2020 Big Year

A few years ago we decided to have our own “Texas Big Year” and see how many birds of Texas we could observe by December 31, of each year.  we don’t run all over the state chasing rare birds, but we do try to make several day trips and we keep track of what we see.  Our previous high was 205 a couple of years ago, but last year we only saw 155, but I had medical problems and ww were limited in our travels.  We have set a goal of at least 200 for 2020  Follow our progress below.

Total 122 as of May 28, 2020.

  1. Great-tailed Grackle, 1-1
  2. Song Sparrow, 1-1
  3. Northern Cardinal, 1-1
  4. Common Yellowthroat, 1-1
  5. Double-crested Cormorant, 1-1
  6. Cedar Waxwing, 1-1
  7. Mallard, 1-1
  8. Gadwall, 1-1
  9. Pied-billed Grebe, 1-1
  10. Northern Shoveler, 1-1
  11. White-winged Dove 1-1
  12. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1-1
  13. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1-1
  14. American Coot, 1-1
  15. Eared Grebe, 1-1
  16. Belted Kingfisher, 1-1
  17. Great Blue Heron, 1-1
  18. Yellow-rumped warbler, 1-1
  19. American Goldfinch, 1-1
  20. Marsh Wren, 1-1
  21. Wild Turkey, 1-1
  22. Rock Pigeon, 1-1
  23. Ringed Glull, 1-1
  24. Northern Mockingbird, 1-2
  25. Pyrrhuloxia, 1-2
  26. Western Meadowlark, 1-2
  27. House Sparrow, 1-2
  28. Common Raven, 1-2
  29. Loggerhead Shrike, 1-2
  30. Red-tailed Hawk, 1-2
  31. Lark Bunting, 1-2
  32. White-crowned Sparrow, 1-2
  33. Spotted Sandpiper, 1-2
  34. American Pippit, 1-2
  35. Lark Sparrow, 1-2
  36. Eastern Meadowlark, 1-2
  37. Lincoln Sparrow, 1-2
  38. Great Egret, 1-3
  39. Wood Duck, 1-3
  40. Neotropic Cormorant, 1-3
  41. Say’s Phoebe, 1-4
  42. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1-4
  43. Eastern Bluebird, 1-4
  44. Ladder-backed-Woodpecker, 1-4
  45. Black-crested Titmouse, 1-4
  46. Carolina Wren, 1-4
  47. Cinnamon Teal, 1-6
  48. Killdeer, 1-6
  49. Brown-headed Cowbird, 1-6
  50. Mourning Dove, 1-6
  51. Canyon Towhee, 1-6
  52. House Finch, 1-6
  53. Greater Roadrunner, 1-6
  54. American Kestrel, 1-6
  55. Cattle Egret, 1-6
  56. Chipping Sparrow, 1-6
  57. Eastern Phoebe, 1-9
  58. Orange-crowned Warbler, 1-9
  59. Green-winged Teal, 1-9
  60. Snowy Egret, 1-9
  61. Mute Swan, 1-11
  62. Great Horned Owl, 1-13
  63. Verdin, 1-14
  64. Bewick’s Wren, 1-14
  65. Red-winged Blackbird, 1-14
  66. American Wigeon, 1-15
  67. Lesser Scaup, 1-17
  68. Bufflehead, 1-17
  69. Ring-necked Duck, 1-17
  70. Ruddy Duck, 1-17
  71. Black Vulture, 1-18
  72. Turkey Vulture, 1-13
  73. American White Pelican, 1-25
  74. Field Sparrow, 1-25
  75. Sora, 1-26
  76. Redhead, 1-26
  77. Cactus Wren, 1-27
  78. Green-tailed Towhee, 1-27
  79. Vesper Sparrow, 1-27
  80. European Starling, 1-27
  81. Blue Jay, 1-29
  82. Northern Flicker, 1-29
  83. Hermit Thrush, 2-1
  84. Rock Wren, 2-2
  85. Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2-3
  86. Herring Gull, 2-3
  87. Chihuahuan Raven, 2-8
  88. Northern Harrier, 2-16
  89. Lesser-Black-backed Gull, 2-21
  90. Cave Swallow, 2-21
  91. Purple Martin, 2-21
  92. Dark-eyed Junco, 2-23
  93. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2-23
  94. Black-throated Sparrow, 2-24
  95. Muscovy Duck, 3-5
  96. Curve-billed Thrasher, 3-5
  97. American Robin, 3-5
  98. Vermilion Flycatcher, 3-8
  99. Eurasian Collared Dove, 3-18
  100. Black-chinned Hummingbird, 3-20
  101. Barn Swallow, 3-27
  102. Ash-throated Flycatacher, 3-27
  103. Osprey, 3-27
  104. Black-bellied Whistling Duck, 3-27
  105. Clay-colored Sparrow, 3-27
  106. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 3-27
  107. Bullock’s Oriole, 4-29
  108. Laughing Gull, 5-1
  109. Bell’s Vireo, 5-1
  110. Painted Bunting, 5-1
  111. Solitary Sandpiper, 5-1
  112. Zone-tailed Hawk, 5-1
  113. Northern Bobwhite, 5-7
  114. Blue Grosbeak, 5-10
  115. Western Kingbird, 5-10
  116. Green Heron, 5-12
  117. Swainson’s Hawk, 5-12
  118. Casssin’s Sparrow, 5-12
  119. Common Night Hawk, 5-12
  120. Whimbrel, 5-10
  121. Dickcissell, 5-19
  122. Brown Pelican, 5-28

 

18 thoughts on “2020 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. πŸ™‚ -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. πŸ™‚

  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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