• river flowing through forest

    Bluestone

    National Scenic River West Virginia

Bird List

male cardinal

Cardinal

David Hypes

Bluestone National Scenic River
Bird List

KEY
The following is the key used to indicate abundance and occurrence:
C - COMMON indicates that the species can usually be seen during the season indicated.
U - UNCOMMON indicates present but not certain to be seen.
R - RARE indicates a very low probability on encountering the species, although not out of normal range.
A - ACCIDENTAL indicates that the species is out of its normal range.
P - PERMANENT RESIDENT indicates that the species remains in the park year-round.
S - SUMMER indicates that the species can be found in the park during the summer months.
W - WINTER indicates that the species can be found in the park during the winter months.
T - TRANSIENT indicates migratory birds, usually seen spring and fall.

LOONS - HERONS
Common Loon - U W
Pied-billed Grebe - C W
Double-crested Cormorant- R W
Great Blue Heron - P C
Green Heron - S C

WATERFOWL
Mute Swan- T R
Canada Goose- P C
Wood Duck - P C
Green Winged Teal - W C
American Black Duck - W C
Mallard - P C
Northern Pintail - W R
Blue-winged Teal - W C
Gadwall - T U
American Wigeon - T U
Canvasback - T U
Redhead - T U
Ringed-neck Duck - T C
Lesser Scaup - T C
Common Goldeneye - T C
Bufflehead - T C
Ruddy Duck - T C
Common Merganser - TU
Red-breasted Merganser - T U
Hooded Merganser - TU

AMERICAN VULTURES
Black Vulture - S U
Turkey Vulture - P C

EAGLES AND HAWKS
Osprey - T U
Bald Eagle - T R
Northern Harrier - T W
Sharp Shinned Hawk - P C
Coopers Hawk - P U
Red-shouldered Hawk - P C
Broad-winged Hawk - S C
Red-tailed Hawk - P C
Rough-legged Hawk - P U
Golden Eagle - T R
American Kestrel - P C
Peregrine Falcon - T R

GAME BIRDS
Ruffed Grouse - P C
Wild Turkey - P C
Northern Bobwhite - P U

SHOREBIRDS
Killdeer - P C
Solitary Sandpiper -T C
Spotted Sandpiper - S C
Ringed-billed Gull - T C

DOVES
Rock Dove - P C
Mourning Dove - P C

CUCKOOS
Black Billed Cuckoo - S U
Yellow Billed Cuckoo - S C

OWLS
Eastern Screech Owl - P U
Great Horned Owl- PU
Barred Owl - P C

NIGHTHAWKS, SWIFTS
Common Nighthawk - S U
Whip-poor-will - S U
Chimney Swift - S C

HUMMINGBIRDS, KINGFISHERS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - S C
Belted Kingfisher - P C

WOODPECKERS
Red-bellied Woodpecker - P C
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - W U
Downy Woodpecker - P C
Hairy Woodpecker - P C
Northern Flicker- P C
Pileated Woodpecker - P C
Red-headed Woodpecker - P R

FLYCATCHERS
Eastern Wood-pewee - S C
Acadian Flycatcher - S C
Willow Flycatcher - S U
Least Flycatcher - S U
Eastern Phoebe - S C
Great-Crested Flycatcher - S C
Eastern Kingbird- S C

LARKS, SWALLOWS
Horned Lark - P R
Purple Martin - S U
Tree Swallow - S C
Rough-winged Swallow - S C
Bank Swallow - S C
Cliff Swallow - S C
Barn Swallow - S C

CROWS, JAYS
Blue Jay - P C
American Crow - P C
Common Raven - P U

CHICKADEES, TITMICE
Black-capped Chickadee - P C
Carolina Chickadee - P C
Tufted Titmouse - P C

NUTHATCHES, CREEPERS
Red-breasted Nuthatch -W U
White-breasted Nuthatch - P C
Brown Creeper - P C

WRENS
Carolina Wren - P C
House Wren - P C
Winter Wren - W U

KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS
Gold-crowned Kinglet - W C
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - W C
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher- S C

THRUSHES
Eastern Bluebird - P C
Veery - T R
Gray-Cheeked Thrush - T R
Swainson's Thrush - S R
Hermit Thrush - W U
Wood Thrush - S C
American Robin - S C

MIMICS
Gray Catbird - S C
Northern Mockingbird - P C
Brown Thrasher - S C

WAXWINGS, STARLINGS, SHRIKES
Cedar Waxwing - P U
European Starling - P C
Loggerhead Shrike - S R

VIREOS
White-eyed Vireo - S C
Blue-headed Vireo - S U
Yellow Throated Vireo - S U
Warbling Vireo - S U
Red-eyed Vireo - S C

WARBLERS
Blue-winged Warbler - S U
Gold-winged Warbler - S C
Tennessee Warbler - T R
Nashville Warbler - T R
Northern Parula - S U
Yellow Warbler - S C
Magnolia Warbler - W C
Cape May Warbler - T R
Black throated Blue Warbler - S U
Black-throated Green Warbler -S U
Blackburnian Warbler -T U
Yellow-throated Warbler - S U
Pine Warbler - S U
Prairie Warbler - S C
Palm Warbler - T U
Bay-breasted Warbler - T U
Blackpoll Warbler - T U
Cerulean Warbler - S C
Black & White Warbler - S C
American Redstart- S C
Prothonotary Warbler - S U
Worm-eating Warbler - S C
Swainson's Warbler - S R
Ovenbird -S C
Northern Waterthrush - T R
Louisiana Waterthrush - S C
Kentucky Warbler - S C
Common Yellowthroat - S C
Hooded Warbler - S C
Wilson's Warbler - T R
Canada Warbler - S U
Yellow Breasted Chat - S C

TANAGERS
Summer Tanager - S U
Scarlet Tanager - S C

CARDINALS, GROSSBEAKS
Northern Cardinal - P C
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - S U
Blue Grosbeak - S U
Indigo Bunting - S C

SPARROWS
Eastern Towhee - P C
American Tree Sparrow - W U
Chipping Sparrow - S C
Field Sparrow - P C
Vesper Sparrow - S U
Savannah Sparrow - S U
Grasshopper Sparrow - S U
Fox Sparrow - T U
Song Sparrow - P C
Swamp Sparrow - W U
White-throated Sparrow - W C
White-crowned Sparrow -W U
Dark-eyed Junco - W C

BLACKBIRDS
Red-winged Blackbird - P C
Eastern Meadowlark - P C
Common Grackle - P C
Brown-headed Cowbird - S C
Baltimore Oriole - S C

FINCHES
Purple Finch - W U
House Finch- P C
Pine Siskin - W U
American Goldfinch - P C
Evening Grosbeak - W C

WEAVERS
House Sparrow - P C

Did You Know?

Sign commemorating the former town of Lilly.

Lilly, a small community on the Bluestone River, was removed due to construction of the Bluestone Dam in 1949. Remains from 149 graves were exhumed and relocated. Remnants of the foundations of a church, school, and homes can be seen at the former townsite.