2011 Bird Year List

Another year, another bird list! It’s going to be hard to beat 2010’s list, so let’s hope this year is even half as good!

January:
Eastern towhee
Cardinal
Blue jay
Tufted titmouse
Carolina chickadee
Catbird
Red-tailed hawk
Red-shouldered hawk
Dark-eyed junco
Yellow-rumped warbler
White-throated sparrow
House sparrow
Robin
American crow
Common grackle
Downy woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker

February:
trip to Lake Mattamuskeet:

  • red bellied woodpecker
  • killdeer  (so many!)
  • turkey vulture
  • eastern bluebird
  • american kestrel
  • european starling
  • red-shouldered hawk
  • northern harrier
  • great blue heron
  • belted kingfisher
  • common grackle
  • peregrine falcon??
  • eastern meadowlark (so many!)
  • pied billed grebe
  • canada goose
  • hooded merganser
  • Lincoln’s sparrow
  • tundra swan
  • cliff swallow
  • ruddy duck
  • northern mockinbird
  • great egret
  • ring-billed gull
  • black-crowned night heron (+ juvenile)
  • american wigeon
  • common coot (lots and lots)
  • the same juvenile bald eagle from the last trip
  • double-crested cormorant
  • bufflehead (female)
  • northern shoveler
  • northern pintail
  • common snipe
  • rail spp.
  • blue-winged teal
  • gadwall
  • green-winged teal
  • american mallard
  • black duck??
  • american bittern
  • red-winged blackbird
  • Red-tailed hawk

March:
Pine warbler
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Brown-headed nuthatch
Laughing gull
Brown-headed cowbird
Cedar waxwing
Double-crested cormorant
Ruby-crowned kinglet

April:
Bald eagle (juvenile)
Yellow-throated warbler
Bachman’s sparrow
Red-cockaded woodpecker
Northern flicker
Common yellowthroat
Prairie warbler
White-eyed vireo
Eastern bluebird
Swamp sparrow
Belted kingfisher
Catbird
Great crested flycatcher
Semi-palmated plover
Black-bellied plover
Lesser yellowlegs
Least tern
Forester’s tern
Dunlin
Sanderling

May:

June:

July:

August:

September:

October:
Charleston, SC : Wood Stork

November:
— weekend trip to Sarasota, FL —
Reddish Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Great Blue Heron
Wood Stork
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Bellied Plover
Belted Kingfisher
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Yellow Crowned Night Heron (juv)
Brown Pelican
Palm Warbler
Sanderling
Willet
White Ibis
White Pelican
Double Crested Cormorant
Royal Tern
— trip to CA —
Bewick’s wren
Winter Wren
Steller’s Jay
Varied Thrush
Acorn Woodpecker
Scrub Jay
Brewer’s Blackbird
Wild Turkey
Willet
Black-Necked Stilt
American Avocet
Eared Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Western Grebe?
Black Phoebe
Northern Flicker
Hairy Woodpecker
CA Thrasher
Dark Eyed Junco
Red-tailed Hawk
Canyon Wren
Cactus Wren
Loggerhead Shrike
CA Towhee
White Pelican
White-shouldered Kite
Bushtit
Heerman’s Gull

December:

This year was birding-heavy over the summer as I worked as a field assistant doing bird surveys, however it was in the limited habitat of longleaf pine forests of Eastern NC – Holly Shelter Game Lands and Croatan National Forest.

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