30 january 2012 — california trip update

Four partial days left, with limited time and range, the chances for sighting new species dims.

Possible but outside chances are of out of place, locally uncommon, or personal nemisis birds for San Diego this time of year:

Lawrence’s Goldfinch

Thick-billed Kingbird – *

Yellow-crowned Night Heron – *

Least Bittern

Clapper Rail

Costa’s Hummingbird

California Gnatcatcher

Wandering Tattler

(* birds were not on the original pre-planning hit list)

and maybe something that just shows up.

Anyway below is a list of the 179 species i’ve noted since crossing the border.  Those marked with a number 1 are new “lifers”.  Those marked with a number 2 are birds that are not lifers but have not been seen since i ended my 25 year birding hiatus.

27 lifers and 6 that are not new, but haven’t been seen in a LONG time.

San Diego County list stands at 165.  Original target was 150 – probably a sandbag number or just unambitious.

Species Name
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose 2
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Falcated Duck 1
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Gambel’s Quail 1
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Black-vented Shearwater 1
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 1
Reddish Egret 1
Cattle Egret 2
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Red Knot 1
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Bonaparte’s Gull
Heermann’s Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Royal Tern 1
Black Skimmer 1
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove 1
dove sp.
Greater Roadrunner 1
Burrowing Owl
White-throated Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker
Gray Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird 1
Loggerhead Shrike
Hutton’s Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Oak Titmouse  1
Verdin 1
Cactus Wren 1
Rock Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird 2
Sage Thrasher
California Thrasher 1
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla 1
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
California Towhee 1
Abert’s Towhee 1
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Sage Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird 1
Western Meadowlark
Brewer’s Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle 1
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow