Friday, November 4, 2011

The Target List

Conservation Big Year target species, from American Bird Conservancy’s Watch List 2007. I’m modifying it to add a handful of species that seem to me to be in trouble. This list may change, and one by one I’ll be adding hyperlinks to each species to send you to a page with a lot of information about it.

Red List: Highest Continental Concern

✓ 1. Mottled Duck (Seen in Florida January 24)
Mottled Duck
Mottled Ducks photographed in Viera Wetlands this year on January 24)

2. Steller’s Eider (Threatened) LIFER
3. Spectacled Eider (Threatened) LIFER
4. Gunnison Sage-Grouse LIFER
5. Sooty Grouse
6. Greater Prairie-Chicken (“Attwater’s” ssp. Endangered) Subspecies lifer
7. Lesser Prairie-Chicken
8. Bermuda Petrel (Endangered) LIFER
9. Black-capped Petrel
10. Pink-footed Shearwater LIFER
11. Black-vented Shearwater LIFER
12. Ashy Storm-Petrel LIFER
13. Black Storm-Petrel LIFER
14. Least Storm-Petrel LIFER
15. Magnificent Frigatebird
✓ 16. Reddish Egret (Florida, January 19)
Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

17. California Condor (Endangered) LIFER (Nope--not a lifer! I saw one for my 60th birthday 11/11/11)
18. Yellow Rail
19. Black Rail LIFER
20. Whooping Crane (Endangered)
✓ 21. Piping Plover (Endangered) (Florida, January 19)

Audubon's Piping Plover

22. Mountain Plover
23. Eskimo Curlew (Endangered) LIFER (But probably extinct)
24. Rock Sandpiper
25. Buff-breasted Sandpiper
26. Ivory Gull LIFER
27. Least Tern (“California” and “Interior” ssp. Endangered)
28. Kittlitz’s Murrelet
29. Xantus’s Murrelet LIFER
30. Craveri’s Murrelet LIFER
31. White-crowned Pigeon
32. Green Parakeet
33. Thick-billed Parrot LIFER
34. Red-crowned Parrot
35. Spotted Owl (N., MX ssp.Threatened)
36. Lewis’s Woodpecker
37. Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Endangered)
38. Gilded Flicker
39. Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Endangered) LIFER (But probably extinct)
40. Bell’s Vireo (“Least” ssp. Endangered) subspecies lifer
41. Black-capped Vireo (Endangered)
✓ 42. Florida Scrub-Jay (Threatened, but in my opinion should be designated as Endangered) (Florida, January 23)
Florida Scrub-Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay

 43. Bicknell’s Thrush LIFER
44. Bendire’s Thrasher
45. Bachman’s Warbler (Endangered) LIFER (but probably extinct)
46. Golden-winged Warbler
47. Golden-cheeked Warbler (Endangered) North American LIFER
48. Kirtland’s Warbler (Endangered)
✓ 49. Bachman’s Sparrow (Florida, January 23)

Audubon's Bachman's Sparrow
50. Black-chinned Sparrow
51. Baird’s Sparrow
52. Henslow’s Sparrow
53. Saltmarsh Sparrow
54. Seaside Sparrow (“Cape Sable” ssp. Endangered) Subspecies Lifer
55. Tricolored Blackbird

Yellow List: Declining or Rare Continental Species

56. Emperor Goose LIFER
57. Trumpeter Swan
58. Greater Sage-Grouse
59. Mountain Quail
60. Scaled Quail
61. Montezuma Quail LIFER
62. Yellow-billed Loon
63. Clark’s Grebe
✓ 64. Cory’s Shearwater
65. Great Shearwater
66. Buller’s Shearwater LIFER
67. Sooty Shearwater
68. Manx Shearwater LIFER
69. Audubon’s Shearwater
70. Masked Booby
71. Red-faced Cormorant
72. Swallow-tailed Kite
73. Swainson’s Hawk
74. Clapper Rail
75. King Rail
76. American Golden-Plover
77. Snowy Plover (“Western” ssp. Threatened)
✓ 78. Wilson’s Plover (Florida, January 19)

Audubon's Wilson's Plover

79. Wandering Tattler
80. Bristle-thighed Curlew LIFER
81. Long-billed Curlew
82. Hudsonian Godwit
83. Bar-tailed Godwit LIFER
84. Marbled Godwit
85. Black Turnstone
86. Surfbird
✓ 87. Red Knot (Florida, January 19)
Red Knot
Red Knot this year at Merritt Island, January 19
✓ 88. Sanderling (Florida, January 19)
Sanderling from Sarasota area, January 20

89. Semipalmated Sandpiper
✓ 90. Western Sandpiper (Florida, January 19)
91. White-rumped Sandpiper
92. Stilt Sandpiper
93. Heermann’s Gull
✓ 94. Thayer’s Gull (Minnesota, January 3)
Thayer's Gull
Thayer's Gull photographed this year in Duluth, January 5

✓ 95. Iceland Gull (Minnesota, January 5)
Iceland Gull
Iceland Gull

96. Yellow-footed Gull LIFER
97. Red-legged Kittiwake LIFER
98. Ross’s Gull
99. Gull-billed Tern
100. Elegant Tern
101. Roseate Tern (NE pops. Endangered, remainder Threatened)
102. Aleutian Tern LIFER
✓ 103. Bridled Tern (Florida, January 28)
Bridled Tern
Bridled Tern seen on this year's pelagic trip, January 28)

✓ 104. Black Skimmer (Florida, January 27)
Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer

✓ 105. Razorbill (Florida, January 28)
Audubon's Razorbill

106. Marbled Murrelet (WA, OR, CA pops Threatened)
107. Ancient Murrelet
108. Whiskered Auklet LIFER
109. Mangrove Cuckoo
110. Flammulated Owl
111. Elf Owl
112. Short-eared Owl
113. Antillean Nighthawk LIFER
114. Black Swift
115. Blue-throated Hummingbird
116. Costa’s Hummingbird
117. Calliope Hummingbird
118. Allen’s Hummingbird
119. Elegant Trogon
120. Red-headed Woodpecker
121. Williamson’s Sapsucker
122. Nuttall’s Woodpecker
123. Arizona Woodpecker
124. White-headed Woodpecker
125. Olive-sided Flycatcher
126. Willow Flycatcher (SW ssp. Endangered) Subspecies lifer
127. Thick-billed Kingbird
128. Gray Vireo LIFER
129. Island Scrub-Jay
130. Pinyon Jay
131. Yellow-billed Magpie
132. Mexican Chickadee
133. Oak Titmouse
134. California Gnatcatcher (Threatened)
135. Wood Thrush
136. Varied Thrush
137. Wrentit
138. California Thrasher
139. Leconte’s Thrasher LIFER
140. Sprague’s Pipit
141. Blue-winged Warbler
142. Virginia’s Warbler
143. Colima Warbler LIFER
144. Lucy’s Warbler
145. Bay-breasted Warbler
146. Hermit Warbler
147. Grace’s Warbler
148. Prairie Warbler
149. Cerulean Warbler
150. Prothonotary Warbler
151. Swainson’s Warbler North American Lifer
152. Kentucky Warbler
153. Canada Warbler
154. Red-faced Warbler
155. Abert’s Towhee
156. Rufous-winged Sparrow
157. Five-striped Sparrow
158. Brewer’s Sparrow
159. Sage Sparrow
160. Lark Bunting
161. Le Conte’s Sparrow
162. Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow
163. Smith’s Longspur
164. Chestnut-collared Longspur
165. McKay’s Bunting LIFER
166. Varied Bunting
✓ 167. Painted Bunting (Florida, January 24)
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting taken this year on Merritt Island, January 25

168. Rusty Blackbird
169. Audubon’s Oriole
170. Black Rosy-Finch LIFER
171. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
172. Lawrence’s Goldfinch LIFER

Laura’s List: Declining Species Not Included Above
173. Northern Bobwhite
✓ 174. Wood Stork (Florida, January 18)
Wood Stork
Wood Stork taken this year at Lake Kissimmee State Park, January 23

✓ 175. Northern Gannet (Florida, January 27)
Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet photo taken from pelagic trip, January 28

176. Common Nighthawk
✓ 177. Loggerhead Shrike (Florida, January 23)
Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
178. Purple Martin
✓ 179. Evening Grosbeak (Minnesota, January 2)

Evening Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak


  1. It's amazing how many of the non-lifer birds on this list I've seen on Kim Eckert's trips.

  2. Hello there! Looks wonderful. Hope you have a great time and see all of your target birds!

    Do you know a location for Cerulean Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler? Near where I live in Virginia, I know of reliable breeding locations for both Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers. If you'd like to come here to see them, please let me know and I'd be happy to guide you to them.

    Gabriel Mapel
    12 year old birder
    Shenandoah Valley, Va

  3. That would be wonderful! I'm planning to see Golden-wings in Wisconsin, too, but do want to see them and Ceruleans in your area, which is at the very heart of their range. Plus I'd love to meet you!

  4. Do you have any idea what has happened to the Evening Grosbeak?? In the 70ties here in Western Pennsylvania we had some very severe winters, and with them came flocks and flocks and hoardes of the beautiful grosbeaks. I didn't even mind that they ate voraciously and had to fill the feeders often. There were SO MANY OF THEM!!!! We had a lot of ice and snow in those winters especially ice and frigid temps. Now for I'd say the last 20 years or so I have not seen even ONE OF THOSE BIRDS!! I really miss them and have been thinking about how long it's been without seeing even one. Where are they now and is it that they don't move around or have they been wiped out?? Hopefully not.

  5. I wrote a blogpost about Evening Grosbeaks last month--more about what's happening to them here in the Midwest, but the same thing has happened throughout the eastern half of the continent.

  6. I sure hope you find that Eskimo Curlew. If you do, make sure you get infallible proof. Good luck!

  7. Well, I pulled the list from various conservation lists--it's a list of birds of conservation interest, but I certainly won't see many of them. I of course hope there are Eskimo Curlews out there, but have absolutely no expectation, or even hope, that I'll ever see one.