Monday, August 4, 2008

If You See Any of These Birds in Maryland...

Would you mind letting me know?

Feel free to email me any sightings for any of these birds (partial list below) at: nervousbirdsATgmail.com. I am currently at 276 bird species for Maryland (as of August 26th, 2008).

My life list is pretty weak, with only 318 species for the United States. Yes, I have only been birding for a few years. In addition, I have yet to eBird (add in to my life list) all of the species seen on a recent trip to Costa Rica. I'll do that in the near future and see what that does to my life list. In the meantime, here are just a few of the birds that I'd like to see between now and 2009:

Ruffed Grouse
Ring-necked Pheasant
Black Skimmer
Piping Plover
Common Moorhen*
Long-Billed Dowitcher
Black Rail
King Rail
Purple Gallinule
American Golden Plover*
Long-Billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit*
Hudsonian Godwit
American Avocet*
Western Sandpiper*
White-rumped Sandpiper*

Baird's Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Buff-Breasted Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope*
Red-necked Phalarope*

Red Phalarope
Great Skua
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Stilt Sandpiper*
Franklin's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull*
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Little Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Great Cormorant
Black Tern*
Roseate Tern
Gull-Billed Tern
Arctic Tern
Sandwich Tern*
Atlantic Puffin
Bridled Tern
Sooty Tern
Dovekie
Razorbill
Anhinga
White Ibis*
Northern Goshawk
Mississippi Kite*
Snowy Owl
Eurasian Collared Dove
Calliope Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Greater White-Fronted Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
King Eider
Common Eider
Northern Fulmar
Cory's Shearwater
Greater Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Audubon's Shearwater
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel
Olive-sided Flycatcher*
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher*

Western Kingbird
Northern Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Cave Swallow
Sedge Wren
Orange Crowned Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler*
Connecticut Warbler
Clay-colored Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow*
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Pine Grosbeak
Red Crossbill

I know, some of these birds are down-right impossible in Maryland to find. I'll be heading out to Hart-Miller Island, Poplar Island and on a Pelagic Trip this fall. With a lot of luck, those trips will help me get to my goal of 300 bird species in Maryland in 2008.

For example: Let's say a Mississippi Kite soars overhead in your backyard every morning around 9:47. Well, you really should tell me these types of things. I promise to keep it between us.

As for my quest, I will happily be reporting all of my latest sightings as the December 31st, 2008 deadline draws near.

Have a good week,

-Dan

P.S. If you see italics and a *, well, that means I checked it off my list!

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