Birding Life List: 149-202

This is a subpage of: Birding Life List

Out of a possible 54 birds on this page, I’ve painted 9.

This page is set aside for all the birds I’ve seen from 2022 to present. I finally began travel birding (in Nevada and the Vancouver area) and added some birds from western North America. I also made an effort to use eBird to add a few “target” birds I’d missed from the Northeast.

160. Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner. January 5, 2023.

I was so excited to see this bird in the wild at Clark County Wetlands Park near Las Vegas on my first (and to date only) trip to the desert. It was running along a road, just like in the name!

161. Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird, painted in a Vancouver hotel room. November 4, 2023.

This is a western bird, so it’s not one I’ve ever seen on the East Coast. First sighted in Clark County Wetlands Park, Nevada, and then several more times in Vancouver.

177. Bobolink

Bobolink at Danehy Park. May 16, 2023.

Though not considered a particularly uncommon bird in MA, it was ten years of birding before I ever saw one.

178. Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler at Brewster’s Woods, Concord. May 29, 2023.

A Southeastern bird that’s pretty rare as far north as Massachusetts, but following the bird lists helped me to find it – as did running into a crowd of birders on-site!

179. American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher. January 19, 2024.

After admiring these guys in my shorebirds calendar, I was delighted to find a pair wandering around the breakers Winthrop Beach in Boston. They are so distinctive with their big, giant beaks!

190. Glaucous-Winged Gull

Granville Island’s Glaucous-winged Gulls. November 2, 2023.

Pictured on Granville Island, Vancouver, but ever-present in that city.

197. Steller’s Jay

Steller’s Jay, painted in a Vancouver hotel room. November 7, 2023.

My trip to Vancouver wouldn’t have been complete until I saw a Steller’s Jay. Luckily a birder who struck up conversation with us while we were looking at grebes in Vanier Park told us exactly where to find them.

198. Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Chestnut-backed chickadee, painted in a Vancouver hotel room. November 7, 2023.

Seen on the same trip as the Steller’s Jay. They landed on us!

200. Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated flycatcher on Strathmore 500. December 19, 2023.

My two-hundredth bird is a Southwestern US native, but I saw it in Massachusetts! A rarity for the location, it somehow wound up in Cambridge for several weeks in fall 2023 and let excited local birders get plenty of great sightings.