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St Vitus Cathedral on the Prague Castle grounds Trial by walking - that's how I'll remember today for the rest of my natural lif...

Annual Bird List for 2014 (301 ABA species & 17+ Peruvian species)

So, I thought I saw the last of my lifers for the year, when a juvenile Rustic Bunting flew into Golden Gate Park. Don and I shot on over, and were barely out of the car when the little beauty was up and about before it flew up so high in the cypress we - and its many admirers, couldn't see it any longer. We hung around and got second looks as well. Sad news is no photos for me because I left my camera down in Watsonville by accident. Oh well... maybe I will have my camera retrieved in time to see a lifer Brambling in Arcata by month's end?
  1. Greater White-fronted Goose
  2. Snow Goose 
  3. Ross's Goose
  4. Canada Goose
  5. Cackling Goose
  6. Tundra Swan
  7. Wood Duck
  8. Gadwall
  9. Eurasian Widgeon
  10. American Wigeon
  11. American Black Duck
  12. Mallard
  13. Blue-winged Teal
  14. Cinnamon Teal
  15. Northern Shoveler
  16. Northern Pintail
  17. Green-winged Teal
  18. Ring-necked Duck
  19. Ruffed Grouse (Heard drumming)
  20. Greater Scaup
  21. Lesser Scaup 
  22. Common Eider
  23. Surf Scoter 
  24. White-winged Scoter
  25. Black Scoter
  26. Bufflehead
  27. Common Goldeneye 
  28. Barrow's Goldeneye 
  29. Hooded Merganser
  30. Common Merganser 
  31. Red-breasted Merganser
  32. Ruddy Duck
  33. Ring-necked Pheasant 
  34. Spruce Grouse
  35. Wild Turkey 
  36. California Quail 
  37. Gambel's Quail 
  38. Red-throated Loon
  39. Common Loon
  40. Pied-billed Grebe
  41. Horned Grebe
  42. Eared Grebe 
  43. Western Grebe
  44. Clark's Grebe
  45. Laysan Albatross
  46. Black-footed Albatross
  47. Northern Fulmar
  48. Pink-footed Shearwater
  49. Flesh-footed Shearwater
  50. Buller's Shearwater
  51. Sooty Shearwater
  52. Wilson's Storm-petrel
  53. Ashy Storm-petrel
  54. Black Storm-petrel
  55. White-faced Ibis 
  56. Black Vulture
  57. Turkey Vulture 
  58. Osprey
  59. White-tailed Kite
  60. Bald Eagle
  61. Northern Harrier 
  62. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  63. Cooper's Hawk
  64. Northern Goshawk
  65. Gray Hawk 
  66. Common Black Hawk
  67. Red-shouldered Hawk
  68. Broad-winged Hawk
  69. Red-tailed Hawk
  70. Western Grebe
  71. Clark's Grebe 
  72.  Northern Gannet
  73. American White Pelican
  74. Brown Pelican 
  75. Brant's Cormorant
  76. Double-crested Cormorant
  77. Great Cormorant
  78. Brown Pelican
  79. Great Blue Heron
  80. Great Egret
  81. Snowy Egret 
  82. Green Heron 
  83. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  84. American Kestrel
  85. Peregrine Falcon
  86. Prairie Falcon
  87. Common Moorhen
  88. American Coot
  89. Black-bellied Plover
  90. Killdeer
  91. Black Oystercatcher
  92. Black-necked Stilt
  93. American Avocet
  94. Greater Yellowlegs
  95. Marsh Sandpiper
  96. Willet
  97. Wandering Tattler
  98. Spotted Sandpiper
  99. Long-billed Curlew 
  100. Marbled Godwit
  101. Whimbrel
  102. Black Turnstone 
  103. Surfbird
  104. Sanderling
  105. Least Sandpiper
  106. Dunlin
  107. Long-billed Dowitcher 
  108. American Woodcock
  109. Red-necked Phalarope
  110. South Polar Skua
  111. Pomarine Jaeger
  112. Parasitic Jaeger
  113. Long-tailed Jaeger
  114. Laughing Gull 
  115. Heerman's Gull 
  116. Mew Gull
  117. Ring-billed Gull
  118. California Gull
  119. Herring Gull
  120. Western Gull
  121. Glaucous-winged Gull 
  122. Greater Black-backed Gull
  123. Sabine's Gull
  124. Black-legged Kittiwake
  125. Caspian Tern 
  126. Elegant Tern
  127. Common Tern
  128. Arctic Tern
  129. Foster's Tern
  130. Common Murre
  131. Razorbill
  132. Black Guillemot
  133. Pigeon Guillemot 
  134. Marbled Murrelet
  135. Cassin's Auklet
  136. Rhinoceros Auklet
  137. Atlantic Puffin 
  138. Tufted Puffin
  139. Rock Pigeon
  140. Band-tailed Pigeon
  141. Eurasian-collared Dove 
  142. White-winged Dove
  143. Mourning Dove 
  144. Common Ground-Dove
  145. Greater Roadrunner
  146. Whiskered Screech Owl
  147. Great Horned Owl 
  148. Northern Pygmy Owl (heard)
  149. Elf Owl
  150. Barred Owl (heard)
  151. Northern Saw-whet (heard)
  152. Lesser Nighthawk
  153. Common Nighthawk 
  154. Eastern Whippoorwill
  155. White-throated Swift 
  156. Broad-billed Hummingbird
  157. Blue-throated Hummingbird
  158. Magnificent Hummingbird
  159. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  160. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  161. Anna's Hummingbird
  162. Elegant Trogon
  163. Belted Kingfisher 
  164. Lewis Woodpecker
  165. Acorn Woodpecker 
  166. Gila Woodpecker
  167. Red-breasted Sapsucker
  168. Nuttall's Woodpecker 
  169. Hairy Woodpecker
  170. Downy Woodpecker
  171. Northern Flicker
  172. Gilded Flicker 
  173. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  174. Alder Flycatcher
  175. Least Flycatcher
  176. Hammond's Flycatcher
  177. Black Phoebe
  178. Say's Phoebe 
  179. Vermillion Flycatcher
  180. Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  181. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  182. Cassin's Kingbird
  183. Western Kingbird 
  184. Loggerhead Shrike 
  185. Bell's Vireo
  186. Plumbeous Vireo
  187. Blue-headed Vireo 
  188. Hutton's Vireo
  189. Warbling Vireo
  190. Red-eyed Vireo 
  191. Gray Jay 
  192. Stellar's Jay
  193. Blue Jay
  194. Western Scrub Jay
  195. Mexican Jay
  196. Clark's Nutcracker
  197. Black-billed Magpie
  198. Yellow-billed Magpie
  199. American Crow
  200. Chihuahuan Raven
  201. Common Raven 
  202. Horned Lark
  203. Tree Swallow
  204. Violet-green Swallow 
  205. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 
  206. Bank Swallow
  207. Cliff Swallow 
  208. Barn Swallow 
  209. Black-capped Chickadee
  210. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  211. Bridled Titmouse
  212. Oak Titmouse
  213. Verdin
  214. Bushtit
  215. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  216. White-breasted Nuthatch 
  217. Cactus Wren
  218. Rock Wren 
  219. Canyon Wren
  220. Bewick's Wren (my backyard - yay!)
  221. House Wren 
  222. Marsh Wren
  223. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  224. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  225. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  226. Western Bluebird 
  227. Veery
  228. Swainson's Thrush
  229. Hermit Warbler
  230. American Robin
  231. Varied Thrush
  232. Gray Catbird
  233. Northern Mockingbird 
  234. Long-billed Thrasher
  235. Eurasian Starling
  236. Cedar Waxwing
  237. Phainopepla 
  238. Orange-crowned Warbler
  239. Lucy's Warbler
  240. Northern Parula
  241. Yellow Warbler 
  242. Chestnut-sided Warbler
  243. Magnolia Warbler
  244. Cape May Warbler
  245. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  246. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  247. Black-throated Gray 
  248. Black-throated Green
  249. Ovenbird
  250. Northern Waterthrush
  251. MacGillivray's Warbler
  252. Common Yellowthroat
  253. Wilson's Warbler 
  254. Canada Warbler
  255. Townsend's Warbler
  256. Hermit Warbler 
  257. Bay-breasted Warbler
  258. Blackpoll Warbler
  259. Black and White Warbler
  260. American Redstart
  261. Painted Redstart
  262. Hepatic Tanager
  263. Green-tailed Towhee
  264. Spotted Towhee
  265. California Towhee
  266. Cassin's Sparrow
  267. Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  268. Chipping Sparrow
  269. Brewer's Sparrow
  270. Lark Sparrow
  271. Black-throated Sparrow
  272. Savannah Sparrow
  273. Song Sparrow
  274. Lincoln's Sparrow 
  275. White-throated Sparrow
  276. White-crowned Sparrow
  277. Golden-crowned Sparrow
  278. Dark-eyed Junco 
  279. Yellow-eyed Junco
  280. Rustic Bunting
  281. Northern Cardinal
  282. Pyrrhuloxia
  283. Black-headed Grosbeak
  284. Lazuli Bunting
  285. Indigo Bunting
  286. Bobolink
  287. Red-winged Blackbird
  288. Tricolored Blackbird
  289. Western Meadowlark
  290. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  291. Brewer's Blackbird
  292. Great-tailed Grackle 
  293. Hooded Oriole
  294. Bullock's Oriole
  295. Purple Finch
  296. House Finch 
  297. Pine Siskin
  298. Lesser Goldfinch
  299. Lawrence's Goldfinch
  300. American Goldfinch 
  301. House Sparrow
Marsh Sandpiper(foreground)
April 11, 2014; Solano County CA
Plumbeous Vireos
April 21, 2014; Ramsey Canyon, Arizona


Hepatic Tanager
April 21, 2014; Ramsey Canyon, Arizona
Elegant Trogan
April 23 2014; Fort Huachuca, Arizona
Gilded Flicker
April 28 2014; Saguaro Nat Park, Arizona
Elf Owl
April 28, 2014; Saguaro Nat Park, Arizona
Common Black Hawk (on nest)
April 29, 2014; Montezuma's Well, Arizona

Black GuillemotMay 23, 2014, Washington Co., Maine
Atlantic PuffinMay 23, 2014, Washington Co., Maine
Great Cormorant
May 23, 2014, Washington Co., Maine
Eastern Whippoorwill
May 28, 2014, Washington Co., Maine
Canada Warber
June 2, 2014, Piscataquis County, Maine

Northern Goshawk
Roosevelt Campobello International Park, New Brunswick Canada
Peruvian Birds - it may not look like I saw many birds in Peru, but considering I found them all on my own without a guide, and without keeling over from the freakn' jungle heat, I'm damned happy with my end list. There were also species I saw that I also have seen in the ABA area, and they are vomited from this particular list.

  1. Roadside Hawk
  2. Peruvian Thick-Knee
  3. Croaking Ground-Dove
  4. West Peruvian Dove
  5. Groove-billed Ani
  6. Green and White Hummingbird
  7. Blue-headed Parrot
  8. Dusky-headed Parrot
  9. Pale-legged Hornero
  10. Drab Water Tyrant
  11. Lesser Kiskadee
  12. Silver-beaked Tanager
  13. Blue-gray Tanager
  14.  Rufous-collared Sparrow
  15. Orange-backed Troupial
  16. Russet-backede Oropendola
  17. Hooded Siskin

Final Note: It occurs to me 2014 was also a great year for lifer mammals. I saw five new mammals, two of them in Peru). I am so pleased, I have added a Mammal list way at the bottom of this overly packed page.

Mammals of 2014, no order whatsoever

  1. Humpback Whale
  2. Gray Whale
  3. Dall's Porpoise
  4. Common Long-nosed Dolphin 
  5. Gray Seal
  6. Harbor Seal
  7. California Sea Lion 
  8. Stellar's Sea Lion
  9. Northern Fur Seal
  10. Mouse Opossum (sps)
  11. White-nosed Coati 
  12. White-tailed Deer
  13. Mule Deer
  14. Elk (Wapiti)
  15. Moose
  16. Black Bear
  17. Bobcat 
  18. Coyote
  19. River Otter
  20. Sea Otter
  21. Stripped Skunk
  22. Botta's Pocket Gopher
  23. Kaibab Squirrel
  24. California Ground Squirrel
  25. Fox Squirrel (introduced)
  26. Brown Agouti
  27. North American Beaver 

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