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Bird Listers Corner

gulls in California

Western, Heerman’s and Glaucous-winged Gulls in California – R. Cunningham

Bird Lister’s Corner is an opportunity for PAFN club members to list their most recent total number of Life birds in four recognized categories. It is a great opportunity for club members to share in some friendly competition and to watch and measure your own progress over the upcoming months and years.

The four categories include:

Pembroke Circle (50 km circle) Pembroke Count Circle

Ontario (anywhere in the province of Ontario)

North America (ABA area-Canada and the United States including Alaska but excluding Hawaii).

ABA website ABA 2011 checklist

World – Includes all bird species from anywhere in the world including the ABA area. Must not include duplicates- a Mallard is a Mallard no matter what country. If there are any doubts, Latin names of the two birds must be compared. For example the Northern Gannet is not the same as the Gannet in Europe (two different Latin names).

To register, just forward your total life bird number for each of the categories and your best new lifer bird for each category and where you saw it to Ken Hooles at

for example: Pembroke Circle – 120 ( Rufous Hummingbird, etc. The list will be updated quarterly including the best new Lifer bird.

Bird Lister’s Corner – compiled by Ken Hooles    (March 17, 2024)


Ken Hooles               1148             Purple Swamp Hen   Sarasota, Fla    

Christian Renault       1001            Says Phoebe         British Columbia 

Mike Macdonald       714              Zapata Sparrow       Cuba 

Sandra MacDonald    626             Great Lizard Cuckoo   Cuba

Manson Fleguel         566              Marsh Sandpiper            Thedford, ON

Susan Ellis                  540              Snow Crane                     South Korea

Rob Cunningham      399              Roseate Spoonbill      Florida

Ken Brown                 353              Dark-faced Fire Finch    Tanzania

Martin Roncetti         283              Clay-colored Sparrow      Haldimand, ON

ABA Area

Jaques Bouvier             590            White-tailed Ptarmigan     Jasper, AB

Ken Hooles                  587             Tufted Duck                     Brighton, ON       

Manson Fleguel           546            Marsh Sandpiper               Haldimand, ON

Mike MacDonald         545            Tundra Bean Goose       Nova Scotia

Christian Renault         533             Sabine’s Gull            British Columbia                         

Sandra MacDonald      483            Lewis’s Woodpecker British Columbia                          

Rob Cunningham        384             Purple Gallinule            Florida

Vincent Agnesi            306             Yellow-throated Vireo       Sheenboro, QC         

Mark Dojczman          260              Golden-winged Warbler      Renfrew County                      

Ken Brown                  233              Clapper Rail                Connecticut, USA

Martin Roncetti          232              Clay-colored Sparrow        Haldimand, ON




Jacques Bouvier       357                Western Tanager     Ottawa                   

Ken Hooles              322                Tufted Duck        Brighton, ON        

Rob Cunningham    292                Tufted Duck        Brighton, ON                  

Mike MacDonald    279                 Brambling          North Bay          

Mark Dojczman      255                 Golden-winged Warbler Renfrew County      

Christian Renault    250                 Short-billed Gull       Cobden   

Martin Roncetti      215                  Clay-colored Sparrow      Haldimand

Ken Brown              162                  Whip-poor-will   Pembroke


Pembroke Circle

Manson Fleguel           281                Dickcissel                                Pembroke

Ken Hooles                  280                American White Pelican       Pembroke

Mark Dojczman           255               Golden-winged Warbler     Renfrew County

Jacques Bouvier           249               Thick-billed Murre                Cobden

Christian Renault         245               Short-billed Gull                   Cobden         

Rob Cunningham        232                Willet                                     Pembroke

Mike MacDonald         224                Sabine’s   Gull                        Lake Dore

Ken Brown                   155                Whip-poor-will                      Pembroke


Congratulations to everyone who was able to add to their list this winter. Congrats to Ken Brown for increasing his world list by 11 species in Tanzania and to Mike and Sandra MacDonald for increasing their world list on a vacation in Cuba. Also noted, Jacques Bouvier for being the only one to increase his ABA list. Good birding this spring!