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2003 Results: California

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See list of localities in California with reports.


Species [taxonomic]
[alphabetic]
Number of Birds   Number of Checklists
Reporting the Species
Greater White-fronted Goose 1,630       20      
Snow Goose 15,342       17      
Ross's Goose 1,008       8      
Brant 10,852       14      
Canada Goose 8,657       208      
Tundra Swan 250       9      
Egyptian Goose 2       2      
Wood Duck 255       39      
Gadwall 778       44      
Eurasian Wigeon 6       5      
American Wigeon 2,862       80      
Mallard 5,058       377      
Blue-winged Teal 147       12      
Cinnamon Teal 378       48      
Northern Shoveler 3,057       59      
Northern Pintail 715       34      
Green-winged Teal 661       29      
Canvasback 251       31      
Redhead 49       7      
Ring-necked Duck 583       55      
Tufted Duck 4       4      
Greater Scaup 957       36      
Lesser Scaup 1,596       65      
Surf Scoter 4,686       45      
White-winged Scoter 18       4      
Black Scoter 514       3      
Long-tailed Duck 2       2      
Bufflehead 930       110      
Common Goldeneye 254       45      
Barrow's Goldeneye 13       6      
Hooded Merganser 48       16      
Common Merganser 699       58      
Red-breasted Merganser 30       16      
Ruddy Duck 2,403       96      
Mountain Quail 22       4      
California Quail 3,676       281      
Gambel's Quail 83       11      
Ring-necked Pheasant 47       24      
Indian Peafowl 8       4      
Wild Turkey 620       46      
Red-throated Loon 36       11      
Pacific Loon 24       12      
Common Loon 26       14      
Pied-billed Grebe 298       98      
Horned Grebe 55       23      
Eared Grebe 374       53      
Western Grebe 1,304       64      
Clark's Grebe 102       27      
Black-vented Shearwater 14       2      
Brandt's Cormorant 598       30      
Double-crested Cormorant 2,200       172      
Pelagic Cormorant 198       21      
American White Pelican 864       58      
Brown Pelican 395       41      
American Bittern 7       6      
Great Blue Heron 311       170      
Great Egret 452       175      
Snowy Egret 563       121      
Little Blue Heron 1       1      
Cattle Egret 338       22      
Green Heron 30       21      
Black-crowned Night-Heron 341       44      
White-faced Ibis 216       8      
Turkey Vulture 1,842       433      
Osprey 33       27      
White-tailed Kite 180       103      
Bald Eagle 35       17      
Northern Harrier 135       74      
Sharp-shinned Hawk 123       114      
Cooper's Hawk 195       159      
Red-shouldered Hawk 400       252      
Red-tailed Hawk 1,094       601      
Ferruginous Hawk 18       12      
Rough-legged Hawk 7       6      
Golden Eagle 24       20      
American Kestrel 403       201      
Merlin 31       31      
Peregrine Falcon 33       29      
Prairie Falcon 3       3      
Clapper Rail 4       2      
Virginia Rail 36       9      
Sora 15       10      
American Coot 7,108       206      
Sandhill Crane 1,212       12      
Black-bellied Plover 324       16      
Pacific Golden-Plover 1       1      
Semipalmated Plover 24       4      
Killdeer 654       111      
Black Oystercatcher 115       15      
Black-necked Stilt 390       30      
American Avocet 1,612       38      
Spotted Sandpiper 28       20      
Wandering Tattler 2       2      
Greater Yellowlegs 112       37      
Willet 3,284       52      
Lesser Yellowlegs 13       6      
Whimbrel 77       7      
Long-billed Curlew 1,515       29      
Marbled Godwit 3,108       47      
Ruddy Turnstone 11       6      
Black Turnstone 205       17      
Surfbird 71       9      
Sanderling 1,178       23      
Western Sandpiper 1,873       16      
Least Sandpiper 499       17      
Rock Sandpiper 2       1      
Dunlin 5,333       7      
Short-billed Dowitcher 20       3      
Long-billed Dowitcher 222       14      
Wilson's Snipe 32       8      
Bonaparte's Gull 102       12      
Laughing Gull 2       2      
Heermann's Gull 142       19      
Mew Gull 804       32      
Ring-billed Gull 2,900       116      
Western Gull 2,831       112      
California Gull 6,937       203      
Herring Gull 635       42      
Thayer's Gull 113       14      
Glaucous-winged Gull 683       33      
Glaucous Gull 1       1      
Caspian Tern 61       11      
Forster's Tern 95       20      
Royal Tern 4       2      
Black Skimmer 25       5      
Common Murre 200       3      
Pigeon Guillemot 29       2      
Marbled Murrelet 10       3      
Ancient Murrelet 6       1      
Rock Pigeon 5,930       359      
Band-tailed Pigeon 1,391       165      
Eurasian Collared-Dove 20       7      
African Collared-Dove 1       1      
Spotted Dove 49       18      
White-winged Dove 1       1      
Mourning Dove 10,086       1,562      
Inca Dove 5       1      
Common Ground-Dove 108       28      
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo 1       1      
Rosy-faced Lovebird 8       1      
Nanday Parakeet 2       1      
Mitred Parakeet 1       1      
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet 36       3      
Red-crowned Parrot 266       12      
Yellow-headed Parrot 7       1      
Greater Roadrunner 38       26      
Barn Owl 23       16      
Western Screech-Owl 10       8      
Great Horned Owl 76       56      
Northern Pygmy-Owl 7       7      
Burrowing Owl 26       11      
Short-eared Owl 2       2      
Northern Saw-whet Owl 2       2      
White-throated Swift 204       11      
Black-chinned Hummingbird 60       42      
Anna's Hummingbird 3,380       1,296      
Costa's Hummingbird 101       43      
Rufous Hummingbird 51       34      
Allen's Hummingbird 283       128      
Belted Kingfisher 80       72      
Lewis's Woodpecker 55       20      
Acorn Woodpecker 797       261      
Gila Woodpecker 1       1      
Red-naped Sapsucker 2       1      
Red-breasted Sapsucker 45       43      
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 13       9      
Nuttall's Woodpecker 389       275      
Downy Woodpecker 192       129      
Hairy Woodpecker 46       36      
White-headed Woodpecker 6       6      
Northern Flicker 684       395      
Pileated Woodpecker 19       14      
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 4       3      
Black Phoebe 1,137       610      
Say's Phoebe 118       86      
Vermilion Flycatcher 5       4      
Cassin's Kingbird 102       34      
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1       1      
Loggerhead Shrike 40       27      
Hutton's Vireo 102       56      
Gray Jay 5       2      
Pinyon Jay 15       1      
Steller's Jay 1,349       343      
Western Scrub-Jay 3,896       1,386      
Yellow-billed Magpie 605       81      
Clark's Nutcracker 44       6      
American Crow 110,667       1,035      
Common Raven 1,887       409      
Horned Lark 1,197       8      
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 16       5      
Tree Swallow 254       35      
Violet-green Swallow 58       15      
Barn Swallow 5       3      
Black-capped Chickadee 6       3      
Mountain Chickadee 217       54      
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1,228       394      
Oak Titmouse 943       486      
Verdin 49       22      
Bushtit 4,141       441      
Red-breasted Nuthatch 59       39      
White-breasted Nuthatch 349       219      
Pygmy Nuthatch 183       35      
Brown Creeper 51       37      
Cactus Wren 74       31      
Rock Wren 5       3      
Canyon Wren 6       5      
Bewick's Wren 310       182      
House Wren 104       55      
Pacific Wren 24       19      
Marsh Wren 167       32      
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 26       11      
California Gnatcatcher 20       9      
American Dipper 4       2      
Red-whiskered Bulbul 14       2      
Golden-crowned Kinglet 75       22      
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 608       288      
Wrentit 298       98      
Western Bluebird 557       145      
Mountain Bluebird 29       10      
Townsend's Solitaire 5       5      
Hermit Thrush 281       120      
American Robin 8,351       782      
Varied Thrush 105       48      
Northern Mockingbird 1,268       739      
Sage Thrasher 1       1      
California Thrasher 194       113      
Le Conte's Thrasher 3       3      
European Starling 7,998       499      
American Pipit 997       20      
Cedar Waxwing 3,475       175      
Phainopepla 28       20      
Black-and-white Warbler 1       1      
Orange-crowned Warbler 106       38      
Common Yellowthroat 140       63      
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1       1      
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3,359       497      
Black-throated Gray Warbler 2       2      
Townsend's Warbler 151       63      
Wilson's Warbler 30       13      
Green-tailed Towhee 1       1      
Spotted Towhee 1,141       467      
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 24       14      
California Towhee 2,073       931      
Abert's Towhee 28       6      
American Tree Sparrow 1       1      
Chipping Sparrow 126       35      
Brewer's Sparrow 6       1      
Black-chinned Sparrow 6       2      
Lark Sparrow 275       52      
Black-throated Sparrow 9       6      
Sage Sparrow 47       12      
Savannah Sparrow 271       41      
Nelson's Sparrow 1       1      
Fox Sparrow 393       180      
Song Sparrow 1,416       388      
Lincoln's Sparrow 66       33      
White-throated Sparrow 19       18      
White-crowned Sparrow 8,767       1,109      
Golden-crowned Sparrow 3,659       527      
Dark-eyed Junco 6,727       938      
Summer Tanager 2       2      
Western Tanager 1       1      
Northern Cardinal 1       1      
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1       1      
Black-headed Grosbeak 1       1      
Indigo Bunting 1       1      
Red-winged Blackbird 7,241       243      
Tricolored Blackbird 55       10      
Western Meadowlark 2,348       137      
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1       1      
Brewer's Blackbird 9,564       309      
Great-tailed Grackle 128       28      
Brown-headed Cowbird 458       34      
Hooded Oriole 2       1      
Scott's Oriole 5       5      
Purple Finch 762       162      
Cassin's Finch 52       17      
House Finch 15,153       1,495      
Red Crossbill 13       2      
Pine Siskin 358       68      
Lesser Goldfinch 6,874       754      
Lawrence's Goldfinch 26       9      
American Goldfinch 6,759       578      
European Goldfinch 1       1      
Evening Grosbeak 18       1      
House Sparrow 7,753       829      
Nutmeg Mannikin 12       2      
Total 391,814             

A total of 287 species were reported.

See list of localities in California with reports.

This report was updated 15-Jan-2013 09:05 ET.