2018 Big Year

I few years ago I decided to have my own “Texas Big Year” and see how many birds of Texas I could observe by December 31, of each year.  I don’t run all over the state chasing rare birds, but I do try to make several day trips and I keep track of what we see.  My previous high was 205 a couple of years ago, but last year we only saw 194, but I had medical problems and was limited in my travels.  I have set a goal of at least 200 for 2018.  Follow my progress below.

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Total 137 as of May24, 2018

  1. White-winged Dove, our back yard, January 2.
  2. Gadwall, Middle Concho Park, Jauary 2.
  3. Northern Shoveler, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  4. Hooded Merganser, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  5. Northern Bobwhite, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  6. Neotropic Cormorant, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  7. Double-crested Cormorant, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  8. Great Blue Heron, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  9. Turkey Vulture, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  10. Red-tailed Hawk, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  11. American Coot, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  12. Ring-billed Gull, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  13. Rock Pigeon, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  14. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  15. Common Yellowthroat, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  16. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  17. Great-tailed Grackle, Walmart, Sherwood Way, January 2.
  18. House Finch, Middle Concho Park, Janury 2.
  19. House Sparrow, our back yard, January 2.
  20. Great Egret, Middle Concho Park, January 2.
  21. Chihuahuan Raven, Knickerbocker Rd., January 3.
  22. Lincoln Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  23. Black-crested-Titmouse, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  24. Black-crowned Night Heron, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  25. Greater Yellowlegs, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  26. Mallard, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  27. Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  28. Green-winged Teal, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  29. Pied-billed Grebe, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  30. White-crowned Sparrow, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  32. Eastern Meadowlark, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  33. Black Vulture, Middle Concho Park, January 3.
  34. Least Sandpiper, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  35. Wilson’s Snipe, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  36. Killdeer, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  37. Northern Pintail, Ducote Flats, January 4.
  38. Northern Mockingbird, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  39. Northern Cardinal, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  40. Blue Jay, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  41. Western Meadowlark, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  42. Lesser Scaup, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  43. Eastern Bluebird, Spring Creek Park, January 3.
  44. European Starling, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  45. Song Sparrow, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  46. American White Pelican, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  47. Loggerhead Shrike, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  48. American Pipet, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  49. American Goldfinch, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  50. American Kestrel, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  51. Canyon Towhee, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  52. Curve-billed Thrasher, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  53. Pyrhuloxia, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  54. Northern Harrier, San Angelo SP, January 4.
  55. Hermit Thrush, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  56. Chipping Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  57. Great Horned Owl, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  58. Wild Turkey, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  59. Swamp Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, January 5.
  60. Belted Kingfisher, San Angelo SP, January 5.
  61. Rock Wren, San Angelo SP, January 5.
  62. Cedar Waxwing, Spring Creek Park, January 6
  63. Wood Duck, Spring Creek Park, January 6.
  64. Spotted Sandpiper, Spring Creek Park, January 6.
  65. Eastern Phoebe, Spring Creek Park, January 6.
  66. Marsh Wren, Middle Concho Park, January 6.
  67. Bufflehead, Middle Concho Park. January 6.
  68. Cooper’s Hawk, Spring Creek Park, January 9.
  69. Ring-necked Duck, Middle Concho Park, January 9.
  70. Dark-eyed-Junco, Spring Creek Park, January 12.
  71. Northern Flicker, Spring Creek Park, January 12.
  72. Osprey, Spring Creek Park, January 13.
  73. Verdin, San Angelo SP. January 19.
  74. Carolina Chickadee, Spring Creek Park, January 20.
  75. Orange-crowned Warbler, Spring Creek Park, January 20
  76. White-breasted Nuthatch, Spring Creek, January 20.
  77. Carolina Wren, Spring Creek Park, January 21.
  78. Americon Wigeon, Sunset Lake, January 23.
  79. Redhead, Sunset Lake, January 23.
  80. Western Bluebird, Spring Creek Park, January 27.
  81. Eared Grebe, San Angelo SP, January 28.
  82. Sharp-shined Hawk, Spring Creek Park, January 28.
  83. Greater Roadrunner, Middle Concho Park, January 31.
  84. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Spring Creek Park, January 31.
  85. Mute Swan, Spring Creek Park, January 27.
  86. Muscovy Duck, San Angelo SP, February 1.
  87. Black-throated Sparrow, San Angelo SP, February 1.
  88. Sage Thrasher, San Angelo SP, February 1.
  89. Field Sparrow, San Angelo SP, February 4.
  90. Blue-winged Teal, Spring Creek Park, February 7.
  91. Cinnamon Teal, Middle Concho Park, February 9.
  92. Savannah Sparrow, San Angelo SP, February 12.
  93. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Spring Creek Park, February 13.
  94. Green-tailed Towhee, San Angelo SP, February 15.
  95. Mourning Dove, San Angelo SP, February 17.
  96. Bewick’s Wren, San Angelo SP, February 17.
  97. Merlin, San Angelo SP, February 17.
  98. Inca Dove, Our back yard, February 22.
  99. House Wren, San Angelo SP, February w6.
  100. Yellow-breasted Chat, San Angelo SP, February 26.
  101. Cactus Wren, San Angelo SP, February 26.
  102. Common Raven, San Angelo SP, March 2.
  103. Vermilion Flycatcher, San Angelo SP, March 6.
  104. Fox Sparrow, San Angelo SP, March 7.
  105. Lark Bunting, San Angelo SP, March 7.
  106. Brown-headed Cowbird, San Angelo SP, March 7.
  107. Barn Swallow, San Angelo SP, March 20.
  108. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Spring Creek Park, March 22.
  109. Lark Sparrow, San Angelo SP, March 24.
  110. Eurasion Collared Dove, San Angelo SP, March 25.
  111. Say’s Phoebe, San Angelo SP, March 25
  112. Rufous-crowned Sparrow, San Angelo SP, March 25.
  113. Clay-colored Sparrow, San Angelo SP, March 28.
  114. Black-chinned Hummingbird, Our front yard, March 29.
  115. Black-necked Stilt, San Angelo SP, March 30.
  116. Ash-throated Flycatcher, San Angelo SP, April 6.
  117. Bullock’s Oriole, San Angelo SP, April 6.
  118. Bell’s Vireo, San Angelo SP, April 6.
  119. Western Kingbird, San Angelo SP.  April 11.
  120. Peregrine Falcon, San Angelo SP, April 21.
  121. Grasshopper Sparrow, San Angelo SP, April 21.
  122. Blue Grosbeak, Spring Creek Park, April 24.
  123. Painted Bunting, San Angelo SP, April 28.
  124. Common Nighthawk, San Angelo SP, April 28
  125. Yellow-crowned Night Heron, K-Mart Creek, April 30.
  126. Banfk Swallow, Lake Nasworthy, May 2.
  127. Virginia Rail, Spring Creek Park, May 2.
  128. Sora, Spring Creek Park, May 2.
  129. Green Heron, Spring Creek Park, May 2.
  130. Cassin’s Sparrow, San Angelo SP, May 5.
  131. Yellow Warbler, San Angelo SP, May 13.
  132. Cave Swallow, Twin Buttes, May 16.
  133. Lesser Nighthawk, Twin Buttes, May 17
  134. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Middle Choncho Park, May 17.
  135. Mississippi Kite, Twin Buttes, May 23.
  136. Orhard Oriole, Twin Buttes, May 24.
  137. Red-winged Blackbird, Twin Buttes, May 24.
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18 thoughts on “2018 Big Year

  1. I predict your count will soon rapidly increase, we’ve been seeing lots of new species but haven’t been able to verify much. I think your recent Warbler additions might be some of what we’ve seen here. I just have a feelin’ this years migration is going to bring a few more surprises and rare opportunities than usual.

    Someday soon, we’ll make it a point to visit ya’ll. We both look forward to meeting you both.

    Doc’ & CJ

    • I almost missed this comment. I hope it does rise. I have been sidelined a lot this year, but there is still hope. Hope that you can visit us soon. Looking forward to meeting both of you, too.

      • Is this a statewide big year I decided to start s Denton county big year sept 1. Did you see Clarksville grebe at. Balmorrehea

        • No, Steve, it is just a personal one that I thought I would try to see as many as possible during our travels, mostly around west Texas. I don’t plan on trying to make special trips just to see any particular specie. We are going to visit Lake Balmorhea next week during our trip to Fort Davis. Hope to see that grebe then. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I know of people that have 300+ in Texas, some with 400+. This is more of a “little year” i think. A “Big Year” takes almost daily birding, a lot of travelling, and a lot of effort. Good luck and I hope you will put more effort into it next year and really be in the top rankings. 🙂 -Jeaneane

    • I think you have mis-understood my “Big Year”. I am not trying for that big prize. I simply sat a goal for myself to see how many I could see in my limited travels. That goal is 210 and I hope to reach it by December 31. Many thanks, Jeaneane, for commenting on this. I appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Bob
    At this rate you should be at 528 by he end of the year. But I will have to admit that funny bird in the green kayak was quite different.
    Thanks David

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