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2008 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 15,061       52      
Snow Goose 25,265       77      
Ross's Goose 8,314       22      
Brant 154       8      
Cackling Goose 4,929       28      
Canada Goose 10,164       498      
Mute Swan 21       7      
Tundra Swan 8,627       32      
Wood Duck 701       90      
Mandarin Duck 9       2      
Gadwall 1,305       89      
Eurasian Wigeon 17       8      
American Wigeon 5,399       157      
Mallard 10,493       667      
Blue-winged Teal 38       8      
Cinnamon Teal 1,030       95      
Northern Shoveler 15,086       165      
Northern Pintail 6,101       80      
Green-winged Teal 1,700       78      
Canvasback 710       69      
Redhead 53       17      
Ring-necked Duck 1,303       101      
Greater Scaup 1,098       60      
Lesser Scaup 1,304       98      
Harlequin Duck 2       2      
Surf Scoter 1,683       51      
White-winged Scoter 12       2      
Black Scoter 5       3      
Long-tailed Duck 8       3      
Bufflehead 2,991       288      
Common Goldeneye 805       127      
Barrow's Goldeneye 75       17      
Hooded Merganser 314       62      
Common Merganser 1,193       151      
Red-breasted Merganser 70       29      
Ruddy Duck 5,688       238      
Mountain Quail 60       10      
California Quail 5,143       411      
Gambel's Quail 195       16      
Ring-necked Pheasant 132       44      
Indian Peafowl 15       4      
Sooty Grouse 2       1      
Wild Turkey 1,673       134      
Red-throated Loon 21       9      
Arctic Loon 1       1      
Pacific Loon 9       8      
Common Loon 56       25      
Pied-billed Grebe 844       243      
Horned Grebe 130       31      
Red-necked Grebe 3       3      
Eared Grebe 709       83      
Western Grebe 1,118       121      
Clark's Grebe 157       37      
Laysan Albatross 1       1      
Sooty Shearwater 3       1      
Brandt's Cormorant 850       27      
Double-crested Cormorant 4,005       323      
Pelagic Cormorant 146       21      
American White Pelican 1,590       83      
Brown Pelican 999       60      
American Bittern 18       15      
Great Blue Heron 721       332      
Great Egret 1,167       373      
Snowy Egret 718       251      
Little Blue Heron 2       2      
Cattle Egret 1,597       30      
Green Heron 62       51      
Black-crowned Night-Heron 756       110      
White-faced Ibis 741       21      
Turkey Vulture 3,706       824      
California Condor 8       1      
Osprey 64       55      
White-tailed Kite 372       160      
Bald Eagle 120       69      
Northern Harrier 295       156      
Sharp-shinned Hawk 172       154      
Cooper's Hawk 428       346      
Red-shouldered Hawk 768       492      
Swainson's Hawk 13       6      
Red-tailed Hawk 2,080       961      
Ferruginous Hawk 51       37      
Rough-legged Hawk 25       11      
Golden Eagle 75       48      
American Kestrel 485       284      
Merlin 45       40      
Peregrine Falcon 51       43      
Prairie Falcon 20       17      
Clapper Rail 5       4      
Virginia Rail 14       10      
Sora 16       13      
American Coot 30,132       491      
Sandhill Crane 8,783       72      
Black-bellied Plover 384       27      
Semipalmated Plover 139       10      
Killdeer 1,287       264      
Mountain Plover 6       1      
Black Oystercatcher 47       16      
Black-necked Stilt 1,883       93      
American Avocet 1,925       63      
Spotted Sandpiper 52       28      
Wandering Tattler 6       5      
Greater Yellowlegs 233       61      
Willet 750       71      
Lesser Yellowlegs 15       9      
Whimbrel 45       17      
Long-billed Curlew 738       51      
Marbled Godwit 925       49      
Ruddy Turnstone 11       6      
Black Turnstone 127       20      
Surfbird 106       9      
Red Knot 3       1      
Sanderling 1,467       37      
Western Sandpiper 545       15      
Least Sandpiper 1,233       39      
Rock Sandpiper 1       1      
Dunlin 694       10      
Ruff 1       1      
Short-billed Dowitcher 185       4      
Long-billed Dowitcher 1,649       21      
Wilson's Snipe 65       23      
Red Phalarope 3       2      
Black-legged Kittiwake 2       1      
Bonaparte's Gull 384       9      
Laughing Gull 2       1      
Heermann's Gull 363       33      
Mew Gull 482       33      
Ring-billed Gull 6,208       234      
Western Gull 4,703       188      
California Gull 17,112       458      
Herring Gull 516       57      
Thayer's Gull 11       6      
Glaucous-winged Gull 392       39      
Glaucous Gull 3       3      
Caspian Tern 90       10      
Forster's Tern 46       18      
Royal Tern 28       4      
Black Skimmer 6       1      
Common Murre 5,002       2      
Marbled Murrelet 4       2      
Cassin's Auklet 1       1      
Rock Pigeon 11,705       623      
Band-tailed Pigeon 2,801       254      
Eurasian Collared-Dove 354       87      
Spotted Dove 46       5      
White-winged Dove 28       7      
Mourning Dove 11,066       2,051      
Inca Dove 16       2      
Common Ground-Dove 86       22      
Rose-ringed Parakeet 61       7      
Mitred Parakeet 41       3      
Red-masked Parakeet 2       1      
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet 130       14      
Red-crowned Parrot 716       24      
Lilac-crowned Parrot 2       1      
Red-lored Parrot 5       1      
Blue-fronted Parrot 12       2      
Yellow-headed Parrot 8       3      
Greater Roadrunner 48       35      
Barn Owl 43       34      
Western Screech-Owl 29       21      
Great Horned Owl 172       104      
Northern Pygmy-Owl 9       7      
Burrowing Owl 33       18      
Spotted Owl 1       1      
Long-eared Owl 17       3      
Short-eared Owl 13       4      
Northern Saw-whet Owl 8       5      
Common Poorwill 2       1      
Vaux's Swift 70       1      
White-throated Swift 592       33      
Anna's Hummingbird 5,242       1,908      
Costa's Hummingbird 152       75      
Rufous Hummingbird 197       106      
Allen's Hummingbird 505       223      
Belted Kingfisher 155       121      
Lewis's Woodpecker 109       22      
Acorn Woodpecker 2,028       538      
Gila Woodpecker 3       3      
Williamson's Sapsucker 3       2      
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2       2      
Red-naped Sapsucker 18       8      
Red-breasted Sapsucker 91       86      
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 12       8      
Nuttall's Woodpecker 790       504      
Downy Woodpecker 291       227      
Hairy Woodpecker 69       54      
White-headed Woodpecker 15       12      
Black-backed Woodpecker 1       1      
Northern Flicker 1,279       661      
Gilded Flicker 1       1      
Pileated Woodpecker 42       35      
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1       1      
Gray Flycatcher 10       8      
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 8       7      
Black Phoebe 2,065       1,029      
Say's Phoebe 249       153      
Vermilion Flycatcher 12       10      
Tropical Kingbird 1       1      
Cassin's Kingbird 239       89      
Thick-billed Kingbird 1       1      
Western Kingbird 1       1      
Loggerhead Shrike 52       36      
Northern Shrike 1       1      
Plumbeous Vireo 2       2      
Cassin's Vireo 1       1      
Hutton's Vireo 124       68      
Gray Jay 24       7      
Steller's Jay 1,515       399      
Island Scrub-Jay 5       2      
Western Scrub-Jay 5,139       1,820      
Black-billed Magpie 54       17      
Yellow-billed Magpie 1,172       177      
Clark's Nutcracker 12       4      
American Crow 33,001       1,562      
Common Raven 4,204       601      
Horned Lark 215       21      
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 28       12      
Tree Swallow 2,086       152      
Violet-green Swallow 116       22      
Barn Swallow 37       14      
Cliff Swallow 138       11      
Black-capped Chickadee 37       10      
Mountain Chickadee 566       115      
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1,693       537      
Oak Titmouse 1,878       757      
Verdin 49       12      
Bushtit 5,100       542      
Red-breasted Nuthatch 221       112      
White-breasted Nuthatch 791       376      
Pygmy Nuthatch 177       52      
Brown Creeper 87       62      
Cactus Wren 41       23      
Rock Wren 35       18      
Canyon Wren 15       9      
Bewick's Wren 610       376      
House Wren 256       99      
Pacific Wren 77       18      
Marsh Wren 270       74      
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 50       19      
California Gnatcatcher 13       7      
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 2       2      
American Dipper 21       11      
Red-whiskered Bulbul 27       8      
Golden-crowned Kinglet 145       30      
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1,118       503      
Wrentit 299       89      
Western Bluebird 1,665       400      
Mountain Bluebird 93       20      
Townsend's Solitaire 15       10      
Hermit Thrush 475       287      
American Robin 14,983       1,249      
Varied Thrush 95       30      
Northern Mockingbird 1,749       933      
Sage Thrasher 5       3      
California Thrasher 245       124      
Le Conte's Thrasher 4       2      
European Starling 17,697       675      
American Pipit 484       43      
Cedar Waxwing 7,496       379      
Phainopepla 64       43      
Lapland Longspur 1       1      
Black-and-white Warbler 3       3      
Orange-crowned Warbler 272       131      
Common Yellowthroat 183       88      
American Redstart 1       1      
Yellow Warbler 19       6      
Palm Warbler 4       4      
Pine Warbler 1       1      
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6,459       1,007      
Black-throated Gray Warbler 11       11      
Townsend's Warbler 217       127      
Hermit Warbler 2       1      
Wilson's Warbler 12       6      
Spotted Towhee 1,588       636      
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 215       59      
California Towhee 2,796       1,147      
Abert's Towhee 25       10      
Chipping Sparrow 394       78      
Brewer's Sparrow 17       4      
Vesper Sparrow 23       12      
Lark Sparrow 637       92      
Black-throated Sparrow 72       17      
Sage Sparrow 107       17      
Savannah Sparrow 867       97      
Fox Sparrow 515       217      
Song Sparrow 1,916       481      
Lincoln's Sparrow 194       88      
Swamp Sparrow 9       2      
White-throated Sparrow 72       41      
White-crowned Sparrow 13,869       1,629      
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4,952       793      
Dark-eyed Junco 11,411       1,532      
Summer Tanager 1       1      
Western Tanager 9       5      
Northern Cardinal 2       1      
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1       1      
Black-headed Grosbeak 1       1      
Red-winged Blackbird 11,218       485      
Tricolored Blackbird 143       25      
Western Meadowlark 2,706       250      
Yellow-headed Blackbird 52       8      
Brewer's Blackbird 13,631       417      
Great-tailed Grackle 804       43      
Brown-headed Cowbird 601       52      
Hooded Oriole 6       5      
Bullock's Oriole 2       2      
Purple Finch 1,292       288      
Cassin's Finch 171       40      
House Finch 20,402       2,137      
Red Crossbill 21       5      
Pine Siskin 1,373       155      
Lesser Goldfinch 17,001       1,437      
Lawrence's Goldfinch 124       32      
American Goldfinch 10,252       895      
Evening Grosbeak 20       9      
House Sparrow 10,341       1,156      
Orange Bishop 5       1      
Nutmeg Mannikin 26       8      
Total 538,331             

A total of 318 species were reported.

See list of localities in California with reports.

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