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 Three-toed Woodpecker
17American Tree Sparrow
18American White Pelican
19American Wigeon
20American Woodcock
21Anna's Hummingbird
22Arctic Tern
23Arizona Woodpecker
24Ash-throated Flycatcher
25Baird's Sandpiper
26Bald Eagle
27Baltimore Oriole
28Band-tailed Pigeon
29Bank Swallow
30Barn Owl
31Barn Swallow
32Barred Owl
33Barrow's Goldeneye
34Bay-breasted Warbler
35Bell's Vireo
36Belted Kingfisher
37Bewick's Wren
38Black and White Warbler
39Black Phoebe
40Black Scoter
41Black Tern
42Black Vulture
43Black-backed Woodpecker
44Black-bellied Plover
45Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
46Black-billed Cuckoo
47Black-billed Magpie
48Black-Capped Chickadee
49Black-chinned Hummingbird
50Black-crowned Night-Heron
51Black-headed Grosbeak
52Black-necked Stilt
53Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
54Black-throated Blue Warbler
55Black-throated Gray Warbler
56Black-throated Green Warbler
57Black-throated Sparrow
58Blackburnian Warbler
59Blackpoll Warbler
60Blue Grosbeak
61Blue Jay
62Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
63Blue-headed Vireo
64Blue-winged Teal
65Blue-winged Warbler
67Bohemian Waxwing
68Bonaparte's Gull
69Boreal Chickadee
70Brewer's Blackbird
71Brewer's Sparrow
72Bridled Titmouse
73Broad-billed Hummingbird
74Broad-tailed Hummingbird
75Broad-winged Hawk
76Brown Creeper
77Brown Pelican
78Brown Thrasher
79Brown-crested Flycatcher
80Brown-headed Cowbird
81Buff-breasted Flycatcher
82Buff-breasted Sandpiper
84Bullock's Oriole
85Burrowing Owl
87Cackling Goose
88Cactus Wren
89California Gull
90Canada Goose
91Canada Warbler
93Canyon Towhee
94Canyon Wren
95Cape May Warbler
96Carolina Wren
97Caspian Tern
98Cassin's Kingbird
99Cattle Egret
100Cedar Waxwing
101Cerulean Warbler
102Chestnut-collared Longspur
103Chestnut-Sided Warbler
104Chimney Swift
105Chipping Sparrow
106Cinnamon Teal
107Clark's Nutcracker
108Clay-colored Sparrow
109Cliff Swallow
110Common Eider
111Common Gallinule
112Common Goldeneye
113Common Grackle
114Common Loon
115Common Merganser
116Common Nighthawk
117Common Poorwill
118Common Raven
119Common Redpoll
120Common Tern
121Common Yellowthroat
122Cooper's Hawk
123Cordilleran Flycatcher
124Costa's Hummingbird
125Curve-billed Thrasher
126Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon)
127Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-Colored)
129Double-crested Cormorant
130Downy Woodpecker
132Dusky Flycatcher
133Eared Grebe
134Eastern Bluebird
135Eastern Kingbird
136Eastern Meadowlark
137Eastern Phoebe
138Eastern Screech-Owl
139Eastern Towhee
140Eastern Whip-poor-will
141Eastern Wood Pewee
142Elegant Trogon
143Elf Owl
144Eurasian Collared Dove
145Eurasian Tree Sparrow
146Eurasian Wigeon
147European Starling
148Evening Grosbeak
149Ferruginous Hawk
150Field Sparrow
151Flammulated Owl
152Forster's Tern
153Fox Sparrow
154Franklin's Gull
156Gambel's Quail
158Gila Woodpecker
159Gilded Flicker
160Glacous Gull
161Glossy Ibis
162Golden Eagle
163Golden-crowned Kinglet
164Golden-crowned Sparrow
165Golden-winged Warbler
166Grace's Warbler
167Grasshopper Sparrow
168Gray Catbird
169Gray Flycatcher
170Gray Jay
171Gray Partridge
172Gray-cheeked Thrush
173Great Black-backed Gull
174Great Blue Heron
175Great Crested Flycatcher
176Great Egret
177Great Gray Owl
178Great Horned Owl
179Great Kiskadee
180Great-tailed Grackle
181Greater Pewee
182Greater Prairie Chicken
183Greater Roadrunner
184Greater Sage-Grouse
185Greater Scaup
186Greater White-Fronted Goose
187Greater Yellowlegs
188Green Heron
189Green-tailed Towhee
190Green-Winged Teal
192Hairy Woodpecker
193Hammond's Flycatcher
194Harlequin Duck
195Harris's Hawk
196Harris's Sparrow
197Henslow's Sparrow
198Hepatic Tanager
199Hermit Thrush
200Herring Gull
201Hoary Redpoll
202Hooded Merganser
203Hooded Oriole
204Hooded Warbler
205Horned Grebe
206Horned Lark
207House Finch
208House Sparrow
209House Wren
210Hudsonian Godwit
211Hutton's Vireo
212Iceland Gull
213Inca Dove
214Indigo Bunting
215Ivory Gull
216Juniper Titmouse
218King Rail
219Kirtland's Warbler
220Ladder-backed Woodpecker
221Lapland Longspur
222Lark Bunting
223Lark Sparrow
224Lazuli Bunting
225Le Conte's Sparrow
226Least Bittern
227Least Flycatcher
228Least Sandpiper
229Least Tern
230Lesser Black-backed Gull
231Lesser Goldfinch
232Lesser Scaup
233Lesser Yellowlegs
234Lewis's Woodpecker
235Lincoln's Sparrow
236Little Blue Heron
237Loggerhead Shrike
238Long-billed Curlew
239Long-billed Dowitcher
240Long-eared Owl
241Long-tailed Duck
242Louisiana Waterthrush
243Lucifer Hummingbird
244Lucy's Warbler
245Magnificent Hummingbird
246Magnolia Warbler
248Marbled Godwit
249Marsh Wren
250McCown's Longspur
252Mexican Jay
253Mississippi Kite
254Mountain Bluebird
255Mountain Chickadee
256Mourning Dove
257Mourning Warbler
258Mute Swan
259Nashville Warbler
260Nelson's Sparrow
261Neotropic Cormorant
262Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
263Northern Cardinal
264Northern Flicker - Yellow-Shafted
265Northern Goshawk
266Northern Harrier
267Northern Hawk Owl
268Northern Mockingbird
269Northern Parula
270Northern Pintail
271Northern Pygmy-Owl
272Northern Rough-winged Swallow
273Northern Saw-whet Owl
274Northern Shoveler
275Northern Shrike
276Northern Waterthrush
277Nothern Bobwhite
278Olive Warbler
279Olive-sided Flycatcher
280Orange-crowned Warbler
281Orchard Oriole
284Pacific Loon
285Painted Redstart
286Palm Warbler
287Pectoral Sandpiper
288Peregrine Falcon
290Philadelphia Vireo
291Pied-billed Grebe
292Pileated Woodpecker
293Pine Grosbeak
294Pine Siskin
295Pine Warbler
296Pinyon Jay
297Piping Plover
298Plumbeous Vireo
299Prothonotary Warbler
300Purple Finch
301Purple Martin
302Pygmy Nuthatch
304Red Crossbill
305Red Knot
306Red-bellied Woodpecker
307Red-breasted Merganser
308Red-Breasted Nuthatch
309Red-Eyed Vireo
310Red-faced Warbler
311Red-headed Woodpecker
312Red-naped Sapsucker
313Red-necked Grebe
314Red-necked Phalarope
315Red-shouldered Hawk
316Red-tailed Hawk
317Red-winged Blackbird
319Ring-billed Gull
320Ring-necked Duck
321Ring-necked Pheasant
322Rock Pigeon
323Rock Wren
324Rose-breasted Grosbeak
325Ross's Goose
326Rosy-faced Lovebird
327Rough-legged Hawk
328Ruby-crowned Kinglet
329Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
330Ruddy Duck
331Ruddy Turnstone
332Ruffed Grouse
333Rufous Hummingbird
334Rufous-capped Warbler
335Rufous-crowned Sparrow
336Rufous-winged Sparrow
337Rusty Blackbird
338Sabine's Gull
339Sage Thrasher
341Sandhill Crane
342Savannah Sparrow
343Say's Phoebe
344Scarlet Tanager
345Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
346Scott's Oriole
347Sedge Wren
348Semipalmated Plover
349Semipalmated Sandpiper
350Sharp-shinned Hawk
351Sharp-tailed Grouse
352Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
353Short-billed Dowitcher
354Short-eared Owl
355Snow Bunting
356Snow Goose
357Snowy Egret
358Snowy Owl
359Solitary Sandpiper
360Song Sparrow
362Spotted Owl
363Spotted Sandpiper
364Spotted Towhee
365Spruce Grouse
366Steller's Jay
367Stilt Sandpiper
368Summer Tanager
369Surf Scoter
370Swainson's Hawk
371Swainson's Thrush
372Swamp Sparrow
373Tennessee Warbler
374Thayer's Gull
375Townsend's Solitaire
376Townsend's Warbler
377Tree Swallow
378Tricolored Heron
379Tropical Kingbird
380Trumpeter Swan
381Tufted Titmouse
382Tundra Swan
383Turkey Vulture
384Upland Sandpiper
385Varied Thrush
388Vermilion Flycatcher
389Vesper Sparrow
390Violet-crowned Hummingbird
391Violet-green Swallow
392Virginia Rail
393Virginia's Warbler
394Warbling Vireo
395Western Bluebird
396Western Grebe
397Western Kingbird
398Western Meadowlark
399Western Screech-Owl
400Western Scrub Jay
401Western Tanager
402Western Wood Pewee
403Whiskered Screech-Owl
404White-breasted Nuthatch
405White-crowned Sparrow
406White-eyed Vireo
407White-faced Ibis
408White-rumped Sandpiper
409White-throated Sparrow
410White-throated Swift
411White-winged Crossbill
412White-winged Dove
413White-winged Scoter
414Whooping Crane
415Wild Turkey
417Williamson's Sapsucker
418Willow Flycatcher
419Wilson's Phalarope
420Wilson's Snipe
421Wilson's Warbler
422Winter Wren
423Wood Duck
424Wood Stork
425Wood Thrush
426Yellow Warbler
427Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
428Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
429Yellow-billed Cuckoo
430Yellow-breasted Chat
431Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
432Yellow-eyed Junco
433Yellow-headed Blackbird
434Yellow-rumped Warbler
435Yellow-throated Vireo
436Yellow-throated Warbler