Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Birder's Preliminary Life List



My list, 20 years on. The photo shows two pair of Harlequin Ducks. As is typical in the bird world, the males are the more striking. The females need to be fairly drab, to hide on the nest, while the colourful males distract predators and other potential threats.

First update: After a four-day camper excursion in Eastern Alberta in May, 2018, my friends and I added five new species: the Bobolink, the Northern Mockingbird, the Mountain Plover, the Chestnut-collared Longspur, and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow. My list now sits at 408 species.

Species; Place/Places                               
  1. Avocet, American; Alberta
  2. Barbet, Coppersmith; Thailand
  3. Bee-eater, Blue-throated; Thailand
  4. Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed; Thailand
  5. Bee-eater, Green; Thailand
  6. Bittern, American; New Brunswick
  7. Bittern, Cinnamon; Burma
  8. Blackbird, Brewer’s; Alberta
  9. Blackbird, Common; England/Ireland
  10. Blackbird, Red-winged; Alberta
  11. Blackbird, Rusty; Alberta
  12. Blackbird, Yellow-headed; Alberta
  13. Bluebird, Asian Fairy; Thailand
  14. Bluebird, Mountain; Alberta
  15. Bobolink; Alberta
  16. Bufflehead; Alberta
  17. Bulbul, Black; Thailand
  18. Bulbul, Black-crested; Thailand
  19. Bulbul, Flavescent; Thailand
  20. Bulbul, Mountain; Thailand
  21. Bulbul, Red-whiskered; Thailand
  22. Bulbul, Sooty-headed; Thailand
  23. Bulbul, Streak-eared; Thailand
  24. Bulbul, Yellow-vented; Thailand
  25. Bullfinch; England/Ireland
  26. Bunting, Reed; Ireland
  27. Bushchat, Grey; Thailand
  28. Bushchat, Indochinese; Thailand
  29. Bushchat, Pied; Thailand
  30. Bush-Robin, Orange-flanked; Thailand
  31. Buttonquail, Barred; Thailand
  32. Buzzard, Common; England/Ireland/Thailand
  33. Buzzard, Turkey; British Columbia
  34. Canvasback; North America
  35. Catbird, Grey; Alberta
  36. Chaffinch; England/Ireland
  37. Chickadee, Black-capped; North America
  38. Chickadee, Boreal; Alberta, British Columbia
  39. Chickadee, Mountain; Alberta
  40. Cisticola, Zitting; Thailand
  41. Coot, American; Alberta, British Columbia
  42. Coot, Common; England/Ireland      
  43. Cormorant, Double-crested; Alberta
  44. Cormorant, Indian; Burma
  45. Cormorant, Little; Burma
  46. Cormorant, Pelagic; British Columbia
  47. Cormorant; England/Ireland/Alberta
  48. Coucal, Greater; Thailand
  49. Coucal, Lesser; Thailand
  50. Cowbird Brown-headed; Alberta
  51. Cowbird, Bronzed; North America
  52. Crane, Sandhill; British Columbia
  53. Crane, Whooping; Alberta
  54. Creeper, Brown; Alberta
  55. Crossbill, White-winged; Alberta
  56. Crow, American; Alberta
  57. Crow, Carrion; England/Ireland         
  58. Crow, Hooded; England/Ireland       
  59. Crow, Northwest; British Columbia
  60. Cuckooshrike, Indochinese; Thailand
  61. Dove, Collared; England/Ireland       
  62. Dove, Emerald; Thailand
  63. Dove, Little Cuckoo; Thailand
  64. Dove, Mourning; North America      
  65. Dove, Peaceful; Thailand
  66. Dove, Red-collared; Thailand
  67. Dove, Rock; North America
  68. Dove, Spotted; Thailand
  69. Dowitcher, Long-Billed; Alberta
  70. Drongo, Black; Thailand
  71. Drongo, Bronzed; Thailand
  72. Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed; Thailand
  73. Drongo, Hair-crested; Thailand
  74. Drongo, Lesser Racket-Tailed; Thailand
  75. Duck, American Black; North America
  76. Duck, Harlequin; Alberta
  77. Duck, Lesser Whistling; Thailand
  78. Duck, Long-tailed; Alberta
  79. Duck, Ring-necked; New Brunswick
  80. Duck, Ruddy; British Columbia
  81. Duck, Tufted; England/Ireland
  82. Duck, Wood; Alberta
  83. Dunnock; Ireland
  84. Eagle, Bald; Alberta
  85. Eagle, Golden; British Columbia
  86. Egret, Cattle; Burma
  87. Egret, Intermediate; Burma
  88. Egret, Little; Thailand
  89. Eider; England/Ireland
  90. Falcon, Peregrine; Alberta
  91. Falcon, Prairie; Alberta
  92. Falcon, White-rumped; Thailand
  93. Fantail, Pied; Thailand
  94. Fantail, White-throated; Thailand
  95. Fantail, Yellow-bellied; Thailand
  96. Finch, Blue; England/Ireland
  97. Finch, Cassin’s; British Columbia
  98. Finch, House; British Columbia
  99. Finch, Purple; British Columbia
  100. Flameback, Common; Thailand
  101. Flicker, Northern; Alberta
  102. Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed; Thailand
  103. Flycatcher, Blue; Thailand
  104. Flycatcher, Least; Alberta
  105. Flycatcher, Little Pied; Burma
  106. Flycatcher, Red-throated; Thailand
  107. Flycatcher, Slaty-backed; Thailand
  108. Flycatcher, Snowy-browed; Burma
  109. Flycatcher-Shrike, Bar-winged; Thailand
  110. Forktail, Slaty-backed; Thailand
  111. Forktail, White-crowned; Thailand
  112. Francolin, Chinese; Thailand
  113. Fulvetta, Grey-cheeked; Thailand
  114. Fulvetta, Rufous-winged; Thailand
  115. Gadwall; Alberta
  116. Godwit, Black-tailed; England/Ireland
  117. Godwit, Marbled; Alberta
  118. Goldeneye, Barrow’s; North America
  119. Goldeneye, Common; Alberta
  120. Goldfinch, American; Alberta
  121. Goose, Canada; North America
  122. Goose, Greater White-fronted; British Columbia
  123. Goose, Snow; North America
  124. Grackle, Common; Alberta
  125. Grebe, Eared; Alberta
  126. Grebe, Little; Thailand
  127. Grebe, Pied-billed; Alberta/Ireland
  128. Grebe, Red-necked; Alberta
  129. Grebe, Red-throated; Alberta
  130. Grebe, Western; Alberta
  131. Greenfinch; England/Ireland
  132. Grosbeak, Black-headed; Alberta
  133. Grosbeak, Evening; Alberta, New Brunswick
  134. Grosbeak, Yellow; Alberta
  135. Grouse, Ruffed; Alberta
  136. Grouse, Sage; North America
  137. Grouse, Sharp-tailed; Alberta
  138. Grouse, Spruce; British Columbia
  139. Gull Brown-headed; Burma
  140. Gull, Black-headed; England/Ireland
  141. Gull, Bonaparte’s; Alberta
  142. Gull, California; Alberta
  143. Gull, Common (Mew Gull); Ireland
  144. Gull, Franklin’s; Alberta
  145. Gull, Herring; North America
  146. Gull, Lesser Black-backed; Ireland
  147. Gull, Ring-billed; Alberta
  148. Gull, Western; British Columbia
  149. Gyrfalcon; Alberta
  150. Harrier, Northern; Alberta
  151. Hawk, Ferruginous; Alberta
  152. Hawk, Red-Tailed; Alberta
  153. Hawk, Rough-legged; Alberta
  154. Hawk, Swainson’s; Alberta
  155. Hawk-Eagle, Changeable; Thailand
  156. Heron, Great Blue; Alberta
  157. Heron, Grey; England/Ireland
  158. Heron, Indian Pond; Burma
  159. Heron, Little; Thailand
  160. Hobby, Eurasian; Thailand
  161. Honey-buzzard, Oriental; Thailand
  162. Hummingbird, Black-chinned; British Columbia
  163. Hummingbird, Calliope; British Columbia
  164. Hummingbird, Rufous; British Columbia
  165. Ibis, White-faced; Alberta
  166. Jacana, Bronze-winged; Thailand
  167. Jackdaw; England/Ireland
  168. Jay (Eurasian); England/Ireland
  169. Jay, Blue; Alberta
  170. Jay, Grey (proposed Canada Jay); Alberta
  171. Jay, Stellar’s; British Columbia
  172. Junco, Darkeyed; Alberta
  173. Junglefowl, Red; Thailand
  174. Kestrel, American; Alberta
  175. Kestrel; England/Ireland
  176. Killdeer; Alberta
  177. Kingbird, Eastern; Alberta
  178. Kingbird, Western; Alberta
  179. Kingfisher, Belted; Alberta
  180. Kingfisher, Black-capped; Thailand
  181. Kingfisher, Blyth’s; Thailand
  182. Kingfisher, White-throated; Thailand
  183. Kite, Black; Burma
  184. Lapwing, Red-wattled; Thailand
  185. Lapwing, River; Burma
  186. Lapwing; England/Ireland
  187. Lark, Horned; Alberta
  188. Laughing-thrush, Chestnut-crowned; Thailand
  189. Longspur, Chestnut-collared; Alberta
  190. Loon, Common; Alberta
  191. Magpie-Robin, Oriental; Thailand
  192. Magpie, Black-billed; Alberta
  193. Magpie, Red-billed Blue; Burma
  194. Malkoha, Green-billed; Thailand
  195. Mallard; North America
  196. Martin, Common; Ireland
  197. Martin, Dusky Crag; Thailand
  198. Martin, Plain; Thailand
  199. Martin, Purple; Alberta
  200. Martin, Sand; Thailand
  201. Meadowlark, Western; Alberta
  202. Merganser, Common; North America
  203. Merganser, Hooded; Alberta
  204. Merganser, Red-breasted; Alberta
  205. Merlin; Alberta
  206. Minivet, Scarlet; Thailand
  207. Mockingbird, Northern; Alberta
  208. Moorhen, Common; Thailand/England/Ireland
  209. Munia, Black-headed; Thailand
  210. Munia, Chestnut-tailed; Thailand
  211. Munia, Scaley-breasted; Thailand
  212. Munia, White-rumped; Thailand
  213. Myna, Common; Thailand
  214. Myna, Golden-crested; Thailand
  215. Myna, Hill; Thailand
  216. Myna, White Vented; Thailand
  217. Night-heron, Black-crowned; Alberta
  218. Nutcracker, Clark’s; North America
  219. Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied; Thailand
  220. Nuthatch, Red-breasted; Alberta
  221. Nuthatch, White-breasted; Alberta
  222. Openbill, Asian; Thailand
  223. Oriole, Baltimore; Alberta
  224. Osprey; Alberta
  225. Owl, Barn; Thailand, Alberta
  226. Owl, Brown Wood; Thailand
  227. Owl, Great Horned; North America
  228. Owl, Long-eared; Ireland
  229. Owl, Northern Pygmy; North America
  230. Owl, Oriental Scops; Thailand
  231. Owl, Short-eared; Alberta
  232. Owlet, Asian Barred; Thailand
  233. Partridge, Gray; UK/Ireland
  234. Partridge, Rufous-throated; Thailand
  235. Peacock; Alberta
  236. Pelican, American White; Alberta
  237. Pewee, Western Wood; Alberta
  238. Phalarope, Red-necked; Alberta
  239. Phalarope, Wilson’s; Alberta
  240. Pheasant, Common; England/Ireland
  241. Pheasant, Ring-necked; North America
  242. Phoebe, Eastern; New Brunswick
  243. Rock Dove, Feral; Ireland/England/North America
  244. Pigeon, Wood; England/Ireland
  245. Pintail, Northern; Alberta
  246. Pipit, Meadow; Ireland
  247. Pipit, Paddyfield; Thailand
  248. Plover, Black-bellied; Alberta
  249. Plover, Mountain; Alberta
  250. Plover, Semipalmated; Alberta
  251. Pochard, Common; Ireland
  252. Pond Heron, Chinese; Thailand
  253. Prinia, Grey-Breasted; Thailand
  254. Prinia, Plain; Thailand
  255. Prinia, Yellow-bellied; Thailand
  256. Quail, California; British Columbia, Alberta
  257. Quail, Franklin’s; North America
  258. Raven, Common; Alberta
  259. Redhead; Alberta
  260. Redpoll, Common; Alberta
  261. Redshank; Burma
  262. Robin, American; Alberta
  263. Robin, White-tailed; Thailand
  264. Robin, European; England/Ireland
  265. Rock Thrush, Chestnut-bellied; Thailand
  266. Roller, Indian; Thailand
  267. Rook; England/Ireland          
  268. Rosy-Finch, Grey-crowned; British Columbia
  269. Sanderling; Alberta
  270. Sandpiper, Baird’s; Alberta
  271. Sandpiper, Common; England/Ireland
  272. Sandpiper, Green; England/Ireland
  273. Sandpiper, Pectoral; Alberta
  274. Sandpiper, Semipalmated; Alberta
  275. Sandpiper, Solitary; Alberta
  276. Sandpiper, Spotted; Alberta
  277. Sandpiper, Stilt; Alberta
  278. Sandpiper, Western; British Columbia
  279. Sapsucker, Red-naped; Alberta
  280. Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied; Alberta
  281. Scaup, Greater; Alberta, British Columbia
  282. Scaup, Lesser; Alberta
  283. Scimitar Babbler, White-browed; Thailand
  284. Scoter, Surf; British Columbia
  285. Serpent-Eagle, Crested; Thailand
  286. Shama, White-rumped; Thailand
  287. Shearwater, Flesh-Footed; British Columbia
  288. Shearwater, New Zealand; British Columbia
  289. Shearwater, Sooty; British Columbia
  290. Shelduck, Common; England/Ireland
  291. Shelduck, Ruddy; Burma
  292. Shortwing, White-browed; Thailand
  293. Shoveler, Northern; Alberta
  294. Shoveler; England/Ireland
  295. Shrike, Brown; Thailand
  296. Shrike, Burmese; Thailand
  297. Shrike, Long-tailed; Thailand
  298. Shrike, Northern; Alberta
  299. Sibia, Dark-backed; Thailand
  300. Sibia, Rufous-backed; Thailand
  301. Sisken, Eurasian; Ireland
  302. Sisken, Pine; Alberta
  303. Snipe, Common; North America
  304. Sora; Alberta
  305. Sparrow, American Tree; North America
  306. Sparrow, Black-chinned; North America
  307. Sparrow, Brewer’s; Alberta
  308. Sparrow, Chipping; Alberta
  309. Sparrow, Clay-coloured; Alberta
  310. Sparrow, Eurasian Tree; Thailand
  311. Sparrow, Fox; British Columbia
  312. Sparrow, Gold-crowned; British Columbia
  313. Sparrow, House; North America, Burma
  314. Sparrow, LeConte’s; Alberta
  315. Sparrow, Lincoln; Alberta
  316. Sparrow, Nelson’s Sharp-Tailed; Alberta
  317. Sparrow, Plain-backed; Thailand
  318. Sparrow, Savannah; Alberta
  319. Sparrow, Song; Alberta        
  320. Sparrow, Tree; Thailand
  321. Sparrow, Vesper; Alberta
  322. Sparrow, White-crowned; Alberta
  323. Sparrow, White-throated; Alberta
  324. Spiderhunter, Little; Thailand
  325. Starling, Black-collared; Thailand
  326. Starling, Chestnut-tailed; Thailand
  327. Starling, European; Alberta
  328. Stilt, Black-necked; Alberta
  329. Stilt, Black-winged; Thailand
  330. Stonechat, Common; Thailand, Ireland
  331. Sunbird, Crimson; Thailand
  332. Sunbird, Green-tailed; Thailand
  333. Sunbird, Mrs. Gould’s; Thailand
  334. Sunbird, Olive-backed; Thailand
  335. Sunbird, Purple; Thailand
  336. Sunbird, Ruby-cheeked; Thailand
  337. Swallow, Bank; Alberta
  338. Swallow, Barn; Alberta, Thailand
  339. Swallow, Cliff; Alberta
  340. Swallow, Red-rumped; Thailand
  341. Swallow, Tree; Alberta
  342. Swallow, Violet Green; Alberta, British Columbia
  343. Swallow; England/Ireland
  344. Swan, Mute; England/Ireland/New Brunswick
  345. Swan, Trumpeter; Alberta
  346. Swan, Tundra; Alberta
  347. Swift, Asian Palm; Thailand
  348. Swift, House; Thailand
  349. Tailorbird, Common; Thailand
  350. Tanager, Western; Alberta
  351. Teal, Blue-winged; North America
  352. Teal, Cinnamon; Alberta
  353. Teal, Green-winged; Alberta
  354. Tern, Black; Alberta
  355. Tern, Common; Alberta/Thailand
  356. Tern, Forster’s; Alberta
  357. Thrasher, Brown; Alberta
  358. Thrush, Blue Whistling; Thailand
  359. Thrush, Dusky; Thailand
  360. Thrush, Hermit; British Columbia
  361. Thrush, Mistle; England/Ireland
  362. Thrush, Varied; Alberta
  363. Thrush, Wood; North America
  364. Tit, Blue; England/Ireland
  365. Tit, Coal; England/Ireland
  366. Tit, Crested; England/Ireland
  367. Tit, Great; England/Ireland
  368. Tit, Long-Tailed; England/Ireland
  369. Tit, Yellow-cheeked; Thailand
  370. Towhee, Spotted; British Columbia
  371. Treepie, Grey; Thailand
  372. Treepie, Racket-tailed; Thailand
  373. Treepie, Rufous; Thailand
  374. Vulture, Common; England
  375. Vulture, Turkey; Alberta, British Columbia
  376. Wagtail, Citrine; Burma
  377. Wagtail, Gray; Thailand
  378. Wagtail, Pied; England/Ireland
  379. Wagtail, White; Thailand
  380. Wagtail, Yellow; Thailand
  381. Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf; Thailand
  382. Warbler, Palm; Alberta
  383. Warbler, Radde’s; Thailand
  384. Warbler, Tennessee; Alberta
  385. Warbler, Two-barred; Thailand
  386. Warbler, Willow; Ireland
  387. Warbler, Wilson’s; Alberta
  388. Warbler, Yellow; Alberta, New Brunswick
  389. Warbler, Yellow-browed; Thailand
  390. Warbler, Yellow-rumped; Alberta
  391. Waterhen, White-breasted; Thailand
  392. Waxwing, Bohemian; Alberta
  393. Waxwing, Cedar; Alberta, New Brunswick
  394. Weaver, Baya; Thailand
  395. Wigeon, American; Alberta
  396. Wigeon, Eurasian; Alberta
  397. Willet; Alberta
  398. Woodpecker, Black-backed; Alberta
  399. Woodpecker, Downy; Alberta
  400. Woodpecker, Hairy; Alberta
  401. Woodpecker, Lewis’s; British Columbia
  402. Woodpecker, Pileated; Alberta
  403. Wren, House; Alberta
  404. Wren, Marsh; British Columbia
  405. Wren, Winter; Alberta
  406. Wryneck, Eurasian; Thailand
  407. Yellowlegs, Greater; Alberta
  408. Yellowlegs, Lesser; Alberta