Birding in the Western Hemisphere

Since I was a child I have been interested in wildlife, but not until meeting Apryle was I ever the least bit interested in birding. However, after a summer of Snipe hunting, bird banding at the YMCA of the Rockies, and a move to the birding paradise of Texas I developed an interest. This year after watching The Big Year, my competitiveness further fueled the fire for my new hobby. Though I will never give up running in order to become a serious birder, I now have a new stat to collect each year. Birding has allowed me to better connect with the environment around me and pay closer attention to detail. I have collected several bird species over the last few years, below I have a pictorial list of birds ranging from Peru, Oregon, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, and Washington.   

White Crowned Sparrow in Shoreline, WA
Stellar’s Jay at UW, WA

Bullock’s Oriole in Nespelem, WA
Pie-Billed Grebe Union Bay, WA
Osprey Union Bay, WA
Anna’s Hummingbird Shoreline, WA
Savannah Sparrow Union Bay, WA
House Wren Tiffin, OH
Northern Cardinal Tiffin, OH
Eastern Bluebird Tiffin, OH
Nighthawk Carter Mountain, WA
Eastern Kingbird Sinlahekin, WA
Caspian Tern Sun Lakes Dry Falls, WA
Cedar Waxwing Sinlahekin, WA
Clark’s Nutcracker Larch Grove, WA
Western Tanager Sinlahekin, WA
Spruce Grouse Pasayten, WA
Great Blue Heron Sinlahekin, WA
American Dipper Sinlahekin, WA
Common Merganser Snake River, ID
Golden Eagle Similkameen River, WA
Northern Shoveler Union Bay, WA
Puna Ibis Nazca, Peru
Long-Tailed Mockingbird Nazca, Peru
Vermillion Fly-Catcher Nazca, Peru
Vermillion Fly-Catcher Nazca, Peru
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Ollantaytambo, Peru
Stripe-Faced Wood Quail Machu Picchu, Peru
White-bellied Hummingbird Mach Picchu, Peru
Rufous-Collared Sparrow Machu Picchu, Peru
Ruddy Duck Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
Andean Goose Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
Andean Ibis Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru
Giant Hummingbird Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Many-Striped Canastero Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Tit-Like Dacnis Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Inca Tern Lima, Peru
Many-Colored Rush Tyrant Villa Marshes, Peru
Cinnamon Teal Villa Marshes, Peru
Neotropic Cormorant Villa Marshes, Peru
American Oystercatcher Villa Marshes, Peru
Snowy Egrets Villa Marshes, Peru
Great Grebe Villa Marshes, Peru
Black Vulture, Villa Marshes, Peru
Common Moorhen Villa Marshes, Peru
Great Egret Villa Marshes, Peru
Striated Heron Villa Marshes, Peru
Black-Cowned Night Heron Villa Marshes, Peru
Wood Ducks Union Bay, WA
Bufflehead Union Bay, WA
Black-bellied Whistle Duck Brazoria, TX
White Ibis Brazoria, TX
Bald Eagle Olympic Peninsula, WA
Crested Caracara Austin, TX
Scissor-Tailed Fly Catcher Austin, TX
Yellow Warbler Cape Arago, OR
Pigeon Guillemot Cape Falcon, OR
Monk’s Parakeet Austin, TX
Red-shouldered Hawk Columbus, TX
Barred Owl Columbus, TX
Greater Roadrunner Austin, TX

Pelicans Port Aransas, TX

Spotted Towhee Horsetooth, CO

Western Meadow Lark Horsetooth, CO

Hairy Woodpecker Larch Grove, WA

White-breasted Nuthatch Larch Grove, WA

Clark’s Nutcracker Larch Grove, WA

Common Loon Beaver Lake, WA

Red-tailed Hawk Berea, OH

Great-horned Owl Estes Park, CO

Belted Kingfisher Beth Lake, WA

Mountain Bluebird Estes Park, CO

White-tailed Ptarmigan Chasm Lake, WA

Brown Pelican Port Aransas, TX

Great Blue Heron Port Aransas, TX
Killdeer Nespelem, WA

Western Kingbird Nespelem, WA

Lazuli Bunting Sinlahekin, WA

Carolina Wren San Bernard, TX
California Quail Tonasket, WA
Mallards Arboretum Seattle, WA
Turkey Vulture Guadalupe, TX

Bird Common Name Location Day/Month Year
American Crow 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Blue Jay 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Northern Cardinal 826 House Yard N/A 2000
American Robin 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Red-Winged Blackbird 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Bald Eagle 151 & Forrest NP N/A 2000
Kestril 151 Wires N/A 2000
Red-Tailed Hawk Fields near 151 N/A 2000
Barred Owl Rocky River Reservation N/A 2000
Turkey Vulture Roadside 16/151 N/A 2000
Mallard Duck St Francis Avenue Creek N/A 2000
Canada Goose Flying over 826 House N/A 2000
Ring-Neck Pheasant Crawford County N/A 2000
Killdeer 151 S Walking Dogs N/A 2000
Great Blue Heron Van Meter Creek Eden Township N/A 2000
House Sparrow 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Mourning Dove 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Ruby Throated Hummingbird 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Mute Swan Maumee Bay SP N/A 2000
House Finch 826 House Yard N/A 2000
American Goldfinch Indian Trail Campground N/A 2000
Chipping Sparrow 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Field Sparrow 826 House Yard N/A 2000
American Tree Sparrow 826 House Yard N/A 2000
Raven Beaver Meadows VC RMNP January 2013
Black-Billed Magpie Beaver Meadows VC RMNP January 2013
Pine Siskin YMCA of the Rockys Bird Banding June 2013
Western Meadowlark Horse Tooth Ridge Fort Collins April 2014
Clark’s Nutcracker Turquoise Lake Leadville August 2013
Ruffed Grouse Black Canyon Trail RMNP July 2013
White-Tailed Ptarmigan Chasm Lake Trail RMNP May 2013
Northern Goshawk RMNP June 2013
Osprey Moraine Park RMNP June 2013
Wilson’s Snipe Moraine Park RMNP June 2013
Belted Kingfisher Moraine Park RMNP June 2013
Stellar’s Jay Endo Valley RMNP June 2013
Great Horned Owl Estes Park Library July 2013
Mountain Bluebird Near Greenhouse RMNP June 2013
Northern Flicker Moraine Park RMNP June 2013
Spotted Towhee Horse Tooth Ridge Fort Collins April 2014
Common Nighthawk RMNP April 2013
Evening Grossbeak YMCA of the Rockys Bird Banding June 2013
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Gray’s Peak Climb June 2013
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird RMNP Apartments July 2013
Pygmy Owl Aspen Grove near Mary’s Lake July 2013
Snow Goose Flying over Ephrata, PA November 2014
Sandhill Crane UCF Campus Track Spring Break February 2010
Muscovy Duck Coastal Carolina University SC March 2012
Ring-Billed Gull Myrtle Beach, SC March 2012
Laughing Gull Myrtle Beach, SC March 2012
Crested Caracara McKinney Parkway Austin, TX September 2013
Golden Eagle McKinney Parkway Austin, TX September 2013
Peregrine Falcon Montezuma Rd Columbus, TX August 2015
Scissor-Tail Flycatcher McKinney Parkway Austin, TX September 2013
Barn Swallow Port Aransas May 2014
Cave Swallow Guadalupe NP, TX July 2015
Mexican Jay Chisos Mountains Big Bend, TX November 2013
Black Vulture McKinney Parkway Austin, TX September 2013
Roseate Spoonbill Paddling in Port Aransas, TX May 2014
American Oystercatcher Padre Island National Seashore, TX October 2013
Greater Roadrunner USA Austin, TX August 2013
Brown Pelican Port Aransas, TX May 2013
Western Scrub Jay Lady Bird Wildflower Center Austin,TX N/A 2014
White-Winged Dove Trelawney Lane House Austin,TX N/A 2014
White Ibis Brazoria NWR July 2015
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher Padre Island National Seashore, TX October 2013
Black Bellied Whistle Duck Brazoria NWR July 2015
Great-Tailed Grackle HEB Parking Lot Austin, TX August 2013
American Grackle HEB Parking Lot Austin, TX August 2013
Royal Tern Brazoria NWR July 2015
Carolina Wren San Bernard NWR July 2015
Great Egret McKinney Falls SP February 2014
Monk’s Parakeet Redrick Drive House Austin,TX November 2013
Red Shouldered Hawk Columbus, TX August 2015
Bufflehead Union Bay Seattle, WA January 2016
Wood Duck Union Bay Seattle, WA January 2016
Double Crested Cormorant Union Bay Seattle, WA January 2016
Mew Gull Richmond Beach WA April 2016
California Quail Nespelem Bunkhouse WA May 13th 2016
Rock Pigeon Richmond Beach WA April 2016
Downy Woodpecker Whitmore Lookout Nespelem May 2016
Black Capped Chickadee Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA April 2016
Brewer’s Blackbird Neseplem Bunkhouse May 2016
Dark-Eyed Junco Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA April 2016
American Coot Sun Lakes Dry Falls SP May 14th 2016
Western Kingbird Neseplem Bunkhouse May 13th 2016
Eastern Kingbird Neseplem Bunkhouse May 13th 2016
Bullock’s Oriole Neseplem Bunkhouse May 13th 2016
White-Crowned Sparrow Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA April 2016
Song Sparrow Edmonds Marsh WA April 2016
European Starling Edmonds Marsh WA April 2016
Anna’s Hummingbird Sky Nursery Shoreline, WA April 2016
Spotted Sandpiper Edmonds Marsh WA April 2016
Caspian Tern Sun Lakes Dry Falls SP May 14th 2016
Glaucous-Winged Gull Edmonds Marsh WA April 2016
Hooded Merganser Union Bay Seattle, WA May 20th 2016
Pie-Billed Grebe Union Bay Seattle, WA May 20th 2016
Cinnamon Teal Union Bay Seattle, WA May 20th 2016
Gadwall Union Bay Seattle, WA May 20th 2016
Savannah Sparrow Union Bay Seattle, WA May 20th 2016
California Gull Cape Falcon Oregon May 26th 2016
Bewick’s Wren Cape Falcon Oregon May 26th 2016
Brandt’s Cormorant Cape Falcon Oregon May 26th 2016
Pigeon Guillemot Cape Falcon Oregon May 26th 2016
Yellow Warbler Cape Falcon Oregon May 26th 2016
House Wren 826 House Yard May 29th 2016
Pacific Loon Cape Arago Oregon May 27th 2016
Tree Swallow Tiffin, Ohio May 29th 2016
Violet-Green Swallow Cape Falcon Oregon May 26th 2016
Eastern Bluebird 826 House Yard May 29th 2016
Brown-Headed Cowbird Garlo Nature Preserve May 31st 2016
Baltimore Oriole 826 House Yard May 29th 2016
Purple Martin Hedges Boyer Park Tiffin, Ohio June 1st 2016
Mountain Caracara Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru June 2016
Ruddy Duck Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru June 2016
Andean Goose Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru June 2016
Andean Ibis Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru June 2016
Puna Ibis Nazca Peru June 2016
Lessor Goldfinch Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Cuzco Brush Finch Machu Picchu Peru June 2016
Ochre-naped Finch Cordillera Hauyhuash Peru June 2016
Fawn-Breasted Tanager Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Rufous-Collared Sparrow Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Tawny-Crowned Greenlet Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Vermillion Flycatcher Nazca Peru June 2016
Stripe-Faced Wood Quail Machu Picchu Peru June 2016
Great Grebe Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Neotropic Cormorant Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Snowy Egret Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Andean Condor Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Common Moorhen Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Giant Hummingbird The Hoff Peru June 2016
Long-Tailed Hermit Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
White-Bellied Hummingbird Machu Picchu Peru June 2016
Torrent Duck Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Striated Heron Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Black-Crowned Night Heron Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Inca Tern Miraflores Lima Peru June 2016
Long-Tailed Mockingbird Nazca Peru June 2016
Hooded Siskin Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Grayish Saltator Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Many-Striped Canastero Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Tit-Like Dacnis Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Many-Colored Rush Tyrant Villa Marshes Lima Peru June 2016
Bright-Rumped Yellow Finch Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Ash-Breasted Sierra Finch Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
White -Browned Ground Tyrant Cordillera Blanca Peru June 2016
Plain-Tailed Warbling Finch Ollantaytambo Peru June 2016
Cedar Waxwing Pine Creek Road Tonasket, WA July 4th 2016
Cassin’s Finch Tonasket, WA July 5th 2016
Mountain Chickadee Tonasket, WA July 5th 2016
Varied Thrush Salmo-Priest Wilderness WA July 9th 2016
Common Loon Beaver Lake WA August 5th 2016
Western Tanager Fish Lake WA July 16th 2016
White-Breasted Nuthatch Lost Lake WA August 5th 2016
American Dipper Sinlahekin WA September 5th 2016
Common Merganser Salmon River WA September 16th 2016
Yellow-Headed Blackbird Sidley Lake July 2016
Lazuli Bunting Sinlahekin WA July 2016
Western Bluebird Sinlahekin WA July 2016
Spruce Grouse Pasayten Seven Pass Loop WA August 2016
Northern Harrier Sinlahekin WA July 2016
Say’s Phoebe McClauglin Canyon WA July 2016
Cooper’s Hawk Tonasket Airport Road WA September 2016
Hairy Woodpecker Lost Lake WA August 5th 2016
Northern Shoveler Union Bay Seattle, WA October 8th 2016
Pileated Woodpecker Whistler Canyon Trail October 14th 2016

Yearly Totals
<2000 – 24
2010 – 1
2012 – 3
2013 – 31
2014 – 8
2015 – 7
2016 – 94
Total – 168