Current Count: 240

Last Updated: June 5, 2018

  • Categorized by Family then ABC by Species
  • Bird MM/DD = First sighting of the year
  • Goal = 300…or all of them!

Photos at SmugMug’s 2018 First-of-Year Gallery

Avocets and Stilts: American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt 4/15

Barn and Typical Owls: Barred Owl 1/7, Great-horned Owl 5/19,  Northern Pygmy-Owl 3/12

Bitterns, Herons, Darters and Egrets: American Bittern 1/7, Anhinga 1/6, Black-crowned Night Heron 1/7, Cattle Egret 1/6, Great Blue Heron 1/6, Great Egret 1/6, Green Heron 4/20, Least Bittern 4/20, Little Blue Heron 1/7, Reddish Egret, Snowy Egret 1/6, Tricolored Heron 1/7, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3/30

Blackbirds and Orioles: Baltimore Oriole 4/6, Boat-tailed Grackle 4/22, Bobolink, Brewer’s Blackbird 1/7, Bronzed Cowbird 4/6, Brown-headed Cowbird 4/6, Common Grackle 1/6, Eastern Meadowlark 3/11, Great-tailed Grackle 1/6, Orchard Oriole 4/6, Red-winged Blackbird 1/7, Western Meadowlark 3/11

Caracaras and Falcons: American Kestrel 1/6, Crested Caracara 1/7, Merlin 1/7, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon 3/15

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Tanagers: Black-headed Grosbeak 3/19, Blue Grosbeak 4/15, Dickcissel 4/20, Indigo Bunting 4/20 Northern Cardinal 1/1, Painted Bunting 4/15, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4/20, Scarlet Tanager 4/1, Summer Tanager 4/15

Cormorants: Double-crested Cormorant 1/6, Neotropic Cormorant 1/6

Cranes: Sandhill Crane 1/7

Creepers: Brown Creeper 3/12

Crows and Jays: American Crow 1/6, Black-billed Magpie 3/12, Blue Jay 1/1, Clark’s Nutcracker 3/12, Common Raven 3/11, Gray Jay 3/11, Steller’s Jay 3/11, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay 3/11

Cuckoos and Roadrunners: Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4/20

Dipper: American Dipper 3/13

Ducks, Geese, and Swans: American Wigeon, Black-bellied Whistling Duck 1/6, Blue-winged Teal 1/7, Bufflehead 3/11, Canada Goose 3/11, Common Merganser 3/11, Green-winged Teal 3/12, Hooded Merganser, Mallard 3/12, Mottled Duck 1/7, Muscovy Duck 1/1, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler 1/7, Snow Goose 1/7, Wood Duck 1/7

Finches: American Goldfinch 1/1, House Finch 1/1


Frigatebirds: Magnificent Frigatebird

Gnatcatchers: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1/6

Goatsuckers, Nighthawks, Nightjars: Common Nighthawk 4/11, Chuck-will’s-widow 6/5

Grebes: Eared Grebe, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe 1/7

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Black Skimmer 4/6, Bonaparte’s Gull 4/6, California Gull 4/12, Caspian Tern 2/25, Common Tern 4/15, Forster’s Tern 4/6, Franklin’s Gull 4/6, Gull-billed Tern 4/6, Herring Gull 4/6, Laughing Gull 2/11, Least Tern 4/6, Ring-billed Gull 4/6, Royal Tern 4/6, Sandwich Tern 4/6

Hummingbirds: Black-chinned Hummingbird 1/7, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3/1, Rufous Hummingbird 1/30

Ibises and Spoonbills: Roseate Spoonbill 4/6, White Ibis 1/1, White-faced Ibis 4/16

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher 1/6

Kinglets: Golden-crowned Kinglet 1/7, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1/1

Kites, Eagles, and Hawks: Bald Eagle 1/7, Broad-winged Hawk 4/20, Cooper’s Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk 3/11, Harris’s Hawk, Mississippi Kite 4/30, Northern Harrier 2/26, Red-shouldered Hawk 1/6, Red-tailed Hawk 1/6, Rough-legged Hawk 3/11, Sharp-shinned Hawk 4/13, Swainson’s Hawk 4/16, Swallow-tailed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite 2/11

Lapwings and Plovers: American Golden-plover, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer 1/7, Piping Plover 4/6, Semipalmated Plover 4/6, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover 4/6

Lark: Horned Lark 3/14

Loons: Common Loon

Lories, Parakeets, Macaws, Parrots:  Monk Parakeet

Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Brown Thrasher 4/6, Gray Catbird 4/6 Northern Mockingbird 1/1

New World Sparrows and Towhees: Chipping Sparrow 1/16, Clay-colored Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco 1/16, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Harris’s Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow 4/22, Nelson’s Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow 1/7, Seaside Sparrow, Song Sparrow 4/6, Spotted Towhee, Swamp Sparrow 1/7, Vesper Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow 4/20, White-throated Sparrow 1/7

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

Nuthatches: Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch 3/13, White-breasted Nuthatch 6/3, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Old World Sparrows: Fox Sparrow, House Sparrow 1/7

Osprey: Osprey 1/6

Oystercatchers: American Oystercatcher

Partridges, Grouse, and Turkeys: Lesser Prairie-Chicken, Ring-necked Pheasant 3/11, Wild Turkey 3/11

Pelicans: American White Pelican 2/11, Brown Pelican 4/6

Pigeons and Doves: Common Ground-Dove 4/6, Eurasian Collard-Dove 4/13, Inca Dove, Rock Pigeon 1/6, Mourning Dove 2/25, White-winged Dove 1/6

Rails and Coots: American Coot 1/7, Black Rail, Clapper Rail 4/20, Common Gallinule 1/7,  King Rail, Purple Gallinule 4/20, Sora 4/15, Virginia Rail, Yellow Rail

Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Allies:  American Woodcock, Bairds Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Dunlin 4/1, Greater Yellowlegs 4/6, Hudsonian Godwit, Least Sandpiper 4/11, Lesser Yellowlegs 4/6, Long-billed Dowitcher 4/6, Pectoral Sandpiper 4/15, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling 4/6, Short-billed Dowitcher 4/6, Solitary Sandpiper 4/6, Spotted Sandpiper 4/6, Stilt Sandpiper 4/15, Upland Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Whimbrel 4/15, White-rumped Sandpiper, Willet 4/15, Wilson’s Phalarope, Wilson’s Snipe

Shrikes: Northern Shrike 3/12, Loggerhead Shrike 4/11

Starlings: European Starling 1/7


Swallows: Bank Swallow 4/8, Barn Swallow 3/21, Cave Swallow, Cliff Swallow 3/17, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4/15, Purple Martin 3/18, Tree Swallow 1/7

Swifts:  Chimney Swift 4/19, White-throated Swift 3/15

Storks:  Wood Stork

Thrushes: American Robin 1/7, Eastern Bluebird 1/6, Hermit Thrush 1/7, Gray-cheeked Thrush 4/22, Hermit Thrush, Mountain Bluebird 3/11, Swainson’s Thrush 4/20, Townsend’s Solitaire 3/15, Veery 4/20, Western Bluebird 3/14, Wood Thrush 4/20

Titmice and Chickadees: Black-capped Chickadee 3/15, Carolina Chickadee 1/1, Juniper Titmouse 3/15, Mountain Chickadee 3/11, Tufted Titmouse 1/1

Tyrant Flycatchers: Acadian Flycatcher 4/27, Alder Flycatcher, Couch’s Kingbird, Eastern Kingbird 4/15, Eastern Phoebe 1/1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 4/27, Great-crested Flycatcher 4/1, Great Kiskadee 4/30, Greater Pewee, Least Flycatcher 4/27, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3/26, Vermillion Flycatcher 1/6, Western Kingbird 1/1, Willow/Trail’s Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Vireos: Blue-headed Vireo 4/6, Philadelphia Vireo 4/27, Red-eyed Vireo 4/20, Warbling Vireo 4/27, White-eyed Vireo 1/7, Yellow-throated Vireo 4/6

Wagtails and Pipits: American Pipit 4/1

Waxwings: Cedar Waxwing 1/6

Wood-warblers: American Redstart 4/20, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler 4/6, Blackpoll Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler 4/27, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Cerulean Warbler 4/27, Chesnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler 4/27, Blackburnian Warbler 4/20, Common Yellowthroat 1/7, Golden-winged Warbler 4/27, Hooded Warbler 4/11, Kentucky Warbler 4/20, Louisiana Waterthrush, Magnolia Warbler 4/27, Mourning Warbler, Nashville Warbler 4/13, Northern Parula 4/20, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned Warbler 1/1, Ovenbird 4/22, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler 1/1, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler 4/22, Swainson’s Warbler, Tennessee Warbler 4/6, Wilson’s Warbler 1/1, Yellow Warbler 4/27, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1/1, Yellow-throated Warbler 4/20

Woodpeckers: American Three-toed Woodpecker 3/12, Downy Woodpecker 1/1, Hairy Woodpecker 3/12, Pileated Woodpecker 1/7, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1/7, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker 6/5, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1/7

Weavers: Northern Red Bishop

Wrens: Canyon Wren 3/15, Carolina Wren 1/1, House Wren 4/20 Marsh Wren 1/7, Sedge Wren 4/6, Winter Wren

Yellow-Breasted Chat: Yellow-breasted Chat 4/20

New local ‘hot spots’ we plan to visit this year:

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

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