2017 The Year in Birds

eBird tells me I saw a moderate 287 species last year. There are probably a few here and there I didn’t report. 169 of those were in Kings County. I didn’t travel to any new locations this year, so I only managed four life birds (and three if you don’t count the invasive Pin-tailed Whydah) but they were all really good ones:

  • Hammond’s Flycatcher Central Park–The Ramble US-NY 02 Dec 2017
  • Corn Crake Cedar Beach, general area US-NY 08 Nov 2017
  • Parakeet Auklet Land’s End–seawatch US-CA 25 Jul 2017
  • Pin-tailed Whydah Canyon Park US-CA 17 Jun 2017

Locally I added four birds to my New York list:

  • Hammond’s Flycatcher Central Park–The Ramble US-NY 02 Dec 2017
  • Corn Crake Cedar Beach, general area US-NY 08 Nov 2017
  • Northern Goshawk Prospect Park US-NY 28 Mar 2017
  • Iceland Gull Prospect Park US-NY 11 Feb 2017

Five birds to my California list:

  • Parakeet Auklet Land’s End–seawatch US-CA 25 Jul 2017
  • Horned Lark Bolsa Chica–walkbridge/inner bay US-CA 19 Jun 2017
  • White-eyed Vireo Talbert Nature Preserve US-CA 19 Jun 2017
  • Japanese White-eye Canyon Park US-CA 17 Jun 2017
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow Charleston Slough/Coast Casey Forebay US-CA 18 Mar 2017
  • Pin-tailed Whydah Canyon Park US-CA 17 Jun 2017

Four of these were in Orange County, bringing that total to 247.

Three birds to my New Jersey list:

  • Tundra Swan Edwin B. Forsythe NWR–Southwest Pool US-NJ 10 Nov 2017
  • Bald Eagle Edwin B. Forsythe NWR–Southwest Pool US-NJ 10 Nov 2017
  • Bonaparte’s Gull Edwin B. Forsythe NWR–Southwest Pool US-NJ 10 Nov 2017

I added one bird, Sedge Wren, to my Louisiana list.

For Kings County I added five for a total of 271:

  • Common Gallinule Prospect Park US-NY 17 Nov 2017
  • Swainson’s Warbler Prospect Park US-NY 24 May 2017
  • Short-billed Dowitcher Plumb Beach US-NY 05 Aug 2017
  • Northern Goshawk Prospect Park US-NY 28 Mar 2017
  • Iceland Gull Prospect Park US-NY 11 Feb 2017

If I hadn’t gotten sick for the Christmas count I could have picked up another 1 or 2 for Kings.

I also added two species in Queens, seven in Santa Clara, 15 in Nassau, another 15 in New York County, and 9 in San Francisco.

One Response to “2017 The Year in Birds”

  1. Sebastiaan Hols Says:

    Hey Rusty,

    Cool blog. Nice to see someone keeping up a clean and simple site with interesting info and insights, without being bombarded with commercials and trackers.
    Kind of feels like I’m going back to where the web started, but today. Just a nice, honest and interesting site.

    Just wanted to say thanks,

    Seb

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