2019 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 151, but I had medical problems and was limited in my travels.  I have set a goal of at least 200 for 2019  Follow my progress below.

Total 147 as of June 26, 2019.

  1. Mute Sway, January 4
  2. Gadwall, January 4
  3. Mallard, January 4
  4. Blue-winged Teal, January 4
  5. Northern Shoveler, January 4
  6. Green-winged Teal, January 4
  7. Pied-billed Grebe, January 4
  8. Double-crested Cormorant, January 4
  9. Great Blue Heron, January 4
  10. Black Vulture, January 4
  11. American Coot, January 4
  12. Killder, January 4
  13. Ring-billed Gull, January 4
  14. Rock Pigeon, January 4
  15. White-winged Dove, January 4
  16. Belted Kingfisher, January 4
  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker, January 4
  18. Eastern Phoebe, January 4
  19. Vermilion Flycatcher, January 4
  20. Blue Jay, January 4
  21. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, January 4
  22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, January 4
  23. Eastern Bluebird, January 4
  24. Western Bluebird, January 4
  25. Northern Mockingbid, January 4
  26. European Starling, January 4
  27. Orange-crowned Warbler, January 4
  28. Yellow-rumped Warbler, January 4
  29. Spotted Towhee, January 4
  30. Savannah Sparrow, January 4
  31. Northern Cardinal, January 4
  32. Pyrrhuloxia, January 4
  33. Red-winged Blackbird, January 4
  34. Common Grackle, January 4
  35. House Finch, January 4
  36. Wild Turkey, January 6
  37. American Robin, January 6
  38. Canyon Towhee, January 6
  39. Northern Flicker, January 6
  40. Red-breasted Nuthatch, January 6
  41. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, January 6
  42. Black-crested Titmouse, January 6
  43. Cedar Waxwing, January 6
  44. Osprey, January 6
  45. Eastern Meadowlark, January 6
  46. American Kestrel, January 6
  47. Great-tailed Grackle, January 8
  48. Brown Creeper, January 8
  49. Dark-eyed Junco, January 8
  50. Mourning Dove, January 8
  51. Western Meadowlark, January 8
  52. Greater Roadrunner, January 8
  53. White-crowned Sparrow, January 8
  54. Bewick’s Wren, January 8
  55. American White Pelican, January 10
  56. Song Sparrow, January 10
  57. Lincoln’s Sparrow, January 10
  58. Grasshopper Sparrow, January 10
  59. Muscovy Duck, January 10
  60. Loggerhead Shrike, January 10
  61. Merlin, January 10
  62. Herring Gull, January 14
  63. Wood Duck, January 14
  64. Great Horned Owl, January 14
  65. House Sparrow, January 15
  66. Common Yellowthroat, January 16
  67. Hooded Merganzer, January 16
  68. White-breasted Nuthatch, January 16
  69. Neotropic Cormorant, January 17
  70. Cooper’s Hawk, January 17
  71. Curve-billed Thrasher, January 18
  72. Rock Wren, January 18
  73. Thayer’s Gull, January 19
  74. American Goldfinch, January 20
  75. House Wren, January 29
  76. Marsh Wren, January 29
  77. Ruddy Duck, January 29,
  78. Lesser Scaup, January 29
  79. Northern Pintail, January 29
  80. American Wigeon, January 29
  81. Field Sparrow, January 29
  82. Wilson’s Snipe, January 29
  83. Red-tailed Hawk, January 29
  84. Ring-necked Duck, January 30
  85. Cactus Wren, January 30
  86. Spotted Sandpiper, January 30
  87. Great Egret, February 3
  88. Rufous-crowned Sparrow, February 5
  89. Northern Harrier, February 14
  90. Inca Dove, February 16
  91. Black-throated Sparrow, February 22
  92. American Pipit, February 23
  93. Black-bellied Whistling Duck, February 23
  94. Say’s Phoebe, February 24
  95. Ash-throated Flycatcher, February 25
  96. Cinnamon Teal, February 27
  97. Swamp Sparrow, February
  98. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, February 28
  99. Carolina Wren, February 28
  100. Gray Catbird, March 7
  101. Lark Bunting, March 7
  102. Brown-headed Cowbird, March 8
  103. Cassin’s Sparrow, March 8
  104. Lark Sparrow, March 9
  105. Eurasian Collared Dove, March 10
  106. Eurasian Wigeon, March 16
  107. Bufflehead, March 16
  108. Western Grebe, March 16
  109. Redhead, March 16
  110. Eared Grebe, March 16
  111. Canvasback, March 16
  112. Cattle Egret, March 19
  113. Barn Swallow, March 19
  114. Common Merganser, March 17
  115. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, April 2
  116. Chipping Sparrow, April 2
  117. Least Sandpiper, April 3
  118. Black-chinned Hummingbird, April 4
  119. Black-crowned Night Heron, April 5
  120. Clay-colored Sparrow, April 7
  121. Purple Martin, April 11
  122. Bell’s Vireo, April 11
  123. Bullock’s Oriole, April 11
  124. Western Kingbird
  125. Swainson’s Hawk, April 15
  126. Yellow-headed Blackbird, April 20
  127. Painted Bunting, April 25
  128. Tree Swallow, April 25
  129. Snowy Plover, April 25
  130. Blue Grosbeak, April 25
  131. Willet, April 25
  132. Northern Bobwhite, April 25
  133. Semipalmated Sandpiper, April 25
  134. Long-billed Dowitcher, April 25
  135. Common Nighthawk, April 26
  136. Wilson’s Phalarope, April 26
  137. American Avocet, April 26
  138. Orchard Oriole, April 29
  139. Yellow Warbler, May 3
  140. Snowy Egret,May 9
  141. Dickcissel, May 15
  142. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, May 15
  143. Lesser Nighthawk, May 16
  144. Yellow-throated Vireo, May 16
  145. White-faced Ibis, May 21
  146. Scaled Quail, June 5
  147. Yellow-crowned Night Heron, June 26

 

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18 thoughts on “2019 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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