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-legged Kittiwake
53Black-necked Stilt
54Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
55Black-throated Blue Warbler
56Black-throated Gray Warbler
57Black-throated Green Warbler
58Black-throated Sparrow
59Blackburnian Warbler
60Blackpoll Warbler
61Blue Grosbeak
62Blue Jay
63Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
64Blue-headed Vireo
65Blue-winged Teal
66Blue-winged Warbler
68Bohemian Waxwing
69Bonaparte's Gull
70Boreal Chickadee
71Boreal Owl
72Brewer's Blackbird
73Brewer's Sparrow
74Bridled Titmouse
75Broad-billed Hummingbird
76Broad-tailed Hummingbird
77Broad-winged Hawk
78Brown Creeper
79Brown Pelican
80Brown Thrasher
81Brown-crested Flycatcher
82Brown-headed Cowbird
83Buff-breasted Flycatcher
84Buff-breasted Sandpiper
86Bullock's Oriole
87Burrowing Owl
89Cackling Goose
90Cactus Wren
91California Gull
92Canada Goose
93Canada Warbler
95Canyon Towhee
96Canyon Wren
97Cape May Warbler
98Carolina Wren
99Caspian Tern
100Cassin's Kingbird
101Cattle Egret
102Cedar Waxwing
103Cerulean Warbler
104Chestnut-collared Longspur
105Chestnut-Sided Warbler
106Chimney Swift
107Chipping Sparrow
108Cinnamon Teal
109Clark's Nutcracker
110Clay-colored Sparrow
111Cliff Swallow
112Common Eider
113Common Gallinule
114Common Goldeneye
115Common Grackle
116Common Loon
117Common Merganser
118Common Nighthawk
119Common Poorwill
120Common Raven
121Common Redpoll
122Common Tern
123Common Yellowthroat
124Cooper's Hawk
125Cordilleran Flycatcher
126Costa's Hummingbird
127Curve-billed Thrasher
128Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon)
129Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-Colored)
131Double-crested Cormorant
132Downy Woodpecker
134Dusky Flycatcher
135Eared Grebe
136Eastern Bluebird
137Eastern Kingbird
138Eastern Meadowlark
139Eastern Phoebe
140Eastern Screech-Owl
141Eastern Towhee
142Eastern Whip-poor-will
143Eastern Wood Pewee
144Elegant Trogon
145Elf Owl
146Eurasian Collared Dove
147Eurasian Tree Sparrow
148Eurasian Wigeon
149European Starling
150Evening Grosbeak
151Ferruginous Hawk
152Field Sparrow
153Flammulated Owl
154Forster's Tern
155Fox Sparrow
156Franklin's Gull
158Gambel's Quail
160Gila Woodpecker
161Gilded Flicker
162Glacous Gull
163Glossy Ibis
164Golden Eagle
165Golden-crowned Kinglet
166Golden-crowned Sparrow
167Golden-winged Warbler
168Grace's Warbler
169Grasshopper Sparrow
170Gray Catbird
171Gray Flycatcher
172Gray Jay
173Gray Partridge
174Gray-cheeked Thrush
175Great Black-backed Gull
176Great Blue Heron
177Great Crested Flycatcher
178Great Egret
179Great Gray Owl
180Great Horned Owl
181Great Kiskadee
182Great-tailed Grackle
183Greater Pewee
184Greater Prairie Chicken
185Greater Roadrunner
186Greater Sage-Grouse
187Greater Scaup
188Greater White-Fronted Goose
189Greater Yellowlegs
190Green Heron
191Green-tailed Towhee
192Green-Winged Teal
194Hairy Woodpecker
195Hammond's Flycatcher
196Harlequin Duck
197Harris's Hawk
198Harris's Sparrow
199Henslow's Sparrow
200Hepatic Tanager
201Hermit Thrush
202Herring Gull
203Hoary Redpoll
204Hooded Merganser
205Hooded Oriole
206Hooded Warbler
207Horned Grebe
208Horned Lark
209House Finch
210House Sparrow
211House Wren
212Hudsonian Godwit
213Hutton's Vireo
214Iceland Gull
215Inca Dove
216Indigo Bunting
217Ivory Gull
218Juniper Titmouse
220King Rail
221Kirtland's Warbler
222Ladder-backed Woodpecker
223Lapland Longspur
224Lark Bunting
225Lark Sparrow
226Lazuli Bunting
227Le Conte's Sparrow
228Least Bittern
229Least Flycatcher
230Least Sandpiper
231Least Tern
232Lesser Black-backed Gull
233Lesser Goldfinch
234Lesser Scaup
235Lesser Yellowlegs
236Lewis's Woodpecker
237Lincoln's Sparrow
238Little Blue Heron
239Loggerhead Shrike
240Long-billed Curlew
241Long-billed Dowitcher
242Long-eared Owl
243Long-tailed Duck
244Louisiana Waterthrush
245Lucifer Hummingbird
246Lucy's Warbler
247Magnificent Hummingbird
248Magnolia Warbler
250Marbled Godwit
251Marsh Wren
252McCown's Longspur
254Mexican Jay
255Mississippi Kite
256Mountain Bluebird
257Mountain Chickadee
258Mourning Dove
259Mourning Warbler
260Mute Swan
261Nashville Warbler
262Nelson's Sparrow
263Neotropic Cormorant
264Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
265Northern Cardinal
266Northern Flicker - Yellow-Shafted
267Northern Goshawk
268Northern Harrier
269Northern Hawk Owl
270Northern Mockingbird
271Northern Parula
272Northern Pintail
273Northern Pygmy-Owl
274Northern Rough-winged Swallow
275Northern Saw-whet Owl
276Northern Shoveler
277Northern Shrike
278Northern Waterthrush
279Nothern Bobwhite
280Olive Warbler
281Olive-sided Flycatcher
282Orange-crowned Warbler
283Orchard Oriole
286Pacific Loon
287Painted Redstart
288Palm Warbler
289Parasitic Jaeger
290Pectoral Sandpiper
291Peregrine Falcon
293Philadelphia Vireo
294Pied-billed Grebe
295Pileated Woodpecker
296Pine Grosbeak
297Pine Siskin
298Pine Warbler
299Pinyon Jay
300Piping Plover
301Plumbeous Vireo
302Prothonotary Warbler
303Purple Finch
304Purple Martin
305Pygmy Nuthatch
307Red Crossbill
308Red Knot
309Red-bellied Woodpecker
310Red-breasted Merganser
311Red-Breasted Nuthatch
312Red-Eyed Vireo
313Red-faced Warbler
314Red-headed Woodpecker
315Red-naped Sapsucker
316Red-necked Grebe
317Red-necked Phalarope
318Red-shouldered Hawk
319Red-tailed Hawk
320Red-winged Blackbird
322Ring-billed Gull
323Ring-necked Duck
324Ring-necked Pheasant
325Rock Pigeon
326Rock Wren
327Rose-breasted Grosbeak
328Ross's Goose
329Rosy-faced Lovebird
330Rough-legged Hawk
331Ruby-crowned Kinglet
332Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
333Ruddy Duck
334Ruddy Turnstone
335Ruffed Grouse
336Rufous Hummingbird
337Rufous-capped Warbler
338Rufous-crowned Sparrow
339Rufous-winged Sparrow
340Rusty Blackbird
341Sabine's Gull
342Sage Thrasher
344Sandhill Crane
345Savannah Sparrow
346Say's Phoebe
347Scarlet Tanager
348Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
349Scott's Oriole
350Sedge Wren
351Semipalmated Plover
352Semipalmated Sandpiper
353Sharp-shinned Hawk
354Sharp-tailed Grouse
355Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
356Short-billed Dowitcher
357Short-eared Owl
358Snow Bunting
359Snow Goose
360Snowy Egret
361Snowy Owl
362Solitary Sandpiper
363Song Sparrow
365Spotted Owl
366Spotted Sandpiper
367Spotted Towhee
368Spruce Grouse
369Steller's Jay
370Stilt Sandpiper
371Summer Tanager
372Surf Scoter
373Swainson's Hawk
374Swainson's Thrush
375Swamp Sparrow
376Tennessee Warbler
377Thayer's Gull
378Townsend's Solitaire
379Townsend's Warbler
380Tree Swallow
381Tricolored Heron
382Tropical Kingbird
383Trumpeter Swan
384Tufted Titmouse
385Tundra Swan
386Turkey Vulture
387Upland Sandpiper
388Varied Thrush
391Vermilion Flycatcher
392Vesper Sparrow
393Violet-crowned Hummingbird
394Violet-green Swallow
395Virginia Rail
396Virginia's Warbler
397Warbling Vireo
398Western Bluebird
399Western Grebe
400Western Kingbird
401Western Meadowlark
402Western Screech-Owl
403Western Scrub Jay
404Western Tanager
405Western Wood Pewee
406Whiskered Screech-Owl
407White-breasted Nuthatch
408White-crowned Sparrow
409White-eyed Vireo
410White-faced Ibis
411White-rumped Sandpiper
412White-throated Sparrow
413White-throated Swift
414White-winged Crossbill
415White-winged Dove
416White-winged Scoter
417Whooping Crane
418Wild Turkey
420Williamson's Sapsucker
421Willow Flycatcher
422Wilson's Phalarope
423Wilson's Snipe
424Wilson's Warbler
425Winter Wren
426Wood Duck
427Wood Stork
428Wood Thrush
429Yellow Warbler
430Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
431Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
432Yellow-billed Cuckoo
433Yellow-breasted Chat
434Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
435Yellow-eyed Junco
436Yellow-headed Blackbird
437Yellow-rumped Warbler
438Yellow-throated Vireo
439Yellow-throated Warbler