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Kevin M. Potter
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources


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Below are my birding life list, a list of my favorite birding spots, and links to a few birding Web sites.


Bird Life List

Favorite birding locations

Birding Web links


Bird Life List

My life list stands at 368 species, based on the American Ornithologists Union Check-List of North American Birds, Seventh Edition.

Gaviiformes

Loons (Gaviidae)

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)
Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Podicipediformes

Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

Pelecaniformes

Gannets (Sulidae)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)


Pelicans (Pelecanidae)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)


Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)

Anhingas (Anhingidae)

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Ciconiiformes

Bitterns, Egrets, Herons (Ardeidae)

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)


Ibises (Threskiornithidae)

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)


Wood Storks (Ciconiidae)

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)


Vultures (Cathartidae)

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)


Anseriformes

Ducks and Geese (Anatidae)

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Falconiformes

Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Falcons (Falconidae)

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Galliformes

Pheasants, Grouse, Turkeys (Phasianidae)

Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Blue Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus)
White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus)
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Quail (Odontophoridae)

California Quail (Callipepla californica)
Gambel's Quail (Callipepla gambelii)
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)

Gruiformes

Rails (Rallidae)

Sora (Porzana carolina)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
American Coot (Fulica americana)

Cranes (Gruidae)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Charadriiformes

Plovers (Charadriidae)

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Gray (Black-Bellied) Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)


Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)


Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)


Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
Spotted Sandpiper (Tringa macularia)
Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana)
Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala)
Surfbird (Aphriza virgata)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
Wilson's Phalarope (Steganopus tricolor)

Gulls and Terns (Laridae)

Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni)
Mew Gull (Larus canus)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
California Gull (Larus californicus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia)
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica)
Royal Tern (Sterna maxima)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum)
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)

Murres, Puffins, Guillemots (Alcidae)

Common Murre (Uria aalge)
Razorbill (Alca torda)
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba)
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata)
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)

Columbiformes

Doves (Columbidae)

Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

Cuculiformes

Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Strigiformes

Owls (Strigidae)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Caprimulgiformes

Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferous)

Apodiformes

Swifts (Apodidae)

Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi)

White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)
Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina)
Blue-throated Hummingbird (Lampornis clemenciae)
Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Trogoniformes

Trogons (Trogonidae)

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans)

Coraciiformes

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Piciformes

Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Strickland's Woodpecker (Picoides stricklandi)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Gilded Flicker (Colaptes chrysoides)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Passeriformes

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)
Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)
Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii)
Cordilleran Flycatcher (Empidonax occidentalis)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
Cassin's Kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans)
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris)


Shrikes (Laniidae)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
Gray Vireo (Vireo vicinior)
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)

Jays, Crows, Ravens (Corvidae)

Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica)
Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Northwestern Crow (Corvus caurinus)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Larks (Alaudidae)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Sand Martin (Bank Swallow) (Riparia riparia)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Chickadees (Paridae)

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)
Bridled Titmouse (Baeolophus wollweberi)
Juniper Titmouse (Baeolophus ridgwayi)
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Verdins (Remizidae)

Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps)

Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Creepers (Certhiidae)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus)
Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Dippers (Cinclidae)

American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)

Kinglets (Regulidae)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura)

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Varied Thrush (Zoothera naevia)
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
Wood Thrush (Catharus mustelinus)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Mimics (Mimidae)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)

Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Silky-Flycathers (Ptilogonatidae)

Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)

New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
Virginia's Warbler (Vermivora virginiae)
Northern Parula (Parula americana)
Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica)
Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia)
Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Dendroica nigrescens)
Townsend's Warbler (Dendroica townsendi)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica)
Grace's Warbler (Dendroica graciae)
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)
Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor)
Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea)
Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata)
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)
Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla)
MacGillivray's Warbler (Oporornis tolmiei)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina)
Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons)
Painted Redstart (Myioborus pictus)

Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Hepatic Tanager (Piranga flava)
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)

Sparrows and Towhees (Emberizidae)

McCown's Longspur (Calcarius mccownii)
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)
Sage Sparrow (Amphispiza belli)
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
Canyon Towhee (Pipilo fuscus)

Cardinals and Grosbeaks (Cardinalidae)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Blue Grosbeak (Guiraca caerulea)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Blackbirds and Orioles (Icteridae)

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Finches (Fringillidae)

Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
Brown-capped Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte australis)
Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
Cassin's Finch (Carpodacus cassinii)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)


Weaver Finches (Passeridae)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)


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Favorite Birding Locations

Arizona

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Grand Canyon National Park

Madera Canyon, Coronado National Forest

Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve

Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Sabino Canyon, Coronado National Forest

Saguaro National Park


California

Bolinas Lagoon

Cabrillo National Monument

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate Park

Point Reyes National Seashore

 

Colorado

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

Mesa Verde National Park

Pawnee National Grassland

Rocky Mountain National Park

Roxborough State Park

 

Iowa

Big Marsh Wildlife Area

DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge

Dewey's Pasture State Wildlife Preserve

Dolliver State Park

Hartman Reserve Nature Center

Hayden Prairie State Preserve

Kalsow Prairie State Preserve

Little Wall Lake

Ottosen Potholes Preserve

Sweet Marsh Wildlife Area

Woodman Hollow State Preserve

Yellow River State Forest


Minnesota

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

Rice Lake State Park

 

North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Lake Jordan State Recreation Area

Jones Lake State Park

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

Nantahala National Forest

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Umstead State Park

Weymouth Woods State Park

Yates Mill Pond County Park

 

Nova Scotia

Bird Islands (near Big Bra D'Or, Cape Breton Island)

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

 

Oklahoma

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

 

South Carolina

Huntington Beach State Park

Magnolia Gardens and Plantation

 

Utah

Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Zion National Park

 

Virginia

Seaside First Landing State Park


Washington

Cape Flattery

Olympic National Park

 

Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

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Birding Web links

 

American Ornithologists Union

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (includes Breeding Bird Survey data)

Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory

Triangle (North Carolina) Birder's Guide (includes local weekly checklist)

 

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Last updated October 19, 2007
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