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