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Big Year 2018 - Stanislaus County

The Stanislaus Audubon Society is once again promoting a Big Year birding event for 2018. We will post on this page the first sighting for each bird species observed in Stanislaus County based upon eBird posts only. Also, whenever possible we will also post a photograph for each species. To visit the eBird list of first sightings for the year, follow THIS LINK and click on the First Seen button. In the table below we will post the first sighting of each species (per accepted eBird reports) and a photograph if available.

Are you a Cuckoo or a Goldfinch? 
For those birders that want to participate in a more formal fashion, we can add your name to the table below and you can let us know when to add an X in the appropriate column as the year progresses. To join this event please send an email to jimgain<AT>

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo - over 250 species
  • Least Bittern - over 225 species observed
  • Northern Pygmy-Owl - over 200 species observed
  • Merlin - over 175 species
  • Downy Woodpecker - over 150 species
  • Snowy Egret - over 125 species
  • American Goldfinch - over 100 species
NAME 100 125 150 175 200 225 250
ALL - updated 4/17 212 X X  X X  X    
Ralph B X  X X  X    
Jeff B              
Richard B X  X  X        
Eric C              
Dave F              
Jim G X  X X  X      
Daniel G X  X X        
Jody H              
John H X X  X        
Logan K X X  X  X      
Chris M              
Harold R  X  X  X      
Sharon R X X          
Sal S X  X  X      
Jody S X            
Xavier S              

eBird listers with over 100 species seen in 2018 in Stanislaus County
ObserverComplete ChecklistsSpecies (% of total)Most Recent Addition
1Ralph Baker70200 (94.34%)Caspian Tern (Apr 15, 2018)
2logan kahle136196 (92.45%)Red-throated Pipit (Apr 14, 2018)
3Jim Gain78195 (91.98%)Rufous Hummingbird (Apr 14, 2018)
4Harold Reeve308194 (91.51%)Common Poorwill (Apr 15, 2018)
5Sal Salerno34176 (83.02%)Western Sandpiper (Apr 14, 2018)
6Daniel Gilman35172 (81.13%)Lesser Nighthawk (Apr 14, 2018)
7Eric Pilotte0170 (80.19%)Hermit Thrush (Apr 14, 2018)
8John Harris32168 (79.25%)Vaux's Swift (Apr 12, 2018)
9Sharon Reeve58163 (76.89%)Wilson's Warbler (Apr 14, 2018)
10Richard Brown70160 (75.47%)Ring-necked Pheasant (Apr 10, 2018)
11Dale Swanberg18155 (73.11%)Forster's Tern (Apr 15, 2018)
12L.D. Scott60154 (72.64%)Ring-necked Pheasant (Apr 15, 2018)
13Eric Hopson20134 (63.21%)Blue-winged Teal (Apr 13, 2018)
14Jodi Smith85130 (61.32%)Yellow-billed Magpie (Apr 3, 2018)
15Bob Toleno16129 (60.85%)American Wigeon (Mar 10, 2018)
15Juli Chamberlin16129 (60.85%)American Wigeon (Mar 10, 2018)
17Jonah Benningfield27122 (57.55%)Clark's Grebe (Mar 25, 2018)
18Siera Nystrom15117 (55.19%)Cattle Egret (Apr 11, 2018)
19Bruce Mast18108 (50.94%)Sandhill Crane (Jan 20, 2018)
20Julie Bryson19106 (50.0%)Hooded Oriole (Apr 15, 2018)
21David Rankin4101 (47.64%)Yellow-billed Magpie (Feb 23, 2018)
22Will Anderson5100 (47.17%)Barn Swallow (Mar 17, 2018)

LAST TEN SPECIES ADDED (as of 4/17/2018)

1Semipalmated Plover215 Apr 2018Ralph Baker
2Common Poorwill114 Apr 2018Eric Pilotte
3MacGillivray's Warbler114 Apr 2018Eric Pilotte
4Cassin's Vireo113 Apr 2018logan kahle
5Vaux's Swift112 Apr 2018John Harris
Empidonax sp.110 Apr 2018Kevin Liberg
Cassin's/Western Kingbird69 Apr 2018Richard BrownN
6Nashville Warbler18 Apr 2018logan kahle
7Ash-throated Flycatcher28 Apr 2018logan kahle
8Purple Martin28 Apr 2018Ralph BakerP
9Wilson's Warbler18 Apr 2018Alex Merritt
10Pacific-slope Flycatcher18 Apr 2018logan kahle