To join Greg on one of these tours visit BigYearTours.com or call 888-875-9453

In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA, while trying to hold down a full-time job, aspiring to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. "The Big Year," a novel by Mark Obmascik detailed his travails alongside two competitors. The book was later turned into a movie of the same title that starred Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson!

Where The Wood Warblers Are – 2018

Where The Wood Warblers Are – 2018

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler – digital art by Greg Miller

Do you want to know where your favorite warblers are right now? Check out these links to eBird for up-to-date maps of the most recent sightings of 55 species of wood warblers for 2018!

Wood Warbler Species (click on species name to view a map):

Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Swainson’s Warbler
Crescent-chested Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Colima Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Virginia’s Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Kirtland’s Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Tropical Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Grace’s Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Fan-tailed Warbler
Rufous-capped Warbler
Golden-crowned Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Red-faced Warbler
Painted Redstart
Slate-throated Redstart

DIY Big Year: Breaking It Down By Strategy By Trip By Priority

DIY Big Year: Breaking It Down By Strategy By Trip By Priority

Below sea level at the Salton Sea in Southern California.
Below sea level at the Salton Sea in Southern California. – photo by Greg Miller

In the first section I discussed with you several strategies for doing a working person’s Big Year using 4 weeks (or 20 days) of vacation. The four strategies are:

  1. Four one-week trips for 400+ species without Alaska & Hawaii
  2. Four one-week trips for 400+ species with Alaska & Hawaii
  3. 10 Long Weekends without Alaska & Hawaii
  4. 10 Long Weekends with Alaska & Hawaiii

Previously I gave you the overview of each strategy and a master list of all the species by trip. And each of those was broken down into priority buckets. The priorities went generally like this:

  1. These birds can only be reasonably expected on this trip. Thou shalt not miss priority 1 birds!
  2. This trip represents your best opportunity to see these birds. You will have a chance again on one more other trips. But since this is your best shot get it now.
  3. Other trips in this strategy will give you better chances of seeing these birds. Take them when you can get them. But don’t waste extra time here on this trip.
  4. These are bonus birds. None of these are targets. These birds are possible but far less likely on your trip. But, if you were to look for them, this would be your best opportunity on this plan/strategy.

This section will be a little more aggressive for me to complete by the end of the year. Here’s what I hope to accomplish. I want to go trip-by-trip within each Big Year strategy and list all the priority 1’s and 2’s with my own personal notes to help you find these species.

I hope to have an eBook with all of these posts put together into one place. I am hoping that the eBook format will be an easy way to print off any lists you want and any other pertinent information. And I am hoping that I will be able to offer this for free from the Wildside Nature Tours website.

DIY Big Year: 10 Long Weekends Species Master List (with Alaska & Hawaii)

DIY Big Year: 10 Long Weekends Species Master List (with Alaska & Hawaii)

Laysan Albatross off Monterey, CA
Laysan Albatross off Monterey, CA – photo by Greg Miler

Here is a big list of all 553 “possible” species listed in eBird format. By possible I mean any species that has been submitted to eBird, an online database of checklists, between 2006 and 2016 as of mid September 2016. I have further filtered the data so that what is listed are all at least moderately possible. But not all species are likely. Some are far less common than others. All target species have an eBird Frequency of Checklists that is greater than or equal to 7% on at least one of the trips. Here is list of priorities I am going to use for the master list:

1 – Species is a year target. This is not only the best location to find this species. It is the only location where one can expect to see this bird on this tour schedule.

2 – Species is a year target. This is the best location to find this species. But it can also be found on other trips.

3 – Species is a year target. But some other location has a better probability of adding this bird to your year list.

4 – Bonus birds. This uncommon species is not a year target. It has an eBird Frequency of Checklists greater than or equal to 2% but is less than the 7% target threshold. This is the best location on this year’s trip schedule to see this species.

Long weekends should fit as closely to the following time ranges as possible.

  • Trip 1 – April 22-30 Galveston County, TX
  • Trip 2 – May 1-7 Hidalgo County, TX
  • Trip 3 – June 1-7 Cochise County, AZ
  • Trip 4 – June 8-14 Flathead County, MT
  • Trip 5 – July 15-21 Albany County, WY
  • Trip 6 – August 8-14 Barnstable County, MA
  • Trip 7 – September 1-7 Kauai County, HI
  • Trip 8 – September 8-14 Monterey County, CA
  • Trip 9 – December 1-7 Clallam County, WA
  • Trip 10 – December 15-21 Cameron County, LA

 

Species T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T10
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3 2
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 1
Greater White-fronted Goose 1
Snow Goose 1
Ross’s Goose 1
Brant 1
Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 2 3 3 3 3
Hawaiian Goose 1
Mute Swan 4
Trumpeter Swan 1
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 3 3 2
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 2 3
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 3 3 3 3 3 2 3
Mottled Duck 3 3 2
Hawaiian Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 3 3 3 2
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 3 3 3 2
Northern Pintail 3 2
Green-winged Teal 3 2
Canvasback 1
Redhead 2 3 3
Ring-necked Duck 3 2
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 3 3 2
Common Eider 1
Harlequin Duck 1
Surf Scoter 1
White-winged Scoter 1
Black Scoter 1
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 2 3
Common Goldeneye 3 2
Barrow’s Goldeneye 4
Hooded Merganser 2 3
Common Merganser 3 2
Red-breasted Merganser 2 3
Ruddy Duck 3 3 3 2
Plain Chachalaca 1
Scaled Quail 1
California Quail 3 2
Gambel’s Quail 1
Northern Bobwhite 4
Montezuma Quail 4
Black Francolin 4
Red Junglefowl 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ruffed Grouse 4
Wild Turkey 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 3 2
Least Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 3 3 3 2
Horned Grebe 1
Red-necked Grebe 1
Eared Grebe 3 2
Western Grebe 1
Clark’s Grebe 4
Black-footed Albatross 1
Northern Fulmar 4
Kermadec Petrel 4
Hawaiian Petrel 1
Bulwer’s Petrel 1
Cory’s Shearwater 1
Pink-footed Shearwater 1
Great Shearwater 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 1
Buller’s Shearwater 4
Sooty Shearwater 3 2
Christmas Shearwater 1
Manx Shearwater 1
Newell’s Shearwater 1
Black-vented Shearwater 1
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel 1
Ashy Storm-Petrel 4
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 4
White-tailed Tropicbird 1
Red-tailed Tropicbird 1
Magnificent Frigatebird 4
Great Frigatebird 1
Masked Booby 1
Brown Booby 1
Red-footed Booby 1
Northern Gannet 1
Brandt’s Cormorant 2 3
Pelagic Cormorant 3 2
Neotropic Cormorant 3 3 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3 3 3 3 3 2
Anhinga 1
American White Pelican 3 2
Brown Pelican 3 3 2
American Bittern 4
Least Bittern 4
Great Blue Heron 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Great Egret 3 3 3 3 2
Snowy Egret 3 3 3 3 2
Little Blue Heron 3 3 2
Tricolored Heron 3 3 2
Reddish Egret 1
Cattle Egret 3 3 2 3
Green Heron 3 2 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 3 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3 2
White Ibis 3 3 2
Glossy Ibis 4
White-faced Ibis 3 3 2
Roseate Spoonbill 3 3 2
Black Vulture 2 3
Turkey Vulture 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
California Condor 4
Osprey 3 2 3
White-tailed Kite 1
Golden Eagle 4
Mississippi Kite 4
Northern Harrier 3 3 3 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3 2
Bald Eagle 3 3 2 3
Harris’s Hawk 1
White-tailed Hawk 4
Gray Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Swainson’s Hawk 2 3
Zone-tailed Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Ferruginous Hawk 4
King Rail 1
Clapper Rail 3 2
Virginia Rail 1
Sora 3 2
Purple Gallinule 1
Common Gallinule 3 3 3 2
Hawaiian Coot 1
American Coot 3 3 3 3 3 2
Sandhill Crane 1
Black-necked Stilt 3 3 3 3 2
American Avocet 3 3 3 2
American Oystercatcher 3 2
Black Oystercatcher 2 3
Black-bellied Plover 3 2 3 3 3
Pacific Golden-Plover 1
Snowy Plover 4
Wilson’s Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 3 2 3 3
Piping Plover 1
Killdeer 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Whimbrel 3 2 3
Long-billed Curlew 2 3
Hudsonian Godwit 4
Marbled Godwit 3 2 3
Ruddy Turnstone 3 2 3 3
Black Turnstone 2 3
Red Knot 1
Surfbird 4
Stilt Sandpiper 2 3
Sanderling 3 2 3 3 3
Dunlin 3 3 2
Baird’s Sandpiper 4
Least Sandpiper 3 3 2 3 3
White-rumped Sandpiper 4
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 4
Pectoral Sandpiper 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 2
Western Sandpiper 3 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 3 2 3
Long-billed Dowitcher 3 2
Wilson’s Snipe 3 2
American Woodcock 1
Wilson’s Phalarope 2 3 3
Red-necked Phalarope 1
Red Phalarope 4
Spotted Sandpiper 3 3 2 3 3 3 3
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Wandering Tattler 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3 3 3 2
Willet 2 3 3 3 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 3 3 3 2
South Polar Skua 4
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 4
Common Murre 2 3
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Marbled Murrelet 1
Cassin’s Auklet 4
Rhinoceros Auklet 1
Tufted Puffin 4
Black-legged Kittiwake 4
Sabine’s Gull 4
Bonaparte’s Gull 1
Laughing Gull 3 3 2 3
Franklin’s Gull 1
Heermann’s Gull 1
Mew Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 3 3 3 3 2
Western Gull 2 3
California Gull 3 2 3
Herring Gull 3 2 3
Thayer’s Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 4
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Brown Noddy 1
Black Noddy 1
Blue-gray Noddy 1
White Tern 1
Sooty Tern 1
Gray-backed Tern 1
Least Tern 3 3 2
Gull-billed Tern 1
Caspian Tern 3 2
Black Tern 3 2
Roseate Tern 1
Common Tern 3 2
Forster’s Tern 3 3 3 2
Royal Tern 3 2
Sandwich Tern 1
Elegant Tern 1
Black Skimmer 2 3
Rock Pigeon 3 3 3 3 3 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 3 3 3 3 3 2 3
Spotted Dove 1
Zebra Dove 1
Inca Dove 3 2 3
Common Ground-Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 3 2 3 3
Mourning Dove 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Groove-billed Ani 1
Greater Roadrunner 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3 2
Black-billed Cuckoo 4
Barn Owl 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 2 3
Whiskered Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 1
Northern Pygmy-Owl 4
Elf Owl 4
Spotted Owl 4
Short-eared Owl 4
Lesser Nighthawk 4
Common Nighthawk 2 3 3
Common Pauraque 1
Common Poorwill 4
Chuck-will’s-widow 4
Mexican Whip-poor-will 4
Black Swift 4
Chimney Swift 3 2
Vaux’s Swift 1
White-throated Swift 1
Magnificent Hummingbird 1
Blue-throated Hummingbird 1
Lucifer Hummingbird 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 2 3
Black-chinned Hummingbird 3 2 3
Anna’s Hummingbird 3 2 3
Costa’s Hummingbird 4
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 3 2
Rufous Hummingbird 1
Calliope Hummingbird 1
Broad-billed Hummingbird 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
White-eared Hummingbird 4
Elegant Trogon 1
Ringed Kingfisher 4
Belted Kingfisher 3 3 3 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Acorn Woodpecker 2 3
Gila Woodpecker 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Williamson’s Sapsucker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-naped Sapsucker 2 3
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2 3
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3 3 3 3 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3 3 3 3 2
Arizona Woodpecker 1
American Three-toed Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 3 2 3 3 3 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 3 2
American Kestrel 3 2
Merlin 3 2
Peregrine Falcon 3 2
Prairie Falcon 1
Red-crowned Parrot 1
Green Parakeet 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Tufted Flycatcher 4
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Greater Pewee 1
Western Wood-Pewee 2 3 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 3
Acadian Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Hammond’s Flycatcher 1
Dusky Flycatcher 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Cordilleran Flycatcher 1
Buff-breasted Flycatcher 4
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 3 2
Say’s Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 3 2
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3 2 3
Brown-crested Flycatcher 2 3
Great Kiskadee 1
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher 1
Tropical Kingbird 1
Couch’s Kingbird 1
Cassin’s Kingbird 1
Western Kingbird 3 2
Eastern Kingbird 2 3 3 3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3 2
Loggerhead Shrike 3 2
Northern Shrike 4
White-eyed Vireo 3 2 3
Bell’s Vireo 1
Hutton’s Vireo 2 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Cassin’s Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 3 2
Plumbeous Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3 3 2 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Kauai Elepaio 4
Gray Jay 4
Green Jay 1
Steller’s Jay 3 3 3 2
Blue Jay 3 2 3
California Scrub-Jay 1
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay 4
Mexican Jay 1
Black-billed Magpie 1
Clark’s Nutcracker 1
American Crow 3 3 2 3 3
Northwestern Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Chihuahuan Raven 4
Common Raven 3 3 3 2
Horned Lark 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 2
Purple Martin 3 2
Tree Swallow 3 2 3 3 3
Violet-green Swallow 2 3
Bank Swallow 3 2 3 3
Barn Swallow 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
Cliff Swallow 3 3 2
Cave Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3 2 3
Mountain Chickadee 3 2
Mexican Chickadee 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2 3
Bridled Titmouse 1
Oak Titmouse 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Verdin 1
Bushtit 3 2 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 3 3 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2 3
Pygmy Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Rock Wren 1
Canyon Wren 1
House Wren 3 3 3 2
Pacific Wren 1
Winter Wren 4
Sedge Wren 1
Marsh Wren 3 3 2
Carolina Wren 3 2 3 3
Bewick’s Wren 2 3 3
Cactus Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Dipper 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 2 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 3 3 2
Japanese Bush-Warbler 4
Millerbird 4
Wrentit 1
Japanese White-eye 1
Chinese Hwamei 1
White-rumped Shama 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Western Bluebird 4
Mountain Bluebird 3 2
Townsend’s Solitaire 3 2
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson’s Thrush 3 3 2
Hermit Thrush 3 2
Wood Thrush 1
Clay-colored Thrush 1
American Robin 3 2 3 3 3 3
Varied Thrush 3 2
Gray Catbird 2 3 3 3 3
Curve-billed Thrasher 2 3
Brown Thrasher 3 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
California Thrasher 4
Crissal Thrasher 4
Sage Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3 2 3 3 3 3
European Starling 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Common Myna 1
American Pipit 3 2
Cedar Waxwing 3 2 3 3
Phainopepla 4
Olive Warbler 4
Chestnut-collared Longspur 1
McCown’s Longspur 1
Ovenbird 2 3
Worm-eating Warbler 4
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Northern Waterthrush 3 2
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2 3
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 2 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 3 3 2
Lucy’s Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Virginia’s Warbler 4
MacGillivray’s Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 4
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3 3 3 3 3 2
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 3 3 2
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 2 3
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2 3
Yellow Warbler 3 3 3 2 3 3 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 3 3 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 4
Prairie Warbler 4
Grace’s Warbler 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1
Townsend’s Warbler 2 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 3
Canada Warbler 4
Wilson’s Warbler 3 2 3
Red-faced Warbler 1
Painted Redstart 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 3 2 3
Red-crested Cardinal 1
Botteri’s Sparrow 4
Le Conte’s Sparrow 1
Nelson’s Sparrow 1
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1
Seaside Sparrow 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 2 3 3 3
Clay-colored Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 1
Brewer’s Sparrow 1
Black-throated Sparrow 1
Lark Sparrow 1
Lark Bunting 1
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3 3 3 2
Yellow-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3 3 3 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Harris’s Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 1
Vesper Sparrow 2 3
Savannah Sparrow 3 3 3 2
Song Sparrow 3 3 3 3 2 3
Lincoln’s Sparrow 3 3 3 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Canyon Towhee 1
Abert’s Towhee 4
California Towhee 1
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 3 3 2
Eastern Towhee 2 3
Hepatic Tanager 1
Summer Tanager 2 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Western Tanager 3 2 3
Northern Cardinal 3 2 3 3 3 3
Pyrrhuloxia 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 3
Black-headed Grosbeak 2 3
Blue Grosbeak 3 2
Lazuli Bunting 4
Indigo Bunting 2 3
Varied Bunting 4
Painted Bunting 2 3
Dickcissel 3 2
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Tricolored Blackbird 4
Western Meadowlark 2 3
Eastern Meadowlark 3 2
Yellow-headed Blackbird 2 3
Rusty Blackbird 4
Brewer’s Blackbird 3 3 2 3
Common Grackle 3 2 3
Boat-tailed Grackle 3 2
Great-tailed Grackle 3 2 3 3
Bronzed Cowbird 2 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 3 3 3 3 2
Orchard Oriole 2 3
Hooded Oriole 2 3
Bullock’s Oriole 2 3
Altamira Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 2 3 3
Scott’s Oriole 1
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch 4
Pine Grosbeak 1
Nihoa Finch 4
Apapane 4
Anianiau 4
Kauai Amakihi 4
House Finch 2 3 3 3 3 3
Purple Finch 1
Cassin’s Finch 1
Red Crossbill 1
Pine Siskin 2 3 3
Lesser Goldfinch 2 3 3
American Goldfinch 3 3 2 3 3
Evening Grosbeak 1
House Sparrow 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Red Avadavat 1
African Silverbill 1
Scaly-breasted Munia 1
Chestnut Munia 1
Java Sparrow 4
DIY Big Year: 10 Long Weekends Species Master List

DIY Big Year: 10 Long Weekends Species Master List

Green Jay in bush
Green Jay in bush. Estero Llano Grande State Park. Digital art by Greg Miller

 

Here is a big list of all 509 “possible” species listed in eBird format. By possible I mean any species that has been submitted to eBird, an online database of checklists, between 2006 and 2016 as of mid September 2016. I have further filtered the data so that what is listed are all at least moderately possible. But not all species are likely. Some are far less common than others. All target species have an eBird Frequency of Checklists that is greater than or equal to 7% on at least one of the trips. Here is list of priorities I am going to use for the master list:

1 – Species is a year target. This is not only the best location to find this species. It is the only location where one can expect to see this bird on this tour schedule.

2 – Species is a year target. This is the best location to find this species. But it can also be found on other trips.

3 – Species is a year target. But some other location has a better probability of adding this bird to your year list.

4 – Bonus birds. This uncommon species is not a year target. It has an eBird Frequency of Checklists greater than or equal to 2% but is less than the 7% target threshold. This is the best location on this year’s trip schedule to see this species.

Long weekends should fit as closely to the following time ranges as possible.

  • Trip 1 – April 22-30 Galveston County, TX
  • Trip 2 – May 1-7 Hidalgo County, TX
  • Trip 3 – May 8-14 Davis County, UT
  • Trip 4 – May 22-31 Yakima County, WA
  • Trip 5 – June 1-7 Cochise County, AZ
  • Trip 6 – September 1-7 Atlantic County, NJ
  • Trip 7 – September 8-14 Monroe County, FL
  • Trip 8 – September 15-21 Monterey County, CA
  • Trip 9 – December 1-7 Clallam County, WA
  • Trip 10 – December 15-21 Cameron County, LA

 

Species T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T10
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3 2 3
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 1 3
Greater White-fronted Goose 1
Snow Goose 1
Ross’s Goose 1
Brant 1
Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 3 2 3 3
Mute Swan 1
Trumpeter Swan 1
Wood Duck 2 3
Gadwall 2
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 2 3
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 3 3 2 3 3 3
Mottled Duck 3 3 3 2
Blue-winged Teal 3 3 3 3 3 2
Cinnamon Teal 2 3
Northern Shoveler 3 3 3 3 2
Northern Pintail 3 3 2
Green-winged Teal 3 3 2
Canvasback 4
Redhead 2
Ring-necked Duck 1
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 3 2
Harlequin Duck 1
Surf Scoter 1
White-winged Scoter 1
Black Scoter 1
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 2 3
Common Goldeneye 1
Barrow’s Goldeneye 4
Hooded Merganser 2 3
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 2 3
Ruddy Duck 3 2
Plain Chachalaca 1 3
Scaled Quail 1
California Quail 2 3 3
Gambel’s Quail 1
Northern Bobwhite 4
Montezuma Quail 4
Chukar 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Ruffed Grouse 4
Sooty Grouse 4
Wild Turkey 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Least Grebe 1 3
Pied-billed Grebe 3 3 3 3 2
Horned Grebe 1
Red-necked Grebe 1
Eared Grebe 2 3
Western Grebe 2 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Black-footed Albatross 4
Northern Fulmar 4
Pink-footed Shearwater 1
Buller’s Shearwater 4
Sooty Shearwater 1
Black-vented Shearwater 4
Ashy Storm-Petrel 4
Magnificent Frigatebird 1
Brown Booby 4
Brandt’s Cormorant 2 3
Pelagic Cormorant 3 2
Neotropic Cormorant 3 3 3 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3 2 3 3 3 3
Anhinga 3 2
American White Pelican 3 2
Brown Pelican 3 3 3 2
American Bittern 4
Least Bittern 4
Great Blue Heron 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Great Egret 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Snowy Egret 3 3 3 2 3 3 3
Little Blue Heron 3 3 3 3 3 2
Tricolored Heron 3 3 3 3 3 2
Reddish Egret 3 2
Cattle Egret 3 3 3 2 3
Green Heron 3 2 3 3 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 3 2 3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3 3 3 3 2
White Ibis 3 3 3 2 3
Glossy Ibis 2 3
White-faced Ibis 3 2 3
Roseate Spoonbill 3 3 3 3 2
Black Vulture 2 3 3
Turkey Vulture 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
California Condor 4
Osprey 3 2 3 3
White-tailed Kite 3 2
Swallow-tailed Kite 1
Golden Eagle 4
Mississippi Kite 4
Northern Harrier 3 3 3 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3 3 3 2
Bald Eagle 3 2 3
Harris’s Hawk 1 3
White-tailed Hawk 4
Gray Hawk 1 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 3 2
Broad-winged Hawk 1 3
Short-tailed Hawk 4
Swainson’s Hawk 2 3
Zone-tailed Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 3 3 3 3 3 2
King Rail 1
Clapper Rail 3 2 3
Virginia Rail 1
Sora 2
Purple Gallinule 1
Common Gallinule 3 3 3 2
American Coot 3 3 3 3 2
Sandhill Crane 1
Black-necked Stilt 3 3 3 3 2
American Avocet 3 3 2 3 3
American Oystercatcher 3 2
Black Oystercatcher 2 3
Black-bellied Plover 3 2 3 3 3 3
American Golden-Plover 1
Snowy Plover 1
Wilson’s Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 3 2 3 3 3
Piping Plover 1
Killdeer 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Whimbrel 3 2 3
Long-billed Curlew 2 3 3
Hudsonian Godwit 1
Marbled Godwit 3 3 2 3
Ruddy Turnstone 3 3 2 3
Black Turnstone 2 3
Red Knot 2 3
Surfbird 4
Stilt Sandpiper 3 3 2 3
Sanderling 3 3 3 3 3 2
Dunlin 3 3 3 2
Baird’s Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 3 3 3 2 3 3 3
White-rumped Sandpiper 1
Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 2 3
Western Sandpiper 2 3 3 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 3 2 3 3
Long-billed Dowitcher 3 3 3 2
Wilson’s Snipe 3 2
American Woodcock 1
Wilson’s Phalarope 2 3 3
Red-necked Phalarope 2
Red Phalarope 4
Spotted Sandpiper 3 3 3 3 2 3 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Wandering Tattler 4
Greater Yellowlegs 3 2 3 3 3
Willet 3 3 2 3 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 3 3 3 2 3
South Polar Skua 4
Pomarine Jaeger 4
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 4
Common Murre 2 3
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Marbled Murrelet 1
Cassin’s Auklet 4
Rhinoceros Auklet 1
Black-legged Kittiwake 4
Sabine’s Gull 4
Bonaparte’s Gull 2 3
Laughing Gull 3 3 3 2 3 3
Franklin’s Gull 1
Heermann’s Gull 1
Mew Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 3 3 2
Western Gull 2 3
California Gull 2 3 3
Herring Gull 3 2 3
Thayer’s Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Least Tern 2 3 3 3
Gull-billed Tern 2 3
Caspian Tern 3 2 3
Black Tern 3 2
Common Tern 3 2
Forster’s Tern 3 2 3
Royal Tern 3 3 2 3
Sandwich Tern 3 2
Elegant Tern 1
Black Skimmer 3 2 3
Rock Pigeon 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
White-crowned Pigeon 1
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Eurasian Collared-Dove 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3
Inca Dove 3 2 3 3
Common Ground-Dove 3 3 2
White-tipped Dove 1 3
White-winged Dove 3 2 3 3 3
Mourning Dove 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Groove-billed Ani 1 3
Greater Roadrunner 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3 2 3
Mangrove Cuckoo 4
Black-billed Cuckoo 4
Barn Owl 2
Flammulated Owl 4
Eastern Screech-Owl 2 3 3
Whiskered Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 2
Northern Pygmy-Owl 4
Elf Owl 4
Burrowing Owl 1
Spotted Owl 4
Short-eared Owl 4
Lesser Nighthawk 4
Common Nighthawk 2 3 3 3
Common Pauraque 1 3
Common Poorwill 4
Chuck-will’s-widow 1
Mexican Whip-poor-will 4
Chimney Swift 3 2 3 3
Vaux’s Swift 1
White-throated Swift 1
Magnificent Hummingbird 1
Blue-throated Hummingbird 1
Lucifer Hummingbird 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 2 3 3
Black-chinned Hummingbird 3 3 3 2
Anna’s Hummingbird 3 2 3
Costa’s Hummingbird 4
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 2
Rufous Hummingbird 4
Calliope Hummingbird 1
Broad-billed Hummingbird 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 3
White-eared Hummingbird 4
Elegant Trogon 1
Ringed Kingfisher 4
Belted Kingfisher 3 3 3 3 3 2
Green Kingfisher 1 3
Lewis’s Woodpecker 1
Acorn Woodpecker 2 3
Gila Woodpecker 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 2 3
Williamson’s Sapsucker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-naped Sapsucker 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2 3 3
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3 3 3 3 3 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3 3 3 2
Arizona Woodpecker 1
White-headed Woodpecker 1
Black-backed Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 2 3 3 3 3 3
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Crested Caracara 3 3 2
American Kestrel 3 3 2
Merlin 3 3 3 2
Peregrine Falcon 2 3 3 3
Prairie Falcon 4
Red-crowned Parrot 1 3
Green Parakeet 1 3
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 3
Tufted Flycatcher 4
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Greater Pewee 1
Western Wood-Pewee 2 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 3 3
Acadian Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 4
Least Flycatcher 1 3
Hammond’s Flycatcher 1
Gray Flycatcher 1
Dusky Flycatcher 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3 2
Cordilleran Flycatcher 1
Buff-breasted Flycatcher 4
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 3 2
Say’s Phoebe 2 3
Vermilion Flycatcher 3 2
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3 3 3 3 2
Brown-crested Flycatcher 2 3 3
Great Kiskadee 1 3
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher 1
Tropical Kingbird 1 3
Couch’s Kingbird 1 3
Cassin’s Kingbird 1
Western Kingbird 3 2 3 3
Eastern Kingbird 3 3 3 3 3 2
Gray Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3 2 3
Loggerhead Shrike 3 2
Northern Shrike 4
White-eyed Vireo 3 2 3 3 3 3
Bell’s Vireo 1
Hutton’s Vireo 3 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Cassin’s Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 3 3 2
Plumbeous Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3 3 3 2 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2 3 3
Black-whiskered Vireo 1
Green Jay 1 3
Steller’s Jay 3 3 3 2
Blue Jay 3 2 3 3
California Scrub-Jay 1
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay 4
Mexican Jay 1
Black-billed Magpie 2 3
Clark’s Nutcracker 4
American Crow 3 2 3 3
Northwestern Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Chihuahuan Raven 4
Common Raven 2 3 3 3
Horned Lark 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 3 2
Purple Martin 3 3 3 3 2
Tree Swallow 3 3 2 3
Violet-green Swallow 1
Bank Swallow 3 3 3 3 2
Barn Swallow 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3
Cliff Swallow 3 3 2 3
Cave Swallow 1 3
Carolina Chickadee 2 3
Black-capped Chickadee 3 2
Mountain Chickadee 1
Mexican Chickadee 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2 3
Bridled Titmouse 1
Oak Titmouse 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Black-crested Titmouse 1 3
Verdin 1
Bushtit 3 2 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3 2 3
Pygmy Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2 3
Rock Wren 2 3
Canyon Wren 1
House Wren 3 3 2
Pacific Wren 1
Winter Wren 4
Sedge Wren 1
Marsh Wren 3 3 2
Carolina Wren 3 3 3 2 3
Bewick’s Wren 3 2 3
Cactus Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 3
American Dipper 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 2
Wrentit 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Western Bluebird 1
Mountain Bluebird 1
Townsend’s Solitaire 1
Veery 3 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson’s Thrush 2 3 3
Hermit Thrush 3 2
Wood Thrush 1
Clay-colored Thrush 1 3
American Robin 2 3 3 3 3
Varied Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 3 3 3 2 3
Curve-billed Thrasher 2 3 3
Brown Thrasher 3 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1 3
California Thrasher 1
Crissal Thrasher 4
Sage Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3 2 3 3 3 3 3
European Starling 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3
American Pipit 1
Cedar Waxwing 3 2 3 3
Phainopepla 4
Olive Warbler 4
Ovenbird 3 3 3 2
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 4
Northern Waterthrush 3 2
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2 3 3 3 3
Prothonotary Warbler 3 2
Tennessee Warbler 2 3 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 3 2
Lucy’s Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 2 3 3
Virginia’s Warbler 4
MacGillivray’s Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 4
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 3 3 3 3 2
Cape May Warbler 4
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 3 2
Magnolia Warbler 2 3 3
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 2 3 3 3
Yellow Warbler 3 3 3 2 3 3 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2 3 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 3 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 3 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Grace’s Warbler 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1
Townsend’s Warbler 3 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 3 3
Canada Warbler 4
Wilson’s Warbler 3 3 2
Red-faced Warbler 1
Painted Redstart 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 3 3 3 2 3
Botteri’s Sparrow 4
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Le Conte’s Sparrow 1
Nelson’s Sparrow 1
Saltmarsh Sparrow 1
Seaside Sparrow 2 3
Olive Sparrow 1 3
Chipping Sparrow 2 3 3
Field Sparrow 1
Brewer’s Sparrow 1
Black-throated Sparrow 1
Lark Sparrow 3 2
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3 3 2
Yellow-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3 3 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Harris’s Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 1
Vesper Sparrow 2 3
Savannah Sparrow 3 3 3 2
Song Sparrow 3 3 3 2 3
Lincoln’s Sparrow 3 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Canyon Towhee 1
Abert’s Towhee 4
California Towhee 1
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 3 3 3 2
Eastern Towhee 3 2
Hepatic Tanager 1
Summer Tanager 2 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Western Tanager 2 3
Northern Cardinal 3 2 3 3 3 3 3
Pyrrhuloxia 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 3 3
Black-headed Grosbeak 2 3
Blue Grosbeak 3 2 3
Lazuli Bunting 2
Indigo Bunting 2 3 3
Varied Bunting 4
Painted Bunting 2 3 3
Dickcissel 3 2 3
Bobolink 3 2
Red-winged Blackbird 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Tricolored Blackbird 4
Western Meadowlark 2 3
Eastern Meadowlark 3 2
Yellow-headed Blackbird 2 3
Rusty Blackbird 4
Brewer’s Blackbird 2 3 3 3
Common Grackle 3 3 2 3
Boat-tailed Grackle 3 3 2
Great-tailed Grackle 3 2 3 3 3
Bronzed Cowbird 2 3 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Orchard Oriole 2 3 3
Hooded Oriole 2 3 3
Bullock’s Oriole 2 3
Altamira Oriole 1 3
Baltimore Oriole 2 3 3
Scott’s Oriole 1
House Finch 3 2 3 3 3
Purple Finch 1
Cassin’s Finch 1
Red Crossbill 1
Pine Siskin 3 2
Lesser Goldfinch 2 3 3 3
American Goldfinch 3 2 3 3
Evening Grosbeak 1
House Sparrow 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3

DIY Big Year: 4 Weeks 400 Species Master List (with Alaska & Hawaii)

Sunrise. Southwest Harbor, Maine. June 2, 2017.
Sunrise. Southwest Harbor, Maine. June 2, 2017. – photo by Greg Miller

 

Here is a big list of all 443 “possible” species listed in eBird format. By possible I mean any species that has been submitted to eBird, an online database of checklists, between 2006 and 2016 as of mid September 2016. I have further filtered the data so that what is listed are all at least moderately possible. But not all species are likely. Some are far less common than others. All target species have an eBird Frequency of Checklists that is greater than or equal to 3% on at least one of the trips. For all of these lists, eBird taxonomy has been used. Note that there may be a number of species that are listed here from eBird but are not ABA-countable (American Birding Association). Here is list of priorities I am going to use for the master list:

1 – Species is a year target. This is not only the best location to find this species. It is the only location where one can expect to see this bird on this tour schedule.

2 – Species is a year target. This is the best location to find this species. But it can also be found on other trips.

3 – Species is a year target. But some other location has a better probability of adding this bird to your year list.

4 – Bonus birds. This uncommon species is not a year target. It has an eBird Frequency of Checklists greater than or equal to 2% but is less than the 3% target threshold. This is the best location on this year’s trip schedule to see this species.

Species April 22-30 Cameron County, TX May 1-7 Clallam County, WA May 8-14 Cochise County, AZ September 8-15 Kauai County, HI
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 1
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 1
Greater White-fronted Goose 4
Brant 1
Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 1
Hawaiian Goose 1
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 3 2 3 3
Mottled Duck 1
Hawaiian Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 1
Cinnamon Teal 3 2 3 3
Northern Shoveler 3 2 3
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 4
Harlequin Duck 1
Surf Scoter 1
White-winged Scoter 1
Black Scoter 4
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 4
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 3 2 3 3
Ruddy Duck 3 3 2 3
Plain Chachalaca 1
Scaled Quail 1
California Quail 1
Gambel’s Quail 1
Northern Bobwhite 1
Montezuma Quail 4
Erckel’s Francolin 1
Red Junglefowl 1
Ring-necked Pheasant 4
Sooty Grouse 1
Wild Turkey 1
Red-throated Loon 1
Pacific Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Yellow-billed Loon 1
Least Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Red-necked Grebe 1
Eared Grebe 1
Western Grebe 1
Black-footed Albatross 1
Hawaiian Petrel 1
Bulwer’s Petrel 1
Pink-footed Shearwater 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 1
Sooty Shearwater 3 2 3 3
Christmas Shearwater 1
Newell’s Shearwater 1
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 4
White-tailed Tropicbird 1
Red-tailed Tropicbird 1
Great Frigatebird 1
Masked Booby 1
Brown Booby 1
Red-footed Booby 1
Brandt’s Cormorant 1
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3 2 3 3
American White Pelican 4
Brown Pelican 1
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 2 3 3
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 1
Reddish Egret 1
Cattle Egret 3 3 3 2
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 3 3 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 2 3 3 3
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 3 3 2
Osprey 2 3 3 3
White-tailed Kite 1
Golden Eagle 4
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3 3 2 3
Bald Eagle 1
Harris’s Hawk 1
White-tailed Hawk 1
Gray Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Swainson’s Hawk 3 3 2 3
Zone-tailed Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3 2 3 3
Clapper Rail 1
Sora 1
Common Gallinule 2 3 3 3
Hawaiian Coot 1
American Coot 2 3 3 3
Black-necked Stilt 2 3 3
American Avocet 2 3 3 3
American Oystercatcher 1
Black Oystercatcher 1
Black-bellied Plover 2 3 3 3
American Golden-Plover 4
Pacific Golden-Plover 1
Wilson’s Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 2 3 3 3
Killdeer 3 2 3
Whimbrel 2 3 3 3
Bristle-thighed Curlew 1
Long-billed Curlew 1
Marbled Godwit 2 3 3 3
Ruddy Turnstone 2 3 3 3
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Sanderling 2 3 3
Dunlin 3 2 3 3
Least Sandpiper 3 2 3 3
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Western Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 3 3 3
Long-billed Dowitcher 2 3 3 3
Wilson’s Phalarope 1
Red-necked Phalarope 4
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Wandering Tattler 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3 2 3 3
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Common Murre 1
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Marbled Murrelet 1
Ancient Murrelet 4
Cassin’s Auklet 4
Rhinoceros Auklet 1
Tufted Puffin 1
Sabine’s Gull 1
Bonaparte’s Gull 1
Laughing Gull 1
Franklin’s Gull 1
Mew Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Western Gull 1
California Gull 1
Herring Gull 3 2 3 3
Thayer’s Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Brown Noddy 1
Black Noddy 1
Blue-gray Noddy 1
White Tern 1
Sooty Tern 1
Gray-backed Tern 1
Least Tern 1
Gull-billed Tern 1
Caspian Tern 2 3 3 3
Common Tern 1
Forster’s Tern 1
Royal Tern 1
Sandwich Tern 1
Black Skimmer 1
Rock Pigeon 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 3 2 3 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2 3 3
Spotted Dove 1
Zebra Dove 1
Inca Dove 2 3 3 3
Common Ground-Dove 2 3 3 3
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 3 3 2 3
Mourning Dove 2 3 3
Groove-billed Ani 4
Greater Roadrunner 3 3 2 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Barn Owl 1
Western Screech-Owl 4
Whiskered Screech-Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 1
Northern Pygmy-Owl 4
Elf Owl 1
Spotted Owl 4
Short-eared Owl 1
Lesser Nighthawk 2 3 3 3
Common Nighthawk 1
Common Poorwill 1
Chuck-will’s-widow 4
Mexican Whip-poor-will 1
Chimney Swift 1
Vaux’s Swift 1
White-throated Swift 1
Magnificent Hummingbird 1
Blue-throated Hummingbird 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 3 2 3 3
Broad-tailed Hummingbird 1
Rufous Hummingbird 1
Broad-billed Hummingbird 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
White-eared Hummingbird 4
Elegant Trogon 1
Ringed Kingfisher 4
Belted Kingfisher 3 2 3 3
Green Kingfisher 1
Acorn Woodpecker 1
Gila Woodpecker 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3 3 2 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 3 2 3 3
Arizona Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3 3 2 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 1
American Kestrel 3 3 2 3
Merlin 1
Aplomado Falcon 1
Peregrine Falcon 3 2 3 3
Rose-ringed Parakeet 4
Red-crowned Parrot 1
Green Parakeet 4
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 4
Olive-sided Flycatcher 3 3 2 3
Greater Pewee 1
Western Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Hammond’s Flycatcher 3 3 2 3
Gray Flycatcher 1
Dusky Flycatcher 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Cordilleran Flycatcher 1
Buff-breasted Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 1
Say’s Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 3 3 2 3
Great Kiskadee 1
Tropical Kingbird 1
Couch’s Kingbird 1
Cassin’s Kingbird 1
Western Kingbird 3 3 2 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
Loggerhead Shrike 2 3 3 3
White-eyed Vireo 1
Bell’s Vireo 1
Hutton’s Vireo 3 3 2 3
Cassin’s Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Plumbeous Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 2 3 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Kauai Elepaio 1
Gray Jay 4
Green Jay 1
Steller’s Jay 3 2 3 3
Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay 1
Mexican Jay 1
American Crow 1
Northwestern Crow 1
Chihuahuan Raven 3 3 2 3
Common Raven 3 2 3 3
Horned Lark 3 3 2 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 2 3
Purple Martin 2 3 3 3
Tree Swallow 3 2 3 3
Violet-green Swallow 3 2 3 3
Bank Swallow 2 3 3 3
Barn Swallow 3 2 3
Cliff Swallow 3 2 3 3
Cave Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Mexican Chickadee 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Bridled Titmouse 1
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Verdin 1
Bushtit 3 3 2 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Pygmy Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 3 2 3 3
Rock Wren 1
Canyon Wren 1
House Wren 3 3 2 3
Pacific Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2 3 3 3
Carolina Wren 1
Bewick’s Wren 3 3 2 3
Cactus Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Dipper 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 3 3 3
Japanese Bush-Warbler 1
Millerbird 1
Japanese White-eye 1
Chinese Hwamei 1
White-rumped Shama 1
Townsend’s Solitaire 1
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson’s Thrush 2 3 3 3
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
Clay-colored Thrush 4
American Robin 3 2 3 3
Varied Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 3 3 2 3
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2 3 3
European Starling 3 2 3
Common Myna 1
American Pipit 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
Phainopepla 1
Olive Warbler 4
Ovenbird 1
Worm-eating Warbler 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Golden-winged Warbler 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Swainson’s Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 3 2 3 3
Lucy’s Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Virginia’s Warbler 4
MacGillivray’s Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 4
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2 3 3
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Cape May Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 2 3 3 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 2 3
Grace’s Warbler 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler 3 3 2 3
Townsend’s Warbler 3 3 2 3
Hermit Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson’s Warbler 3 2 3
Red-faced Warbler 1
Painted Redstart 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 3 3 2 3
Red-crested Cardinal 1
Botteri’s Sparrow 4
Cassin’s Sparrow 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Chipping Sparrow 3 3 2 3
Clay-colored Sparrow 4
Black-throated Sparrow 1
Lark Sparrow 3 3 2 3
Fox Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Yellow-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3 2 3 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 3 2 3 3
Song Sparrow 3 2 3 3
Lincoln’s Sparrow 2 3 3
Canyon Towhee 1
Abert’s Towhee 1
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 3 3 2 3
Hepatic Tanager 1
Summer Tanager 2 3 3 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Western Tanager 3 3 2
Northern Cardinal 2 3 3
Pyrrhuloxia 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 3 3 2 3
Blue Grosbeak 2 3 3 3
Lazuli Bunting 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Painted Bunting 1
Dickcissel 1
Bobolink 4
Red-winged Blackbird 2 3 3
Western Meadowlark 1
Eastern Meadowlark 2 3 3 3
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
Brewer’s Blackbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 2 3 3 3
Bronzed Cowbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 3 3 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Hooded Oriole 2 3 3 3
Bullock’s Oriole 1
Altamira Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
Scott’s Oriole 1
Nihoa Finch 1
Apapane 1
Anianiau 1
Kauai Amakihi 1
House Finch 3 3 2
Purple Finch 1
Red Crossbill 1
Pine Siskin 3 2 3 3
Lesser Goldfinch 3 3 2 3
American Goldfinch 1
Evening Grosbeak 1
House Sparrow 2
Red Avadavat 1
African Silverbill 1
Scaly-breasted Munia 1
Chestnut Munia 1
Java Sparrow 1
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  The Basics Binoculars The best binoculars are the ones you are going to carry with you. Everywhere if you are doing a Big Year. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable carrying a pair of high end binoculars everywhere you go. Or maybe you are just scared of carrying a priceless gem for which you have… Continue Reading

DIY Big Year: 4 Weeks 400 Species Master List

DIY Big Year: 4 Weeks 400 Species Master List

Here is a big list of all 435 “possible” species listed in eBird format. By possible I mean any species that has been submitted to eBird, an online database of checklists, between 2006 and 2016 as of mid September 2016. I have further filtered the data so that what is listed are all possible. But… Continue Reading

DIY Big Year: Increasing Your Efficiency

If you have ever done a Big Year you will probably have experienced spending an inordinate amount of time on one species in a specific area or a particular time of year only to find out later that this same species is much easier and/or quicker to find in another area or at a different… Continue Reading

DIY Big Year: 10 Long Weekends with Alaska and Hawaii

And now we are going to do the same thing we did in the last post. Only this time we are going to throw Alaska and Hawaii into the mix. I’ll get right into it. The Working Person’s Big Year Plan: 10 Long Weekends with Alaska and Hawaii Cameron County, Louisiana / December 15-21 /… Continue Reading

DIY Big Year: 10 Long Weekends

We’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ with our Big Year data and how best to use up to 4 individual weeks of vacation time. But what if you looked at your time as 20 days of vacation instead of single weeks? And what if you planned to take just 2 vacation days per long weekend giving… Continue Reading

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