Starr’s Birding Records

Starr Saphir has compiled some extraordinary records as a birder. This section of the site will showcase a selection of them.

LIFETIME TOTAL SPECIES

World

World life list: 2,582

North America

  • North America, North of Mexico: 752
  • Lower 48 States: 746
  • New York State: 412
  • Central Park, New York City: 259
  • California: 504
  • Arizona: 372
  • New Jersey: 372
  • Texas: 372
  • Massachusetts: 256
  • Florida: 228
  • New Mexico: 215
  • Virginia: 198
  • North Carolina: 197
  • Delaware: 190
  • Connecticut: 181
  • Montana: 175
  • New Hampshire: 168
  • Minnesota: 157
  • South Carolina: 154
  • Maine: 148
  • Maryland: 139
  • Utah: 138
  • Alaska: 135
  • Colorado: 128
  • Vermont: 123
  • Oklahoma: 116
  • Kansas: 115
  • Idaho: 101

[States in which Starr has fewer than 100 species are omitted from the list.]

Africa

  • Kenya 404

Central America

  • All Central America 875
  • Mexico 473
  • Belize 245
  • Costa Rica 491
  • Panama 323

South America

All of South America: 618

Trinidad and Tobago: 202

Venezuela: 460

Ecuador: 199

Europe

All Europe: 265

Sweden: 156

Finland: 74

Greece: 49

United Kingdom: 100

Spain: 139

Italy: 36

Starr Saphir’s Central Park Life List

Starr has verified these 259 species:

1 Snow Goose
2 Canada Goose
3 Brant
4 Mute Swan
5 Wood Duck
6 Gadwall
7 Eurasian Wigeon
8 American Wigeon
9 American Black Duck
10 Mallard
11 Blue-winged Teal
12 Northern Shoveler
13 Northern Pintail
14 Green-winged Teal
15 Canvasback
16 Redhead
17 Ring-necked Duck
18 Tufted Duck
19 Greater Scaup
20 Lesser Scaup
21 Common Eider
22 Surf Scoter
23 Long-tailed Duck
24 Bufflehead
25 Common Goldeneye
26 Hooded Merganser
27 Common Merganser
28 Red-breasted Merganser
29 Ruddy Duck
30 Ring-necked Pheasant
31 Wild Turkey
32 Red-throated Loon
33 Common Loon
34 Pied-billed Grebe
35 Horned Grebe
36 Red-necked Grebe
37 American White Pelican
38 Double-crested Cormorant
39 Great Cormorant
40 Anhinga
41 American Bittern
42 Least Bittern
43 Great Blue Heron
44 Great Egret
45 Snowy Egret
46 Little Blue Heron
47 Cattle Egret
48 Green Heron
49 Black-crowned Night-Heron
50 Yellow-crowned Night Heron
51 Glossy Ibis
52 Black Vulture
53 Turkey Vulture
54 Osprey
55 Bald Eagle
56 Northern Harrier
57 Sharp-shinned Hawk
58 Cooper’s Hawk
59 Northern Goshawk
60 Red-shouldered Hawk
61 Broad-winged Hawk
62 Red-tailed Hawk
63 Golden Eagle
64 American Kestrel
65 Merlin
66 Peregrine Falcon
67 Virginia Rail
68 Sora
69 Common Moorhen
70 American Coot
71 Black-bellied Plover
72 Semipalmated Plover
73 Killdeer
74 Spotted Sandpiper
75 Solitary Sandpiper
76 Greater Yellowlegs
77 Lesser Yellowlegs
78 Semipalmated Sandpiper
79 Least Sandpiper
80 Wilson’s Snipe
81 American Woodcock
82 Bonaparte’s Gull
83 Black-headed Gull
84 Laughing Gull
85 Ring-billed Gull
86 Herring Gull
87 Thayer’s Gull
88 Iceland Gull
89 Lesser Black-backed Gull
90 Glaucous Gull
91 Great Black-backed Gull
92 Royal Tern
93 Rock Pigeon
94 Mourning Dove
95 Monk Parakeet
96 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
97 Black-billed Cuckoo
98 Barn Owl
99 Eastern Screech-Owl
100 Great Horned Owl
101 Barred Owl
102 Long-eared Owl
103 Boreal Owl
104 Northern Saw-whet Owl
105 Common Nighthawk
106 Chuck-will’s-widow
107 Eastern Whip-poor-will
108 Chimney Swift
109 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
110 Rufous Hummingbird
111 Belted Kingfisher
112 Red-headed Woodpecker
113 Red-bellied Woodpecker
114 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
115 Downy Woodpecker
116 Hairy Woodpecker
117 Northern Flicker
118 Olive-sided Flycatcher
119 Eastern Wood-Pewee
120 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
121 Acadian Flycatcher
122 Alder Flycatcher
123 Willow Flycatcher
124 Least Flycatcher
125 Eastern Phoebe
126 Great Crested Flycatcher
127 Western Kingbird
128 Eastern Kingbird
129 White-eyed Vireo
130 Bell’s Vireo
131 Yellow-throated Vireo
132 Blue-headed Vireo
133 Warbling Vireo
134 Philadelphia Vireo
135 Red-eyed Vireo
136 Blue Jay
137 American Crow
138 Fish Crow
139 Common Raven
140 Horned Lark
141 Purple Martin
142 Tree Swallow
143 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
144 Bank Swallow
145 Cliff Swallow
146 Barn Swallow
147 Black-capped Chickadee
148 Tufted Titmouse
149 Red-breasted Nuthatch
150 White-breasted Nuthatch
151 Brown Creeper
152 Carolina Wren
153 House Wren
154 Winter Wren
155 Sedge Wren
156 Marsh Wren
157 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
158 Golden-crowned Kinglet
159 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
160 Eastern Bluebird
161 Veery
162 Gray-cheeked Thrush
163 Bicknell’s Thrush
164 Swainson’s Thrush
165 Hermit Thrush
166 Wood Thrush
167 American Robin
168 Varied Thrush
169 Gray Catbird
170 Northern Mockingbird
171 Brown Thrasher
172 European Starling
173 American Pipit
174 Cedar Waxwing
175 Ovenbird
176 Worm-eating Warbler
177 Louisiana Waterthrush
178 Northern Waterthrush
179 Golden-winged Warbler
180 Blue-winged Warbler
181 Black-and-white Warbler
182 Prothonotary Warbler
183 Swainson’s Warbler
184 Tennessee Warbler
185 Orange-crowned Warbler
186 Nashville Warbler
187 Connecticut Warbler
188 Mourning Warbler
189 Kentucky Warbler
190 Common Yellowthroat
191 Hooded Warbler
192 American Redstart
193 Cape May Warbler
194 Cerulean Warbler
195 Northern Parula
196 Magnolia Warbler
197 Bay-breasted Warbler
198 Blackburnian Warbler
199 Yellow Warbler
200 Chestnut-sided Warbler
201 Blackpoll Warbler
202 Black-throated Blue Warbler
203 Palm Warbler
204 Pine Warbler
205 Yellow-rumped Warbler
206 Yellow-throated Warbler
207 Prairie Warbler
208 Black-throated Green Warbler
209 Canada Warbler
210 Wilson’s Warbler
211 Yellow-breasted Chat
212 Eastern Towhee
213 American Tree Sparrow
214 Chipping Sparrow
215 Clay-colored Sparrow
216 Field Sparrow
217 Vesper Sparrow
218 Lark Sparrow
219 Savannah Sparrow
220 Grasshopper Sparrow
221 Henslow’s Sparrow
222 Saltmarsh Sparrow
223 Fox Sparrow
224 Song Sparrow
225 Lincoln’s Sparrow
226 Swamp Sparrow
227 White-throated Sparrow
228 White-crowned Sparrow
229 Dark-eyed Junco
230 Summer Tanager
231 Scarlet Tanager
232 Western Tanager
233 Northern Cardinal
234 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
235 Black-headed Grosbeak
236 Blue Grosbeak
237 Indigo Bunting
238 Painted Bunting
239 Dickcissel
240 Bobolink
241 Red-winged Blackbird
242 Eastern Meadowlark
243 Rusty Blackbird
244 Brewer’s Blackbird
245 Common Grackle
246 Boat-tailed Grackle
247 Brown-headed Cowbird
248 Orchard Oriole
249 Baltimore Oriole
250 Pine Grosbeak
251 Purple Finch
252 House Finch
253 Red Crossbill
254 White-winged Crossbill
255 Common Redpoll
256 Pine Siskin
257 American Goldfinch
258 Evening Grosbeak
259 House Sparrow

The lifetime total for the Central Park walks organized and operated by Starr Saphir, which are now in their 28th year, is 251. The latest addition to the list is Great Cormorant, which the group had on Saturday, October 20th, 2012.

Starr Saphir’s Jamaica Bay Lifetime List (297)

1 Fulvous Whistling-Duck
2 Snow Goose
3 Ross’s Goose
4 Cackling Goose
5 Canada Goose
6 Brant
7 Mute Swan
8 Tundra Swan
9 Wood Duck
10 Gadwall
11 Eurasian Wigeon
12 American Wigeon
13 American Black Duck
14 Mallard
15 Blue-winged Teal
16 Northern Shoveler
17 Northern Pintail
18 Green-winged Teal
19 Canvasback
20 Redhead
21 Ring-necked Duck
22 Greater Scaup
23 Lesser Scaup
24 King Eider
25 Surf Scoter
26 White-winged Scoter
27 Black Scoter
28 Long-tailed Duck
29 Bufflehead
30 Common Goldeneye
31 Barrow’s Goldeneye
32 Hooded Merganser
33 Common Merganser
34 Red-breasted Merganser
35 Ruddy Duck
36 Northern Bobwhite
37 Ring-necked Pheasant
38 Wild Turkey
39 Red-throated Loon
40 Common Loon
41 Pied-billed Grebe
42 Horned Grebe
43 Red-necked Grebe
44 Eared Grebe
45 Northern Gannet
46 American White Pelican
47 Brown Pelican
48 Double-crested Cormorant
49 Great Cormorant
50 American Bittern
51 Least Bittern
52 Great Blue Heron
53 Great Egret
54 Snowy Egret
55 Little Blue Heron
56 Tricolored Heron
57 Cattle Egret
58 Green Heron
59 Black-crowned Night-Heron
60 Yellow-crowned Night Heron
61 Glossy Ibis
62 White-faced Ibis
63 Turkey Vulture
64 Osprey
65 Bald Eagle
66 Northern Harrier
67 Sharp-shinned Hawk
68 Cooper’s Hawk
69 Northern Goshawk
70 Red-shouldered Hawk
71 Broad-winged Hawk
72 Red-tailed Hawk
73 Rough-legged Hawk
74 American Kestrel
75 Merlin
76 Gyrfalcon
77 Peregrine Falcon
78 Clapper Rail
79 Virginia Rail
80 Sora
81 Common Moorhen
82 American Coot
83 Black-bellied Plover
84 American Golden-Plover
85 Semi-palmated Plover
86 Piping Plover
87 Killdeer
88 American Oystercatcher
89 Black-necked Stilt
90 American Avocet
91 Spotted Sandpiper
92 Solitary Sandpiper
93 Greater Yellowlegs
94 Willet
95 Lesser Yellowlegs
96 Upland Sandpiper
97 Whimbrel
98 Hudsonian Godwit
99 Marbled Godwit
100 Ruddy Turnstone
101 Red Knot
102 Sanderling
103 Semipalmated Sandpiper
104 Western Sandpiper
105 Red-necked Stint
106 Little Stint
107 Broad-billed Sandpiper
108 Least Sandpiper
109 White-rumped Sandpiper
110 Baird’s Sandpiper
111 Pectoral Sandpiper
112 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
113 Dunlin
114 Curlew Sandpiper
115 Stilt Sandpiper
116 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
117 Ruff
118 Short-billed Dowitcher
119 Long-billed Dowitcher
120 Wilson’s Snipe
121 American Woodcock
122 Wilson’s Phalarope
123 Red-necked Phalarope
124 Bonaparte’s Gull
125 Black-headed Gull
126 Little Gull
127 Laughing Gull
128 Ring-billed Gull
129 Herring Gull
130 Thayer’s Gull
131 Iceland Gull
132 Lesser Black-backed Gull
133 Glaucous Gull
134 Great Black-backed Gull
135 Least Tern
136 Gull-billed Tern
137 Caspian Tern
138 Black Tern
139 Roseate Tern
140 Common Tern
141 Forster’s Tern
142 Royal Tern
143 Black Skimmer
144 Rock Pigeon
145 Mourning Dove
146 Monk Parakeet
147 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
148 Black-billed Cuckoo
149 Barn Owl
150 Eastern Screech-Owl
151 Great Horned Owl
152 Snowy Owl
153 Barred Owl
154 Long-eared Owl
155 Short-eared Owl
156 Northern Saw-whet Owl
157 Common Nighthawk
158 Eastern Whip-poor-will
159 Chimney Swift
160 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
161 Belted Kingfisher
162 Red-bellied Woodpecker
163 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
164 Downy Woodpecker
165 Hairy Woodpecker
166 Northern Flicker
167 Olive-sided Flycatcher
168 Eastern Wood-Pewee
169 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
170 Acadian Flycatcher
171 Alder Flycatcher
172 Willow Flycatcher
173 Least Flycatcher
174 Eastern Phoebe
175 Ash-throated Flycatcher
176 Great Crested Flycatcher
177 Western Kingbird
178 Eastern Kingbird
179 White-eyed Vireo
180 Yellow-throated Vireo
181 Blue-headed Vireo
182 Warbling Vireo
183 Philadelphia Vireo
184 Red-eyed Vireo
185 Blue Jay
186 American Crow
187 Fish Crow
188 Horned Lark
189 Purple Martin
190 Tree Swallow
191 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
192 Bank Swallow
193 Cliff Swallow
194 Barn Swallow
195 Black-capped Chickadee
196 Tufted Titmouse
197 Red-breasted Nuthatch
198 White-breasted Nuthatch
199 Brown Creeper
200 Carolina Wren
201 House Wren
202 Winter Wren
203 Marsh Wren
204 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
205 Golden-crowned Kinglet
206 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
207 Eastern Bluebird
208 Veery
209 Gray-cheeked Thrush
210 Swainson’s Thrush
211 Hermit Thrush
212 Wood Thrush
213 American Robin
214 Gray Catbird
215 Northern Mockingbird
216 Brown Thrasher
217 European Starling
218 American Pipit
219 Cedar Waxwing
220 Ovenbird
221 Worm-eating Warbler
222 Louisiana Waterthrush
223 Northern Waterthrush
224 Golden-winged Warbler
225 Blue-winged Warbler
226 Black-and-white Warbler
227 Prothonotary Warbler
228 Tennessee Warbler
229 Orange-crowned Warbler
230 Nashville Warbler
231 Connecticut Warbler
232 Mourning Warbler
233 Kentucky Warbler
234 Common Yellowthroat
235 Hooded Warbler
236 American Redstart
237 Kirtland’s Warbler
238 Cape May Warbler
239 Cerulean Warbler
240 Northern Parula
241 Magnolia Warbler
242 Bay-breasted Warbler
243 Blackburnian Warbler
244 Yellow Warbler
245 Chestnut-sided Warbler
246 Blackpoll Warbler
247 Black-throated Blue Warbler
248 Palm Warbler
249 Pine Warbler
250 Yellow-rumped Warbler
251 Yellow-throated Warbler
252 Prairie Warbler
253 Black-throated Green Warbler
254 Canada Warbler
255 Wilson’s Warbler
256 Yellow-breasted Chat
257 Eastern Towhee
258 American Tree Sparrow
259 Chipping Sparrow
260 Clay-colored Sparrow
261 Field Sparrow
262 Vesper Sparrow
263 Savannah Sparrow
264 Nelson’s Sparrow
265 Saltmarsh Sparrow
266 Seaside Sparrow
267 Fox Sparrow
268 Song Sparrow
269 Lincoln’s Sparrow
270 Swamp Sparrow
271 White-throated Sparrow
272 White-crowned Sparrow
273 Dark-eyed Junco
274 Snow Bunting
275 Summer Tanager
276 Scarlet Tanager
277 Northern Cardinal
278 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
279 Blue Grosbeak
280 Indigo Bunting
281 Bobolink
282 Red-winged Blackbird
283 Eastern Meadowlark
284 Yellow-headed Blackbird
285 Rusty Blackbird
286 Common Grackle
287 Boat-tailed Grackle
288 Brown-headed Cowbird
289 Orchard Oriole
290 Baltimore Oriole
291 Purple Finch
292 House Finch
293 Red Crossbill
294 Common Redpoll
295 Pine Siskin
296 American Goldfinch
297 House Sparrow