In 2019 I set myself a challenge to do more birding in my home County of Santa Clara County, and visit more locations than I’ve birded in recent years. I’ve also set myself a challenge to photograph as many species as I can within the county in one year.

Goals

  • Bird at least once a week — 50 or more ebird submissions in county
  • Bird at least 15 different locations in county
  • 100 Portfolio caliber species images
  • More out of area trips

Additionally, my life list is at 294 species right now (one 2019 lifer so far), I’d like to push that past 300 this year. My best ever county count is 141 in 2010, I’d love to push that past 150. These are small numbers for some birders, but since I’m not a rarity chaser I tend to have smaller numbers.

My current status is 119 species for the year with one lifer (cassin’s vireo). That is +10 over 2018.

This page is where I’m tracking my path to those goals. You’re also welcome to visit my ebird page to see more detail on locations and sightings. You can get more details on all of my birding via my eBird profile.

  • My current status (May 2)
  • Species: 119
  • Locations: 7

Locations

  1. McClellan Ranch Preserve (SCVAS Offices)
  2. Palo Alto Baylands
  3. East Bay Foothills (Ed Levin Sandy Wool, Ed Levin Spring Valley, Marsh Road
  4. Las Gatos Creek County Park (aka Oka Ponds)
  5. Calero Reservoir
  6. Coyote Valley (Coyote Valley OSP, Laguna Road W)
  7. Don Edwards EEC (Education Center), Alviso
  8. Shoreline Lake and Charleston Slough, Mountain View
  9. Loma Prieta Lower Saddle
  10. Sanborn CP, John Nicolas Trail
  11. Sanborn CP, Sunnyvale Mountain Trailhead
  12. Ed Levin County Park, Milpitas
  13. Marsh Road, Milpitas Foothills

Species

  1. Anna’s Hummingbird, Home, 1-1-2019
  2. Ring-billed Gull, Home, 1-1-2019
  3. Black Phoebe, Home, 1-1-2019
  4. American Crow, Home, 1-1-2019
  5. Bewick’s Wren, Home, 1-1-2019
  6. House Finch, Home, 1-1-2019
  7. Dark-Eyed Junco, Home, 1-1-2019
  8. Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Home, 1-1-2019
  9. House Sparrow, Home, 1-1-2019
  10. Mourning Dove, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  11. Chestnut-Backed Chickadee, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  12. Oak Titmouse, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  13. Golden-Crowned Sparrow, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  14. White-Crowned Sparrow, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  15. Song Sparrow, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  16. Lesser Goldfinch, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  17. California Towhee, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 1-8-2019
  18. Canada Goose, Home Feederwatch, 1-8-2019
  19. Turkey Vulture, Home Feederwatch, 1-8-2019
  20. Bushtit, Home Feederwatch, 1-8-2019
  21. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Home Feederwatch, 1-8-2019
  22. Northern Mockingbird, Home Feederwatch, 1-8-2019
  23. Northern Shoveler, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  24. American Wigeon, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  25. Mallard, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  26. Green-Winged Teal, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  27. Canvasback, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  28. Ruddy Duck, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  29. Pied-Billed Grebe, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  30. Rock Pigeon, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  31. American Coot, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  32. Black-necked Stilt, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  33. American Avocet, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  34. Long-Billed Curlew, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  35. Marbled Godwit, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  36. Least Sandpiper, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  37. Long-Billed Dowitcher, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  38. Greater Yellowlegs, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  39. Willet, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  40. Double-Crested Cormorant, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  41. Snowy Egret, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  42. Red-Tailed Hawk, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  43. Western Bluebird, Palo Alto Baylands, 1-9-2019
  44. Great Blue Heron, Ed Levin Sandy Wool, 1/12/2019
  45. Say’s Phoebe, Ed Levin Sandy Wool, 1/12/2019
  46. California Scrub-Jay, Ed Levin Sandy Wool, 1/12/2019
  47. Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Ed Levin Spring Valley, 1/12/2019
  48. Red-Winged Blackbird, Ed Levin Spring Valley, 1/12/2019
  49. Cooper’s Hawk, Marsh Road, 1/12/2019
  50. Acorn Woodpecker, Marsh Road, 1/12/2019
  51. Northern Flickr, Marsh Road, 1/12/2019
  52. Steller’s Jay, Marsh Road, 1/12/2019
  53. Yellow-Billed Magpie, Marsh Road, 1/12/2019
  54. Gadwall, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  55. Lesser Scaup, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  56. Bufflehead, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  57. Common Goldeneye, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  58. California Gull, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  59. Herring Gull, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  60. Glaucous-Winged Gull, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  61. Great Egret, Los Gatos Creek County Park, 1/18/2019
  62. Western Grebe, Calero Reservoir, 1/23/2019
  63. Clark’s Grebe, Calero Reservoir, 1/23/2019
  64. Osprey, Calero Reservoir, 1/23/2019
  65. Violet-Green Swallows, Calero Reservoir, 1/23/2019
  66. European Starling, Calero Reservoir, 1/23/2019
  67. American Kestrel, Laguna West, 1/23/2019
  68. Western Meadowlark, Laguna West, 1/23/2019
  69. Northern Harrier, Coyote Valley OSP, 1/23/2019
  70. Brewer’s Blackbird, Coyote Valley OSP, 1/23/2019
  71. American Robin, Home, 2/1/2019
  72. Killdeer, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, 2/6/2019
  73. Black-Crowned Night Heron, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, 2/6/2019
  74. Common Raven, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, 2/6/2019
  75. Marsh Wren, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, 2/6/2019
  76. Hairy Woodpecker, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 2/12/2019
  77. White-Tailed Kite, Coyote Valley OSP, 2/17/2019
  78. Golden Eagle, Coyote Valley OSP, 2/17/2019
  79. Bald Eagle, Coyote Valley OSP, 2/17/2019
  80. Dunlin, Palo Alto Baylands, 3/4/19
  81. Downy Woodpecker, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 3/12/19
  82. Western Gull, Santa Clara, 3/14/19
  83. White-Breasted Nuthatch, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 3/19/2019
  84. Cinnamon Teal, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, CA, 3/20/19
  85. Eared Grebe, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, CA, 3/20/19
  86. American White Pelican, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, CA, 3/20/19
  87. Barn Swallow, Don Edwards EEC, Alviso, CA, 3/20/19
  88. Burrowing Owl, Disk Drive, San Jose, CA 3/20/19
  89. Hooded Oriole, Santa Clara, CA, 3/21/19
  90. Blue-Winged Teal, Palo Alto Baylands, 3/23/19
  91. Bonaparte’s Gull, Palo Alto Baylands, 3/23/19
  92. Forster’s Tern, Palo Alto Baylands, 3/23/19
  93. Peregrine Falcon, Palo Alto Baylands, 3/23/19
  94. Cliff Swallow, Palo Alto Baylands, 3/23/19
  95. Tree Swallow, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 3/30/19
  96. Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, Ulistac Natural Area, 4/3/19
  97. Surf Scoter, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  98. Greater Scaup, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  99. Black-bellied Plover, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  100. Belted Kingfisher, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  101. Spotted Towhee, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  102. Great-Tailed Grackle, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  103. Common Yellowthroat, Shoreline Lake, Mountain View, CA, 4/6/19
  104. Band-tailed Pigeon, Loma Prieta Lower Saddle, 4/8/19
  105. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Loma Prieta Lower Saddle, 4/8/19
  106. Wrentit, Loma Prieta Lower Saddle, 4/8/19
  107. Orange-crowned Warbler, Loma Prieta Lower Saddle, 4/8/19
  108. Cassin’s Vireo, Sanborn CP, John Nicolas Trail, 4/8/19
  109. Warbling Vireo, Sanborn CP, John Nicolas Trail, 4/8/19
  110. Brown Creeper, Sanborn CP, John Nicolas Trail, 4/8/19
  111. Purple Finch, Sanborn CP, John Nicolas Trail, 4/8/19
  112. Wild Turkey, Sanborn CP, John Nicolas Trail, 4/8/19
  113. Western Sandpiper, Palo Alto Baylands, 4/14/19
  114. Bullocks Sandpiper, Palo Alto Baylands, 4/14/19
  115. American Goldfinch, McClellan Ranch Preserve, 4/16/19
  116. Western Kingbird, Coyote Valley OSP, 4/17/19
  117. Rock Wren, Coyote Valley OSP, 4/28/19
  118. Cedar Waxwing, Ed Levin CP, 5/1/19
  119. California Quail, Marsh Road, 5/1/19

Photos