Arlene’s bird list for 2018

First ever year I made MVP Gold on Alaska Airlines! i.e. over 40,000 miles flown. All within the continental US. That goes a fair way to explaining my bird list totals, though surprisingly not a huge amount of my time was spent birding on many of those trips. People to see, events to attend, that kind of thing. I think though that this one is a record for me.

259 birds, 32 life list additions. If my Sibley’s app is up to date, that brings me up to 372 species on the life list. I’m pretty proud of that given how late I came to birding! (And I just realized that 259 is a fairly large proportion of 372: which means if I’d just started this year, I’d be well on my way.)

  1. Anhinga 11/29 Merritt Island NWR, FL
  2. Auklet, parakeet 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK
  3. Auklet, rhinoceros 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK
  4. Avocet, American 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  5. Blackbird, red-winged 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  6. Blackbird, rusty 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  7. Bluebird, eastern 8/18 Annapolis, MD
  8. *Bluethroat 6/9 Seward Peninsula
  9. Brant 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  10. Bufflehead 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  11. Bulbul, red-whiskered 1/23 Los Angeles Arboretum CA
  12. *Bunting, lazuli 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  13. Canvasback 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  14. Cardinal, northern 8/17 Washington DC
  15. Catbird, gray 8/21 Chincoteague, VA
  16. Chickadee, black-capped 1/6 Anchorage, AK
  17. Chickadee, boreal 4/7 Anchorage, AK
  18. Chickadee, Carolina 8/21 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  19. Chickadee, chestnut-backed 2/13 Des Moines Beach Park, WA
  20. Coot, American 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  21. Cormorant, double-crested 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  22. Cormorant, pelagic 2/11 Coupeville, WA
  23. Cowbird, brown-headed 8/21 Chincoteague, VA
  24. Crane, sandhill 4/28 Seward, AK
  25. Creeper, brown 2/11 South Whidbey State Park, WA
  26. Crow, American 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  27. Crow, fish 8/21 Chincoteague, VA
  28. Crow, northwestern 4/28 Seward, AK
  29. *Cuckoo, yellow-billed 8/21 Chincoteague, VA
  30. Curlew, long-billed 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  31. Dipper, American 4/7 Anchorage, AK
  32. Dove, Eurasian collared 10/29 Bellingham, WA
  33. Dove, mourning 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  34. Dove, white-winged 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  35. Dowitcher, short-billed 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  36. *Duck, American black 8/21/18 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  37. Duck, harlequin 2/13 Des Moines Beach Park, WA
  38. Duck, long-tailed 6/8 Nome, AK
  39. *Duck, mottled 11/28 Merritt Island NWR, FL
  40. Duck, ring-necked 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  41. Duck, ruddy 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  42. Eagle, bald 2/12 Skagit Valley, WA
  43. Eider, common 6/9 Teller, AK
  44. Egret, cattle 8/22 between Wallops and Chincoteague, VA
  45. Egret, great 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  46. Egret, reddish 11/28 Merritt Island NWR, FL
  47. Egret, snowy 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  48. Falcon, peregrine 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK
  49. Finch, house 1/21 Irvine CA
  50. Flicker, northern 2/11 Bush Point, Whidbey Island, WA
  51. Flycatcher, alder 9/22 Anchorage, AK
  52. *Flycatcher, olive-sided 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  53. *Flycatcher, vermilion 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  54. Gadwall 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  55. Gallinule, common 11/29 Merritt Island NWR, FL
  56. Gnatcatcher, blue-grey 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  57. *Godwit, bar-tailed 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  58. Godwit, marbled 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  59. Golden-plover, American 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  60. Golden-plover, western 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  61. Goldeneye, Barrow’s 2/13 Des Moines Beach Park, WA
  62. Goldeneye, common 2/11 Coupeville, WA
  63. Goldfinch, American 1/24 Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden CA
  64. Goldfinch, lesser 1/24 Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden CA
  65. Goose, cackling 6/9/18 Seward Peninsula, AK
  66. Goose, Canada 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  67. *Goose, Egyptian 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  68. Goose, greater white-fronted 3/24 Spokane WA
  69. Goose, snow 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  70. Grackle, boat-tailed 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  71. Grackle, common 8/19 Chincoteague, VA
  72. Grackle, great-tailed 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  73. Grebe, Clark’s 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  74. Grebe, eared 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  75. Grebe, horned 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  76. Grebe, pied-billed 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  77. Grebe, rednecked 4/28 Seward, AK
  78. Grebe, western 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  79. Ground-dove, common 11/29 Titusville, FL
  80. Guillemot, pigeon 2/11 Bush Point, Whidbey Island, WA
  81. Gull, Bonaparte’s 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  82. Gull, glaucous 6/9 Nome, AK
  83. Gull, glaucous-winged 2/11 Mutiny Bay, Whidbey Island, WA
  84. *Gull, great black-backed 8/20 Chincoteague, VA
  85. Gull, herring 2/13 Des Moines Beach Park, WA
  86. Gull, laughing 8/19 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  87. Gull, mew 4/28 Anchorage, AK
  88. Gull, ring-billed 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  89. Gull, western 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  90. Harrier, northern 2/12 Samish Flats, WA
  91. Hawk, Cooper’s 10/30 Sedro Woolley, WA
  92. Hawk, red-tailed 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  93. Hawk, rough-legged 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  94. Hawk, sharp-shinned 2/24 Seward, AK
  95. Heron, great blue 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  96. Heron, green 8/19 Chincoteague, VA
  97. Heron, little blue 8/21 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  98. Heron, tri-colored 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  99. Hummingbird, Allen’s 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  100. Hummingbird, Anna’s 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  101. Hummingbird, black-throated 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  102. *Hummingbird, blue-throated 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  103. *Hummingbird, magnificent 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  104. Ibis, glossy 11/28 Merritt Island NWR, FL
  105. Ibis, white 8/19 Chincoteague NWR, VA

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    White ibises and a few egrets, too, Assateague Island
  106. Ibis, white-faced 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  107. Jaeger, long-tailed 6/9 Nome, AK
  108. Jay, blue 8/21 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  109. Jay, Mexican 4/15 Madera Canyon, AZ
  110. Jay, steller 2/12 Bayview, WA
  111. Junco, dark-eyed 1/23 Los Angeles Arboretum CA
  112. Junco, yellow-eyed 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  113. Kestrel, American 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  114. Killdeer 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  115. Kingbird, eastern 8/22 Chincoteague, VA
  116. Kingfisher, belted 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  117. Kinglet, golden-crowned 2/11 South Whidbey State Park, WA
  118. Kinglet, ruby-crowned 2/13 Des Moines Beach Park, WA
  119. Kite, white-tailed 1/24 Ballona Wetlands ecological reserve CA
  120. Kittiwake, blacklegged 4/28 Seward, AK
  121. Lark, horned 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  122. Longspur, Lapland 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  123. Loon, common 2/11 Mutiny Bay, Whidbey Island, WA
  124. Loon, pacific 2/11 Bush Point, Whidbey Island, WA
  125. Loon, red-throated 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  126. Magpie, black-billed 1/6 Anchorage
  127. Mallard 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  128. Merganser, common 2/24 Seward, AK
  129. Merganser, hooded 2/12 Deception Pass State Park, WA
  130. Merganser, red-breasted 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  131. Mockingbird, northern 1/21 Newport Back Bay CA
  132. Murre, common 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK
  133. Murre, thick-billed 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK
  134. Murrelet, Kittlitz’s 6/24 Northwestern Fjord, AK
  135. Murrelet, marbled 2/24 Seward, AK
  136. Night-heron, black-crowned 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  137. Nuthatch, red-breasted 2/11 South Whidbey State Park, WA
  138. Osprey 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  139. Owl, great horned 4/18 Casa Grande Ruins National Park, AZ
  140. *Owl, Northern pygmy 4/15 Madera Canyon, AZ
  141. *Oystercatcher, American 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA

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    American Oystercatcher at Assateague Island
  142. *Parrot, red-crowned 1/22 Claremont CA
  143. Peafowl, Indian 1/23 Arcadia, CA
  144. Pelican, American white 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  145. Pelican, brown 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  146. Phalarope, rednecked 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  147. Pheasant, ring-necked 3/24 Spokane, WA
  148. Phoebe, black 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  149. Phoebe, eastern 11/29 Titusville, FL
  150. Phoebe, Say’s 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  151. Pigeon, rock 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  152. Pintail, northern 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  153. Pipit, American 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  154. Plover, black-bellied 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  155. Plover, semipalmated 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  156. *Ptarmigan, rock 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK

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    Rock ptarmigan, between Nome and Teller on Red Knot Hill where we did not see any red knots.
  157. Ptarmigan, willow 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  158. Puffin, horned 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK

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    Horned puffins, Chiswell Islands
  159. Puffin, tufted 6/24 Chiswell Islands, AK
  160. Quail, California 10/28 eastern WA
  161. Rail, Virginia 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  162. Raven, common 1/6 Anchorage
  163. Redhead 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  164. *Redstart, painted 4/15 Madera Canyon, AZ
  165. Roadrunner, greater 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  166. Robin, American 2/10 Mulkiteo, WA
  167. Sanderling 1/21 Bolsa Chica State Beach
  168. Sandpiper, least 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  169. Sandpiper, semipalmated 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  170. Sandpiper, spotted 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  171. Sandpiper, western 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  172. *Sapsucker, yellow-bellied 8/18 Annapolis, MD
  173. Scaup, greater 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  174. Scaup, lesser 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  175. Scoter, surf 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  176. Scrub-jay, western 1/23 Los Angeles Arboretum CA
  177. Shoveler, northern 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  178. Shrike, loggerhead 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  179. Shrike, northern 2/24 Seward, AK
  180. Siskin, pine, 2/24 Seward, AK
  181. *Skimmer, black 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  182. Snipe, Wilson’s 1/24 Ballona Wetlands ecological reserve CA
  183. Solitaire, Townsend’s, 4/7 Anchorage, AK (heard)
  184. Sora 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA

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    Sora at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
  185. Sparrow, American tree 2/24 Seward, AK
  186. Sparrow, fox 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  187. Sparrow, golden-crowned 2/13 Des Moines Beach Park, WA
  188. Sparrow, house 1/23 Los Angeles Arboretum CA
  189. Sparrow, Lincoln’s 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  190. Sparrow, rufous-crowned 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  191. Sparrow, Savannah 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA [Beldings]
  192. Sparrow, song 1/21 Newport Back Bay CA
  193. Sparrow, white-crowned 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  194. Starling, European 1/24 Playa Del Rey CA
  195. Stilt, black-necked 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  196. Swallow, barn 4/17 Kansas Settlement, AZ
  197. Swallow, cliff 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  198. Swallow, tree 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  199. Swallow, violet green 5/12 Anchorage, AK
  200. Swan, trumpeter 2/12 Skagit Valley, WA
  201. *Tattler, wandering 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  202. Teal, blue-winged 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  203. Teal, cinnamon 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  204. Teal, green-winged 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  205. Tern, Arctic 4/28 Seward, AK
  206. Tern, Caspian 5/15 Seattle, WA
  207. Tern, Forster’s 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  208. *Tern, royal 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  209. Thrasher, brown 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  210. *Thrasher, crissal 4/17 Pearce, AZ
  211. Thrush, grey-cheeked 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  212. Thrush, hermit 1/24 Ballona Wetlands ecological reserve CA
  213. *Thrush, Swainson’s 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  214. Thrush, varied 2/11 South Whidbey State Park, WA
  215. *Titmouse, bridled 4/15 Madera Canyon, AZ
  216. Titmouse, oak 1/24 Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden CA
  217. Towhee, Abert’s 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  218. Towhee, California 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  219. *Towhee, green-tailed 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  220. Towhee, spotted 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  221. Turkey, wild 4/15 Ramsey Canyon, AZ

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    Wild turkey displaying for us in Ramsey Canyon. He blocked the road for a good 10 minutes. I guess he liked the Buick Encore more than I did.
  222. *Turnstone, ruddy 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  223. *Vireo, plumbeous 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  224. Vulture, black 11/28 Merritt Island NWR, FL
  225. Vulture, turkey 4/15 Madera Canyon, AZ
  226. Wagtail, eastern yellow 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  227. *Wagtail, white 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  228. Warbler, Arctic 6/9 Nome, AK
  229. Warbler, blackpoll 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  230. Warbler, orange-crowned 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  231. Warbler, palm 11/29 Titusville, FL
  232. Warbler, Townsend’s 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  233. Warbler, Wilson’s 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  234. Warbler, yellow 6/9 Seward Peninsula, AK
  235. Warbler, yellow-rumped 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  236. Waterthrush, northern 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  237. Waxwing, cedar 8/22 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  238. Whimbrel 8/20 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  239. *Whistling duck, black-bellied 11/30 Titusville, FL
  240. Wigeon, American 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  241. Willet 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA
  242. Woodpecker, acorn 1/24 Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden CA
  243. Woodpecker, downy 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  244. Woodpecker, gila 4/15 Brown’s Canyon Ranch, AZ
  245. Woodpecker, hairy 4/7 Anchorage, AK
  246. Woodpecker, Nuttall’s 1/24 Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden CA
  247. *Woodpecker, pileated 8/18 Annapolis, VA
  248. Woodpecker, red-bellied 11/29 Titusville, FL
  249. Woodpecker, redheaded 8/21 Chincoteague NWR, VA
  250. *Wood-pewee, eastern 8/18 Annapolis, MD
  251. *Wood-pewee, western 5/26 Anchorage, AK
  252. Wren, Bewick’s 1/24 Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden CA
  253. Wren, cactus 4/17 Saguaro National Park, AZ
  254. Wren, canyon 4/16 Cave Creek Canyon, AZ
  255. Wren, Pacific 2/11 South Whidbey State Park, WA
  256. *Wren, sedge 11/29 Titusville, FL
  257. Yellowlegs, greater 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  258. Yellowlegs, lesser 1/22 San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary CA
  259. Yellowthroat, common 1/21 Bolsa Chica ecological reserve CA

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