Road trip wrap up.

If you are totally sick of hearing about my recent trip then please just skip this post... I finally figured out how to get eBird to count the species I saw for me and here are the tallies:

149 species (yikes, only 140 once I removed things like "empid sp")
49 lifers

There are a few roadside birds I noticed never made it onto a checklist (Black-billed Magpie, Yellow-headed Blackbird, California Quail) and there may be others.  Here's the complete list:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 
Canada Goose       
Blue-winged Teal      
Cinnamon Teal     
Northern Shoveler 
Green-winged Teal  
Ring-necked Duck   
Ruddy Duck
Scaled Quail      
Gambel's Quail  
Ring-necked Pheasant  
Wild Turkey       
Eared Grebe    
Western Grebe     
Double-crested Cormorant          
American Bittern        
Great Blue Heron     
Great Egret      
Snowy Egret     
Little Blue Heron   
Cattle Egret    
Green Heron  
Black-crowned Night-Heron  
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 
White-faced Ibis     
Black Vulture   
Turkey Vulture      
Northern Harrier         
Harris's Hawk     
Gray Hawk     
Red-tailed Hawk     
Crested Caracara     
American Kestrel    
Virginia Rail
Common Gallinule  
American Coot     
Snowy Plover        
Black-necked Stilt       
American Avocet       
Greater Yellowlegs    
Least Sandpiper    
Wilson's Phalarope        
Rock Pigeon        
Eurasian Collared-Dove 
White-winged Dove 
Mourning Dove     
Inca Dove       
Common Ground-Dove
Rosy-faced Lovebird 
Greater Roadrunner
Great Horned Owl   
Magnificent Hummingbird 
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird 
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird     
Acorn Woodpecker  
Gila Woodpecker      
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker     
Arizona Woodpecker        
Northern Flicker     
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet      
Black Phoebe     
Say's Phoebe     
Dusky-capped Flycatcher 
Ash-throated Flycatcher     
Cassin's Kingbird       
Western Kingbird       
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo       
Plumbeous Vireo        
Blue Jay     
Mexican Jay     
Common Raven      
Purple Martin       
Tree Swallow          
Barn Swallow         
Cliff Swallow      
Bridled Titmouse      
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Pygmy Nuthatch      
Carolina Wren  
Bewick's Wren      
House Wren 
Marsh Wren       
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher    
Western Bluebird         
American Robin      
Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher  
European Starling     
Cedar Waxwing        
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy's Warbler       
Yellow Warbler      
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Warbler        
Red-faced Warbler        
Painted Redstart        
Green-tailed Towhee
Canyon Towhee       
Abert's Towhee     
Rufous-winged Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow       
Lark Sparrow       
Black-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow      
White-crowned Sparrow   
Yellow-eyed Junco  
Hepatic Tanager          
Western Tanager         
Northern Cardinal        
Black-headed Grosbeak 
Blue Grosbeak    
Lazuli Bunting     
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird 
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird 
Great-tailed Grackle   
Bronzed Cowbird        
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole 
Bullock's Oriole  
House Finch       
Lesser Goldfinch 
House Sparrow      

Now I'll try to dig up everyone's guesses of what I'd see:

Laurence guessed 174 species
Michele guessed 157 species
Sondra guessed 150 species and 15 lifers
Steve guessed 200 species and 60 lifers
Elvira guessed 163 species
Lauren guessed 173 species

Wow I really disappointed you all, didn't I?  Haha, Sondra with 150 species definitely wins that round, but I suppose Steve wins on lifers. 

Still nice to be back despite the rain kicking in again..  This Black-headed Grosbeak at my feeder yesterday was a thousand times sweeter than 20 at the feeders in Madera...

For some reason the grosbeaks only come in the rain...  Good times!!


  1. For someone who used to hate birds, you're sure making up for lost time! That's a job well done Jen. It's been fantastic following your travels and reading/seeing your sightings--the perfect thing to lead into summer.

  2. WOOOOHOOOOO Im waiting on my prize to arrive, its in the mail
    Wonderful stats girl, and the best part if all those lucious memories you made along the way...I can always recall exactly where I was when I saw each Lifer...yet I cant tell you what i had for lunch today...

  3. Jen, what a great trip and impressive list. Congrats on all your lifers. Love your Grosbeak, it is a pretty bird.

  4. Awesome species and highly impressive numbers! Not a lick of disappointment here - just sheer, unadulterated envy...


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