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Birds – 2007 Checklist

Swimming Away
Red-necked Grebe that was rescued.

I decided to split up my 2007 Nature Checklist into 5 different categories; Butterflies & Skippers, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds! Birds are my last species in this series that I have been keeping track of within Western New York State, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. I have also taken the birds and split them up between non-passerines (88) and passerines (111). This was one of my best “bird” years with many great species and 6 lifers (5 of which were at Cape Cod)! Although, it would have been nice to have gotten one more species to make it exactly 200 for 2007! Maybe I can break that 200 barrier in 2008 and do a little traveling (which is how so many are able to get their numbers up)??

Horned Grebe Turkey Vulture
Horned Grebe and Turkey Vulture

I have too many great post that I would like to reflect upon but none compare to the rescue of the Red-necked Grebe. This was such a stunning bird and I am still so amazed at how soft it was!! My fav post was the Bluebird Soaps video that I did. I can also remember my many post with early migrants struggling with a winter storm that moved through the area in April. I had an excellent year with both MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) banding stations (CLDC SWAT)and an even more amazing year with my Northern Saw-whet Owls!

ton of gulls Caspian Tern
a ton of Bonaparte’s Gulls and a Caspian Tern

Here is my list of non-passerines which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

1. Common Loon 45. Northern Goshawk
2. Pied-billed Grebe 46. Red-shouldered Hawk
3. Horned Grebe 47. Broad-winged Hawk
4. Red-necked Grebe 48. Red-tailed Hawk
5. Eared Grebe 49. Rough-legged Hawk
6. Northern Gannet 50. American Kestrel
7. Double-crested Cormorant 51. Merlin
8. Great Blue Heron 52. Peregrine Falcon
9. Great Egret 53. Ring-necked Pheasant
10. Green Heron 54. Ruffed Grouse
11. Turkey Vulture 55. Wild Turkey
12. Canada Goose 56. Sora
13. Brant 57. American Coot
14. Mute Swan 58. Black-bellied Plover
15. Tundra Swan 59. Killdeer
16. Wood Duck 60. Greater Yellowlegs
17. Gadwall 61. Solitary Sandpiper
18. American Wigeon 62. Spotted Sandpiper
19. American Black Duck 63. Common Snipe
20. Mallard 64. American Woodcock
21. Blue-winged Teal 65. Bonaparte’s Gull
22. Northern Shoveler 66. Ring-billed Gull
23. Northern Pintail 67. Herring Gull
24. Green-winged Teal 68. Lesser Black-backed Gull
25. Canvasback 69. Greater Black-backed Gull
26. Redhead 70. Caspian Tern
27. Ring-necked Duck 71. Rock Pigeon
28. Greater Scaup 72. Mourning Dove
29. Lesser Scaup 73. Black-billed Cuckoo
30. White-winged Scoter 74. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
31. Black Scoter 75. Eastern Screech Owl
32. Long-tailed Duck 76. Great Horned Owl
33. Bufflehead 77. Barred Owl
34. Common Eider 78. Northern Saw-whet Owl
35. Common Goldeneye 79. Chimney Swift
36. Hooded Merganser 80. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
37. Common Merganser 81. Belted Kingfisher
38. Red-breasted Merganser 82. Red-headed Woodpecker
39. Ruddy Duck 83. Red-bellied Woodpecker
40. Osprey 84. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
41. Bald Eagle 85. Downy Woodpecker
42. Northern Harrier 86. Hairy Woodpecker
43. Sharp-shinned Hawk 87. Northern Flicker
44. Cooper’s Hawk 88. Pileated Woodpecker

Hermit Thrush Eastern Phoebe
Hermit Thrush and Eastern Phoebe

In 2007 I took a little time to discuss some specific details on the birds like “understanding the birds wing”, “the birds toe arrangement”, “birds parts”, and everyone’s favorite “pishing”. They were long post but I also did a two part series on identifying bird eggs.

Evening Grosbeak A Scarlet Tanager
Evening Grosbeak and Scarlet Tanager

Here is my list of passerines which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

89. Olive-sided Flycatcher 144. Magnolia Warbler
90. Eastern Wood-pewee 145. Cape May Warbler
91. Acadian Flycatcher 146. Black-throated Blue Warbler
92. Alder Flycatcher 147. Yellow-rumped Warbler
93. Willow Flycatcher 148. Black-throated Green Warbler
94. Least Flycatcher 149. Blackburnian Warbler
95. Eastern Phoebe 150. Yellow-throated Warbler
96. Great Crested Flycatcher 151. Pine Warbler
97. Eastern Kingbird 152. Prairie Warbler
98. Northern Shrike 153. Palm Warbler
99. Yellow-throated Vireo 154. Bay-breasted Warbler
100. Blue-headed Vireo 155. Blackpoll Warbler
101. Warbling Vireo 156. Cerulean Warbler
102. Philadelphia Vireo 157. Black-and-white Warbler
103. Red-eyed Vireo 158. American Redstart
104. Blue Jay 159. Ovenbird
105. American Crow 160. Northern Waterthrush
106. Common Raven 161. Louisiana Waterthrush
107. Horned Lark 162. Mourning Warbler
108. Purple Martin 163. Common Yellowthroat
109. Tree Swallow 164. Hooded Warbler
110. Northern Rough-winged Swallow 165. Wilson’s Warbler
111. Bank Swallow 166. Canada Warbler
112. Cliff Swallow 167. Scarlet Tanager
113. Barn Swallow 168. Eastern Towhee
114. Black-capped Chickadee 169. American Tree Sparrow
115. Tufted Titmose 170. Chipping Sparrow
116. Red-breasted Nuthatch 171. Field Sparrow
117. White-breasted Nuthatch 172. Vesper Sparrow
118. Brown Creeper 173. Savannah Sparrow
119. Carolina Wren 174. Fox Sparrow
120. House Wren 175. Song Sparrow
121. Winter Wren 176. Swamp Sparrow
122. Golden-crowned Kinglet 177. White-throated Sparrow
123. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 178. White-crowned Sparrow
124. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 179. Dark-eyed Junco
125. Eastern Bluebird 180. Snow Bunting
126. Veery 181. Northern Cardinal
127. Gray-cheeked Thrush 182. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
128. Swainson’s Thrush 183. Indigo Bunting
129. Hermit Thrush 184. Bobolink
130. Wood Thrush 185. Red-winged Blackbird
131. American Robin 186. Eastern Meadowlark
132. Gray Catbird 187. Western Meadowlark
133. Northern Mockingbird 188. Rusty Blackbird
134. Brown Thrasher 189. Common Grackle
135. European Starling 190. Brown-headed Cowbird
136. American Pipit 191. Orchard Oriole
137. Cedar Waxwing 192. Baltimore Oriole
138. Blue-winged Warbler 193. Purple Finch
*** “Brewster’s Warbler” 194. House Finch
139. Tennessee Warbler 195. Common Redpoll
140. Nashville Warbler 196. Pine Siskin
141. Northern Parula 197. American Goldfinch
142. Yellow Warbler 198. Evening Grosbeak
143. Chestnut-sided Warbler 199. House Sparrow

Eastern Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

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27 responses

  1. You had a great year, Tom! You’ll break the 200 barrier this year, for sure! 😉

    4 January 2008 at 7:15 pm

  2. Well, this was very interesting. I enjoyed the videos, especially the bluebirds’ soap. That was hilarious! Very clever how you got the video, too.

    4 January 2008 at 7:30 pm

  3. lvn600

    You did have a great year.-I’ll bet you’ve been studying stuff like this since you were very young-am I right?

    4 January 2008 at 8:30 pm

  4. Very cool Tom, what a list, I’d be stoked if I could get a image of a few of these 🙂

    4 January 2008 at 9:32 pm

  5. Thanks for the highlights of some of your early-in-the-year-before-I-was-reading-your-blog posts. I was especially touched by the April post on early migration.
    I had heard the Tree Swallows were especially impacted in western NY. Must’ve been heartbreaking.

    4 January 2008 at 9:48 pm

  6. Gotta luv that last picture. 😉
    Thanks for posting those back links.
    I loved watching both the Red Necked Grebe and the Bluebird videos.
    I’m looking forward to spring migration.

    4 January 2008 at 10:30 pm

  7. What an impressive list! I counted 99 birds in 2007, just 100 less than you. 🙂
    But I have learned so much with what you have shared on your blog that I feel like I have seen many more birds.

    4 January 2008 at 11:00 pm

  8. @ Pam – was great, thanks! I sure hope so!
    @ Rondi – thanks and glad you enjoyed the videos! The Bluebird Soaps is one of my faves! Thanks and need to be clever to trick these birdies!
    @ lvn – thanks and started almost 15 years ago!
    @ Bernie – Thanks and you would be amazed how many you could get if you started listing them! Thanks for the stumble!
    @ Zen – Thanks and I have many great things even further back! If you are ever bored, please feel free to look back at what I have done! Do read my post when I looked and found the dead swallows in the box!
    @ Toni – thanks and it is so hard to pick pictures for something like this! I have so many that I would have also included! Busy time and I should be starting my “CHECK” again soon! Mary always love when I do them!
    @ Ruth – thanks and don’t you hate the 99, why can’t you just get one more and break the 100 mark! Congrats and thanks for your kind words!

    4 January 2008 at 11:28 pm

  9. Wow, Tom — just wow.

    4 January 2008 at 11:55 pm

  10. Impressive as well as interesting – the titmouse pic was a favorite the first time I saw it, and I am sooo in love with the picture of the turkey vulture sunning.

    5 January 2008 at 5:06 am

  11. winterwoman

    I think I love that tufted titmouse picture at the end the best. So intense!

    5 January 2008 at 7:18 am

  12. Tom, the bird closeups are amazing! Are those birds that you banded? The beak of the evening grosbeak is enormous. I wouldn’t want to get my fingers in that beak.


    5 January 2008 at 9:47 am

  13. Wow! That is some list.
    Love the titmouse photo!

    5 January 2008 at 11:18 am

  14. Hello Bro! Nice to meet you. Excuse my for my English, but well!…. I’m a naturalist from Barranquilla-Colombia and you can visit my blog. I have added a link of your site in my blog. Good luck! If you like. Bye!

    5 January 2008 at 11:22 am

  15. Love that picture of the Titmouse!

    5 January 2008 at 11:33 am

  16. Tom, you are incredible. I recognized many of the birds on the your list – well, not so many but I’m getting better because of you.

    I just love that Titmouse photo! It made me laugh out loud.

    5 January 2008 at 10:12 pm

  17. I think a trip to Jamaica Bay in May – or elsewhere along the shore around the same time – would easily push your year list over 220. The shorebird and tern families could use some inflation.

    I still haven’t seen any winter finches this season except for purple finches. There have been a few sightings recently on private property, so I may see some yet.

    6 January 2008 at 12:15 am

  18. @ Marvin – thanks
    @ Wren – thanks and they are cute for sure!
    @ Jen – Titmouse is cute for sure! I love those guys!
    @ Tom – thanks and some of them I have banded, some are not!
    @ threecollie – Thanks
    @ Squamatamn – thanks bro!
    @ Barb – Thanks and love seeing them on your site!
    @ Mary – I know!! Only kidding but thanks! I am so glad that you recognized all these birds but to be honest . . . you did it because of yourself! When you have a desire to learn, they you learn in your own ways!
    @ John – That’s like an 8 hour drive!! Although in the right times that area would do me wonders on my state/life list! My problem is that I am not a big chaser or traveler! Although, I hope to do some traveling some this year! Lets see what gas prices do!

    6 January 2008 at 11:09 am

  19. Wow, what a list! I’d love to see even a tiny portion of those birds. My favorite post (but it is a close call among so many) was the pishing post. There are going to be a lot of us “nuts” out there making noises in the woods this coming year.

    6 January 2008 at 12:15 pm

  20. NatureShutterbug

    Fantastic list. (You should probably put a little mark next to the one’s that you were able to photograph as well.)

    6 January 2008 at 4:08 pm

  21. Marg

    What a great list Tom! I’m sure you can break 200 this year-and I hope one of your travels will be here 😀

    6 January 2008 at 4:49 pm

  22. Every time I scroll down my blog roll page, that big bird face cracks me up, lol 😉

    6 January 2008 at 6:54 pm

  23. Lisa at Greenbow

    Congrats on your “birdy” year. I think you will make 200 next year. That Titmouse at the end of your post seems to be saying “So What!” A funny look at at Titmouse.

    6 January 2008 at 8:17 pm

  24. @ Erie – thanks and many loved that pishing post!
    @ NatureShutterbug – thanks and is something I could do! Hmm, I took many bird photos this year!
    @ Marg – thanks and hope the trip happens!
    @ dovelove – isn’t that great, thanks
    @ Lisa – thanks and will be hard but will try! I loved that photo and had to use it again!

    6 January 2008 at 11:36 pm

  25. Underachiever – you couldn’t get to that 200th bird? Seriously, a really nice list – I would have had 30 lifers on there, myself! I might have to come up north in the spring.

    My list will be up in the next day or so (I hope).

    7 January 2008 at 10:43 am

  26. Grace

    I’ve always wondered why the TV’s found that roof so interesting. “Something” in the attic??

    7 January 2008 at 1:53 pm

  27. @ Martytdx – if I traveled some . . . I know I could have but not much of a chaser! Will look for it, thanks!
    @ Grace – nope but funny because the house was for sale! But because of these guys the seller was having a hard time selling the house!

    7 January 2008 at 7:11 pm

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