Birds of 2013

Starting this list over halfway into the year is not ideal, but I’ve been keeping a running tally of new year birds written on scraps of paper and random noteboooks here and there. So this list will be updated as I find all the little lists and compile them here! I am sure to be missing a few species here and there, unfortunately, but that’s the impetus for making sure I get it right come 2014.

I spent the winter holiday with Ethan in his native California, where we also took part in a Christmas Bird Count with local Orange County birders (Sea & Sage Audubon Society). Ethan and I were assigned to a park in Irvine along with another birder. Of course, all of those birds were listed under December 2012. However, upon our return to North Carolina, we took part in another CBC, this time in our city of Wilmington with the local bird club. It took place in Airlie Gardens; here is our count list:

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Cedar Waxwing


Pacific Loon >> got a rare bird alert that there was one floating with other loons off of Johnny Mercer’s Pier in Wrightsville Beach
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Horned Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Willow Flycatcher – Schenck Forest, Raleigh, NC > highly unusual but call was very distinct

I was hired for avian fieldwork, working locally in longleaf pine forest as well as doing riparian bird surveys around S-E NC rivers (Cape Fear, etc). It was an exceptionally cool spring and that impacted the bird surveys, mostly retarding the arrival and abundance of certain migrants.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-winged Blackbird
Indigo Bunting
Prairie Warbler
Eastern Kingbird
Northern Bobwhite
Yellow-throated Vireo
Norther Parula
Wild Turkey
Blue Grosbeak
American Goldfinch
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
White-eyed Vireo
Wood Thrush
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eurasian Collared Dove
Black-throated Green Warbler
Summer Tanager
Hermit Thrush
Black Vulture
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Loggerhead Shrike


Orchard Oriole
Hooded Warbler
Loggerhead Shrike
Mississippi Kite
Acadian Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher


Swallowtail Kite
Black Skimmer
Least Tern
Common Tern


Shenandoah National Park, West Virginia:
Ruffed Grouse
Red Eyed Vireo
Eastern Wood-pewee
Hooded Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Carolina Wren
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch
Yellow-throated Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Least Flycatcher
House Wren
Pileated Woodpecker
Wood Thrush
Acadian Flycatcher
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Redstart
American Woodcock
–> also, Black Bear (mother + cub), White-tailed Deer (everywhere)



Tri-colored Heron
Bald Eagle

Bayou Sauvage, Louisiana:
Northern Harrier
Glossy Ibis
Common Yellowthroat
Black-necked Stilt
Black Skimmer
Yellowlegs sp.
Blue-winged Teal
Least Plover

Sonora, Texas:
White-winged Dove
Wilson’s Warbler
European Starlings
Empidonax sp.

Outside Dodge City, KS:
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher*

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico:
Sandhill Cranes**
Northern Harrier
Lincoln Sparrow
American Coot
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canada Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose
Black Phoebe
Northern Shoveler
Western Grebe
Ruddy Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Red-winged Blackbird
Barn Swallow
Northern Flicker
Red-tailed Hawk
–> also, Coyote

S-E Arizona – outside Tucson, Arizona:
Gila Woodpecker**
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher**
Curve-billed Thrasher**
Black-throated Sparrow
American Kestrel (male)
Rock Wren
House Finch
Greater Roadrunner

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, S-E AZ: 
Gila Woodpecker
White-winged Dove
White-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Lazuli Bunting**
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Great Blue Heron
Black Phoebe
American Coot
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Say’s Phoebe
Lesser Goldfinch

Kartchner Caverns, S-E AZ:
Black-throated Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Gambel’s Quail**
Northern Flicker
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Dark-eyed Junco
Bewick’s Wren
Northern Cardinal (!)
Western Scrub-jay
Common Raven
–> also: Western Patch-nosed Snake, Round-tailed Horned Lizard


Orange County, California:
Black Turnstone
California Towhee
Hummingbird sp.
White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Red-tailed Hawk
Western Kingbird

Ovenbird (at the feeder in urban Raleigh – yard bird!)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –> exited airport on a 14-hour layover
Common Mynah
Spotted Dove
Jungle Cock
Green Pigeon sp.
Varanus sp.

Kathmandu, Nepal
Barn Owl (first night, was being harassed by feral dogs)
House Crow
Plum-headed Parakeet
Honey Buzzard
Wooly-necked Stork
Red-vented Bulbul
Common Mynah


Annapurna Base Camp Trek (altitude up to 13,600 ft. ASL) – Nepal
11 days trekking to Annapurna Base Camp – not enough time spent birding as we were part of a group and on a tight schedule, but we still got to see many species in diverse habitats as we climbed up and down the Himalayas – from lush rainforest to terraced agricultural foothills to alpine habitat.
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Green-backed Tit
Himalayan Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul
Hume’s Leaf Warbler
Black-throated Sunbird
Spotted Forktail
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Spangled Drongo
Great Barbet
Oriental Turtle Dove
Harrier sp.
Bearded Vulture/Lammergeier
Grey Bushchat
Large-billed Crow
Crested Tit
Black-throated Tit
Rufous Sibia
Long-tailed Thrush
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
Common Kestrel
Black Bulbul
Black-faced Laughingthrush
Rufous-vented Yuhina
Grey Wagtail
Green-tailed Sunbird
Booted Eagle
Striated Laughingthrush
Alpine Chough
Eurasian Wren
Alpine Accentor
Altai Accentor

Chitwan National Park
Pied Kingfisher
White-breasted Kingfisher
Red-vented Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Black Drongo
Crested Serpent Eagle
Black Hooded Oriole
Lesser Adjutant
Indian Reef Heron
Cuckoo Shrike
White-breasted Waterhen
Plum-headed Parakeet
Spotted Dove
Asian Open-bill Stork
Cormorant sp.
Ruddy Shelduck
Pied Bustard
Common Bustard
Common Kingfisher
Long-tailed Shrike
Black Ibis
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Red-wattled River Lapwing
Scaly-breasted Munia
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Barn Swallow
Common Greenshank
Common Pied Starling
White-browed Wagtail
Lineated Barbet
Paddyfield Pipit
Greater Coucal
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
+ Wild Boar, Marsh Mugger Crocodile, Gharial

Jatayu Vulture Restaurant Grounds (about 2 hours west of Chitwan National Park)
Common Kingfisher
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Paddyfield Pipit
Indian Pond Heron
White-throated Kingfisher
Greater Coucal
Red-throated Flycatcher
Pied Bushchat
Gray-breasted Prinia
Greenish Warbler
Common Stonechat
Olive-backed Pipit
Wood Shrike
Lesser Coucal
Indian Peacock
Himalayan Griffon Vulture
White-rumped Vulture
Lesser Adjutant
Black Stork
Rufous Treepie
Black-hooded Oriole
Large-billed Crow
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Red-vented Bulbul
White-bellied Drongo
Great Tit
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Green Sandpiper
Smoky Warbler
Scaly-breasted Munia
Oriental White-eye
Large Cuckoo-shrike
Asian Open-bill Stork
Bar-headed Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Plum-headed Parakeet
Alexandrine Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Red-breasted Prinia
Common Chiffchaff
Common Stonechat
Baya Weaver
Long-tail Shrike
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Steppe Eagle
Mountain Hawk-eagle
Siberian Rubythroat
Gray-breasted Prinia
Plain Prinia
Plain Martin
Green Bee-eater
Common Tailorbird
Black Kite
Spotted Dove



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