250 Bird Challenge 2023

During 2023, I hope to see a total of 250 different bird species.

This will be quite a big challenge! The highest I have ever managed is 206 and that was with quite a lot of traveling around Ontario and a trip to The UK.


Watch all the videos from the 250 Bird Challenge


  1. Bids must be seen during 2023
  2. Birds must be wild
  3. Birds must be within the ABA Area (Canada, USA, Mexico)


Canada GooseMute SwanMallard
Dark-eyed JuncoNorthern CardinalGadwall
BuffleheadMourning DoveRing-billed Gull
Northern PintailCommon GoldeneyeRed-breasted Merganser
Downy WoodpeckerNorthern FlickerBlue Jay
Red-bellied WoodpeckerAmerican CrowWhite-throated Sparrow
Black-capped ChickadeeWhite-breasted NuthatchRed-breasted Nuthatch
Song SparrowAmerican Black DuckGreater Scaup
European StarlingAmerican GoldfinchAmerican Tree Sparrow
Long-tailed DuckHorned GrebeCommon Loon
Bald EagleSnowy OwlCommon Raven
American RobinHouse SparrowAmerican Pipit
Herring GullBrown CreeperTownsend’s Solitaire
Cedar WaxwingTrumpeter SwanCanvasback
Hooded MerganserAmerican CootAmerican Wigeon
Common MerganserGreat Black-backed GullNorthern Shoveler
Green-winged TealDouble-crested CormorantRuddy Duck
Savannah SparrowEvening GrosbeakPurple Finch
White-winged ScoterRock PigeonHarlequin Duck
Iceland GullRed-tailed HawkWood Duck
RedheadHairy WoodpeckerSpruce Grouse
Canada JayHorned LarkNorthern Harrier
Barred OwlWild TurkeyRed-winged Blackbird
Turkey VultureAmerican KestrelRed-necked Grebe
Cooper’s HawkHoary RedpollCommon Grackle
Northern MockingbirdPeregrine FalconPileated Woodpecker
Ring-necked DuckEastern MeadowlarkLesser Scaup
Pied-billed GrebeTree SwallowGolden-crowned Kinglet
Brown-headed CowbirdKilldeerSandhill Crane
Eastern BluebirdGreat EgretChipping Sparrow
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerEastern PhoebeRuby-crowned Kinglet
Carolina WrenBlue-winged TealHermit Thrush
Winter WrenFox SparrowRusty Blackbird
Bonaparte’s GullBelted KingfisherSharp-shinned Hawk
Barn SwallowTufted TitmouseYellow-rumped Warbler
Eared GrebeOspreyWilson’s Snipe
Brown ThrasherField SparrowVesper Sparrow
Swamp SparrowEastern TowheeLark Sparrow
WhimbrelBlack OystercatcherWestern Gull
Brown PelicanWhite-crowned SparrowWestern Grebe
Great Blue HeronBrewer’s BlackbirdAnna’s Hummingbird
Pigeon GuilemotWhite-tailed KiteWrentit
California ThrasherHouse FinchPine Siskin
Common YellowthroatSpotted TowheeBlack Phoebe
Bewick’s WrenBlack-crowned Night HeronBrandt’s Cormorant
Nuttall’s WoodpeckerChestnut-backed ChickadeeRed-shouldered Hawk
Hutton’s VireoCalifornia TowheeBlack-necked Stilt
American AvocetSnowy EgretWestern Flycatcher
Loggerhead ShrikeMarsh WrenGreat-tailed Grackle
Yellow WarblerWestern TanagerAcorn Woodpecker
Ash-throated FlycatcherWestern KingbirdWestern Bluebird
Lawrence’s GoldfinchBullock’s OrioleSteller’s Jay
California Scrub JayMountain ChickadeePygmy Nuthatch
Greater RoadrunnerWhite-winged DoveWestern Wood-Pewee
Brown-crested FlycatcherOak TitmouseVerdin
Lesser GoldfinchHooded OrioleLucy’s Warbler
Summer TanagerBlack-tailed GnatcatcherCactus Wren
Eurasian Collared-DoveGambel’s QuailBurrowing Owl
Western MeadowlarkAllen’s HummingbirdNorthern Rough-winged Swallow
Cassin’s KingbirdCliff SwallowWilson’s Warbler
BushtitHouse WrenYellow-crowned Night Heron
White-throated SwiftOrange-crowned WarblerHeermann’s Gull
Long-billed CurlewLittle Blue HeronCaspian Tern
California QuailSurf ScoterMarbled Godwit
Black-headed GrosbeakWarbling VireoViolet-green Swallow
American White PelicanSanderlingBand-tailed Pigeon
Swainson’s ThrushPacific WrenGreen Heron
Least FlycatcherGray CatbirdBaltimore Oriole
Tennessee WarblerNashville WarblerAmerican Redstart
Northern ParulaBay-breasted WarblerBlackpoll Warbler
VeeryBank SwallowBlue-gray Gnatcatcher
Common TernEastern KingbirdEastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested FlycatcherProthonotary WarblerRose-breasted Grosbeak
Ruddy TurnstoneBlack TernBlack-bellied Plover
Purple MartinBobolinkIndigo Bunting
Ruby-throated HummingbirdRed-eyed VireoBlack-and-white Warbler
Magnolia WarblerCanada WarblerBlack-backed Woodpecker
MerlinPalm WarblerBlue-headed Vireo
Pine WarblerScarlet TanagerRuffed Grouse
Black-thoated Green WarblerLesser YellowlegsBaird’s Sandpiper
Solitary SandpiperGreater YellowlegsBlack-throated Blue Warbler


I’m Stu and I go by the nickname “BritHikesOntario”. I’m a displaced British bloke living in Ontario, Canada. I create videos, write stuff and take photographs that all aim to capture the essence of Ontario. Together with my wife, Sara, I enjoy showcasing the birds, landscape, nature and wildlife of this beautiful province!
I hope that you’ll enjoy discovering Ontario with me!