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  My Bird Life List

One of the fun things about being a new birder was there were more opportunities for life birds (your first-time sighting of a bird). Every new bird species I see is a real joy, but those opportunities are becoming increasingly difficult. In 2015, I started traveling to add new life birds. So far, I've visited Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, New Jersey, and Florida. And this fall, I'm looking forward to seeing some new birds in Louisiana.

The list below contains the species that I've been able to add to my bird Life List since I started birding in September, 2010.

Total bird species: 467 (last update: 4/25/2018 - Boreal Owl)

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Life Bird #SpeciesDate Added
467

Boreal Owl  

Boreal Owl   (BOOW), Aegolius funereus

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Braddock Bay, Greece, NY

Notes: An amazing find by Nick Pusateri while surveying for owls in Braddock Bay Owl Woods! I was very fortunate to have gotten an invitation to see this amazing bird and am thankful I went, in spite of my misgivings.

4/25/2018
466

Western Meadowlark  

Western Meadowlark   (WEME), Sturnella neglecta

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Notes: Close by to the refuge, this bird was in a field on Armitage Road near Route 89. I heard partial calls but then was very fortunate to hear its "chuck chuck" calls several times as it took to the air and flew.

4/15/2018
465

Magnificent Frigatebird  

Magnificent Frigatebird   (MAFR), Fregata magnificens

Order: Suliformes
Family: Fregatidae
Location: Marco Island, Collier County, Florida

Notes: As I was leaving Marco Island and driving on the bridge, I caught sight of a Magnificent Frigatebird - at least I was pretty sure. I quickly pulled over and got the bird in my bins - and then my camera. Sure enough, it was, indeed, a Magnificent Frigatebird!

3/19/2018
464

Reddish Egret  

Reddish Egret   (REEG), Egretta rufescens

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: J. N. Ding Darling Nature Preserve, Sanibel, Lee County, Florida

Notes: I decided to give one more shot at the Reddish Egret after finding the Snowy Plover on Sanibel Island. Since I was close to JN Ding Darling, I took a quick drive through. It was high tide and my chances were slim, but as I rounded a bend, I could see my life bird up ahead! Wow!

3/19/2018
463

Snowy Plover  

Snowy Plover   (SNPL), Charadrius nivosus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriinae
Location: Gulfside Beach, Lee County, Florida

Notes: I walked a good mile on the hot beach for this guy! Just when I was ready to give up and turn back, my eyes rested on one of the cutest birds on earth! I sat right down and enjoyed his company for quite awhile!

3/19/2018
462

Wilson's Plover  

Wilson's Plover   (WIPL), Charadrius wilsonia

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Location: Marco Island - Tiger Tail Beach, Collier County, Florida

Notes: Several of these cuties greeted me just a short distance out on the beach. They were quite friendly and I was thrilled to have nice, close views!

3/19/2018
461

Mangrove Cuckoo  

Mangrove Cuckoo   (MACU), Coccyzus minor

Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Location: San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve, Lee County, Florida

Notes: Thanks to 6 young Mennonite men who heard a cuckoo calling back along the road lined with Mangrove trees, I was able to see this life bird! The bird eventually came out to the front of the road and caught a large caterpillar right in front of us. Excellent views of this cool bird!

3/18/2018
460

Fulvous Whistling-Duck  

Fulvous Whistling-Duck   (FUWD), Dendrocygna bicolor

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: Pretty early in our drive along the berm, our leader called out Fulvous Whistling-Ducks! Kate and I saw them flying over the swamp and I managed a couple of photos of them. I would have liked a better study!

3/17/2018
459

Muscovy Duck  

Muscovy Duck   (MUDU), Cairina moschata

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: Seen right near Becky and Chris' house in Port Charlotte, Florida. This duck was on the lawn in front of someone's house! I saw another at a different location but never made an eBird entry for that one.

3/17/2018
458

Purple Gallinule  

Purple Gallinule   (PUGA), Porphyrio martinicus

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: Kate and I were about the only ones on the tour who got views of two Purple Gallinules, a species I've been wanting to see for a very long time!

3/17/2018
457

Purple Swamphen  

Purple Swamphen   (PUSW), Porphyrio porphyrio

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: We didn't too far into the treatment area when we spotted the first swamphen. We saw several more before we were done. I believe the name of this bird will be soon changed to Gray-headed Swamphen.

3/17/2018
456

Roseate Spoonbill  

Roseate Spoonbill   (ROSP), Platalea ajaja

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: Kate and I had a rather distant look of a juvenile foraging among many Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. A couple of days later, I had 2 flyovers at Harns Marsh, but that was it.

3/17/2018
455

Snail Kite  

Snail Kite   (SNKI), Rostrhamus sociabilis

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: Kate and I saw a total of 3 at this location. Unfortunately, I didn't great photos but our views were fair.

3/17/2018
454

Tropical Kingbird  

Tropical Kingbird   (TRKI), Tyrannus melancholicus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: Thanks to the leaders of the group we were touring the treatment facility with, Kate and I got to see this beauty! There were actually two there and they gave great views.

3/17/2018
453

Western Kingbird  

Western Kingbird   (WEKI), Tyrannus verticalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry County, Florida

Notes: Just outside the treatment area, Kate and I found a few of these pretty kingbirds perched along power lines while we searched for Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. We never found the flycatchers, but the WEKI was a nice compensatory bird!

3/17/2018
452

Common Ground-Dove  

Common Ground-Dove   (COGD), Columbina passerina

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier County, Florida

Notes: This life bird was foraging under the feeders at the visitor's center. I saw several more over the next few days but this was my best look at this bird.

3/16/2018
451

Crested Caracara  

Crested Caracara   (CRCA), Caracara cheriway

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier County, Florida

Notes: This was a flyover as I was checking out some birds on the way into Corkscrew Swamp - very cool!

3/16/2018
450

Limpkin  

Limpkin   (LIMP), Aramus guarauna

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Aramidae
Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier County, Florida

Notes: My life view of this bird was through a fence. The Limpkin was walking around on the boardwalk behind the fence in a private area of the swamp. I aimed my camera through the slats and actually got a fair photo of this cool bird!

3/16/2018
449

Short-tailed Hawk  

Short-tailed Hawk   (STHA), Buteo brachyurus

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier County, Florida

Notes: I had great views of this hawk as it soared over the boardwalk several times!

3/16/2018
448

Wood Stork  

Wood Stork   (WOST), Mycteria americana

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ciconiidae
Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier County, Florida

Notes: Another flyover as I was checking out some birds on the way into Corkscrew Swamp - two life birds as I paused there!

3/16/2018
447

Mottled Duck  

Mottled Duck   (MODU), Pterodroma inexpectata

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Westin Resort, Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida

Notes: My first life bird of Kate's and my trip to Southwest Florida! Seen right from the balcony of our hotel!

3/14/2018
446

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch  

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch   (GCRF), Leucosticte tephrocotis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Meadville, Pennsylvania

Notes: Alec, Kevin, and I took a run down to see this MEGA rare finch. It's the FIRST state record for this species! The finch gave great views, in spite of the jittery flock of goldfinches and a passing Coop's attempt at breakfast.

2/8/2018
445

Mew Gull  

Mew Gull   (MEGU), Larus canus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Oswego Harbor

Notes: The location was a little south of the harbor in the town of Minetto. This bird was found by Jay McGowan the afternoon before. I made a dash for it the next morning after learning about this gull. I don't think they stick around very long and I was glad I ran!

1/19/2018
444

White-winged Tern  

White-winged Tern   (WWTE), Chlidonias leucopterus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Nessmuk Lake, Tioga County, Pennsylvania

Notes: Alec Humann, Joe Fell, and I drove down to PA to see this beautiful tern. It's a European tern and, like Black Terns, likes marshy lakes. It has actually been known to hybridize with Black Terns. Life bird for all 3 of us!

8/11/2017
443

Clark's Grebe  

Clark's Grebe   (CLGR), Aechmophorus clarkii

Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Location: Oswego Harbor

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien on our way to the Great Gray. This was the first NYS record for this species! Birders are coming from all over NY for this guy!

2/24/2017
442

Ross's Gull  

Ross's Gull   (ROGU), Rhodostethia rosea

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

Notes: Seen at Tupper Lake with Alec Humann. What a gorgeous, delicate, small Arctic gull! As Alec said, it was more dove-like. We got to see it twice over our two-day trip. We also saw some other nice birds that we don't get to see too often at home: Ruffed Grouse (two), 15 Evening Grosbeaks, 6 Gray Jays, a gorgeous Rough-legged Hawk, 2 Northern Shrikes, and a close view of a Pileated Woodpecker eating berries. Great birds and great fun!

1/31/2017
441

Gyrfalcon  

Gyrfalcon   (GYRF), Falco rusticolus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Falconidae
Location: Fayette, NY (Cayuga Lake)

Notes: This was at least my fourth attempt for this species. This bird had been refound yesterday by Joe Wing and I decided yesterday afternoon that I was going to give it another try. I'm so glad I did! A group of about 4 birders were gathered when I pulled up, including Ann Mitchell and Mike Gullo. We all had great scope views!

1/14/2017
440

Slaty-backed Gull  

Slaty-backed Gull   (SBGU), Larus schistisagus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY

Notes: Found by Chris Kundl earlier this morning. Seen with Scott Peterson and Shelley Seidman.

1/1/2017
439

Connecticut Warbler  

Connecticut Warbler   (CONW), Oporornis agilis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

Notes: Found by Kevin Rybczynski! Kevin called to see if I could check out the bird and help him confirm its ID. To my amazement, I found the bird in the same area he described. It stayed low in the underbrush but I got decent looks as it skirted around in response to playback.

9/20/2016
438

Garganey  

Garganey   (GARG),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Notes: This small and distinctive duck was seen from East Rd. with Willie D'Anna and Bernie Kester.

6/7/2016
437

Mississippi Kite  

Mississippi Kite   (MIKI), Ictinia mississippiensis

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Mud Lake, Port Colborne, Ontario

Notes: Willie D'Anna and I had beautiful views of this immature kite as it hawked insects and ate them on the wing. Amazing bird!

5/22/2016
436

Gray Kingbird  

Gray Kingbird   (GRKI), Tyrannus dominicensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

Notes: I got to see this large, gray kingbird on my second try at the Conesus Lake Inlet. It was found the day before by Greg Lawrence and Ethan Gyllenhaal. This was quite an attention-grabbing bird!

5/3/2016
435

Cinnamon Teal  

Cinnamon Teal   (CITE),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Sweetwater Wetlands, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Finally not a hybrid!

3/18/2016
434

Gray Flycatcher  

Gray Flycatcher   (GRFL), Empidonax wrightii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Catalina SP, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. I'm so glad we went back to Catalina SP for the third time to look for the Rufous-backed Robin, otherwise, I never would have seen this cute, little flycatcher!

3/18/2016
433

Rufous-backed Robin  

Rufous-backed Robin   (RBRO), Turdus rufopalliatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Catalina SP, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. We went to Catalina SP three times and finally found it on our third try! That third time is truly a charm!

3/18/2016
432

Black-throated Gray Warbler  

Black-throated Gray Warbler   (BTYW), Setophaga nigrescens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Fort Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. A gorgeous warbler and one I've been wanting for a very long time!

3/17/2016
431

Chihuahuan Raven  

Chihuahuan Raven   (CHRA), Corvus cryptoleucus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location: Santa Cruz County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Spotted by Melody on a very early morning drive to Ft. Huachuca Canyon.

3/17/2016
430

Costa's Hummingbird  

Costa's Hummingbird   (COHU), Calypte costae

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Location: Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Santa Cruz County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/17/2016
429

Gray Hawk  

Gray Hawk   (GRHA), Buteo plagiatus

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Location: Fort Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. A couple of other birders pointed out a possible nesting location near our lunch spot. Sure enough, the pair came in with loud calls and we got to see them quite close!

3/17/2016
428

Hammond's Flycatcher  

Hammond's Flycatcher   (HAFL), Empidonax hammondii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Fort Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/17/2016
427

Inca Dove  

Inca Dove   (INDO), Columbina inca

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Location: Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Santa Cruz County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. A cute, little dove I found sitting quietly in a tree.

3/17/2016
426

Montezuma Quail  

Montezuma Quail   (MONQ), Cyrtonyx montezumae

Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Location: Fort Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Two were flushed as we were walking through a field at the top of the ridge - a third flushed on our way down. Better views desired!

3/17/2016
425

Northern Pygmy-Owl  

Northern Pygmy-Owl   (NOPO), Glaucidium gnoma

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Fort Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Four two-tone whistle notes heard first by Melody. Eventually, we all heard them too - then we finally located the little owl in a nearby tree!

3/17/2016
424

Sinaloa Wren  

Sinaloa Wren   (SIWR), Thryophilus sinaloa

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Fort Huachuca Canyon, Cochise County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. A real coup, I'm told. This shy and seldom seen rarity was very cooperative for us in the early morning light. It was our target bird and we got it within just minutes.

3/17/2016
423

Violet-crowned Hummingbird  

Violet-crowned Hummingbird   (VCHU), Amazilia violiceps

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Location: Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Santa Cruz County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Striking!

3/17/2016
422

Bendire's Thrasher  

Bendire's Thrasher   (BETH), Toxostoma bendirei

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Location: Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. This was seen at Baseline Rd & Salome Hwy Thrasher spot. We saw 5 altogether at this spot, two nesting pairs, included.

3/16/2016
421

Black-chinned Sparrow  

Black-chinned Sparrow   (BCSP), Spizella atrogularis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Oak Flat, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/16/2016
420

Lark Bunting  

Lark Bunting   (LARB), Calamospiza melanocorys

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Melody spotted a group of about 30 along the roadside as we were driving to look for thrashers.

3/16/2016
419

Le Conte's Thrasher  

Le Conte's Thrasher   (LETH), Toxostoma lecontei

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Location: Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. This was seen at Baseline Rd & Salome Hwy Thrasher spot. We saw 4 altogether at this spot, at least one nesting pair.

3/16/2016
418

Prairie Falcon  

Prairie Falcon   (PRFA), Falco mexicanus

Order: Falconiformes
Family: Falconidae
Location: Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. This was seen at Baseline Rd & Salome Hwy Thrasher spot. I happened to spot this falcon, not sure which it was. Melody was quite excited when she shouted out that it was a Prairie Falcon!

3/16/2016
417

Acorn Woodpecker  

Acorn Woodpecker   (ACWO), Melanerpes formicivorus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Sykes Knob Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. What a great and comical looking woodpecker! I really loved this guy! They traveled in groups and we saw many after this sighting.

3/15/2016
416

Bushtit  

Bushtit   (BUSH), Psaltriparus minimus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Aegithalidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Molina Basin, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/15/2016
415

Canyon Towhee  

Canyon Towhee   (CANT), Melozone fusca

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Molina Basin, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. This was a BVD for me (better look desired). Fortunately, I got a better look later at another spot!

3/15/2016
414

Canyon Wren  

Canyon Wren   (CANW), Catherpes mexicanus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. One of my favorite birds of the trip...

3/15/2016
413

Cassin's Vireo  

Cassin's Vireo   (CAVI), Vireo cassinii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Molina Basin, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. This was a life bird for all but Bernie and Melody.

3/15/2016
412

Mountain Chickadee  

Mountain Chickadee   (MOCH), Poecile gambeli

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/15/2016
411

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet  

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet   (NOBT), Camptostoma imberbe

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Agua Caliente Park, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/15/2016
410

Olive Warbler  

Olive Warbler   (OLWA), Peucedramus taeniatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. This was our target for this location and Melody got us on this bird very quickly. We enjoyed many looks of many more throughout the next few days.

3/15/2016
409

Pygmy Nuthatch  

Pygmy Nuthatch   (PYNU), Sitta pygmaea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. Super cute, little puff balls!

3/15/2016
408

Steller's Jay  

Steller's Jay   (STJA), Cyanocitta stelleri

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location: Sykes Knob Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. We only had this one sighting - too bad too, because I would have loved some decent photos of this handsome bird!

3/15/2016
407

Violet-green Swallow  

Violet-green Swallow   (VGSW), Tachycineta thalassina

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/15/2016
406

Western Bluebird  

Western Bluebird   (WEBL), Sialia mexicana

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl.

3/15/2016
405

White-throated Swift  

White-throated Swift   (WTSW), Aeronautes saxatalis

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Location: Mt. Lemmon--Rose Canyon and Lake, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis and accompanied by our guide, Melody Kehl. We saw our first one of these small swifts fly out from one of the rocks as we wound our way up Mt. Lemmon.

3/15/2016
404

Abert's Towhee  

Abert's Towhee   (ABTO), Melozone aberti

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Catalina SP, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
403

Arizona Woodpecker  

Arizona Woodpecker   (ARWO), Picoides arizonae

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. What great looks at this cool-looking bird!

3/14/2016
402

Bell's Vireo  

Bell's Vireo   (BEVI), Vireo bellii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Madera Canyon, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. Celeste heard its call, similar to a Warbling Vireo, which got us on this bird in short work!

3/14/2016
401

Black-throated Sparrow  

Black-throated Sparrow   (BTSP), Amphispiza bilineata

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Grasslands between Proctor Rd and Florida Wash, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
400

Bridled Titmouse  

Bridled Titmouse   (BRTI), Baeolophus wollweberi

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
399

Broad-billed Hummingbird  

Broad-billed Hummingbird   (BBIH), Cynanthus latirostris

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Location: Madera Canyon, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
398

Cactus Wren  

Cactus Wren   (CACW), Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. This species was pretty common.

3/14/2016
397

Curve-billed Thrasher  

Curve-billed Thrasher   (CBTH), Toxostoma curvirostre

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Location: E Whitehouse Canyon Rd, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. Karen found the first one, which I only saw fly away at the last second. I didn't get this bird until the second day.

3/14/2016
396

Gambel's Quail  

Gambel's Quail   (GAQU), Callipepla gambelii

Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Location: Ocotillo Canyon Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. We drove around and around Holly's neighborhood each night until we finally found these guys!

3/14/2016
395

Green-tailed Towhee  

Green-tailed Towhee   (GTTO), Pipilo chlorurus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Catalina SP, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
394

Hepatic Tanager  

Hepatic Tanager   (HETA), Piranga flava

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. A pair were hanging around the picnic area and we all got some great views. We ended up seeing them at two other places afterwards.

3/14/2016
393

Hutton's Vireo  

Hutton's Vireo   (HUVI), Vireo huttoni

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
392

Lucy's Warbler  

Lucy's Warbler   (LUWA), Oreothlypis luciae

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Catalina SP, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
391

Mexican Jay  

Mexican Jay   (MEJA), Aphelocoma wollweberi

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location: Madera Canyon, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. What a raucous bunch that we heard a mile away as they flew in!

3/14/2016
390

Painted Redstart  

Painted Redstart   (PARE), Myioborus pictus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. What a beautiful singer!

3/14/2016
389

Red-naped Sapsucker  

Red-naped Sapsucker   (RNSA), Sphyrapicus varius

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. My 400th bird!

3/14/2016
388

Rufous-crowned Sparrow  

Rufous-crowned Sparrow   (RCSP), Aimophila ruficeps

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Kubo B&B, Santa Cruz County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. This guy was very pale and we knew right away we were seeing something different.

3/14/2016
387

Townsend's Warbler  

Townsend's Warbler   (TOWA), Setophaga townsendi

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Picnic Area, Pima County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/14/2016
386

Yellow-eyed Junco  

Yellow-eyed Junco   (YEJU), Junco phaeonotus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Madera Canyon--Madera Kubo B&B, Santa Cruz County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. Surprisingly cool!

3/14/2016
385

Anna's Hummingbird  

Anna's Hummingbird   (ANHU), Calypte anna

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Location: Encanto Park, Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. The lighting was very bright and we couldn't make the ID until we looked at our photos.

3/13/2016
384

Bewick's Wren  

Bewick's Wren   (BEWR), Thryomanes bewickii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. We heard these guys everywhere - the old-fashioned phone dial...

3/13/2016
383

Black Phoebe  

Black Phoebe   (BLPH), Sayornis nigricans

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/13/2016
382

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher  

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher   (BTGN), Polioptila melanura

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Polioptilidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/13/2016
381

Burrowing Owl  

Burrowing Owl   (BUOW), Athene cunicularia

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Evergreen Turf Sod Farm--Tweedy/Pretzer, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. A pair was inside their burrow with one peeking out. After getting a few photos, the one came out and was soon joined by its mate.

3/13/2016
380

Gila Woodpecker  

Gila Woodpecker   (GIWO), Melanerpes uropygialis

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Encanto Park, Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. This ended up being a pretty common bird and was seen in many places.

3/13/2016
379

Great-tailed Grackle  

Great-tailed Grackle   (GTGR), Quiscalus mexicanus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: My first life bird of the trip! In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/13/2016
378

Greater Roadrunner  

Greater Roadrunner   (GRRO), Geococcyx californianus

Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Location: Casa Grande I-10, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. I spotted this guy alongside the road after we left Encanto Park.

3/13/2016
377

Harris's Hawk  

Harris's Hawk   (HASH), Parabuteo unicinctus

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Location: Casa Grande I-10, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. Spotted on top of a utility pole alongside the road.

3/13/2016
376

Ladder-backed Woodpecker  

Ladder-backed Woodpecker   (LBWO), Picoides scalaris

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. I just happened to spot this gal foraging in the brush well off the path. Life bird for both Karen and I.

3/13/2016
375

Lesser Goldfinch  

Lesser Goldfinch   (LEGO), Spinus psaltria

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/13/2016
374

Phainopepla  

Phainopepla   (PHAI), Phainopepla nitens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ptiliogonatidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. It was soon apparent that this species was very abundant!

3/13/2016
373

Pyrrhuloxia  

Pyrrhuloxia   (PYRR), Cardinalis sinuatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. I had been practicing the pronunciation of this species well before the trip!

3/13/2016
372

Rock Wren  

Rock Wren   (ROWR), Salpinctes obsoletus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Evergreen Turf Sod Farm--Tweedy/Pretzer, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/13/2016
371

Rosy-faced Lovebird  

Rosy-faced Lovebird   (RFLO), Agapornis roseicollis

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Location: Encanto Park, Maricopa County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. A life bird for Bernie, Karen, and I!

3/13/2016
370

Rufous-winged Sparrow  

Rufous-winged Sparrow   (RWSP), Peucaea carpalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis.

3/13/2016
369

Verdin  

Verdin   (VERD), Auriparus flaviceps

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Remizidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. What a cutie - and a very common songster!

3/13/2016
368

Vermilion Flycatcher  

Vermilion Flycatcher   (VEFL), Pyrocephalus rubinus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Florence-Park Link Dr, Pinal County, AZ

Notes: In Arizona with Holly Sweeney, Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Karen Lee Lewis. This bird and its brilliant plumage was among a handful that I was most eager to see!

3/13/2016
367

Bullock's Oriole  

Bullock's Oriole   (BUOR), Icterus bullockii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: Seen at a private residence in Ulster County with Bernie Kester, Celeste Morien, and Marsha. What a treat!

3/6/2016
366

Brambling  

Brambling   (BRAM), Fringilla montifringilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Private Residence, Medina, OH

Notes: MEGA rarity! Seen with Bernie Kester, Willie D'Anna, Betsy Potter, Celeste Morien, and Dean DiTomasso. Very cooperative bird presenting great views!

1/23/2016
365

Harris's Sparrow  

Harris's Sparrow   (HASP), Zonotrichia querula

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Private Residence, Albany, NY

Notes: Seen with Holly Sweeney and Celeste Morien at a pastor's house in Albany, NY. The bird had been coming to their feeders for over a week and kindly was letting birders to their yard to view the bird. Life bird for Holly and I and a state bird for Celeste.

11/15/2015
364

Cave Swallow  

Cave Swallow   (CASW), Petrochelidon fulva

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Charlotte Pier, Lake Ontario, NY

Notes: Seen with Alec Humann, Kevin Rybczynski, Celeste Morien, and Jay Powell. The bird was tucked in some loose ceiling molding on an overhang on a building along the Charlotte Beach area. It flew off giving us all a few second view.

11/14/2015
363

Long-tailed Jaeger  

Long-tailed Jaeger   (LTJA), Stercorarius longicaudus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Stercorariidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, Andy Guthrie, and Dave Tetlow. We had nice, long looks at this bird as it slowly, flew west.

9/20/2015
362

Western Sandpiper  

Western Sandpiper   (WESA), Calidris mauri

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: After wanting this bird for 4 years, one was found by Joe Mitchell at Wood Marsh. Seen with Celeste Morien and Joe. Now I won't need to travel to Long Island for one!

8/11/2015
361

Spruce Grouse  

Spruce Grouse   (SPGR), Falcipennis canadensis

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

Notes: A female with 2 chicks seen with Celeste Morien, Holly Sweeney, and Bernie Kester. First spotted by Holly who was driving. We enjoyed nice, leisurely looks as they foraged at the side of the road. The chicks crossed over the road a couple of times.

7/24/2015
360

Barn Owl  

Barn Owl   (BANO), Tyto alba

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Tytonidae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: This fledgling was seen with Pat Martin. We watched it preen from behind a blind at Jamaica Bay. This was my 5th try for this bird - and the 2nd try for the trip!

6/15/2015
359

Kentucky Warbler  

Kentucky Warbler   (KEWA), Geothlypis formosa

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Bear Mountain, Rockland, NY

Notes: Seen on Doodletown Road in Rockland County with Pat Martin. The warbler gave me a 4-5 second view after we had been hearing it for several minutes.

6/15/2015
358

Arctic Tern  

Arctic Tern   (ARTE), Sterna paradisaea

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: Seen with Derek Rogers and Pat Martin. Derek led us to Cupsogue for an epic day, which included 8 different species of terns, including this Arctic Tern as well as: Roseate, Sandwich, Caspian, Least, Black, Forster's, and Common.

6/14/2015
357

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck   (BBWD), Dendrocygna autumnalis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. There were 4 whistling ducks that we were very surprised to find across the marsh!

5/30/2015
356

Painted Bunting  

Painted Bunting   (PABU), Passerina ciris

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. What a gorgeous bird! After having to remove this guy from my list because the one I saw up in Ontario was thought to be an escaped bird, it was a joy to finally see a wild one and also count this bird!

5/30/2015
355

Swallow-tailed Kite  

Swallow-tailed Kite   (STKI), Elanoides forficatus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This was the most exciting bird from our trip! It lazily flew low over us, looping around and gave fantastic looks!

5/30/2015
354

Brown Pelican  

Brown Pelican   (BRPE), Pelecanus occidentalis

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. I was beginning to fear we wouldn't see one of these birds when I turned around to give the beach one, last look - and there it was - this huge pelican flying right at us! The next day brought many more!

5/29/2015
353

Royal Tern  

Royal Tern   (ROYT), Thalasseus maximus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. Flying out with Least, Sandwich, and Forster's Terns, I was thrilled to finally see a Royal!

5/29/2015
352

Sandwich Tern  

Sandwich Tern   (SATE), Thalasseus sandvicensis

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This species was seen flying out over the ocean along with the Royal Tern (another life bird) and Forster and Least Terns. Gale was really hoping for this one and I'm glad we got it!

5/29/2015
351

White Ibis  

White Ibis   (WHIB), Eudocimus albus

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Location: Huntington Beach State Park, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This was a random fly-over that we were really lucky to get as we didn't see another one the entire time we were there!

5/29/2015
350

Anhinga  

Anhinga   (ANHI), Anhinga anhinga

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Anhingidae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. We saw quite a few of these spectacular birds. Some were perched, some were drying/sunning themselves, and we had several fly-overs.

5/27/2015
349

Bachman's Sparrow  

Bachman's Sparrow   (BACS), Peucaea aestivalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: With Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This is a pretty rare species and it was amazing Gale's keen eye caught sight of it as it cross the road and landed in the woods. We were quite lucky to get this guy!

5/27/2015
348

Blue Grosbeak  

Blue Grosbeak   (BLGR), Passerina caerulea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. We got to hear these guys plus see males, females, and 1 begging youngster.

5/27/2015
347

Brown-headed Nuthatch  

Brown-headed Nuthatch   (BHNU), Sitta pusilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. The little "squeaky toy" sounds of these cuties were heard every once in awhile in the huge Carolina forest - usually with the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. very cool!

5/27/2015
346

Loggerhead Shrike  

Loggerhead Shrike   (LOSH), Lanius ludovicianus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. We saw two of these guys up on powerlines - the first one was near the nature reserve and the second was on the way home.

5/27/2015
345

Northern Bobwhite  

Northern Bobwhite   (NOBO), Colinus virginianus

Order: Galliformes
Family: Odontophoridae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This game species breeds in the wild in the great forest refuge in South Carolina.

5/27/2015
344

Red-cockaded Woodpecker  

Red-cockaded Woodpecker   (RCWO), Picoides borealis

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This was the rare bird that inspired the whole trip. We got it fairly easily after having gotten some instructions and being told what it sounded like. Fortunately, they were nesting so finding them was pretty easy.

5/27/2015
343

Carolina Chickadee  

Carolina Chickadee   (CACH), Poecile carolinensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Location: Clark's Creek Nature Preserve, NC

Notes: Seen with Gale VerHague while on a week's birding trip to the Carolinas. This was my first life bird of the trip. I especially loved hearing its different sounding calls from our northern Black-capped Chickadee. What a cutie pie!

5/26/2015
342

Black-necked Stilt  

Black-necked Stilt   (BNST), Himantopus mexicanus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae
Location: Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, OH

Notes: With Karen Vizzi and Karen Lee Lewis on our trip to Magee Marsh. What a joy to get to see this guy out on a large pond! It was my only life bird from the trip so I was doubly happy about it!

5/14/2015
341

Neotropic Cormorant  

Neotropic Cormorant   (NECO), Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: This bird was first spotted early in the morning by Jim Pawlicki as it flew WSW following the 90. Gale VerHague later relocated the bird at Lake Erie SP and then again on VanBuren Road. I viewed the bird with Gale and then later, with Greg & Fred Lawrence, Dean DiTommaso, Celeste and Willie. I believe, once accepted, this will be the 2nd or 3rd accepted state record for this species.

4/23/2015
340

Say's Phoebe  

Say's Phoebe   (SAPH), Sayornis saya

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Conewango Swamp WMA, Conewango and Randolph, NY

Notes: Great rarity found by Joe Mitchell. We got great scope views as the phoebe hawked insects, preened, and moved about the swamp area for at least an hour or more.

4/12/2015
339

Bohemian Waxwing  

Bohemian Waxwing   (BOWA), Bombycilla garrulus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Bombycillidae
Location: Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY

Notes: Found by Alec Humann in with a group of Cedar Waxwings. Seen with Kevin Rybczynski and Dennis Gralak.

2/8/2015
338

Razorbill  

Razorbill   (RAZO), Alca torda

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Alcidae
Location: Shinnecock Inlet, Suffolk, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien and Willie D'Anna

1/12/2015
337

Barnacle Goose  

Barnacle Goose   (BARG), Branta leucopsis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Belmont Lake SP, Suffolk County, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, Dean DiTommaso, Shai Mitra, and Pat Lindsay

1/11/2015
336

Common Eider  

Common Eider   (COEI), Somateria mollissima

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Point Lookout, Nassau County, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, Dean DiTommaso, Shai Mitra, and Pat Lindsay

1/11/2015
335

Great Cormorant  

Great Cormorant   (GRCO), Phalacrocorax carbo

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Location: Point Lookout, Nassau County, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, Dean DiTommaso, Shai Mitra, and Pat Lindsay

1/11/2015
334

Pink-footed Goose  

Pink-footed Goose   (PFGO), Anser brachyrhynchus

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, Dean DiTommaso, Shai Mitra, and Pat Lindsay

1/11/2015
333

Townsend's Solitaire  

Townsend's Solitaire   (TOSO), Myadestes townsendi

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: At a private residence in Erieville, NY, the Townsend's Solitaire had been seen off and on for about 2 weeks. Taking a chance, Celeste and I made the long drive and were rewarded with some great looks. We even got to hear it call several times. It was a life bird for me and a state bird for Celeste!

12/1/2014
332

Eurasian Tree Sparrow  

Eurasian Tree Sparrow   (ETSP), Passer montanus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: Seen with Celeste at a private residence at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Great views of this rare and skittish bird as he perched on top of a table feeder.

11/26/2014
331

Cassin's Kingbird  

Cassin's Kingbird   (CAKI), Tyrannus vociferans

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: A second state record bird found in Floyd Bennett Field. Celeste, Willie, and I enjoyed great views of this bird, one of the prime targets of our trip.

11/24/2014
330

Marbled Godwit  

Marbled Godwit   (MAGO), Limosa fedoa

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: Seen at Jones Beach West End with Celeste and Willie. Very far out viewing with scopes. Will try for closer look tomorrow.

11/24/2014
329

Tufted Duck  

Tufted Duck   (TUDU), Aythya fuligula

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: LaSalle Park, Buffalo, NY

Notes: A terrific find by Alec Humann! Seen by several birders, including Celeste Morien, Dennis and Susan Gralak, Joe Fell, Bill Watson, and more...

11/23/2014
328

Dickcissel  

Dickcissel   (DICK), Spiza americana

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location: Cornell Community Garden Plots, Ithaca, NY

Notes: I drove to Ithaca for this special bird, reported in the morning by Tim Lenz and found by Bob McGuire. It took a couple of hours before the bird finally popped-up on a fence and was pointed out by Brad Walker. Seen also with Gary Kohlenberg.

10/16/2014
327

Sabine's Gull  

Sabine's Gull   (SAGU), Xema sabini

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Squaw Island, Niagara River, Buffalo, NY

Notes: After getting info from Jim Pawlicki, Chris Hollister, Karen Vizzi, and I found the juvenile Sabine's in the river at the north end of Squaw Island.

10/5/2014
326

Pomarine Jaeger  

Pomarine Jaeger   (POJA), Stercorarius pomarinus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Stercorariidae
Location: Hamburg Beach

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, Jim Pawlicki, Joe Mitchell, Bill Watson, Alec Humann, Seaghan & Eli Coleman, Tom Kerr, and Matt Contino. Bird was seen well by the group. We followed it as it moved across our field of vision going west. Same bird - or another - came by later, going east.

10/4/2014
325

Northern Wheatear  

Northern Wheatear   (NOWH), Oenanthe oenanthe

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: At a private residence in Henderson, NY, this rare bird was first found by Tony Shrimpton. The bird gave great views on 9/21 and 9/22. I'm not sure if remained after that.

9/22/2014
324

Parasitic Jaeger  

Parasitic Jaeger   (PAJA), Stercorarius parasiticus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Stercorariidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: Seen with Andy Guthrie and Jay McGowan at beach area #4. A juvenile came by and gave long, great looks. Short after that, an adult came by, flying a bit faster, but banked a few times and gave us nice views of all sides.

9/10/2014
323

Buff-breasted Sandpiper  

Buff-breasted Sandpiper   (BBSA), Calidris subruficollis

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Buffalo Small Boat Harbor

Notes: Great find by Jim Pawlicki! This is the first record in BOS Region 1 in 4 years - so this is not a frequent visitor.

8/31/2014
322

Audubon's Shearwater  

Audubon's Shearwater   (AUSH), Puffinus lherminieri

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague. A big thank you to Alec too, because he grabbed me, steadied me at the stern, and shoved his bins to my eyes to make SURE I got this guy and that I didn't miss it for the fourth time! Haha! Thank you, Alec!

8/12/2014
321

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel  

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel   (BSTP), Oceanodroma castro

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Hydrobatidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague.

8/12/2014
320

Cory's Shearwater  

Cory's Shearwater   (COSH), Calonectris diomedea

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague.

8/12/2014
319

Fea's Petrel  

Fea's Petrel   (FEPE), Pterodroma feae

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague. This was a mega rarity - the first accepted record for NYS!

8/12/2014
318

Great Shearwater  

Great Shearwater   (GRSH),

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Procellariidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague.

8/12/2014
317

Leach's Storm-Petrel  

Leach's Storm-Petrel   (LESP), Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Hydrobatidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague.

8/12/2014
316

White-faced Storm-Petrel  

White-faced Storm-Petrel   (WFSP), Pelagodroma marina

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Hydrobatidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague.

8/12/2014
315

Wilson's Storm-Petrel  

Wilson's Storm-Petrel   (WISP), Oceanites oceanicus

Order: Procellariiformes
Family: Hydrobatidae
Location: Freeport, New York

Notes: My first pelagic: Freeport Pelagic Trip, mid-Hudson Canyon area with Alec Humann, Greg Lawrence and Gale VerHague.

8/12/2014
314

Bicknell's Thrush  

Bicknell's Thrush   (BITH), Catharus bicknelli

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

Notes: With Celeste Morien on top of Whiteface Mountain. Several Bicknell's Thrushes were out in the open singing in the very early morning hours.

7/11/2014
313

Black-backed Woodpecker  

Black-backed Woodpecker   (BBWO), Picoides arcticus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

7/10/2014
312

Boreal Chickadee  

Boreal Chickadee   (BOCH), Poecile hudsonicus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

7/10/2014
311

Gray Jay  

Gray Jay   (GRAJ), Perisoreus canadensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

7/10/2014
310

Northern Goshawk  

Northern Goshawk   (NOGO), Accipiter gentilis

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

7/10/2014
309

Red Crossbill  

Red Crossbill   (RECR), Loxia curvirostra

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Adirondack Mountains

7/10/2014
308

Worm-eating Warbler  

Worm-eating Warbler   (WEWA), Helmitheros vermivorum

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Bear Mountain, Rockland, NY

Notes: On the way back from our trip to Long Island, Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, and I stopped to bird Bear Mountain. We saw 2 families of Worm-eating Warblers along the way. In one group, a little one had just fledged and we were overjoyed to watch the adults find worms, beat the worms, and feed it to the begging youngster. It was a great and amazing experience!

6/12/2014
307

Gull-billed Tern  

Gull-billed Tern   (GBTE), Gelochelidon nilotica

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Lawrence Marsh, Nassau, NY

Notes: After much searching, Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I finally caught up to a Gull-billed Tern. This was a personal quest for Willie and I was very happy he got to see this bird.

6/11/2014
306

Roseate Tern  

Roseate Tern   (ROST), Sterna dougallii

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: On our trip to Long Island, Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I got to see this unique tern out on Cupsogue Beach. Willie's painstaking scoping paid off for this guy!

6/10/2014
305

White-winged Dove  

White-winged Dove   (WWDO), Zenaida asiatica

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: This was an especially great find on our trip to Long Island. As Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I were leaving Cupsogue Beach, we noticed an unusual looking dove with white streaks on its wings. Willie ID'd it almost immediately and reported this rare find to the local birding community.

6/10/2014
304

Black Skimmer  

Black Skimmer   (BLSK), Rynchops niger

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Nickerson Beach, Nassau Co., NY

Notes: This was on my wish list for years and I was thrilled to see several of these skimmers on my trip to Long Island with Willie D'Anna and Celeste Morien.

6/9/2014
303

Chuck-will's-widow  

Chuck-will's-widow   (CWWI), Antrostomus carolinensis

Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Location: Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: What an especially nice find! With a little help from some local birders, Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I got to experience this great and uncommon bird!

6/9/2014
302

Clapper Rail  

Clapper Rail   (CLRA), Rallus crepitans

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: On our trip to Long Island, Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I got to experience several of these rails at a few different locations.

6/9/2014
301

Northern Gannet  

Northern Gannet   (NOGA), Morus bassanus

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Sulidae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: On our trip to Long Island, Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, and I saw this bird out over the ocean during an ocean watch.

6/9/2014
300

Piping Plover  

Piping Plover   (PIPL), Charadrius melodus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: A long time wish list bird, I was thrilled to finally see several of these cute little guys on my trip to Long Island with Celeste Morien and Willie D'Anna.

6/9/2014
299

Saltmarsh Sparrow  

Saltmarsh Sparrow   (SALS), Ammodramus caudacutus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I all got several, very nice views of this beautiful marsh sparrow at Cupsogue Beach and then again at Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area.

6/9/2014
298

Seaside Sparrow  

Seaside Sparrow   (SALS), Ammodramus maritimus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk Co., NY

Notes: Willie D'Anna, Celeste Morien, and I all got a nice scoped views of this beautiful marsh sparrow at Cupsogue Beach.

6/9/2014
297

American Oystercatcher  

American Oystercatcher   (AMOY), Haematopus palliatus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Haematopodidae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, and I saw this bird many times at nearly every location during our trip to Long Island.

6/8/2014
296

Boat-tailed Grackle  

Boat-tailed Grackle   (BTGR), Quiscalus major

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: A very common bird on Long Island, I got many views of this grackle during the trip I took with Willie D'Anna and Celeste Morien. A little bet was running as to which life bird I would get first - this was the bird!

6/8/2014
295

Fish Crow  

Fish Crow   (FICR), Corvus ossifragus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: On our trip to Long Island, Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, and I saw and heard this bird many times over the duration of our trip.

6/8/2014
294

Laughing Gull  

Laughing Gull   (LAGU), Leucophaeus atricilla

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: On our trip to Long Island, Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, and I saw this gull several times; it's very common to the area.

6/8/2014
293

Least Tern  

Least Tern   (LETE), Sternula antillarum

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: I was able to get very many views of this smallest tern during my trip to Long Island with Celeste Morien and Willie D'Anna.

6/8/2014
292

Little Blue Heron  

Little Blue Heron   (LBHE), Egretta caerulea

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: The very first view I had of this heron was at Jamaica Bay on my trip to Long Island with Celeste Morien and Willie D'Anna. It was a fleeting fly-by and not too satisfying. However, later on the trip, at Cupsoque Beach, I got much better views.

6/8/2014
291

Snowy Egret  

Snowy Egret   (SNEG), Egretta thula

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: This bird has been a long-time wish list bird for a few years now. Finally, after a couple of misses here in WNY, I finally got to see one (several!) on my trip to Long Island with Celeste Morien and Willie D'Anna.

6/8/2014
290

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   (YCNH), Nyctanassa violacea

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Notes: I got to see several of these cool herons - some nice close-up views too - on my trip to Long Island with Celeste Morien and Willie D'Anna.

6/8/2014
289

Kirtland's Warbler  

Kirtland's Warbler   (KIWA), Setophaga kirtlandii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: Found by Andy Guthrie as he entered the park with his windows open. Andy heard the bird singing and knew he was onto something unique. What a great find - a record FIRST for NYS!!!

6/1/2014
288

Tricolored Heron  

Tricolored Heron   (TRHE), Egretta tricolor

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Twelve Mile Creek, Wilson, NY

Notes: Willie stopped to check this place as he's found unusual birds here before. Sure enough, he shouted, "a Tricolored Heron!". What a great find. I thank Gerry Teal for giving me a quick tutorial on kayaking and I was able to get some closer photos of this great bird.

5/24/2014
287

Wilson's Phalarope  

Wilson's Phalarope   (WIPH), Phalaropus tricolor

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Celeste and I went to Paddy #2 today to see if we could find the Short-billed Dowitchers Greg Lawrence texted me about. No luck on the dowitchers, but Celeste picked out a Wilson's Phalarope out among the Least Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs.

5/20/2014
286

Ruffed Grouse  

Ruffed Grouse   (RUGR), Bonasa umbellus

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: As Tom and I were hiking off the path at Ferd's Bog, Tom flushed the grouse. This is truly a "heart attack" bird, as they say!

5/11/2014
285

White-eyed Vireo  

White-eyed Vireo   (WEVI), Vireo griseus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Braddock Bay, Greece, NY

Notes: The location was actually at Fire House Woods. Pat Martin originally found this bird and I was lucky enough to see it on the second day. Gorgeous little bird but it kept darting around in the brush, making photos nearly impossible.

5/7/2014
284

Eastern Whip-poor-will  

Eastern Whip-poor-will   (EWPW), Antrostomus vociferus

Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Location: Private Residence

5/2/2014
283

Willet  

Willet   (WILL), Tringa semipalmata

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: Found in a farm field along Hulbert Road by Gerry Teal. The Willet was foraging along some pools of water in the field with 6 Black-bellied Plovers in breeding plumage.

4/30/2014
282

Willow Ptarmigan  

Willow Ptarmigan   (WIPT), Lagopus lagopus

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasiandidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: The Willow Ptarmigan is the first record, if accepted, for New York State. It was attracting birders from all over the state. I accompanied Willie D'Anna, Vicky Rothman, and Brian Morse to Point Peninsula to see this tundra bird. It was well worth the trip!

4/27/2014
281

American Bittern  

American Bittern   (AMBI), Botaurus lentiginosus

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

Notes: I was amazed this 4 year long nemesis bird gave me a surprising fly-by as it flew from the marsh towards the beginning of the boardwalk. Within a minute, it flew back out again.

4/26/2014
280

Black-headed Gull  

Black-headed Gull   (BHGU), Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Private Residence

4/26/2014
279

Yellow-headed Blackbird  

Yellow-headed Blackbird   (YHBL), Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: Seen at a private residence in Blasdell, NY. Resident contacted Audubon Center and Tom Kerr went out and ID'd the bird to be a Yellow-headed Blackbird. Resident allowed birders to come and view!

4/24/2014
278

Golden Eagle  

Golden Eagle   (GOEA), Aquila chrysaetos

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

Notes: After spending some time birding at Forest Lawn with Alec Humann, Kevin Rybyczynski, and Rick Bee, I had taken my leave but was flagged down by Alec who was excitedly pointing to the sky and shouting, "Golden Eagle!". I quickly got my bins on the bird and was amazed to see a Golden Eagle flying overhead! Totally awesome!

4/13/2014
277

Swainson's Hawk  

Swainson's Hawk   (SWHA), Buteo swainsoni

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Braddock Bay, Greece, NY

Notes: At the Hawk Watch with Celeste, Betsy, and Willie. Great flight day - hawks were flying all day.

4/10/2014
276

Great Gray Owl  

Great Gray Owl   (GGOW), Strix nebulosa

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Fort Erie, Canada

2/10/2014
275

Spotted Towhee  

Spotted Towhee   (SPTO), Pipilo maculatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Private Residence

Notes: Willie D'Anna, Betsy Potter, and I found the male Spotted Towhee at a private.

2/4/2014
274

Varied Thrush  

Varied Thrush   (VATH), Ixoreus naevius

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Fort Erie, Canada

Notes: Willie D'Anna, Betsy Potter, and I found the female Varied Thrush foraging on berries in a thicket alongside a pathway in Ontario, Canada.

2/4/2014
273

Long-eared Owl  

Long-eared Owl   (LEOW), Asio otus

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY

Notes: Celeste Morien and I drove out to Oatka Creek hoping to find the re-found Long-eared that Jim Adams found. Jim met us at the park and walked us right up to the owl - amazing! What nice views we had too...

1/4/2014
272

Eurasian Collared-Dove  

Eurasian Collared-Dove   (EUCD), Streptopelia decaocto

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Location: Church Rd., Hilton, NY

Notes: While scoping a large group of Mourning Doves in a farm field, Brad Carlson stopped by and said he had just seen the Eurasian Collared-Dove further back on the road. He kindly led me to the spot and I was able to get some great views of the dove!

12/29/2013
271

Glaucous Gull  

Glaucous Gull   (GLGU), Larus hyperboreus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Fort Erie, Canada

Notes: At the Sir Adam Beck Power Station, many gulls were down in the gorge. Among them was this beautiful, adult Glaucous and 3 Iceland Gulls.

12/1/2013
270

Purple Sandpiper  

Purple Sandpiper   (PUSA), Calidris maritima

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Fort Erie, Canada

Notes: At Dufferin Islands, looking out on the river, we saw one of two Purple Sandpipers that Willie D'Anna found yesterday. Too far out for photos, but we got some excellent scope views.

12/1/2013
269

King Eider  

King Eider   (KIEI), Somateria spectabilis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Bear Creek Harbor, Wayne County, NY

Notes: Previously found by Joe Wing, this 1st year male King Eider was feeding off the end of the pier, giving great views.

11/30/2013
268

Barrow's Goldeneye  

Barrow's Goldeneye   (BAGO), Bucephala islandica

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Point Breeze, Orleans County, NY

Notes: Acting on a tip I rec'd from Celeste Morien, I drove up to Point Breeze in the hopes of finding the Barrow's Goldeneye she found earlier in the day. The Barrow's was still present in a group of Common Goldeneyes, some Long-tailed Ducks, Red-headed Mergansers, and White-winged Scoters.

11/29/2013
267

Lark Sparrow  

Lark Sparrow   (LASP), Chondestes grammacus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Fort Erie, Canada

Notes: Celeste Morien, Alec Humann, and I sought this rare bird (quite rare for the Niagara region) after it was previously reported and seen over the last few days. Alec pointed out a bush he recognized from someone's photo and Celeste noticed a sparrow - the LARK SPARROW - was sitting right in that same bush!

11/26/2013
266

Harlequin Duck  

Harlequin Duck   (HADU), Histrionicus histrionicus

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY

Notes: Found and reported by Jim Pawlicki, our scanning was eventually rewarded with 2 gorgeous male Harlequin Ducks out in the water amongst an assortment of ducks, including Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed, Horned Grebe, and Red-breasted Merganser.

11/24/2013
265

Elegant Tern  

Elegant Tern   (ELTE), Thalasseus elegans

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY

Notes: Found by Vicky Rothman while birding at Beaver Island State Park. Vicky called a birder I was with and we all sped to Beaver Island. At the time, Vicky was unsure of its ID, thinking Elegant or Royal. Jim Pawlicki had already gotten there and confirmed it to be an Elegant Tern - only the 2nd record for NYS!

11/20/2013
264

Black-legged Kittiwake  

Black-legged Kittiwake   (BLKI), Rissa tridactyla

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Squaw Island, Niagara River, Buffalo, NY

Notes: Seen with several other birders while looking for the Franklin's Gull that was found by Jim Pawlicki. We had very nice, close-ups of the Kittiwake when s/he finally flew in amongst hundreds of feeding Bonaparte's Gulls.

11/11/2013
263

Ross's Goose  

Ross's Goose   (ROGO),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: It was only about my 7th try for this bird! The geese were being seen at Hamlin Beach for several days in a row - and I missed them twice before this. I also missed them at Montezuma and Beaver Meadow. I couldn't believe I finally found them - all 3 together among a large flock of Canadas out on the water. Separately, I also found a single Snow Goose that was also among another flock of Canadas.

11/10/2013
262

Franklin's Gull  

Franklin's Gull   (FRGU), Leucophaeus pipixcan

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Devils Hole SP, Niagara County, NY

Notes: Doug Happ and I went to Devil's Hole to look for the gull first found by Betsy Potter. Betsy also found a Glaucous Gull at the same location. We found the Franklin's among thousands of Bonapartes but were unable to find a Glaucous.

11/6/2013
261

Cattle Egret  

Cattle Egret   (CAEG), Bubulcus ibis

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: Seen on Church Road in Hamlin, NY out in a pasture. The small egret was amongst several cattle.

11/5/2013
260

White-rumped Sandpiper  

White-rumped Sandpiper   (WRSA), Calidris fuscicollis

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Notes: At Colvin Marsh, amongst a group of 11 Dunlin. The sandpiper's primaries extended beyond its tail, it had very dark legs and bill, was slightly smaller than the Dunlin.

11/3/2013
259

Hudsonian Godwit  

Hudsonian Godwit   (HUGO), Limosa haemastica

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: In a farm field near Hamlin Beach in Hamlin, NY, Doug Happ and I went out to the godwit amongst other shorebirds: Black-bellied Plover (still in fine breeding plumage), a Semipalmated Plover, several Dunlin and Pectoral Sandpipers. Lapland Longspurs were also flying about the field.

10/29/2013
258

Rough-legged Hawk  

Rough-legged Hawk   (RLHA), Buteo lagopus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Shadigee (aka Yates Pier), Orleans County, NY

Notes: Nearly to Shadigee, a group of us on the fall BOS field trip stopped to look over some Canada Geese out in a farm field. Flying in the distance, was a Rough-legged Hawk, found and ID'd by Willie D'Anna, the leader of our field trip. It wasn't a great look for this life bird, so I hope a better one is coming soon!

10/26/2013
257

Rufous Hummingbird  

Rufous Hummingbird   (RUHU), Selasphorus rufus

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Location: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien near Montezuma Wildlife Refuge at a private residence. Special permission was needed. This bird has drawn a lot of attention and will be banded later this week by Jay McGowan of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

10/23/2013
256

White-faced Ibis  

White-faced Ibis   (WFIB), Plegadis chihi

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Location: Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Notes: Celeste Morien and I made the long drive out to Montezuma Wildlife Refuge to find the 2 reported ibises, the Glossy Ibis and the White-faced Ibis. Both birds were present and gave excellent views.

10/19/2013
255

Pacific Loon  

Pacific Loon   (PALO), Gavia pacifica

Order: Gaviiformes
Family: Gaviidae
Location: Golden Hill State Park, Barker, NY

Notes: First sighted by Betsy Potter, we watched this beautiful loon fly by at close range for several, long seconds. Willie D'Anna made the ID as he checked off several field marks, eliminating the other loons.

10/18/2013
254

Long-billed Dowitcher  

Long-billed Dowitcher   (LBDO), Limnodromus scolopaceus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: LaSalle Landing Park, Irondequoit, NY

Notes: Right after parking at LaSalle Landing in Irondequoit, another birder, Jim, happened to be looking at the bird and kindly put my scope right on him. Easy! The dowitcher was foraging out in the marsh and I got great scope views but fair photos.

10/17/2013
253

Greater White-fronted Goose  

Greater White-fronted Goose   (GWFG), Anser albifrons

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Lyndonville Pond, Lyndonville, NY

Notes: Originally spotted by Bill Watson on the BOS October count. Celeste Morien and I went to find it today and Celeste spotted it amongst nearly 900 Canada Geese at the same pond in the center of Lyndonville.

10/16/2013
252

Common Raven  

Common Raven   (CORA), Corvus corax

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location: Beaver Meadow, Java, NY

Notes: Seen flying overhead as Doug Happ and I drove up to the pond at Beaver Meadow.

10/15/2013
251

Lapland Longspur  

Lapland Longspur   (LALO), Calcarius lapponicus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Golden Hill State Park, Barker, NY

Notes: After birding at Golden Hill SP today, Willie D'Anna and I went over to a farm field about 30 minutes away where he had seen some Lapland Longspurs during his BOS October count the day before. Sure enough, we saw a few mixed in with many more Horned Larks. American Pipits were also present.

10/14/2013
250

Cackling Goose  

Cackling Goose   (CACG), Branta hutchinsii

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: Seen with Celeste Morien, we scanned a large flock of Canada Geese, hoping to find a Cackling within. Sure enough, we ended up finding several. Their smaller size, short bills, and rounder heads made them fairly easy to identify.

10/10/2013
249

Red-necked Grebe  

Red-necked Grebe   (RNGR), Podiceps grisegena

Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: Doing some lakeside watching with Celeste Morien, we had more than one (FIVE) Red-necked Grebes fly past!

10/10/2013
248

Surf Scoter  

Surf Scoter   (SUSC), Melanitta perspicillata

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Hamlin Beach, Hamlin, NY

Notes: While lakeside birding with Celeste Morient, three Surf-Scoters came by at fairly close range, making it easy to determine that they were not only scoters, but were definitely Surf Scoters by the white patches on their heads.

10/10/2013
247

Brown Booby  

Brown Booby   (BRBO), Sula leucogaster

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Sulidae
Location: Erie Basin Marina, Buffalo, NY

Notes: While birding with Jim Pawlicki and hoping to see a jaeger, Jim miraculously detected the Brown Booby out in the horribly windy and rain-driven lake - amongst hundreds of gulls and cormorants. An amazing but very exciting find! This is the first record for the Great Lakes!

10/7/2013
246

Brant  

Brant   (BRAN), Branta bernicla

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Shadigee (aka Yates Pier), Orleans County, NY

Notes: With Doug Happ lake watching. At least 3 groups with large numbers flew by.

10/5/2013
245

Nelson's Sparrow  

Nelson's Sparrow   (NESP), Ammodramus nelsoni

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Amherst Bike Path, Amherst, NY

Notes: TWO Nelson Sparrows were seen with Willie D'Anna, Betsy Potter, Celeste Morien, Holly Sweeney, and Bernie Kester near the Amherst Bike Path after Jim Pawlicki had found the birds earlier that morning.

9/28/2013
244

Sora  

Sora   (SORA), Porzana carolina

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

Notes: Seen and heard with Doug Happ after stopping at 2 other marshes to try for the Sora. At BWWTP, we not only had 1 Sora respond to our tape, but 3! Virginia Rails were heard as well.

9/28/2013
243

Red Phalarope  

Red Phalarope   (REPH), Phalaropus fulicarius

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Stafford Marsh in Oak Orchard with Doug Happ. Excellent scope views of the phalarope as it swam, keeping mostly to the left side of the pond.

9/20/2013
242

Rusty Blackbird  

Rusty Blackbird   (RUBL), Euphagus carolinus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Oak Orchard Windmill Marsh with Doug Happ and Sal Salembier. Sal heard the blackbird's call and we all quickly found it perched at the top of a dead tree. We had excellent scope views and listened to it call several times.

9/20/2013
241

Snow Goose  

Snow Goose   (SNGO),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: I accompanied Celeste Morien on a marsh check today and I noticed something large and white out on Ringneck Marsh amongst the Canada Geese. I had Celeste check it with her scope and she identified it to be a Snow Goose - a life bird for me! We eventually got closer views and photos.

9/18/2013
240

Black Vulture  

Black Vulture   (BLVU), Coragyps atratus

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Cathartidae
Location: Artpark, Lewiston, NY

Notes: Doug Happ and I walked up to an area that looks over the river. Up, on an elevated platform, Doug spotted a good candidate for a Black Vulture with his spotting scope. Further observation confirmed the black face, shorter, stockier body, and white patch near wing tips as it took flight and was joined by 4 others.

9/14/2013
239

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  

Yellow-billed Cuckoo   (YBCU), Coccyzus americanus

Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Location: Three Sisters Islands, Niagara Falls, NY

Notes: While birding in the park, I noticed the YBCU fly into a nearby tree and perch on a branch.

9/14/2013
238

Olive-sided Flycatcher  

Olive-sided Flycatcher   (OSFL), Contopus cooperi

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Amherst State Park, Amherst, NY

Notes: First reported by Bill Watson, Doug Happ and I went out to the park to see if we could find it. Sure enough, he was sitting at the top of a dead tree right by the wooden bridge - AFTER we had already circled the entire park!

9/3/2013
237

Red Knot  

Red Knot   (REKN), Calidris canutus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Pinecrest Point, Ontario, CA

Notes: Working off a tip Willie had gotten from a friend of his, Willie, Betsy, Doug Happ, and I went up to Pinecrest Point to find the Red Knot. We found it among a large group of shorebirds, mostly Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers. We also found 3 Sanderlings in the group.

9/2/2013
236

Golden-winged Warbler  

Golden-winged Warbler   (GWWA), Vermivora chrysoptera

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Amherst State Park, Amherst, NY

Notes: I "flew" out to Amherst State Park after receiving a phone call from Sal that he had eyes on a Golden-winged in Amherst State Park. This was the third time I've tried for this bird and it proved to be a charm! After losing sight of the warbler for over an hour - and just as Jim's and my hopes began to fade, Jim relocated the warbler and we all got great views! Thx, Sal!

8/30/2013
235

American Golden-Plover  

American Golden-Plover   (AMGP), Pluvialis dominica

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Location: N. Byron Rd. sod farms in Batavia, NY

Notes: After Tuesday's visit to the Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Celeste Morien found a flock of American Golden-Plovers on a sod farm on N. Byron Rd. in Batavia. I went with Eli Knapp and we found a group of 8 goldens and several Killdeer at the exact location Celeste reported.

8/29/2013
234

Baird's Sandpiper  

Baird's Sandpiper   (BASA), Calidris bairdii

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

Notes: I rec'd word that 2 Baird's Sandpipers were seen at BWWTP yesterday, August 26th. I nearly went but then decided it was too narrow of a time frame. I waited until today, taking Doug Happ with me and meeting Celeste Morien. After we located and photographed the 2 Baird's, Celeste spotted 3 Red-necked Phalaropes in her scope! Two birds for the "price" of one!

8/27/2013
233

Red-necked Phalarope  

Red-necked Phalarope   (RNPH), Phalaropus lobatus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

Notes: I rec'd word that 2 Baird's Sandpipers were seen at BWWTP yesterday, August 26th. I nearly went but then decided it was too narrow of a time frame. I waited until today, taking Doug Happ with me and meeting Celeste Morien. After we located and photographed the 2 Baird's, Celeste spotted 3 Red-necked Phalaropes in her scope! We enjoyed watching them for awhile - and, in spite of them staying out in the middle of the S1 pond, we managed to get some halfway decent photos of them.

8/27/2013
232

Lesser Black-backed Gull  

Lesser Black-backed Gull   (LBBG), Larus fuscus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Point Morgan, Ontario, CA

Notes: A young Lesser Black-backed Gull was found and ID's by some of the more experienced birders in our BOS shorebird trip along Lake Erie in Ontario, CA.

8/25/2013
231

Common Nighthawk  

Common Nighthawk   (CONI), Chordeiles minor

Order: Caprimulgiformes
Family: Caprimulgidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh with Celeste Morien. A late day invitation from Celeste took me back out to Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge because Common Nighthawks were seen where we found the Sandhill Cranes a couple of nights earlier. We stopped by Kumpf to check for shorebirds first and this is where we saw a pair of Common Nighthawks! They were larger than I imagined and the white bands on the upper and underside of their wings will be easy field marks for me to pick out again.

8/18/2013
230

Sandhill Crane  

Sandhill Crane   (SACR),

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Gruidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Windmill Marsh with Celeste Morien and Doug Happ. It was a memorable night when over 150 Great Egrets gathered at the marsh to roost. 3 Sandhill Cranes joined the group around 8:30 PM.

8/15/2013
229

Northern Pintail  

Northern Pintail   (NOPI), Anas acuta

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cayuga Overlook with Celeste Morien. Celeste pointed out the Northern Pintail that I most likely would have otherwise missed. I didn't realize it was a life bird until later!

8/13/2013
228

Pectoral Sandpiper  

Pectoral Sandpiper   (PESA), Calidris melanotos

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh with Celeste Morien. I assisted Celeste on this day with her marsh checks. The Pectoral Sandpiper was out amongst several other shorebirds, including: Semipalmated & Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, Killdeer, and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.

8/13/2013
227

Black-billed Cuckoo  

Black-billed Cuckoo   (BBCU), Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Location: Oatka Creek Park, Scottsville, NY

Notes: I came out here specifically to find the Black-billed Cuckoo. This was, perhaps, one of the easiest birds I ever found in that he just flew into my camera's viewfinder as I was shooting photos of an Eastern Towhee. The cuckoo had an insect in its mouth and I suspect it had a young one nearby.

8/11/2013
226

Sanderling  

Sanderling   (SAND), Calidris alba

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Main Street Beach, Dunkirk, NY

Notes: I went alone down to Dunkirk this day, hoping to find new shorebirds. I was elated to find and add this one, lone, very cute Sanderling to my life list. Its ID was later confirmed by Joe Mitchell.

7/30/2013
225

Henslow's Sparrow  

Henslow's Sparrow   (HESP), Ammodramus henslowii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Jamestown, NY. Tonight Doug Happ, Rick Kaz, Celeste Morien and I went down for the 3rd time (for Doug and I) to find the Henslow's Sparrow that's has been reported at this location. We were thrilled when Celeste discerned his song which lead to us getting good scope and bin views. A second adult was also found and we're pretty sure we saw a juvenile as well.

7/11/2013
224

Black Tern  

Black Tern   (BLTE), Chlidonias niger

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh. This was my 3rd attempt at trying to find a Black Tern. I not only saw 1 this day but at least 7! At least 3 were juveniles.

7/8/2013
223

Clay-colored Sparrow  

Clay-colored Sparrow   (CCSP), Spizella pallida

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Krull Park, Olcott, NY

Notes: I accompanied Celeste Morien, Willie D'Anna, and Betsy Potter to the fields behind the soccer field. It didn't take long for the good ears of my companions to locate the source of the sparrow's singing. We finally got some great looks at him - and even some photos - as he settled in a tree near us.

7/8/2013
222

Forster's Tern  

Forster's Tern   (FOTE), Sterna forsteri

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

Notes: Celeste Morien, Doug Happ, and I stopped by the water treatment plant after a meeting we had regarding data collection for the Purple Martin project. The Forster's Tern was found as we approached a Tundra Swan. Several Caspians were found here too.

7/4/2013
221

Sedge Wren  

Sedge Wren   (SEWR), Cistothorus platensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Hogan Point Rd., Greece, NY

Notes: Following a tip from Chris Stanger, Doug Happ and I went out to Hogan Point Rd. to see if we could locate the wren. We not only saw 1 but several! They sang beautifully and we got some great scope views as well as a few photos.

7/4/2013
220

Tundra Swan  

Tundra Swan   (TUSW), Cygnus columbianus

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

Notes: Celeste Morien, Doug Happ, and I stopped by the water treatment plant after a meeting we had regarding data collection for the Purple Martin project. The swan was scrutinized carefully for field marks and submitted to eBird along with photos. It was confirmed to be a Tundra! Several Caspian Terns and a single Forster's Tern were found here too.

7/4/2013
219

Acadian Flycatcher  

Acadian Flycatcher   (ACFL), Empidonax virescens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Onondaga Trail with Pat Martin. The Acadian Flycatcher flew and perched just up the trail from us. Pat easily confirmed its identity when it sang.

7/3/2013
218

Cerulean Warbler  

Cerulean Warbler   (CERW), Setophaga cerulea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Onondaga Trail with Pat Martin. As we were heading back out of the trail, Pat's experienced ears picked up the singing of a Cerulean. After Pat left, I pursued the warbler until I got some decent views of it.

7/3/2013
217

Common Gallinule  

Common Gallinule   (COGA), Gallinula galeata

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh. I came here alone, looking for a Black Tern. I didn't find the tern but I found a lone Common Gallinule out in the back of the marsh area. It was easily identifiable by its bright orange-red bill.

7/3/2013
216

Least Bittern  

Least Bittern   (LEBI), Ixobrychus exilis

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

Notes: I was determined to find a Least Bittern on this day. Several visits to Tifft prior to this, I had heard the bittern out in the marsh end of the preserve. My son, Tom, and I went early in the morning and sat listening and waiting. We eventually were rewarded with several fly-overs as the Least Bittern changed location in the marsh.

6/30/2013
215

Virginia Rail  

Virginia Rail   (VIRA), Rallus limicola

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Beaver Meadow, Java, NY

Notes: Following a tip from Tom Kerr, I went to the marsh for a second time to find the rail. Finally, I got great looks at 3 of them - and even some photos!

6/25/2013
214

Vesper Sparrow  

Vesper Sparrow   (VESP), Pooecetes gramineus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Bond Road, Ashford, NY with Doug Happ. Doug and I drove around the area where vespers are known to breed. Sure enough, we found a couple and had some nice views.

6/23/2013
213

Canada Warbler  

Canada Warbler   (CAWA), Cardellina canadensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Canadaway Creek WMA, Chautauqua, NY

Notes: Following a tip from Gale VerHague, I came down to the creek area and fairly quickly heard and then saw the warbler. He was absolutely stunning and it was an exciting find!

6/20/2013
212

Mourning Warbler  

Mourning Warbler   (MOWA), Geothlypis philadelphia

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Canadaway Creek WMA, Chautauqua, NY

Notes: I accompanied Gale VerHague on a hike through part of the WMA. As we were heading up one path, Gale was certain she heard a Mourning Warbler. A little phishing brought him out of the undergrowth and we got some pretty good looks at him, in spite of the failing light.

6/19/2013
211

Prothonotary Warbler  

Prothonotary Warbler   (PROW), Protonotaria citrea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Tonawanda SWMA with Celeste Morien and Pat Martin. Celeste and I met at the marsh area specifically to try and find the Prothonotary Warbler. We saw Pat Martin who was already there and all 3 of us walked up and down the path listening, trying to locate the warbler. Eventually, Celeste heard it sing and we were soon after rewarded with some very nice looks as the warbler flew back and forth over the marsh presumably taking food to its young.

6/12/2013
210

Yellow-throated Vireo  

Yellow-throated Vireo   (YTVI), Vireo flavifrons

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Swallow Hollow. Doug Happ and I came out here a couple of weeks ago and HEARD the vireo singing but we were unable to find it visually. Today, I came alone and just sat still for a very long time near where it was singing again. This time, the vireo showed itself - much lower than we were expecting the last time.

6/9/2013
209

Alder Flycatcher  

Alder Flycatcher   (ALFL), Empidonax alnorum

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Tillman Road WMA, Clarence, NY

Notes: Sal (Rich Salembier) called to tell me that he had a bead on an Alder Flycatcher out at Tillman Road WMA in Clarence. I quickly got in my car and met him out there. The flycatcher was an easy find, not straying from his perch much at all. Thanks, Sal!

6/4/2013
208

Upland Sandpiper  

Upland Sandpiper   (UPSA), Bartramia longicauda

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Tillman Road WMA, Clarence, NY

Notes: On the same date that I saw my first Alder Flycatcher with Sal, I was able to see my first Upland Sandpiper up on the mounds. Sal easily found one and then a second. I even got to hear its wolf-like cry as it flew over the field!

6/4/2013
207

Yellow-breasted Chat  

Yellow-breasted Chat   (YBCH), Icteria virens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteriidae
Location: Carlton Hill WMA, Wyoming, NY

Notes: The chat was first heard and seen by Doug Beattie on Bank Rd. in the Carlton Hill WMA. I was unsuccessful on my first trip there, but this time, I heard it and then eventually found it, with a little assistance from Steve Taylor. Steve and I got some pretty close views and I was able to get a few decent photos.

6/3/2013
206

Gray-cheeked Thrush  

Gray-cheeked Thrush   (GCTH), Catharus minimus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Point Gratoit, Dunkirk, NY

Notes: I met Gale at Point Gratoit in response to her invitation to look for the earlier reported Prothonotary Warbler that was found in the park that day. We didn't find the warbler, but we did see this life bird who gave us a great concert as it sang and sang!

5/29/2013
205

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher   (YBFL), Empidonax flaviventris

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Point Gratoit, Dunkirk, NY

Notes: This was the second life bird I had the night that Gale VerHague and I tried to find the Prothonotary Warbler that had been seen in this park. I didn't realize this was a life bird until later, when Jim Pawlicki pointed out the field marks I had missed.

5/29/2013
204

Ruddy Turnstone  

Ruddy Turnstone   (RUTU), Arenaria interpres

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Point Morgan, Ontario, CA

Notes: Doug Happ and I visited this beach on the north shore of Lake Erie. We were hoping for a Whimbrel, which we found at a Rock Point Provincial Park a little later in the day. The Ruddy Turnstones we saw at Point Morgan were beautiful and we got fairly close looks at them along with some photos.

5/27/2013
203

Whimbrel  

Whimbrel   (WHIM), Numenius phaeopus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Rock Point Provincial Park, Ontario, CA

Notes: At our second or third stop of the day, Doug Happ and I found this lone Whimbrel standing out on a rock next to a Black-bellied Plover. Both birds were beautiful and the decurved bill of the Whimbrel was spectacular to see. We got great scope views and I even got a couple of photos of the Whimbrel!

5/27/2013
202

Bank Swallow  

Bank Swallow   (BANS), Riparia riparia

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY

Notes: Doug Happ and I came to Grand Island to find the Snowy Egret that had been reported. We were unsuccessful with that bird, but I did get my first Bank Swallow on this day. I'm sure I had seen Bank Swallows many times before, but until today, I didn't know how to tell them from the other swallows. Doug pointed out how I can pick them out from the other swallows by their small size and dark breast-band.

5/25/2013
201

Common Tern  

Common Tern   (COTE), Sterna hirundo

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY

Notes: This bird was also a life list addition the day Doug Happ and I came to Grand Island to find the Snowy Egret. Common Terns have forked tails and are notably smaller than the Caspians, which, until today, was the only tern I was familiar with.

5/25/2013
200

Black-bellied Plover  

Black-bellied Plover   (BBPL), Pluvialis squatarola

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cayuga Overlook

5/23/2013
199

Dunlin  

Dunlin   (DUNL), Calidris alpina

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cayuga Overlook

5/23/2013
198

Least Sandpiper  

Least Sandpiper   (LESA), Calidris minutilla

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cayuga Overlook

5/23/2013
197

Stilt Sandpiper  

Stilt Sandpiper   (STSA), Calidris himantopus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cayuga Overlook

5/23/2013
196

Trumpeter Swan  

Trumpeter Swan   (TRUS), Cygnus buccinator

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Ringneck Marsh

5/23/2013
195

Grasshopper Sparrow  

Grasshopper Sparrow   (GRSP), Ammodramus savannarum

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Tillman Road WMA, Clarence, NY

5/22/2013
194

Willow Flycatcher  

Willow Flycatcher   (WIFL), Empidonax traillii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/21/2013
193

Blackburnian Warbler  

Blackburnian Warbler   (BLBW), Setophaga fusca

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Worden Road, Delavan, NY

5/19/2013
192

Prairie Warbler  

Prairie Warbler   (PRAW), Setophaga discolor

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Worden Road, Delavan, NY

5/19/2013
191

Spotted Sandpiper  

Spotted Sandpiper   (SPSA), Actitis macularius

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/17/2013
190

Northern Waterthrush  

Northern Waterthrush   (NOWA), Parkesia noveboracensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/16/2013
189

Bay-breasted Warbler  

Bay-breasted Warbler   (BBWA), Setophaga castanea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/15/2013
188

Lincoln's Sparrow  

Lincoln's Sparrow   (LISP), Melospiza lincolnii

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/15/2013
187

Veery  

Veery   (VEER), Catharus fuscescens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Stiglmeier Park, Cheektowaga, NY

5/14/2013
186

Orange-crowned Warbler  

Orange-crowned Warbler   (OCWA), Oreothlypis celata

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/8/2013
185

Louisiana Waterthrush  

Louisiana Waterthrush   (LOWA), Parkesia motacilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Chestnut Ridge State Park, Orchard Park, NY

5/7/2013
184

Glossy Ibis  

Glossy Ibis   (GLIB), Plegadis falcinellus

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Threskiornithidae
Location: Berry Road, Fredonia, NY

5/6/2013
183

Orchard Oriole  

Orchard Oriole   (OROR), Icterus spurius

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Berry Road, Fredonia, NY

5/6/2013
182

American Woodcock  

American Woodcock   (AMWO), Scolopax minor

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Private vineyard, Angola, NY

5/5/2013
181

Summer Tanager  

Summer Tanager   (SUTA), Piranga rubra

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/5/2013
180

Chimney Swift  

Chimney Swift   (CHSW), Chaetura pelagica

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

5/4/2013
179

Least Flycatcher  

Least Flycatcher   (LEFL), Empidonax minimus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh

5/3/2013
178

Yellow-throated Warbler  

Yellow-throated Warbler   (YTWA), Setophaga dominica

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Evangola State Park, Irving, NY

4/29/2013
177

Brown Thrasher  

Brown Thrasher   (BRTH), Toxostoma rufum

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2013
176

Ruff  

Ruff   (RUFF), Calidris pugnax

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Farmer's field, Shelby, NY

4/24/2013
175

Western Tanager  

Western Tanager   (WETA), Piranga ludoviciana

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Location: Personal residence, Irving, NY

4/24/2013
174

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  

Northern Rough-winged Swallow   (NRWS), Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Dunkirk Harbor, Dunkirk, NY

4/18/2013
173

Red-breasted Merganser  

Red-breasted Merganser   (RBME), Mergus serrator

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Dunkirk Harbor, Dunkirk, NY

4/18/2013
172

Fox Sparrow  

Fox Sparrow   (FOSP), Passerella iliaca

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

4/16/2013
171

Sharp-shinned Hawk  

Sharp-shinned Hawk   (SSHA), Accipiter striatus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Bird Song, Orchard Park, NY

4/14/2013
170

American Avocet  

American Avocet   (AMAV), Recurvirostra americana

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

4/13/2013
169

Horned Grebe  

Horned Grebe   (HOGR), Podiceps auritus

Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

4/13/2013
168

American Wigeon  

American Wigeon   (AMWI),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cinnamon Marsh

4/8/2013
167

Eurasian Wigeon  

Eurasian Wigeon   (EUWI),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cinnamon Marsh

4/8/2013
166

Gadwall  

Gadwall   (GADW),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Cinnamon Marsh

4/8/2013
165

Greater Yellowlegs  

Greater Yellowlegs   (GRYE), Tringa melanoleuca

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh

4/8/2013
164

Wilson's Snipe  

Wilson's Snipe   (WISN), Gallinago delicata

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (INWR)

Notes: Kumpf Marsh

4/8/2013
163

Eastern Meadowlark  

Eastern Meadowlark   (EAME), Sturnella magna

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/6/2013
162

Northern Saw-whet Owl  

Northern Saw-whet Owl   (NSWO), Aegolius acadicus

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

4/1/2013
161

Hermit Thrush  

Hermit Thrush   (HETH), Catharus guttatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Bird Song, Orchard Park, NY

3/23/2013
160

Red-shouldered Hawk  

Red-shouldered Hawk   (RSHA), Buteo lineatus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Hunters Creek Road, South Wales, NY

3/23/2013
159

Barred Owl  

Barred Owl   (BADO), Strix varia

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Bond Lake County Park, Wheatfield, NY

3/3/2013
158

Eastern Screech-Owl  

Eastern Screech-Owl   (EASO), Megascops asio

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Private residence, Porter, NY

3/3/2013
157

Snowy Owl  

Snowy Owl   (SNOW), Bubo scandiacus

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Niagara Falls Airport, Niagara Falls, NY

3/3/2013
156

Great Horned Owl  

Great Horned Owl   (GHOW), Bubo virginianus

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, Hamburg, NY

2/27/2013
155

Snow Bunting  

Snow Bunting   (SNBU), Plectrophenax nivalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Posson Rd., Shelby, NY

2/17/2013
154

American Coot  

American Coot   (AMCO), Fulica americana

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Location: Dunkirk Harbor, Dunkirk, NY

2/16/2013
153

Short-eared Owl  

Short-eared Owl   (SEOW), Asio flammeus

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Location: Posson Rd., Shelby, NY

2/10/2013
152

Black Scoter  

Black Scoter   (BLSC), Melanitta americana

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
151

Canvasback  

Canvasback   (CANV), Aythya valisineria

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
150

Common Loon  

Common Loon   (COLO), Gavia immer

Order: Gaviiformes
Family: Gaviidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
149

Great Black-backed Gull  

Great Black-backed Gull   (GBBG), Larus marinus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
148

Greater Scaup  

Greater Scaup   (GRSC), Aythya marila

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
147

Iceland Gull  

Iceland Gull   (ICGU), Larus glaucoides

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
146

Little Gull  

Little Gull   (LIGU), Hydrocoloeus minutus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
145

Long-tailed Duck  

Long-tailed Duck   (LTDU), Clangula hyemalis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
144

Peregrine Falcon  

Peregrine Falcon   (PEFA), Falco peregrinus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Falconidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
143

Redhead  

Redhead   (REDH), Aythya americana

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
142

White-winged Scoter  

White-winged Scoter   (WWSC), Melanitta fusca

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Niagara River, Ontario, CA

1/12/2013
141

Horned Lark  

Horned Lark   (HOLA), Eremophila alpestris

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Location: Private farm land in Java, NY

1/2/2013
140

Common Goldeneye  

Common Goldeneye   (COGO), Bucephala clangula

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Inner & Outer Harbors, Buffalo, NY

12/26/2012
139

Monk Parakeet  

Monk Parakeet   (MOPA), Myiopsitta monachus

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Location: West Ridge Plaza, Rochester, NY

12/15/2012
138

Northern Harrier  

Northern Harrier   (NOHA),

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Braddock Bay, Greece, NY

12/15/2012
137

White-winged Crossbill  

White-winged Crossbill   (WWCR), Loxia leucoptera

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, NY

12/15/2012
136

Northern Shrike  

Northern Shrike   (NSHR),

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Laniidae
Location: Warner Hill Road, South Wales

12/5/2012
135

Merlin  

Merlin   (MERL), Falco columbarius

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Falconidae
Location: Old Fort Niagara, Niagara Falls, NY

12/4/2012
134

Bonaparte's Gull  

Bonaparte's Gull   (BOGU), Chroicocephalus philadelphia

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Woodlawn Beach, Hamburg, NY

11/15/2012
133

Evening Grosbeak  

Evening Grosbeak   (EVGR), Coccothraustes vespertinus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Reinstein Woods, Cheektowaga, NY

11/2/2012
132

Hooded Merganser  

Hooded Merganser   (HOME), Lophodytes cucullatus

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

10/27/2012
131

Northern Mockingbird  

Northern Mockingbird   (NOMO), Mimus polyglottos

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

10/26/2012
130

American Pipit  

American Pipit   (AMPI), Anthus rubescens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

10/21/2012
129

Common Merganser  

Common Merganser   (COME), Mergus merganser

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

10/21/2012
128

Eared Grebe  

Eared Grebe   (EAGR), Podiceps nigricollis

Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

10/21/2012
127

Herring Gull  

Herring Gull   (HERG), Larus argentatus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

10/21/2012
126

Ruddy Duck  

Ruddy Duck   (RUDU), Oxyura jamaicensis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Batavia Waste Water Treatment Plant, Batavia, NY

10/21/2012
125

Ovenbird  

Ovenbird   (OVEN), Seiurus aurocapilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/19/2012
124

Swainson's Thrush  

Swainson's Thrush   (SWTH), Catharus ustulatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Amherst State Park, Amherst, NY

9/19/2012
123

Winter Wren  

Winter Wren   (WIWR), Troglodytes hiemalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Amherst State Park, Amherst, NY

9/19/2012
122

Green-winged Teal  

Green-winged Teal   (GWTE), Anas crecca

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

9/13/2012
121

Marsh Wren  

Marsh Wren   (MAWR), Cistothorus palustris

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Honeoye Lake, Honeoye, NY

9/9/2012
120

Mute Swan  

Mute Swan   (MUSW), Cygnus olor

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Honeoye Lake, Honeoye, NY

9/9/2012
119

Eastern Wood-Pewee  

Eastern Wood-Pewee   (EAWP), Contopus virens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/2/2012
118

Philadelphia Vireo  

Philadelphia Vireo   (PHVI), Vireo philadelphicus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/2/2012
117

Wilson's Warbler  

Wilson's Warbler   (WIWA), Cardellina pusilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/2/2012
116

Northern Shoveler  

Northern Shoveler   (NSHO),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

9/1/2012
115

Caspian Tern  

Caspian Tern   (CATE), Hydroprogne caspia

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

8/9/2012
114

Bald Eagle  

Bald Eagle   (BAEA), Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
113

Killdeer  

Killdeer   (KILL), Charadrius vociferus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
112

Pied-billed Grebe  

Pied-billed Grebe   (PBGR), Podilymbus podiceps

Order: Podicipediformes
Family: Podicipedidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
111

Purple Martin  

Purple Martin   (PUMA), Progne subis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
110

Semipalmated Plover  

Semipalmated Plover   (SEPL), Charadrius semipalmatus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Charadriidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
109

Semipalmated Sandpiper  

Semipalmated Sandpiper   (SESA), Calidris pusilla

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
108

Short-billed Dowitcher  

Short-billed Dowitcher   (SBDO), Limnodromus griseus

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
107

Solitary Sandpiper  

Solitary Sandpiper   (SOSA), Tringa solitaria

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
106

Swamp Sparrow  

Swamp Sparrow   (SWSP), Melospiza georgiana

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Conesus Lake Inlet, Conesus, NY

8/4/2012
105

Cliff Swallow  

Cliff Swallow   (CLSW), Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: 18 Mile Creek, Angola, NY

8/2/2012
104

Double-crested Cormorant  

Double-crested Cormorant   (DCCO), Phalacrocorax auritus

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Location: Sinking Ponds, East Aurora, NY

6/26/2012
103

Eastern Kingbird  

Eastern Kingbird   (EAKI), Tyrannus tyrannus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Sinking Ponds, East Aurora, NY

6/10/2012
102

Bobolink  

Bobolink   (BOBO), Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location: Knox Farm, East Aurora, NY

6/6/2012
101

Savannah Sparrow  

Savannah Sparrow   (SAVS), Passerculus sandwichensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Knox Farm, East Aurora, NY

6/6/2012
100

American White Pelican  

American White Pelican   (AWPE), Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

6/4/2012
99

Black-crowned Night-Heron  

Black-crowned Night-Heron   (BCNH), Nycticorax nycticorax

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

6/4/2012
98

Green Heron  

Green Heron   (GRHE), Butorides virescens

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

6/4/2012
97

Red-throated Loon  

Red-throated Loon   (RTLO), Gavia stellata

Order: Gaviiformes
Family: Gaviidae
Location: Sinking Ponds, East Aurora, NY

6/1/2012
96

Wood Duck  

Wood Duck   (WODU), Aix sponsa

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/11/2012
95

Northern Parula  

Northern Parula   (NOPA), Setophaga americana

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/6/2012
94

Cape May Warbler  

Cape May Warbler   (CMWA), Setophaga tigrina

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/5/2012
93

Belted Kingfisher  

Belted Kingfisher   (BEKI), Megaceryle alcyon

Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Alcedinidae
Location: Amherst State Park, Amherst, NY

5/3/2012
92

Chestnut-sided Warbler  

Chestnut-sided Warbler   (CSWA), Setophaga pensylvanica

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/2/2012
91

Field Sparrow  

Field Sparrow   (FISP), Spizella pusilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/2/2012
90

Broad-winged Hawk  

Broad-winged Hawk   (BWHA), Buteo platypterus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Hamburg, NY- Flyover

4/16/2012
89

Lesser Yellowlegs  

Lesser Yellowlegs   (LEYE), Tringa flavipes

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Location: Private pond, Angola, NY

4/16/2012
88

Blue-winged Teal  

Blue-winged Teal   (BWTE),

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/6/2012
87

Great Egret  

Great Egret   (GREG), Ardea alba

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/6/2012
86

Lesser Scaup  

Lesser Scaup   (LESC), Aythya affinis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/6/2012
85

Ring-billed Gull  

Ring-billed Gull   (RBGU), Larus delawarensis

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/6/2012
84

Ring-necked Duck  

Ring-necked Duck   (RNDU), Aythya collaris

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/6/2012
83

Bufflehead  

Bufflehead   (BUFF), Bucephala albeola

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Sinking Ponds, East Aurora, NY

3/30/2012
82

Turkey Vulture  

Turkey Vulture   (TUVU), Cathartes aura

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Cathartidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

3/19/2012
81

American Black Duck  

American Black Duck   (ABDU), Anas rubripes

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Private residence on Ellicott Rd., Orchard Park, NY

3/14/2012
80

American Kestrel  

American Kestrel   (AMKE), Falco sparverius

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Falconidae
Location: Route 62, Eden, NY

12/11/2011
79

Canada Goose  

Canada Goose   (CANG), Branta canadensis

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Bird Song, Orchard Park, NY

11/2/2011
78

Mallard  

Mallard   (MALL), Anas platyrhynchos

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Location: Bird Song, Orchard Park, NY

11/2/2011
77

Black-throated Green Warbler  

Black-throated Green Warbler   (BTNW), Setophaga virens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/26/2011
76

Blue-headed Vireo  

Blue-headed Vireo   (BHVI), Vireo solitarius

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/26/2011
75

Blackpoll Warbler  

Blackpoll Warbler   (BLPW), Setophaga striata

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

9/7/2011
74

Black-throated Blue Warbler  

Black-throated Blue Warbler   (BTBW), Setophaga caerulescens

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

9/4/2011
73

Black-and-white Warbler  

Black-and-white Warbler   (BAWW), Mniotilta varia

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

8/28/2011
72

American Redstart  

American Redstart   (AMRE), Setophaga ruticilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

8/10/2011
71

Hooded Warbler  

Hooded Warbler   (HOWA), Setophaga citrina

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

8/3/2011
70

Great Blue Heron  

Great Blue Heron   (GBHE), Ardea herodias

Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Ardeidae
Location: Sinking Ponds, East Aurora, NY

7/16/2011
69

Red-eyed Vireo  

Red-eyed Vireo   (REVI), Vireo olivaceus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

6/7/2011
68

Common Yellowthroat  

Common Yellowthroat   (COYE), Geothlypis trichas

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

6/4/2011
67

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   (BGGN), Polioptila caerulea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sylviidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/30/2011
66

Barn Swallow  

Barn Swallow   (BARS), Hirundo rustica

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

5/21/2011
65

Great Crested Flycatcher  

Great Crested Flycatcher   (GCFL), Myiarchus crinitus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY

5/21/2011
64

House Wren  

House Wren   (HOWR), Troglodytes aedon

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/18/2011
63

Wood Thrush  

Wood Thrush   (WOTH), Hylocichla mustelina

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/18/2011
62

Magnolia Warbler  

Magnolia Warbler   (MAWA), Setophaga magnolia

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/16/2011
61

Tennessee Warbler  

Tennessee Warbler   (TEWA), Oreothlypis peregrina

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

5/15/2011
60

Blue-winged Warbler  

Blue-winged Warbler   (BWWA), Vermivora cyanoptera

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/13/2011
59

Nashville Warbler  

Nashville Warbler   (NAWA), Oreothlypis ruficapilla

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/13/2011
58

Gray Catbird  

Gray Catbird   (GRCA), Dumetella carolinensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Mimidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

5/8/2011
57

Eastern Phoebe  

Eastern Phoebe   (EAPH), Sayornis phoebe

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Location: Emery State Park, South Wales, NY

5/7/2011
56

Red-headed Woodpecker  

Red-headed Woodpecker   (RHWO), Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location: Emery State Park, South Wales, NY

5/7/2011
55

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  

Rose-breasted Grosbeak   (RBGR), Pheucticus ludovicianus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

4/28/2011
54

Osprey  

Osprey   (OSPR), Pandion haliaetus

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
53

Palm Warbler  

Palm Warbler   (PAWA), Setophaga palmarum

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
52

Tree Swallow  

Tree Swallow   (TRES), Tachycineta bicolor

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
51

Warbling Vireo  

Warbling Vireo   (WAVI), Vireo gilvus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Vireonidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
50

White-crowned Sparrow  

White-crowned Sparrow   (WCSP), Zonotrichia leucophrys

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
49

Yellow Warbler  

Yellow Warbler   (YEWA), Setophaga petechia

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
48

Yellow-rumped Warbler  

Yellow-rumped Warbler   (YRWA), Setophaga coronata

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

4/27/2011
47

White-throated Sparrow  

White-throated Sparrow   (WTSP), Zonotrichia albicollis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

4/25/2011
46

Pine Warbler  

Pine Warbler   (PIWA), Setophaga pinus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

4/13/2011
45

Cooper's Hawk  

Cooper's Hawk   (COHA), Accipiter cooperii

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

2/21/2011
44

Purple Finch  

Purple Finch   (PUFI), Haemorhous purpureus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

2/11/2011
43

Common Redpoll  

Common Redpoll   (CORE), Acanthis flammea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

1/12/2011
42

Pine Siskin  

Pine Siskin   (PISI), Spinus pinus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

12/14/2010
41

European Starling  

European Starling   (EUST), Sturnus vulgaris

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

12/8/2010
40

Carolina Wren  

Carolina Wren   (CARW), Thryothorus ludovicianus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Troglodytidae
Location: Home, Orchard Park, NY

12/1/2010
39

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  

Ruby-crowned Kinglet   (RCKI), Regulus calendula

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Regulidae
Location: Tifft Nature Preserve, Lackawanna, NY

10/8/2010
38

American Crow  

American Crow   (AMCR), Corvus brachyrhynchos

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location:

37

American Goldfinch  

American Goldfinch   (AMGO), Spinus tristis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location:

36

American Robin  

American Robin   (AMRO), Turdus migratorius

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location:

35

American Tree Sparrow  

American Tree Sparrow   (ATSP),

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location:

34

Baltimore Oriole  

Baltimore Oriole   (BAOR), Icterus galbula

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location:

33

Black-capped Chickadee  

Black-capped Chickadee   (BCCH), Poecile atricapillus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Location:

32

Blue Jay  

Blue Jay   (BLJA), Cyanocitta cristata

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Location:

31

Brown Creeper  

Brown Creeper   (BRCR), Certhia americana

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Certhiidae
Location:

30

Brown-headed Cowbird  

Brown-headed Cowbird   (BHCO), Molothrus ater

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location:

29

Cedar Waxwing  

Cedar Waxwing   (CEDW), Bombycilla cedrorum

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Bombycillidae
Location:

28

Chipping Sparrow  

Chipping Sparrow   (CHSP), Spizella passerina

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location:

27

Common Grackle  

Common Grackle   (COGR), Quiscalus quiscula

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location:

26

Dark-eyed Junco  

Dark-eyed Junco   (DEJU), Junco hyemalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location:

25

Downy Woodpecker  

Downy Woodpecker   (DOWO), Picoides pubescens

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location:

24

Eastern Bluebird  

Eastern Bluebird   (EABL), Sialia sialis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Location:

23

Eastern Towhee  

Eastern Towhee   (EATO), Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location:

22

Golden-crowned Kinglet  

Golden-crowned Kinglet   (GCKI), Regulus satrapa

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Regulidae
Location:

21

Hairy Woodpecker  

Hairy Woodpecker   (HAWO), Picoides villosus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location:

20

House Finch  

House Finch   (HOFI), Haemorhous mexicanus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Location:

19

House Sparrow  

House Sparrow   (HOSP), Passer domesticus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Location:

18

Indigo Bunting  

Indigo Bunting   (INBU), Passerina cyanea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location:

17

Mourning Dove  

Mourning Dove   (MODO), Zenaida macroura

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Location:

16

Northern Cardinal  

Northern Cardinal   (NOCA), Cardinalis cardinalis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Location:

15

Northern Flicker  

Northern Flicker   (NOFL), Colaptes auratus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location:

14

Pileated Woodpecker  

Pileated Woodpecker   (PIWO), Dryocopus pileatus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location:

13

Red-bellied Woodpecker  

Red-bellied Woodpecker   (RBWO), Melanerpes carolinus

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location:

12

Red-breasted Nuthatch  

Red-breasted Nuthatch   (RBNU), Sitta canadensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Location:

11

Red-tailed Hawk  

Red-tailed Hawk   (RTHA), Buteo jamaicensis

Order: Falconiformres
Family: Acciptridae
Location:

10

Red-winged Blackbird  

Red-winged Blackbird   (RWBL), Agelaius phoeniceus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae
Location:

9

Ring-necked Pheasant  

Ring-necked Pheasant   (RNEP), Phasianus colchicus

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Location:

8

Rock Pigeon  

Rock Pigeon   (ROPI), Columba livia

Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Location:

7

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  

Ruby-throated Hummingbird   (RTHU), Archilochus colubris

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Location:

6

Scarlet Tanager  

Scarlet Tanager   (SCTA), Piranga olivacea

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thraupidae
Location:

5

Song Sparrow  

Song Sparrow   (SOSP), Melospiza melodia

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Emberizidae
Location:

4

Tufted Titmouse  

Tufted Titmouse   (TUTI), Baeolophus bicolor

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Location:

3

White-breasted Nuthatch  

White-breasted Nuthatch   (WBNU), Sitta carolinensis

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sittidae
Location:

2

Wild Turkey  

Wild Turkey   (WITU), Meleagris gallopavo

Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Location:

1

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   (YBSA), Sphyrapicus varius

Order: Piciformes
Family: Picidae
Location:

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