2021: A Year for the Birds

Here is my “Year List” of 2021 for birds.

They are listed out by the first sighting of each unique species. Naturally this means that more common (or wintering) avian friends were spotted in January compared to later months that may prove more difficult (barring migrations!)

Asterisks are used to mark any “lifers” (first-ever sighting) for my Life List. Fortunately there were several to come out of this year!

Interspersed are some various photos of birds I got to spend time with during the year.

January (34):
Red Bellied Woodpecker
House Finch
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Chickadee
American Goldfinch
European Starling
Tufted Titmouse
American Crow
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Herring Gull*
Black Vulture
Blue Jay
Carolina Wren
Downy Woodpecker
Red Tailed Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Dark Eyed Junco
Eastern Bluebird
House Sparrow
Rock Pigeon
Barred Owl
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Hooded Merganser
Ring Billed Gull
Pileated Woodpecker
Swamp Sparrow
White Breasted Nuthatch
Northern Flicker
Great Horned Owl

February (13):
Horned Lark*
Brown Thrasher
Northern Pintail*
Hermit Thrush
Coopers Hawk
Eastern Towhee
Ring Necked Duck
Red Winged Blackbird
Rough Legged Hawk*
Common Grackle

March (6):
Lesser Scaup
Turkey Vulture
American Woodcock*
Brown Headed Cowbird
Rock Pigeon

April (19):
Field Sparrow
Golden Crowned Kinglet
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Chipping Sparrow
House Wren
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Northern Parula
Eastern Screech Owl*
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher
Solitary Sandpiper
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush*
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Swainson’s Thrush
Lincoln’s Sparrow*
Prairie Warbler
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Yellow Throated Warbler

May (28):
Chimney Swift
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Northern Rough Winged Swallow
Baltimore Oriole
Red Headed Woodpecker
Common Yellowthroat
Barn Swallow
Spotted Sandpiper
Wood Thrush
Green Heron
Indigo Bunting
Yellow Breasted Chat
Great Crested Flycatcher
Prothonotary Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs
Blue Winged Teal
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Orchard Oriole
Summer Tanager
Hairy Woodpecker
Purple Martin
Yellow Billed Cuckoo
Wood Duck
Common Nighthawk
Cliff Swallow

June (5):
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Ring Necked Pheasant
Little Blue Heron*

July (5):
Eastern Meadowlark
Henslow’s Sparrow
Double Crested Cormorant
Willow Flycatcher

August (3):
Least Sandpiper
Cedar Waxwing
Black and White Warbler

September (0):

October (0):

November (6):
Brown Creeper
Blue Winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Common Merganser
Bonaparte’s Gull*
Franklin’s Gull*

December (4):
American Tree Sparrow
Red Breasted Nuthatch*
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Owl*

Overall, this was a great year for my birding and wildlife photography, with 123 unique bird species identified/photographed. Hopefully yours was as well!

How did 2021 and the birds treat you? Did you get to experience some amazing sightings or capture some incredible photos? Let me know down below in the comments or with an email. Happy New Year!

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