42/42/42 out of 50/50/50 – Bird Photos from Each State

The end of July is a quiet time for birding.  Migration north is long past.  Migration south is barely beginning for some shorebirds.  Nesting season is over and fledglings are almost full grown.  Some birds are still singing, but in general the woods are quiet.  The hottest days of summer are here or soon to arrive.  Not dead, but really quiet.

Planning is underway for my next and penultimate trip on my 50/50/50 Adventure.  Birding is scheduled with some wonderful assistance from local birders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.  I leave in 48 days and yes I am counting.  If the weather and birds cooperate, that will leave just three states to complete the adventure in all 50 states.  Sometime in October or November visits to Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma should do it.  Preliminary planning has begun for that trip as well.  As I wait for those journeys, I have reflected on the amazing times along the way – the terrific people, the great places and the wonderful birds.

So far on the “count” days in the 42 states visited, I have seen 492 species, 463 if I exclude Hawaii.  Including additional non-count days on those trips those numbers increase to 629 and 630 respectively.  I have not kept track but despite camera malfunctions in Arizona and Louisiana, I expect I have photographs of between 580 and 600 species from all of the trips.

I often am asked about “favorite” or “best” birds from my trips.  There have been so many wonderful birds that such choices are probably unfair.  Thinking about it, however, I came up with a list of favorite or best photos for each of the states.  Sometimes the choice was made because of the rarity of the bird, other times simply because I like the species or the photo.  What follows is a collection of those chosen photos.  One is included for every state from the count day itself.  If a second appears, it is from a different day on the same trip, selected using the same criteria.  Fifty seven species in all – one for each of the 42 states and another 15 – one each from 15 states – photos or birds that had special meaning to me.  The latter are always the second photos for the state.

In a few more months I hope to have additional photos for the remaining 8 states.

Alabama – Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover r

Alaska – Spectacled Eider/Short Tailed Albatross

Spectacled Eider2 Short Tailed Albatross with Chum

Arizona – Rufous Capped Warbler/Montezuma Quail

rufous-capped-warbler.jpg Montezuma's Quail1

Arkansas (Stay Tuned)

California – Nazca Booby/Yellow Footed Gull

Nazca Booby Headr Yellow Footed Gulls Obsidian

Colorado – Scaled Quail/Greater Prairie Chicken

42-Scaled Quail 30-Greater Prairie Chicken

Connecticut – Yellow Throated Vireo

Yellow Throated Vireo

Delaware – Clapper Rail/Seaside Sparrow/

Clapper Rail (2) - Copy seaside-sparrow-copy.jpg

Florida – Bananaquit/Swallow Tailed Kite

Bananaquit Best White Tailed Kite 4

Georgia – Sedge Wren


Hawaii – I’iwi/Red Billed Leiothorix 

Iiwi1 Red Billed Leiothorix

Idaho – Common Nighthawk


Illinois – Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler 1a

Indiana – Bobolink


Iowa (Stay Tuned)

Kansas (Stay Tuned)

Kentucky – Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Louisiana – Yellow Rail

Yellow Rail

Maine – Yellow Bellied Flycatcher/Atlantic Puffin

Yellow Bellied Flycatcher Atlantic Puffin 3 - Copy

Maryland – Swainson’s Warbler

Swainson's Warbler 2

Massachusetts – Black Scoters

Black Scoter Flock

Michigan – Kirtland’s Warbler

Kirtland's Warbler

Minnesota (Stay Tuned)

Mississippi – Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron 1

Missouri – Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Montana – Lincoln’s Sparrow/Western Tanager

Lincoln Sparrow Western Tanager1

Nebraska (Stay Tuned)

Nevada – Lucy’s Warbler

Lucy's Warbler2

New Hampshire – Purple Sandpipers

Purple Sandpipers2

New Jersey – Cape May Warbler/Gull Billed Tern

Cape May Warbler gull-billed-terns1.jpg

New Mexico – Sandhill Cranes/Black Rosy Finch

sandhill crane sunset black rosy finch with snow dust

New York – White Eyed Vireo

White Eyed Vireo1

North Carolina – Least Tern/Fea’s Petrel

Least Tern Hovering Fea's Petrel 1

North Dakota (Stay Tuned)

Ohio – Connecticut Warbler/Baltimore Oriole

Connecticut Warbler3 Baltimore Oriole with Orange

Oklahoma (Stay Tuned)

Oregon – Red Shouldered Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Pennsylvania  – Black Billed Cuckoo

Black Billed Cuckoo

Rhode Island – Blue Winged Warbler/

Blue Winged Warbler

South Carolina – Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron Adult

South Dakota (Stay Tuned)

Tennessee – Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Texas – Whooping Crane/Ferruginous Pygmy Owl

Whooping Crane4 Ferruginous Pygmy Owl 1

Utah – Flammulated Owl/White Faced Ibis

Flammulated Owl White Faced Ibis Vertical

Vermont – Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo2

Virginia – Red Headed Woodpecker

Red Headed WP1

Washington – Buller’s Shearwater

Buller's Shearwater1 Pelagic

West Virginia – Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler1

Wisconsin – Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler5

Wyoming  – Red Naped Sapsucker

Red Naped Sapsucker1

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