UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Annotated Life List I (1972 – 1993)
All birds were photographed in the wild, unless otherwise noted.
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Great Horned Owl House Finch Western Scrub Jay Brewer’s Blackbird
Northern Mockingbird Red-tailed Hawk Turkey Vulture Bald Eagle
Brown Pelican Northern Cardinal American Crow Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse Mourning Dove American Goldfinch
White-breasted Nuthatch Downy Woodpecker Brown-headed Cowbird Red-bellied Woodpecker
Dark-eyed Junco Canada Goose Common Pigeon Mallard
American Black Duck Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Common Starling House Sparrow
Eastern Screech Owl Eastern Bluebird Northern Flicker Chimney Swift
Brown Creeper Northern Rough-winged Swallow Red-winged Blackbird Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow Red-headed Woodpecker American Yellow Warbler White-crowned Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole Yellow-rumped Warbler Eastern Kingbird Red-eyed Vireo
American Redstart Summer Tanager Red-breasted Nuthatch Killdeer
Purple Martin Eastern Phoebe Gadwall Great Northern Loon
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Great Blue Heron Green Heron Blackburnian Warbler
Ring-billed Gull American Herring Gull Common Tern Caspian Tern
Double-crested Cormorant Carolina Wren Red-shouldered Hawk Black-throated Green Warbler
Barred Owl Tree Swallow Orchard Oriole Common Pheasant
Brown Thrasher American Robin Common Grackle House Wren
Scarlet Tanager Rose-breasted Grosbeak Chipping Sparrow Eastern Meadowlark
Veery Whip-poor-will Ruby-throated Hummingbird Sand Martin
Barn Swallow Eastern Wood Pewee Belted Kingfisher Eastern Towhee
Peregrine Falcon American Kestrel Heermann’s Gull Black-crowned Night Heron
Ruddy Turnstone Least Tern Snowy Egret Whimbrel
Willet Clark’s Grebe Black Skimmer Spotted Dove
Black Phoebe Loggerhead Shrike American Bushtit Spotted Towhee
Western Osprey American Cliff Swallow Oak Titmouse Common Yellowthroat
Bewick’s Wren Ash-throated Flycatcher American Coot Northern Raven
Sanderling Wilson’s Snipe Blue-winged Teal Lesser Black-backed Gull
Western Great Egret Winter Wren Grey Catbird Fox Sparrow
Pied-billed Grebe

 

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Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
October 31, 1972
Lucile Street, Los Angeles County, California

great horned owl
November, 2004 ~ Tucson, Arizona (captive bird)

Believe it or not, an owl is the very first bird I have a clear memory of seeing. For many years, this great horned owl in the eucalyptus tree in an empty field across the street from my house. I often played in that field, and even climbed that tree, but I didn’t see the owl very often, although there were a number of occasions where I did. At least two of them happened on Halloween. Although I am not certain about the year of this sighting, it had to be fairly close to 1972, as I was smallish at the time. On this particular Halloween, I was trick-or-treating with some neighborhood children (and parents) when the owl flew down right in front of us, and landed in the middle of our neighbors’ front yard. How can you forget an event like that! This definitely made an impact on my young psyche, probably predisposing me to my current fascination with birds.

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House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

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November, 2004 ~ San Ramon, California


October 31, 1972
Lucile Street, Los Angeles County, California

Before there were places to take injured or distressed wildlife for rehabilitation, my mother took care of local wildlife (birds, mostly) in our home. She raised at least a few house finches that feel from their nests into our yard. (She called them “linnets,” although that is actually a different species of finch found in Europe). One, whom she called “Peeper,” was a member of our family for a number of years.

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Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
October 31, 1972
Lucile Street, Los Angeles County, California

My mother also raised at least one scrub jay that she found in the yard. We kept one as a pet until our German shepard killed him. (Mom got rid of the dog after that incident).

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Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
October 31, 1972
Lucile Street, Los Angeles County, California

These birds were also common in our yard, although I don’t remember if my mother ever rescued any of them or not.

July 16, 1993, Plummer Park, Hollywood. Mom and I, and William, took a trip into Hollywood to visit the Los Angeles Audubon Store. On the way out, I saw several Brewer’s Blackbirds. Although I remember seeing LOTS of these growing up, these are the first ones I saw as a birder.

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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
October 31, 1972
West 74th Street, Los Angeles County, California

I have lots of memories of mockingbirds at my grandparents’ (Grammy and Grandpapa’s) house. There was usually one singing from the wires above the swimming pool – it seemed that guy was ALWAYS singing, day or night, to the point of being annoying, at times, when I was trying to sleep.

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
October 31, 1972
Ballona Creek, Los Angeles County, California

I was familiar with this bird as a child, as one could often be seen flying over the Ballona Wetlands which were just across Culver Boulevard from our neighborhood.

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
October 31, 1972
Ballona Creek, Los Angeles County, California

This was another bird often spotted soaring over the wetlands and Hughes Aircraft property near our house.

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
December 23, 1986
Kennedy Space Center, , Florida

While riding on a bus through the space center during the tour, the driving pointed out a number of nests. We saw adults and young in the nests, although from quite a distance. Even so, these birds are so impressive, and I have never forgotten that experience, which makes it one of my earliest “birding” adventures! Later, while walking through Merritt Island WR, I also saw my first Alligators!

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
December 23, 1986
Kennedy Space Center, , Florida

These birds are plentiful in Florida – I know I saw many of them during my first trip there. I had also seen these birds regularly growing up in southern California, but I’m going to consider this my first documented sighting.

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane. Actually, this was the first bird I noticed upon moving to Indiana in 1991. I had never seen these gorgeous birds before, and they are abundant here. On occasion, I have called them into the yard by whistling. It was probably cardinals which got me interested in birding – Not long after we moved into the house, I put up a few bird feeders, and when the birds started coming, I had to find out what they were called. And that’s how I started out on this glorious passtime!

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane. A large colony lives in our neighborhood and they are very common throughout the area.

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Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane. Noisy, but I like their boldness and they certainly are beautiful.

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Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane in winter. There seem to be fewer of them in spring and summer. So tiny and cute and fun to watch.

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Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane. I have seen as many as five at one time. Often associating wit the chickadees, these are charming little birds as well.

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane, one whose call I can identify. Although they seem sort of drab from a distance, when you get a good close look you notice that their colors are subtle and beautiful. Really attractive birds when seen close up.

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American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane. Bright and pretty.

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White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane. A pair nested in the neighborhood, and I was able to watch the entire family (including juveniles) come and feed in our yard. What fun!

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Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane, especially in winter. I have learned to identify both their whinny call and their single note “chip.” A pair nested in our neighborhood in the spring of ’93 and I was able to witness some courtship behavior, as well as seeing juvenile birds late in the summer.

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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
September 15, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular visitor to Metea Lane.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
December 1, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Seen and heard throughout the winter at Metea Lane. This bird (we suspected it was always the same individual) was a regular and favorite visitor to our feeders and trees. We even had a name for him, “Chubby,” if I remember correctly.

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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis hyemalis “slate-colored”)
December 1, 1992
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Regular winter visitor. I always enjoy these cute little birds hopping about in the yard, and miss them when they leave again in the spring.

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

For the first time, I signed up to participate in the annual Christmas bird count for southern Michigan. We started out at Fernwood, and I was teamed with Fernwood naturalist Rob Venner. I came to the nature center before dawn, a little bit nervous and not really sure what to expect. But once we got started, I had a lot of fun, and learned a lot about the winter birds, as well. Rob is a great birder, and a nice guy, too. We drove around to various places and counted the species and individuals that we saw and Rob helped me to ID them and told me lots of interesting info, as well.

Although I’ve seen these geese before, this is my first documented sighting. I’ve actually see LOTS of them – singly, in pairs, families with juveniles, and in flocks of several hundred – in flight, on the ground, and in the water. Very common. But pretty!

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Common Pigeon (Columba livia)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

I’ve seen lots of “street pigeons” – these feral birds who have pretty much taken over most of human civilization! Although they aren’t technically pure “rock doves” – those only breed on certain rocky coastal areas in some parts of the world – I’ve got to have somewhere to list them! And this will be counted as my first documented sighting.

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Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

Our most commonly seen duck, at least in developed areas. Yes, I’ve seen these guys before, but this will count as my first documented sighting. We spotted a flock of about a dozen mallards swimming on the St. Joseph River.

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American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

This bird was in the company of the dozen or so mallards we spotted swimming in the St. Joseph River. If not for the expert skills of Rob Venner, I’d have never noticed the difference.

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

This bird was spotted in the parking lot at one of the nature preserves where we stopped. It was a juvenile, and unusual for this time of the year A nice bird to have so early in my birding career!

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Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

Although these birds are abundant, I’d not really noticed them much before. Rob Venner helped me learn to identify them in flight as birds with a short, stubby tail. It’s worked ever since! The first view of them I remember was of a flock congregated on a telephone wire, moving about restlessly as they so often do.

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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
December 19, 1992
Berrien County, , Michigan

Believe it or not, another first documented sighting of an extraordinarily common bird. I’m not sure I’d ever really noticed them before, in terms of trying to identify them. My life house sparrows were seen foraging in a bush near the entry way to a local McDonald’s. Fitting. Rob explained to me that these, along with starlings, are not native birds, but were introduced to the U.S. within the last couple of hundred years, and that both are dreadful pests out-competing some of our native birds. Yuck.

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Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)
February 26, 1993
Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Berrien County, Michigan

My first owling experience. Went with a group of about 10 people, led by Rob Venner. He called the screech owls vocally (his own voice, not a tape). He did get one to call back, but s(he) wouldn’t show him/herself.

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Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
March 28, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

We put up a nest box in the backyard specifically to attract these beautiful birds, and to my great delight we were successful. My first sighting was of a male and female pair in my own backyard, and they did move into the nest box. By April 18th, they had five eggs in the nest, and I continued to monitor it until they hatched a few weeks later.

Unfortunately, the chicks never had a chance to fledge. A pair of house sparrows, probably drawn by the sound of the chicks begging for food, attacked the nest, throwing all the chicks out onto the ground below, and trapping and killing the adult male in the nest box. Witnessing this, and being unable to do anything to help, was one of the most difficult experiences of my life. (And it has taken me a long time to get past my resentment of house sparrows, who still use that nest box. From time to time I consider taking it down, but I am afraid that would cause the newly-evicted sparrows to throw another family of bluebirds or swallows out of their home).

Although the bluebirds were unsuccessful in my own yard, I was encouraged later that summer to see an entire family of adult male and female, plus three fledgling bluebirds hunting for insects in my yard. Apparently, someone else in our neighborhood also put up a nest box, and those birds were more fortunate.

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Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus “yellow-shafted”)
April 16, 1993
Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana

I spotted this bird on the ground beneath a large tree in the yard. After searching through the book to ID him/her, I was surprised to discover s(he) was a woodpecker! I didn’t know they would forage on the ground like that! These are beautiful, one of my favorites!

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Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
April 16, 1993
Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana

I saw several of these flying over a barn while walking through a farm neighborhood in Goshen. Very cute. I’ve since seen them all over the place, especially in the middle of cities, where I don’t expect much in the way of bird life!

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Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
April 17, 1993
Bonneville Mills, Elkhart County, Indiana

Seen on my first Audubon Society birding trip.

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
April 17, 1993
Bonneville Mills, Elkhart County, Indiana

Saw several over swampy area in south part of park. (Possibly ruficollis, as per Peterson’s Eastern Birds).

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
April 17, 1993
Bonneville Mills, Elkhart County, Indiana

Saw and heard several in the marsh to the west of the large meadowy hills.

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Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
April 17, 1993
Bonneville Mills, Elkhart County, Indiana

Heard a number of these little darlings singing in the meadows in the northern section of the park.

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
April 17, 1993
Bonneville Mills, Elkhart County, Indiana

With the help of fellow Auduboner Marge R., I was soon able to identify this bird by its cheerful and distinctive song!

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Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
May 5, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

While coming back from a job interview with a bird rehabilitator at the park, I glimpsed one of these in a tree by the roadside as I was driving. I saw him/her only long enough to identify (not difficult, considering this bird’s striking appearance). I can’t wait to see another one!

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American Yellow Warbler (Dendroica aestiva)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Audubon Society Bird-a-Thon. Saw several in the orchards on the west side of Notre Dame.

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Saw several of these adorable little birds goin about their business at the graveyard near the Notre Dame campus. Very cute!

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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Saw several pairs near the graveyard at Notre Dame. Really striking and beautifully colored.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Saw first one on Notre Dame campus. Seems to be the most common warbler in this area. Very striking in breeding plumage.

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Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Saw near one of the lakes at Notre Dame.

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Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

The song was pointed out by a fellow Audoboner (Marge R.) and we soon caught a peek at this little guy, high in the trees above us.

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American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Seen during the Bird-a-Thon, in the woods on the Notre Dame campus.

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Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

We spotted this bird fairly low in the trees while we were walking one of the paths through the woods at Notre Dame. I distinctly remember it’s yellow/orange color against the green of the trees. The ID was not readily apparently, even to our experienced leader, and it took a while to figure this bird out. It turned out to be a molting bird somewhat north of its normal range. An unusual sighting – fortunately, the bird was cooperative!

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

We made a special trip by the home of an Audubon member to see this bird, which was nesting in a hole in a tree in the member’s backyard.

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Spotted this bird in the parking lot at St. Patrick’s park.

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Purple Martin (Progne subis)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Saw one briefly over the pond at St. Patrick’s Park.

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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
May 8, 1993
South Bend, Indiana

Perfect sighting! Spotted one perched near stream by a bridge at Isaak Walton League reserve. Common in this area, I have heard the song often.

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Gadwall (Anas strepera)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

I participated in the Berrien County Bird-a-Thon this year, as part of the team for Fernwood Gardens. Fellow team members included Rob Venner (Fernwood naturalist), and two others whose names I don’t remember. Our first birds of the day were these gadwall, who were swimming in a small lake by the roadside near Fernwood.

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Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Saw a lone bird out in the middle of the lake a Lake Michigan College, first thing in the morning. Later, saw a second one on Lake Michigan, St. Joseph, in a huge flock of gulls and terns.

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Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Saw this bird at his/her nest along a trail at Sarett Nature Center. Had a really great, close-up look at this charming little bird.

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Viewed from a platform over the marsh at Sarett Nature Center. The bird stood in the marsh for a few minutes before taking flight. Magnificent! Now, I often see them in flight while driving around the outskirts of town.

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Originally listed as “striated heron.” Saw a lone bird moving around in the trees across a small stream in Sarett Nature Center. A perfect view of this beautiful bird. One of my favorite sightings! March, 2017: even though this sighting took place more than twenty years ago, I still remember this specific bird. It really was a perfect view.

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Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Had a perfect sighting along a nature trail at Sarett. Close up! Beautiful bird!

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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Saw on the beach at Lake Michigan in a flock of terns and herring gulls.

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American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Saw on beach at Lake Michigan in a flock of terns and ring billed gulls.

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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Saw several on the beach at Lake Michigan with flock of gulls and Caspian terns.

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Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Spotted a few on the beach at Lake Michigan with gulls and common terns. Impressive, striking bird!

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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Watched a small flock fish in Lake Michigan.

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Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

From the road near Grand Mere, we heard this bird singing, but were unable to spot the bird.

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Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Saw a female on her nest just off the road near Warren Woods in southern Michigan. She was very aware of us, but continued brooding. Bright, clear eyes – I remember her gaze as she watched us watching her. It was a busy spot, as pretty much every B-a-Th team had stopped to view (and count) her. A beautiful bird!

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Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Heard this one singing clearly in Warren Woods, but were unable to spot.

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Barred Owl (Strix varia)
May 15, 1993
Berrien County, Michigan

Heard a pair calling furiously to one another in Warren Woods, after being started off by a human imitator.

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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
May 15, 1993
Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Berrien County, Michigan

Saw this beautifully colored bird perched on a nest box near the road at Fernwood Botanical Garden.

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
May 15, 1993
Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Berrien County, Michigan

Saw a single bird at Fernwood.

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Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
May 15, 1993
Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Berrien County, Michigan

Aka “ring-necked pheasant.” One of the last birds of the day. Viewed along the roa at Fernwood. The male is a striking bird!

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Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
May 16, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

I happened to look out the window one morning on my way to work, when I spotted this largish bird in the one of the trees in the north-western part of our yard. A really impressive, striking bird.

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

One of the first birds to arrive in the spring, there are lots of robins in Indiana. Later, I saw flocks of hundreds in Florida.

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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

These arrive fairly early in spring, and stay around through the summer. I often have flocks of upwards of thirty birds all foraging in the grass at once. I think many people consider them pesky, but I think they are gorgeous, with their irridescent blue heads. They have not nested in our yard, to my knowledge, but I am aware of other places in the neighborhood where they have.

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House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

For a number of years, one (or more likely, a pair) of these tiny birds sets up shop in the neighbor’s yard across the street. I hear that bubbly song often. On a couple of occasions, one of them has ventured across the street into my backyard, and I have seen it singing in the tree closest to the sliding glass doors. While I have heard that they can be aggressive and destructive, they certainly are cute, and joyful to listen to.

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Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

While watching the backyard from the family room couch, I spotted this incredible bird in one of the trees towards the back of my yard. I wouldn’t have believed a bird could be such a BRIGHT color! Beautiful!

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Spotted one early in the morning, after spending the night on the couch so the birdsong would wake me in the morning. My first reaction was that this bird was wounded and bleeding. It was a pleasant surprise to look in my Peterson’s and discover that he is supposed to look this way. Gorgeous! I always enjoy seeing this beautiful bird, although it took me a while to learn to recognize the female as a grosbeak, instead of searching the book for really large sparrows!

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Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

This adorable bird was a regular visitor to our yard for the first couple of years we lived here. Then, for a couple of years I didn’t see any. I love this adorable, delicate little sparrow which seems so joyful while going about his/her business. Spring, 1997: they have returned.

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Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
May 23, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Most years, several of these birds take up residence in and around our neighborhood. From my house and yard, I can often hear them singing, and occasionally I have seen on on Dunn Road or Beech Road.

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Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
May 29, 1993
Audubon Society Sanctuary, St. Joseph, Indiana

Heard this bird’s haunting, marvelous song for the first time today.

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Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)
June 13, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

From time to time, over the years, I have heard a lone whip-poor-will singing in the fields off Beech Road. I always enjoy hearing this cheerful song on a summer night.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
June 13, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

These adorable, tiny birds are regular visitors to Metea Lane whenever I put out the hummingbird feeder. They are so amazing – their rapid wingbeats, their grace, their size. In Native American tradition, hummingbirds represent joy, and it is easy to see why!

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Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)
June 13, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

Aka “bank swallow.” On an early morning walk through the neighborhood, I discovered several of these swooping over the small pond behind one of the new houses in Pleasant Valley. I have also seen them flying through my yard.

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Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
June 13, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

This is a beautiful little bird that I have seen in the yard on a number of occasions. I always enjoy seeing swallows!

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Eastern Wood Pewee (Contopus virens)
June 13, 1993
Metea Lane, Elkhart County, Indiana

While on a walk in the woods to the west of Beech Road, I heard this distinctive song, but never actually spotted the bird.

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Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
June 20, 1993
Audubon Society Sanctuary, St. Joseph, Indiana

While serving as a weekend guide for the Audubon Sanctuary, I spotted a pair by the sanctuary pond. They flew around and called quite a bit for me to witness.

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Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
June 20, 1993
Audubon Society Sanctuary, St. Joseph, Indiana

“Rufous-sided Towhee.” Finally saw and heard this lovely bird while hiking the wooded trails.

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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
June 26, 1993
South Bend, , Indiana

I spent most of one day monitoring a number of released birds as part of a Peregrine Release Program. It was marvelous! I watched a total of 5 or 6 birds on and off all morning and early afternoon. Not only was it wonderful being able to see these birds, but I also felt as though I was part of a human effort to conserve and promote the welfare of this species.

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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
June 26, 1993
South Bend, , Indiana

Saw at least one pair of these birds while participating in the Peregrine Release. It appeared as though they were nesting in the school across the street from the release site, and were less than thrilled about their new neighbors. They made quite a racket for part of the morning.

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Heermann’s Gull (Larus heermanni)
July 18, 1993
San Pedro Harbor, Los Angeles County, California

First documented sighting; saw several of these birds in 1st year, 2nd year and adult plumage during out trip through Long Beach Harbor. Later, fed a flock of them at Playa del Rey Beach.

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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
July 18, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Saw at least two along the creek. Flushed them from roost, or possibly from a nest.

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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
July 18, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Saw two at very close range in amongst a flock of seagulls. A very attractive, strikingly patterned bird.

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Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Saw one flying over the marina, close to the boardwalk. Circled cooperatively to give a perfect view.

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Late in the afternoon, I found three egrets in breeding plumage feeding in the drained Playa Lagoon. Later, I saw other feeding at the rocks along the creek.

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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

The first shorebird I identified on this trip. I saw one one on the rocks along the creek. I saw a few more later, but they were not nearly as abundant as the Willets.

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Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Saw these birds on the rocks at the side of the creek and on the beach. Also watched flocks of several birds in flight.

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Clark’s Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Lone grebe swimming in channel. It took several minutes to verify the markings on the head for ID as Clark’s. Cute bird.

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Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

A single bird flew past us, moving east along the channel. A few minutes later, it flew back toward the ocean, giving a clear view of the lower mandible for ID.

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Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

I almost failed to notice that this non-native bird was not a Mourning Dove until I took a second look and saw the almost irridescent spotting on the neck.

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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Charming bird! Saw my first one down in the wetlands.

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Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
July 19, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

Saw a lone bird along the creek fence, later spotted him in the wetlands.

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American Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
July 20, 1993
Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County, California

Saw a group of at least twelve hopping around in a bush four feet away from me. Too close to use the binoculars! Cute, friendly bird.

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Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
July 20, 1993
Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles County, California

“Rufous-sided Towhee, Western race.” Alerted to his presence by a great commotion of scratching in the dirt and leaves under some bushes. I was rewarded by being able to see this close relative to my local towhee, and also to notice the differences between the two.

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Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
July 21, 1993
Malibu Lagoon, Malibu, California

I watched him/her fly to perch over Lagoon, and viewed for approximately half an hour – diving for prey, stretching wings. This bird’s arrival stirred up most of the several hundred birds on the Lagoon. One of my favorites of the California trip!

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American Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
July 21, 1993
Malibu Lagoon, Malibu, California

After looking for them all morning, I finally spotted a few flying over the Lagoon. Distinctive markings and shape of tail distinguish them from the Barn Swallow.

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Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus)
July 21, 1993
Solstice Canyon, Malibu, California

Saw several of these along the Dry Creek trail. Cute birds who allowed us to come close. Call was confusing at first, however – sounds like a chickadee!

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Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
July 21, 1993
Solstice Canyon, Malibu, California

Saw my first of these bright, cheerful little birds.

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Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
July 21, 1993
Solstice Canyon, Malibu, California

Seen in Solstice Canyon while birding with my mom.

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Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)
July 22, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

On the last day of my vacation, I saw three of these pretty little birds as I walked through the wetlands. I was able to view them for several minutes from different locations as I moved through the area.

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American Coot (Fulica americana)
July 22, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

One of the last birds seen on this trip. I was pleased to spot this bird across the lagoon! A funny bird – those feet are enormous.

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Northern Raven (Corvus corax)
July 22, 1993
Ballona Creek & Wetlands, Los Angeles County, California

On my final visit to the lagoon, one flew overhead, croaking, and landed on a nearby apartment building. I could see the ruffled feathers on the neck (as if the voice wasn’t dignostic enough). Cool bird!

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Sanderling (Calidris alba)
September 18, 1993
Berrien County, , Michigan

Seen during the Midwest Birding Symposium. Saw several of these in winter plumage. They were very bold – came up on the boardwalk withing a few feet of me.

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Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
September 19, 1993
Berrien County, , Michigan

Saw a lone bird in a mudflat by the roadside. The bird sat posed between two clumps of pink flowers. A perfect look!

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Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
September 25, 1993
Migrant Trap, Gary, Indiana

Saw a flock of 20 or so birds on Lake Michigan.

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Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
September 25, 1993
Migrant Trap, Gary, Indiana

Watched him sit in a flock of Ring-billed gulls on the Lake Michigan beach for a good long while. Winter plumage. I would not have been able to ID him on my own, but FT guide Ken Brock (very reliable) was certain about the ID.

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Western Great Egret (Ardea alba)
September 25, 1993
Migrant Trap, Gary, Indiana

Casmerodius albus.” What a gorgeous bird! Also have seen on ponds along the Toll Road while driving to Chicago.

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Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
September 25, 1993
Migrant Trap, Gary, Indiana

Just caught a very quick glimpse of this tiny bird.

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Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
September 25, 1993
Migrant Trap, Gary, Indiana

Seen during Aubudon field trip.

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Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
September 25, 1993
Migrant Trap, Gary, Indiana

Saw these along a fence at the Migrant Trap. I couldn’t have identified them myself, but I was with experienced birders from Audubon Society.

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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
October 23, 1993
Pigeon River Game Area, , Indiana

During a very COLD birding trip, we stopped and got out of the car to view this cute little bird swimming about in a swampy area next to the road. I like these little guys!