ETA: my NYS list now stands at a not-too-shabby 227 species, due largely to HMBC and Thursday Birders field trips — thanks, guys! And, of course, a bit of sloppy book-keeping and species splitting. The latest state checklist stands at 480 birds (minus 6 either extinct or locally extirpated) so I’ve got a long way to go.
I’m not as much a lister as some (mostly male) birders, but I do have my life, state, and yard lists. They’re all in a mess, in notebooks with the pages falling out and all out of order. So! Here is my NYS list, fairly neatly arranged according to Peterson’s and not likely to fall out.
I made up the first version of this list in 1995, when I had 181 species. Then I dropped out of birding and didn’t add anything for over 8 years, and I’ve been adding a few at a time since then. As of today, the list stands at 199. Two hundred, here I come!
Surprise news, I can’t count! In fact, I have on this list exactly 200 birds! OK, three hundred, here I come!
Snow Goose, Brant, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Northern Gannet, American White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Cattle Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Rail, Common Moorhen, American Coot, Sandhill Crane, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, American Oystercatcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Hudsonian Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Wilson’s Phalarope, Bonaparte’s Gull, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Forster’s Tern, Black Skimmer, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Common Night-hawk, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-pewee, Alder Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, American Robin,Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler, Eastern Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Pine Grosbeak, Purple Finch, House Finch, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, House Sparrow.