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Update on Luke Cole Memorial Challenge

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  • Steve Glover
    Hi all, Hopefully at least most of you are aware that this past weekend was the Luke Cole Memorial Challenge. We had birders out in at least 48 of California s
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2009
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      Hi all,

      Hopefully at least most of you are aware that this past weekend was the Luke Cole Memorial Challenge. We had birders out in at least 48 of California's 58 counties. The California birding community came through in a big way and we are deeply grateful.

      We are continuing to solicit sightings from throughout the state. Soon we will post a link to a spreadsheet containing the list for each county and ask all of you to look it over and see if you found species on either September 26th or 27th that are not on the list.

      In the meantime, the thrust of our fun/fund-raising effort was a cumulative list for the entire state. I'm not sure that anyone has ever attempted to calculate the number of birds seen in California for a single day or weekend and Luke, who kept lists of virtually everything, would have loved the idea. The list currently stands at a whopping 379 species and we may yet add a couple more.

      Here is the list:

      Greater White-fronted Goose
      Ross' Goose
      Cackling Goose
      Canada Goose
      Tundra Swan
      Wood Duck
      Eurasian Wigeon
      American Wigeon
      Blue-winged Teal
      Cinnamon Teal
      Northern Shoveler
      Northern Pintail
      Green-winged Teal
      Ring-necked Duck
      Greater Scaup
      Lesser Scaup
      Harlequin Duck
      Surf Scoter
      White-winged Scoter
      Hooded Merganser
      Common Merganser
      Red-breasted Merganser
      Ruddy Duck
      Mountain Quail
      California Quail
      Gambel's Quail
      RIng-necked Pheasant
      Sooty Grouse
      Wild Turkey
      Red-throated Loon
      Pacific Loon
      Common Loon
      Pied-billed Grebe
      Horned Grebe
      Red-necked Grebe
      Eared Grebe
      Western Grebe
      Clark's Grebe
      Black-footed Albatross
      Northern Fulmar
      Pink-footed Shearwater
      Flesh-footed Shearwater
      Buller's Shearwater
      Sooty Shearwater
      Black-vented Shearwater
      Manx Shearwater
      Wilson's Storm-Petrel
      Ashy Storm-Petrel
      Black Storm-Petrel
      Least Storm-Petrel
      Blue-footed Booby
      Brown Booby
      American White Pelican
      Brown Pelican
      Brandt's Cormorant
      Double-crested Cormorant
      Pelagic Cormorant
      American Bittern
      Least Bittern
      Great Blue Heron
      Great Egret
      Snowy Egret
      Little Blue Heron
      Reddish Egret
      Cattle Egret
      Green Heron
      Black-crowned Night-Heron
      White-faced Ibis
      Turkey Vulture
      California Condor
      White-tailed Kite
      Bald Eagle
      Northern Harrier
      Sharp-shinned Hawk
      Cooper's Hawk
      Red-shouldered Hawk
      Broad-winged Hawk
      Swainson's Hawk
      Red-tailed Hawk
      Ferruginous Hawk
      Golden Eagle
      Crested Caracara
      American Kestrel
      Prairie Falcon
      Peregrine Falcon
      Black Rail
      Clapper Rail
      Virginia Rail
      Common Moorhen
      American Coot
      Sandhill Crane
      Black-bellied Plover
      American Golden-Plover
      Pacific Golden Plover
      Snowy Plover
      Semipalmated Plover
      American Oystercatcher
      Black Oystercatcher
      Black-necked Stilt
      American Avocet
      Spotted Sandpiper
      Solitary Sandpiper
      Wandering Tattler
      Greater Yellowlegs
      Lesser Yellowlegs
      Long-billed Curlew
      Hudsonian Godwit
      Marbled Godwit
      Ruddy Turnstone
      Black Turnstone
      Red Knot
      Semipalmated Sandpiper
      Western Sandpiper
      Least Sandpiper
      Baird's Sandpiper
      Pectoral Sandpiper
      Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
      Stilt Sandpiper
      Short-billed Dowitcher
      Long-billed Dowitcher
      Wilson's Snipe
      Wilson's Phalarope
      Red-necked Phalarope
      Red Phalarope
      Sabine's Gull
      Bonaparte's Gull
      Laughing Gull
      Franklin's Gull
      Heerman's Gull
      Mew Gull
      Ring-billed Gull
      Western Gull
      Yellow-footed Gull
      California Gull
      Herring Gull
      Glaucous-winged Gull
      Gull-billed Tern
      Caspian Tern
      Black Tern
      Common Tern
      Arctic Tern
      Forster's Tern
      Royal Tern
      Elegant Tern
      Black Skimmer
      South Polar Skua
      Pomarine Jaeger
      Parasitic Jaeger
      Long-tailed Jaeger
      Common Murre
      Pigeon Guillemot
      Marbled Murrelet
      Xantu's Murrelet
      Cassin's Auklet
      Rhinoceros Auklet
      Tufted Puffin
      Rock Pigeon
      Band-tailed Pigeon
      Eurasian Collored-Dove
      White-winged Dove
      Mourning Dove
      Inca Dove
      Common Ground-Dove
      Red-crowned Parrot
      Greater Roadrunner
      Barn Owl
      Western Screech-Owl
      Great Horned Owl
      Northern Pygmy-Owl
      Burrowing Owl
      Spotted Owl
      Barred Owl
      Great Gray Owl
      Long-eared Owl
      Northern Saw-whet Owl
      Lesser Nighthawk
      Common Poorwill
      Black Swift
      Vaux's Swift
      White-throated Swift
      Black-chinned Hummingbird
      Anna's Hummingbird
      Costa's Hummingbird
      Rufous Hummingbird
      Allen's Hummingbird
      Belted Kingfisher
      Lewis' Woodpecker
      Acorn Woodpecker
      Gila Woodpecker
      Williamson's Sapsucker
      Red-naped Sapsucker
      Red-breasted Sapsucker
      Ladder-backed Woodpecker
      Nuttall's Woodpecker
      Downy Woodpecker
      Hairy Woodpecker
      White-headed Woodpecker
      Black-backed Woodpecker
      Northern Flicker
      Pileated Woodpecker
      Olive-sided Flycatcher
      Western Wood-Pewee
      Willow Flycatcher
      Hammond's Flycatcher
      Gray Flycatcher
      Dusky Flycatcher
      Pacific-slope Flycatcher
      Black Phoebe
      Say's Phoebe
      Vermillion Flycatcher
      Ash-throated Flycatcher
      Great-crested Flycatcher
      Tropical Kingbird
      Cassin's Kingbird
      Western Kingbird
      Loggerhead Shrike
      White-eyed Vireo
      Bell's Vireo
      Yellow-throated Vireo
      Plumbeous Vireo
      Cassin's Vireo
      Hutton's Vireo
      Warbling Vireo
      Philadelphia Vireo
      Red-eyed Vireo
      Gray Jay
      Steller's Jay
      Island Scrub-Jay
      Western Scrub-Jay
      Pinyon Jay
      Clark's Nutcracker
      Black-billed Magpie
      Yellow-billed Magpie
      American Crow
      Common Raven
      Horned Lark
      Purple Martin
      Tree Swallow
      Violet-green Swallow
      Northern Rough-winged Swallow
      Bank Swallow
      Cliff Swallow
      Barn Swallow
      Black-capped Chickadee
      Mountain Chickadee
      Chestnut-backed Chickadee
      Oak Titmouse
      Juniper Titmouse
      Red-breasted Nuthatch
      White-breasted Nuthatch
      Pygmy Nuthatch
      Brown Creeper
      Cactus Wren
      Rock Wren
      Canyon Wren
      Bewick's Wren
      House Wren
      Winter Wren
      Marsh Wren
      American Dipper
      Golden-crowned Kinglet
      Ruby-crowned Kinglet
      Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
      California Gnatcatcher
      Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
      Western Bluebird
      Mountain Bluebird
      Townsend's Solitaire
      Swainson's Thrush
      Hermit Thrush
      American Robin
      Varied Thrush
      Gray Catbird
      Northern Mockingbird
      Sage Thrasher
      Brown Thrasher
      California Thrasher
      European Starling
      American Pipit
      Cedar Waxwing
      Tennessee Warbler
      Orange-crowned Warbler
      Nashville Warbler
      Lucy's Warbler
      Northern Parula
      Yellow Warbler
      Chestnut-sided Warbler
      Black-thr. Blue Warbler
      Yellow-rumped Warbler
      Black-th Gray Warbler
      Townsend's Warbler
      Hermit Warbler
      Blackburnian Warbler
      Prairie Warbler
      Bay-breasted Warbler
      Blackpoll Warbler
      Black-and-white Warbler
      American Redstart
      Northern Waterthrush
      MacGillivray's Warbler
      Common Yellowthroat
      Hooded Warbler
      Wilson's Warbler
      Canada Warbler
      Green-tailed Towhee
      Spotted Towhee
      California Towhe
      Abert's Towhee
      Rufous-crowned Sparrow
      Chipping Sparrow
      Clay-colored Sparrow
      Brewer's Sparrow
      Vesper Sparrow
      Lark Sparrow
      Black-throated Sparrow
      Sage Sparrow
      Lark Bunting
      Savannah Sparrow
      Grasshopper Sparrow
      Fox SParrow
      Song Sparrow
      Lincoln's Sparrow
      White-throated Sparrow
      Golden-crowned Sparrow
      White-crowned Sparrow
      Dark-eyed Junco
      Lapland Longspur
      Summer Tanage
      Western Tanager
      Rose-breasted Grosbeak
      Black-headed Grosbeak
      Blue Grosbeak
      Lazuli Bunting
      Indigo Bunting
      Painted Bunting
      Red-winged Blackbird
      Tricolored Blackbird
      Western Meadowlark
      Yellow-headed Blackbird
      Brewer's Blackbird
      Great-tailed Grackle
      Brown-headed Cowbird
      Orchard Oriole
      Hooded Oriole
      Bullock's Oriole
      Pine Grosbeak
      Purple Finch
      Cassin's Finch
      House Finch
      Red Crossbill
      Pine Siskin
      Lesser Goldfinch
      Lawrence's Goldfinch
      American Goldfinch
      Evening Grosbeak
      House Sparrow

      If you happen to know about any species that aren't listed above, please let us know.

      Also, it isn't too late to make a pledge. If you would like to do so, please follow this link:


      Thanks to everyone who helped out with this, more soon!

      Steve Glover
      Mark Eaton
      Alan Hopkins
      Brent Plater
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