ most elusive terrestrial salamander species! It’s pictured here with a Smallmouth Salamander on top.
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Late march brought another trip, this time an overnighter, down to southern Illinois with Simon, Peter, and Oliver. We got a TON of lifer herps but my favorite was this stunning Red Milksnake (harmless):
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Late april brought my second year of seeing a vagrant Ruff in a row, this time much closer to home in Dupage County!
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Another close-to-home twitch in early May was this incredible Broad-billed Hummingbird, an Illinois lifer:
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A wonderful trip to the Indiana Dunes with Kim and Susie was highlighted by netting them several life birds including this Vesper Sparrow. Love sharing the lifer joy with others!!
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Broad-winged Hawks were a crowd favorite on a record-breaking spring of Oak Park Bird Walks in terms of attendance, even in the face of a continuing pandemic!
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American White Pelican was a clutch spot by Isoo (among many) on our record-tying big day of Cook County with Ethan on June 1. We got 132 identifiable birds — a fun day. Stay tuned for a 2022 recapitulation!!!
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After a summer at the Chautauqua Institution performing opera, it was back to Idaho after a two-year hiatus. A family of Blue Grosbeaks, found with Poo and Kathleen, was a wonderful successful target bird of the first birding twitch of this year’s Idaho trip!
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I had missed seeing American Dippers so much, and I soaked up every moment I could watching these fascinating songbirds foraging behind our streamside condo.
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Burrowing Owl on the way back from a fabulous day at Lucky Peak with Poo, Kathleen, and Nubs was an absolutely clutch find.
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As was a whole group of Dusky Grouse just spitting distance from the trail down Mt. Baldy on my last day in Idaho.
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One successful twitch while briefly back in Chicago netted Kim H and me this beautiful Barn Owl:
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Then, I got busy again with the fall semester, and was more hesitant to travel for birds due to multiple Covid variants, but I still managed some time for twitching: my lifer Pink-footed Goose was my absolute avian highlight of the fall!
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And I have to include a lovely Yellow-rumped Warbler from one of my favorite birding spots in NYC, Fort Tilden, which I finally got to visit for the first time after the pandemic a couple weeks ago. I really hope the situation gets better this spring so I can get out to these wonderful spots more often.
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So all this considered, a productive and enjoyable year of birds and nature! I observed exactly 300 bird species in 2021, and my goal for 2022 will be 350. We’ll see how I fare! 2022 has many exciting musical projects in store for me including many performances this coming spring at the Manhattan School of Music, returning to Chautauqua to sing with orchestra in Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” this summer, and making my Carnegie Hall solo debut in November. My full schedule can be found on my website: https://sites.google.com/view/henrygriffin

More near-future, though, brings an exciting birding opportunity: Tian and I will take American Princess Cruise’s “winter pelagic special” out of Brooklyn on January 8 where I hope to net a lifer or two in the form of Northern Fulmar and/or Atlantic Puffin! So my fingers are crossed for good weather, great health, and fantastic birds!

Wishing everyone a happiest of new years and a fresh, healthy start in 2022. And get your booster shot!!!

Blessings,
Henry
World Life List: 1126 Species

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