Birding: 2017 Year List

Over the course of 2017, 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 177 species, spread across five countries on three continents. The full list is printed below. My life list had 511 species as of December 31, 2017.

Asterisks mark the 26 lifers from 2017: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (93)

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. White-breasted Nuthatch
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. House Sparrow
6. Tufted Titmouse
7. Red-bellied Woodpecker
8. Blue Jay
9. American Crow
10. Canada Goose
11. Red-tailed Hawk
12. Eurasian Kestrel
13. Carrion Crow
14. Great Tit
15. Eurasian Blue Tit
16. Mallard
17. Rock Pigeon
18. Eurasian Blackbird
19. Rook
20. Eurasian Collared Dove
21. Great Spotted Woodpecker
22. Common Chaffinch
23. Eurasian Wren
24. Eurasian Magpie
25. Common Buzzard
26. European Robin
27. Graylag Goose
28. Fieldfare
29. Eurasian Nuthatch
30. European Greenfinch
31. Common Merganser
32. Eurasian Bullfinch
33. Mute Swan
34. White Wagtail
35. White-throated Dipper
36. Black-headed Gull
37. Great Cormorant
38. Lesser Black-backed Gull
39. Black Redstart
40. Common Chiffchaff
41. Crested Lark *
42. Caspian Tern
43. Common Ringed Plover
44. Little Egret
45. Ruddy Turnstone
46. Gray Heron
47. Common Sandpiper
48. European Goldfinch
49. European Stonechat *
50. Slender-billed Gull *
51. Eurasian Coot
52. Yellow-legged Gull
53. Black-bellied Plover
54. Whimbrel
55. Sanderling
56. Dunlin
57. Eurasian Linnet
58. White Stork
59. Black-winged Stilt
60. Eurasian Oystercatcher
61. Common Kingfisher
62. Common Shelduck
63. Mediterranean Gull
64. Little Grebe
65. Common Redshank
66. Pied Avocet
67. Eared Grebe
68. Sandwich Tern
69. Eurasian Spoonbill
70. Sardinian Warbler *
71. Common House Martin
72. Bar-tailed Godwit
73. Black-tailed Godwit
74. Greater Flamingo *
75. European Serin
76. Zitting Cisticola *
77. Common Greenshank
78. Common Wood Pigeon
79. Mandarin Duck
80. Marsh Tit
81. Gray Wagtail
82. Green-winged Teal
83. Tufted Duck
84. Ring-necked Pheasant
85. Gadwall
86. Great Crested Grebe
87. Great Egret
88. Long-tailed Tit
89. Green Sandpiper
90. Eurasian Jay
91. Common Pochard
92. Tawny Owl
93. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

February (5)

94. Yellowhammer
95. Eurasian Moorhen
96. Red-crested Pochard
97. European Starling
98. European Green Woodpecker

March (44)

99. Song Thrush
100. Eurasian Skylark
101. Black-faced Ibis *
102. Yellow-billed Pintail
103. Brown-headed Gull
104. Blue-and-white Swallow *
105. Southern Lapwing
106. Snowy Egret
107. Dark-bellied Cinclodes *
108. Chimango Caracara
109. Kelp Gull
110. Neotropic Cormorant
111. Yellow-billed Teal *
112. Thorn-tailed Rayadito *
113. White-throated Treerunner *
114. House Wren
115. Southern Caracara *
116. Imperial Cormorant *
117. South American Tern *
118. Peruvian Pelican
119. Red-legged Cormorant
120. Pink-footed Shearwater *
121. Sooty Shearwater *
122. Black-necked Swan
123. Black-crowned Night-Heron
124. Turkey Vulture
125. Flightless Steamer Duck *
126. Hudsonian Godwit *
127. American Oystercatcher
128. Franklin’s Gull
129. Black Skimmer
130. Long-tailed Meadowlark
131. Fire-eyed Diucon
132. Green-backed Firecrown
133. Austral Thrush
134. Magellanic Cormorant *
135. Black Vulture
136. Blackish Oystercatcher *
137. Flying Steamer Duck *
138. Kelp Goose *
139. Magellanic Penguin *
140. Gray Partridge
141. Northern Lapwing
142. Eurasian Linnet

April (20)

143. Eurasian Blackcap
144. Northern Harrier
145. Short-toed Treecreeper
146. Gray-headed Woodpecker
147. Dunnock
148. Common Tern
149. Northern Shoveler
150. Northern Pintail
151. Eurasian Marsh Harrier
152. Garganey
153. Eurasian Wigeon
154. Common Goldeneye
155. Barn Swallow
156. Corn Bunting
157. Willow Warbler
158. Western Yellow Wagtail
159. Lesser Whitethroat *
160. European Pied Flycatcher
161. Common Swift
162. Common Cuckoo

May (1)

163. Icterine Warbler

July (3)

164. Eurasian Jackdaw
165. Herring Gull
166. Rose-ringed Parakeet

August (1)

167. Peregrine Falcon

September (4)

168. Red Kite
169. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
170. Egyptian Goose
171. Barnacle Goose

October (5)

172. Eurasian Curlew
173. European Golden Plover
174. Common Snipe
175. Mew Gull
176. Greater White-fronted Goose

November (1)

177. Desert Wheatear *