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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!

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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