2012 Year List

Although I’ve never attempted a serious “Big Year” (which is impossible to do while working full-time!), I do keep various year lists, month lists, winter lists, etc.   I actually keep two year lists: one of all the birds seen in a calendar year, regardless of location, and one just for birds seen in the Ottawa Circle (the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club’s study area comprising a 50-kilometre circle centered on the Peace Tower in downtown Ottawa). Serious listers usually aim for 250 bird species in their big year attempts. In my first four years of keeping a year list I have ended up with just under 200 species; last year I finally managed to beat my goal of 200 with a total of 207 species seen in the Ottawa area, thanks to luck, timing, and some amazing birds showing up in the fall.

I will be keeping a year list for 2012 as well. Below is a list of all the birds seen in the Ottawa Circle in 2012; additional species seen outside the Ottawa Circle will follow in a separate table. Life birds will be shown in BOLD.

Species Location Date
1. European Starling Home 01-Jan-2012
2. American Crow Home 01-Jan-2012
3. American Robin Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
4. Mallard Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
5. Common Goldeneye Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
6. Black-capped chickadee Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
7. Downy Woodpecker Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
8. American Black Duck Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
9. Northern Flicker Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
10. Brown Creeper Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
11. White-breasted nuthatch Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
12. Mourning Dove Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
13. Sharp-shinned Hawk Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
14. Northern Cardinal Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
15. Snow Bunting Mud Lake 01-Jan-2012
16. Red-breasted nuthatch Sarsaparilla Trail 01-Jan-2012
17. Blue Jay Jack Pine Trail 01-Jan-2012
18. Common Raven Jack Pine Trail 01-Jan-2012
19. Red-tailed Hawk Carling Avenue 01-Jan-2012
20. Red-winged Blackbird Hilda Road feeders 01-Jan-2012
21. Great Black-backed Gull Moodie Drive Quarry 01-Jan-2012
22. Herring Gull Moodie Drive Quarry 01-Jan-2012
23. Glaucous Gull Moodie Drive Quarry 01-Jan-2012
24. American Goldfinch Moodie Drive Quarry 01-Jan-2012
25. American Tree Sparrow Barnsdale Road 01-Jan-2012
26. Dark-eyed Junco Barnsdale Road 01-Jan-2012
27. Rock Pigeon Billings Bridge 04-Jan-2012
28. House Sparrow Billings Bridge 04-Jan-2012
29. American Coot Billings Bridge 04-Jan-2012
30. Hairy Woodpecker Hilda Road Feeders 08-Jan-2012
31. Pileated Woodpecker Old Quarry Trail 08-Jan-2012
32. Common Merganser Hurdman Park 10-Jan-2012
33. Cedar Waxwing Hurdman Park 19-Jan-2012
34. House Finch Hurdman Park 19-Jan-2012
35. Barrow’s Goldeneye Riverrain Park 22-Jan-2012
36. VARIED THRUSH Limoges, ON 22-Jan-2012
37. Evening Grosbeak Limoges, ON 22-Jan-2012
38. Cooper’s Hawk Billings Bridge 22-Jan-2012
39. Northern Shrike Carling Avenue near Nortel 28-Jan-2012
40. Winter Wren Mud Lake 28-Jan-2012
41. Belted Kingfisher Mud Lake 28-Jan-2012
42. Carolina Wren Mud Lake 28-Jan-2012
43. Bohemian Waxwing Mud Lake 29-Jan-2012
44. Northern Mockingbird Grandview Ave. 05-Feb-2012
45. Wild Turkey Kanata, ON 05-Feb-2012
46. Horned Lark Kanata, ON 18-Feb-2012
47. Northern Pintail Manotick, ON 18-Feb-2012
48. White-throated Sparrow FWG – Ottawa 18-Feb-2012
49. Gray Partridge Kanata, ON 20-Feb-2012
50. Pine Siskin Steele Line Road, QC 26-Feb-2012
51. RED CROSSBILL Steele Line Road, QC 26-Feb-2012
52. Bald Eagle Steele Line Road, QC 26-Feb-2012
53. Purple Finch Steele Line Road, QC 26-Feb-2012
54. White-winged Crossbill Gatineau Park, QC 26-Feb-2012
55. Canada Goose Mud Lake 03-Mar-2012
56. Ring-billed Gull Billings Bridge 07-Mar-2012
57. Wood Duck Billings Bridge 07-Mar-2012
58. Common Grackle Trail Road Landfill 10-Mar-2012
59. Hooded Merganser Hurdman Park 12-Mar-2012
60. Song Sparrow Hurdman Park 16-Mar-2012
61. Killdeer Richmond Lagoons 17-Mar-2012
62. Turkey Vulture Kanata, ON 17-Mar-2012
63. Bufflehead Britannia Bay 17-Mar-2012
64. Brown-headed Cowbird Giroux Road, Ottawa east 18-Mar-2012
65. American Kestrel Frank Kenny Road, Ottawa east 18-Mar-2012
66. Eastern Meadowlark Frank Kenny Road, Ottawa east 18-Mar-2012
67. Snow Goose Frank Kenny Road, Ottawa east 18-Mar-2012
68. Ring-necked Duck Frank Kenny Road, Ottawa east 18-Mar-2012
69. American Wigeon Milton Road, Ottawa east 18-Mar-2012
70. Golden-crowned Kinglet Hurdman Park 19-Mar-2012
71. Fox Sparrow Jack Pine Trail 25-Mar-2012
72. Great Blue Heron Jack Pine Trail 25-Mar-2012
73. Ruddy Duck Moodie Drive Quarry 25-Mar-2012
74. Peregrine Falcon Downtown Ottawa 29-Mar-2012
75. Eastern Phoebe Beaver Trail 31-Mar-2012
76. Red-breasted Merganser Moodie Drive Quarry 01-Apr-2012
77. Osprey Shirley’s Bay 06-Apr-2012
78. Eastern Bluebird Dunrobin, ON 06-Apr-2012
79. Northern Harrier Bill Mason Center 06-Apr-2012
80. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Bill Mason Center 06-Apr-2012
81. Wilson’s Snipe Bill Mason Center 06-Apr-2012
82. Ruffed Grouse Bill Mason Center 06-Apr-2012
83. Tree Swallow Richmond Lagoons 07-Apr-2012
84. Northern Shoveler Richmond Lagoons 07-Apr-2012
85. Swamp Sparrow Constance Creek, Dunrobin 08-Apr-2012
86. Gadwall March Valley Road 08-Apr-2012
87. Lesser Scaup Andrew Haydon Park 08-Apr-2012
88. Chipping Sparrow Home 15-Apr-2012
89. Savannah Sparrow Rushmore Road, Kanata 15-Apr-2012
90. Barn Swallow Moodie Drive quarry 15-Apr-2012
91. Green-winged Teal Richmond Lagoon 15-Apr-2012
92. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Hurdman Park 16-Apr-2012
93. Brown Thrasher Dunrobin, ON 22-Apr-2012
94. Field Sparrow Dunrobin, ON 22-Apr-2012
95. Eastern Towhee Dunrobin, ON 22-Apr-2012
96. Virginia Rail Dunrobin, ON 22-Apr-2012
97. Yellow-rumped Warbler Sarsaparilla Trail 28-Apr-2012
98. Pied-billed Grebe Sarsaparilla Trail 28-Apr-2012
99. Double-crested Cormorant Mud Lake 28-Apr-2012
100. Pine Warbler Mud Lake 28-Apr-2012
101. Black-crowned Night Heron Mud Lake 29-Apr-2012
102. Hermit Thrush Mud Lake 29-Apr-2012
103. Broad-winged Hawk Hurdman Park 02-May-2012
104. Palm Warbler Hurdman Park 02-May-2012
105. Black-throated Green Warbler Hurdman Park 02-May-2012
106. Black-and-white Warbler Hurdman Park 03-May-2012
107. Nashville Warbler Hurdman Park 03-May-2012
108. White-crowned Sparrow Kanata, ON 04-May-2012
109. Spotted Sandpiper Mud Lake 09-May-2012
110. Common Tern Mud Lake 09-May-2012
111. Warbling Vireo Mud Lake 09-May-2012
112. Red-eyed Vireo Mud Lake 09-May-2012
113. Great-crested Flycatcher Mud Lake 09-May-2012
114. American Redstart Mud Lake 09-May-2012
115. Magnolia Warbler Mud Lake 09-May-2012
116. Blackburnian Warbler Mud Lake 09-May-2012
117. Yellow Warbler Mud Lake 09-May-2012
118. Chestnut-sided Warbler Mud Lake 09-May-2012
119. Least Flycatcher Mud Lake 09-May-2012
120. Black-throated Blue Warbler Mud Lake 09-May-2012
121. Ovenbird Mud Lake 09-May-2012
122. Northern Parula Mud Lake 09-May-2012
123. Scarlet Tanager Mud Lake 09-May-2012
124. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Mud Lake 09-May-2012
125. Baltimore Oriole Mud Lake 09-May-2012
126. Swainson’s Thrush Sarsaparilla Trail 09-May-2012
127. Gray Catbird Hurdman Park 11-May-2012
128. Common Yellowthroat Beaver Trail 12-May-2012
129. Eastern Kingbird Beaver Trail 12-May-2012
130. Chimney Swift Downtown Ottawa 16-May-2012
131. Clay-coloured Sparrow Ottawa airport 19-May-2012
132. Grasshopper Sparrow Ottawa airport 19-May-2012
133. Alder Flycatcher Ottawa airport 19-May-2012
134. Vesper Sparrow Ottawa airport 19-May-2012
135. Bobolink Ottawa airport 19-May-2012
136. Blackpoll Warbler Mud Lake 19-May-2012
137. Tennessee Warbler Mud Lake 20-May-2012
138. Eastern Wood-pewee Petrie Island 20-May-2012
139. Brant Petrie Island 20-May-2012
140. White-winged Scoters Petrie Island 20-May-2012
141. Black Tern Petrie Island 20-May-2012
142. Semipalmated Plover Embrun Sewage Lagoons 20-May-2012
143. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Huntmar Road, Kanata 21-May-2012
144. House Wren Dunrobin, ON 21-May-2012
145. Veery Bill Mason Center 21-May-2012
146. American Bittern Bill Mason Center 21-May-2012
147. Wilson’s Warbler Kanata, ON 23-May-2012
148. Lincoln’ Sparrow Mer Bleue Boardwalk 26-May-2012
149. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Kanata, ON 28-May-2012
150. Bank Swallow Richmond Sewage Lagoons 03-Jun-2012
151. Least Bittern Sarsaparilla Trail 03-Jun-2012
152. Wood Thrush Sarsaparilla Trail 03-Jun-2012
153. Red-shouldered Hawk South March Highlands 10-Jun-2012
154. Marsh Wren Petrie Island 16-Jun-2012
155. Green Heron Moodie Drive Marsh 23-Jun-2012
156. Indigo Bunting Luskville, QC 24-Jun-2012
157. Canada Warbler Luskville, QC 24-Jun-2012
158. Blue-winged Teal Moodie Drive Quarry 07-Jul-2012
159. Purple Martin Andrew Haydon Park 08-Jul-2012
160. Great Egret Shirley’s Bay 08-Jul-2012
161. Greater Yellowlegs Shirley’s Bay 04-Aug-2012
162. Lesser Yellowlegs Shirley’s Bay 04-Aug-2012
163. Semipalmated Sandpiper Shirley’s Bay 04-Aug-2012
164. Least Sandpiper Shirley’s Bay 04-Aug-2012
165. Red-necked Phalarope Shirley’s Bay 04-Aug-2012
166. Bonaparte’s Gull Shirley’s Bay 04-Aug-2012
167. Caspian Tern Andrew Haydon Park 12-Aug-2012
168. Philadelphia Vireo Mud Lake 19-Aug-2012
169. Cape May Warbler Mud Lake 19-Aug-2012
170. Redhead Moodie Drive quarry 25-Aug-2012
171. American Golden Plover Shirley’s Bay 26-Aug-2012
172. White-rumped Sandpiper Shirley’s Bay 26-Aug-2012
173. Pectoral Sandpiper Shirley’s Bay 26-Aug-2012
174. Bay-breasted Warbler Mud Lake 26-Aug-2012
175. Buff-breasted Sandpiper Andrew Haydon Park 01-Sep-2012
176. American Pipit Andrew Haydon Park 01-Sep-2012
177. Solitary Sandpiper Mud Lake 02-Sep-2012
178. Blue-headed Vireo Sarsaparilla Trail 02-Sep-2012
179. Common Nighthawk Moodie Drive 03-Sep-2012
180. Rusty Blackbird Mud Lake 16-Sep-2012
181. Merlin Emerald Meadows 20-Sep-2012
182. Red-necked Grebe Shirley’s Bay 29-Sep-2012
183. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Moodie Drive quarry 09-Oct-2012
184. Black Scoter Shirley’s Bay 13-Oct-2012
185. Surf Scoter Shirley’s Bay 13-Oct-2012
186. Horned Grebe Shirley’s Bay 13-Oct-2012
187. Barred Owl Hurdman Park 17-Oct-2012
188. WESTERN GREBE Ottawa River 20-Oct-2012
189. Ross’s Goose Moodie Drive quarry 21-Oct-2012
190. Black-backed Woodpecker Stony Swamp 26-Oct-2012
191. Cackling Goose Andrew Haydon Park 03-Nov-2012
192. Common Redpoll Stony Swamp 04-Nov-2012
193. Pine Grosbeak Stony Swamp 04-Nov-2012
194. Sandhill Crane Milton Road 04-Nov-2012
195. Snowy Owl Ottawa airport 10-Nov-2012
196. Rough-legged Hawk Ottawa airport 10-Nov-2012
197. Harlequin Duck Bate Island 09-Dec-2012

Year birds seen outside of the Ottawa Circle:

Species Location Date
1. Gray Jay Algonquin Park 11-Mar-2012
2. RING-NECKED PHEASANT Nova Scotia 05-May-2012
3. WILLET Nova Scotia 05-May-2012
4. American Woodcock Nova Scotia 05-May-2012
5. Sora Nova Scotia 06-May-2012
6. BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE Sherwood Park, AB 13-July-2012
7. CALIFORNIA GULL Sherwood Park, AB 14-July-2012
8. EARED GREBE Elk Island National Park, AB 14-July-2012
9. American White Pelican Elk Island National Park, AB 14-July-2012
10. SWAINSON’S HAWK Edmonton, AB 15-July-2012
11. MOUNTAIN CHICKADEE Jasper National Park, AB 16-July-2012
12. Common Loon Jasper National Park, AB 18-July-2012
13. Spruce Grouse Jasper National Park, AB 19-July-2012
14. CLARK’S NUTCRACKER Jasper National Park, AB 19-July-2012
15. Great Horned Owl Jasper National Park, AB 20-July-2012
16. YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD Calgary, AB 22-July-2012
17. Mute Swan Presqu’ile Provincial Park 25-August-2012
18. Sanderling Presqu’ile Provincial Park 25-August-2012
19. Baird’s Sandpiper Presqu’ile Provincial Park 25-August-2012

Total birds seen in 2012: 216
Total birds seen in the Ottawa study area: 197

Notable misses: Black-bellied Plover, Stilt Sandpiper, Common Gallinule, Willow Flycatcher, Cliff Swallow

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