Two MBW composite checklists follow: the first with those species

found in Minnesota during MBWeekends; the second with the species

found on all MBWeeks and MBWeekends combined.

Following these checklists are quizzes on 30 years of MBW trivia and idioms.



716 species  ~  as of August 2019

The following species have been recorded on a MBWeek or MBWeekend since 1986. The nomenclature, sequence, and "countable" exotics are according to the 2018 American Birding Association checklist.



The words and phrases in Column One are often heard on MBWs and are quintessential parts of the 30-year MBW tradition dating back to 1986. As a service to potentially new MBWers and to those unfamiliar with MBWs, the following quiz will help you use the proper terminology, fit right in, and avoid making a potentially embarrassing faux pas. Match the columns:


(315 / 315 species seen)

  √  Snow Goose

  √  Ross's Goose

  √  Greater White-fronted Goose

  √  Cackling Goose

  √  Canada Goose

  √  Mute Swan

  √  Trumpeter Swan

  √  Tundra Swan

  √  Wood Duck

  √  Blue-winged Teal

  √  Cinnamon Teal

  √  Northern Shoveler

  √  Gadwall

  √  American Wigeon

  √  Mallard

  √  American Black Duck

  √  Northern Pintail

  √  Green-winged Teal

  √  Canvasback

  √  Redhead

  √  Ring-necked Duck

  √  Greater Scaup

  √  Lesser Scaup

  √  Harlequin Duck

  √  Surf Scoter

  √  White-winged Scoter

  √  Black Scoter

  √  Long-tailed Duck

  √  Bufflehead

  √  Common Goldeneye

  √  Barrow's Goldeneye

  √  Hooded Merganser

  √  Common Merganser

  √  Red-breasted Merganser

  √  Ruddy Duck


  √  Gray Partridge

  √  Ring-necked Pheasant

  √  Ruffed Grouse

  √  Spruce Grouse

  √  Sharp-tailed Grouse

  √  Greater Prairie-Chicken

  √  Wild Turkey


  √  Pied-billed Grebe

  √  Horned Grebe

  √  Red-necked Grebe

  √  Eared Grebe

  √  Western Grebe

  √  Clark's Grebe


  √  Rock Pigeon

  √  Eurasian Collared-Dove

  √  Mourning Dove

  √  Yellow-billed Cuckoo

  √  Black-billed Cuckoo

  √  Common Nighthawk

  √  Eastern Whip-poor-will

  √  Chimney Swift


  √  Ruby-throated Hummingbird

  √  Yellow Rail

  √  Virginia Rail

  √  Sora

  √  Common Gallinule

  √  American Coot


  √  Sandhill Crane


  √  American Avocet

  √  Black-bellied Plover

  √  American Golden-Plover

  √  Semipalmated Plover

  √  Piping Plover

  √  Killdeer

  √  Upland Sandpiper

  √  Whimbrel

  √  Hudsonian Godwit

  √  Marbled Godwit

  √  Ruddy Turnstone

  √  Red Knot

  √  Stilt Sandpiper

  √  Sanderling

  √  Dunlin

  √  Baird's Sandpiper

  √  Least Sandpiper

  √  White-rumped Sandpiper

  √  Buff-breasted Sandpiper

  √  Pectoral Sandpiper

  √  Semipalmated Sandpiper

  √  Short-billed Dowitcher

  √  Long-billed Dowitcher

  √  American Woodcock

  √  Wilson's Snipe

  √  Spotted Sandpiper

  √  Solitary Sandpiper

  √  Lesser Yellowlegs

  √  Willet

  √  Greater Yellowlegs

  √  Wilson's Phalarope

  √  Red-necked Phalarope

  √  Parasitic Jaeger


  √  Sabine's Gull

  √  Bonaparte's Gull

  √  Little Gull

  √  Franklin's Gull

  √  Ring-billed Gull

  √  Herring Gull

  √  Iceland Gull

  √  Lesser Black-backed Gull

  √  Glaucous Gull

  √  Great Black-backed Gull

  √  Caspian Tern

  √  Black Tern

  √  Common Tern

  √  Forster's Tern

  √  Red-throated Loon

  √  Pacific Loon

  √  Common Loon

  √  Double-crested Cormorant


  √  American White Pelican


  √  American Bittern

  √  Least Bittern

  √  Great Blue Heron

  √  Great Egret

  √  Snowy Egret

  √  Little Blue Heron

  √  Cattle Egret

  √  Green Heron

  √  Black-crowned Night-Heron

  √  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron


  √  White-faced Ibis


  √  Turkey Vulture


  √  Osprey


  √  Golden Eagle

  √  Northern Harrier

  √  Sharp-shinned Hawk

  √  Cooper's Hawk

  √  Northern Goshawk

  √  Bald Eagle

  √  Red-shouldered Hawk

  √  Broad-winged Hawk

  √  Swainson's Hawk

  √  Red-tailed Hawk

  √  Rough-legged Hawk

  √  Eastern Screech-Owl

  √  Great Horned Owl

  √  Snowy Owl

  √  Northern Hawk Owl

  √  Barred Owl

  √  Great Gray Owl

  √  Long-eared Owl

  √  Short-eared Owl

  √  Boreal Owl

  √  Northern Saw-whet Owl


  √  Belted Kingfisher


  √  Red-headed Woodpecker

  √  Red-bellied Woodpecker

  √  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

  √  Am. Three-toed Woodpecker

  √  Black-backed Woodpecker

  √  Downy Woodpecker

  √  Hairy Woodpecker

  √  Northern Flicker

  √  Pileated Woodpecker


  √  American Kestrel

  √  Merlin

  √  Peregrine Falcon

  √  Prairie Falcon


  √  Great Crested Flycatcher

  √  Western Kingbird

  √  Eastern Kingbird

  √  Olive-sided Flycatcher

  √  Eastern Wood-Pewee

  √  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

  √  Acadian Flycatcher

  √  Alder Flycatcher

  √  Willow Flycatcher

  √  Least Flycatcher

  √  Eastern Phoebe

  √  Say's Phoebe

  √  Loggerhead Shrike

  √  Northern Shrike


  √  Bell's Vireo

  √  Yellow-throated Vireo

  √  Blue-headed Vireo

  √  Philadelphia Vireo

  √  Warbling Vireo

  √  Red-eyed Vireo

  √  Canada Jay

  √  Blue Jay

  √  Black-billed Magpie

  √  American Crow

  √  Common Raven


  √  Horned Lark


  √  Purple Martin

  √  Tree Swallow

  √  N. Rough-winged Swallow

  √  Bank Swallow

  √  Cliff Swallow

  √  Barn Swallow


  √  Black-capped Chickadee

  √  Boreal Chickadee

  √  Tufted Titmouse


  √  Red-breasted Nuthatch

  √  White-breasted Nuthatch


  √  Brown Creeper


  √  House Wren

  √  Winter Wren

  √  Sedge Wren

  √  Marsh Wren

  √  Carolina Wren


  √  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


  √  Golden-crowned Kinglet

  √  Ruby-crowned Kinglet


  √  Eastern Bluebird

  √  Mountain Bluebird

  √  Townsend's Solitaire

  √  Veery

  √  Gray-cheeked Thrush

  √  Swainson's Thrush

  √  Hermit Thrush

  √  Wood Thrush

  √  American Robin

  √  Varied Thrush


  √  Gray Catbird

  √  Brown Thrasher

  √  Northern Mockingbird


  √  European Starling


  √  Bohemian Waxwing

  √  Cedar Waxwing

  √  House Sparrow


  √  American Pipit

  √  Evening Grosbeak

  √  Pine Grosbeak

  √  House Finch

  √  Purple Finch

  √  Common Redpoll

  √  Hoary Redpoll

  √  Red Crossbill

  √  White-winged Crossbill

  √  Pine Siskin

  √  American Goldfinch

  √  Lapland Longspur

  √  Chestnut-collared Longspur

  √  Smith's Longspur

  √  Snow Bunting

  √  Spotted Towhee

  √  Eastern Towhee

  √  American Tree Sparrow

  √  Chipping Sparrow

  √  Clay-colored Sparrow

  √  Field Sparrow

  √  Vesper Sparrow

  √  Lark Sparrow

  √  Savannah Sparrow

  √  Grasshopper Sparrow

  √  Henslow's Sparrow

  √  Le Conte's Sparrow

  √  Nelson's Sparrow

  √  Fox Sparrow

  √  Song Sparrow

  √  Lincoln's Sparrow

  √  Swamp Sparrow

  √  White-throated Sparrow

  √  Harris's Sparrow

  √  White-crowned Sparrow

  √  Dark-eyed Junco

  √  Yellow-breasted Chat

  √  Yellow-headed Blackbird  

  √  Bobolink

  √  Eastern Meadowlark

  √  Western Meadowlark

  √  Orchard Oriole

  √  Baltimore Oriole

  √  Red-winged Blackbird

  √  Brown-headed Cowbird

  √  Rusty Blackbird

  √  Brewer's Blackbird

  √  Common Grackle

  √  Great-tailed Grackle


  √  Ovenbird

  √  Louisiana Waterthrush

  √  Northern Waterthrush

  √  Golden-winged Warbler

  √  Blue-winged Warbler

  √  Black-and-white Warbler

  √  Prothonotary Warbler

  √  Tennessee Warbler

  √  Orange-crowned Warbler

  √  Nashville Warbler

  √  Connecticut Warbler

  √  Mourning Warbler

  √  Kentucky Warbler

  √  Common Yellowthroat

  √  Hooded Warbler

  √  American Redstart

  √  Cape May Warbler

  √  Cerulean Warbler

  √  Northern Parula

  √  Magnolia Warbler

  √  Bay-breasted Warbler

  √  Blackburnian Warbler

  √  Yellow Warbler

  √  Chestnut-sided Warbler

  √  Blackpoll Warbler

  √  Black-throated Blue Warbler

  √  Palm Warbler

  √  Pine Warbler

  √  Yellow-rumped Warbler

  √  Black-thr. Green Warbler

  √  Canada Warbler

  √  Wilson's Warbler


  √  Summer Tanager

  √  Scarlet Tanager

  √  Western Tanager

  √  Northern Cardinal

  √  Rose-breasted Grosbeak

  √  Blue Grosbeak

  √  Indigo Bunting

  √  Dickcissel


(25 / 39 species seen)

     Black-bellied Whistling-Duck


     Eurasian Wigeon

√  King Eider

     White-winged Dove

√  Black-necked Stilt

√  Snowy Plover


     Purple Sandpiper

√  Western Sandpiper

√  Red Phalarope

√  Pomarine Jaeger

√  Black-legged Kittiwake

     Laughing Gull

√  California Gull

     Slaty-backed Gull

√  Arctic Tern

√  Neotropic Cormorant

√  Brown Pelican

     Glossy Ibis

     Black Vulture

     Mississippi Kite

√  Ferruginous Hawk

√  Burrowing Owl

√  Gyrfalcon

√  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

√  White-eyed Vireo

√  Rock Wren

     Eurasian Tree Sparrow

√  Sprague's Pipit

√  Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

     Lark Bunting

√  Golden-crowned Sparrow

     Worm-eating Warbler

√  Yellow-throated Warbler

√  Prairie Warbler

√  Black-headed Grosbeak

√  Lazuli Bunting

     Painted Bunting


(24 / 87 species seen)

     Fulvous Whistling-Duck


     Mottled Duck

  Tufted Duck

  Common Eider


     Willow Ptarmigan

     Rock Ptarmigan

     Band-tailed Pigeon

√  Inca Dove

√  Common Ground-Dove

     Groove-billed Ani

     Common Poorwill


     White-throated Swift

     Mexican Violetear

     Rivoli's Hummingbird

     Anna’s Hummingbird

     Costa’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

     Calliope Hummingbird

     Black Rail

King Rail

     Purple Gallinule

     Whooping Crane

     Wilson’s Plover

     Long-billed Curlew

     Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

     Curlew Sandpiper

  Long-tailed Jaeger


√  Black Guillemot

     Long-billed Murrelet

     Ancient Murrelet

√  Ivory Gull

  Black-headed Gull

     Ross’s Gull

     Mew Gull

√  Glaucous-winged Gull

     Least Tern

     Gull-billed Tern

     Sandwich Tern

     Elegant Tern

√  Yellow-billed Loon

     Northern Fulmar

  Wood Stork

     Magnificent Frigatebird

√  Tricolored Heron

     White Ibis

     Roseate Spoonbill

     White-tailed Kite

     Swallow-tailed Kite

     Barn Owl

     Lewis’s Woodpecker

     Acorn Woodpecker

     Williamson’s Sapsucker

     Crested Caracara

√  Ash-throated Flycatcher

     Tropical Kingbird

√  Cassin’s Kingbird

     Fork-tailed Flycatcher

√  Western Wood-Pewee

     Vermilion Flycatcher

√  Clark’s Nutcracker

     Violet-green Swallow

     Pygmy Nuthatch

     Bewick’s Wren

     American Dipper

     Northern Wheatear

√  Fieldfare

√  Curve-billed Thrasher

√  Sage Thrasher


     Cassin’s Finch

     McCown’s Longspur

     Green-tailed Towhee

     Brewer’s Sparrow

     Black-throated Sparrow

√  Baird’s Sparrow

√  Bullock’s Oriole

     Scott’s Oriole

     MacGillivray’s Warbler

     Kirtland’s Warbler

     Black-throated Gray Warbler

√  Townsend’s Warbler

     Hermit Warbler

     Painted Redstart


(1 / 2 species seen)

√  Northern Bobwhite

     Eskimo Curlew


(0 / 1 species seen)

     Passenger Pigeon

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose


Cackling Goose

Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Tundra Swan

Egyptian Goose

Muscovy Duck

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler


Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon


American Black Duck

Mottled Duck

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal



Ring-necked Duck

Tufted Duck

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

King Eider

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Barrow's Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Masked Duck

Ruddy Duck

Plain Chachalaca

Mountain Quail

Northern Bobwhite

Scaled Quail

California Quail

Gambel's Quail

Montezuma Quail

Gray Partridge

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ruffed Grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse

Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Willow Ptarmigan

Rock Ptarmigan

White-tailed Ptarmigan

Dusky Grouse

Sooty Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Wild Turkey

American Flamingo

Least Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Eared Grebe

Western Grebe

Clark's Grebe

Rock Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

Red-billed Pigeon

Band-tailed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Ruddy Ground-Dove

Key West Quail-Dove

White-tipped Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Mangrove Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo

Greater Roadrunner

Smooth-billed Ani

Groove-billed Ani

Lesser Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk

Antillean Nighthawk

Common Pauraque

Common Poorwill


Eastern Whip-poor-will

Mexican Whip-poor-will

Black Swift

Chimney Swift

Vaux's Swift

White-throated Swift

Rivoli's Hummingbird

Plain-capped Starthroat

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Lucifer Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Berylline Hummingbird

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

White-eared Hummingbird

Yellow Rail

Black Rail

Ridgway's Rail

Clapper Rail

King Rail

Virginia Rail


Purple Gallinule

Purple Swamphen

Common Gallinule

American Coot


Sandhill Crane

Whooping Crane

Black-necked Stilt

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden-Plover

Pacific Golden-Plover

Snowy Plover

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover


Mountain Plover

Northern Jacana

Upland Sandpiper


Long-billed Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Hudsonian Godwit

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Black Turnstone

Red Knot



Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper



Purple Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher

American Woodcock

Wilson's Snipe

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Lesser Yellowlegs


Greater Yellowlegs

Wilson's Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

South Polar Skua

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Common Murre

Thick-billed Murre


Black Guillemot

Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Scripps's Murrelet

Craveri's Murrelet

Ancient Murrelet

Cassin's Auklet

Parakeet Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

Atlantic Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Swallow-tailed Gull

Black-legged Kittiwake

Ivory Gull

Sabine's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Black-headed Gull

Little Gull

Laughing Gull

Franklin's Gull

Black-tailed Gull

Heermann's Gull

Mew Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

Yellow-footed Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Iceland Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Slaty-backed Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Brown Noddy

Black Noddy

Sooty Tern

Bridled Tern

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Roseate Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Elegant Tern

Black Skimmer

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Yellow-billed Loon

Laysan Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

Short-tailed Albatross

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

Leach's Storm-Petrel

Ashy Storm-Petrel

Black Storm-Petrel

Northern Fulmar

Cory's Shearwater

Buller's Shearwater

Short-tailed Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Pink-footed Shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater

Manx Shearwater

Black-vented Shearwater

Audubon's Shearwater

Wood Stork

Magnificent Frigatebird

Masked Booby

Nazca Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Brown Booby

Red-footed Booby

Northern Gannet

Brandt's Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant


American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Bittern

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

California Condor


White-tailed Kite

Hook-billed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Golden Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Northern Goshawk

Bald Eagle

Mississippi Kite

Crane Hawk

Snail Kite

Common Black Hawk

Roadside Hawk

Harris's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

Gray Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Short-tailed Hawk

Swainson's Hawk

Zone-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Barn Owl

Flammulated Owl

Western Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Whiskered Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Snowy Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Pygmy-Owl

Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl

Elf Owl

Burrowing Owl

Spotted Owl

Barred Owl

Great Gray Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Boreal Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Elegant Trogon

Eared Quetzal

Ringed Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Amazon Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Lewis's Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Gila Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Williamson's Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

American Three-toed Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Nuttall's Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

White-headed Woodpecker

Arizona Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Gilded Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Collared Forest-Falcon

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel


Aplomado Falcon


Peregrine Falcon

Prairie Falcon

Monk Parakeet

Nanday Parakeet

Green Parakeet

White-winged Parakeet

Red-crowned Parrot

Rosy-faced Lovebird


Masked Tityra

Rose-throated Becard

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Nutting's Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

La Sagra's Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird

Couch's Kingbird

Cassin's Kingbird

Thick-billed Kingbird

Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Gray Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Tufted Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Greater Pewee

Western Wood-Pewee

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Hammond's Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Buff-breasted Flycatcher

Black Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Shrike

Black-capped Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

Cuban Vireo

Bell's Vireo

Gray Vireo

Hutton's Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Cassin's Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow-green Vireo

Black-whiskered Vireo

Canada Jay

Brown Jay

Green Jay

Pinyon Jay

Steller's Jay

Blue Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Island Scrub-Jay

California Scrub-Jay

Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay

Mexican Jay

Clark's Nutcracker

Black-billed Magpie

Yellow-billed Magpie

American Crow

Northwestern Crow

Tamaulipas Crow

Fish Crow

Chihuahuan Raven

Common Raven

Eurasian Skylark

Horned Lark

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Mountain Chickadee

Mexican Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee

Bridled Titmouse

Oak Titmouse

Juniper Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Black-crested Titmouse



Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Pygmy Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Rock Wren

Canyon Wren

House Wren

Pacific Wren

Winter Wren

Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren

Sinaloa Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

California Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-capped Gnatcatcher

American Dipper

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Red-flanked Bluetail

Northern Wheatear

Eastern Bluebird

Western Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Townsend's Solitaire


Gray-cheeked Thrush

Bicknell's Thrush

Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush


Clay-colored Thrush

White-throated Thrush

Rufous-backed Robin

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Blue Mockingbird

Gray Catbird

Curve-billed Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Long-billed Thrasher

Bendire's Thrasher

California Thrasher

LeConte's Thrasher

Crissal Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Bahama Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Common Myna

Bohemian Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing


Olive Warbler

Scaly-breasted Munia

House Sparrow

White Wagtail

Red-throated Pipit

American Pipit

Sprague's Pipit

Evening Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Black Rosy-Finch

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

House Finch

Purple Finch

Cassin's Finch

Common Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Red Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill

Pine Siskin

Lesser Goldfinch

Lawrence's Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Lapland Longspur

Chestnut-collared Longspur

Smith's Longspur

McCown's Longspur

Snow Bunting

Olive Sparrow

Green-tailed Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Canyon Towhee

California Towhee

Abert's Towhee

Rufous-winged Sparrow

Botteri's Sparrow

Cassin's Sparrow

Bachman's Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Black-chinned Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Five-striped Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Sagebrush Sparrow

Bell's Sparrow

Lark Bunting

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Baird's Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

LeConte's Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Nelson's Sparrow

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Yellow-eyed Junco

Yellow-breasted Chat

Yellow-headed Blackbird


Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Black-vented Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Hooded Oriole

Streak-backed Oriole

Bullock's Oriole

Spot-breasted Oriole

Altamira Oriole

Audubon's Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Scott's Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird

Tricolored Blackbird

Shiny Cowbird

Bronzed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Rusty Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle


Worm-eating Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Golden-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Swainson's Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Colima Warbler

Lucy's Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Virginia's Warbler

Connecticut Warbler

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat

MacGillivray's Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

American Redstart

Kirtland's Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

Northern Parula

Tropical Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Grace's Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Hermit Warbler

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Rufous-capped Warbler

Golden-crowned Warbler

Canada Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Red-faced Warbler

Painted Redstart

Hepatic Tanager

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Western Tanager

Crimson-collared Grosbeak

Northern Cardinal


Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Blue Bunting

Blue Grosbeak

Lazuli Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Varied Bunting

Painted Bunting


Yellow-faced Grassquit

Morelet's Seedeater

*                    *                    *                    *

30 YEARS OF MBW TRIVIA (1986 - 2015)

~  Match the columns; unless stated otherwise, answers only refer to MBWeekends in Minnesota  ~

Agitator 1000

Black Guillemot




Cinnamon Teal

Civil War reenactment

Clark's Grebe

Common Ground-Dove


Craig Mandel

Dave Johnson


George Vania

Golden-crowned Sparrow

House Sparrow

Jerry Pruett

Lark Bunting


Linda Sparling


Mute Swan

Nelson's Sparrow



Roy Zimmerman

  1. Agitator 5000

  2. Alien

  3. Applebee's, I-talian

  4. Car-pooling

  5. Channel 6, sub-channel 6

  6. Checklist boy or girl

  7. Chicken hawk

  8. Common rookie mistake

  9. Flip around

10. Honker

11. I don't know and I don't care

12. Junior Tour Leader Merit Badge

13. Let's blow this hellhole

14. Lily-livered lollygagging low-life lister

15. No refunds

16. Okey dokey, or Sounds good!

17. Perkins

18. Pine tree

19. Proper adult supervision                 

20. Proper scope etiquette

21. Seagull

22. Sewage pond

23. Sleep, Eat, Go to the bathroom, Shop, Play with dogs, Bird

24. Subway

25. The Damn Book  

26. Two-fer

27. Union-mandated coffee breaks for No. 30

28. White Starling

29. You're fired

30. Your spineless, wishy-washy tour leader


  25  A Birder's Guide to Minnesota (or The Goddamn Book,

        according to Dorothy Brindle)

  30  A.k.a. MBW's CEO

  14  Alliterative term of MBW affection

  12  Always revoked soon after being awarded

  22  Baptism site for new MBWers, and my most treasured

        Minnesota list

  10  Branta canadensis (or an impatient No. 2?)

    8  Calling No. 10 a Canada Goose, e.g.

    2  Car caravan follower (or alternate name for county lister?)

    1  Chick(adee) magnet

  29  Co-leader has heard this 258 times

    6  Coveted MBW position

  18  Craig's name for spruce, balsam fir, tamarack, etc.

    3  Craig's two favorites

  19  Foolish MBWers try to bird or do checklists without it

  27  Hour-and-a-half

  21  Larus lumpus

    4  May not take shape until No. 17

  23  MBW priorities in order of importance

  15  MBW words to live by

  13  Only firm decision No. 30 knows how to make

    7  Parrot relative?

  16  Proper response to "Group dinner at Applebee's!"

  28  Proposed AOU name after Mute and Trumpeter swans

        are lumped

  20  Rudeness, cutting in line, not waiting, etc.

  24  Ubiquitous alternative for forgetful MBWers

  26  Ultimate county listing experience

    9  U-turn (or rude circular gesture?)

  17  We have to think where to start without one

    5  We're at a loss for words without them (or unsuccessful

        perfume names after the original?)

  11  What's the biggest fault a birding tour leader can have:

        ignorance or apathy?

___ A Birder's Guide to Minnesota (or The Goddamn Book,

       according to Dorothy Brindle)

___ A.k.a. MBW's CEO

___ Alliterative term of MBW affection

___ Always revoked soon after being awarded

___ Baptism site for new MBWers, and my most treasured

       Minnesota list

___ Branta canadensis (or an impatient No. 2?)

___ Calling No. 10 a Canada Goose, e.g.

___ Car caravan follower (or alternate name for county lister?)

___ Chick(adee) magnet

___ Co-leader has heard this 258 times

___ Coveted MBW position

___ Craig's name for spruce, balsam fir, tamarack, etc.

___ Craig's two favorites

___ Foolish MBWers try to bird or do checklists without it

___ Hour-and-a-half

___ Larus lumpus

___ May not take shape until No. 17

___ MBW priorities in order of importance

___ MBW words to live by

___ Only firm decision No. 30 knows how to make

___ Parrot relative?

___ Proper response to "Group dinner at Applebee's!"

___ Proposed AOU name after Mute and Trumpeter swans

       are lumped

___ Rudeness, cutting in line, not waiting, etc.

___ Ubiquitous alternative for forgetful MBWers

___ Ultimate county listing experience

___ U-turn (or rude circular gesture?)

___ We have to think where to start without one

___ We're at a loss for words without them (or unsuccessful

       perfume names after the original?)

___ What's the biggest fault a birding tour leader can have:

       ignorance or apathy?

A.  Uninvited participant during Houston Co car-pooling (March 1988)

B.  Comment on Prairie Falcon's prey: "They're all ________!" (Oct 1989)

C.  Expressly prohibited for the first time (May 1990)

D.  Missed by MBWers following Panda at Blue Mounds (July 1990)

E.  Misidentified by entire MBW group (Aug 1990)

F.  Most dog breeds (Nov 1990)

G.  MBW species #300 (July 1991)

H.  Last seen being chased by N Shrike (Nov 1991)

I.  Died 2 days after attending his last MBW (March 1992)

J.  Lowest temperature (° below 0) (Jan 1993)

K.  Died after swimming across Grand Marais harbor (Nov 1993)

L.  Killed by eagles 2 days after being found on MBW (Nov 1995)

M.  Fewest species (April 1996); most shorebirds (Aug 2008, May 2009, May 2014)

N.  McGregor police foiled Ron Erpelding's attempt to see this (June 1998)

O.  Illuminated Yellow Rail in Warren Nelson's hand (June 1998)

P.  First-time leader on MBW with 2 participants (Nov 1999)

Q.  Most warbler species (May 2002, May 2013)

R.  Yellow Rail seen from road standing on this (June 2002)

S.  MBWers ignored 6 Harlequin Ducks to see this (Oct 2002)

T.  #400 on my MN list seen during MBW (Oct 2004)

U.  Most Great Gray Owls (Jan 2005)

V.  Highest temperature (July 2006)

W.  Highest wind gusts (mph) (May 2007)

X.  First undocumented Accidental included on MBW list (May 2007)

Y.  MBW in Pipestone misidentified as this (May 2007)

Z.  MBW species #350 (Sept 2007)

AA.  #233 on Uncle Paul's Mother's Garden list found on MBW (Sept 2007)

BB.  Lacked the gall to be MBW participant (Oct 2007)

CC.  Seen by those snowbound in Crookston (April 2008)

DD.  Swam across roadside ditch near McGregor (May 2008)

EE.  Found on Leech Lake pelagic trip (Oct 2008)

FF.  Site of most inefficient MBW rest stop (Oct 2008)

GG.  Highest MBWeekend species total (May 2009)

HH.  Second undocumented Accidental included on MBW list (June 2009)

I I.  First state record discovered on MBW (Nov 2009)

JJ.  Foiled our plans to record MBW species #356 (April 2010)

KK.  Predator rescued from Short-eared Owls (Sept 2010)

LL.  Possible Asian stray on Norman Co MBW (May 2013)

MM.  Last Regular MN species added to MBW list (Oct 2013)

NN.  Craig's birding site 2 miles away was actually ___ miles away (May 2014)

OO.  Not birded due to gas pipeline explosion (May 2014)

PP.  Craig abandons MBWers to see this 240 miles away (June 2014)

QQ.  Composite MBWeekends species total

RR.  Composite MBWeeks species total

SS.  MBWer's spouse with magnetic personality

TT.  MBW sewage pond consultant

UU.  Most MBWeekends attended by single participant

VV.  Number of MN counties never included on MBWs

WW.  Only 1986 MBW participant present at 30th Reunion

XX.  Only species on MBWeekends not seen in MN

YY.  Total number of MBWeekends since 1986

ZZ.  Total number of MBWeeks and MBWeekends participants

____  Agitator 1000

____  Black Guillemot

____  Bobolink

____  Cactus

____  Cat

____  Cinnamon Teal

____  Civil War reenactment

____  Clark's Grebe

____  Common Ground-Dove

____  Cow

____  Craig Mandel

____  Dave Johnson

____  Fieldfare

____  George Vania

____  Golden-crowned Sparrow

____  House Sparrow

____  Jerry Pruett

____  Lark Bunting

____  Lightning

____  Linda Sparling

____  Longville

____  Mute Swan

____  Nelson's Sparrow

____  Panda

____  Refunds

____  Roy Zimmerman

____  Sabine's Gull

____  Smith's Longspurs

____  Snowy Owl

____  Townsend's Warbler

____  Warren sewage ponds

____  Western Sandpiper

____  Western Wood-Pewee

____  Wood Stork

____  Yellow-billed Loon

____  Yellow-breasted Bunting

____  Yellow Rail

____  0

____  7

____  25

____  27

____  31

____  34

____  56

____  63

____  96

____  138

____  200

____  362

____  366

____  700

____  8000



√ = 365 species seen in Minnesota on MBWeekends as of May 2019 (Minnesota list = 444 species)






















































Sabine's Gull

Smith's Longspurs

Snowy Owl

Townsend's Warbler

Warren sewage ponds

Western Sandpiper

Western Wood-Pewee

Wood Stork

Yellow-billed Loon

Yellow-breasted Bunting

Yellow Rail