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. 

Second update: Added some species I had noted in two other guides - one North American, the other European. My list now sits at 416 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, Northwestern; British Columbia
  60. Cuckooshrike, Indochinese; Thailand
  61. Dipper, American; Alberta
  62. Dove, Eurasian Collared; England/Ireland       
  63. Dove, Emerald; Thailand
  64. Dove, Little Cuckoo; Thailand
  65. Dove, Mourning; North America      
  66. Dove, Peaceful; Thailand
  67. Dove, Red-collared; Thailand
  68. Dove, Rock; North America
  69. Dove, Spotted; Thailand
  70. Dowitcher, Long-Billed; Alberta
  71. Drongo, Black; Thailand
  72. Drongo, Bronzed; Thailand
  73. Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed; Thailand
  74. Drongo, Hair-crested; Thailand
  75. Drongo, Lesser Racket-Tailed; Thailand
  76. Duck, American Black; North America
  77. Duck, Harlequin; Alberta
  78. Duck, Lesser Whistling; Thailand
  79. Duck, Long-tailed; Alberta
  80. Duck, Ring-necked; New Brunswick
  81. Duck, Ruddy; British Columbia
  82. Duck, Tufted; England/Ireland
  83. Duck, Wood; Alberta
  84. Dunnock; Ireland
  85. Eagle, Bald; Alberta
  86. Eagle, Golden; British Columbia
  87. Egret, Cattle; Burma
  88. Egret, Intermediate; Burma
  89. Egret, Little; Thailand
  90. Eider; England/Ireland
  91. Falcon, Peregrine; Alberta
  92. Falcon, Prairie; Alberta
  93. Falcon, White-rumped; Thailand
  94. Fantail, Pied; Thailand
  95. Fantail, White-throated; Thailand
  96. Fantail, Yellow-bellied; Thailand
  97. Finch, Blue; England/Ireland
  98. Finch, Cassin’s; British Columbia
  99. Finch, House; British Columbia
  100. Finch, Purple; British Columbia
  101. Flameback, Common; Thailand
  102. Flicker, Common; Alberta
  103. Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed; Thailand
  104. Flycatcher, Blue; Thailand
  105. Flycatcher, Least; Alberta
  106. Flycatcher, Little Pied; Burma
  107. Flycatcher, Red-throated; Thailand
  108. Flycatcher, Slaty-backed; Thailand
  109. Flycatcher, Snowy-browed; Burma
  110. Flycatcher-Shrike, Bar-winged; Thailand
  111. Forktail, Slaty-backed; Thailand
  112. Forktail, White-crowned; Thailand
  113. Francolin, Chinese; Thailand
  114. Fulvetta, Grey-cheeked; Thailand
  115. Fulvetta, Rufous-winged; Thailand
  116. Gadwall; Alberta
  117. Godwit, Black-tailed; England/Ireland
  118. Godwit, Marbled; Alberta
  119. Goldeneye, Barrow’s; North America
  120. Goldeneye, Common; Alberta
  121. Goldfinch, American; Alberta
  122. Goose, Canada; North America
  123. Goose, Greater White-fronted; British Columbia
  124. Goose, Snow; North America
  125. Grackle, Common; Alberta
  126. Grebe, Eared; Alberta
  127. Grebe, Little; Ireland/Thailand
  128. Grebe, Pied-billed; Alberta/Ireland
  129. Grebe, Red-necked; Alberta
  130. Grebe, Red-throated; Alberta
  131. Grebe, Western; Alberta
  132. Greenfinch; England/Ireland
  133. Grosbeak, Black-headed; Alberta
  134. Grosbeak, Evening; Alberta, New Brunswick
  135. Grosbeak, Yellow; Alberta
  136. Grouse, Ruffed; Alberta
  137. Grouse, Sage; North America
  138. Grouse, Sharp-tailed; Alberta
  139. Grouse, Spruce; British Columbia
  140. Gull Brown-headed; Burma
  141. Gull, Black-headed; England/Ireland
  142. Gull, Bonaparte’s; Alberta
  143. Gull, California; Alberta
  144. Gull, Common (Mew Gull); Ireland
  145. Gull, Franklin’s; Alberta
  146. Gull, Herring; North America
  147. Gull, Lesser Black-backed; Ireland
  148. Gull, Ring-billed; Alberta
  149. Gull, Western; British Columbia
  150. Gyrfalcon; Alberta
  151. Harrier, Northern; Alberta
  152. Hawk, Ferruginous; Alberta
  153. Hawk, Red-Tailed; Alberta
  154. Hawk, Rough-legged; Alberta
  155. Hawk, Swainson’s; Alberta
  156. Hawk-Eagle, Changeable; Thailand
  157. Heron, Black-crowned; Alberta
  158. Heron, Great Blue; Alberta
  159. Heron, Grey; England/Ireland
  160. Heron, Indian Pond; Burma
  161. Heron, Little; Thailand
  162. Hobby, Eurasian; Thailand
  163. Honey-buzzard, Oriental; Thailand
  164. Hummingbird, Black-chinned; British Columbia
  165. Hummingbird, Calliope; British Columbia
  166. Hummingbird, Rufous; British Columbia
  167. Ibis, White-faced; Alberta
  168. Jacana, Bronze-winged; Thailand
  169. Jackdaw; England/Ireland
  170. Jay (Eurasian); England/Ireland
  171. Jay, Blue; Alberta
  172. Jay, Grey (proposed Canada Jay); Alberta
  173. Jay, Stellar’s; British Columbia
  174. Junco, Darkeyed; Alberta
  175. Junglefowl, Red; Thailand
  176. Kestrel, American; Alberta
  177. Kestrel; England/Ireland
  178. Killdeer; Alberta
  179. Kingbird, Eastern; Alberta
  180. Kingbird, Western; Alberta
  181. Kingfisher, Belted; Alberta
  182. Kingfisher, Black-capped; Thailand
  183. Kingfisher, Blyth’s; Thailand
  184. Kingfisher, White-throated; Thailand
  185. Kite, Black; Burma
  186. Lapwing, Northern; England/Ireland
  187. Lapwing, Red-wattled; Thailand
  188. Lapwing, River; Burma
  189. Lapwing; England/Ireland
  190. Lark, Horned; Alberta
  191. Laughing-thrush, Chestnut-crowned; Thailand
  192. Longspur, Chestnut-collared; Alberta
  193. Loon, Common; Alberta
  194. Magpie-Robin, Oriental; Thailand
  195. Magpie, Black-billed; Alberta
  196. Magpie, Red-billed Blue; Burma
  197. Malkoha, Green-billed; Thailand
  198. Mallard; North America
  199. Martin, Common; Ireland
  200. Martin, Dusky Crag; Thailand
  201. Martin, Plain; Thailand
  202. Martin, Purple; Alberta
  203. Martin, Sand; Thailand
  204. Meadowlark, Western; Alberta
  205. Merganser, Common; North America
  206. Merganser, Hooded; Alberta
  207. Merganser, Red-breasted; Alberta
  208. Merlin; Alberta
  209. Minivet, Scarlet; Thailand
  210. Mockingbird, Northern; Alberta
  211. Moorhen, Common; Thailand/England/Ireland
  212. Munia, Black-headed; Thailand
  213. Munia, Chestnut-tailed; Thailand
  214. Munia, Scaley-breasted; Thailand
  215. Munia, White-rumped; Thailand
  216. Myna, Common; Thailand
  217. Myna, Golden-crested; Thailand
  218. Myna, Hill; Thailand
  219. Myna, White Vented; Thailand
  220. Night-heron, Black-crowned; Alberta
  221. Nutcracker, Clark’s; North America
  222. Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied; Thailand
  223. Nuthatch, Red-breasted; Alberta
  224. Nuthatch, White-breasted; Alberta
  225. Openbill, Asian; Thailand
  226. Oriole, Baltimore; Alberta
  227. Oriole, Northern; Alberta
  228. Osprey; Alberta
  229. Owl, Barn; Thailand, Alberta
  230. Owl, Brown Wood; Thailand
  231. Owl, Great Horned; North America
  232. Owl, Great Grey
  233. Owl, Long-eared; Ireland
  234. Owl, Northern Pygmy; North America
  235. Owl, Oriental Scops; Thailand
  236. Owl, Short-eared; Alberta
  237. Owlet, Asian Barred; Thailand
  238. Partridge, Gray; UK/Ireland
  239. Partridge, Rufous-throated; Thailand
  240. Peacock; Alberta
  241. Pelican, American White; Alberta
  242. Pewee, Western Wood; Alberta
  243. Phalarope, Red-necked; Alberta
  244. Phalarope, Wilson’s; Alberta
  245. Pheasant, Common; England/Ireland
  246. Pheasant, Ring-necked; North America
  247. Phoebe, Eastern; New Brunswick
  248. Pigeon, Common Wood; England/Ireland
  249. Pintail, Northern; Alberta
  250. Pipit, Meadow; Ireland
  251. Pipit, Paddyfield; Thailand
  252. Plover, Black-bellied; Alberta
  253. Plover, Mountain; Alberta
  254. Plover, Semipalmated; Alberta
  255. Pochard, Common; Ireland
  256. Pond Heron, Chinese; Thailand
  257. Prinia, Grey-Breasted; Thailand
  258. Prinia, Plain; Thailand
  259. Prinia, Yellow-bellied; Thailand
  260. Quail, California; British Columbia, Alberta
  261. Quail, Franklin’s; North America
  262. Raven, Common; Alberta
  263. Redhead; Alberta
  264. Redpoll, Common; Alberta
  265. Redshank; Burma
  266. Robin, American; Alberta
  267. Robin, White-tailed; Thailand
  268. Robin, European; England/Ireland
  269. Rock Dove, Feral; Ireland/England/North America
  270. Rock Thrush, Chestnut-bellied; Thailand
  271. Roller, Indian; Thailand
  272. Rook; England/Ireland          
  273. Rosy-Finch, Grey-crowned; British Columbia
  274. Sanderling; Alberta
  275. Sandpiper, Baird’s; Alberta
  276. Sandpiper, Common; England/Ireland
  277. Sandpiper, Green; England/Ireland
  278. Sandpiper, Pectoral; Alberta
  279. Sandpiper, Semipalmated; Alberta
  280. Sandpiper, Solitary; Alberta
  281. Sandpiper, Spotted; Alberta
  282. Sandpiper, Stilt; Alberta
  283. Sandpiper, Western; British Columbia
  284. Sapsucker, Red-breasted
  285. Sapsucker, Red-naped; Alberta
  286. Sapsucker, Yellow-bellied; Alberta
  287. Scaup, Greater; Alberta, British Columbia
  288. Scaup, Lesser; Alberta
  289. Scimitar Babbler, White-browed; Thailand
  290. Scoter, Surf; British Columbia
  291. Serpent-Eagle, Crested; Thailand
  292. Shama, White-rumped; Thailand
  293. Shearwater, Flesh-Footed; British Columbia
  294. Shearwater, New Zealand; British Columbia
  295. Shearwater, Sooty; British Columbia
  296. Shelduck, Common; England/Ireland
  297. Shelduck, Ruddy; Burma
  298. Shortwing, White-browed; Thailand
  299. Shoveler, Northern; Alberta
  300. Shoveler; England/Ireland
  301. Shrike, Brown; Thailand
  302. Shrike, Burmese; Thailand
  303. Shrike, Long-tailed; Thailand
  304. Shrike, Northern; Alberta
  305. Sibia, Dark-backed; Thailand
  306. Sibia, Rufous-backed; Thailand
  307. Sisken, Eurasian; Ireland
  308. Sisken, Pine; Alberta
  309. Snipe, Common; North America
  310. Solitare, Townsend's; Alberta
  311. Sora; Alberta
  312. Sparrow, American Tree; North America
  313. Sparrow, Black-chinned; North America
  314. Sparrow, Brewer’s; Alberta
  315. Sparrow, Chipping; Alberta
  316. Sparrow, Clay-coloured; Alberta
  317. Sparrow, Eurasian Tree; Thailand
  318. Sparrow, Fox; British Columbia
  319. Sparrow, Gold-crowned; British Columbia
  320. Sparrow, House; North America, Burma
  321. Sparrow, LeConte’s; Alberta
  322. Sparrow, Lincoln; Alberta
  323. Sparrow, Nelson’s Sharp-Tailed; Alberta
  324. Sparrow, Plain-backed; Thailand
  325. Sparrow, Savannah; Alberta
  326. Sparrow, Song; Alberta        
  327. Sparrow, Tree; Thailand
  328. Sparrow, Vesper; Alberta
  329. Sparrow, White-crowned; Alberta
  330. Sparrow, White-throated; Alberta
  331. Spiderhunter, Little; Thailand
  332. Starling, Black-collared; Thailand
  333. Starling, Chestnut-tailed; Thailand
  334. Starling, European; Alberta
  335. Stilt, Black-necked; Alberta
  336. Stilt, Black-winged; Thailand
  337. Stonechat, Common; Thailand, Ireland
  338. Sunbird, Crimson; Thailand
  339. Sunbird, Green-tailed; Thailand
  340. Sunbird, Mrs. Gould’s; Thailand
  341. Sunbird, Olive-backed; Thailand
  342. Sunbird, Purple; Thailand
  343. Sunbird, Ruby-cheeked; Thailand
  344. Swallow, Bank; Alberta
  345. Swallow, Barn; Alberta, Thailand
  346. Swallow, Cliff; Alberta
  347. Swallow, Red-rumped; Thailand
  348. Swallow, Tree; Alberta
  349. Swallow, Violet Green; Alberta, British Columbia
  350. Swallow, Common; England/Ireland
  351. Swan, Mute; England/Ireland/New Brunswick
  352. Swan, Trumpeter; Alberta
  353. Swan, Tundra; Alberta
  354. Swift, Asian Palm; Thailand
  355. Swift, House; Thailand
  356. Tailorbird, Common; Thailand
  357. Tanager, Western; Alberta
  358. Teal, Blue-winged; North America
  359. Teal, Cinnamon; Alberta
  360. Teal, Green-winged; Alberta
  361. Tern, Black; Alberta
  362. Tern, Common; Alberta/Thailand
  363. Tern, Forster’s; Alberta
  364. Thrasher, Brown; Alberta
  365. Thrush, Blue Whistling; Thailand
  366. Thrush, Dusky; Thailand
  367. Thrush, Hermit; British Columbia
  368. Thrush, Mistle; England/Ireland
  369. Thrush, Varied; Alberta
  370. Thrush, Wood; North America
  371. Tit, European Blue; England/Ireland
  372. Tit, Coal; England/Ireland
  373. Tit, Crested; England/Ireland
  374. Tit, Great; England/Ireland
  375. Tit, Long-Tailed; England/Ireland
  376. Tit, Yellow-cheeked; Thailand
  377. Towhee, Spotted; British Columbia
  378. Treepie, Grey; Thailand
  379. Treepie, Racket-tailed; Thailand
  380. Treepie, Rufous; Thailand
  381. Vulture, Common; England
  382. Vulture, Turkey; Alberta, British Columbia
  383. Wagtail, Citrine; Burma
  384. Wagtail, Gray; Thailand
  385. Wagtail, Pied; England/Ireland
  386. Wagtail, White; Thailand
  387. Wagtail, Yellow; Thailand
  388. Warbler, Blackpoll; Alberta
  389. Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf; Thailand
  390. Warbler, Palm; Alberta
  391. Warbler, Radde’s; Thailand
  392. Warbler, Tennessee; Alberta
  393. Warbler, Two-barred; Thailand
  394. Warbler, Willow; Ireland
  395. Warbler, Wilson’s; Alberta
  396. Warbler, Yellow; Alberta, New Brunswick
  397. Warbler, Yellow-browed; Thailand
  398. Warbler, Yellow-rumped; Alberta
  399. Waterhen, White-breasted; Thailand
  400. Waxwing, Bohemian; Alberta
  401. Waxwing, Cedar; Alberta, New Brunswick
  402. Weaver, Baya; Thailand
  403. Wigeon, American; Alberta
  404. Wigeon, Eurasian; Alberta
  405. Willet; Alberta
  406. Woodpecker, Black-backed; Alberta
  407. Woodpecker, Downy; Alberta
  408. Woodpecker, Hairy; Alberta
  409. Woodpecker, Lewis’s; British Columbia
  410. Woodpecker, Pileated; Alberta
  411. Wren, House; Alberta
  412. Wren, Marsh; British Columbia
  413. Wren, Winter; Alberta
  414. Wryneck, Eurasian; Thailand
  415. Yellowlegs, Greater; Alberta
  416. Yellowlegs, Lesser; Alberta