2017 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 199, but I had medical problems and was limited in my travels.  I have set a goal of at least 210 for 2017.  Follow my progress below.

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Total 181 as of June 12, 2017

  1. Ring-billed Gull, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  2. Great-tailed Grackle, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  3. American Coot, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  4. Mute Swan, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  5. Muscovy Duck, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  6. Mallard, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  7. Ruddy Duck, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  8. Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  9. Osprey, Lake Nasworthy, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  10. Wild Turkey, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan.1.
  11. Black-crowned Night Heron, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  12. Great Blue Heron, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  13. Belted Kingfisher, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  14. Orange-crowned Warbler, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  15. Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan.1.
  16. Blue Jay, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  17. Pied-billed Grebe, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  18. American Robin, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  19. Red-winged Blackbird, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  20. Northern Cardinal, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  21. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  22. Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  23. Red-tailed Hawk, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  24. Great-horned Owl, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  25. Dark-eyed Junco, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  26. European Starling, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  27. Northern Mockingbird, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  28. White Crowned Sparrow, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  29. American Kestrel, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  30. Canyon Towhee, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  31. Black-throated Sparrow, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  32. Pyrrhuloxia, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  33. Gadwall, SA State Park, Jan.1.
  34. Curve-billed Thrasher, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  35. Loggerhead Shrike, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  36. Cactus Wren, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  37. Northern Bobwhite, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  38. Black Vulture, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  39. American White Pelican, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  40. Greater Roadrunner, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  41. Field Sparrow, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  42. Western Meadowlark, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  43. Double-crested Cormorant, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  44. Bewick’s Wren, Our backyard, San Angelo, Jan. 1.
  45. White-winged Dove, SA State Park, Jan. 1.
  46. Great Egret, Knickerbocker Rd., San Angelo, Jan. 2.
  47. Neotropic Cormorant, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 2.
  48. Lincoln Sparrow, SA State Park, Jan. 2.
  49. Chipping Sparrow, SA State Park, Jan. 2.
  50. House Finch, SA State Park, Jan. 2.
  51. Vesper Sparrow, SA State Park, Jan. 2.
  52. Eastern Meadowlark, SA State Park, Jan. 2.
  53. Black-crested Titmouse, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  54. Northern Shoveler, Sunset Lake, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  55. American Wigeon, Sunset Lake, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  56. Ring-necked Duck, Sunset Lake, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  57. Song Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  58. Cedar Waxwing, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  59. Great Kiskadee, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  60. Eastern Phoebe, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  61. Horned Grebe, Ducote Flats, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  62. Redead, Ducote Flats, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  63. Spotted Towhee, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 3.
  64. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan.3.
  65. Common Yellowthroat, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  66. Common Raven, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  67. Carolina Wren, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  68. Killdeer, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  69. House Sparrow, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  70. Cinnamon Teal, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  71. Turkey Vulture, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  72. Hooded Merganzer, Red Bluff Road pond, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  73. Vermilion Flycatcher, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 4.
  74. Mourning Dove, San Angelo State Park, Jan. 6.
  75. Chihuahuan Raven, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 8.
  76. Green-Winged Teal, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 8.
  77. Blue-winged Teal, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 8.
  78. Hermit Thrush, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 8.
  79. Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spring Creek Park, Jan.8
  80. Eastern Bluebird, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 9.
  81. Northern Flicker, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 9.
  82. Eared Grebe, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 9.
  83. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Spring Creek Park, Jan. 10.
  84. Wood Duck, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 10.
  85. Marsh Wren, Lake Nasworthy, San Angelo, Jan. 10
  86. Bufflehead, Sunset Lake, San Angelo, Jan. 10.
  87. Western Bluebird, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, Jan. 11.
  88. Fox Sparrow, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 11.
  89. Lesser Scaup, Waste Water Ponds, Eldorado, Jan. 12.
  90. Spotted Sandpiper, Waste Water Ponds, Eldorado, Jan. 12.
  91. Northern Pintail, Waste Water Ponds, Eldorado, Jan. 12.
  92. Wilson’s Snipe, Drainage pond, Eldorado, Jan. 12.
  93. Burrowing Owl, Schleicher County, Jan. 12.
  94. Savannah Sparrow, Drainage Pond, Eldorado, Jan.12.
  95. Inca Dove, Schleicher County, Jan. 12.
  96. Common Grackle, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 13.
  97. Sandhill Crane, San Angelo SP, Jan. 16.
  98. Brown-headed Cowbird, San Angelo SP, Jan. 16.
  99. Herring Gull, Mary Lee Park, San Angelo, Jan. 16.
  100. American Goldfinch, San Angelo SP, Jan. 21.
  101. Say’s Phoebe, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, Jan. 25.
  102. Cooper’s Hawk, San Angelo SP, January 16, 26.
  103. Least Sandpiper, San Angelo SP, January 29.
  104. Bushtit, Study Butte, Jan. 31.
  105. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Big Bend NP, Feb. 1.
  106. Black Phoebe, Big Bend NP, Feb. 1.
  107. Mexican Jay, Big Bend NP, Feb.2.
  108. Phainopepla, Big Bend NP, Feb. 2.
  109. Eurasian Collared-Dove, Big Bend NP, Feb. 2.
  110. Greater Yellowlegs, Unidad Nature Trail, Feb. 11.
  111. Merlin, San Angelo SP, February 12.
  112. Lark Bunting, Big Bend NP, January 31.
  113. Pine Warbler, Spring Creek Park, February 18.
  114. Rock Pidgeon, Southland Blvd., San Angelo, February 19.
  115. Rock Wren, San Angelo SP, February 19.
  116. Horned Lark, Schleicher County, February 25.
  117. Northern Harrier, Schleicher County, February 25
  118. Tree Swallow, Schleicher County, February 25.
  119. Red-breasted Merganzer, Unidad Dog Park, San Angelo, February 28.
  120. Sage Thrasher, San Angelo SP, March 2.
  121. Barn Swallow, San Angelo SP, March 17.
  122. Ash-Throated Flycatcher, San Angelo SP, March 18.
  123. White-eyed Vireo, Middle Concho Park, San Angelo, March 27.
  124. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Twin Buttes Park, San Angelo, March 28.
  125. Lark Sparrow, San Angelo SP, March 30.
  126. Western Sandpiper, San Angelo SP, March 30.
  127. Brown Thrasher, San Angelo SP, April 2.
  128. Sora, San Angelo SP, April 2.
  129. Cattle Egret, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, April 5.
  130. Bullock’s Oriole, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, April 6.
  131. Canyon Wren, Bluff Creek Rd., Mason County, April 8.
  132. Scaled Quail, Bluff Creek Rd., Mason County, April 8.
  133. American Pippit, San Angelo SP, April 9.
  134. Summer Tanager, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, April 10.
  135. Nashville Warbler, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, April 10.
  136. Black-chinned Hummingbird, White Ash Ln., April 11.
  137. Swainson’s Hawk, Schleicher County, April 19.
  138. Cliff Swallow, Lake Nasworthy, April 21.
  139. Western Kingbird, San Angelo SP, April 24.
  140. Blue Grosbeak, San Angelo SP, April 24.
  141. Lesser Nighthawk, San Angelo SP, April 27.
  142. Mississippi Kite, San Angelo SP, April 29.
  143. Painted Bunting, San Angelo SP, April 29.
  144. Cassin’s Kingbird, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  145. Cave Swallow, Saulcedo Wetlands, Balmorhea, May 1,
  146. Olive-sided Flycatcher, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  147. Woodhouses’s Scrub Jay, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  148. Scott’s Oriole, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  149. White-breasted Nuthatch, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  150. Black-headed Grosbeak, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  151. Acorn Woodpecker, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  152. Western Wood-Pewee, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  153. Pine Siskin, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  154. Montezuma Quail, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  155. MacGillivray’s Warbler, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  156. Hepatic Tanager, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  157. Western Tanager, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  158. Common Black-Hawk, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  159. Lesser Goldfinch, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  160. Green Heron, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  161. Clark’s Grebe, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  162. Western Grebe, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  163. Purple Martin, Saulcedo Wetlands, May 1.
  164. Black-necked Stilt, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  165. White-faced Ibis, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  166. Snowy Egret, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  167. Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lake Balmorhea, May 4.
  168. Wilson’s Warbler, Davis Mountains, May 2.
  169. Common Nighthawk, Davis Mountians, May 2.
  170. Yellow-billed Cuckoo, San Angelo SP, May 7.
  171. Bell’s Vireo, San Angelo SP, May 7.
  172. Yellow Warbler, San Angelo SP, May 10.
  173. Bronzed Cowbird, Twin Buttes, May 12.
  174. Orchard Oriole, Spillway Rd., San Angelo, May 16.
  175. Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Oak Grove Blvd., May 17.
  176. Eastern Wood-Pewee, San Angelo SP, May 21.
  177. Forster’s Tern, Mary Lee Park, Lake Nasworthy, May 24.
  178. Great Crested Flycatcher, Spring Creek Park, San Angelo, May 24.
  179. Cassin’s Sparrow, San Angelo State Park, May 26.
  180. Carolina Chickadee, Hummer House, Christoval, TX, June 10.
  181. Yellow-breasted Chat, Twin Buttes Park, June 12.

 

18 thoughts on “2017 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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