February 04, 2011

Count down to #600

And while I'm in a birding mood, this is an update on my North American Life List. I'm currently at #550 so here's my "count down" to #600...
  1. Bullock's Oriole
  2. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  3. Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  4. Bell's Vireo
  5. Abert's Towhee
  6. Calliope Hummingbird
  7. Hammond's Flycatcher
  8. Lesser Nighthawk
  9. Scott's Oriole
  10. Tropical Kingbird
  11. Zone-tailed Hawk
  12. Blue-throated Hummingbird
  13. Gilded Flicker
  14. Dusky Flycatcher
  15. Scaled Quail
  16. Short-tailed Hawk
  17. Cordilleran Flycatcher
  18. Gray Kingbird
  19. Hepatic Tanager
  20. Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  21. Connecticut Warbler
  22. Cassin's Sparrow
  23. Pinyon Jay
  24. Red-faced Warbler
  25. Elegant Trogon
  26. Lark Bunting
  27. Le Conte's Sparrow
  28. Common Poorwill
  29. Gray Flycatcher
  30. Virginia's Warbler
  31. Elf Owl
  32. Black-chinned Sparrow
  33. Ringed Kingfisher
  34. Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
  35. Northern Pygmy-Owl
  36. Sharp-tailed Grouse
  37. White-eared Hummingbird
  38. Sprague's Pipit
  39. Botteri's Sparrow
  40. Varied Bunting
  41. Greater Shearwater
  42. Kirtland's Warbler
  43. Long-tailed Jaeger
  44. Cory's Shearwater
  45. Audubon's Shearwater
  46. Black Rail
  47. Yellow Rail
  48. Mangrove Cuckoo
  49. Bicknell's Thrush
  50. Black-capped Petrel
These, barring any real rarities, are the most likely new species that I'll see in the ABA area (basically North America north of Mexico). There's a handful of common western species (like Bullock's Oriole, Bell's Vireo, Hammond's Flycatcher), a few Arizona specialties (Elegant Trogan, Red-faced Warbler, some hummingbirds), a few Florida specialties (Short-tailed Hawk, Mangrove Cuckoo, Gray Kingbird and Black-whiskered Vireo), a few Texas birds (Ringed Kingfisher and others), a bunch of random not-that-rare western-ish-type stuff (Lark Bunting, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Pinyon Jay, Le Conte's Sparrow, many more), some Atlantic seabirds (Greater, Cory's and Audubon's Shearwaters), some tricky eastern species (Connecticut Warbler, Bicknell's Thrush) and 20 or so others, mostly western and/or pelagic birds. I'm hoping for about 20 new birds this year and maybe I'll make #600 in 2012 or 2013. Click here to view my life list.