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2012 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
Snow Goose 69,993       57      
American Coot 56,741       712      
Ross's Goose 43,042       13      
American Crow 25,338       2,281      
House Finch 25,155       2,865      
Northern Shoveler 24,491       209      
White-crowned Sparrow 21,434       2,232      
Lesser Goldfinch 19,559       1,896      
Red-winged Blackbird 18,400       566      
Canada Goose 16,877       756      
Dark-eyed Junco 15,053       1,960      
Mallard 14,646       911      
Brewer's Blackbird 14,634       530      
Greater White-fronted Goose 14,078       66      
American Robin 13,485       1,401      
Mourning Dove 13,397       2,500      
American Goldfinch 12,496       1,032      
European Starling 12,167       847      
House Sparrow 11,737       1,353      
California Gull 11,219       522      
Rock Pigeon 10,657       667      
Northern Pintail 9,963       100      
Cackling Goose 9,487       33      
American Wigeon 9,434       261      
Ruddy Duck 8,913       291      
Sandhill Crane 8,177       33      
California Quail 7,584       598      
Ring-billed Gull 7,497       272      
Western Gull 7,434       308      
Cedar Waxwing 7,357       375      
Bushtit 7,208       852      
Anna's Hummingbird 6,925       2,564      
Western Scrub-Jay 6,914       2,564      
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6,849       1,273      
Gadwall 6,146       121      
Turkey Vulture 5,384       1,173      
Double-crested Cormorant 5,367       393      
Golden-crowned Sparrow 5,245       907      
Bufflehead 4,726       347      
California Towhee 4,442       1,817      
Common Raven 4,367       935      
Band-tailed Pigeon 4,198       335      
American Avocet 4,083       82      
Green-winged Teal 3,693       133      
Western Meadowlark 3,592       247      
Least Sandpiper 3,511       72      
Lesser Scaup 2,969       84      
Black Phoebe 2,865       1,477      
Acorn Woodpecker 2,755       801      
Western Bluebird 2,655       627      
Willet 2,645       102      
Red-tailed Hawk 2,628       1,251      
Song Sparrow 2,586       661      
Savannah Sparrow 2,548       125      
Wild Turkey 2,530       221      
Spotted Towhee 2,424       1,044      
Western Grebe 2,419       143      
Oak Titmouse 2,382       1,139      
Cattle Egret 2,351       28      
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2,331       760      
Tree Swallow 2,331       129      
Black-necked Stilt 2,245       104      
Northern Mockingbird 2,240       1,227      
Marbled Godwit 2,150       61      
American White Pelican 2,105       72      
Sanderling 2,093       39      
Black-bellied Plover 2,072       43      
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2,009       491      
Brown-headed Cowbird 1,882       53      
Dunlin 1,861       26      
Brown Pelican 1,858       129      
White-faced Ibis 1,843       36      
Steller's Jay 1,764       536      
Long-billed Dowitcher 1,726       35      
Pine Siskin 1,716       186      
Ring-necked Duck 1,671       127      
Red-crowned Parrot 1,599       41      
Northern Flicker 1,574       842      
Killdeer 1,511       289      
Great Egret 1,485       512      
Western Sandpiper 1,387       35      
Eared Grebe 1,343       120      
Purple Finch 1,284       319      
Canvasback 1,282       61      
Surf Scoter 1,256       49      
Herring Gull 1,224       71      
Snowy Egret 1,209       368      
Allen's Hummingbird 1,178       465      
Common Goldeneye 1,174       131      
Red-shouldered Hawk 1,159       726      
Pied-billed Grebe 1,147       308      
Great-tailed Grackle 1,069       81      
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1,061       571      
Yellow-billed Magpie 1,045       203      
White-breasted Nuthatch 1,038       579      
Tundra Swan 1,031       25      
Lark Sparrow 1,027       90      
Wood Duck 1,010       103      
Bewick's Wren 983       601      
Greater Scaup 958       54      
Common Merganser 954       127      
Nuttall's Woodpecker 945       678      
Tricolored Blackbird 928       16      
Cinnamon Teal 889       100      
Glaucous-winged Gull 818       69      
Great Blue Heron 801       371      
Long-billed Curlew 780       60      
Brandt's Cormorant 747       31      
American Kestrel 726       403      
Black-crowned Night-Heron 726       120      
Mew Gull 638       38      
American Pipit 596       50      
Cooper's Hawk 594       474      
Horned Lark 586       29      
Fox Sparrow 580       243      
Mountain Chickadee 574       168      
Short-billed Dowitcher 554       11      
Nutmeg Mannikin 484       49      
White-tailed Kite 457       279      
Snowy Plover 431       18      
Brant 428       13      
Gambel's Quail 428       38      
Say's Phoebe 409       233      
Hermit Thrush 407       280      
White-throated Swift 406       33      
Pygmy Nuthatch 397       95      
Horned Grebe 348       53      
Clark's Grebe 345       47      
Downy Woodpecker 345       259      
Cassin's Kingbird 342       139      
Marsh Wren 338       66      
Northern Harrier 312       164      
Varied Thrush 308       106      
Wrentit 303       136      
House Wren 289       151      
Mountain Bluebird 287       36      
California Thrasher 284       170      
Costa's Hummingbird 263       121      
Lawrence's Goldfinch 262       34      
Common Yellowthroat 261       125      
Orange-crowned Warbler 256       167      
Chipping Sparrow 252       64      
Greater Yellowlegs 246       76      
Red-whiskered Bulbul 246       17      
Townsend's Warbler 236       154      
Great Horned Owl 225       132      
Forster's Tern 220       25      
Black-throated Sparrow 218       40      
Hooded Merganser 217       75      
Sharp-shinned Hawk 206       178      
Lincoln's Sparrow 203       129      
Cassin's Finch 200       39      
Pelagic Cormorant 195       26      
Hutton's Vireo 193       105      
Bonaparte's Gull 188       9      
Semipalmated Plover 186       12      
Belted Kingfisher 180       150      
Black Turnstone 179       13      
Whimbrel 175       44      
Red-breasted Nuthatch 173       99      
Heermann's Gull 172       20      
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 163       53      
Black-vented Shearwater 152       2      
Rufous Hummingbird 151       88      
Mountain Plover 150       1      
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 148       1      
Loggerhead Shrike 145       73      
Red-breasted Merganser 144       34      
Common Ground-Dove 138       33      
White-throated Sparrow 137       83      
Blue-winged Teal 136       28      
Red-throated Loon 135       14      
Bald Eagle 131       86      
Indian Peafowl 128       18      
Osprey 126       88      
Black Skimmer 122       2      
Royal Tern 122       9      
Hairy Woodpecker 118       90      
Mitred Parakeet 118       7      
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 118       40      
Red-breasted Sapsucker 116       101      
Phainopepla 114       52      
Brown Creeper 113       67      
Golden-crowned Kinglet 113       27      
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet 110       19      
Black Oystercatcher 109       29      
Spotted Sandpiper 109       60      
Cactus Wren 108       52      
Sage Sparrow 108       20      
Ring-necked Pheasant 106       35      
Common Loon 105       41      
Greater Roadrunner 105       81      
Caspian Tern 104       3      
Common Gallinule 103       38      
Wilson's Snipe 102       32      
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 100       23      
Barn Owl 99       74      
Mountain Quail 99       15      
Cliff Swallow 98       12      
Redhead 96       20      
Green Heron 90       72      
Verdin 83       28      
Rhinoceros Auklet 77       2      
Rose-ringed Parakeet 74       10      
Merlin 71       61      
Violet-green Swallow 68       14      
Surfbird 65       8      
Pacific Loon 63       15      
Golden Eagle 61       45      
Black Scoter 60       8      
Lewis's Woodpecker 54       15      
Black-billed Magpie 53       12      
Red-masked Parakeet 53       6      
Stilt Sandpiper 50       1      
Peregrine Falcon 49       43      
Thayer's Gull 49       14      
Pinyon Jay 48       4      
Ferruginous Hawk 41       26      
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 41       27      
Vesper Sparrow 41       12      
Western Screech-Owl 41       34      
Pacific Wren 40       22      
Evening Grosbeak 39       5      
Rock Wren 39       20      
Prairie Falcon 38       30      
Barn Swallow 36       10      
Lesser Yellowlegs 36       20      
Pileated Woodpecker 36       29      
Yellow-headed Parrot 36       7      
Clark's Nutcracker 35       10      
Long-eared Owl 34       4      
California Gnatcatcher 32       17      
Common Murre 32       6      
Red Crossbill 32       3      
Burrowing Owl 30       14      
Mute Swan 28       14      
White-winged Scoter 28       4      
Eurasian Wigeon 27       17      
Black-capped Chickadee 25       10      
Clapper Rail 25       17      
Yellow Warbler 24       17      
Black-chinned Hummingbird 23       2      
Yellow-headed Blackbird 23       5      
Abert's Towhee 22       11      
Black-throated Gray Warbler 22       16      
Sage Thrasher 22       17      
Virginia Rail 22       13      
Barrow's Goldeneye 20       7      
Nanday Parakeet 20       1      
Ruddy Turnstone 20       4      
Sora 19       15      
Vermilion Flycatcher 19       13      
American Dipper 18       13      
White-headed Woodpecker 18       11      
American Bittern 15       12      
Red-lored Parrot 15       4      
Orange Bishop 14       1      
Little Blue Heron 13       9      
White-winged Dove 13       5      
California Condor 12       4      
Red Knot 12       2      
Western Tanager 12       6      
Mandarin Duck 11       4      
Red-naped Sapsucker 11       8      
Spotted Dove 11       4      
Swainson's Hawk 11       10      
Wilson's Warbler 11       9      
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher 10       3      
Northern Pygmy-Owl 10       10      
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 9       5      
Townsend's Solitaire 9       7      
Canyon Wren 8       8      
Gray Flycatcher 8       5      
Egyptian Goose 7       4      
Island Scrub-Jay 7       3      
Chukar 6       1      
Short-eared Owl 6       4      
Tropical Kingbird 6       6      
Brewer's Sparrow 5       2      
Glaucous Gull 5       4      
Gray Jay 5       1      
Northern Saw-whet Owl 5       5      
Bullock's Oriole 4       4      
Cassin's Vireo 4       3      
Common Poorwill 4       2      
Harris's Hawk 4       2      
Juniper Titmouse 4       3      
Le Conte's Thrasher 4       3      
Marbled Murrelet 4       2      
Red-necked Grebe 4       3      
Rough-legged Hawk 4       3      
Scott's Oriole 4       4      
White-fronted Parrot 4       1      
Gila Woodpecker 3       2      
Hermit Warbler 3       3      
Nashville Warbler 3       3      
Ancient Murrelet 2       2      
Baltimore Oriole 2       2      
Black-footed Albatross 2       2      
Cassin's Auklet 2       1      
Clay-colored Sparrow 2       2      
Grace's Warbler 2       2      
Harris's Sparrow 2       2      
Laughing Gull 2       1      
Least Bittern 2       1      
Lilac-crowned Parrot 2       1      
Pine Grosbeak 2       1      
Plumbeous Vireo 2       1      
Reddish Egret 2       2      
Western Kingbird 2       2      
Williamson's Sapsucker 2       2      
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2       2      
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2       1      
American Redstart 1       1      
Black-and-white Warbler 1       1      
Common Redpoll 1       1      
Eastern Phoebe 1       1      
Green-tailed Towhee 1       1      
Hooded Warbler 1       1      
Inca Dove 1       1      
Long-tailed Duck 1       1      
Magnolia Warbler 1       1      
Northern Fulmar 1       1      
Palm Warbler 1       1      
Parasitic Jaeger 1       1      
Pink-footed Shearwater 1       1      
Pomarine Jaeger 1       1      
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1       1      
Ruff 1       1      
Swamp Sparrow 1       1      
Thick-billed Kingbird 1       1      
Tufted Duck 1       1      
Warbling Vireo 1       1      
Total 751,944             

A total of 333 species were reported.

See list of localities in California with reports.

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