Current Count: 304

Last Updated: June 16, 2017

  • Categorized by Family then ABC by Species
  • Bird MM/DD = First sighting of the year
  • Bird = Area resident, struck-out until spotted
  • Bird = Lifer (new to eyes or list ever)
  • Bird = ‘Highly Imperiled’ shorebird [1]
  • Bird = ‘High Concern’ shorebird [2]
  • Goal = 300…or all of them!

Photos at SmugMug’s 2017 First-of-Year Gallery

Avocets and Stilts: American Avocet 2/25, Black-necked Stilt 3/26

Barn and Typical OwlsBarn Owl, Barred Owl 1/12, Burrowing Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl

Bitterns, Herons, Darters and Egrets (!!): American Bittern 1/14, Anhinga 2/1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 4/8, Cattle Egret 1/25, Great Blue Heron 1/1, Great Egret 1/1, Green Heron 3/31, Least Bittern 4/22, Little Blue Heron 1/12, Reddish Egret 4/8, Snowy Egret 1/2, Tri-colored Heron 1/21, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 2/25

Blackbirds and Orioles: Baltimore Oriole 4/14, Boat-tailed Grackle 1/14, Bobolink, Brewer’s Blackbird 3/5, Bronzed Cowbird 4/14, Brown-headed Cowbird 2/3, Common Grackle 1/14, Eastern Meadowlark 1/2, Great-tailed Grackle 1/1, Orchard Oriole 4/22, Red-winged Blackbird 1/14, Rusty Blackbird, Western Meadowlark 3/11, Yellow-headed Blackbird 6/11

Bushtit: Bushtit 3/15

Caracaras and Falcons: American Kestrel 1/1, Crested Caracara 1/14, Merlin 1/14, Peregrine Falcon 3/15, Prairie Falcon 3/13

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Tanagers: Black-headed Grosbeak 6/8, Blue Grosbeak 4/14, Dickcissel 4/30, Indigo Bunting 4/14, Northern Cardinal 1/1, Painted Bunting 4/30, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4/22, Scarlet Tanager 4/14, Summer Tanager 4/8, Western Tanager 6/4

Cormorants: Neotropic Cormorant 2/15, Double-crested Cormorant 1/2

Cranes: Sandhill Crane 1/1, Whooping Crane

Creepers: Brown Creeper 3/16

Crows and Jays: American Crow 1/1, Black-billed Magpie 3/11, Blue Jay 1/1, Clark’s Nutcracker 3/16, Common Raven 3/11, Gray Jay 3/13, Steller’s Jay 3/13, Woodhouse Scrub Jay 3/12

Cuckoos and Roadrunners: Black-billed Cuckoo, Greater Roadrunner 6/3, Groove-billed Ani 4/8, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4/14

Dipper: American Dipper 3/12

Ducks, Geese, and Swans: American Wigeon 3/16, Barrow’s Goldeneye 6/13, Black-bellied Whistling Duck 1/2, Blue-winged Teal 2/12, Bufflehead 3/12, Cackling Goose 3/12, Canada Goose 3/12, Canvasback 2/13, Cinnamon Teal 3/17, Common Goldeneye 3/5, Common Merganser 3/13, Fulvous Whistling-Duck 4/8, Gadwall 2/21, Greater Scaup 3/15, Greater White-fronted Goose, Green-winged Teal 2/15, Hooded Merganser 3/15, Lesser Scaup 2/17, Long-tailed Duck 4/8, Mallard 1/18, Mottled Duck 2/12, Muscovy Duck 1/18, Mute Swan, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler 2/15, Red-breasted Merganser 3/5, Redhead 2/3, Ring-necked Duck 2/4, Ross’s Goose, Ruddy Duck 2/3, Snow Goose 1/14, Wood Duck 1/2

Emberazids (New World Sparrows): American Tree Sparrow 3/14, Black-throated Sparrow 6/7, Brewer’s Sparrow 6/12, Chipping Sparrow 1/8, Clay-colored Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco 3/11, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Green-tailed Towhee 6/4, Harris’s Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Le Conte’s Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow 4/14, Nelson’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow 1/4, Seaside Sparrow, Song Sparrow 2/26, Spotted Towhee 3/13, Swamp Sparrow 1/14, Vesper Sparrow 2/4, White-crowned Sparrow 6/13, White-throated Sparrow

Finches: American Goldfinch 1/1, Cassin’s Finch 6/6, House Finch 1/2, Lesser Goldfinch 6/7, Pine Siskin 1/8, Red Crossbill 6/12, Scaly-breasted Munia

Frigatebirds: Magnificent Frigatebird 4/22

Gnatcatchers, Old World Sparrows: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1/10, House Sparrow 1/1

Goatsuckers, Nighthawks, Nightjars: Common Nighthawk 4/14, Eastern Whippoorwill 4/26, Lesser Nighthawk, Chuck-will’s-widow

Grebes: Eared Grebe 3/5, Least Grebe 2/3, Pied-billed Grebe 1/14

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Black Skimmer 3/26, Black Tern 4/8, Bonaparte’s Gull 3/5California Gull 3/14, Caspian Tern 3/26, Common Tern 2/25, Franklin’s Gull 3/5, Forster’s Tern 2/25, Gull-billed Tern 4/22, Herring Gull 3/26, Laughing Gull 1/10, Least Tern 3/5, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull 2/3, Royal Tern 3/5, Sandwich Tern 2/25

Hummingbirds: Black-chinned Hummingbird 1/9, Broad-tailed Hummingbird 1/9, Buff-bellied Hummingbird 3/22, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3/20, Rufous Hummingbird 1/8

Ibises and Spoonbills: Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill 2/4, White Ibis 1/2, White-faced Ibis 3/26

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher 1/1

Kinglets: Golden-crowned Kinglet 3/16, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1/1

Kites, Eagles, and Hawks: Bald Eagle 2/3, Broad-winged Hawk 4/8, Cooper’s Hawk 1/20, Ferruginous Hawk, Harris’s Hawk, Golden Eagle 6/7, Mississippi Kite 4/4, Northern Harrier 2/26, Red-shouldered Hawk 1/2, Red-tailed Hawk 1/1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1/14, Swainson’s Hawk 4/8, Swallow-tailed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite 4/22

Lapwings and Plovers: American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover 3/5, 1/29, Piping Plover 4/8, Semi-palmated Plover 4/8, Snowy Plover 4/8, Wilson’s Plover 4/8

Lark: Horned Lark 3/14

Loons: Common Loon 2/25

Lories, Parakeets, Macaws, Parrots: Monk Parakeet

Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Brown Thrasher 3/26, Curve-billed Thrasher 6/3, Gray Catbird 4/14, Northern Mockingbird 1/1

New World Quails: Northern Bobwhite 4/22

New World Vultures: Black Vulture 1/1, Turkey Vulture 1/7

Nuthatches: Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch 3/16 Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch 3/13

Osprey: Osprey 1/1

Oystercatchers: American Oystercatcher 3/5

Partridges, Grouse, and Turkeys: Wild Turkey 3/18

Pelicans: American White Pelican 2/15, Brown Pelican 2/25

Pigeons and Doves: Band-tailed Pigeon 6/16, Common Ground-Dove, Eurasian Collared-Dove 3/11, Inca Dove, Mourning Dove 1/4, Ringed Turtle-Dove, Rock Pigeon 1/1, White-winged Dove 1/1

Rails and Coots: American Coot 1/14, Black Rail, Clapper Rail 4/22, Common Gallinule 1/14, King Rail 4/22, Purple Gallinule 3/28, Sora 4/8, Virginia Rail, Yellw Rail

Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Allies: American Woodcock, Baird’s Sandpiper 4/8, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 4/22, Dunlin 4/8, Greater Yellowlegs 1/11, Hudsonian Godwit, Least Sandpiper 2/15, Lesser Yellowlegs 2/12, Long-billed Curlew 6/10,  Long-billed Dowitcher 3/5, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone 3/5, Ruff, Sanderling 3/5, Semi-palmated Sandpiper 4/8, Short-billed Dowitcher 3/5, Solitary Sandpiper 2/12, Spotted Sandpiper 2/15, Stilt Sandpiper 4/22, Upland Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper 4/8, Whimbrel 4/22, White-rumped Sandpiper 4/22, Willet 2/25, Wilson’s Phalarope 4/22, Wilson’s Snipe 4/14

Shrikes: Loggerhead Shrike 1/11, Northern Shrike 3/16

Starlings: European Starling 1/1

Storks: Wood Stork

Swallows: Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow 3/21, Cave Swallow 2/17, Cliff Swallow 4/8, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4/30, Purple Martin 1/31, Tree Swallow 1/14, Violet-green Swallow 6/6

Swifts: Chimney Swift 4/15, White-throated Swift 3/14

Thrushes: American Robin 1/1, Eastern Bluebird 1/1, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Hermit Thrush 1/14, Mountain Bluebird 3/12, Swainson’s Thrush 4/23, Townsend’s Solitaire 3/13, Western Bluebird 3/13, Wood Thrush, Veery 4/22

Titmice and Chicakdees: Black-capped Chickadee 3/12, Carolina Chickadee 1/1, Juniper Titmouse 3/17, Mountain Chickadee 3/13, Tufted Titmouse 1/1

Tyrant Flycatchers: Acadian Flycatcher 6/5, Ash-throated Flycatcher 6/3, Black Phoebe 6/3, Couch’s/Tropical Kingbird 4/30, Eastern Kingbird 3/29, Eastern Phoebe 1/1, Eastern Wood Pewee 4/23, Great-crested Flycatcher 4/9, Great Kiskadee, Least Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher 4/30, Say’s Phoebe 3/12, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3/21, Vermillion Flycatcher, Western Kingbird 6/3, Western Wood-Pewee 6/6,  Alder/Willow “Trails” Flycatcher 4/30, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Vireos: Black-whiskered Vireo 4/22, Blue-headed Vireo 3/29, Cassin’s Vireo 6/4, Gray Vireo 6/4, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo 3/26, Warbling Vireo 4/23, White-eyed Vireo 2/3, Yellow-throated Vireo 4/14

Wagtails and Pipits: American Pipit 2/3, Sprague’s Pipit

Waxwings: Cedar Waxwing 1/1

Weavers: Orange Bishop

Wood-warblers: American Redstart 4/23, Bay-breasted Warbler 4/30Black-and-white Warbler 4/22, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, 6/4, Black-throated Green Warbler 4/23, Blackburnian Warbler 4/30, Blackpoll Warbler 4/23, Blue-winged Warbler, “Brewster’s” Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler 3/26, Cerulean Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler 4/30, Common Yellowthroat 2/4, Golden-winged Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Hooded Warbler 3/28, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Magnolia Warbler 4/23, Mourning Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula 3/31, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler 1/2, Ovenbird 4/23, Palm Warbler 2/3, Pine Warbler 1/1, Prairie Warbler 4/23, Prothonotary Warbler 3/31, Swainson’s Warbler, Tennessee Warbler 2/25, Virginia’s Warbler 6/6, Wilson’s Warbler 1/7, Worm-eating Warbler 4/23, Yellow Warbler 4/23, Yellow-breasted Chat 4/23, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1/1, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon) 6/5, Yellow-throated Warbler 1/29

Woodpeckers: American Three-toed Woodpecker 3/16, Downy Woodpecker 1/1, Hairy Woodpecker 3/13, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3/18, Northern Flicker 3/12, Pileated Woodpecker 1/1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1/1, Red-cockaded WoodpeckerRed-headed Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker 6/6,  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Williamson’s Sapsucker 3/16

Wrens: Bewick’s Wren 6/3, Cactus Wren 6/3, Canyon Wren 3/14, Carolina Wren 1/1, House Wren 6/6, Marsh Wren 3/26, Rock Wren, Sedge Wren 4/8, Winter Wren

Footnotes on Conservation Status:

New places we plan to visit this year…stay tuned!

  • Mad Island Marsh Preserve, Matagorda, TX
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, TX
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, TX
  • San Jacinto Battleground, Pasadena, TX
  • Texas City Dike, TX Done!

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