When I started this project of writing a blog to tell of Evan's birding tales, I kept the focus largely on him and therefore only included his life list. What I found, however, is that the more birding experiences I have, the more engrossed - my wife might say obsessed - I become with this hobby. After an amazing encounter with the Northern Shrike, an uncommon visitor to Minnesota from the Arctic, I decided I just had to keep my own life list on the site. Little did I know how that list would take off. Evan and I easily obtained 100 species then had to work a litle longer to get 200, and now we are getting close to 300 species. It's been an exciting ride to say the least.

This list is a constant work in progress - new birds are being added at a decent rate though it slows down as new birds are harder and harder to come by, pictures are added as they become available, and old pictures get replaced with better ones when they happen. I have never taken the time to double-check to make sure I haven't forgotten some birds on my list (I'm sure there are omissions), so I can't say with 100% certainty that this is the sum total of my life birds (I'm okay with not knowing my exact number - I just enjoy seeing new birds). At any rate, check back often because the list is always changing.

1Abert's Towhee
2Acadian Flycatcher
3Acorn Woodpecker
4Alder Flycatcher
5American Avocet
6American Bittern
7American Black Duck
8American Coot
9American Crow
10American Golden-Plover
11American Goldfinch
12American Kestrel
13American Pipit
14American Redstart
15American Robin
16American Tree Sparrow
17American White Pelican
18American Wigeon
19American Woodcock
20Anna's Hummingbird
21Arctic Tern
22Arizona Woodpecker
23Ash-throated Flycatcher
24Baird's Sandpiper
25Bald Eagle
26Baltimore Oriole
27Band-tailed Pigeon
28Bank Swallow
29Barn Owl
30Barn Swallow
31Barred Owl
32Barrow's Goldeneye
33Bay-breasted Warbler
34Bell's Vireo
35Belted Kingfisher
36Bewick's Wren
37Black and White Warbler
38Black Phoebe
39Black Scoter
40Black Tern
41Black Vulture
42Black-backed Woodpecker
43Black-bellied Plover
44Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
45Black-billed Cuckoo
46Black-billed Magpie
47Black-Capped Chickadee
48Black-chinned Hummingbird
49Black-crowned Night-Heron
50Black-headed Grosbeak
51Black-necked Stilt
52Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
53Black-throated Blue Warbler
54Black-throated Gray Warbler
55Black-throated Green Warbler
56Black-throated Sparrow
57Blackburnian Warbler
58Blackpoll Warbler
59Blue Grosbeak
60Blue Jay
61Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
62Blue-headed Vireo
63Blue-winged Teal
64Blue-winged Warbler
66Bohemian Waxwing
67Bonaparte's Gull
68Boreal Chickadee
69Brewer's Blackbird
70Brewer's Sparrow
71Bridled Titmouse
72Broad-billed Hummingbird
73Broad-tailed Hummingbird
74Broad-winged Hawk
75Brown Creeper
76Brown Pelican
77Brown Thrasher
78Brown-headed Cowbird
79Buff-breasted Flycatcher
80Buff-breasted Sandpiper
82Bullock's Oriole
83Burrowing Owl
85Cackling Goose
86Cactus Wren
87California Gull
88Canada Goose
89Canada Warbler
91Canyon Towhee
92Canyon Wren
93Cape May Warbler
94Carolina Wren
95Caspian Tern
96Cassin's Kingbird
97Cattle Egret
98Cedar Waxwing
99Cerulean Warbler
100Chestnut-collared Longspur
101Chestnut-Sided Warbler
102Chimney Swift
103Chipping Sparrow
104Cinnamon Teal
105Clark's Nutcracker
106Clay-colored Sparrow
107Cliff Swallow
108Common Eider
109Common Gallinule
110Common Goldeneye
111Common Grackle
112Common Loon
113Common Merganser
114Common Nighthawk
115Common Poorwill
116Common Raven
117Common Redpoll
118Common Tern
119Common Yellowthroat
120Cooper's Hawk
121Cordilleran Flycatcher
122Costa's Hummingbird
123Curve-billed Thrasher
124Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon)
125Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-Colored)
127Double-crested Cormorant
128Downy Woodpecker
130Dusky Flycatcher
131Eared Grebe
132Eastern Bluebird
133Eastern Kingbird
134Eastern Meadowlark
135Eastern Phoebe
136Eastern Screech-Owl
137Eastern Towhee
138Eastern Whip-poor-will
139Eastern Wood Pewee
140Elegant Trogon
141Elf Owl
142Eurasian Collared Dove
143Eurasian Tree Sparrow
144Eurasian Wigeon
145European Starling
146Evening Grosbeak
147Ferruginous Hawk
148Field Sparrow
149Forster's Tern
150Fox Sparrow
151Franklin's Gull
153Gambel's Quail
155Gila Woodpecker
156Gilded Flicker
157Glacous Gull
158Golden Eagle
159Golden-crowned Kinglet
160Golden-crowned Sparrow
161Golden-winged Warbler
162Grasshopper Sparrow
163Gray Catbird
164Gray Flycatcher
165Gray Jay
166Gray Partridge
167Gray-cheeked Thrush
168Great Black-backed Gull
169Great Blue Heron
170Great Crested Flycatcher
171Great Egret
172Great Gray Owl
173Great Horned Owl
174Great Kiskadee
175Great-tailed Grackle
176Greater Pewee
177Greater Prairie Chicken
178Greater Roadrunner
179Greater Sage-Grouse
180Greater Scaup
181Greater White-Fronted Goose
182Greater Yellowlegs
183Green Heron
184Green-tailed Towhee
185Green-Winged Teal
187Hairy Woodpecker
188Hammond's Flycatcher
189Harlequin Duck
190Harris's Hawk
191Harris's Sparrow
192Henslow's Sparrow
193Hepatic Tanager
194Hermit Thrush
195Herring Gull
196Hoary Redpoll
197Hooded Merganser
198Hooded Oriole
199Hooded Warbler
200Horned Grebe
201Horned Lark
202House Finch
203House Sparrow
204House Wren
205Hudsonian Godwit
206Hutton's Vireo
207Iceland Gull
208Inca Dove
209Indigo Bunting
210Ivory Gull
212Kirtland's Warbler
213Ladder-backed Woodpecker
214Lapland Longspur
215Lark Bunting
216Lark Sparrow
217Lazuli Bunting
218Le Conte's Sparrow
219Least Bittern
220Least Flycatcher
221Least Sandpiper
222Least Tern
223Lesser Black-backed Gull
224Lesser Goldfinch
225Lesser Scaup
226Lesser Yellowlegs
227Lewis's Woodpecker
228Lincoln's Sparrow
229Little Blue Heron
230Loggerhead Shrike
231Long-billed Curlew
232Long-billed Dowitcher
233Long-eared Owl
234Long-tailed Duck
235Louisiana Waterthrush
236Lucifer Hummingbird
237Lucy's Warbler
238Magnificent Hummingbird
239Magnolia Warbler
241Marbled Godwit
242Marsh Wren
243McCown's Longspur
245Mexican Jay
246Mississippi Kite
247Mountain Bluebird
248Mountain Chickadee
249Mourning Dove
250Mourning Warbler
251Mute Swan
252Nashville Warbler
253Neotropic Cormorant
254Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
255Northern Cardinal
256Northern Flicker - Yellow-Shafted
257Northern Goshawk
258Northern Harrier
259Northern Hawk Owl
260Northern Mockingbird
261Northern Parula
262Northern Pintail
263Northern Pygmy-Owl
264Northern Rough-winged Swallow
265Northern Saw-whet Owl
266Northern Shoveler
267Northern Shrike
268Northern Waterthrush
269Nothern Bobwhite
270Olive Warbler
271Olive-sided Flycatcher
272Orange-crowned Warbler
273Orchard Oriole
276Pacific Loon
277Painted Redstart
278Palm Warbler
279Pectoral Sandpiper
280Peregrine Falcon
282Philadelphia Vireo
283Pied-billed Grebe
284Pileated Woodpecker
285Pine Grosbeak
286Pine Siskin
287Pine Warbler
288Piping Plover
289Prothonotary Warbler
290Purple Finch
291Purple Martin
292Pygmy Nuthatch
294Red Crossbill
295Red Knot
296Red-bellied Woodpecker
297Red-breasted Merganser
298Red-Breasted Nuthatch
299Red-Eyed Vireo
300Red-headed Woodpecker
301Red-naped Sapsucker
302Red-necked Grebe
303Red-necked Phalarope
304Red-shouldered Hawk
305Red-tailed Hawk
306Red-winged Blackbird
308Ring-billed Gull
309Ring-necked Duck
310Ring-necked Pheasant
311Rock Pigeon
312Rock Wren
313Rose-breasted Grosbeak
314Ross's Goose
315Rosy-faced Lovebird
316Rough-legged Hawk
317Ruby-crowned Kinglet
318Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
319Ruddy Duck
320Ruddy Turnstone
321Ruffed Grouse
322Rufous Hummingbird
323Rufous-capped Warbler
324Rufous-crowned Sparrow
325Rufous-winged Sparrow
326Rusty Blackbird
327Sabine's Gull
328Sage Thrasher
330Sandhill Crane
331Savannah Sparrow
332Say's Phoebe
333Scarlet Tanager
334Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
335Scott's Oriole
336Sedge Wren
337Semipalmated Plover
338Semipalmated Sandpiper
339Sharp-shinned Hawk
340Sharp-tailed Grouse
341Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
342Short-billed Dowitcher
343Short-eared Owl
344Snow Bunting
345Snow Goose
346Snowy Egret
347Snowy Owl
348Solitary Sandpiper
349Song Sparrow
351Spotted Owl
352Spotted Sandpiper
353Spotted Towhee
354Spruce Grouse
355Steller's Jay
356Stilt Sandpiper
357Summer Tanager
358Surf Scoter
359Swainson's Hawk
360Swainson's Thrush
361Swamp Sparrow
362Tennessee Warbler
363Thayer's Gull
364Townsend's Solitaire
365Townsend's Warbler
366Tree Swallow
367Tricolored Heron
368Tropical Kingbird
369Trumpeter Swan
370Tufted Titmouse
371Tundra Swan
372Turkey Vulture
373Upland Sandpiper
374Varied Thrush
377Vermilion Flycatcher
378Vesper Sparrow
379Violet-crowned Hummingbird
380Violet-green Swallow
381Virginia Rail
382Virginia's Warbler
383Warbling Vireo
384Western Bluebird
385Western Grebe
386Western Kingbird
387Western Meadowlark
388Western Screech-Owl
389Western Scrub Jay
390Western Tanager
391Western Wood Pewee
392Whiskered Screech-Owl
393White-breasted Nuthatch
394White-crowned Sparrow
395White-eyed Vireo
396White-faced Ibis
397White-rumped Sandpiper
398White-throated Sparrow
399White-throated Swift
400White-winged Crossbill
401White-winged Dove
402White-winged Scoter
403Whooping Crane
404Wild Turkey
406Willow Flycatcher
407Wilson's Phalarope
408Wilson's Snipe
409Wilson's Warbler
410Winter Wren
411Wood Duck
412Wood Stork
413Wood Thrush
414Yellow Warbler
415Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
416Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
417Yellow-billed Cuckoo
418Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
419Yellow-eyed Junco
420Yellow-headed Blackbird
421Yellow-rumped Warbler
422Yellow-throated Vireo
423Yellow-throated Warbler