2024 Big Year (48 States) Gallery

Ethan and Ingrid have begun their 2024 Big Year across the continental United States.
A Big Year is an unofficial contest among Birders to see as many species of birds in geographical area in a single calendar year. Big Years can cover a County, State, a Country, a Continent or even the entire world.

Ethan and Ingrid are experienced birders from the coast of Maine, both retired and have been planning their Big Year adventure since 2018.

They will be to crisscrossing the country, anticipating what birds will be where and when. Follow their progress by visiting BigYearBirding.com and clicking the “Subscribe” button.

While Big Year rules only require a Birder to identify a species by sight or sound (the good old fashion honor system), we endeavor document each species by  photograph or sound recording.   This is difficult as birds are seen for fleeting moments; deep in a tangle of tree branches; while driving or at a great distance through a spotting scope.  In other cases, one is seeing several new species at a time and only one can be photographed.

On this page you’ll see every bird on in our Lower 48 Big Year list along with the date and location we found it and the date and location of a validation photograph or recording.  Tap on photo for more info.

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Species to Date: 328


Ducks, Geese, and Swans (45) – Family: Anatidae
American Black Duck
January 1, 2024 - Joppa Flats Education Center
American Wigeon
January 1, 2024 - Great Neck--Clark Pond
Barnacle Goose
January 29, 2024 - Smyrna, DE
Barrow's Goldeneye
January 6, 2024 - Back Bay
Black Scoter
January 2, 2024 - Dyer Point
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
February 4, 2024 - Rockledge, FL
Blue-winged Teal
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Brant
January 29, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Bufflehead
January 1, 2024 Joppa Flats Education Center
Cackling Goose
January 3, 2024 - Mercer Corporate Park, Robbinsville
Canada Goose
January 1, 2021 - Joppa Flats Education Center
Canvasback
January 30, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Common Goldeneye
January 1, 2024 -Joppa Flats Education Center
Common Eider
January 1, 2024 - Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Common Merganser
January 4, 2024 - Mercer Corporate Park, Robbinsville
Egyptian Goose
February 8, 2024 - Plantation, FL
Eurasian Wigeon
January 4, 2024 - Stratford Point, CT Audubon
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
February 6, 2024 - Wellington Environmental Preserv
Gadwall
January 1, 2024 - Parker River NWR--Salt Pannes
Greater Scaup
January 6, 2024 - Grondin Pond
Greater White-fronted Goose
February 15, 2024 - Jefferson Davis Parish, LA
Green-winged Teal
January 1, 2024 - Parker River NWR--Salt Pannes
Hooded Merganser
January 1, 2024 - Great Neck--Clark Pond
Lesser Scaup
January 2, 2024 - Grondin Pond
King Eider
January 20, 2024 - Biddeford Pool
Long-tailed Duck
January 1, 2024 - Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Mallard
January 1, 2024 - Joppa Flats Education Center
Mottled Duck
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Muscovy Duck
February 4, 2024 - Melbourne, FL
Mute Swan
January 1, 2024 - Great Neck--Clark Pond
Northern Pintail
January 1, 2024 - Parker River NWR--Salt Pannes
Northern Shoveler
January 1, 2024 - Legion Pond
Pink-footed Goose
January 29, 2024 - Thompson Park, NJ
Red-breasted Merganser
January 1, 2024 - Joppa Flats Education Center
Ring-necked Duck
January 3, 2024 - Grannis Pond, East Haven
Redhead
January 30, 2024 - Ocean City, NJ
Ruddy Duck
January 2 - Grondin Pond
Snow Goose
January 1, 2024 - Joppa Flats Education Center
Surf Scoter
January 6, 2024 - Dyer Point
Tufted Duck
January 3, 2024 - Grannis Pond, East Haven
Tundra Swan
January 4, 2024 - Goodwin Conservation Center, CT
Trumpeter Swan
January 3, 2024 - Assunpink WMA--Stone Tavern Lake, Monmouth, New Jersey
White-winged Scoter
January 2, 2024 - Dyer Point
Wood Duck
February 6, 2024 - Green Cay Wetlands & Nature Center, FL
Curassows and Guans (0) – Family: Cracidae
New World Quail (0) – Family: Odontophoridae
Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, and Old World Quail (2) – Family: Phasianidae
Plain Chachalaca
February 16, 2024 - Hugh Ramsey Park, Texas
Ruff Grouse
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Wild Turkey
January 2, 2024 - Cape Elizabeth
Flamingos (1) – Family: Phoenicopteridae
American Flamingo
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Grebes (3) – Family: Podicipedidae
Eared Grebe
February 19, 2024 - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, TX
Horned Grebe
January 2, 2024 -Kettle Cove
Pied-billed Grebe
January 14, 2024 - Wiscasset, Maine
Red-necked Grebe
January 2, 2024 - Dyer Point
Least Grebe
February 19, 2024 - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, TX
Pigeons and Doves (4) – Family: Columbidae
Common Ground Dove
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, Fl
Eurasian Collared-Dove
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Inca Dove
February 17, 2024 - Resaca de la Palma SP, Texas
Mourning Dove
January 1, 2024 -Scotland Rd, Newbury US-MA
Rock Pigeon
January 1, 2024 - 33 Beach Rd, Salisbury US-MA
White-tipped Dove
February 17, 2024 - Resaca de la Palma SP, Texas
White-winged Dove
February 7, 2024 - Homestead, FL
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis (1) – Family: Cuculidae
Mangrove Cuckoo
February 7, 2024 - Everglades NP, FL
Goatsuckers (1) – Family: Caprimulgidae
Common Pauraque
February 18, 2024 - Hugh Ramsey Park, TX
Swifts (0) – Family: Apodidae
Hummingbirds (1) – Family: Trochilidae
Black-chinned Hummingbird
September 19, 2024 - Estero Llano Grande SP, TX
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
September 19, 2024 - Estero Llano Grande SP, TX
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (6) – Family: Rallidae
American Coot
January 2, 2024 - Grondin Pond
Common Gallinule
February 2, 2024 - Titusville, FL
Gray-headed Swamphen
February 6, 2024 - Wellington Environmental Preserve
Purple Gallinule
January 4, 2024 - Three Forks Marsh, FL
Sora
February 5, 2024 - Three Forks Marsh, FL
Virginia Rail
February 5, 2024 - Three Forks Marsh, FL
Limpkins (1) – Family: Aramidae
Limpkins
February 4, 2024 - Melbourne, FL
Cranes (1) – Family: Gruidae
Sandhill Crane
February 5, 2024 - C-23/24 Reservoir, FL
Whooping Crane
February 16, 2024 - Goose Island, Texas
Stilts and Avocets (2) – Family: Recurvirostridae
American Avocet
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Black-necked Stilt
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Oystercatchers (1) – Family: Haematopodidae
American Oystercatcher
January 29, 2024 - Ocean City, ME
Lapwings and Plovers (3) – Family: Charadriidae
Black-bellied Plover
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Semipalmated Plover
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Wilson's Plover
February 8, 2024 - Lovers Key SP, FL
Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (18) – Family: Scolopacidae
American Woodcock
February 1, 2024 - Georgetown, SC
Dunlin
January 6, 2024 - Nubile Light
Greater Yellowlegs
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Killdeer
January 4, 2024 - Holly Pond
Least Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Lesser Yellowlegs
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Long-billed Curlew
February 19, 2024 - Progresso, TX
Long-billed Dowitcher
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Marbled Godwit
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Piping Plover
February 18, 2024 - South Padres Island, TX
Purple Sandpiper
January 2, 2024 - Dyer Point
Ruddy Turnstone
January 29, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Sanderling
January 29, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Short-billed Dowitcher
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Red Knot
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Spotted Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Stilt Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Western Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Willet
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Wilson's Snipe
February 5, 2024 - Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, FL
Skuas and Jaegers (0) – Family: Stercorariidae
Auks, Murres, and Puffins (4) – Family: Alcidae
Black Guillemot
January 2, 2024 -Dyer Point
Dovekie
January 10, 2024 - Dyer Point
Razorbill
January 10, 2024 - Dyer Point
Thick-billed Murre
January 11, 2024 - Biddeford Pool East Sanctuary
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (15) – Family: Laridae
Black Skimmer
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Black-headed Gull
January 4, 2024 - Walmart Parking Lot, North Windham
Black-legged Kittiwake
January 10, 2024 - Dyer Point
Bonaparte's Gull
January 13, 2024 - Westport Island
Caspian Tern
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Common Gull
January 4, 2024 - Walmart Parking Lot, North Windham
Forster's Tern
January 30, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Glaucous Gull
January 6, 2024 - Wells Beach
Great Black-backed Gull
January 1, 2024 -Joppa Flats Education Center
Herring Gull
January 1, 2024 - Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Iceland Gull
January 6, 2024 - Wells Beach
Laughing Gull
February 2, 2024 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Ring-billed Gull
January 1, 2024 - Plum Island Turnpike Bridge
Royal Tern
February 2, 204 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Sandwich Tern
February 5, 2024 - Bennett Causeway/Banana River Bridge , FL
Tropicbirds (0) – Family: Phaethontidae
Loons (2) – Family: Gaviidae
Common Loon
January 1, 2024 -Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Red-throated Loon
January 8, 2024 - Wiscasset Boat Landing
Albatrosses (0) – Family: Diomedeidae
Southern Storm- Petrels (0) – Family: Oceanitidae
Northern Storm-Petrels (0) – Family: Hydrobatidae
Shearwaters and Petrels (0) – Family: Procellariidae
Storks (1) – Family: Ciconiidae
Wood Stork
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Frigatebirds (1) – Family: Fregatidae
Magnificent Frigatebirds
February 4, 2024 - Melbourne, FL
Boobies and Gannets (1) – Family: Sulidae
Northern Gannet
January 10, 2024 - Dyer Point
Darters (1) – Family: Anhingidae
Anhinga
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Cormorants (3) – Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Double-crested Cormorant
January 29, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Great Cormorants
January 2, 2024 -Dyer Point
Neotropic Cormorant
February 15, 2024 - Anahuac, TX
Pelicans (2) – Family: Pelecanidae
Brown Pelican
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
White Pelican
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Bitterns, Herons, and Allies (11) – Family: Ardeidae
American Bittern
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Black-crowned Night-Heron
February 9, 2024 - Adventures in Paradise Cruise, FL
Great Blue Heron
January 4, 2024 - Robbinsville US-NJ
Great Egret
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Least Bittern
February 6, 2024 - Stormwater Treatment Area 1W, FL
Little Blue Heron
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Reddish Egret
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Snowy Egret
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Tricolored Heron
January 31, 2024 -
Western Cattle Egret
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
February 9, 2024 - Adventures in Paradise Cruise, FL
Ibises and Spoonbills (3) – Family: Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, SC
Roseate Spoonbill
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
White Ibis
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
White-faced Ibis
February 15, 2024 - Jefferson Davis Parish, LA
New World Vultures (2) – Family: Cathartidae
Black Vulture
January 3, 2024 - Pinehurst Rd, Cream Ridge US-NJ
Turkey Vulture
January 3, 2024 - I-95 S, Norwalk US-CT
Ospreys (1) – Family: Pandionidae
Osprey
February 2, 2024 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (12) – Family: Accipitridae
American Goshawk
January 8, 2024 - I-95 N, Pittsfield US-ME
Bald Eagle
January 1, 2024 -Parker River NWR--Salt Pannes
Broad-winged Hawk
January 6, 2024 - Green Cay Wetlands & Nature Center, FL
Cooper's Hawk
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Harris's Hawk
February 16, 2024 - Hugh Ramsey, Texas
Northern Harrier
January 1, 2024 - Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Sharp-shinned Hawk
January 4, 2024 - Mercer Corporate Park, Robbinsville
Red-shouldered Hawk
January 2, 2024 - Grondin Pond
Red-tailed Hawk
January 1, 2024 - Scotland Rd, Newbury US-MA
Roadside Hawk
February 18, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
Rough-legged Hawk
January 14, 2024 - Marengo, IL
Short-tail Hawk
February 5, 2024 - C-23/24 Reservoir, FL
Snail Kite
February 5, 2025 - Fellsmere Grade Road, FL
White-tailed Hawk
February 19, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
White-tailed Kite
February 15, 2024 - Anauhac, TX
Barn Owls (0) – Family: Tytonidae
Typical Owls (8) – Family: Strigidae
Barred Owl
January 8, 2024 - Wiscasset, Maine
Burrowing Owl
February 9, 2024 - Fort Meyers, FL
Eastern Screech-Owl
January 1, 2024 - 47 1/2 High St, Newburyport US-MA
Great Gray Owl
January 17, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Great Horned Owl
February 5, 2024 - Fellsmere Grade Road, FL
Long-Eared Owl
January 1, 2021 - Massachusetts (Sensitive Species)
Northern Hawk Owl
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Short-eared Owl
January 12, 2024 - Richmond, Maine

Trogons (0) – Family: Trogonidae
Kingfishers (1) – Family: Alcedinidae
Belted Kingfisher
January 3, 2024 - Grannis Pond, East Haven
Green Kingfisher
February 19, 2024 - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, TX
Woodpeckers and Allies (8) – Family: Picidae
Downy Woodpecker
January 1, 2024 -Scotland Rd, Newbury US-MA
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
February 16, 2024 - Sarita Rest Area, Texas
Hairy Woodpecker
January 2, 2024 - Wiscasset, Maine
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
February 16, 2024 - Sanita Rest Area, Texas
Northern Flicker
January 28, 2024 - Georgetown, Maine
Pileated Woodpecker
January 1, 2024 -Scotland Rd, Newbury US-MA
Red-bellied Woodpecker
January 2, 2024 - Wiscasset, Maine
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
February 2, 2024 - I'On Swamp trail, SC
Red-headed Woodpecker
February 9, 2024 - Fort Meyers, FL
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
January 3, 2024 - stakeout Red-flanked Bluetail, Manchester Township
Caracaras and Falcons (4) – Family: Falconidae
American Kestrel
January 29, 2024 - Bishopville, MD
Crested Caracara
February 6, 2024 - Stormwater Treatment Area 1W, FL
Merlin
January 18, 2024 - Stacy, MN
Peregrine Falcon
January 11, 2024 - Bath Bridge
Prairie Falcon
February 19, 2024 - Edinburg, TX
Parakeets, Macaws, and Parrots (8) – Family: Psittacidae
Blue-and-Yellow Macaw
February 12, 2024 - Palmetto Bay, FL
Blue-crowned Parakeet
February 11, 2024 - Wilton Manors, FL
Chestnut-fronted Macaw
February 12, 2024 - Palmetto Bay, FL
Mitred Parakeet
February 12, 2024 - Palmetto Bay, FL
Nanday Parakeet
February 12, 2024 - Celery Fields, FL
Monk Parakeet
February 9, 2024 - Fort Meyers, FL
Red-lored Parrot
February 19, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
Red-masked Parakeet
February 12, 2024 - Palmetto Bay, FL
Red-crowned Parrot
February 19, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
White-fronted Parrot
February 19, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
Lories, Lovebirds, and Australasian Parrots (0) – Family: Psittaculidae
Tyrant Flycatchers (4) – Family: Tyrannidae
Black Phoebe
February 18, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
Cattle Tyrant
February 16, 2024 - Corpus Christie, Texas
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
February 17, 2024 - Resaca de la Palma SP WBC ,Texas
Eastern Phoebe
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Great Kiskadee
February 17, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
Hammond's Flycatcher
February 18, 2024 - Brownsville, TX
Least Flycatcher
February 7, 2024 - Everglades NP, FL
Say's Phoebe
February 19, 2024 - Progresso, TX
Tropical Kingbird
February 7, 2024 - Southern Glades Trail (C111 Canal outside ENP), FL
Vermilion Flycatcher
February 5, 2024 - Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, FL
Vireos (2) – Family: Vireonidae
Blue-headed Vireo
February 2, 2024 - Sewee Visitors Center, SC
White-eyed Vireo
February 7, 2024 - Everglades, NP, FL
Shrikes (2) – Family: Laniidae
Loggerhead Shrike
February 4, 2024 - Melbourne, FL
Northern Shrike
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Jays and Crows (7) – Family: Corvidae
American Crow
January 1, 2024 -Scotland Rd, Newbury US-MA
Black-billed Magpie
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Blue Jay
January 1, 2024 - Scotland Rd, Newbury US-MA
Canada Jay
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Common Raven
January 1, 2024 - Plum Island Turnpike Bridge
Fish Crow
January 20, 2024 - Cook's Corner
Florida Scrub-Jay
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Green Jay
February 16, 2024 - Sarita Rest Area, Texas
Verdin (0) – Family: Remizidae
Verdin
February 19, 2024 - Estero Llano Grande SP, TX
Chickadees and Titmice (4) – Family: Paridae
Black-capped Chickadee
January 1, 2024 -Legion Pond
Black-crested Titmouse
February 16, 2024 - Sarita Rest Area, Texas
Boreal Chickadee
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Carolina Chickadee
stakeout Red-flanked Bluetail, Manchester Township
Tufted Titmouse
January 2 - Wiscasset, Maine
Larks (1) – Family: Alaudidae
Horned Lark
January 8, 2024 - 1594–1722 River Rd, Atkinson US-ME