Birding: 2020 Year List

Over the course of 2020, I maintained a running list of all the different species of birds I saw at home and while traveling. The final count was 100 species, split between the Netherlands and Belgium. The full list is printed below. My life list had 563 species as of December 31, 2020.

Asterisks mark the 3 lifers from 2020: birds seen for the first time in my life.

January (61)

1. Eurasian Blue Tit
2. Eurasian Blackbird
3. Marsh Tit
4. Eurasian Nuthatch
5. Great Tit
6. Eurasian Jay
7. European Robin
8. Eurasian Magpie
9. Carrion Crow
10. Eurasian Kestrel
11. Common Buzzard
12. Black-headed Gull
13. Egyptian Goose
14. Common Wood Pigeon
15. Mute Swan
16. Graylag Goose
17. Gray Heron
18. Great Egret
19. Eurasian Coot
20. European Starling
21. Eurasian Moorhen
22. Short-toed Treecreeper
23. Rock Pigeon
24. Eurasian Jackdaw
25. Mallard
26. Common Chaffinch
27. Eurasian Collared Dove
28. Herring Gull
29. Rose-ringed Parakeet
30. Goldcrest
31. Great Spotted Woodpecker
32. Great Cormorant
33. Hawfinch
34. Common Firecrest
35. European Goldfinch
36. Redwing
37. Little Grebe
38. Long-tailed Tit
39. Tufted Duck
40. Great Crested Grebe
41. Cetti’s Warbler
42. Gadwall
43. Eurasian Bullfinch
44. Green-winged Teal
45. Song Thrush
46. Eurasian Wren
47. Common Pochard
48. Common Kingfisher
49. Reed Bunting
50. Eurasian Linnet
51. Snow Bunting
52. Mew Gull
53. House Sparrow
54. White Stork
55. Iceland Gull
56. Ring-necked Pheasant
57. Barnacle Goose
58. Eurasian Wigeon
59. Common Shelduck
60. Greater White-fronted Goose
61. Cattle Egret

February (6)

62. Northern Shoveler
63. Dunnock
64. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
65. Canada Goose
66. Eurasian Oystercatcher
67. Lesser Black-backed Gull

March (4)

68. Black-tailed Godwit
69. Eurasian Spoonbill
70. Common Chiffchaff
71. Northern Lapwing

April (11)

72. Garganey
73. Bluethroat
74. Pied Avocet
75. Common Snipe
76. White Wagtail
77. European Greenfinch
78. Eurasian Reed Warbler
79. Common Tern
80. Eurasian Skylark
81. Common Redshank
82. Western Yellow Wagtail

May (13)

83. Common Swift
84. Barn Swallow
85. Greater Whitethroat
86. Common Cuckoo
87. Willow Warbler
88. Bank Swallow
89. Eurasian Blackcap
90. Eurasian Reed Warbler
91. Marsh Warbler *
92. European Green Woodpecker
93. Red-crested Pochard
94. Gray Partridge
95. Common House Martin

July (1)

96. Greater Flamingo

October (2)

97. Water Rail *
98. Whinchat

November (2)

99. Dusky Warbler *
100. Gray Wagtail