Birdwatching

One of the hobbies I started since last year was birdwatching. I am far from being proficient, and I am still getting my sandpipers confused. This is just a page for my personal record on what I observed and the distinctive field marks that I learned along the way.

Locations:
  • Backyard
  • Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
  • Irvine parks (including Irvine Regional Park)
  • San Francisco vicinity (including Point Reyes)
  • San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • San Jacinto Wildlife Area
  • Glacier National Park and vicinity
  • Waimea Valley
  • Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Field Guides used:
  • Peterson Field Guide to Birds
  • Sibley Birds West
  • Birds of Southern California
  • Hawks at a Distance
  • Merlin app
  • Sibley Birds v2 app

My eBird profile page is here.


Life-list:

  1. African Penguin
  2. Western Bluebird
  3. Lesser Goldfinch
  4. Bushtit
  5. Tree Swallow
  6. Black Phoebe
  7. Osprey
  8. Snowy Egret
  9. Caspian Tern
  10. Black-necked stilt
  11. Western Grebe
  12. Great Blue Heron
  13. American Coot
  14. Mallard
  15. Song Sparrow
  16. House Finch
  17. House Wren
  18. Mourning Dove
  19. American Avocet
  20. Double-crested Cormorant
  21. Black Skimmer
  22. Hooded Oriole
  23. European Starling
  24. Great Horned Owl
  25. Western Gull
  26. Willet
  27. Allen’s Hummingbird
  28. Rock Pigeon
  29. Northern Mockingbird
  30. California Scrub-Jay
  31. Red-winged Blackbird
  32. Red-tailed Hawk
  33. Common Gallinule
  34. Northern Harrier
  35. Turkey Vulture
  36. Brown Pelican
  37. Brandt’s Cormorant
  38. California Gull
  39. Brewer’s Blackbird
  40. American Robin
  41. Canada Goose
  42. White-faced Ibis
  43. Green Heron
  44. Great Egret
  45. Greater Yellowlegs
  46. Forster’s Tern
  47. Killdeer
  48. Greater Roadrunner
  49. California Towhee
  50. Western Sandpiper
  51. Wilson’s Phalarope
  52. Long-billed Dowitcher
  53. American White Pelican
  54. Common Yellowthroat
  55. Spotted Towhee
  56. Pied-billed Grebe
  57. Cassin’s Kingbird
  58. Hermit Thrush
  59. White-crowned Sparrow
  60. California Quail
  61. American Wigeon
  62. Ring-billed Gull
  63. American Crow
  64. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  65. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  66. Say’s Phoebe
  67. Ring-necked Duck
  68. Cedar Waxwing
  69. Swinhoe’s White-eye
  70. Sanderling
  71. Long-billed Curlew
  72. Bufflehead
  73. Surf Scoter
  74. Lesser Scaup
  75. Reddish Egret
  76. Marbled Godwit
  77. Horned Grebe
  78. Ruddy Duck
  79. Red-breasted Merganser
  80. Common Goldeneye
  81. Redhead
  82. Green-winged Teal
  83. Northern Pintail
  84. Blue-winged Teal
  85. Brant
  86. White-tailed Kite
  87. Anna’s Hummingbird
  88. Savannah Sparrow
  89. Peregrine Falcon
  90. American Kestrel
  91. Belted Kingfisher
  92. Eared Grebe
  93. Least Sandpiper
  94. Gadwall
  95. Cinnamon Teal
  96. Egyptian Goose
  97. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  98. Ruddy Turnstone
  99. Semipalmated Plover
  100. Bewick’s Wren
  101. Oak Titmouse
  102. Acorn Woodpecker
  103. Wood Duck
  104. Orange-crowned Warbler
  105. Vermilion Flycatcher
  106. Clark’s Grebe
  107. Golden-crowned Sparrow
  108. Iceland Gull
  109. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  110. Black Oystercatcher
  111. Northern Flicker
  112. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  113. Mew Gull
  114. Hooded Merganser
  115. Heermann’s Gull (Not pictured)
  116. Whimbrel
  117. California Thrasher
  118. Northern Shoveler
  119. American Pipit
  120. Ridgway’s Rail
  121. Western Meadowlark
  122. Loggerhead Shrike
  123. Barn Owl
  124. Red-shoulder Hawk
  125. Wilson’s Snipe
  126. Mountain Plover
  127. Yellow-crowned Night-heron
  128. Masked Booby
  129. Snow Goose
  130. Phainopepla (Not pictured)
  131. Red-crowned Parrot
  132. Indian Peafowl
  133. American Goldfinch (?)
  134. Common Raven
  135. Nuttall’s Woodpecker
  136. Cattle Egret
  137. Mandarin Duck
  138. Mountain Bluebird
  139. Swainson’s Hawk
  140. Thick-billed Kingbird
  141. Pine Siskin
  142. Red-throated Loon
  143. Black-headed Grosbeak
  144. Great-tailed Grackle
  145. Golden Eagle
  146. Calliope Hummingbird
  147. Brown-headed Cowbird
  148. Pin-tailed Whydah
  149. Western Tanager
  150. Wilson’s Warbler
  151. Swainson’s Thrush
  152. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  153. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  154. Greater White-fronted Goose
  155. Dark-eyed Junco
  156. Townsend’s Warbler
  157. Yellow Warbler
  158. Scaly-breasted Munia
  159. Pelagic Cormorant
  160. Pigeon Guillemot
  161. Cooper’s hawk
  162. Pygmy Nuthatch
  163. Stellar’s Jay
  164. Barrow’s Goldeneye
  165. Black-billed Magpie
  166. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  167. Red-crested Cardinal
  168. Common Waxbill
  169. White-rumped Shama
  170. Common Myna
  171. Warbling White-eye
  172. Red-vented Bulbul
  173. White-tailed Tropicbird
  174. Zebra Dove
  175. Spotted Dove
  176. Pacific Golden-Plover
  177. Java Sparrow
  178. Wrentit
  179. Spotted Sandpiper
  180. Red-necked Phalarope
  181. Clark’s Nutcracker
  182. Little Blue Heron
  183. Royal Tern
  184. Costa’s Hummingbird
  185. Fox Sparrow
  186. Sandhill Crane