Birding: 2016 Year List

Over the course of 2016, I maintained a running list 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 131 species, spread across three countries on two continents. The full list is printed below. My life list had 485 species as of December 31, 2016.

Asterisks mark the three lifers from 2016: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (45)

1. Carrion Crow
2. Eurasian Collared Dove
3. Great Egret
4. Graylag Goose
5. Eurasian Coot
6. Tufted Duck
7. Common Merganser
8. Canada Goose
9. Common Pochard
10. Gadwall
11. Mallard
12. House Sparrow
13. Eurasian Blackbird
14. Great Tit
15. Eurasian Blue Tit
16. Great Spotted Woodpecker
17. European Robin
18. Marsh Tit
19. Eurasian Wren
20. Eurasian Nuthatch
21. Common Chaffinch
22. European Greenfinch
23. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
24. Gray Wagtail
25. White Wagtail
26. Common Kingfisher
27. Mute Swan
28. Common Teal
29. Common Buzzard
30. Rook
31. Eurasian Kestrel
32. Rock Pigeon
33. Red-crested Pochard
34. Ferruginous Duck
35. Eurasian Magpie
36. Goldcrest
37. Mandarin Duck
38. Long-tailed Tit
39. Little Grebe
40. Short-toed Treecreeper
41. European Goldfinch
42. Ring-necked Pheasant
43. Black-headed Gull
44. Yellow-legged Gull
45. Tawny Owl

February (13)

46. Common Moorhen
47. European Green Woodpecker
48. Great Cormorant
49. White-throated Dipper
50. Yellowhammer
51. Eurasian Bullfinch
52. Great Crested Grebe
53. European Starling
54. Northern Harrier
55. Eurasian Wigeon
56. Common Goldeneye
57. Gray Heron
58. Egyptian Goose

March (9)

59. Fieldfare
60. Sky Lark
61. Song Thrush
62. Common Wood Pigeon
63. Green Sandpiper
64. Common Chiffchaff
65. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker *
66. Black Redstart
67. Eurasian Siskin

April (10)

68. Barn Swallow
69. Common House Martin
70. Dunnock
71. Eurasian Blackcap
72. Gray Partridge
73. Corn Bunting
74. Northern Lapwing
75. Northern Wheatear
76. Eurasian Hoopoe *
77. Common Redstart *

May (12)

78. Common Cuckoo
79. Great Reed Warbler
80. Eurasian Reed Warbler
81. Common Tern
82. Eurasian Curlew
83. Western Yellow Wagtail
84. Ruff
85. Spotted Redshank
86. Bank Swallow
87. Garden Warbler
88. Red Kite
89. Yellow-billed Chough

June (13)

90. Black Kite
91. Icterine Warbler
92. Common Swift
93. Little Ringed Plover
94. Eurasian Jackdaw
95. Herring Gull
96. Rose-ringed Parakeet
97. Eurasian Oystercatcher
98. Eurasian Spoonbill
99. Lesser Black-backed Gull
100. Black-tailed Godwit
101. Common Redshank
102. Eurasian Jay

December (29)

103. Dark-eyed Junco
104. Tufted Titmouse
105. Black-capped Chickadee
106. White-breasted Nuthatch
107. Blue Jay
108. Downy Woodpecker
109. Northern Cardinal
110. American Goldfinch
111. Ring-billed Gull
112. House Finch
113. Red-bellied Woodpecker
114. Mourning Dove
115. American Crow
116. Turkey Vulture
117. Carolina Wren
118. Hairy Woodpecker
119. American Coot
120. Great Black-backed Gull
121. Redhead
122. Northern Pintail
123. American Black Duck
124. American Tree Sparrow
125. Song Sparrow
126. American Robin
127. Red-winged Blackbird
128. Red-tailed Hawk
129. American Kestrel
130. Eastern Bluebird
131. Northern Flicker