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San Diego Christmas bird count results

11:02 pm

Dear friends,


I’m still awaiting results from 4 groups, but I believe our total of species for the San Diego Christmas bird count is going to be 223, exceeding by 1 the all-time high of 222 established in 1969. The 223 includes 8 introduced species considered established by the California Bird Records Committee but not incipient colonizers like Swinhoe’s White-eye or the Burrowing Parrot. I’ll circulate another summary when the data are final enough to justify it. Meanwhile, thanks again to all participants for an incredible effort.


Philip Unitt

San Diego


Snow Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose


Canada Goose

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler


Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon


Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal


Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter


Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

California Quail

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark’s Grebe

Rock Pigeon (Feral)

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Common Ground Dove

Mourning Dove

Greater Roadrunner

Vaux’s Swift

White-throated Swift

Anna’s Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Ridgway’s Rail

Virginia Rail


Common Gallinule

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Pacific Golden Plover


Semipalmated Plover

Snowy Plover


Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Red Knot



Little Stint

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Lesser Yellowlegs


Greater Yellowlegs

Red Phalarope

Parasitic Jaeger

Cassin’s Auklet

Bonaparte’s Gull

Heermann’s Gull

Short-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Iceland Gull (Thayer’s)

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Black-vented Shearwater

Masked Booby

Brown Booby

Red-footed Booby

Brandt’s Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Turkey Vulture


White-tailed Kite

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Barn Owl

Great Horned Owl

Burrowing Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-naped Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Red-masked Parakeet

Red-crowned Parrot

Lilac-crowned Parrot

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Cassin’s Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher

Western Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Hutton’s Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Loggerhead Shrike

California Scrub-Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Horned Lark

Tree Swallow



Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Cedar Waxwing


Red-breasted Nuthatch

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

California Gnatcatcher

Rock Wren

Cactus Wren

Bewick’s Wren

House Wren

Marsh Wren

California Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Scaly-breasted Munia

House Sparrow

American Pipit

House Finch

Red Crossbill

Lesser Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

McCown’s Longspur

Lark Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

California Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Orchard Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brewer’s Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Grace’s Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend’s Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Summer Tanager

Western Tanager