Birding: 2015 Year List

Over the course of 2015, 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 217 species, spread across four countries on two continents. The full list is printed below. My life list had 483 species as of December 31, 2015.

Asterisks mark the 81 lifers from 2015: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (59)

1. Eurasian blue tit
2. Great spotted woodpecker
3. House sparrow
4. Rook
5. Eurasian blackbird
6. Eurasian magpie
7. Carrion crow
8. Eurasian collared dove
9. Great tit
10. Common chaffinch
11. Rock pigeon
12. Great egret
13. European greenfinch
14. Hawfinch
15. Yellowhammer
16. Eurasian bullfinch
17. Eurasian tree sparrow
18. Marsh tit
19. Eurasian linnet
20. Mallard
21. Eurasian jay
22. Eurasian nuthatch
23. Short-toed treecreeper
24. Black woodpecker
25. Little grebe
26. Eurasian wren
27. Mute swan
28. Gray wagtail
29. White-throated dipper *
30. Tufted duck
31. Goldcrest
32. European robin
33. Fieldfare
34. Common buzzard
35. Common wood pigeon
36. Eurasian kestrel
37. Long-tailed tit
38. Mandarin duck
39. Common merganser
40. Green sandpiper *
41. Ring-necked pheasant
42. Graylag goose
43. Eurasian coot
44. Common pochard
45. Red-crested pochard
46. Black-headed gull
47. Garganey
48. Eurasian moorhen
49. Canada goose
50. Tawny owl
51. Common kingfisher
52. Great crested grebe
53. European goldfinch
54. Mistle thrush *
55. Great cormorant
56. Gray heron
57. Mew gull
58. White wagtail
59. Yellow-legged gull

February (29)

60. Common teal
61. Gadwall
62. Rose-ringed parakeet
63. Eurasian jackdaw
64. Barnacle goose
65. Redwing
66. Egyptian goose
67. White stork
68. European herring gull
69. Common shelduck
70. Northern lapwing
71. Northern shoveler
72. Common snipe *
73. Black swan
74. Great black-backed gull
75. Sanderling
76. Brant
77. Ruddy turnstone
78. Common eider
79. Eurasian oystercatcher
80. Red-breasted merganser
81. Common goldeneye
82. Eurasian curlew
83. Dunlin
84. Common ringed plover *
85. Sky lark *
86. Eurasian siskin
87. European starling
88. Northern pintail

March (10)

89. Lesser black-backed gull
90. Black redstart
91. Eurasian sparrowhawk
92. Song thrush
93. Hen harrier
94. Red kite
95. Common chiffchaff
96. Gray partridge *
97. Common goldeneye
98. Reed bunting

April (67)

99. Southern lapwing *
100. Monk parakeet
101. Austral thrush *
102. Eared dove *
103. Austral blackbird *
104. Common diuca finch *
105. Rufous-collared sparrow *
106. Long-tailed meadowlark *
107. Green-backed firecrown *
108. Chilean mockingbird *
109. House wren
110. Black-necked swan *
111. Spot-flanked gallinule *
112. Yellow-winged blackbird *
113. Snowy egret
114. Red-fronted coot *
115. Black-chinned siskin *
116. Rufous-tailed plantcutter *
117. Tufted tit-tyrant *
118. Harris’s hawk *
119. Greenish yellow finch *
120. Cordilleran canastero *
121. West Peruvian dove *
122. Puna tinamou *
123. Variable hawk *
124. Chimango caracara *
125. Plain-mantled tit-spinetail *
126. Kelp gull *
127. Neotropic cormorant
128. Peruvian pelican *
129. Gray gull *
130. Peruvian booby *
131. Whimbrel *
132. Red-legged cormorant *
133. Black-necked stilt
134. Yellow-billed pintail *
135. Yellow-billed teal *
136. Red shoveler *
137. White-tufted grebe *
138. Many-colored rush tyrant *
139. Chilean swallow *
140. Black skimmer
141. American oystercatcher *
142. Brown-headed gull *
143. Turkey vulture
144. Franklin’s gull
145. Guanay cormorant *
146. Austral negrito *
147. Chiloe wigeon *
148. Cinnamon teal
149. Correndera pipit *
150. Rufous-chested dotterel *
151. White-winged coot *
152. Cocoi heron *
153. Lake duck *
154. Gray-flanked cinclodes *
155. Collared plover *
156. Cattle egret
157. Greater yellowlegs
158. Fire-eyed diucon *
159. California quail
160. Buff-winged cinclodes *
161. American kestrel
162. Shiny cowbird *
163. Red-gartered coot *
164. Pied-billed grebe
165. Black-crowned night heron

May (25)

166. Barn swallow
167. Eurasian blackcap
168. European pied flycatcher
169. Common house martin
170. Eurasian hobby
171. Western yellow wagtail *
172. Wood sandpiper *
173. Greater whitethroat
174. Little ringed plover
175. Northern wheatear
176. Corn bunting *
177. Common cuckoo
178. Coal tit *
179. Common swift
180. Peregrine falcon
181. Icterine warbler *
182. Mediterranean gull *
183. C. grasshopper warbler *
184. Eurasian reed warbler
185. Black kite *
186. Gray-headed woodpecker *
187. Spotted flycatcher *
188. Common quail *
189. Great reed warbler *
190. Pied avocet

June (14)

191. Willow warbler
192. Common redshank
193. Black-tailed godwit
194. Eurasian spoonbill
195. Dunnock *
196. Sedge warbler
197. Eurasian marsh harrier
198. Ruff
199. Bluethroat
200. Savi’s warbler *
201. Glossy ibis
202. Eared grebe
203. Stock dove *
204. Bar-headed goose *

July (1)

205. European serin *

August (1)

206. Ferruginous duck

September (10)

207. European green woodpecker
208. Yellow-billed chough
209. Water pipit
210. Eurasian nutcracker *
211. Eurasian treecreeper *
212. Willow tit *
213. Crested tit *
214. Golden eagle *
215. Common sandpiper
216. Eurasian wigeon

December (1)

217. Common loon