Birding: 2019 Year List

Over the course of 2019, 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 161 species, spread across six countries on two continents. The full list is printed below. My life list had 560 species as of December 31, 2019.

Asterisks mark the 10 lifers from 2019: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (92)

1. Lesser Black-backed Gull
2. Rock Pigeon
3. House Sparrow
4. White Stork
5. Eurasian Collared Dove
6. Great Cormorant
7. Eurasian Magpie
8. Eurasian Blackbird
9. Common Chiffchaff
10. Cattle Egret
11. Iberian Magpie *
12. Sardinian Warbler
13. Song Thrush
14. European Greenfinch
15. Common Chaffinch
16. European Robin
17. Black-headed Gull
18. Yellow-legged Gull
19. Common Sandpiper
20. Grey Heron
21. Little Egret
22. Black-bellied Plover
23. Ruddy Turnstone
24. Common Ringed Plover
25. Dunlin
26. Common Greenshank
27. Common Redshank
28. Sanderling
29. European Stonechat
30. Mediterranean Gull
31. Eurasian Jay
32. Black Redstart
33. White Wagtail
34. European Serin
35. Whimbrel
36. Crested Lark
37. Eurasian Kestrel
38. Eurasian Oystercatcher
39. Eurasian Spoonbill
40. Kentish Plover *
41. Bar-tailed Godwit
42. Eurasian Coot
43. Black-winged Stilt
44. Pied Avocet
45. Caspian Tern
46. Sandwich Tern
47. European Goldfinch
48. Common Shelduck
49. Black-tailed Godwit
50. Zitting Cisticola
51. Little Stint *
52. Eurasian Blue Tit
53. Eurasian Jackdaw
54. Great Tit
55. Carrion Crow
56. Eurasian Moorhen
57. Tufted Duck
58. Mute Swan
59. Mew Gull
60. Herring Gull
61. Great Crested Grebe
62. Gadwall
63. Common Pochard
64. Mallard
65. European Starling
66. Rose-ringed Parakeet
67. Common Wood Pigeon
68. Graylag Goose
69. Egyptian Goose
70. Great Spotted Woodpecker
71. Barnacle Goose
72. Greater White-fronted Goose
73. Northern Lapwing
74. Eurasian Wigeon
75. European Golden Plover
76. Hen Harrier
77. Green-winged Teal
78. Great Egret
79. Smew
80. Red-crested Pochard
81. Common Goldeneye
82. Common Merganser
83. Common Kingfisher
84. Northern Shoveler
85. Eurasian Curlew
86. Ring-necked Pheasant
87. Bearded Reedling *
88. Eurasian Wren
89. Common Buzzard
90. Iceland Gull
91. Long-tailed Tit
92. Eurasian Siskin

February (5)

93. Little Grebe
94. Reed Bunting
95. Dunnock
96. Eurasian Nuthatch
97. Short-toed Treecreeper

March (13)

98. Firecrest
99. Eurasian Hoopoe
100. Red Kite
101. Cetti’s Warbler
102. Eurasian Marsh Harrier
103. Booted Eagle *
104. Audouin’s Gull *
105. Eurasian Blackcap
106. Canada Goose
107. Jack Snipe *
108. Common Snipe
109. Spotted Redshank
110. Stock Dove

April (10)

111. Willow Warbler
112. Eurasian Skylark
113. Barn Swallow
114. Common House Martin
115. Common Cuckoo
116. Common Nightingale
117. Whinchat *
118. Greater Whitethroat
119. Fieldfare
120. Sedge Warbler

May (35)

121. Mourning Dove
122. Turkey Vulture
123. Common Grackle
124. American Robin
125. Black-capped Chickadee
126. Tufted Titmouse
127. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
128. Red-bellied Woodpecker
129. Gray Catbird
130. Chipping Sparrow
131. American Crow
132. Northern Mockingbird
133. Black-throated Blue Warbler *
134. White-throated Sparrow
135. Dark-eyed Junco
136. Song Sparrow
137. Blue Jay
138. Red-winged Blackbird
139. Warbling Vireo
140. Brown-headed Cowbird
141. Downy Woodpecker
142. Great Blue Heron
143. Northern Cardinal
144. Eastern Kingbird
145. White-breasted Nuthatch
146. House Wren
147. Ring-billed Gull
148. Northern Flicker
149. Red-breasted Nuthatch
150. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
151. Wild Turkey
152. Common Swift
153. Common Tern
154. Bank Swallow
155. Eurasian Reed Warbler

August (1)

156. Hooded Crow

October (1)

157. Tawny Owl

November (2)

158. Long-eared Owl *
159. Redwing

December (2)

160. Goldcrest
161. Rook