Birding: Texas

Here is my life list for birds in Texas, comprising a subset of my worldwide list and my North-American list. Dates and locations of first sightings anywhere in the world are included where known.

Life count as of November, 2017: 126
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Ducks, Geese and Waterfowl - Eendachtigen - Anatidae (Anseriformes)
Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
NL: Grote Canadese Gans
June 5, 2004 in Ghent, Belgium
Wood Duck
Aix sponsa
NL: Carolina-eend
May 20, 2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
Gadwall
Anas strepera
NL: Krakeend
March 9, 2013 at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI
Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos
NL: Wilde Eend
Long ago in the Netherlands
Mottled Duck
Anas fulvigula
NL: Gevlekte Eend
April 7, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Blue-winged Teal
Anas discors
NL: Blauwvleugeltaling
April 5, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Cinnamon Teal
Anas cyanoptera
NL: Kaneeltaling
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata
NL: Slobeend
March 30, 2013 at Landfill/Wheeler SC in Ann Arbor, MI
Northern Pintail
Anas acuta
NL: Pijlstaart
March 30, 2013 at Trinkle Marsh in Washtenaw County, MI
Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca
NL: Wintertaling
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Sometimes split into two species: Green-winged and Eurasian Teal; I've seen both
Redhead
Aythya americana
NL: Amerikaanse Tafeleend
February 13, 2013 at Little Lake in Ann Arbor, MI
Ring-necked Duck
Aythya collaris
NL: Ringsnaveleend
March 8, 2013 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Bufflehead
Bucephala albeola
NL: Buffelkopeend
March 6, 2011 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Common Merganser
Mergus merganser
NL: Grote Zaagbek
February 18, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Also known as goosander
Ruddy Duck
Oxyura jamaicensis
NL: Rosse Stekelstaart
April 7, 2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
 
Grebes - Futen - Podicipedidae (Podicipediformes)
Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps
NL: Dikbekfuut
April 3, 2012 at Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, MI
Eared Grebe
Podiceps nigricollis
NL: Geoorde Fuut
March 27, 2012 in Interlaken, Switzerland
Also known as black-necked grebe
 
Cormorants and Shags - Aalscholvers - Phalacrocoracidae (Suliformes)
Neotropic Cormorant
Phalacrocorax brasilianus
NL: Bigua-aalscholver
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
Double-Crested Cormorant
Phalacrocorax auritus
NL: Geoorde Aalscholver
April 28, 2012 in "Ding" Darling NP on Sanibel Island, FL
 
Pelicans - Pelikanen - Pelecanidae (Pelecaniformes)
American White Pelican
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
NL: Witte Pelikaan
April 28, 2013 at Bird Island Basin on North Padre Island, TX
Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis
NL: Bruine Pelikaan
January 24, 2010 near Malibu, CA
 
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns - Reigers - Ardeidae (Pelecaniformes)
Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias
NL: Amerikaanse Blauwe Reiger
March 11, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Great Egret
Ardea alba
NL: Grote Zilverreiger
September 24, 2011 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
Snowy Egret
Egretta thula
NL: Amerikaanse Kleine Zilverreiger
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
NL: Kleine Blauwe Reiger
April 28, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Tricolored Heron
Egretta tricolor
NL: Witbuikreiger
April 28, 2012 in "Ding" Darling NP on Sanibel Island, FL
Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis
NL: Koereiger
April 5, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Green Heron
Butorides virescens
NL: Groene Reiger
April 29, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
 
New World Vultures - Gieren van de Nieuwe Wereld - Cathartidae (Accipitriformes)
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
NL: Zwarte Gier
November 13, 2010 at Hamilton Pool, TX
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura
NL: Roodkopgier
April 7, 2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
 
Hawks, Eagles and Kites - Havikachtigen - Accipitridae (Accipitriformes)
Northern Harrier
Circus hudsonius
NL: Amerikaanse Blauwe Kiekendief
March 30, 2013 at Four Mile Lake in Chelsea SGA, MI
Red-tailed Hawk
Buteo jamaicensis
NL: Roodstaartbuizerd
April 7, 2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
 
Rails, Gallinules and Coots - Rallen, Koeten en Waterhoentjes - Rallidae (Gruiformes)
American Coot
Fulica americana
NL: Amerikaanse Meerkoet
April 10, 2011 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
 
Stilts and Avocets - Kluten - Recurvirostridae (Charadriiformes)
Black-necked Stilt
Himantopus mexicanus
NL: Amerikaanse Steltkluut
April 5, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Sometimes split into two species: Black-necked and White-backed Stilt; I've seen both
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
NL: Amerikaanse Kluut
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
 
Plovers and Lapwings - Kieviten en Plevieren - Charadriidae (Charadriiformes)
Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola
NL: Zilverplevier
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Also known as gray plover
Piping Plover
Charadrius melodus
NL: Dwergplevier
April 27, 2013 at Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island, TX
Killdeer
Charadrius vociferus
NL: Killdeerplevier
April 20, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Sandpipers and Allies - Strandlopers en Snippen - Scolopacidae (Charadriiformes)
Ruddy Turnstone
Arenaria interpres
NL: Steenloper
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Sanderling
Calidris alba
NL: Drieteenstrandloper
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Baird's Sandpiper
Calidris bairdii
NL: Bairds Strandloper
March 18, 2014 at White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX
Least Sandpiper
Calidris minutilla
NL: Kleinste Strandloper
August 10, 2013 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
Pectoral Sandpiper
Calidris melanotos
NL: Gestreepte Strandloper
April 27, 2013 at the Duck Pond in Padre Island NS, TX
Wilson's Snipe
Gallinago delicata
NL: Amerikaanse Watersnip
September 13, 2013 at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Wilson's Phalarope
Phalaropus tricolor
NL: Grote Franjepoot
April 27, 2013 at the Duck Pond in Padre Island NS, TX
Spotted Sandpiper
Actitis macularius
NL: Amerikaanse Oeverloper
April 24, 2013 at Pease District Park in Austin, TX
Solitary Sandpiper
Tringa solitaria
NL: Amerikaanse Bosruiter
April 24, 2013 at Pease District Park in Austin, TX
Greater Yellowlegs
Tringa melanoleuca
NL: Grote Geelpootruiter
April 5, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Willet
Tringa semipalmata
NL: Willet
April 27, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
 
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers - Meeuwen en Sternen - Laridae (Charadriiformes)
Bonaparte's Gull
Chroicocephalus philadelphia
NL: Kleine Kokmeeuw
April 23, 2013 at Magee Marsh, OH
Laughing Gull
Leucophaeus atricilla
NL: Lachmeeuw
April 28, 2012 on Sanibel Island, FL
Ring-billed Gull
Larus delawarensis
NL: Ringsnavelmeeuw
January 28, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Herring Gull
Larus argentatus
NL: Zilvermeeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Sometimes split into two species: American and European Herring Gull; I've seen both
Least Tern
Sternula antillarum
NL: Amerikaanse Dwergstern
April 27, 2013 at Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island, TX
Gull-billed Tern
Gelochelidon nilotica
NL: Lachstern
April 27, 2013 at Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island, TX
Forster's Tern
Sterna forsteri
NL: Forsters Stern
April 19, 2012 in St. Clair, MI
Royal Tern
Thalasseus maximus
NL: Koningsstern
April 27, 2013 at Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island, TX
Sandwich Tern
Thalasseus sandvicensis
NL: Grote Stern
April 27, 2013 at Malaquite Beach on North Padre Island, TX
 
Pigeons and Doves - Duiven - Columbidae (Columbiformes)
Rock Pigeon
Columba livia
NL: Rotsduif
Long ago in the Netherlands
White-winged Dove
Zenaida asiatica
NL: Witvleugeltreurduif
April 24, 2013 at Pease District Park in Austin, TX
Mourning Dove
Zenaida macroura
NL: Treurduif
February 12, 2011 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Hummingbirds - Kolibries - Trochilidae (Apodiformes)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Archilochus colubris
NL: Robijnkeelkolibrie
August 2011 in Lansing, NY
 
Kingfishers - IJsvogels - Alcedinidae (Coraciiformes)
Belted Kingfisher
Megaceryle alcyon
NL: Bandijsvogel
April 14, 2013 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Woodpeckers - Spechten - Picidae (Piciformes)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus
NL: Roodbuikspecht
February 12, 2011 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI
Downy Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens
NL: Donsspecht
February 12, 2011 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI
Northern Flicker
Colaptes auratus
NL: Gouden Grondspecht
May 20, 2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
 
Falcons and Caracaras - Valkachtigen - Falconidae (Falconiformes)
Crested Caracara
Caracara cheriway
NL: Noordelijke Kuifcaracara
October 9, 2013 at Hornsby Bend near Austin, TX
American Kestrel
Falco sparverius
NL: Amerikaanse Torenvalk
March 17, 2014 at White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX
 
Parrots - Papegaaien - Psittacidae (Psittaciformes)
Monk Parakeet
Myiopsitta monachus
NL: Monniksparkiet
March 17, 2014 at White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX
 
Tyrant Flycatchers - Tirannen - Tyrannidae (Passeriformes)
Eastern Wood Pewee
Contopus virens
NL: Oostelijke Bospiewie
April 28, 2013 at Packery Channel Park on North Padre Island, TX
Eastern Phoebe
Sayornis phoebe
NL: Phoebe
April 19, 2013 in Willseyville, NY
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Tyrannus forficatus
NL: Zwaluwstaartkoningstiran
October 9, 2013 at Hornsby Bend near Austin, TX
 
Shrikes - Klauwieren - Laniidae (Passeriformes)
Loggerhead Shrike
Lanius ludovicianus
NL: Amerikaanse Klapekster
October 9, 2013 at Hornsby Bend near Austin, TX
 
Vireos - Vireo's - Vireonidae (Passeriformes)
White-eyed Vireo
Vireo griseus
NL: Witoogvireo
April 7, 2013 at La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Warbling Vireo
Vireo gilvus
NL: Orpheusvireo
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
Red-eyed Vireo
Vireo olivaceus
NL: Roodoogvireo
April 28, 2013 at Bird Island Basin on North Padre Island, TX
 
Crows, Jays and Magpies - Kraaiachtigen - Corvidae (Passeriformes)
Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata
NL: Blauwe Gaai
Winter 2011 in Ann Arbor, MI
American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos
NL: Amerikaanse Kraai
April 23, 2011 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Swallows - Zwaluwen - Hirundinidae (Passeriformes)
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
NL: Boerenzwaluw
April 24, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Cliff Swallow
Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
NL: Amerikaanse Klifzwaluw
May 7, 2011 in Iowa City, IA
 
Chickadees and Tits - Mezen - Paridae (Passeriformes)
Carolina Chickadee
Poecile carolinensis
NL: Carolinamees
April 5, 2013 at Lake Wauberg in Paynes Prairie Preserve SP, FL
Tufted Titmouse
Baeolophus bicolor
NL: Tweekleurige Mees
Winter 2011 in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Wrens - Winterkoningen - Troglodytidae (Passeriformes)
House Wren
Troglodytes aedon
NL: Huiswinterkoning
May 2, 2013 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI
Carolina Wren
Thryothorus ludovicianus
NL: Carolinawinterkoning
April 3, 2013 at McCarty Woods, Gainesville, FL
Bewick's Wren
Thryomanes bewickii
NL: Bewicks Winterkoning
March 17, 2014 at Pioneer Park Cemetery, Dallas, TX
 
Kinglets - Goudhaantjes - Regulidae (Passeriformes)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Regulus calendula
NL: Roodkroonhaan
April 19, 2013 in Willseyville, NY
 
Thrushes and Allies - Lijsters - Turdidae (Passeriformes)
Eastern Bluebird
Sialia sialis
NL: Roodkeelsialia
January 30, 2011 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
 
Mockingbirds and Thrashers - Spotlijsters - Mimidae (Passeriformes)
Gray Catbird
Dumetella carolinensis
NL: Katvogel
May 9, 2012 near Furstenburg Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Northern Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos
NL: Spotlijster
June 15, 2012 in Nashville, TN
 
Starlings - Spreeuwen - Sturnidae (Passeriformes)
European Starling
Sturnus vulgaris
NL: Spreeuw
Long ago in the Netherlands
Also known as common starling
 
Wagtails and Pipits - Kwikstaarten en Piepers - Motacillidae (Passeriformes)
American Pipit
Anthus rubescens
NL: Pacifische Waterpieper
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Also known as buff-bellied pipit
 
Waxwings - Pestvogels - Bombycillidae (Passeriformes)
Cedar Waxwing
Bombycilla cedrorum
NL: Cederpestvogel
April 4, 2013 at Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, FL
 
New World Warblers - Amerikaanse Zangers - Parulidae (Passeriformes)
Ovenbird
Seiurus aurocapilla
NL: Ovenvogel
April 27, 2013 at park headquarters in Padre Island NS, TX
Northern Waterthrush
Parkesia noveboracensis
NL: Noordse Waterlijster
April 28, 2013 at Bird Island Basin on North Padre Island, TX
Tennessee Warbler
Oreothlypis peregrina
NL: Tennesseezanger
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
Common Yellowthroat
Geothlypis trichas
NL: Gewone Maskerzanger
First heard May 12, 2013 at Hudson Mills Metropark, MI; first seen June 21, 2013 at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Hooded Warbler
Setophaga citrina
NL: Monnikszanger
April 23, 2013 at Magee Marsh, OH
Magnolia Warbler
Setophaga magnolia
NL: Magnoliazanger
April 27, 2013 at park headquarters in Padre Island NS, TX
Bay-breasted Warbler
Setophaga castanea
NL: Kastanjezanger
April 27, 2013 at park headquarters in Padre Island NS, TX
Yellow Warbler
Setophaga petechia
NL: Gele Zanger
May 13, 2012 at Dolph Nature Area in Ann Arbor, MI
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Setophaga coronata
NL: Geelstuitzanger
April 7, 2012 at Pinckney State Recreation Area, MI
 
Buntings and New World Sparrows - Gorzen - Emberizidae (Passeriformes)
Field Sparrow
Spizella pusilla
NL: Veldgors
April 20, 2013 in Willseyville, NY
Fox Sparrow
Passerella iliaca
NL: Roodstaartgors
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Dark-eyed Junco
Junco hyemalis
NL: Grijze Junco
Winter 2011 in Ann Arbor, MI
Harris's Sparrow
Zonotrichia querula
NL: Zwartkruingors
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
White-throated Sparrow
Zonotrichia albicollis
NL: Witkeelgors
February 12, 2011 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI
Savannah Sparrow
Passerculus sandwichensis
NL: Savannahgors
June 1, 2013 at Landfill/Wheeler SC in Ann Arbor, MI
Song Sparrow
Melospiza melodia
NL: Zanggors
April 13, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Cardinals and Allies - Kardinaalachtigen - Cardinalidae (Passeriformes)
Summer Tanager
Piranga rubra
NL: Zomertangare
April 28, 2013 at Packery Channel Park on North Padre Island, TX
Scarlet Tanager
Piranga olivacea
NL: Zwartvleugeltangare
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
Northern Cardinal
Cardinalis cardinalis
NL: Rode Kardinaal
February 12, 2011 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Pheucticus ludovicianus
NL: Roodborstkardinaal
May 9, 2012 near Furstenburg Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Blue Grosbeak
Passerina caerulea
NL: Blauwe Bisschop
April 28, 2013 at Packery Channel Park on North Padre Island, TX
Indigo Bunting
Passerina cyanea
NL: Indigogors
April 27, 2013 at park headquarters in Padre Island NS, TX
Painted Bunting
Passerina ciris
NL: Purpergors
April 24, 2013 at Pease District Park in Austin, TX
Dickcissel
Spiza americana
NL: Dickcissel
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
 
Troupials and Allies - Troepialen - Icteridae (Passeriformes)
Red-winged Blackbird
Agelaius phoeniceus
NL: Epauletspreeuw
April 10, 2011 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
NL: Geelkoptroepiaal
April 28, 2013 at park headquarters in Padre Island NS, TX
Rusty Blackbird
Euphagus carolinus
NL: Zwarte Troepiaal
March 18, 2014 at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington, TX
Great-tailed Grackle
Quiscalus mexicanus
NL: Langstaarttroepiaal
April 24, 2013 at Pease District Park in Austin, TX
Brown-headed Cowbird
Molothrus ater
NL: Bruinkopkoevogel
April 3, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
Orchard Oriole
Icterus spurius
NL: Tuintroepiaal
April 28, 2013 at Turnbill Birding Center in Port Aransas, TX
Baltimore Oriole
Icterus galbula
NL: Baltimoretroepiaal
May 3, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
 
Siskins, Crossbills and Allies - Vinkachtigen - Fringillidae (Passeriformes)
House Finch
Haemorhous mexicanus
NL: Mexicaanse Roodmus
April 6, 2012 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor, MI
American Goldfinch
Spinus tristis
NL: Goudsijs
September 24, 2012 at Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, MI
 
Old World Sparrows - Mussen - Passeridae (Passeriformes)
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus
NL: Huismus
Long ago in the Netherlands

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