Sep 082018

If you’re a running birdwatcher in Washington D.C., August is a dim month. Thankfully my wife and child had to relocate near San Francisco for most of the month, where I was able to work remotely for over a week. Most importantly, at least for this effort, I was able to fit in four runs on the West Coast, my first since January 2 in Seattle.

It had the potential to grow my 2018 list and, despite having a couple runs limited to late afternoon runs after work, it didn’t disappoint:

  • Run 1 – 10 miles west into the mountains near Menlo Park added 11 new species. Highlights included WRENTIT, NUTTALL’S WOODPECKER, OAK TITMOUSE, and hunting WHITE-TAILED KITES.
  • Run 2 – 9.5 miles near Stanford (during a hot late afternoon) where I added only BAND-TAILED PIGEON.
  • Run 3 – 8.2 miles up and over Satellite Hill near Stanford, in the late afternoon after work (again). Turns out, not a great time to find birds but I did see my second COOPER’S HAWK of the year.
  • RUN 4 – 11.75 miles to the shores of the South Bay where I tallied a year-high 40 species, including 11 new. The best birds? RIDGWAY’S RAIL, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PYGMY NUTHATCH and WESTERN BLUEBIRD.

 I returned to Washington D.C. riding high as a (white-tailed) kite, but the soul-crushing heat and humidity – and lack of birds – brought me back down to Earth pretty abruptly. 

2018 “RUNNING LIST” – By the Numbers

Number of runs: 89
Total Mileage: 611.67
Total Species: 166
Avg Mileage: 6.9

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Gambel’s Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Anna’s Hummingbird
Ridgway’s Rail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Cooper’s Hawk
Harris’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Gila Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Blue Jay
California Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Cactus Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Canyon Towhee
California Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Orchard Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

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