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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

List of Breeding Birds

These two lists, "Common Breeding Birds" and "Less Common Breeding Birds", were complied from the 2002-2003 Vertebrate Inventory for Whitman Mission. For definitions of residency categories or abundance categories see definitions.

Hit the name to see photos, hear song recordings, and get information about that species.

 

Common Breeding Birds

(Abundance status is "Common" unless marked "Abundant")

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
California Quail (Callipepla californica)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Western Wood Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica) - Abundant
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonata)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Bewick's Wren ( Thryomanes bewickii) - Abundant
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) - Abundant
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) - Abundant
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheuticus melanocephalus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)



 

Less Common Breeding Birds

(Abundance status is "Uncommon," "Rare," "Occasional," or "Unknown")

Gray Partridge (Perdix perdix) - Rare
Wild Turkey (Melleagris gallopavo) - Uncommon
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) - Uncommon
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous) - Uncommon
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)* - Rare
Rock Pigeon (also called Rock Dove)(Columba livia) - Uncommon
Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - Uncommon
Western Screech-Owl (Otus kennicottii) - Uncommon
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) - Uncommon
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) - Uncommon
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) - Uncommon
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon) - Uncommon
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) - Uncommon
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) - Rare
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) - Rare
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) - Uncommon
Spotted towhee (Pipilo maculates) - Uncommon
Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) - Uncommon
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) - Uncommon

*Recently the Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata), which occurs in North America, was recognized as a separate species from the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), which is found in Eurasia.

Did You Know?

Brass compass which belonged to Dr. Whitman

In the fall of 1842 Dr. Whitman decided to travel from Waiilatpu to Boston. He wanted to convince the board members to keep his mission station open. Dr. Whitman was in such a hurry when he left that he forgot his compass.