Bird Species Count 2014

Throughout the year, as I photo-document different species of birds, I keep a count of how many unique species I have seen. In 2013, my first year keeping track, I photo-documented & identified 56 species. My goal for 2014 is 100 different species of bird.

I do have a few self-set rules for this personal challenge: Birds cannot be domesticated, captive, restrained, or deceased to be counted. Photo-documentation must be obtained for positive identification of the species (to the best of my ability). Photographs must be taken by me in order to be included in my count. Although I do also track gender and maturity of the birds, when able, that is not a factor in my current counting system; it is strictly based off of species. In 2015, I am considering adding these factors into my goal.

As of December 31st, 2014, I have photo-documented and identified 130 unique species. Watch for a new list coming for 2015…


Acorn Woodpecker
American Coot
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Robin
American Wigeon
Ancient Murrelet
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bald Eagle
Band-Tailed Pigeon
Bank Swallow
Bean-Goose, Tundra
Belted Kingfisher
Bewick’s Wren
Black Capped Chickadee
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Black-headed Grosbeak
Brandt’s Cormorant
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown Creeper
Brown Headed Cowbird
Brown Pelican
Bufflehead
Bullock’s Oriole
Bushtit
Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose, Aleutian
California Gull
California Quail
Canada Goose
Canvasback Duck
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut Backed Chickadee
Cinnamon Teal
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Murre
Common Nighthawk
Common Raven
Common Yellowthroat
Cooper’s Hawk
Dark Eyed Junco (Oregon & Slate Colored varieties)
Double-Crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Dunlin
Dusky Canada Goose
Eastern Kingbird
Eurasian Wigeon
European Starling
Fox Sparrow
Gadwall
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-Winged Gull
Golden Crowned Kinglet
Golden Crowned Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Great Horned Owl
Greater White Fronted Goose
Greater Scaup
Green Heron
Green Winged Teal
Herring Gull
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
Horned Lark
House Finch
House Sparrow
Killdeer
Lazuli Bunting
Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Scaup
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Mallard
Mandarin Duck
Merlin
Mourning Dove
Nashville Warbler
Northern Harrier
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Olive Sided Flycatcher
Osprey
Pacific Wren
Pelagic Cormorant
Pied-Billed Grebe
Pigeon Guillemot
Pileated Woodpecker
Pine Siskin
Red Breasted Nuthatch
Red Breasted Sapsucker
Red-necked Grebe
Red-shafted Northern Flicker
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-Billed Gull
Ring-Necked Duck
Rock Pigeon
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Ruddy Duck
Rufous Hummingbird
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Say’s Phoebe
Sharp Shinned Hawk
Snow Goose
Song Sparrow (plus leucistic variant)
Spotted Towhee
Stellar’s Jay
Surf Scoter
Surfbird
Thayer’s Gull
Townsend’s Warbler
Tree Swallow
Tundra Swan
Varied Thrush
Vesper Sparrow
Western Grebe
Western Gull
Western Meadowlark
Western Scrub Jay
White Breasted Nuthatch
White Throated Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
Wood Duck
Yellow Headed Blackbird
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
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2 thoughts on “Bird Species Count 2014

    • Thank you, Bob! I’ll be rolling this into a “life list” and starting a new one for 2015 soon. Your own 200+ is encouraging me to increase my target for the new year!

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