New MTY checklist on-line
- Now available is a new resource: a complete, annotated, and illustrated
checklist of the birds of Monterey County. It begins at
which takes you to a portal page with links to the eleven segments of
the illustrated checklist. To the extent possible, each species is
illustrated with a photograph taken in Monterey County; the photos of
over 35 photographers are included. I particularly thank Ron Branson,
Bill Hill, Bob Tintle, and John Sorensen for use of their photos, and
thank the Big Sur Ornithology Lab for in-hand shots when photos of birds
in the wild were not available. You'll find that when photos of birds
were not available, I've filled in to the extent possible with shots of
specimens, sketches, or other details.
Each species' status and distribution is summarized, using the
bold-faced summaries from _Monterey Birds_ 2d ed., and there are links
to individual species pages when available. These species pages will be
added over time but, for now, an example is a Thayer's Gull page at
This project has been several months in the making, but yet a few
species remain incomplete; e.g., no Monterey photos were located of
Yellow-headed Blackbird or Evening Grosbeak. Do you have any? I welcome
new photos that upgrade the presentation on the illustrated checklist,
but they do need to be taken within Monterey County.
I hope this unique resource is helpful to locals and visitors alike. I
think this may be a unique project I've not seen anything quite like
it anywhere else. As always, comments and corrections are welcome.
Please excuse the cross-posting.
MTY bird records compiler