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2009 Results: California

Other years: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

See list of localities in California with reports.


Species [taxonomic]
[alphabetic]
Number of Birds   Number of Checklists
Reporting the Species
Greater White-fronted Goose 11,568       51      
Snow Goose 24,373       53      
Ross's Goose 1,326       10      
Brant 2,031       12      
Cackling Goose 712       18      
Canada Goose 11,928       432      
Mute Swan 20       7      
Tundra Swan 2,499       41      
Wood Duck 620       79      
Mandarin Duck 7       3      
Gadwall 1,278       89      
Eurasian Wigeon 27       15      
American Wigeon 6,507       160      
Mallard 9,772       618      
Blue-winged Teal 356       22      
Cinnamon Teal 809       74      
Northern Shoveler 6,073       127      
Northern Pintail 3,631       78      
Green-winged Teal 3,253       92      
Canvasback 1,708       68      
Redhead 352       22      
Ring-necked Duck 1,224       107      
Greater Scaup 1,295       45      
Lesser Scaup 1,306       78      
Surf Scoter 543       36      
White-winged Scoter 19       3      
Black Scoter 6       2      
Long-tailed Duck 1       1      
Bufflehead 3,341       236      
Common Goldeneye 1,219       107      
Barrow's Goldeneye 27       8      
Hooded Merganser 184       56      
Common Merganser 1,101       118      
Red-breasted Merganser 43       19      
Ruddy Duck 6,623       188      
Helmeted Guineafowl 1       1      
Mountain Quail 30       7      
California Quail 5,499       420      
Gambel's Quail 264       19      
Chukar 3       2      
Ring-necked Pheasant 50       38      
Indian Peafowl 14       3      
Wild Turkey 1,497       107      
Red-throated Loon 29       9      
Pacific Loon 26       9      
Common Loon 111       17      
Pied-billed Grebe 609       185      
Horned Grebe 109       26      
Eared Grebe 482       53      
Western Grebe 1,369       93      
Clark's Grebe 103       26      
Laysan Albatross 1       1      
Black-footed Albatross 6       3      
Northern Fulmar 4       2      
Pink-footed Shearwater 1       1      
Black-vented Shearwater 47       4      
Brandt's Cormorant 2,554       32      
Double-crested Cormorant 5,432       296      
Pelagic Cormorant 225       32      
American White Pelican 1,442       88      
Brown Pelican 3,379       84      
American Bittern 6       6      
Least Bittern 3       3      
Great Blue Heron 634       316      
Great Egret 1,358       391      
Snowy Egret 1,035       249      
Little Blue Heron 12       5      
Reddish Egret 1       1      
Cattle Egret 625       23      
Green Heron 81       48      
Black-crowned Night-Heron 596       80      
White-faced Ibis 674       18      
Turkey Vulture 3,144       711      
California Condor 4       1      
Osprey 105       67      
White-tailed Kite 198       107      
Bald Eagle 161       82      
Northern Harrier 209       99      
Sharp-shinned Hawk 181       158      
Cooper's Hawk 454       362      
Red-shouldered Hawk 621       399      
Swainson's Hawk 8       6      
Red-tailed Hawk 1,518       718      
Ferruginous Hawk 26       23      
Rough-legged Hawk 31       11      
Golden Eagle 41       28      
American Kestrel 450       235      
Merlin 48       42      
Peregrine Falcon 54       48      
Prairie Falcon 25       23      
Clapper Rail 5       3      
Virginia Rail 10       6      
Sora 19       16      
American Coot 28,548       416      
Sandhill Crane 3,403       26      
Black-bellied Plover 806       24      
Pacific Golden-Plover 2       2      
Semipalmated Plover 84       10      
Killdeer 1,098       225      
Mountain Plover 13       2      
Black Oystercatcher 29       10      
Black-necked Stilt 1,545       57      
American Avocet 1,626       51      
Spotted Sandpiper 71       43      
Wandering Tattler 9       3      
Greater Yellowlegs 127       47      
Willet 1,547       77      
Lesser Yellowlegs 22       9      
Whimbrel 38       22      
Long-billed Curlew 436       50      
Marbled Godwit 2,879       52      
Ruddy Turnstone 21       5      
Black Turnstone 193       16      
Surfbird 98       8      
Red Knot 1       1      
Sanderling 718       25      
Western Sandpiper 1,620       29      
Least Sandpiper 2,238       46      
Rock Sandpiper 1       1      
Dunlin 865       15      
Stilt Sandpiper 3       1      
Short-billed Dowitcher 256       13      
Long-billed Dowitcher 1,482       30      
Wilson's Snipe 170       23      
Red Phalarope 4       1      
Black-legged Kittiwake 11       2      
Bonaparte's Gull 3,198       13      
Laughing Gull 6       2      
Heermann's Gull 943       39      
Mew Gull 774       44      
Ring-billed Gull 9,196       226      
Western Gull 5,060       227      
Yellow-footed Gull 1       1      
California Gull 14,918       410      
Herring Gull 2,701       58      
Thayer's Gull 403       25      
Iceland Gull 3       1      
Glaucous-winged Gull 1,099       69      
Glaucous Gull 3       3      
Caspian Tern 17       8      
Forster's Tern 276       39      
Royal Tern 92       13      
Black Skimmer 710       8      
Parasitic Jaeger 4       2      
Common Murre 18       2      
Pigeon Guillemot 1       1      
Marbled Murrelet 2       1      
Xantus's Murrelet 2       1      
Cassin's Auklet 48       2      
Rhinoceros Auklet 2       1      
Tufted Puffin 2       1      
Rock Pigeon 12,737       513      
Band-tailed Pigeon 3,850       296      
Eurasian Collared-Dove 783       151      
Spotted Dove 21       2      
White-winged Dove 11       4      
Mourning Dove 15,755       2,221      
Inca Dove 7       2      
Common Ground-Dove 106       30      
Ruddy Ground-Dove 4       2      
Rose-ringed Parakeet 36       5      
Nanday Parakeet 20       3      
Blue-crowned Parakeet 10       2      
Mitred Parakeet 42       7      
Red-masked Parakeet 103       9      
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet 19       5      
Red-crowned Parrot 674       32      
Lilac-crowned Parrot 36       4      
Red-lored Parrot 5       2      
Yellow-headed Parrot 22       5      
Greater Roadrunner 58       39      
Barn Owl 55       35      
Western Screech-Owl 25       21      
Great Horned Owl 153       100      
Northern Pygmy-Owl 5       4      
Burrowing Owl 17       13      
Barred Owl 2       1      
Long-eared Owl 9       3      
Short-eared Owl 1       1      
Northern Saw-whet Owl 4       3      
Lesser Nighthawk 2       1      
Common Poorwill 16       3      
Vaux's Swift 1       1      
White-throated Swift 658       31      
Anna's Hummingbird 5,012       1,789      
Costa's Hummingbird 218       109      
Rufous Hummingbird 151       77      
Allen's Hummingbird 671       275      
Belted Kingfisher 147       123      
Lewis's Woodpecker 40       16      
Acorn Woodpecker 1,553       460      
Williamson's Sapsucker 6       3      
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1       1      
Red-naped Sapsucker 7       4      
Red-breasted Sapsucker 58       56      
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 27       16      
Nuttall's Woodpecker 766       478      
Downy Woodpecker 261       175      
Hairy Woodpecker 75       59      
White-headed Woodpecker 12       8      
Northern Flicker 1,239       617      
Gilded Flicker 4       2      
Pileated Woodpecker 28       22      
Hammond's Flycatcher 1       1      
Gray Flycatcher 4       4      
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 5       4      
Black Phoebe 1,856       984      
Say's Phoebe 247       146      
Vermilion Flycatcher 16       9      
Tropical Kingbird 1       1      
Cassin's Kingbird 291       89      
Loggerhead Shrike 55       38      
Northern Shrike 2       2      
Cassin's Vireo 2       1      
Hutton's Vireo 87       52      
Gray Jay 4       2      
Pinyon Jay 16       1      
Steller's Jay 1,849       448      
Island Scrub-Jay 6       4      
Western Scrub-Jay 4,230       1,706      
Black-billed Magpie 52       13      
Yellow-billed Magpie 968       179      
Clark's Nutcracker 8       3      
American Crow 25,474       1,553      
Common Raven 2,917       624      
Horned Lark 320       27      
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 70       16      
Tree Swallow 2,602       82      
Violet-green Swallow 101       17      
Barn Swallow 61       10      
Cliff Swallow 146       12      
Black-capped Chickadee 34       11      
Mountain Chickadee 297       76      
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1,958       605      
Oak Titmouse 1,754       857      
Verdin 72       18      
Bushtit 4,792       467      
Red-breasted Nuthatch 137       85      
White-breasted Nuthatch 778       434      
Pygmy Nuthatch 176       59      
Brown Creeper 113       62      
Cactus Wren 80       37      
Rock Wren 55       21      
Canyon Wren 16       11      
Bewick's Wren 511       329      
House Wren 270       116      
Pacific Wren 60       26      
Marsh Wren 257       54      
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 48       22      
California Gnatcatcher 40       12      
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 2       1      
American Dipper 1       1      
Red-whiskered Bulbul 17       6      
Golden-crowned Kinglet 74       27      
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 711       397      
Wrentit 308       103      
Western Bluebird 1,277       294      
Mountain Bluebird 35       13      
Townsend's Solitaire 15       10      
Hermit Thrush 309       182      
American Robin 11,286       892      
Varied Thrush 270       88      
Northern Mockingbird 1,579       863      
Sage Thrasher 2       2      
California Thrasher 216       123      
Crissal Thrasher 7       2      
Le Conte's Thrasher 7       3      
European Starling 15,069       599      
American Pipit 425       47      
Cedar Waxwing 9,727       312      
Phainopepla 65       35      
Lapland Longspur 1       1      
Chestnut-collared Longspur 1       1      
Black-and-white Warbler 2       2      
Tennessee Warbler 4       4      
Orange-crowned Warbler 271       140      
Nashville Warbler 2       2      
Common Yellowthroat 262       69      
American Redstart 1       1      
Yellow Warbler 12       9      
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1       1      
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5,236       853      
Black-throated Gray Warbler 7       6      
Townsend's Warbler 146       94      
Wilson's Warbler 3       3      
Painted Redstart 1       1      
Spotted Towhee 1,867       787      
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 117       31      
California Towhee 3,238       1,355      
Abert's Towhee 41       6      
Chipping Sparrow 280       60      
Brewer's Sparrow 4       2      
Vesper Sparrow 65       13      
Lark Sparrow 889       103      
Black-throated Sparrow 73       15      
Sage Sparrow 29       11      
Savannah Sparrow 1,076       95      
Grasshopper Sparrow 5       3      
Fox Sparrow 446       209      
Song Sparrow 1,792       478      
Lincoln's Sparrow 139       82      
Swamp Sparrow 4       4      
White-throated Sparrow 67       56      
Harris's Sparrow 1       1      
White-crowned Sparrow 16,285       1,831      
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4,641       802      
Dark-eyed Junco 15,330       1,635      
Western Tanager 4       3      
Northern Cardinal 8       4      
Black-headed Grosbeak 4       4      
Red-winged Blackbird 19,167       421      
Tricolored Blackbird 275       37      
Western Meadowlark 2,257       178      
Yellow-headed Blackbird 28       4      
Rusty Blackbird 1       1      
Brewer's Blackbird 17,806       442      
Great-tailed Grackle 921       54      
Brown-headed Cowbird 886       75      
Hooded Oriole 9       8      
Bullock's Oriole 3       3      
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 115       1      
Purple Finch 1,288       237      
Cassin's Finch 159       22      
House Finch 27,789       2,375      
Pine Siskin 3,114       296      
Lesser Goldfinch 19,473       1,497      
Lawrence's Goldfinch 136       13      
American Goldfinch 14,200       942      
Evening Grosbeak 12       2      
House Sparrow 12,521       1,267      
Orange Bishop 7       3      
Nutmeg Mannikin 72       14      
Total 543,207             

A total of 332 species were reported.

See list of localities in California with reports.

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