Life Birds

In the early 90s, I started looking at birds (I prefer this expression, used by the late Claudia Wilds, to alternatives like “birdwatching”). I am still developing my ID skills, and I travel maybe once a year, so my list isn’t that long.

These are some of my life birds from around the continent:

  • #178, Common Raven (Corvus corax), Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, British Columbia
  • #169, Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Deception Pass State Park, Washington
  • #185, Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus), Bonneville Dam Visitor’s Center, Oregon
  • #227, American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus), Eldorado National Forest, California
  • #327, Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus), Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, California
  • #279, White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura), Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado
  • #376, Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas), Anzalduas Park, Hidalgo County, Texas
  • #342, Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), Atchafalaya Basin, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
  • #402, Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus), Sax-Zim Bog, St. Louis County, Minnesota
  • #405, Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca), Richard I. Bong Airport, Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin
  • #166, Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia), Muscatatuck NWR, Indiana
  • #412, Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera), Oak Openings Preserve, Lucas County, Ohio
  • #363, Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), Sachuest Point NWR, Rhode Island
  • #331, Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla), Adirondack Park, Paul Smiths, New York
  • #415, Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris), Turkey Point, Glades Wildlife Refuge, Cumberland County, New Jersey
  • #131, Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Waggoner’s Gap, Pennsylvania
  • #232, Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus), Bombay Hook NWR, Delaware
  • #360, Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Piney Point, St. Mary’s County, Maryland
  • #157, Red-Necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), Washington Channel, District of Columbia
  • #231, Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • #338, Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus), Oregon Inlet, North Carolina
  • #106, Black-Throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens), Great Smoky Mountains NP, Tennessee
  • #243, Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens), “Ding” Darling NWR, Florida

I remember locations of lifers sometimes better than the birds themselves. I have identified new birds that were flying across my path while I drove the back roads of Maryland, feeding in a parking lot of a power station, loafing in a downpour, hunkering down against a bitter January wind off the ocean.

Last updated: Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:35

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