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Santa Clara County Bird List 2015

Cumulative list compiled by Brooke Miller. Please email additions, corrections, or comments to Brooke at idbirds@me.com

Please post all your sightings at south-bay-birds@yahoogroups.com and/or eBird.

See the Santa Clara County Bird List Discussion Archive 2015.

Birds Observed through December 2015

Total: 291

                               Date    Rarity**   Observer*       

Fulvous Whistling-Duck                       6
Greater White-fronted Goose       1/1/2015   4    MMR
Snow Goose                        1/6/2015   4    CLa, JMD
Ross's Goose                      1/3/2015   4    GL
Brant                                        6
Cackling Goose                    1/1/2015   3    MMR
Canada Goose                      1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Tundra Swan                                  5
Wood Duck                         1/1/2015   3    JMy, AV
Gadwall                           1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Eurasian Wigeon                   1/6/2015   4    CLa, KPa
American Wigeon                   1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Mallard                           1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Blue-winged Teal                  1/3/2015   4    m.ob.
Cinnamon Teal                     1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Northern Shoveler                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Northern Pintail                  1/1/2015   1    BM, MVo
Garganey                                     6
Green-winged Teal                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Canvasback                        1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Redhead                           1/2/2015   3    OA
Ring-necked Duck                  1/1/2015   2    MMR
Tufted Duck                                  5
Greater Scaup                     1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Lesser Scaup                      1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Surf Scoter                       1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
White-winged Scoter                          5
Black Scoter                                 6
Long-tailed Duck                             5
Bufflehead                        1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Common Goldeneye                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Barrow's Goldeneye               1/13/2015   4    BM
Hooded Merganser                  1/1/2015   3    BM, JMy
Common Merganser                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Red-breasted Merganser            1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Ruddy Duck                        1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Mountain Quail                               5
California Quail                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Ring-necked Pheasant             1/14/2015   3    CLa
Wild Turkey                       1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Red-throated Loon                 1/1/2015   4    CLa, DZ
Arctic Loon                                  6
Pacific Loon                      1/1/2015   5    STr
Common Loon                      4/10/2015   4    JStP, CWJ
Yellow-billed Loon                           6
Pied-billed Grebe                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Horned Grebe                      1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Red-necked Grebe                  1/1/2015   5    MJM, MMR
Eared Grebe                       1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Western Grebe                     1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Clark's Grebe                     1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Northern Fulmar                              6
Sooty Shearwater                             6
Ashy Storm-Petrel                            6
Magnificent Frigatebird                      6
Brown Booby                                  6
Brandt's Cormorant                           6
Double-crested Cormorant          1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Pelagic Cormorant                 1/1/2015   6    PKe, MMR
American White Pelican            1/1/2015   2    MMR
Brown  Pelican                    1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
American Bittern                  1/1/2015   4    m.ob.
Least Bittern                                6
Great Blue Heron                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Great Egret                       1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Snowy Egret                       1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Little Blue Heron                            5
Cattle Egret                     3/26/2015   5    JStP
Green Heron                       1/1/2015   3    CLa, BM
Black-crowned Night-Heron         1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Glossy Ibis                                  6
White-faced Ibis                  2/1/2015   4    KDeM
Turkey Vulture                    1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
California Condor                            6
Osprey                            1/2/2015   3    OA, SA
White-tailed Kite                 1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Golden Eagle                      1/1/2015   2    MJM, STr
Northern Harrier                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Sharp-shinned Hawk                1/1/2015   2    MMR
Cooper's Hawk                     1/1/2015   2    JMy
Northern Goshawk                             6
Bald Eagle                        1/1/2015   4    m.ob.
Red-shouldered Hawk               1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Broad-winged Hawk                4/19/2015   6    m.ob.
Swainson's Hawk                   4/1/2015   5    RPh
Zone-tailed Hawk                             6
Red-tailed Hawk                   1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Ferruginous Hawk                  1/1/2015   4    m.ob.
Rough-legged Hawk                            5
Yellow Rail                                  6
Black Rail                       1/18/2015   5    SEM
Ridgway's Rail                    1/2/2015   2    JaL
Virginia Rail                     1/1/2015   2    MJM, AMcD
Sora                              1/1/2015   2    CLa
Common Gallinule                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
American Coot                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Sandhill Crane                               6
Black-necked Stilt                1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
American Avocet                   1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Black Oystercatcher              4/14/2015   6    JStP
Black-bellied Plover              1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
American Golden-Plover                       5
Pacific Golden-Plover             7/9/2015   5    VHe
Snowy Plover                     1/11/2015   4    PDu
Semipalmated Plover               1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Killdeer                          1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Mountain Plover                              6
Spotted Sandpiper                 1/1/2015   3    DN, MMR
Solitary Sandpiper               4/18/2015   5    PDu et al
Wandering Tattler                            6
Greater Yellowlegs                1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Willet                            1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Lesser Yellowlegs                 1/1/2015   3    STr
Whimbrel                          1/2/2015   3    DBus
Long-billed Curlew                1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Hudsonian Godwit                             6
Bar-tailed Godwit                            6
Marbled Godwit                    1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Ruddy Turnstone                  7/18/2015   5    WBR, JaL
Black Turnstone                  8/23/2015   6    MMR, MJM, RGJ
Red Knot                         8/21/2015   5    MGr
Ruff                            12/20/2015   4    STr
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper                       6
Stilt Sandpiper                  8/25/2015   4    GZ
Curlew Sandpiper                  7/5/2015   6    MJM
Sanderling                       1/14/2015   4    WGB
Dunlin                            1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Baird's Sandpiper                8/16/2015   4    JDh
Little Stint                                 6
Least Sandpiper                   1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
White-rumped Sandpiper                       6
Buff-breasted Sandpiper                      6
Pectoral Sandpiper               8/23/2015   4    PD
Semipalmated Sandpiper            7/3/2015   4    SCR
Western Sandpiper                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Short-billed Dowitcher            1/1/2015   1    BM, MVo
Long-billed Dowitcher             1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Wilson's Snipe                    1/1/2015   3    MJM, STr
Wilson's Phalarope                1/1/2015   2    STr
Red-necked Phalarope             4/11/2015   2    GZ
Red Phalarope                                5
Pomarine Jaeger                              6
Parasitic Jaeger                 9/13/2015   5    WGB
Long-tailed Jaeger                           6
Common Murre                     8/23/2015   5    MMR, MJM, RGJ
Pigeon Guillemot                             6
Ancient Murrelet                             6
Cassin's Auklet                              6
Black-legged Kittiwake                       6
Sabine's Gull                                5
Bonaparte's Gull                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Black-headed Gull                            6
Little Gull                                  6
Laughing Gull                                6
Franklin's Gull                  5/21/2015   5    EMo
Heermann's Gull                              5
Mew Gull                          1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Ring-billed Gull                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Western Gull                      1/1/2015   1    BM, STr
California Gull                   1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Herring Gull                      1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Thayer's Gull                     1/1/2015   3    CLa, MMR
Iceland Gull                                 6
Lesser Black-backed Gull        11/23/2015   6    PDu
Slaty-backed Gull                1/28/2015   6    GZ
Glaucous-winged Gull              1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Glaucous Gull                     2/7/2015   4    SCR
Least Tern                       7/25/2015   4    MJM
Gull-billed Tern                             6
Caspian Tern                     3/21/2015   2    TF-H
Black Tern                       7/19/2015   5    VKa
Common Tern                       8/2/2015   4    BM
Arctic Tern                                  6
Forster's Tern                    1/1/2015   1    CLa, STr
Elegant Tern                     4/20/2015   4    JStP, CWJ
Black Skimmer                     1/3/2015   4    GZ, JZ
Rock Pigeon                       1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Band-tailed Pigeon                1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Eurasian Collared-Dove            1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
White-winged Dove               10/19/2015   6    GKi
Mourning Dove                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo                         6
Greater Roadrunner                1/6/2015   4    CLa, BM
Barn Owl                          1/1/2015   2    OA, SA
Flammulated Owl                              6
Western Screech-Owl               1/9/2015   1    PDu
Great Horned Owl                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Northern Pygmy-Owl               2/15/2015   3    MMR
Burrowing Owl                     1/1/2015   3    RuC
Long-eared Owl                               4
Short-eared Owl                   1/2/2015   4    KPa
Northern Saw-whet Owl            2/15/2015   3    MMR
Lesser Nighthawk                             6
Common Nighthawk                             6
Common Poorwill                  3/28/2015   3    CLa
Black Swift                      5/10/2015   5    GHa
Chimney Swift                                6
Vaux's Swift                      4/5/2015   3    SPe
White-throated Swift              1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Black-chinned Hummingbird        3/31/2015   4    BM
Anna's Hummingbird                1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Costa's Hummingbird                          5
Broad-tailed Hummingbird                     6
Rufous Hummingbird                3/4/2015   4    JPa
Allen's Hummingbird              1/19/2015   3    AMR
Calliope Hummingbird             4/11/2015   5    PDu
Belted Kingfisher                 1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Lewis's Woodpecker                1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Acorn Woodpecker                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Williamson's Sapsucker          10/25/2015   6    AMR
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker                     5
Red-naped Sapsucker               1/1/2015   5    MMR, STr
Red-breasted Sapsucker            1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Nuttall's Woodpecker              1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Downy Woodpecker                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Hairy Woodpecker                  1/2/2015   2    GHa, CLa
Northern Flicker                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Pileated Woodpecker               1/2/2015   4    GHa
Crested Caracara                             6
American Kestrel                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Merlin                            1/1/2015   3    MMR, STr
Peregrine Falcon                  1/1/2015   3    BM
Prairie Falcon                    1/3/2015   4    m.ob.
Olive-sided Flycatcher           4/10/2015   3    BM
Western Wood-Pewee               4/14/2015   2    KOn
Willow Flycatcher                5/22/2015   4    MMR
Least Flycatcher                             6
Hammond's Flycatcher              4/3/2015   5    MMR
Gray Flycatcher                              5
Dusky Flycatcher                             5
Pacific-slope Flycatcher         3/14/2015   2    MDd et al
Black Phoebe                      1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Eastern Phoebe                   10/7/2015   6    WBr
Say's Phoebe                      1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Ash-throated Flycatcher           4/2/2015   2    JPa
Tropical Kingbird               10/31/2015   6    RFU et al
Cassin's Kingbird                 3/5/2015   5    GHa
Western Kingbird                 3/14/2015   2    MDd et al
Eastern Kingbird                             6
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher                    6
Loggerhead Shrike                 1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Northern Shrike                              6
Bell's Vireo                                 6
Yellow-throated Vireo                        6
Plumbeous Vireo                              6
Cassin's Vireo                   3/24/2015   2    BM
Blue-headed Vireo                            6
Hutton's Vireo                    1/1/2015   2    SMe
Warbling Vireo                    3/7/2015   2    JPa
Philadelphia Vireo                           6
Red-eyed Vireo                               6
Pinyon Jay                                   6
Steller's Jay                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Western Scrub-Jay                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Clark's Nutcracker                           6
Black-billed Magpie                          6
Yellow-billed Magpie              1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
American Crow                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Common Raven                      1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Horned Lark                      1/21/2015   3    DN, GZ
Purple Martin                     4/4/2015   4    JGar, AMR
Tree Swallow                      1/1/2015   2    MJM, KSc
Violet-green Swallow              1/1/2015   1    MJM, BM
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     1/1/2015   2    MJM
Bank Swallow                     5/16/2015   5    JaL
Cliff Swallow                    2/28/2015   1    BM
Barn Swallow                      1/2/2015   1    BM
Chestnut-backed Chickadee         1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Oak Titmouse                      1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Bushtit                           1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Red-breasted Nuthatch             1/1/2015   4    DC
White-breasted Nuthatch           1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Pygmy Nuthatch                   1/10/2015   4    KPa
Brown Creeper                     1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Rock Wren                         1/1/2015   4    MJM
Canyon Wren                       1/1/2015   4    MJM, OA
House Wren                        1/1/2015   2    JPa
Pacific  Wren                    2/12/2015   3    BS et al
Marsh Wren                        1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Bewick's Wren                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher             1/1/2015   2    MMR
American Dipper                  1/20/2015   4    JPa
Golden-crowned Kinglet           1/22/2015   3    GZ
Ruby-crowned Kinglet              1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Arctic Warbler                               6
Wrentit                           1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Western Bluebird                  1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Mountain Bluebird                 1/8/2015   6    SCR
Townsend's Solitaire             2/10/2015   5    BM
Swainson's Thrush                4/26/2015   2    KOn
Hermit Thrush                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
American Robin                    1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Varied Thrush                     1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Gray Catbird                                 6
Brown Thrasher                               6
California Thrasher               1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Sage Thrasher                    9/23/2015   6    DPe
Northern Mockingbird              1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
European Starling                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
White Wagtail                                6
Red-throated Pipit                           6
American Pipit                    1/1/2015   2    BM, STr
Bohemian Waxwing                             6
Cedar Waxwing                     1/1/2015   1    PLy, STr
Phainopepla                       1/3/2015   4    CE
Lapland Longspur                 11/7/2015   6    PDu
Chestnut-collared Longspur                   6
Snow Bunting                     11/5/2015   6    SSh
Ovenbird                         1/11/2015   6    MMR
Worm-eating Warbler                          6
Louisiana Waterthrush                        6
Northern Waterthrush             1/11/2015   5    MDd, MMR
Black-and-white Warbler           6/9/2015   5    KGi
Prothonotary Warbler                         6
Tennessee Warbler                9/25/2015   6    PKe
Orange-crowned Warbler            1/1/2015   1    STr
Lucy's Warbler                               6
Nashville Warbler                1/31/2015   4    SCR
Virginia's Warbler               11/1/2015   6    SEM
Connecticut Warbler                          6
MacGillivray's Warbler           3/28/2015   4    AMR
Kentucky Warbler                             6
Common Yellowthroat               1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Hooded Warbler                               6
American Redstart                            5
Cape May Warbler                             6
Northern Parula                              6
Magnolia Warbler                 9/18/2015   6    RWR
Blackburnian Warbler                         6
Yellow Warbler                    1/1/2015   1    STr
Chestnut-sided Warbler           5/26/2015   6    BM
Blackpoll Warbler                9/14/2015   5    PKe
Black-throated Blue Warbler       2/9/2015   6    MSi
Palm Warbler                                 5
Pine Warbler                     10/7/2015   6    PKe
Yellow-rumped Warbler             1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Prairie Warbler                              6
Black-throated Gray Warbler      1/11/2015   3    m.ob.
Townsend's Warbler                1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Hermit Warbler                   3/21/2015   4    BM, CK
Black-throated Green Warbler                 6
Canada Warbler                               6
Wilson's Warbler                  3/8/2015   1    BM
Yellow-breasted Chat             4/27/2015   5    RWR
Green-tailed Towhee                          5
Spotted Towhee                    1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Rufous-crowned Sparrow            1/1/2015   3    OA, MMR
California Towhee                 1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
American Tree Sparrow                        6
Chipping Sparrow                  1/7/2015   3    JPa
Clay-colored Sparrow            10/26/2015   5    JWa
Brewer's Sparrow                             5
Black-chinned Sparrow            4/14/2015   4    KOn
Vesper Sparrow                   9/23/2015   5    GHa
Lark Sparrow                      1/2/2015   2    BHa, BM
Black-throated Sparrow          12/27/2015   6    STr
Bell's Sparrow                   4/19/2015   3    WBr
Lark Bunting                                 6
Savannah Sparrow                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Grasshopper Sparrow               1/3/2015   4    STr
Nelson's Sparrow                             5
Fox Sparrow                       1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Song Sparrow                      1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Lincoln's Sparrow                 1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Swamp Sparrow                    1/16/2015   5    MHawk
White-throated Sparrow            1/1/2015   4    JPa
Harris's Sparrow                             6
White-crowned Sparrow             1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Golden-crowned Sparrow            1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Dark-eyed Junco                   1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Summer Tanager                   6/22/2015   5    WGB
Scarlet Tanager                              6
Western Tanager                   1/1/2015   3    AK
Rose-breasted Grosbeak           7/20/2015   5    MBe
Black-headed Grosbeak             1/6/2015   1    JTom
Blue Grosbeak                                4
Lazuli Bunting                    4/5/2015   2    JPa
Indigo Bunting                               5
Painted Bunting                              6
Dickcissel                                   6
Bobolink                                     6
Red-winged Blackbird              1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Tricolored Blackbird              1/1/2015   3    MJM
Western Meadowlark                1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Yellow-headed Blackbird          1/27/2015   5    CLa
Rusty Blackbird                              6
Brewer's Blackbird                1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Great-tailed Grackle              1/1/2015   5    m.ob.
Brown-headed Cowbird              1/1/2015   2    DN
Orchard Oriole                  12/21/2015   6    MMR, NMa
Hooded Oriole                    2/16/2015   3    AVi
Bullock's Oriole                 1/31/2015   1    SCR
Baltimore Oriole                             6
Scott's Oriole                               6
House Finch                       1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Purple Finch                      1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Cassin's Finch                               6
Red Crossbill                    9/22/2015   5    AMR
Pine Siskin                       1/1/2015   3    m.ob.
Lesser Goldfinch                  1/1/2015   1    m.ob.
Lawrence's Goldfinch              3/6/2015   3    PDu
American Goldfinch                1/1/2015   2    m.ob.
Evening Grosbeak                  1/1/2015   5    m.ob.
House Sparrow                     1/1/2015   1    m.ob.

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*Observer Codes

AK=Alexander Koonce, AMcD=Amy McDonald, AMR = Alex Rinkert, AV=Ann Verdi, AVi=Alie Victorine

BHa=Beth Hamel, BM=Brooke Miller, BS=Brian Sullivan

CE=Craige Edgerton, CK = Clay Kempf, CLa=Caroline Lambert, CWJ=Cole Wan Jower

DBus=Diego Bustamante, DC=Deborah Chase, DPe=Donald Pendleton, DN=David Nickerson, DZ=David Zittin

EMo=Emily Moffitt

GHa=Garth Harwood, GKi=Gary Kittleson, GL=Garrett Lau, GZ=Gena Zolotar

JaL= Jasen Liu, JMD=Mike Danzenbaker, JDi=Jimmy Dhillon, JMy=Jean Myers, JPa=Janna Pauser, JStP=Jason St. Pierre, JTom=Jack Tomlin, JWa=Joyce Wang, JZ=Jeff Zolotar

KDe = Karen DeMello, KGi=Kevin Gin, KOn = Kurt Ongman, KPa=Kathy Parker, KSc=Ken Schneider

m.ob.=Multiple Observers, MBe=Melissa Beaver, MDd=Matthew Dodder, MGr=Matthew Grube, MHawk=Michael Hawk, MJM=Mike Mammoser, MMR=Mike Rogers, MSi=Marty Sidor, MVo=Mike Voydanoff

OA=Ozzie Altus

PD=Peggy Don, PDu=Pete Dunten, PKe=Pat Kenny, PLy=Pat Lynch

RuC=Ruth Cantwell, RFu=Rob Furrow, RPh=Ryan Phillips, RGJ=Richard Jeffers, RWR=Bob Reiling

SA=Steve Altus, SCR=Steve Rottenborn, SEM=Steve Miller, SMe=Sonny Mencher, SPe = Stephen Peterson, SSh=Sachindev Shenoy, STr=Steve Tracey

TF-H = Thomas Ford-Hutchinson

VHe=Victoria Heyse, VKa=Vivek Kanzode

WBr = Will Brooks, WGB=Bill Bousman

 

**Rarity Codes

1 = common, always seen in habitat in season.
2 = fairly common, usually in habitat in season, but missed sometimes.
3 = uncommon, always around, but sometimes you can't find.
4 = rare, occurs yearly in the county, but not always in same places.
5 = very rare, does not occur every year.
6 = casual or vagrant, generally fewer than 10 records.

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