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CHECKLIST

BIRDS OF BERRIEN COUNTY

MICHIGAN

SEASON

s = March - May S = June - July F = August - November W = December - February

ABUNDANCE

C - common - always or frequently seen in correct habitat

U - uncommon- infrequently observed, but expected

R - rare - seldom observed, hard to find and in low numbers

L - local - occurs regularly, but in low numbers at only a few locations

A - accidental - out of normal range, occuring only casually or accidentally

NESTING

* - Confirmed

? - Possible

COMMON NAME.................................
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OONS

_____Red-throated Loon............................ R R
_____Common Loon.................................. U R C R

GREBES

_____Pied-billed Grebe............................... C C C R *
_____Horned Grebe................................... U C R
_____Red-necked Grebe............................ A A
_____Eared Grebe...................................... R R R
_____Western Grebe.................................. A

CORMORANTS

_____Double-crested Cormorant................. U U R

BITTERNS, HERONS

_____American Bittern................................. U R R ?
_____Least Bittern....................................... U R R
_____Great Blue Heron............................... C C C R *
_____Great Egret......................................... R R R
_____Little Blue Heron................................ A A A
_____Cattle Egret........................................ A A A
_____Green Heron...................................... C C C *
_____Black-crowned Night Heron............... U R R
_____Yellow-crowned Night Heron............. A A A

SWANS, GEESE, DUCKS

_____Tundra Swan...................................... U U R
_____Mute Swan........................................ U U U U *
_____Greater White-fronted Goose............. R R
_____Snow Goose...................................... R R
_____Brant................................................. A
_____Canada Goose................................... C U C C *
_____Wood Duck....................................... C C C R *
_____Green-winged Teal............................. U U R ?
_____American Black Duck........................ U R U U *
_____Mallard.............................................. C C C C *
_____Northern Pintail.................................. U U R
_____Blue-winged Teal............................... C C C R *
_____Northern Shoveler.............................. C R C R
_____Gadwall.............................................. U U R
_____American Wigeon............................... C C R
_____Canvasback........................................ U U R
_____Redhead............................................. U U R
_____Ring-necked Duck.............................. C C R
_____Greater Scaup.................................... U U R
_____Lesser Scaup...................................... C R C R
_____King Eider.......................................... A A
_____Harlequin Duck................................... R R R
_____Long-tailed Duck................................ R R R
_____Black Scoter....................................... R R R
_____Surf Scoter......................................... R R R
_____White-winged Scoter.......................... R U R
_____Common Goldeneye........................... U U C
_____Barrow's Goldeneye........................... A
_____Bufflehead.......................................... C C C
_____Hooded Merganser............................. U R U U ?
_____Common Merganser........................... U U U
_____Red-breasted Merganser.................... C C U
_____Ruddy Duck....................................... U U R

VULTURES

_____Turkey Vulture.................................... C C C *

EAGLES, HAWKS

_____Osprey............................................... U R U
_____Bald Eagle.......................................... R R R
_____Northern Harrier................................ U R U R ?
_____Sharp-shinned Hawk.......................... C C U
_____Cooper's Hawk.................................. U R U U *
_____Northern Goshawk............................. R R R
_____Red-shouldered Hawk....................... R R R R *
_____Broad-winged Hawk.......................... U R U *
_____Red-tailed Hawk................................ C C C C *
_____Rough-legged Hawk........................... U U U
_____Golden Eagle...................................... A A A

FALCONS

_____American Kestrel............................... C C C C *
_____Merlin................................................ R R
_____Peregrine Falcon................................ R R

PHEASANTS, GROUSE, TURKEYS, QUAIL

_____Ring-necked Pheasant........................ U U U U *
_____Ruffed Grouse................................... U U U U
_____Wild Turkey...................................... L L L L ?
_____Northern Bobwhite............................ U U U R *

RAILS, GALLINULES

_____Yellow Rail........................................ R R
_____King Rail........................................... R R R
_____Virginia Rail....................................... C U U R ?
_____Sora.................................................. C U U *
_____Common Moorhen............................ U U U *
_____American Coot.................................. C C C R *

CRANES

_____Sandhill Crane.................................... U R U ?

PLOVERS

_____Black-bellied Plover........................... U U U
_____Lesser Golden Plover......................... R R
_____Semipalmated Plover......................... U U U
_____Piping Plover..................................... R R R
_____Killdeer............................................. C C C R *

AVOCETS

_____American Avocet............................... R R

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES

_____Greater Yellowlegs............................ U U U
_____Lesser Yellowlegs............................. C C C
_____Solitary Sandpiper............................. C C C
_____Willet................................................ R R R
_____Spotted Sandpiper............................ C C C ?
_____Upland Sandpiper............................. U U R ?
_____Whimbrel.......................................... R R
_____Hudsonian Godwit............................ R R
_____Marbled Godwit............................... R R
_____Ruddy Turnstone............................... U U U
_____Red Knot.......................................... R R R
_____Sanderling......................................... C C C
_____Semipalmated Sandpiper................... C C C
_____Western Sandpiper........................... R R
_____Least Sandpiper................................ C C C
_____White-rumped Sandpiper.................. U R
_____Baird's Sandpiper............................. R R
_____Pectoral Sandpiper............................ C C C
_____Purple Sandpiper.............................. R R
_____Dunlin............................................... C C
_____Stilt Sandpiper.................................. R R R
_____Buff-breasted Sandpiper................... R
_____Short-billed Dowitcher...................... U U U
_____Long-billed Dowitcher....................... R R
_____Wilson's Snipe.................................. C U C R ?
_____American Woodcock........................ C U U *
_____Wilson's Phalarope............................ R R R
_____Red-necked Phalarope...................... R R R
_____Red Phalarope.................................. R

JAEGERS, GULLS, TERNS

_____Pomarine Jaeger................................ A
_____Parasitic Jaeger................................. R
_____Laughing Gull.................................... R R R
_____Franklin's Gull................................... R R R
_____Little Gull.......................................... R R
_____Common Black-headed Gull............. A
_____Bonaparte's Gull................................ C U C R
_____Ring-billed Gull................................. C C C U
_____Mew Gull.......................................... A
_____California Gull................................... A
_____Herring Gull...................................... C U C C
_____Thayer's Gull..................................... R R
_____Iceland Gull....................................... R R
_____Lesser Black-backed Gull................. A
_____Glaucous Gull.................................... R R
_____Great Black-backed Gull................... R R
_____Black-legged Kittiwake..................... R
_____Sabine's Gull..................................... A
_____Caspian Tern.................................... C U C
_____Common Tern................................... C U C
_____Forster's Tern................................... C U C
_____Black Tern........................................ C U U ?

PIGEONS, DOVES

_____Rock Pigeon..................................... C C C C *
_____Mourning Dove................................. C C C C *

CUCKOOS

_____Black-billed Cuckoo......................... U U U *
_____Yellow-billed Cuckoo....................... U U U *

OWLS

_____Common Barn Owl........................... A A A A
_____Eastern Screech Owl........................ C C C C *
_____Great Horned Owl............................ C C C C *
_____Snowy Owl...................................... R R R
_____Barred Owl...................................... U U U U *
_____Long-eared Owl............................... R
_____Short-eared Owl............................... R R R
_____Northern Saw-whet Owl................... R R

NIGHTJARS

_____Common Nighthawk......................... C C C *
_____Whip-poor-will................................. U U R ?

SWIFTS, HUMMINGBIRDS

_____Chimney Swift................................... C C C *
_____Ruby-throated Hummingbird............. U U U *

KINGFISHERS

_____Belted Kingfisher............................... C C C U *

WOODPECKERS

_____Red-headed Woodpecker................. C C C R *
_____Red-bellied Woodpecker.................. C C C C *
_____Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.................. U U R
_____Downy Woodpecker........................ C C C C *
_____Hairy Woodpecker........................... U U U U *
_____Northern Flicker............................... C C C U *
_____Pileated Woodpecker....................... L L L L *

FLYCATCHERS

_____Olive-sided Flycatcher...................... R R
_____Eastern Wood Pewee....................... C C C *
_____Yellow-bellied Flycatcher................. R R
_____Acadian Flycatcher........................... U U U *
_____Alder Flycatcher............................... R R R ?
_____Willow Flycatcher............................ C C U *
_____Least Flycatcher............................... C C U *
_____Eastern Phoebe................................ C C C R *
_____Great Crested Flycatcher.................. C C C *
_____Eastern Kingbird.............................. C C C *

LARKS

_____Horned Lark.................................... C C C C *

SWALLOWS

_____Purple Martin................................... U U U *
_____Tree Swallow.................................. C C C *
_____Northern Rough-winged Swallow..... C C C *
_____Bank Swallow................................. C C U *
_____Cliff Swallow................................... U U U *
_____Barn Swallow.................................. C C C *

JAYS, CROWS

_____Blue Jay........................................... C C C C *
_____American Crow............................... C C C C *

TITMICE

_____Black-capped Chickadee................ C C C C *
_____Tufted Titmouse.............................. C C C C *

NUTHATCHES

_____Red-breasted Nuthatch.................... U R U U ?
_____White-breasted Nuthatch................. C C C C *

CREEPERS

_____Brown Creeper................................ U R U U ?

WRENS

_____Carolina Wren................................. R R R R *
_____House Wren.................................... C C C *
_____Winter Wren................................... U U U
_____Sedge Wren.................................... U U U ?
_____Marsh Wren.................................... U U U *

KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS

_____Golden-crowned Kinglet.................. C C U ?
_____Ruby-crowned Kinglet..................... C C R
_____Blue-gray Gnatcatcher..................... U U U *

THRUSHES

_____Eastern Bluebird.............................. U U U R *
_____Veery.............................................. U U U *
_____Gray-cheeked Thrush...................... U U
_____Swainson's Thrush........................... C C
_____Hermit Thrush................................. C C
_____Wood Thrush.................................. C C C *
_____American Robin.............................. C C C U *
_____Varied Thrush................................. A

MIMIC THRUSHES

_____Gray Catbird................................... C C C R *
_____Northern Mockingbird.................... R R R R *
_____Brown Thrasher.............................. C C C R *

PIPITS

_____Water Pipit..................................... U U

WAXWINGS

_____Bohemian Waxwing........................ R
_____Cedar Waxwing.............................. C C C U *

SHRIKES

_____Northern Shrike.............................. R R R
_____Loggerhead Shrike......................... R R

STARLINGS

_____European Starling............................. C C C C *

VIREOS

_____White-eyed Vireo............................ R R R *
_____Bell's Vireo...................................... R R
_____Blue-headed Vireo.......................... U R U
_____Yellow-throated Vireo..................... C C C ?
_____Warbling Vireo................................ C C C *
_____Philadelphia Vireo............................ U R
_____Red-eyed Vireo............................... C C C *

WARBLERS

_____Blue-winged Warbler....................... U U U *
_____Golden-winged Warbler.................. U U U ?
_____Tennessee Warbler.......................... C U
_____Orange-crowned Warbler................ U R
_____Nashville Warbler............................ C C
_____Northern Parula............................... U R ?
_____Yellow Warbler............................... C C C *
_____Chestnut-sided Warbler................... C U U ?
_____Magnolia Warbler............................ C R U
_____Cape May Warbler......................... U U
_____Black-throated Blue Warbler........... U U
_____Yellow-rumped Warbler.................. C C R
_____Black-throated Green Warbler......... C R C *
_____Blackburnian Warbler...................... C U *
_____Yellow-throated Warbler................. L L *
_____Pine Warbler................................... R R R
_____Prairie Warbler................................ R R R
_____Palm Warbler.................................. C U
_____Bay-breasted Warbler..................... U U
_____Blackpoll Warbler........................... C C
_____Cerulean Warbler............................ U U R *
_____Black-and-white Warbler................ C R C *
_____American Redstart........................... C C C *
_____Prothonotory Warbler...................... U U R *
_____Worm-eating Warbler...................... R R
_____Ovenbird......................................... C C C *
_____Northern Waterthrush...................... U U
_____Louisiana Waterthrush..................... U U R *
_____Kentucky Warbler........................... R R
_____Connecticut Warbler........................ R R ?
_____Mourning Warbler........................... U R U ?
_____Common Yellowthroat..................... C C C R *
_____Hooded Warbler............................. U U R *
_____Wilson's Warbler............................. U U
_____Canada Warbler.............................. C U U *
_____Yellow-breasted Chat...................... U U R ?

TANAGERS

_____Summer Tanager.............................. R R
_____Scarlet Tanager................................ C C U *

CARDINALS, BUNTINGS

_____Northern Cardinal............................ C C C C *
_____Rose-breasted Grosbeak................. C C C R *
_____Indigo Bunting................................. C C C *
_____Dickcissel........................................ R R *

SPARROWS

_____Rufous-sided Towhee...................... C C C R *
_____American Tree Sparrow.................. C C C
_____Chipping Sparrow........................... C C C R *
_____Clay-colored Sparrow..................... R R ?
_____Field Sparrow................................. C C C R *
_____Vesper Sparrow.............................. C C C R *
_____Savannah Sparrow.......................... C C C R *
_____Grasshopper Sparrow..................... U U R ?
_____Henslow's Sparrow......................... L L L ?
_____Fox Sparrow................................... C C R
_____Song Sparrow................................. C C C U *
_____Lincoln's Sparrow........................... U R
_____Swamp Sparrow............................. C C C R *
_____White-throated Sparrow................. C C R
_____White-crowned Sparrow................. C C R
_____Harris' Sparrow.............................. R
_____Dark-eyed Junco............................ C C C
_____Lapland Longspur........................... R R U
_____Snow Bunting.................................. R R U
_____Bobolink......................................... C C U *

BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES

_____Red-winged Blackbird..................... C C C R *
_____Eastern Meadowlark....................... C C C R *
_____Western Meadowlark...................... L L L *
_____Yellow-headed Blackbird................ R R R
_____Rusty Blackbird............................... C C R
_____Brewer's Blackbird.......................... R R R R
_____Common Grackle............................ C C C R *
_____Brown-headed Cowbird.................. C C C R *
_____Orchard Oriole................................ R R R *
_____Baltimore Oriole.............................. C C U *

FINCHES

_____Pine Grosbeak................................. R
_____Purple Finch.................................... U U U
_____House Finch.................................... C C C C *
_____Red Crossbill................................... R R R
_____White-winged Crossbill.................... R R R
_____Common Redpoll............................ R R R
_____Hoary Redpoll................................. A
_____Pine Siskin....................................... U U U
_____American Goldfinch......................... C C C C *
_____Evening Grosbeak........................... R R R

WEAVER FINCHES

_____House Sparrow............................... C C C C *

 

 

 


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