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I Bird NY: Experienced Birder Challenge

Take the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge!

The Experienced Birder Challenge: If you are already a birder, take your birding to the next level by taking the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge! The bird species listed on this webpage represent birds from a variety of habitats all across New York State.

Find any 10 (or more) of the bird species listed below to complete the challenge and for each bird you find, complete the information on the entry sheet. Some species are common and found in many places, while others are rare and may be limited to a specific habitat or part of the state, so everyone can find some of them. Download our I Bird NY Experienced Challenge form (PDF). The Experienced Challenge form is also available in Spanish (PDF)

Learn more about these birds on this page where each species is profiled. Take the 2021 challenge today!

Bird Species

American Kestrel
American Bittern
American Woodcock
Bald Eagle
Bicknell's Thrush
Black Rail
Black Skimmer
Black Tern
Canada Goose
Cerulean Warbler
Common Loon
Common Nighthawk
Common Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Golden Eagle
Golden-winged Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Henslow's Sparrow
Horned Lark
King Rail
Least Bittern
Least Tern
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Pied-billed Grebe
Piping Plover
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Ring-necked Pheasant
Roseate Tern
Ruffed Grouse
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Sedge Wren
Short-eared Owl
Spruce Grouse
Trumpeter Swan (leaves DEC website)
Tundra Swan (leaves DEC website)
Upland Sandpiper
Vesper Sparrow
Wild Turkey
Yellow-breasted Chat