Top Ten Most Wanted North American Birds – UPDATED

As a birder, I keep various lists of the birds I have seen.  Primarily a LIFE LIST, a NORTH AMERICAN LIST (same as my life list), an ONTARIO LIST and a YEAR LIST.  There are also lists from trips or places I have visited, Christmas Bird Counts, etc.

I thought that it would be fun to put together a Top Ten Most Wanted List.  I gave some thought to how to put this list together, because there are a lot of North American birds that I have not seen, some should be easy to get, others pretty difficult.  I have adjusted my list to reflect ten birds that I want to add to my list from Texas.  So here it is:

  1. Monk Parakeet
  2. Common Black-Hawk
  3. Tamaulipas Crow
  4. Northern Jacana
  5. White-throated Swift
  6. Sprague’s Pipit
  7. Rose-throated Becard
  8. Colima Warbler
  9. White-throated Thrush
  10. Audubon’s Oriole




One response to “Top Ten Most Wanted North American Birds – UPDATED

  1. Jason Caddy

    September 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    There are many birds that I still need in N.A. as well. The one bird on this list that I’m not sure is in the technical ABA range is the Jabiru. If you go to Texas you should find the Great Kiskadee and the Crested Caracara and possibly the Common Pauraque. I was in Texas in January 2011 and saw all three of these species. Here is a top ten of realistic chances for me in NA:
    1. Island Scrub-Jay
    2. Yellow Rail
    3. Black Rail
    4. Baird’s Sparrow
    5. Flammulated Owl
    6. Spotted Owl
    7. Kirtland’s Warbler
    8. Five-striped Sparrow
    9. Lawrence’s Goldfinch
    10. Black-capped Petrel


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