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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Ducks, Geese, and Swans (48) – 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
Cinnamon Teal
February 21, 2024 - Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Ctr, TX
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
Mexican Duck
February 25, 2024 - Santa Margarita Ranch, TX
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
Ross's Goose
February 21, 2024 - Thomas Ranch, Raymondville, TX
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 (3) – Family: Odontophoridae
Gambel's Quail
March 28, 2024 - Portal, AZ
Northern Bobwhite
February 13, 2024 - Watermelon Pond WMA, FL
Scaled Quail
March 28, 2024 - Portal, Az
Partridges, Grouse, Turkeys, and Old World Quail (12) – Family: Phasianidae
Greater Prairie-Chicken
April 12, 2024 - Hayes, CO
Greater Sage-Grouse
April 8, 2024 - Coalville, UT
Gunnison Sage-Grouse
April 10, 2024 - Gunnison, CO
Indian Peafowl
May 5, 2024 - Key Biscayne, FL
Lesser Prairie-Chicken
April 12, 2024 - Hayes, KS
Plain Chachalaca
February 16, 2024 - Hugh Ramsey Park, Texas
Ring-necked Pheasant
April 8, 2024 - Coalville, UT
Red Junglefowl
May 7, 2024 - Marathon, FL
Ruff Grouse
January 16, 2024 - Sax-Zim Bog
Spruce Grouse
June 13, 2024 - Rangeley, ME
Wild Turkey
January 2, 2024 - Cape Elizabeth
Willow Ptarmigan
May 24, 2024 - Phippsburg, ME
Flamingos (1) – Family: Phoenicopteridae
American Flamingo
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Grebes (7) – Family: Podicipedidae
Clark's Grebe
March 28, 2024 - Truth or Consequences, NM
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
Western Grebe
March 28, 2024 - Truth or Consequences, NM
Pigeons and Doves (9) – 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
Red-billed Pigeon
February 25, 2024 - Santa Margarita Ranch, TX
Rock Pigeon
January 1, 2024 - 33 Beach Rd, Salisbury US-MA
White-crowned Pigeon
May 7, 2024 - Islamorada, FL
White-tipped Dove
February 17, 2024 - Resaca de la Palma SP, Texas
White-winged Dove
February 7, 2024 - Homestead, FL
Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis (4) – Family: Cuculidae
Black-billed Cuckoo
May 12, 2024 - Wiscasset, ME
Greater Roadrunner
February 21, 2024 - Laguna Atascosa NWR, TX
Mangrove Cuckoo
February 7, 2024 - Everglades NP, FL
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
May 24, 2024 - Wiscasset, ME
Goatsuckers (5) – Family: Caprimulgidae
Antillean Nighthawk
May 7, 2024 - Key West, FL
Chuck-will's-widow
May 18, 2024 - Boston, MA
Common Nighthawk
May 5, 2024 - South Miami, FL
Common Pauraque
February 18, 2024 - Hugh Ramsey Park, TX
Common Poorwill
February 24, 2024 - Santa Margarita Ranch, TX
Eastern Whip-poor-will
May 13, 2024 - Newbury, MA
Swifts (2) – Family: Apodidae
Chimney Swift
March 23, 2024 - Jourdanton, TX
White-throated Swift
March 28, 2024 - Truth or Consequences, NM
Hummingbirds (12) – Family: Trochilidae
Anna's Hummingbird
March 30, 2024 - Patagonia, AZ
Black-chinned Hummingbird
September 19, 2024 - Estero Llano Grande SP, TX
Berylline Hummingbird
April 1, 2024 - Berylline Hummingbird
Blue-throated Mountain-gem
March 29, 2024 - Portal, AZ
Broad-billed Hummingbird
March 29, 2024 - Portal, AZ
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
April 5, 2024 - Phoenix, AZ
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
September 19, 2024 - Estero Llano Grande SP, TX
Costa's Hummingbird
April 3, 2024 - Green Valley, AZ
Rivoli's Hummingbird
March 31, 2024 - Nogales, AZ
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Rufous Hummingbird
February 23, 2024 - Hazel Bazemore Park, TX
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
March 30, 2024 - Patagonia, AZ
Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (9) – Family: Rallidae
American Coot
January 2, 2024 - Grondin Pond
Clapper Rail
February 21, 2024 - Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Ctr., TX
Common Gallinule
February 2, 2024 - Titusville, FL
Gray-headed Swamphen
February 6, 2024 - Wellington Environmental Preserve
King Rail
April 30, 2024 - Rehobeth, MA
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
Yellow Rail
June 7, 2024 - Houghton Lake, MI
Limpkins (1) – Family: Aramidae
Limpkins
February 4, 2024 - Melbourne, FL
Cranes (2) – 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 (6) – Family: Charadriidae
American Golden-Plover
April 13, 2024 - Rich Hill, MO
Black-bellied Plover
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Mountain Plover
April 10, 2024 - Colorado Spring, CO
Piping Plover
February 18, 2024 - South Padres Island, TX
Semipalmated Plover
January 31, 2024 - OBX, NC
Wilson's Plover
February 8, 2024 - Lovers Key SP, FL
Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (31) – Family: Scolopacidae
American Woodcock
February 1, 2024 - Georgetown, SC
Baird's Sandpiper
April 12, 2024 - Wilson WA, KS
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
Pectoral Sandpiper
April 13, 2024 - Rich Hill, MO
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
Snowy Plover
February 20, 2024 - South Padres Island, TX
Red-necked Phalarope
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Red Knot
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Ruff
April 20, 2024 - Salisbury, VT
Semipalmated Sandpiper
April 13, 2024 - Rich Hill, MO
Solitary Sandpiper
May 10, 2024 - Portland, Maine
Spotted Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Stilt Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Upland Sandpiper
April 29, 2024 - Portsmouth, NH
Western Sandpiper
February 6, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Whimbrel
February 20, 2024 - South Padre Is.--Birding and Nature Center, TX
White-rumped Sandpiper
May 6, 2024 - Belle Glade, FL
Willet
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Wilson's Phalarope
May 2, 2024 - Scarborough, ME
Wilson's Snipe
February 5, 2024 - Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, FL
Skuas and Jaegers (2) – Family: Stercorariidae
Parasitic Jaeger
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Pomarine Jaeger
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Auks, Murres, and Puffins (5) – Family: Alcidae
Atlantic Puffin
May 22, 2024 - Gulf of Maine
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 (23) – Family: Laridae
Arctic Tern
May 22, 2024 - Gulf of Maine
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
Black Noddy
May 8, 2024 - Dry Tortugas
Black Tern
May 21, 2024 - Belgrade, ME
Bonaparte's Gull
January 13, 2024 - Westport Island
Bridled Tern
May 8, 2024 - Dry Tortugas, FL
Brown Noddy
May 8, 2024 - Dry Tortugas
California Gull
April 7, 2024 - Provo, UT
Caspian Tern
February 4, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL
Common Gull
January 4, 2024 - Walmart Parking Lot, North Windham
Common Tern
April 29, 2024 - Plymouth, MA
Forster's Tern
January 30, 2024 - Ocean City, MD
Franklin's Gull
February 23, 2024 - Mustang Island SP, TX
Glaucous Gull
January 6, 2024 - Wells Beach
Great Black-backed Gull
January 1, 2024 -Joppa Flats Education Center
Gull-billed Tern
February 22, 2024 - Whooping Crane Boat, TX
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
Least Tern
May 6, 2024 - Belle Glade, FL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
February 21, 2024 - Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Ctr., TX
Ring-billed Gull
January 1, 2024 - Plum Island Turnpike Bridge
Roseate Tern
May 7, 2024 - Marathon, FL
Royal Tern
February 2, 204 - Merritt Island NWR--Haulover Canal Area, FL
Sandwich Tern
February 5, 2024 - Bennett Causeway/Banana River Bridge , FL
Short-billed Gull
April 7, 2024 - Provo, UT
Sooty Tern
May 8, 2024 - Dry Tortugas, 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 (1) – Family: Oceanitidae
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
May 22, 2024 - Gulf of Maine
Northern Storm-Petrels (2) – Family: Hydrobatidae
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Leach's Storm-Petrel
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Shearwaters and Petrels (6) – Family: Procellariidae
Audubon's Shearwater
May 8, 2024 - Gulf of Mexico
Black-capped Petrel
May 8, 2024 - Gulf of Mexico
Cory's Shearwater
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Great Shearwater
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Manx Shearwater
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
Sooty Shearwater
June 3, 2024 - Hatteras Pelagic, NC
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 (3) – Family: Sulidae
Northern Gannet
January 10, 2024 - Dyer Point
Masked Booby
May 8, 2024 - Dry Tortugas, FL
Brown Booby
May 8, 2024 - Dry Tortugas, FL
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 (4) – Family: Threskiornithidae
Glossy Ibis
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, SC
Roseate Spoonbill
February 3, 2024 - Merritt Island, FL