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2011 Non-motorized List

January 1, 2012

It’s New Year’s Day 2012, so time to wrap up all those 2011 lists.  The one list I really tried to beef up this year was my non-motorized list–all those birds seen while I was cycling or walking from home (or looking out the living room windows!) in Penticton, BC.  This list is also known as a BIGBY–Big Green Big Year.  Part of this is an effort to reduce my carbon footprint while birding, but it’s really a carrot for me to get out and exercise more.  I had two goals this year–to see more than 200 species and to cover more than 2000 kilometres.  I managed to do both, tallying 203 species and cycling, walking and running 2151 kilometres.  The last species was perhaps the most surprising, a female Black-throated Blue Warbler that Russell found on the Penticton Christmas Bird Count that I managed to track down again on December 19 (here are some great photos by Laure Neish).  For all you list-o-philes out there, here is my complete 2011 non-motorized list.

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Trumpeter Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Gray Partridge
Chukar
Ring-necked Pheasant
California Quail
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte’s Gull
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Common Tern
Ancient Murrelet
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Flammulated Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
White-throated Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’ Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Say’s Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Northern Shrike
Cassin’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Steller’s Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Cassin’s Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow

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  1. Allan Garland permalink
    January 18, 2012 4:01 pm

    A solitary White-Tailed Ptarmigan visited my backyard and a neighbouring motel’s parking lot (Penticton, south end: Dauphin MHP) for about an hour one calm, sunny afternoon in early June. It was entirely white, and it was feeding on recently shed seeds of Siberian Elm lying all over the ground and pavement.

    • January 18, 2012 4:16 pm

      Hi Allan–a ptarmigan would be so unlikely as to be near-impossible in June, and it wouldn’t be white that time of year (that’s the winter plumage). It would be more likely to have been an albino (or leucistic) quail. Remarkable nonetheless. –Dick

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