As the Crow Flies

Aves are a fascinating class in the animal kingdom. Although bird watching is quickly associated with high wasted khaki pants, fanny packs, and an opened mouthed squished face peering through a heavy pair of binoculars, it is honestly so much more. It is an outlet for expanding my knowledge of the diverse planet we all share, it is a quick way to get excited about living outside, and it is even a great way to ignore whoever is talking to me about their typical “human troubles” while I attempt to identify a bird soaring overhead. The reality about birding is that it is the one hobby that can be done at nearly anytime at almost every place. They can be heard, seen, or even sometimes smelt, whether you are in a rainforest or walking down the streets of San Francisco. In order to share my enthusiasm about my favorite flying friends, I have decided to document the species I have identified in my adventures. Hopefully it will help educate you, the reader, on just how many species are lurking behind every branch, cloud, or wire, and also encourage me to really know my birds!

Shorebirds
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Bitterns, Herons, and Egrets
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Blackbirds and Orioles
Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
Bushtit
Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
Cormorants
Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Creeper
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
Crows and Jays
American Crow Corvus brachrhynchos
Common Raven Corvus corax
Stellar’s Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
Yello-billed Magpie Pica nuttalli
Falcons
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Peregrine Falcom Falco peregrinus
Flycathcers
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
Geese and Ducks
American Wigeon Anas americana
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Brant Branta bernicla
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Gadwall Anas strepera
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Northern Shoveler Anas cylpeata
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
Tundra Swan Cygnus coloumbianus
Grebes
Clark’s Grebe Aechmorphorus clarkii
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Western Grebe Aechmorphorus occidentalis
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers
California Gull Larus californicus
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Hummingbirds
Anna’s Hummingbird Calypte anna
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
Kingfishers
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Kites, Eagles, and Hawks
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
Loons
Common Loon Gavia immer
Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
Owls
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
Western Screech-Owl Megascops Kennicotti
Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Oystercatchers
Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani
Pelicans
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
Pigeons and Doves
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
Quails
California Quail Callipepla californica
Mountain Quail Oreortyx pictus
Rails and Coots
American Coot Fulica americana
Sandpipers
Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
Willet Tringa semipalmata
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Sparrows
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Swallows
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Thrushes
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
Titmice and Chickadees
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
Turkeys and Grouse
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Vultures
California Condor Gymnopyps californianus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Woodpeckers
Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
Wrens
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

Life List Total Count: 101
and counting!!

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