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Bird Checklist





Bird Checklist








ABUNDANCE

c Common

u Uncommon

r Rare

a Accidental

h Hypothetical





OCCURANCE

R Resident

S Summer Resident

W Winter Resident

M Migrant







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COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME





NOTES





1 Common Loon





Gavia immer





u M





FAMILY PODICIPEDIDAE - Grebes





2 Clark’s Grebe





Aechmophorus clarkii





r S, M





3 Western Grebe





Aechmophorus occidentalis





r S, M





4 Eared Grebe





Podiceps nigricollis





r S, M





5 Pied-billed Grebe





Podilymbus podiceps





u M





FAMILY PELECANIDAE - Pelicans





6 American White Pelican





Pelecanus erythrorhynchos





r M





FAMILY PHALACROCORACIDAE - Cormorants





7 Double-crested Cormorant





Phalacrocorax auritus





c M





FAMILY ARDEIDAE - Bitterns and Herons





8 American Bittern





Botaurus lentiginosus





a W





9 Cattle Egret





Bubulcus ibis





a





10 Black-crowned Night Heron





Nycticorax nycticorax





r M





11 Snowy Egret





Egretta thula





u S, M





12 Great Egret





Casmerodius albus





r S





13 Great Blue Heron





Ardea herodias





u S, M





FAMILY THRESKIORNITHIDAE - Ibises and Spoonbills





14 White-faced Ibis





Plegadis chihi





r S, M





FAMILY ANATIDAE - Swans, Geese and Ducks





15 Tundra Swan





Cygnus columbianus





r W, M





16 Snow Goose





Chen caerulescens





u M





17 Canada Goose





Branta canadensis





c M, S





18 Wood Duck





Aix sponsa





u W





19 Mallard





Anas platyrhynchos





c R





20 Gadwall





Anas strepera





c M





21 American Wigeon





Anas americana





u M





22 Northern Pintail





Anas acuta





c S





23 Northern Shoveler





Anas clypeata





c M





24 Blue-winged Teal





Anas discors





c S





25 Green-winged Teal





Anas crecca





u S, c W





26 Cinnamon Teal





Anas cyanoptera





c R





27 Ruddy Duck





Oxyura jamaicensis





c R





28 Canvasback





Aythya valisineria





u R, M





29 Redhead





Aythya americana





u R, M





30 Ring-necked Duck





Aythya collaris





u M





31 Lesser Scaup





Aythya affinis





r M





32 Common Goldeneye





Bucephala clangula





c M





33 Bufflehead





Bucephala albeola





W, u M





34 Common Merganser





Mergus merganser





c M





35 Red-breasted Merganser





Mergus serrator





c M





FAMILY CATHARTIDAE - Vultures





36 Turkey Vulture





Cathartes aura





c S, M





FAMILY ACCIPITRIDAE - Hawks, Eagles and Accipiters





37 Northern Goshawk





Accipiter gentilis





u R





38 Sharp-shinned Hawk





Accipiter striatus





c R





39 Cooper's Hawk





Accipiter cooperii





c R





40 Black-shouldered Kite





Elanus caeruleus





a





41 Northern Harrier





Circus cyaneu





c R





42 Rough-legged Hawk





Buteo lagopus





c W





43 Ferruginous Hawk





Buteo regalis





c W, u R





44 Red-tailed Hawk





Buteo jamaicensis





c R





45 Swainson's Hawk





Buteo swainsoni





u S





46 Golden Eagle





Aquila chrysaetos





c R





47 Bald Eagle





Haliaetus leucocephalus





c W





48 Osprey





Pandion haliaetus





u M





FAMILY FALCONIDAE - Falcons





49 American Kestrel





Falco sparverius





c S, r W





50 Merlin





Falco columbarius





r W





51 Prairie Falcon





Falco mexicanus





u R





52 Peregrine Falcon





Falco peregrinus





r R, M





FAMILY PHASIANIDAE - Grouse, Quail and Partidges





53 Ruffed Grouse





Bonasa umbellus





r S





54 Blue Grouse





Dendragapus obscurus





c R





55 Sharp-tailed Grouse





Tympanuchus phasianellus





u R





56 Sage Grouse





Centrocercus urophasianus





u R





57 Chukar





Alectoris chukar





c R





FAMILY ODONTOPHORIDAE - New World Quail





58 California Quail





Callipepla californica





u R





59 Gambel’s Quail





Callipepla gambelii





u R?





FAMILY GRUIDAE - Cranes





60 Sandhill Crane





Grus canadensis





r S, M





FAMILY RALLIDAE - Rails, Gallinules and Coots





61 Virginia Rail





Rallus limicola





r R





62 Sora





Porzana carolina





r S, M





63 American Coot





Fulica americana





c R





FAMILY RECURVIROSTRIDAE - Stilts and Avocets





64 American Avocet





Recurvirostra americana





u S, M





65 Black-necked Stilt





Himantopus mexicanus





u M





FAMILY CHARADRIIDAE - Plovers





66 Semipalmated Plover





Charadrius semipalmatus





u M





67 Killdeer





Charadrius vociferus





u W, c S





FAMILY SCOLOPACIDAE - Sandpipers and Phalaropes





68 Marbled Godwit





Limosa fidoa





u M





69 Long-billed Curlew





Numenius americanus





c S, M





70 Greater Yellowlegs





Tringa melanoleuca





r M





71 Solitary Sandpiper





Tringa solitaria





u M





72 Spotted Sandpiper





Actitis macularia





c S





73 Wilson's Phalarope





Phalaropus tricolor





u S, M





74 Red-necked Phalarope





Phalaropus lobatus





u M





75 Long-billed Dowitcher





Limnodromus scolopaceus





u S, M





76 Common Snipe





Gallinago gallinago





c R





77 Western Sandpiper





Calidris mauri





c M





78 Least Sandpiper





Calidris minutilla





r M





FAMILY LARIDAE -Gulls and Terns





79 Bonaparte's Gull





Larus philadelphia





M





80 Ring-billed Gull





Larus delawarensis





u S, M





81 California Gull





Larus californicus





c S, M





82 Forster's Tern





Sterna forsteri





h S, M





83 Black Tern





Chlidonias niger





r M





84 Caspian Tern





Sterna caspia





a S





FAMILY COLUMBIDAE - Pigeons and Doves





85 Mourning Dove





Zenaida macroura





c S





86 White-winged Dove





Zenaida asiatica





r S





87 Rock Dove





Columba livia





c R





FAMILY CUCULIDAE - Cuckoos





88 Greater Roadrunner





Geococcyx californianus





r R





FAMILY TYTONIDAE - Barn Owls





89 Common Barn-Owl





Tyto alba





r R





FAMILY STRIGIDAE - Typical Owls





90 Flammulated Owl





Otus flammeolus





r R





91 Western Screech-Owl





Otus kennicottii





r R





92 Great Horned Owl





Bubo virginianus





c R





93 Short-eared Owl





Asio flammeus





a





94 Long-eared Owl





Asio otus





u S, M





95 Burrowing Owl





Athene cunicularia





u S, M





96 Northern Pygmy-Owl





Glaucidium gnoma





u S





97 Northern Saw-whet Owl





Aegolius acadicus





u S





FAMILY CAPRIMULGIDAE - Goatsuckers





98 Common Poorwill





Phalaenoptilus nuttallii





c S





99 Common Nighthawk





Chordeiles minor





c S





100 Lesser Nighthawk





Chordeiles acutipennis





u S





FAMILY APODIDAE - Swifts





101 White-throated Swift





Aeronautes saxatalis





c S





FAMILY TROCHILIDAE - Hummingbirds





102 Broad-tailed Hummingbird





Selasphorus platycercus





c S





103 Rufous Hummingbird



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c S





104 Calliope Hummingbird





Stellula calliope





u S





105 Black-chinned Hummingbird





Archilochus alexandri





c S





FAMILY ALCEDINIDAE - Kingfishers





106 Belted Kingfisher





Ceryle alcyon





c R





FAMILY PICIDAE - Woodpeckers and allies





107 Northern Flicker





Colaptes auratus





c R





108 Lewis' Woodpecker





Melanerpes lewis





u M





109 Williamson's Sapsucker





Sphyrapicus thyroideus





u S





110 Red-naped Sapsucker





Sphyrapicus nuchalis





c S





111 Hairy Woodpecker





Picoides villosus





c R





112 Downy Woodpecker





Picoides pubescens





u R





113 Three-toed Woodpecker





Picoides tridactylus





r R





114 Pileated Woodpecker





Dryocopus pileatus





a S





FAMILY TYRANNIDAE - Tyrant Flycatchers





115 Eastern Kingbird





Tyrannus tyrannus





a S





116 Western Kingbird





Tyrannus verticalis





c S





117 Ash-throated Flycatcher





Myiarchus cinerascens





u S





118 Black Phoebe





Sayornis nigricans





a S





119 Say's Phoebe





Sayornis saya





c S





120 Willow Flycatcher





Empidonax traillii





u S, M





121 Hammond's Flycatcher





Empidonax hammondii





u S, M





122 Dusky Flycatcher





Empidonax oberholseri





c S, M





123 Gray Flycatcher





Empidonax wrightii





u R





124 Cordilleran Flycatcher





Empidonax occidentalis





u S, M





125 Western Wood-Pewee





Contopus sordidulus





c S





126 Olive-sided Flycatcher





Contopus cooperi





u S, M





FAMILY LANIIDAE - Shrikes





127 Northern Shrike





Lanius excubitor





u W





128 Loggerhead Shrike





Lanius ludovicianus





c R





FAMILY VIREONIDAE - Vireos





129 Plumbeous Vireo (Solitary)





Vireo plumbeous





c S





130 Warbling Vireo





Vireo gilvus





c S





131 Gray Vireo





Vireo vicinior





a S





FAMILY CORVIDAE - Jays, Crows, Ravens and Magpies





132 Western Scrub-Jay





Aphelocoma californica





c R





133 Pinyon Jay





Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus





c R





134 Steller's Jay





Cyanocitta stelleri





c R





135 Clark's Nutcracker





Nucifraga columbiana





c R





136 Black-billed Magpie





Pica pica





c R



Did You Know?

Western skink

Skinks and many other lizards have the ability to rejuvenate their tails. The bright coloration of the tail in some species attracts predators to the break-away appendage, aiding in escape.