Count:  256

Anhinga, Bitterns, Herons and Egrets (11):  American Bittern, Anhinga, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Least Bittern, Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, Snowy Egret, Tri-colored Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Avocets and Stilts (2):  American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt

Blackbirds and Orioles (11):  Baltimore Oriole, Boat-tailed Grackle, Bobolink, Brewer’s Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Eastern Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Red-wingled Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird

Booby and Gannets (0):  Masked Booby, Northern Gannet

Cardinals and Grosbeaks (7):  Blue Grosbeak, Dickcissel, Indigo Bunting, Lazuli Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Painted Bunting, Pyrrhuloxia, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Cormorants (2):  Double-breasted Cormorant, Neotropic Cormorant

Cranes (1):  Sandhill Crane, Whooping Crane

Creeper (0):  Brown Creeper

Crows and Jays (7):   American Crow, Black-billed Magpie, Blue Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Common Raven, Gray Jay, Stellar’s Jay

Cuckoos and Roadrunners (1):  Black-billed Cuckoo, Greater Roadrunner, Groove-billed Ani, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Dipper (1):  American Dipper

Ducks, Geese, and Swans (29):  American Wigeon, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Cackling Goose Canada Goose, Cinnamon Teal, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Gadwall, Greater Scaup Greater White-fronted Goose, Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Mottled Duck, Muscovy Duck, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Ross’s Goose, Ruddy Duck, Snow Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Wood Duck

Falcons (2):  American Kestrel, Crested Caracara (Mexican Eagle)

Finches (6):  American Goldfinch, Cassin’s Finch, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch

Flycatchers (13):  Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Couch’s Kingbird, Dusky Couch’s Kingbird, Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Fork-tailed FlycatcherGreat-crested Flycatcher, Great Kiskadee, Least Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Vermillion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Frigatebirds (0):  Magnificent Frigatebird

Grebes (4): Clark’s Grebe, Eared Grebe, Horned Grebe, Least Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Western Grebe

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (13):  Black Skimmer, Black Tern, Bonaparte’s Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Forster’s Tern, Franklin’s Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Herring Gull, Laughing Gull, Common Tern, Least Tern, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Sooty Tern, Thayer’s Gull

Hummingbirds (4):  Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird

Ibises (4):  Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis

Kingfishers (1):  Belted Kingfisher

Kinglets (2):  Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Kites, Eagles, and Hawks (11):  Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Harris’s Hawk, Mississippi Kite, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite

Lark (0):  Horned Lark

Loons (1):  Common Loon, Red-throated Loon

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (4):  Brown Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher

Nighthawks and Nightjars (1):  Chuck-will’s-widow, Common Nighthawk, Eastern Whip-poor-will

Nuthatches (0):  Red-breasted Nuthatch

Old World Sparrows, Warblers, and Gnatcatchers (2):  House Sparrow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Osprey (1):  Osprey

Parakeets (0):  Monk Parakeet

Pelicans (2):  American White Pelican, Brown Pelican

Pigeons and Doves (5):  Common Ground-Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, Mourning Dove, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove

Plovers (5):  American Golden-plover, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Piping Plover, Semi-palmated Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover

Quails (1):  Northern Bobwhite

Rails and Coots (4):  American Coot, Black Rail, Clapper Rail, Common Gallinule (Moorhen), King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Sora, Virginia Rail, Yellow Rail

Sandpipers (14):  American Woodcock, Baird’s Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Hudsonian Godwit, Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Long-billed Curlew, Long-billed Dowitcher, Marbled Godwit, Pectoral Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Red Knot, Red-necked Phalarope, Ruddy Turnstone, Ruff, Sanderling, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Whimbrel, White-rumped Sandpiper, Willet, Wilson’s Pharalope, Wilson’s Snipe

Shrikes (1):  Loggerhead Shrike

Sparrows (8):  Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco (gray), Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee, Harris’s Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Le Conte’s Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Swamp Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow

Starlings (1):  European Starling

Storks (1):  Wood Stork

Storm-petrels (0):  Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Swallows (7):  Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cave Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow

Swifts (0):  Chimney Swift

Tanagers (3):  Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager, Western Tanager

Thrushes (8):  American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Mountain Bluebird, Swainson’s Thrush, Varied Thrush, Veery, Western Bluebird, Wood Thrush

Titmice and Chicakdees (4):  Black-capped Chickadee, Black-crested Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Mountain Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse

Turkeys and Grouse (2):  Greater Prairie-Chicken, Greater Sage-Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Wild Turkey

True Owls (2):  Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great-horned Owl, Short-eared Owl

Verdins (0):  Verdin

Vireos (6):  Bell’s Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-green Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo

Vultures (2):  Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture

Wagtails and Pipits (1):  American Pipit, Sprague’s Pipit

Waxwings (1):  Cedar Waxwing

Wood-warblers (24):  American Redstart, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Golden-winged Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, MacGillvray’s Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ovenbird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler

Woodpeckers (9):  American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Wrens (4):  Bewick’s Wren, Canyon Wren, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Rock Wren, Sedge WrenWinter Wren

21 thoughts on “2014 – Our First ‘Big Year’

  1. I found your reply on From a Montana Front Porch and saw you mentioned a Big Year. I live in Wyoming and attempted my own Big Year last year, with rather pitiful results! I only logged 100 birds, but I also had to give up half way through the year due to unforeseen circumstances. Trying again this year – goal of 200, but you’re in a much better spot for achieving that! Good Luck!


    1. Nice to have you here, Leslie. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. We’ll be doing some birding in Wyoming on our way up to Montana. Hope to add some beauties from your area!

      I don’t consider 100 birds pitiful by any stretch. Some never even think to look out and see just how many beautiful species grace our existence every day. But
      I’m glad that you starting it up again. I’m not on Facebook, but you are welcome to come back and share your numbers with me here any time. Birds of feather, we say!


    2. Hey, Leslie! I do hope you’re having a successful birding year. We will hopefully be logging some new species when we visit Glacier NP this year. We are doing our homework and thinking it could take us over the top. Cheers!


  2. Ah, me, today we are tied again at 94. What can I do to slow you down. 🙂 Kidding, of course. I love this little contest of ours. I hope we both do great, and I hope you come in 2nd. 🙂


    1. Well, when we wind up in San Angelo this summer, I might get sling-shot into first place. Such a conundrum, unless, of course, you guys come here too and then we’ll be even again.

      May be the best chick win. 😀


      1. Yeah, Judy is one of my regular bloggers that I follow. She started following me a couple of months ago. You are right, birds of a feather, we soon get together. 🙂


    1. Hey, Gina! So much fun, too good NOT to share. Of course, most people aren’t as into nature as we are, but that’s okay; this page is really for me and the kids, and Bob and Ann above who are also counting (a bit of a friendly race! We are up to 84 as of today.


    2. Hey Gina! I thought I’d lost you but (lately) realized that you have a different blog. I will have go do some catching up. We are up to 254 for the year in birding. Super-duper fun, and now it’s almost over; perhaps we’ll up the ante for 2015. Many changes have been done to this page over the months, maybe I can eek one or two more before the year’s end. Happy New Year, Gina.

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      1. What a wonderful comment Shannon! Thank you. How wonderful to hear from you. Yes, I’ve been away from blogging as it was a rough year but I’m eager to catch up with my visiting. Hope all is well with you and yours, and maybe you’re beyond the awesome ‘254’ by now?! Hugs and we shall catch up soon, my southern friend. xo ❤


      2. I’m sorry your year was less than stellar. I’ve had my share of them too. I do hope that 2015 is a much better year and that you are back to blogging again! Hugs right back, Gina.


  3. I love it!! And the race is on. 🙂 Our goal is the basically the same as yours. We set it at 210, hopefully though to make it at least to 200. I might do the same to my Texas Tweeties blog to make it easier for you to see how I am doing, too, although it probably won’t be as elaborate as yours.


    1. Elaborate? You should know that I don’t like to put too much into anything — I copied directly from the iBird Pro list! Basically, when we log one into our journals, I also mark it as a favorite. Keeps the count current too.


      1. I put a new page on my blog now. I added a link to yours so readers can watch our “race”. I copied it from our Concho Valley Region Check List.

        Hey, when I said yours was elaborate, I meant it as a compliment. 🙂


      2. Aw, thanks, Bob. You ARE the one who turned me onto that app, remember? We use it exclusively when walking trails, hitting the “books” only when we need too.

        Of course, Scottie has his library bedtime reading material which includes 4-5 bird books. LOL


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