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I am a birder. I love observing birds.
Here is the list of birds I have encountered so far.  

My Life List: 108 birds
updated on February 2024


Snow Goose 

Greater White-fronted Goose 


Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Wood Duck

Northern Shoveler


American Black Duck 

Northern Pintail 

Green-winged Teal 

Ring-necked Duck


Hooded Merganser


Double-crested cormorants


Atlantic Puffin 


Herring Gull

Ring-billed Gull 

Great Black-backed Gull



Semipalmated Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs


Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron


Indian Peafowl

Pigeons and Doves

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Vultures, Hawks, and Allies

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture


Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Falcons and Caracaras

American Kestrel


Eastern Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl 


Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Chimney Swift

Martins and Swallows

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Parrots, Parakeets, and Allies

Monk Parakeet


Belted Kingfisher


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens 

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Common Raven 

Korean Magpie

Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird


Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird



Eastern Bluebird


Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin 



Cedar Waxwing


Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse



Red-breasted Nuthatch 

White-breasted Nuthatch



Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren


Golden-crowned Kinglets



Warbling Vireo 



Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

New World Sparrows

Chipping Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

White-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Old World Sparrows

House Sparrow

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies

Northern Cardinal


Baltimore Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Common Gracke

Starling and Mynas

European Starling

With Canada Goose in Englewood, NJ
Birding in Baltimore, MD
Birding in Hackensack River, NJ
Birding in the rain

Resources for a beginning birder

Merlin App 
Identifies a bird by its sound + Bird Dictionary on your phone. 

It is a very useful app for a beginner because it is easier to hear birds than to see. It also helps to identify the bird by its appearance and habitat. Concisely provides important bird information.   

eBird App 
Record the birds you observed. This data helps Cornell Ornithology Lab to monitor birds. You can also see on the map where is the birding hotspot around the area. If you'd like to see a certain species of bird, you can find out where it has appeared recently. 

Macaulay Library
This online media bird archive run by Cornell Ornithology Lab has materials since 1929. Thousands of images, audio files, and footage are updated daily from around the world.

Cornell Ornithology Lab 
Their All About Birds page has so many interesting articles and courses where you can gain professional knowledge about birds. Understanding Bird Behavior, How to record Bird Sounds, to name a few.   

National Audubon Society 
If you want to meet local fellow birders, attend one of your Audubon local chapter events. You will meet people who devote their weekends to birding(just like me).

Wild Birds Unlimited
This is a Nationwide chain store for birders. They have everything - seeds for your birdfeeder, birdbaths, cute postcards with birds, caps with birds, cups with birds, everything you can imagine with birds, and even binoculars to watch birds. Highly recommend to stop by if you have a store near you. 
Wingspan board game
If you love birds, you must have this board game! It has several hundreds of bird cards; each painted beautifully. You will grow these birds in their appropriate habitats, feed them with their favorite food, lay eggs, and learn their special powers.   

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