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Santa Clara County Bird List 2019

Cumulative list compiled and discussions written by Brooke Miller. Monthly reports are made up of both eBird sightings and postings on South Bay Birds. Please email additions, corrections, or comments to Brooke at idbirds@me.com.
 
Please post all your sightings at southbaybirds@groups.io and/or eBird.
 
See the Santa Clara County Bird List Discussion Archive 2019.
 

Discussion for January 2019

We started off 2019 with 153 birds seen on January 1, and a total of 202 birds for the month of January. The average for January 1st is 154, and the average for the month of January is 199.  Thank you to everyone who birded, and took the time to report birds either on SBB, eBird, or send emails directly to me.
 
Of the 202 birds that were recorded for January, there was 1 bird rated as rarity (6) and 7 birds rated as rarity (5). As a reminder, here is what each rarity code means:
 
**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.
 
Rarity Code 6:
1. A Cassin’s Finch was found on 2-January on the Mt Hamilton CBC.
 
Rarity Code 5’s:
1. On 12-January, Ann Verdi observed 12 Tundra Swans (5) flying overhead above the Cambrian Area of San Jose;
2. On 1-January, the continuing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5) at the Water District Headquarters was first seen in 2019 by Sergio Perez and Steve Tucker;
3. On 2-January, the continuing Red-naped Sapsucker (5) between Hicks Rd and Guadalupe Mines Road was first seen in 2019 by Bill Pelletier, Kitty O’Neill, and Garrett Lau;
4. On 2-January, a Cassin’s Kingbird (5) was found by Brooke Miller at Los Gatos Creek County Park;
5. On 2-January, a Swamp Sparrow (5) was found on the Mt Hamilton CBC by Mike Mammoser and Mike Rogers;
6. On 3-January, Garrett Lau found a Palm Warbler (5) at Byxbee Park; and
7. On 1-January, the continuing male Summer Tanager at Guadalupe Mines Road was first seen by Marion Farber and Kathy Parker
 

Birds observed through January 2019

Bird Date Rarity** Observer*
Fulvous Whistling-Duck   6  
Snow Goose 1/1/19 4 AV, MJM
Ross's Goose 1/26/19 4 mob
Greater White-fronted Goose 1/2/19 4 CBe
Brant   6  
Cackling Goose 1/1/19 3 mob
Canada Goose 1/1/19 1 mob
Tundra Swan 1/12/19 5 AV
Wood Duck 1/1/19 3 mob
Garganey   6  
Blue-winged Teal 1/1/19 4 BM, AK
Cinnamon Teal 1/1/19 2 mob
Northern Shoveler 1/1/19 1 mob
Gadwall 1/1/19 1 mob
Eurasian Wigeon 1/1/19 4 GL
American Wigeon 1/1/19 1 mob
Mallard 1/1/19 1 mob
Northern Pintail 1/1/19 1 mob
Green-winged Teal 1/1/19 1 mob
Canvasback 1/1/19 1 mob
Redhead 1/1/19 3 mob
Ring-necked Duck 1/1/19 2 mob
Tufted Duck   5  
Greater Scaup 1/1/19 2 mob
Lesser Scaup 1/1/19 1 mob
Surf Scoter 1/1/19 2 mob
White-winged Scoter   5  
Black Scoter   6  
Long-tailed Duck   5  
Bufflehead 1/1/19 1 mob
Common Goldeneye 1/1/19 2 mob
Barrow's Goldeneye 1/24/19 4 JY
Hooded Merganser 1/1/19 3 mob
Common Merganser 1/1/19 2 mob
Red-breasted Merganser 1/3/19 3 JaL, WBr
Ruddy Duck 1/1/19 1 mob
Mountain Quail   5  
California Quail 1/1/19 1 mob
Ring-necked Pheasant   3  
Wild Turkey 1/1/19 2 BPe, KONe
Pied-billed Grebe 1/1/19 1 mob
Horned Grebe 1/1/19 3 mob
Red-necked Grebe   5  
Eared Grebe 1/1/19 1 mob
Western Grebe 1/1/19 2 mob
Clark's Grebe 1/1/19 2 mob
Rock Pigeon 1/1/19 1 mob
Band-tailed Pigeon 1/1/19 2 mob
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1/1/19 3 mob
White-winged Dove   6  
Mourning Dove 1/1/19 1 mob
Yellow-billed Cuckoo   6  
Greater Roadrunner 1/12/19 4 ARa
Lesser Nighthawk   6  
Common Nighthawk   6  
Common Poorwill   3  
Black Swift   5  
Chimney Swift   6  
Vaux's Swift   3  
White-throated Swift 1/1/19 2 mob
Black-chinned Hummingbird 1/28/19 4 FV
Anna's Hummingbird 1/1/19 1 mob
Costa's Hummingbird   5  
Broad-tailed Hummingbird   6  
Rufous Hummingbird   4  
Allen's Hummingbird 1/23/19 3 GL
Calliope Hummingbird   5  
Yellow Rail   6  
Black Rail   5  
Ridgway's Rail 1/3/19 2 mob
Virginia Rail 1/3/19 2 JaL, WBr
Sora 1/1/19 2 mob
Common Gallinule 1/1/19 2 mob
American Coot 1/1/19 1 mob
Sandhill Crane   6  
Black-necked Stilt 1/1/19 1 mob
American Avocet 1/1/19 1 mob
Black Oystercatcher   6  
Black-bellied Plover 1/1/19 1 GL, AK
American Golden-Plover   5  
Pacific Golden-Plover   5  
Snowy Plover 1/2/19 4 FV
Semipalmated Plover 1/2/19 2 EMe, PLy
Killdeer 1/1/19 1 mob
Mountain Plover   6  
Whimbrel 1/3/19 3 mob
Long-billed Curlew 1/1/19 2 mob
Bar-tailed Godwit   6  
Hudsonian Godwit   6  
Marbled Godwit 1/1/19 1 mob
Ruddy Turnstone   5  
Black Turnstone   6  
Red Knot   5  
Ruff   4  
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper   6  
Stilt Sandpiper   4  
Curlew Sandpiper   6  
Sanderling 1/4/19 4 BM
Dunlin 1/1/19 1 mob
Baird's Sandpiper   4  
Little Stint   6  
Least Sandpiper 1/1/19 1 mob
White-rumped Sandpiper   6  
Buff-breasted Sandpiper   6  
Pectoral Sandpiper   4  
Semipalmated Sandpiper   4  
Western Sandpiper 1/1/19 1 mob
Short-billed Dowitcher   1  
Long-billed Dowitcher 1/1/19 1 mob
Wilson's Snipe 1/1/19 3 mob
Spotted Sandpiper 1/1/19 3 KPa
Solitary Sandpiper   5  
Wandering Tattler   6  
Lesser Yellowlegs 1/10/19 3 GL
Willet 1/1/19 1 mob
Greater Yellowlegs 1/1/19 2 mob
Wilson's Phalarope   2  
Red-necked Phalarope   2  
Red Phalarope   5  
Pomarine Jaeger   6  
Parasitic Jaeger   5  
Long-tailed Jaeger   6  
Common Murre   5  
Pigeon Guillemot   6  
Ancient Murrelet   6  
Cassin's Auklet   6  
Black-legged Kittiwake   6  
Sabine's Gull   5  
Bonaparte's Gull 1/3/19 2 mob
Black-headed Gull   6  
Little Gull   6  
Laughing Gull   6  
Franklin's Gull   5  
Heermann's Gull   5  
Mew Gull 1/1/19 2 mob
Ring-billed Gull 1/1/19 1 mob
Western Gull 1/1/19 1 BPe, KONe
California Gull 1/1/19 1 mob
Herring Gull 1/1/19 1 mob
Iceland Gull 1/1/19 3 GL, MJM
Lesser Black-backed Gull   6  
Slaty-backed Gull   6  
Glaucous-winged Gull 1/1/19 1 mob
Glaucous Gull   4  
Least Tern   4  
Gull-billed Tern   6  
Caspian Tern   2  
Black Tern   5  
Common Tern   4  
Arctic Tern   6  
Forster's Tern 1/1/19 1 mob
Elegant Tern   4  
Black Skimmer 1/1/19 4 mob
Red-throated Loon   4  
Arctic Loon   6  
Pacific Loon   5  
Common Loon   4  
Yellow-billed Loon   6  
Northern Fulmar   6  
Sooty Shearwater   6  
Ashy Storm-Petrel   6  
Magnificent Frigatebird   6  
Brown Booby   6  
Brandt's Cormorant   6  
Double-crested Cormorant 1/1/19 1 mob
Pelagic Cormorant   6  
American White Pelican 1/1/19 2 mob
Brown  Pelican 1/4/19 3 mob
American Bittern 1/1/19 4 mob
Least Bittern   6  
Great Blue Heron 1/1/19 1 mob
Great Egret 1/1/19 1 mob
Snowy Egret 1/1/19 1 mob
Little Blue Heron   5  
Cattle Egret   5  
Green Heron 1/1/19 3 mob
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1/1/19 1 mob
Glossy Ibis   6  
White-faced Ibis   4  
Turkey Vulture 1/1/19 1 mob
California Condor   6  
Osprey 1/1/19 3 mob
White-tailed Kite 1/1/19 2 mob
Bald Eagle 1/1/19 4 STu, EMe
Northern Harrier 1/1/19 2 mob
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1/1/19 2 mob
Cooper's Hawk 1/1/19 2 mob
Northern Goshawk   6  
Red-shouldered Hawk 1/1/19 2 mob
Broad-winged Hawk   6  
Swainson's Hawk   5  
Zone-tailed Hawk   6  
Red-tailed Hawk 1/1/19 1 mob
Rough-legged Hawk   5  
Ferruginous Hawk 1/1/19 4 mob
Golden Eagle 1/1/19 2 mob
Barn Owl 1/1/19 2 STr, STu
Flammulated Owl   6  
Western Screech-Owl 1/2/19 1 mob
Great Horned Owl 1/1/19 1 GL
Northern Pygmy-Owl 1/3/19 3 JaL, WBr
Burrowing Owl 1/2/19 3 mob
Long-eared Owl   4  
Short-eared Owl 1/19/19 4 BPe, KONe
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1/3/19 3 JaL, WBr
Belted Kingfisher 1/1/19 2 mob
Lewis's Woodpecker 1/2/19 3 MtHamCBC
Acorn Woodpecker 1/1/19 1 mob
Williamson's Sapsucker   6  
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1/1/19 5 SPe, STu
Red-naped Sapsucker 1/2/19 5 mob
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1/1/19 3 GRy, AV
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1/1/19 1 mob
Downy Woodpecker 1/2/19 2 mob
Hairy Woodpecker 1/1/19 2 mob
Northern Flicker 1/1/19 1 mob
Pileated Woodpecker 1/3/19 4 JaL, WBr
Crested Caracara   6  
American Kestrel 1/1/19 1 mob
Merlin 1/1/19 3 mob
Peregrine Falcon 1/1/19 3 mob
Prairie Falcon 1/19/19 4 BPe, KONe
Olive-sided Flycatcher   3  
Western Wood-Pewee   2  
Willow Flycatcher   4  
Least Flycatcher   6  
Hammond's Flycatcher   5  
Gray Flycatcher   5  
Dusky Flycatcher   5  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher   2  
Black Phoebe 1/1/19 2 mob
Eastern Phoebe   6  
Say's Phoebe 1/1/19 3 mob
Vermilion Flycatcher   6  
Ash-throated Flycatcher   2  
Tropical Kingbird   6  
Cassin's Kingbird 1/2/19 5 BM
Western Kingbird   2  
Eastern Kingbird   6  
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   6  
Loggerhead Shrike 1/1/19 2 mob
Northern Shrike   6  
White-eyed Vireo   6  
Bell's Vireo   6  
Hutton's Vireo 1/1/19 2 DKa
Yellow-throated Vireo   6  
Cassin's Vireo   2  
Blue-headed Vireo   6  
Plumbeous Vireo   6  
Philadelphia Vireo   6  
Warbling Vireo   2  
Red-eyed Vireo   6  
Pinyon Jay   6  
Steller's Jay 1/1/19 1 mob
California Scrub-Jay 1/1/19 1 mob
Clark's Nutcracker   6  
Black-billed Magpie   6  
Yellow-billed Magpie 1/1/19 2 mob
American Crow 1/1/19 1 mob
Common Raven 1/1/19 2 mob
Horned Lark 1/5/19 3 BPe, KONe
Purple Martin   4  
Tree Swallow 1/1/19 2 MJM
Violet-green Swallow 1/1/19 1 MJM
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   2  
Bank Swallow   5  
Cliff Swallow   1  
Barn Swallow 1/5/19 1 BPe, KONe
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1/1/19 1 mob
Oak Titmouse 1/1/19 1 mob
Bushtit 1/1/19 1 mob
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1/2/19 4 EG
White-breasted Nuthatch 1/1/19 2 mob
Pygmy Nuthatch 1/1/19 4 AK, JTom
Brown Creeper 1/1/19 2 mob
Rock Wren 1/9/19 4 mob
Canyon Wren 1/1/19 4 MJM
House Wren 1/29/19 2 PDu
Pacific  Wren 1/12/19 3 BTo, JCh
Marsh Wren 1/1/19 2 mob
Bewick's Wren 1/1/19 1 mob
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1/2/19 2 BMa
American Dipper 1/9/19 4 JP, BM
Golden-crowned Kinglet   3  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1/1/19 1 mob
Arctic Warbler   6  
Wrentit 1/1/19 1 DC, SPa
Western Bluebird 1/1/19 2 mob
Mountain Bluebird   6  
Townsend's Solitaire   5  
Swainson's Thrush   2  
Hermit Thrush 1/1/19 1 mob
Wood Thrush   6  
American Robin 1/1/19 1 mob
Varied Thrush 1/2/19 3 EG
Gray Catbird   6  
Brown Thrasher   6  
California Thrasher 1/1/19 1 mob
Sage Thrasher   6  
Northern Mockingbird 1/1/19 1 mob
European Starling 1/1/19 1 mob
Bohemian Waxwing   6  
Cedar Waxwing 1/1/19 1 mob
Phainopepla 1/1/19 4 GRy, STr
House Sparrow 1/1/19 1 mob
White Wagtail   6  
Red-throated Pipit   6  
American Pipit 1/1/19 2 mob
Evening Grosbeak   5  
House Finch 1/1/19 1 mob
Purple Finch 1/1/19 2 mob
Cassin's Finch 1/2/19 6 MtHamCBC
Red Crossbill   5  
Pine Siskin 1/7/19 3 ASt
Lesser Goldfinch 1/1/19 1 mob
Lawrence's Goldfinch 1/2/19 3 MJM
American Goldfinch 1/1/19 2 mob
Lapland Longspur   6  
Chestnut-collared Longspur   6  
Snow Bunting   6  
Green-tailed Towhee   5  
Spotted Towhee 1/1/19 1 mob
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1/1/19 3 AV
California Towhee 1/1/19 1 mob
American Tree Sparrow   6  
Chipping Sparrow 1/1/19 3 GRy
Clay-colored Sparrow   5  
Brewer's Sparrow   5  
Black-chinned Sparrow   4  
Vesper Sparrow   5  
Lark Sparrow 1/1/19 2 ViT
Black-throated Sparrow   6  
Bell's Sparrow 1/2/19 3 BMa
LeConte's Sparrow   6  
Lark Bunting   6  
Savannah Sparrow 1/1/19 1 mob
Grasshopper Sparrow 1/25/19 4 SPe
Nelson's Sparrow   5  
Fox Sparrow 1/1/19 2 mob
Song Sparrow 1/1/19 1 mob
Lincoln's Sparrow 1/1/19 2 mob
Swamp Sparrow 1/2/19 5 MJM, MMr
White-throated Sparrow 1/1/19 4 mob
Harris's Sparrow   6  
White-crowned Sparrow 1/1/19 1 mob
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1/1/19 1 mob
Dark-eyed Junco 1/1/19 1 mob
Yellow-breasted Chat   5  
Yellow-headed Blackbird   5  
Bobolink   6  
Western Meadowlark 1/1/19 1 mob
Orchard Oriole   6  
Hooded Oriole   3  
Bullock's Oriole 1/19/19 1 JP
Baltimore Oriole   6  
Scott's Oriole   6  
Red-winged Blackbird 1/1/19 1 mob
Tricolored Blackbird 1/2/19 3 mob
Brown-headed Cowbird 1/2/19 2 MtHamCBC
Rusty Blackbird   6  
Brewer's Blackbird 1/1/19 1 mob
Great-tailed Grackle 1/1/19 4 mob
Ovenbird   6  
Worm-eating Warbler   6  
Louisiana Waterthrush   6  
Northern Waterthrush   5  
Black-and-white Warbler   5  
Prothonotary Warbler   6  
Tennessee Warbler   6  
Orange-crowned Warbler 1/1/19 1 STr
Lucy's Warbler   6  
Nashville Warbler   4  
Virginia's Warbler   6  
Connecticut Warbler   6  
MacGillivray's Warbler   4  
Chestnut-sided Warbler   6  
Kentucky Warbler   6  
Common Yellowthroat 1/1/19 2 mob
Hooded Warbler   6  
American Redstart   5  
Cape May Warbler   6  
Northern Parula   6  
Magnolia Warbler   6  
Blackburnian Warbler   6  
Yellow Warbler 1/7/19 1 PDu
Blackpoll Warbler   5  
Black-throated Blue Warbler   6  
Palm Warbler 1/3/19 5 GL
Pine Warbler   6  
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1/1/19 1 mob
Prairie Warbler   6  
Black-throated Gray Warbler   3  
Townsend's Warbler 1/1/19 2 mob
Hermit Warbler   4  
Black-throated Green Warbler   6  
Canada Warbler   6  
Wilson's Warbler   1  
Summer Tanager 1/1/19 5 MFa, KPa
Scarlet Tanager   6  
Western Tanager 1/1/19 3 AK
Rose-breasted Grosbeak   5  
Black-headed Grosbeak 1/2/19 1 JaJ
Blue Grosbeak   4  
Lazuli Bunting   2  
Indigo Bunting   5  
Painted Bunting   6  
Dickcissel   6  


Observer Codes*

  • • AHe=Ann Hep, AHo=Anne Hoff, AK=Alexander Koonce, ARa=Ananth Ramaswamy, AMR=Alex Rinkert, ASt=Andy Stocker, AV=Ann Verdi
  • • BMa=Bruce Mast, BM=Brooke Miller, BPe=Bill Pelletier, BTo=Bob Toleno
  • • CBe=Cynthia Berg
  • • Dan=Dorian Anderson, DaB=Dan Brown, DBu=Daniel Bump, DC=Deborah Chase, DCh=Dani Christensen, DKa=Dan Kadra, DN=David Nickerson, DPe=Don Pendleton, DWe=Dave Weber, DWen=Dan Wenny, DZ=David Zittin
  • • EG=Elinor Gates, EMe=Eve Meier, ER=Edward Rooks
  • • FV=Frank Vanslager
  • • GHa=Garth Harwood, GL=Garrett Lau, GRy=Gordon Rydquist, GZ=Gena Zolotar
  • • JCh=Juli Chamberlain, JaJ=Jane Jordan, JaL=Jasen Liu, JMy=Jean Myers, JPa=Janna Pauser, JTom=Jack Tomlin, JVa=Jason Vassallo, JY=Jim Yurchenco
  • • KBu=Karen Burnson, KDe=Karen DeMello, KHo=Kirsten Holmquist, KONe=Kitty O'Neill, KPa=Kathy Parker, KSc=Ken Schneider
  • • MDd=Matthew Dodder, MFa=Marion Farber, MHawk=Michael Hawk, MJM=Mike Mammoser, MMi=Marilee Mifflin, MPy=Michael Pyle, MMR=Mike Rogers, MtHamiltonCBC
  • • NAr=Noah Arthur, NLv=Nick Levendosky
  • • OA=Ozzie Altus
  • • PBag=Patrick Baglee, PDu=Pete Dunten, PKe=Pat Kenny, Ply=Patricia Lynch, PW=Pingang Wang
  • • RGJ=Richard Jeffers, RPh=Ryan Phillips, RWR=Bob Reiling
  • • Spa=Steve Patt, SPe=Sergio Perez, SRot=Steve Rottenborn, STe=Scott Terrill, STr-Steve Tracey, STu=Steve Tucker
  • • TGr=Tom Grey
  • • VKa=Vivek Khanzode, ViT=Vivek Tiwari
  • • WGB=Bill Bousman, WBr=Will Brooks

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.