Arlene’s year list

I generally publish my year list in early December since I tend not to go anywhere for that month and there’s really a limit to what I could see in Anchorage that I haven’t seen many many many times before. Like ravens. I love the ravens, don’t get me wrong, they’re so much fun in winter here, but I have seen ravens lots this year. This year something made me hold off on putting the list up and I’m so glad I did! We had a rare visitor to Anchorage the past couple of weeks, a sharp-tailed grouse, and I finally got a chance to see it yesterday. When I say rare, I mean rare. If the listserv traffic is accurate, it’s the first sighting of this species in Anchorage ever. And I think it’s extra special cool that the last bird I could add to my list for 2017 is a life list bird for me too!

I might have done a little happy dance on the street when I saw it in the binoculars. Maybe. Ain’t tellin.

It’s been hanging out on the same block just off of downtown, and apparently is something of a schedule-fanatic because it’s been seen about the same time every day and not a lot of reports of it showing up at other times. I finally managed to get there at the right time. Thankfully I spotted him from a distance, not that it was easy to miss that giant blob in the tree, but I honestly hadn’t planned to look that high up. I’m clearly no expert on grouse, but I’d always assumed they were really more of a land bird so I wasn’t expecting them to be high enough in a tree to be clearing the roof of a two story house and then some. IMG_1072

I wasn’t really in the mood to do a lot of birding (I just adopted a kitten and there’s only so long I wanted to leave it alone) but I went for a short walk up the Ship Creek trail and the end to my brief birding jaunt was getting to watch a pair of American dippers diving and swimming, hunting for food. And grouse or no grouse, the day you get to watch dippers do their thing is always a great day’s birding.

The asterisk in the numbered list below denotes a life list bird for me. But since you probably don’t want to dig through that whole thing, I’ll sum up the life list additions here (33 of them):

White-winged crossbill, reddish egret, common gallinule, blue-grey gnatcatcher, boat-tailed grackle, sharp-tailed grouse, laughing gull, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, little blue heron, Allen’s hummingbird, ruby-throated hummingbird, glossy ibis, nutmeg mannikin, white-breasted nuthatch, clapper rail (heard only), Virginia rail, Florida scrub-jay, sora , northern rough-winged swallow, western tanager, blue-winged teal, common tern, brown thrasher, tufted titmouse, canyon towhee, eastern towhee, magnolia warbler, pine warbler, prairie warbler, yellow-throated warbler, red-bellied woodpecker, red-headed woodpecker.

So here’s the long list for the year: a total of 232 birds! I’m pretty impressed with my count, I’m sure that’s my highest year yet. I have a few short trips scheduled for early next year though, so we’ll see how that goes. Also, the list below reflects the first date/place in the year I saw the bird, but some of them I also saw later here in AK and the count on species I saw in AK is 99.

  1. Anhinga (10/12 Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area, FL)
  2. Auklet, parakeet (6/20 Northwestern Fjord, AK)
  3. Auklet, rhinoceros (6/20 Chiswell Islands, AK)
  4. Blackbird, Brewer’s (1/14 Santa Barbara, CA)
  5. Blackbird, red-winged (3/4 Bellingham, WA)
  6. Blackbird, rusty (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  7. Bluebird, eastern (10/12 Christmas, FL)
  8. Bluebird, mountain (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  9. Bluebird, western (2/13 Bandelier NP, NM)
  10. Brant (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  11. Bufflehead (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  12. Canvasback (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  13. Cardinal, northern (4/18 Duluth, GA)
  14. Catbird, grey (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  15. Chickadee, black-capped (1/27 Anchorage, AK)
  16. Chickadee, chestnut-backed (8/29 Vashon Island, WA)
  17. Chickadee, boreal (3/25 Anchorage, AK heard only)
  18. Chickadee, Carolina (4/20 Duluth, GA)
  19. Chickadee, mountain (8/7 Coeur d’Alene, ID)
  20. Coot, American (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  21. Cormorant, double-crested (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  22. Cormorant, pelagic (6/20 Resurrection Bay, AK)
  23. Cormorant, red-faced (6/20 Chiswell Islands, AK)
  24. Cowbird, brown-headed (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  25. Crane, sandhill (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  26. Creeper, brown (8/5 Hayden Lake, ID)
  27. *Crossbill, white winged (3/25 Girdwood, AK)
  28. Crow, American (1/14 Los Angeles, CA)
  29. Crow, fish (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  30. Crow, northwestern (6/19 Seward, AK)
  31. Curlew, Longbilled (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  32. Dipper, American (5/4 Anchorage, AK)
  33. Dove, Eurasian collared (2/13 Santa Fe, NM)
  34. Dove, mourning (1/17 Ballona wetlands, Playa Del Rey, CA)
  35. Dowitcher, long-billed (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  36. Dowitcher, short-billed (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  37. Duck, ring-necked (4/29 Anchorage, AK)
  38. Duck, Harlequin (6/19 Anchorage, AK)
  39. Duck, ruddy (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  40. Duck, wood (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  41. Eagle, bald (3/4 Bellingham, WA)
  42. Egret, cattle (10/12 Christmas, FL)
  43. Egret, great (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  44. *Egret, reddish (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  45. Egret, snowy (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  46. Finch, house (1/17 Ballona wetlands, Playa Del Rey, CA)
  47. Flicker, northern (2/13 Bandelier NP, NM)
  48. Flycatcher, alder (6/4 Anchorage AK)
  49. Flycatcher, willow (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  50. Gadwall (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  51. *Gallinule, common (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  52. *Gnatcatcher, blue-grey (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  53. Godwit, marbled (1/17 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  54. Goldeneye, Barrow’s (3/5 Coupeville, WA)
  55. Goldeneye, common (3/25 Anchorage, AK)
  56. Goldfinch, American (8/29 Vashon Island, WA)
  57. Goose, cackling (4/15 Anchorage, AK)
  58. Goose, Canada (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  59. Goose, emperor (4/15 Anchorage, AK)
  60. Goose, snow (6/14 Fairbanks, AK)
  61. *Grackle, boat-tailed (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  62. Grackle, common (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  63. Grackle, great-tailed (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  64. Grebe, Clark’s (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  65. Grebe, eared (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  66. Grebe, pied-billed (1/17 Ballona wetlands, Playa Del Rey, CA)
  67. Grebe, red-necked (4/29 Anchorage, AK)
  68. Grebe, western (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  69. Grosbeak, pine (3/25 Girdwood, AK)
  70. *Grouse, sharp-tailed (12/26 Anchorage, AK)
  71. Guillemot, pigeon (3/5 Coupeville, WA)
  72. Gull, Bonaparte’s (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  73. Gull, California (8/7 Coeur d’Alene, ID)
  74. Gull, glaucous-winged (3/6 Port Angeles)
  75. Gull, Heermann’s (1/16 San Clemente, CA)
  76. Gull, herring (4/15 Anchorage, AK)
  77. *Gull, laughing (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  78. Gull, mew (4/15 Anchorage, AK)
  79. Gull, ringbilled (1/17 Playa Del Rey, CA)
  80. Gull, western (1/17 Playa Del Rey, CA)
  81. Harrier, northern (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  82. *Hawk, Cooper’s (2/15 Petroglyphs NM, NM)
  83. Hawk, red-shouldered (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  84. Hawk, red-tailed (2/15 Petroglyphs NM, NM)
  85. *Hawk, sharp-shinned (8/30 Vashon Island, WA)
  86. Heron, great blue (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  87. Heron, green (1/17 Ballona wetlands, Playa Del Rey, CA)
  88. *Heron, little blue (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  89. Heron, tri-colored (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  90. *Hummingbird, Allen’s (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  91. Hummingbird, Anna’s (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  92. *Hummingbird, ruby-throated (10/14 Cocoa Beach, FL)
  93. Hummingbird, rufous (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  94. *Ibis, glossy (10/12 Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area, FL)
  95. Ibis, white (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  96. Ibis, white-faced (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  97. Jay, blue (4/21 Duluth, GA)
  98. Jay, grey (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  99. Jay, Steller’s (2/14 Santa Fe, NM)
  100. Junco, dark-eyed (2/12 Albuquerque, NM: OR and grey-headed, 5/4 slate-colored Anchorage AK)
  101. Kestrel, American (1/15 Crystal Cove State Beach, CA)
  102. Killdeer (1/17 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  103. Kingbird, eastern (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  104. Kingbird, western (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  105. Kingfisher, belted (3/6 Port Angeles, WA)
  106. Kinglet, golden crowned (5/4 Anchorage, AK)
  107. Kinglet, ruby crowned (5/4 Anchorage, AK)
  108. Kittiwake, black-legged (6/20 Seward, AK)
  109. Loon, common (3/4 Larrabee State Park, WA)
  110. Loon, Pacific (5/20 Anchorage, AK)
  111. Loon, red-throated (3/7 Dungeness NWR, WA)
  112. Magpie, black-billed (1/12 Anchorage, AK)
  113. Mallard (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  114. *Mannikin, nutmeg (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  115. Merganser, common (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  116. Merganser, redbreasted (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  117. Mockingbird, northern (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  118. Murre, common (6/20 Resurrection Bay, AK)
  119. Murrelet, Kittlitz’s (6/20 Northwestern Fjord, AK)
  120. Murrelet, marbled (6/20 Northwestern Fjord, AK)
  121. Night heron, black-crowned (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  122. Nuthatch, pygmy (2/13 Bandelier NP, NM)
  123. Nuthatch, redbreasted (3/6 Dungeness NWR, WA)
  124. *Nuthatch, white-breasted (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  125. Oriole, Bullock’s (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  126. Osprey (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  127. Owl, great horned (3/25 Portage, AK)
  128. Oystercatcher, black (6/20 Chiswell Islands, AK)
  129. Pelican, American white (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  130. Pelican, brown (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  131. Phalarope, red-necked (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  132. Phalarope, Wilson’s (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  133. Phoebe, black (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  134. *Phoebe, eastern (4/21 Duluth, GA)
  135. Phoebe, Say’s (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  136. Pigeon, rock (1/2 Anchorage, AK)
  137. Pintail, northern (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  138. Plover, black-bellied (10/12 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  139. Puffin, horned (6/20 Resurrection Bay, AK)
  140. Puffin, tufted (6/20 Chiswell Islands, AK)
  141. Quail, California (8/5 Hayden Lake, ID)
  142. *Rail, clapper (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA heard only)
  143. *Rail, Virginia (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  144. Raven, common (1/2 Anchorage, AK)
  145. Redhead (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  146. Redpoll, common (2/17 Anchorage, AK)
  147. Roadrunner (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  148. Robin, American (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  149. Sanderling (10/12 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  150. Sandpiper, least (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  151. Sandpiper, pectoral (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  152. Sandpiper, solitary (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  153. Sandpiper, western (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  154. Red-naped sapsucker (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  155. Scaup, greater (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  156. Scaup, lesser (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  157. Scoter, black (3/7 Dungeness NWR, WA)
  158. Scoter, surf (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  159. *Scrub-jay, Florida (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  160. Scrub-jay, western (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  161. Shoveler, northern (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  162. Siskin, pine (3/25 Girdwood, AK)
  163. Snipe, Wilson’s (4/29 Anchorage, AK)
  164. Solitaire, Townsend’s (2/14 Pecos NP, NM)
  165. *Sora (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  166. Sparrow, American tree (6/14 Denali NP, AK)
  167. Sparrow, chipping (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  168. Sparrow, fox (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  169. Sparrow, grasshopper (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  170. Sparrow, house (1/14 Santa Barbara, CA)
  171. Sparrow, Lincoln’s (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  172. Sparrow, Savannah (5/30 Anchorage, AK)
  173. Sparrow, song (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  174. Sparrow, vesper (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  175. Sparrow, white-crowned (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  176. Starling, European (1/16 Capistrano, CA)
  177. Stilt, black-necked (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  178. Swallow, barn (8/7 Coeur d’Alene, ID)
  179. Swallow, cliff (6/7 Portage, AK)
  180. *Swallow, northern rough-winged (4/21 Duluth, GA)
  181. Swallow, tree (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  182. Swallow, violet-green (5/25 Anchorage, AK)
  183. Swan, trumpeter (4/23 Anchorage, AK)
  184. Swan, tundra (3/4 Mount Vernon, WA)
  185. *Tanager, western (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  186. *Teal, blue-winged (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  187. Teal, cinnamon (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  188. Teal, green-winged (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  189. Tern, Arctic (4/29 Anchorage, AK)
  190. Tern, Caspian (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  191. *Tern, common (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  192. *Thrasher, brown (4/21 Duluth, GA)
  193. Thrasher, California (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  194. Thrasher, curve-billed (2/14 Santa Fe, NM)
  195. Thrush, hermit (6/21 Seward, AK)
  196. Thrush, Swainson’s (6/4 Anchorage, AK heard)
  197. Thrush, varied (3/8 Ruby Beach, WA)
  198. *Titmouse, tufted (4/20 Duluth, GA)
  199. *Towhee, canyon (2/13 Bandelier NP, NM)
  200. *Towhee, eastern (10/15 Merritt Island NWR, FL)
  201. Towhee, spotted (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  202. Turkey (8/5 North of Hayden Lake, ID)
  203. Vulture, black (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  204. Vulture, turkey (1/14 Los Angeles, CA)
  205. Warbler, blackpoll (6/4 Anchorage, AK)
  206. *Warbler, magnolia (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  207. Warbler, orange-crowned (5/23 Anchorage, AK)
  208. *Warbler, pine (10/12 Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area, FL)
  209. *Warbler, prairie (10/11 Titusville, FL)
  210. Warbler, yellow-rumped–Myrtle (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  211. *Warbler, yellow-throated (10/14 Cocoa, FL)
  212. Warbler, Wilson’s (5/30 Anchorage, AK)
  213. Warbler, yellow (8/5 Hayden Lake, ID)
  214. Warbler, yellow-rumped–Myrtle (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  215. Waterthrush, northern (5/23 Anchorage, AK)
  216. Waxwing, Bohemian (1/2 Anchorage, AK)
  217. Waxwing, cedar (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  218. Wigeon, American (1/15 Back Bay, Newport Beach, CA)
  219. Wigeon, Eurasian (5/11 Anchorage, AK)
  220. Willet (1/17 Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, CA)
  221. Wood-pewee, western (8/6 Turnbull NWR, WA)
  222. Woodpecker, downy (2/12 Albuquerque, NM)
  223. Woodpecker, hairy (3/25 Anchorage, AK)
  224. Woodpecker, Nuttall’s (1/14 El Capitan State Beach, CA)
  225. *Woodpecker, red-bellied (4/20 Duluth, GA)
  226. *Woodpecker, red-headed (4/22 Duluth, GA)
  227. Wren, canyon (2/15 Petroglyphs NM, NM)
  228. Wren, Carolina (4/20 Duluth, GA)
  229. Wren, house (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)
  230. Yellowlegs, greater (5/2 Anchorage, AK)
  231. Yellowlegs, lesser (5/6 Anchorage, AK)
  232. Yellowthroat, common (1/16 San Joaquin Nature Preserve, Irvine, CA)

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