Life List

Ducks, Geese & Swans-Anseriformes

Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Cackling Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose

Ross’s Goose


Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Tundra Swan

Wood Duck


American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

American Black Duck


Blue-winged Teal


Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Tufted Duck


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

White-winged Scoter

Surf Scoter

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

Mottled Duck

Harlequin Duck

King Eider

Common Eider

Cinnamon Teal

Grouse, Quail, & Allies-Galliformes

Common Pheasant

Ruffed Grouse

Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite

Plain Chacalaca

California Quail


Common Loon

Pacific Loon

Red-throated Loon


Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Least Grebe

Western Grebe

Gannets and Boobies- Sulidaeformes

Northern Gannet

Masked Booby

Brown Booby


Sooty Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Northern Fulmer

Pelicans & Allies-Pelecaniformes

Brown Pelican

American White Pelican

Double Crested Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Magnificent Frigatebird


Brandt’s Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Herons & Allies-Ciconiiformes

American Bittern

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Reddish Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

American White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Wood Stork

Yellow-crowned Night Heron


American Flamingo

Hawks, Falcons, & Allies-Falconiformes


Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Swallow-tailed Kite

Mississippi Kite

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Harris Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

Gray Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Kite

Zone-tailed Hawk

Aplomado Falcon

Crested Caracara

Golden Eagle

Hook-billed Kite

Cranes & Rails-Gruiformes

Common Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

American Coot

Sandhill Crane


Virginia Rail

King Rail

Yellow Rail

Clapper Rail

Black Rail

Plovers, Sandpipers, & Allies-Charadriiformes

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Snowy Plover


American Oystercatcher

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Rosette Spoonbill

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs


Least Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Wilson’s Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope


Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher



Curlew Sandpiper

Wilson’s Snipe

American Woodcock

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Franklin’s Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull

Iceland Gull

Sabine’s Gull

Little Gull

Glaucous Gull

California Gull

Least Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Sandwich Tern

Caspian Tern

Forester’s Tern

Royal Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Sooty Tern

Black Skimmer

Baird’s Sandpiper

Upland Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

American Golden Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Red Knot

Ruddy Turnstone

Marbled Godwit

Hudsonian Godwit

Long-billed Curlew

Great Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Black-legged Kittiwake


Black Oystercatcher

Mew Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Heermann’s Gull

Auks, Murres, and Puffins

Tufted Puffin

Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Rhinoceros Auklet

Marbled Murrelet

Atlantic Puffin

Black Guillemot


Pigeons & Doves-Columbiformes

Common Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Eurasian -collared Dove

Common Ground Dove

Inca Dove

White-winged Dove

White-tipped Dove

Band-tailed Pigeon

Lories, Parakeets, Macaws, & Parrots-Psittaciformes

Green Parakeet

Red-crowned Parrot

Red-lored Parrot


Yellow-billed Cockoo

Black-billed Cockoo

Greater Roadrunner


Great Horned Owl

Snowy Owl

Barred Owl

Short-eared Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

Long-eared Owl

Barn Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Northern Pygmy Owl

Burrowing Owl


Common Nighthawk



Common Paraque

Swifts & Hummingbirds-Apodiformes

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufus Hummingbird

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Vaux’s Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird



Kingfishers & Allies-Coraciiformes

Belted Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Ringed Kingfisher


Lewis’s Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Red-headed Sapsucker

Acorn Woodpecker

Perching Birds-Passeriformes

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Greater Pewee

Couch’s Kingbird

Tropical Kingbird

Gray Kingbird

Black Phoebe

Northern Beardless-tyrannulet

Vermillion Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Bell’s Vireo

Blue Jay

Green Jay

Black-billed Magpie

Yellow-headed Blackbird

American Crow

Fish Crow

Common Raven

Chihuahuan Raven

Horned Lark

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Bank Swallow

Barn Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Cave Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Black-crested Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Bewick’s Wren

House Wren

Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Cactus Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird


Grey-cheeked Thrussh

Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush

Clay-colored Thrush

American Robin

Grey Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

Curved-billed Thrasher

Long-billed Thrasher

Common Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Blue-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped myrtle Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Pine Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Palm Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Black-and white Warbler

American Redstart

Prothonotary Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler


Northern Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Kentucky Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Common Yellowthroaat

Hooded Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Canada Warbler

Yellow-breasted Chat

Kirtland’s Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

Swainson’s Warbler

Tropical Parula

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Western Tanager

Eastern Towhee

American Tree Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow

LeConte’s Sparrow

Salt Marsh Short-tailed Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Harris Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Bachman’s Sparrow

Cassin’s Sparrow

Olive Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Snow Bunting

Painted Bunting

Lazuli Bunting



Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Altimara Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Audubon’s Oriole

Pine Grosbeak

Purple Finch

House Finch


Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

Lesser Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher


American Pipit

Lapland Longspur

Smith’s Longspur

Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Shrike

White-winged Crossbill

Red Crossbill

Common Redpoll

California Scrub Jay

California Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Chestnut-sided Chickadee

Townsend’s Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler

American Dipper

Gray Jay

Stellar’s Jay

Brewer’s Blackbird

Western Wood Pewee

Pacific Slope Flycatcher

Violet-green Swallow

Northwestern Crow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Pacific Wren

Varied Thrush

Northern Wheatear

Spotted Redshank

Current Count: 471







5 responses to “Life List

  1. You’ve got 10 on me Les. Flamingo, Avocet, White-rumped Sandpiper, Wilson’s Snipe, Least Tern, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Mountain Bluebird, Western Tanager and Pine Grosbeak.

    Where did you find the Grosbeak? They’ve been very tricky for me to try and track down.

  2. Good list. I got to get more shore birds. How many of your first hits came from ZA?

  3. Yeah Sora! My first bird guiding attempt is successful!

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