Don’t even ask me why I’m doing a birding year list. I have never kept a bird list before. Oh, sure, I checked the birds I’ve seen in the back of a field guide but haven’t kept it updated. I guess the time has come for me to see how many species I actually count in a year.

I did a bit of research on electronic devices to find the easiest way to keep track of birds I spot without spending a lot of time actually compiling the list. I discovered that there are a few good choices that have been reviewed by Grant McCreary on his blog “The Birder’s Library.” I decided to try the BirdLog Worldwide, an iPhone app which is on sale now for $9.99.

I will begin by listing the species in order seen, with location, beginning on January 1st at my home in Oak Run, California. Species I have posted on have a link to that post. For any species that does not have a link to a post, I will try to place an image here.

  1. Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, Oak Run, CA – January 1st
  2. House Finch, Carpodacus mexicanus, Oak Run, CA
  3. Purple Finch, Carpodcus purpureus, Oak Run, CA
  4. Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis oreganus, Oak Run, CA

Dark-eyed Junco

5. Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis, Oak Run, CA
6. White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta calorlinensis, Oak Run, CA
7. Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna, Oak Run, CA
8. American Robin, Turdus migratorius, Oak Run, CA
9. California Quail, Callipepla californica, Oak Run, CA
10. Pine Siskin, Carduelis pinus, Oak Run, CA
11. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus, Oak Run, CA
12. Golden-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla, Oak Run, CA
13. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula, Oak Run, CA
14. Northern Flicker (Red Shafted), Colaptes auratus, Oak Run, CA
15. Western Scrub-Jay, Aphelocoma californica, Oak Run, CA
16. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, Oak Run, CA
Mourning Dove

17. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, Oak Run, CA
18. Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus, Oak Run, CA
19. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis, Oak Run, CA
20. Common Merganser, Mergus merganser, Oak Run, CA
21. Bufflehead,Bucephala albeola, Oak Run, CA
22. Eurasian Wigeon, Anas penelope, Oak Run, CA
23. Lewis’s Woodpecker, Melanerpes lewis, Oak Run, CA
24. Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, Oak Run, CA
25. Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, Oak Run, CA
26. Common Raven, Corvus corax, Oak Run, CA
27. Rock Pigeon, Columba livia, Oak Run
Rock Pigeon

28. American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, Oak Run, CA- January 2nd
29. Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta, Oak Run, CA- January 3rd
30. Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis, Oak Run, CA
31. Wood Duck, Aix sponsa, Oak Run, CA
32. Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula, Oak Run, CA
33. Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, Oak Run, CA
34. American Wigeon, Anas americana, Redding, CA- January 4th
35. Greater White-fronted Goose, Anser albifrons, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
36. Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
Ruddy Duck37. Redhead, Aythya americana, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
Redhead38. Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
39. Barrow’s Goldeneye,Bucephala islandica, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
40. Pied-billed Grebe,Podilymbus podiceps, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
41. Ring-billed Gull,Larus delawarensis, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
42. California Gull, Larus californicus, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
43. Herring Gull, Larus argentatus, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
44. Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
45. American Coot, Fulica americana, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
46. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
47. Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, Kutras Lake, Redding
48. Ring-necked Duck, Aythya collaris, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
49. White-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys, Kutras Lake, Redding, CA
50. Gadwall, Anas strepera, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA

Gadwall Pair
51. Great Egret, Ardea alba, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
52. Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
53. Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
54. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus, Oak Run, CA
55. Eurasian Collared-Dove, Streptopelia decaocto, Oak Run, CA- January 5th
56. American Kestrel, Falco sparverius, Palo Cedro, CA
57. Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus, Palo Cedro, CA
58. Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, Palo Cedro, CA
59. Yellow-billed Magpie, Pica nuttalli, Palo Cedro, CA
60. Lesser Goldfinch, Spinus psaltria, Palo Cedro, CA
61. House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, Palo Cedro, CA
62. Hermit Thrush, Catharus guttatus, Oak Run, CA
63. Red-breasted Sapsucker, Shyrapicus ruber, Oak Run, CA
64. California Towhee, Melozone crissalis, Oak Run, CA

California Towhee
65. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA- January 7th
66. Common Gallinule, Gallinula galeata, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
67. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s), Setphaga coronata, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
68. Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
69. Black Phoebe, Sayornis saya, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
70. Northern Mockingbird, Mimus gundlachii, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA
71. Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA- January 11th
72. Cooper’s Hawk, Accipiter cooperii, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
73. Bewick’s Wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
74. Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
75. Snowy Egret, Egretta garzetta, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
76. Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularius, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
Spotted Sandppiper


77. Western Bluebird, Sialia mexicana, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
78. Wilson’s Snipe, Gallinago delocata, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA- January 12th
79. Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
80. European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
81. Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
82. Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
83. Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
84. Hutton’s Vireo, Vireo huttoni, Turtle Bay, Redding, CA
85. Evening Grosbeak, Coccothraustes vespertinus, Oak Run- January 13th
86. American Pipit, Anthus rubescens, Anderson River Park, CA- January 14th
87. Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla, Anderson River Park, CA
88. Dunlin, Calidris alpina, Anderson River Park, CA

Western Sandpiper

89. Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia, Lema Ranch, Redding, CA- January 17th
90. Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus, SNWR, Willows, CA- January 19th
91. Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
92. Northern Pintail, Anas acuta, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, CA
93. Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris, SNWR, Willows, CA
94. Ring-necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, SNWR, Willows, CA
95. Ross’s Goose, Chen rossii, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows
96. Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, CA
97. White-faced Ibis, Plegadis chihi, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
98. Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis, SNWR, Willows, CA
99. Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
100. Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
101. Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, CA
102. Cinnamon Teal, Anas cyanoptera, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
103. American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana, SNWR, Willows, CA
104. Black-necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus, SNWR, Willows, CA
105. American White Pelican, Pelicanus erythrorhynchos, SNWR, Willows, CA
106. Long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus, SNWR, Willows, CA
107. Loggerhead Shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, SNWR, Willows, CA
108. Tundra Swan, Cygnuis columbianus, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
109. Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, CA

Eared Grebe at Fall River Mills
110. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis, Hwy 162 Ag fields West of Willows, CA
111. Long-billed Curlew, Numenius americanus, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, CA- January 25th
112. Barn Owl, Tyto alba, Wildhorse Golf Club, Davis, CA
113. Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia, Wildhorse Golf Club, Davis, CA
114. White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus, Wildhorse Golf Club, Davis, CA
115. Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, Oak Run, CA- January 28th
116. Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, Sacramento Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge – February 16th
117. Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

Brown-headed Cowbird
118. Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge – February 24th
119. Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge
120. Black-billed Magpie, Pica hudsonia, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black-billed Magpie

121. Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris, Millville Plains, Millville, CA – March 10th
122. Prairie Falcon, Falco mexicanus, Millville Plains, Millville, CA
123. Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, Anderson River Park, Anderson, CA- March 12th
124. Lark Sparrow, Chondestes grammacus, Clover Creek Preserve, Redding, CA
125. Great-tailed Grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus, Clover Creek Preserve, Redding, CA
126. Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca, Clover Creek Preserve, Redding, CA
127. Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, CA- March 22nd
128. House Wren, Troglodytes aedon, Sutter National Wildlife Refuge, CA
129. Willet, Tringa semipalmata, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA- March 23rd
130. Bonaparte’s Gull, Chroicocephalus philadelphia, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR, CA
131. Sanderling, Calidris alba, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
132. Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR, CA

Black-bellied Plover
133. Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, CA
134. Rufous Hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus, Oak Run, CA-March 31st
135. Calliope Hummingbird, Stellula calliope, Oak Run, CA- April 7th
136. Orange-crowned Warbler, Oreothlypis celata, Oak Run,CA- April 14th
137. Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis, Palo Cedro, CA- April 15th
138. Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis, Eureka, CA- April 18th
139. Western Gull, Larus occidentalis, Eureka, CA

Western Gull
140. Brant, Branta bernicla, Eureka, CA
141. Common Loon, Gavia immer, Eureka, CA

Common Loon
142. Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Eureka, CA
143. Caspian Tern, Hydroprogne caspia, Eureka, CA
144. Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, Eureka, CA
145. Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata, Eureka, CA

Surf Scoter
146. Clark’s Grebe, Aechmophorus clarkii, Eureka, CA
147. Violet-green Swallow, Tachycineta thalassina, Bear River Ridge, Rio Dell, CA
148. Purple Martin, Progne subis, Bear River Ridge, Rio Dell, CA
149. Hermit Warbler, Setophaga occidentalis, Bear River Ridge, Rio Dell, CA
150. Steller’s Jay, Cyanocitta stelleri, Bear River Ridge, Rio Dell, CA
151. American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis, Bear River Ridge, Rio Dell, CA
152. Merlin,Falco columbarius, Woodley Island, Eureka, CA- April 19th
153. Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Poecile rufescens, Woodley Island, Eureka, CA
154. Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus, North Spit Cypress Patch, Humboldt, CA
155. Black Oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmani, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
156. Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA

Pelagic Cormorant

157. Surfbird, Aphriza virgata, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
158. Glaucous-winged Gull, Larus glaucescens, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
159. Pacific Loon, Gavia pacifica, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
160. Common Murre, Uria aalge, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
161. Rhinoceros Auklet, Cerorhinca monocerata, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
162. Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
163. White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca, Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA

White-winged Scoter

164. Brant, Branta bernicla, Humbolt Bay North Jetty, Eureka, CA
165. Northern Spotted Owl, Strix occidentalis caurina, Blue Lake, CA
166. Wrentit, Chamaea fasciata, Blue Lake, CA
167. Allen’s Hummingbird, Selasphorus sasin, Blue Lake, CA

Allen's Hummingbird

168. Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus, Arcata Marsh, Eureka, CA
169. Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus, Blue Lake, CA- April 20th
170. White-throated Swift, Aeronautes saxatalis, Blue Lake, CA
171. Red Crossbill, Loxia curvirostra, Elk Head, Humboldt, CA

Red Crossbill

172. Pacific Wren, Troglodytes pacificus, Elk Head, Humboldt, CA
173. Wilson’s Warbler, Cardellina pusilla, Elk Head, Humboldt, CA
174. Marbled Murrelet, Brachyramphus marmoratus, Elk Head, Humboldt, CA
175. Semipalmated Plover, Charadrius semipalmatus, South Spit, Humboldt Bay, CA- April 21st

Semipalmated Plover

176. Snowy Plover, Charadrius nivosus, Clam Beach, McKinleyville, CA
177. Western Kingbird, Tyrannus verticalis, Oak Run, CA
178. Hooded Oriole, Icterus cucullatus, Palo Cedro Park, Palo Cedro, CA- April 26th
179. Ash-throated Flycatcher, Myiarchus cinerascens, Oak Run, CA- April 28th
180. Bullock’s Oriole, Icterus bullockii, Mary Lake, Redding, CA- April 29th
181. Green Heron, Butorides virescens, Mary Lake, Redding, CA
182. Lark Sparrow, Chondestes grammacus, Palo Cedro Community Park, Palo Cedro, CA- May 3rd
183. Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, Oak Run, CA- May 4th
184. Olive-sided Flycatcher, Contopus cooperi, Oak Run, CA- May 18th
185. California Thrasher, Toxostoma redivivum, Anderson, CA- May 24th
186. Tri-colored Blackbird, Agelaius tricolor, Anderson, CA
187. Western Wood-Peewee, Contopus sordidulus, Whiskeytown NRA, Redding, CA- June 11th
188. Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax trailli, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Redding, CA
189. Lawrence’s Goldfinch, Carduelis lawrencei, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Redding, CA
190. Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Redding, CA
190. Inigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Redding,CA
191. Bank Swallow, Riparia riparia, McArthur, CA- June 8th
192. Mountain Chickadee, Poecile gambeli, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP, Burney, CA- June 14th

Mountain Chickadee193. Black Swift, Cypseloides niger, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Burney, CA
194. Western Tanager, Piranga ludoviciana, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Burney, CA
195. White-headed Woodpecker, Picoides albolarvatus, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA- June 30
196. American Dipper (Water Ouzel), Cinclus mexicanus, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
197. Black-backed Woodpecker, Picoides arcticus, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA- July 27
198. Brown Creeper, Certhia americana, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
199. Cassin’s Finch, Carpodacus cassinii, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
200. Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
201. Clark’s Nutcracker, Nucifraga columbiana, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
202. Gray Jay, Perisoreus canadensis, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
203. Mountain Bluebird, Sialia currucoides, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
204. Warbling Vireo, Vireo gilvus, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
205. Williamson’s Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus thyroideus, Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
206. Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus, Redding, CA- September 11

Eastern Kingbird
207. Greater Roadrunner, Geococcyx californianus, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, September 22

Greater Roadrunner

208. Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, CA
209. Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, CA
210. Lincoln’s Sparrow, Melospiza lincolnii, Redding Wastewater Treatment Plant, Redding, CA- October 11
211. Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris maritima, Lone Tree Pond, Anderson, CA- October 13
212. Band-tailed Pigeon, Patagioenas fasciata, Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico, CA- October 19
213. Northern Pygmy Owl, glaucidium gnoma,Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico, CA
214. American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, CA- November 30

American Bittern

215. Varied Thrush, Ixoreus naevius, Redding Christmas Bird Count, Redding, CA- December 27

Written by Larry
Larry Jordan was introduced to birding after moving to northern California where he was overwhelmed by the local wildlife, forcing him to buy his first field guide just to be able to identify all the species visiting his yard. Building birdhouses and putting up feeders brought the avian fauna even closer and he was hooked. Larry wanted to share his passion for birds and conservation and hatched The Birder's Report in September of 2007. His recent focus is on bringing the Western Burrowing Owl back to life in California where he also monitors several bluebird trails. He is a BirdLife Species Champion and contributes to several other conservation efforts, being the webmaster for Wintu Audubon Society and the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Urban Bird Foundation. He is now co-founder of a movement to create a new revenue stream for our National Wildlife Refuges with a Wildlife Conservation Pass.