Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Bird List

2015 was quite a roller coaster of a year it seemed but in terms of birding, I have little to complain about.  Keeping a list of the birds I see in a year is a fairly new thing for me as I think I'm up to a grand total of 3 annual lists.  It was a great year in terms of number of species seen and the number of sightings of species I had never seen before as well as species I hadn't seen in a long time.  While I got off to a slow start, a couple of trips this past summer to BC as well as some luck around the house helped to push my birding list for the year up to a grand total of 46 species....small but respectable.  And of course I look forward to 2016 to top that number.

Barring any last-minute additions (which are looking extremely doubtful at this point) here is my species list for 2015, more or less in chronological order..........

1.  Pine Grosbeak - 1 Jan.
2.  Hairy Woodpecker - 1 Jan.
3.  Bohemian Waxwing - 3 Jan.
4.  Common Raven - 4 Jan.
5.  Blue Jay - 4 Jan.
6.  Black-billed Magpie - 8 Jan.
7.  Chickadee - 14 Jan.
8.  House Sparrow - 14 Jan.
9.  Evening Grosbeak - 15 Jan.
10. Herring Gull - 7 Apr.
11. Hoary Redpoll - 9 Apr.
12. Canada Goose - 9 Apr.
13. Slate-coloured Junco - 19 Apr.
14. Common Grackle - 22 Apr.
15. Mallard - 24 Apr.
16. American Robin - 1 May
17. Tree Swallow - 8 May
18. Chipping Sparrow - 9 May
19. Red-winged Blackbird - 12 May
20. Barn Swallow - 9 Jun.
21. Pileated Woodpecker - 13 Jun.
22. Northern Flicker - 13 Jun.
23. Rufous Hummingbird - 13 Jun.
24. Bank Swallow - 13 Jun.
25. Marsh Wren - 14 Jun.
26. American Coot - 14 Jun.
27. Blue-winged Teal - 14 Jun.
28. Cinnamon Teal - 14 Jun.
29. Yellow-headed Blackbird - 14 Jun.
30. Ruddy Duck - 14 Jun.
31. White-winged Scoter - 14 Jun.
32. Cedar Waxwing - 14 Jun.
33. Yellow-Rumped Warbler - 14 Jun.
34. Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 14 Jun.
35. Rock Dove - 15 Jun.
36. White-crowned Sparrow - 23 Jun.
37. European Starling - 11 Jul.
38. Great Blue Heron - 11 Jul.
39. Bonaparte's Gull - 11 Jul.
40. Western Tanager - 11 Jul.
41. Yellow-Breasted Chat - 11 Jul.
42. Red-tailed Hawk - 12 Jul.
43. Ring-billed Gull - 13 Jul.
44. Yellow Warbler - 18 Jul.
45. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 23 Jul.
46. Common Redpoll - 6 Dec.


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