Birding: 2014 Year List

Over the course of 2014, I maintained a running lists of all the different species of birds I saw at home, at field trips, on vacation, and on work-related travel. The final count was 355 species, spread across four countries on two continents. The full list is printed below. My life list had 403 species as of December 31, 2014.

Asterisks mark the 112 lifers from 2014: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (50)

1. Mourning dove
2. Downy woodpecker
3. Blue jay
4. Tufted titmouse
5. White-breasted nuthatch
6. American robin
7. European starling
8. Dark-eyed junco
9. Northern cardinal
10. House sparrow
11. Canada goose
12. Mute swan
13. Trumpeter swan
14. Mallard
15. Black-capped chickadee
16. Red-tailed hawk
17. American tree sparrow
18. Rock pigeon
19. Northern flicker
20. Carolina wren
21. White-throated sparrow
22. Horned lark
23. Snowy owl *
24. Lapland longspur *
25. Snow bunting *
26. Song sparrow
27. House finch
28. American crow
29. Common goldeneye
30. Hooded merganser
31. American herring gull
32. Belted kingfisher
33. Turkey vulture
34. Northern harrier
35. Red-bellied woodpecker
36. Carolina chickadee
37. Hermit thrush
38. Northern mockingbird
39. Yellow-rumped warbler
40. American goldfinch
41. Horned grebe
42. Canvasback
43. Common merganser
44. Gadwall
45. Great blue heron
46. Eastern bluebird
47. American black duck
48. Redhead
49. Red-breasted merganser
50. Bald eagle

February (58)

51. Pied-billed grebe
52. Wood stork
53. Double-crested cormorant
54. Anhinga
55. Great egret
56. Tricolored heron
57. Black-crowned night heron
58. White ibis
59. Osprey
60. Red-shouldered hawk *
61. Common gallinule
62. Blue-gray gnatcatcher
63. Brown pelican
64. Snowy egret
65. Black-bellied plover
66. Spotted sandpiper
67. Willet
68. Ruddy turnstone
69. Sanderling
70. Laughing gull
71. Ring-billed gull
72. Forster’s tern
73. Blue-winged teal
74. American white pelican
75. Little blue heron
76. Reddish egret
77. Yellow-crowned night heron
78. Roseate spoonbill
79. Least sandpiper
80. Royal tern
81. Palm warbler
82. Red knot *
83. Lesser black-backed gull *
84. Sandwich tern
85. Marbled godwit
86. Dunlin
87. Black skimmer *
88. Fish crow *
89. Gray catbird
90. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
91. Common grackle
92. Boat-tailed grackle
93. Green heron
94. Short-billed dowitcher
95. Pileated woodpecker
96. Pine warbler *
97. Cattle egret
98. Semipalmated plover
99. Bufflehead
100. Greater scaup
101. Rough-legged hawk
102. Common redpoll
103. White-winged scoter
104. Peregrine falcon
105. Cooper’s hawk
106. Lesser scaup
107. Long-tailed duck *
108. American coot

March (38)

109. Cedar waxwing
110. Red-winged blackbird
111. Ring-necked duck
112. Snow goose
113. Great-tailed grackle
114. White-winged dove
115. Eastern phoebe
116. Ruby-crowned kinglet
117. Field sparrow
118. Bewick’s wren *
119. Northern shoveler
120. Wood duck
121. Eared grebe
122. Killdeer
123. Brown-headed cowbird
124. Barn swallow
125. Monk parakeet *
126. American kestrel *
127. Common yellowthroat
128. Black vulture
129. Northern pintail
130. Green-winged teal *
131. American pipit *
132. Wilson’s snipe
133. Savannah sparrow
134. Harris’s sparrow *
135. Greater yellowlegs
136. Cinnamon teal *
137. Rusty blackbird *
138. Fox sparrow *
139. Baird’s sandpiper *
140. Bonaparte’s gull
141. Sandhill crane
142. Common loon
143. Red-necked grebe *
144. American wigeon
145. Ruddy duck
146. Tree swallow

April (25)

147. Hairy woodpecker
148. Golden-crowned kinglet
149. Eastern towhee
150. Winter wren *
151. Eastern meadowlark
152. Brown creeper
153. American woodcock *
154. Greater white-fronted goose
155. Chipping sparrow
156. Cliff swallow
157. Bank swallow
158. Brown thrasher
159. Northern rough-winged swallow
160. Chimney swift
161. Lesser yellowlegs
162. Vesper sparrow
163. Broad-winged hawk *
164. Swamp sparrow *
165. Western meadowlark *
166. Ruffed grouse
167. House wren
168. Blue-headed vireo
169. Black-and-white warbler
170. Rose-breasted grosbeak
171. Caspian tern

May (109)

172. Eastern kingbird
173. Least flycatcher *
174. Black-throated green warbler
175. Yellow warbler
176. Nashville warbler
177. Northern waterthrush
178. Wild turkey
179. Magnolia warbler
180. Eurasian jackdaw
181. Eurasian magpie
182. Gray heron
183. Great cormorant
184. Carrion crow
185. Eurasian blackbird
186. Great tit
187. Black-headed gull
188. Common swift
189. Eurasian coot
190. Eurasian blue tit
191. Graylag goose
192. Egyptian goose
193. Common wood pigeon
194. Eurasian collared dove
195. White stork
196. Rose-ringed parakeet
197. Common chiffchaff *
198. Tufted duck
199. Northern lapwing
200. Eurasian spoonbill *
201. Common shelduck
202. Great crested grebe
203. Eurasian oystercatcher
204. White wagtail
205. Common tern
206. Common redshank
207. Common pochard *
208. Common sandpiper *
209. Sedge warbler *
210. Little ringed plover *
211. Pied avocet *
212. European greenfinch *
213. Short-toed treecreeper
214. Song thrush *
215. European robin
216. Ruff
217. Black-tailed godwit *
218. Eurasian teal *
219. Eurasian moorhen
220. Barnacle goose
221. European herring gull
222. Reed bunting *
223. Willow warbler *
224. Eurasian wren
225. Common house martin *
226. Black-winged stilt *
227. Glossy ibis
228. Common greenshank *
229. European goldfinch
230. Common chaffinch
231. Eurasian linnet *
232. Eurasian nuthatch
233. Eurasian blackcap *
234. Eurasian jay
235. Long-tailed tit
236. Eurasian reed warbler *
237. Common cuckoo *
238. Greater whitethroat *
239. Great spotted woodpecker
240. Red-crested pochard
241. Common nightingale *
242. Eurasian hobby *
243. Bluethroat *
244. Ring-necked pheasant
245. Eurasian wigeon
246. Common buzzard
247. Garganey *
248. Black tern
249. Eurasian marsh harrier *
250. Baltimore oriole
251. Warbling vireo
252. Willow flycatcher
253. Canada warbler
254. American redstart
255. Indigo bunting
256. Scarlet tanager
257. Eastern wood pewee
258. Chestnut-sided warbler
259. Wilson’s warbler *
260. Great crested flycatcher
261. Swainson’s thrush
262. Ruby-throated hummingbird
263. Veery
264. Cape May warbler *
265. Red-eyed vireo
266. Tennessee warbler
267. Yellow-throated vireo
268. Bobolink
269. Yellow-throated warbler *
270. Red-headed woodpecker
271. Orchard oriole
272. Prairie warbler
273. Blue-winged warbler
274. Eastern whip-poor-will
275. Clay-colored sparrow
276. Dickcissel
277. Henslow’s sparrow
278. Common nighthawk
279. Black-billed cuckoo
280. Yellow-billed cuckoo *

June (5)

281. Cerulean warbler *
282. Hooded warbler
283. Acadian flycatcher *
284. Red-breasted nuthatch
285. Ovenbird

July (4)

286. Semipalmated sandpiper
287. Wilson’s phalarope
288. Pectoral sandpiper
289. Stilt sandpiper *

August (25)

290. Northern wheatear
291. Eurasian kestrel *
292. Glaucous-winged gull *
293. Chestnut-backed chickadee *
294. Pacific wren *
295. Anna’s hummingbird *
296. White-crowned sparrow
297. Black-billed magpie *
298. Common raven *
299. Western wood pewee *
300. Pygmy nuthatch *
301. Townsend’s solitaire *
302. Vaux’s swift *
303. Black-necked stilt
304. Franklin’s gull *
305. Brewer’s blackbird *
306. Mountain chickadee *
307. Great horned owl *
308. Clark’s nutcracker *
309. Swainson’s hawk *
310. Western tanager *
311. Golden-winged warbler
312. Solitary sandpiper
313. Bay-breasted warbler
314. Blackburnian warbler

September (11)

315. Marsh tit *
316. Black redstart *
317. Eurasian siskin *
318. Common kingfisher *
319. European pied flycatcher *
320. Little grebe *
321. Mandarin duck *
322. Firecrest *
323. Eurasian tree sparrow *
324. Tawny owl *
325. European green woodpecker *

October (8)

326. Goldcrest *
327. Rook
328. Yellowhammer *
329. Fieldfare *
330. Hooded crow
331. Italian sparrow *
332. Ferruginous duck *
333. Common crane *

November (6)

334. Eurasian sparrowhawk
335. Yellow-legged gull *
336. Eurasian penduline tit *
337. Bean goose *
338. Hawfinch *
339. Gray wagtail *

December (16)

340. Eurasian bullfinch
341. Black woodpecker *
342. Little egret *
343. Brant *
344. Tundra swan
345. Eurasian curlew *
346. Smew *
347. European golden plover *
348. Great black-backed gull
349. Red-throated loon *
350. Bar-tailed godwit *
351. Mew gull
352. Velvet scoter *
353. Common eider *
354. Purple sandpiper *
355. Spotted redshank *

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