Life List

In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a life list is a list of all the birds, or whatever, you’ve seen in your lifetime.  Most people probably are at 200 something, while others are well into the thousands. Once you start counting, you constantly look for another to add.  Its a fun but addicting sport. Some people only count birds they physically see, others count birds they heard, some count anything that looks kinda like the picture in the book, others go down to sub species.  A special group, the photographers who became birders count only what they photograph.  I count what I see, and make notation of where and what year when I can, also if I photographed it.  I also like to count everything, gators, turtles, butterflies….

In the next few days I will be making my list here, and I will be updating it as I go. (196 avian species and counting)

Species: Last Location seen, Recent Year Seen, * = Photographed

Loons

  • Common Loon: Brevard County, Florida, 2013 *

Grebes

  • Pied Billed Grebe: Brevard County, Florida 2013 *

Petrels, Shearwaters, Gannets, and Boobies

  • Northern Gannet: Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral, Florida 2013 *

Tropicbirds, Pelicans, Cormorants, and Anhingas

  • American White Pelican: Brevard County, Florida 2013 *
  • Brown Pelican: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Double-Crested Cormorant: Brevard County, Florida 2013 * Pine Grove, PA 2013
  • Anhinga: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Neotropical Cormorant: Viera Click Ponds, Brevard County, Florida 2011*
  • Magnificant Frigatebird: Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, Florida 2012

Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, and Storks

  • Great Blue Heron: Brevard County, Florida 2013 * Pine Grove PA 2013
  • Little Blue Heron: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Tri-Colored Heron: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Green Heron: Brevard County, Florida 2013 * PA 2013
  • Great Egret: Brevard County, Florida 2013 * PA 2013
  • Snowy Egret: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Reddish Egret: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Jetty Park; Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Cattle Egret: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Black-Crowned Night Heron: Viera Clickponds, Wetlands; Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • American Bittern: Viera Wetlands, Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Least Bittern: Viera Wetlands, Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • American Woodstork: Brevard County, Florida 2013 *

Ibis, Spoonbills, Flamingos

  • White Ibis: Brevard County, Florida 2013 *
  • Glossy Ibis: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Roseate Spoonbill: Brevard County, Florida 2013*

Swans and Geese

  • Mute Swan: Brevard County, Florida 2013, Pennsylvania 2013
  • Snow Goose: Brevard County, Florida 2011
  • Canada Goose: Ohio, Pennsylvania 2013*

Ducks and Gallinules

  • Fulvous Whistling Duck: Indian River County, Brevard County, Florida 2011
  • Black-Bellied Whistling Duck: Cocoa, Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Muscovy Duck: Everywhere *
  • Mallard Duck: Everywhere* PA 2013
  • Wood Duck: Indian River County, Florida 2010, Sweet Arrow Lake, PA, Wildwood Park, PA 2013
  • Gadwall: Brevard County, Florida 2012
  • American Widgeon: MINWR, Viera Clickponds, Cocoa Beach, 2013 *
  • Mottled Duck: Central Florida 2013 *
  • Blue-Winged Teal: Central Florida 2013*
  • Green-Winged Teal: Central Florida 2012
  • Northern Shoveler: Central Florida 2013*
  • Northern Pintail: Central Florida 2013*
  • Canvasback: Viera Clickponds 2010?
  • Redhead: Viera Wetlands 2010?
  • Ringnecked Duck: Brevard County, 2013*
  • Lesser Scaup: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Surf Scoter:  Jetty Park, Florida 2011 *
  • Bufflehead: Viera Wetlands, Florida 2012*, Pine Grove, PA 2013*
  • Hooded Merganser: Brevard County, Florida 2013*
  • Red- Breasted Merganser: Patrick Air Force Base, Florida 2010?*
  • Ruddy Duck: Viera Wetlands, Florida 2012*
  • Masked Duck: Viera Wetlands, Florida 2009,2010*
  • Cinnamon Teal: Viera Wetlands, MINWR *

Hawks, Eagles and Falcons

  • Osprey* PA 2013
  • Swallow-Tailed Kite*
  • Snail Kite*
  • Northern Harrier* PA2013
  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk* PA 2013
  • Cooper’s Hawk* PA 2013
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk*
  • Broad Winged Hawk 2013 Hawk Mountain Migration, PA
  • Red-Tailed Hawk* 2013 PA
  • American Kestrel * 2013 PA
  • Bald Eagle* 2013 PA Hawk Mountain Migration, Sweet Arrow Lake, PA
  • Merlin PA 2013 Hawk Mountain Migration
  • Peregrine Falcon*
  • Caracara*

Vultures

  • Black Vulture* PA 2013
  • Turkey Vulture*

Owls

  • Barred Owl*
  • Barn Owl *
  • Screech Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Great Horned Owl

Cranes, Rails, and Limpkins

  • Whooping Crane*
  • Sandhill Crane *
  • Limpkin*
  • King Rail
  • Sora*

Game Birds

  • Turkey*
  • Bobwhite Quail*
  • Ring-Necked Pheasant* PA 2013

Shorebirds (I’m horrible at Id-ing the little ones!)

  • Black-Bellied Plover*
  • SemiPalmated Plover*
  • Killdeer*
  • Black-Necked Stilt*
  • American Avocet*
  • Greater Yellowlegs*
  • Lesser Yellowlegs*
  • Willet*
  • Spotted Sandpiper*
  • Long-Billed Curlew*
  • Ruddy Turnstone*
  • Sanderling*
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper*
  • Dunlin*
  • Wilson’s Snipe*

SeaGulls

  • Laughing Gull*
  • Bonapart’s Gull*
  • Ring-Billed Gull*
  • Herring Gull*
  • Great Black-Backed Gull

Terns & Skimmers

  • Gull Billed Tern
  • Caspian Tern
  • Royal Tern*
  • Sandwich Tern*
  • Common Tern*
  • Forster’s Tern*
  • Least Tern*
  • Black Skimmer*

Pigeons and Doves

  • Rock Pigeon *
  • Ringed Turtle Dove
  • Eurasian Collared Dove*
  • Mourning Dove*
  • Common Ground-Dove

Parrots and Parakeets

  • Monk Parakeet
  • Rose Ringed Parakeet*
  • Blue Crowned Parakeet*
  • Cherry Head Parakeet

Cuckoos

Goatsuckers

  • Common Nighthawk*

Swifts, Swallows, and Hummingbirds

  • Chimney Swift*
  • Barn Swallow* PA 2013
  • Ruby Throated Hummingbird, PA 2013
  • Tree Swallow*
  • Purple Martin
  • Cliff Swallow

Kingfishers

  • Belted Kingfisher* PA 2013

Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, and Flickers

  • Downy Woodpecker* PA 2013
  • Red Bellied Woodpecker*
  • Red-Headed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker PA 2013
  • Yellow Bellied Sapsucker*
  • Northern Flicker* PA 2013
  • Hairy Woodpecker PA 2013

Flycatchers

  • Eastern Pheobe*
  • Great Crested Flycatcher*
  • Grey Kingbird*
  • Loggerhead Shrike*

Corvids

  • American Crow*
  • Fish Crow*
  • Florida Scrub Jay*
  • Blue Jay* PA 2013

Other Songbirds

  • White-Eyed Vireo
  • Red-Eyed Vireo
  • Tufted Titmouse, PA 2013
  • White Breasted Nuthatch; TN 2010*
  • Carolina Wren* PA 2013
  • Sedge Wren
  • Marsh Wren*
  • Golden Crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby Crowned Kinglet
  • Blue Grey Gnatcatcher*
  • Eastern Bluebird* PA 2013
  • Veery*
  • Wood Thrush (Swamp Sparrow)
  • American Robin* PA 2013
  • Grey Catbird* PA 2013
  • Northern Mockingbird* PA 2013
  • Brown Thrasher*
  • European Starling*PA 2013
  • Cedar Waxwing* PA 2013
  • Orange Crowned Warbler
  • Northern Parula*
  • Yellow Warbler*
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Yellow Rumped Warbler*
  • Black-Throated Blue Warbler*
  • Yellow-Throated Warbler *
  • Pine warbler
  • Prairie Warbler*
  • Palm Warbler*
  • BlackPoll Warbler*
  • Black-and White Warbler* PA 2013
  • American Redstart*
  • Prothonathary Warbler: Lori Wilson Park
  • Worm-Eating Warbler: Lori Wilson Park*
  • Ovenbird: Lori Wilson Park*
  • Common Yellowthroat: Cocoa Beach, Viera 2013*
  • Hooded Warbler: Cocoa Beach *
  • Canada Warbler: Lori Wilson Park 2010? *
  • Scarlet Tanager: Lori Wilson Park *
  • Eastern Towhee: FL, TN, OH
  • Chipping Sparrow: FL *
  • Savannah Sparrow: FL *
  • Northern Cardinal * FL, PA
  • Rose Brested Grosbeak: Lori Wilson Park
  • Indigo Bunting *
  • Painted Bunting: MINWR, Lori Wilson Park, Viera CLickponds 2013
  • Dickcissel: Lori Wilson Park *
  • Bobolink: Near Viera Wetlands 2013 *
  • Red-Winged Blackbird *2013
  • Eastern Medowlark 2013* PA
  • Boat Tailed Grackle 2013*
  • Common Grackle
  • American Goldfinch: OH 2011* PA 2013
  • House Sparrow: everywhere! *
  • Black – Capped Chickadee PA 2013*
  • White-Throated Sparrow PA 2013*
  • Song Sparrow PA 2013*

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Turtles, Terrapins, and Tortoises

  • Gopher Tortoise*
  • Red Eared Slider
  • Green Sea Turtle*
  • Diamond Backed Terrapin*
  • Striped Mud Turtle*
  • Snapping Turtle*
  • Yellow Bellied Cooter*
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Florida Cooter
  • Box Turtle*
  • Chicken Turtle*
  • Softshell Turtle*
  • Musk turtle
  • Wood Turtle* Schuylkill County, Pa 2013

Snakes

  • Yellow Rat Snake*
  • Blue Phase Garter Snake*
  • Ribbon Snake *
  • Cottonmouth*
  • Black Racer*
  • Banded Water Snake*
  • Swamp Snake (Ringneck Snake)*
  • Corn Snake*
  • Orange Rat Snake*
  • Coachwhip
  • Black Indigo
  • Northern Garter Snake* Pine Grove, PA 2013

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Mammals

  • Eastern Chipmunk, PA 2013
  • Woodchuck, PA 2013
  • WhiteTailed Deer, FL, PA, OH 2013
  • Eastern Cottontail, FL, OH 2013
  • American Red Fox, Pine Grove, PA 2013
  • Striped Skunk, Pine Grove PA, 2013

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