Birding: 2018 Year List

Over the course of 2018, 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 218 species, spread across three countries on three continents. The full list is printed below. My life list had 550 species as of December 31, 2018.

Asterisks mark the 39 lifers from 2018: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (72)

1. Black-headed Gull
2. Eurasian Magpie
3. Eurasian Blue Tit
4. Great Tit
5. Eurasian Coot
6. Tufted Duck
7. Mute Swan
8. Carrion Crow
9. Mallard
10. Great Crested Grebe
11. Eurasian Moorhen
12. Herring Gull
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Eurasian Jackdaw
15. House Sparrow
16. Gray Heron
17. Eurasian Blackbird
18. Great Cormorant
19. Graylag Goose
20. Rose-ringed Parakeet
21. European Shag *
22. Egyptian Goose
23. Common Wood Pigeon
24. Dunnock
25. European Starling
26. European Robin
27. Eurasian Collared Dove
28. Barnacle Goose
29. Greater White-fronted Goose
30. European Goldfinch
31. Lesser Black-backed Gull
32. Northern Shoveler
33. Common Chaffinch
34. Gadwall
35. Eurasian Wren
36. Common Buzzard
37. White Stork
38. Eurasian Jay
39. Eurasian Nuthatch
40. Mew Gull
41. Stock Dove
42. Great Spotted Woodpecker
43. Hawfinch
44. European Greenfinch
45. Eurasian Siskin
46. Great Black-backed Gull
47. Green-winged Teal
48. Little Grebe
49. Common Redpoll
50. Great Egret
51. Eurasian Wigeon
52. Ring-necked Pheasant
53. Common Snipe
54. Red-crested Pochard
55. Common Pochard
56. Song Thrush
57. Bohemian Waxwing *
58. Eurasian Kestrel
59. Common Shelduck
60. Iceland Gull *
61. Common Goldeneye
62. Common Merganser
63. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
64. Short-toed Treecreeper
65. Northern Lapwing
66. Long-tailed Tit
67. Gray Wagtail
68. Horned Lark
69. Reed Bunting
70. Eared Grebe
71. Eurasian Oystercatcher
72. Smew

February (16)

73. Tawny Owl
74. European Green Woodpecker
75. Black-tailed Godwit
76. Northern Pintail
77. Ruff
78. Meadow Pipit *
79. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
80. Firecrest
81. Goldcrest
82. White-throated Dipper
83. Canada Goose
84. Common Kingfisher
85. Great Gray Shrike *
86. Fieldfare
87. Gray Partridge
88. Redwing

March (2)

89. Common Chiffchaff
90. Eurasian Bullfinch

April (18)

91. Willow Warbler
92. Eurasian Blackcap
93. Red-necked Grebe
94. Common Redshank
95. Whimbrel
96. Barn Swallow
97. Pied Avocet
98. Common Tern
99. White Wagtail
100. Eurasian Skylark
101. European Stonechat
102. Sedge Warbler
103. Greater Whitethroat
104. Northern Wheatear
105. Cetti’s Warbler *
106. Common Cuckoo
107. Mediterranean Gull
108. Eurasian Spoonbill

May (6)

109. Common Swift
110. Black-crowned Night Heron
111. Eurasian Reed Warbler
112. Savi’s Warbler
113. Common Nightingale
114. Garden Warbler

June (50)

115. Common Grackle
116. Red-bellied Woodpecker
117. American Goldfinch
118. House Finch
119. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
120. Gray Catbird
121. American Robin
122. Cedar Waxwing
123. Eastern Kingbird
124. Mourning Dove
125. Downy Woodpecker
126. Red-breasted Merganser
127. Ring-billed Gull
128. Great Blue Heron
129. Double-crested Cormorant
130. Dark-eyed Junco
131. American Crow
132. Hairy Woodpecker
133. Tufted Titmouse
134. Red-winged Blacbird
135. Chipping Sparrow
136. Yellow Warbler
137. Common Yellowthroat
138. Field Sparrow
139. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
140. Northern Cardinal
141. Brown-headed Cowbird
142. Killdeer
143. Northern Flicker
144. Orchard Oriole
145. Black-capped Chickadee
146. Eastern Wood Pewee
147. Blue Jay
148. Green Heron
149. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
150. Tree Swallow
151. Belted Kingfisher
152. Turkey Vulture
153. Osprey
154. Purple Martin *
155. Song Sparrow
156. Spotted Sandpiper
157. Common Gallinule
158. Wood Duck
159. Pied-billed Grebe
160. Bald Eagle
161. American Coot
162. Redhead
163. American Bittern *
164. Blue-winged Teal

July (20)

165. Wild Turkey
166. American White Pelican
167. Mountain Chickadee
168. White-breasted Nuthatch
169. Pygmy Nuthatch
170. Violet-green Swallow *
171. Steller’s Jay *
172. White-headed Woodpecker *
173. Western Wood Pewee
174. Brewer’s Blackbird
175. Yellow-headed Blackbird
176. California Quail
177. House Wren
178. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
179. Cliff Swallow
180. Yellow-rumped Warbler
181. Common Raven
182. Black-billed Magpie
183. Common House Martin
184. Black-winged Stilt

November (34)

185. Red-wattled Lapwing *
186. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
187. Yellow-vented Bulbul *
188. Zebra Dove
189. House Crow *
190. Spotted Dove *
191. Javan Myna *
192. Oriental Magpie Robin *
193. Common Tailorbird *
194. Asian Brown Flycatcher *
195. Black-naped Oriole *
196. Asian Glossy Starling *
197. Brahminy Kite *
198. House Swift *
199. Germain’s Swiftlet *
200. Common Myna
201. Olive-backed Sunbird *
202. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker *
203. Red Junglefowl *
204. Pacific Reef Heron *
205. Cattle Egret
206. White-breasted Waterhen *
207. Chestnut Munia *
208. Pacific Swallow *
209. Pied Triller *
210. White-breasted Woodswallow *
211. Pink-necked Pigeon *
212. Purple Heron *
213. Scaly-breasted Munia *
214. Common Sandpiper
215. Little Egret
216. Oriental Darter *
217. Intermediate Egret *
218. Stork-billed Kingfisher *