Birds – 2007 Checklist
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 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!
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 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 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|
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You had a great year, Tom! You’ll break the 200 barrier this year, for sure! 😉
4 January 2008 at 7:15 pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
@ 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 https://monarchbfly.com/2007/04/18/swallows_cousin/ 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
Wow, Tom — just wow.
4 January 2008 at 11:55 pm
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
I think I love that tufted titmouse picture at the end the best. So intense!
5 January 2008 at 7:18 am
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
Wow! That is some list.
Love the titmouse photo!
5 January 2008 at 11:18 am
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
Love that picture of the Titmouse!
5 January 2008 at 11:33 am
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
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
@ 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
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
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
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
Every time I scroll down my blog roll page, that big bird face cracks me up, lol 😉
6 January 2008 at 6:54 pm
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
@ 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
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
I’ve always wondered why the TV’s found that roof so interesting. “Something” in the attic??
7 January 2008 at 1:53 pm
@ 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