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Field Checklist of the Birds of Howard County


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  Pink-footed Goose * A
  Gtr White-fronted Goose * A
  Snow Goose M,WV
  Ross’s Goose * A
  Brant * H
  Cackling Goose * WV
Canada Goose M,PR
Mute Swan * C
  Tundra Swan M,WV
Wood Duck M,SR,WV
Gadwall M,WV
  Eurasian Wigeon * A
  American Wigeon M,WV
American Black Duck M,WV
Mallard M,PR
  Blue-winged Teal M
  Northern Shoveler M,WV
  Northern Pintail M,WV
  Green-winged Teal M,WV
  Canvasback M,WV
  Redhead M,WV
  Ring-necked Duck M,WV
  Greater Scaup * M,WV
  Lesser Scaup M,WV
  Surf Scoter * C
  White-winged Scoter * C
  Black Scoter * C
  Long-tailed Duck M,WV
  Bufflehead M,WV
  Common Goldeneye M,WV
Hooded Merganser M,WV
Common Merganser M,WR
  Red-breasted Merganser M,WV
  Ruddy Duck M,WV
Northern Bobwhite * PR
Ring-necked Pheasant PR
Wild Turkey PR
  Red-throated Loon * C
  Common Loon M,WV
  Pied-billed Grebe M,WV
  Horned Grebe M,WV
  Red-necked Grebe * C
  Eared Grebe * A
  Western Grebe * H
  Double-crested Cormorant M,SV,WV
  Anhinga * A
  American Bittern * M
  Least Bittern * C
Great Blue Heron M,PR
  Great Egret M,SV
  Snowy Egret * C
  Little Blue Heron * M,SV
  Tricolored Heron * A
  Cattle Egret * M,SV
Green Heron M,SR
  Black-crowned Night-Heron M,SV
  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron * SV
  White Ibis * C
  Glossy Ibis * C
Black Vulture M,PR
Turkey Vulture M,PR
  Osprey M,SV
  Mississippi Kite * C
Bald Eagle M,PR
  Northern Harrier M,WV
  Sharp-shinned Hawk M,WR
Cooper's Hawk M,PR
Northern Goshawk * M,WV
Red-shouldered Hawk M,PR
Broad-winged Hawk M,SR
Red-tailed Hawk M,PR
  Rough-legged Hawk * M,WV
Golden Eagle * C
  King Rail * C
Virginia Rail M,SR
•  Sora M
Common Galinule * C
  American Coot M,WV
  Limpkin * A
  Sandhill Crane * C
  Black-necked Stilt * A
  American Avocet * C
  Black-bellied Plover M
  American Golden-Plover M
  Semipalmated Plover M
  Piping Plover * A
Killdeer M,PR
Spotted Sandpiper M,SV
  Solitary Sandpiper M,SV
  Greater Yellowlegs M,SV
  Lesser Yellowlegs M,SV
  Upland Sandpiper * C
  Whimbrel * H
  Ruddy Turnstone * H
  Red Knot * H
  Stilt Sandpiper * C
  Sanderling C
  Dunlin * C
  Baird's Sandpiper * A
  Least Sandpiper M,SV
  White-rumped Sandpiper * C
  Buff-breasted Sandpiper * C
  Pectoral Sandpiper M,SV
  Semipalmated Sandpiper M,SV
  Western Sandpiper * C
  Short-billed Dowitcher * C
  Long-billed Dowitcher * A
  Wilson’s Snipe M,WV
American Woodcock M,SR,WV
  Wilson’s Phalarope * A
Red Phalarope * A
  Sabine’s Gull * A
  Bonaparte’s Gull M,WV
  Laughing Gull M
  Ring-billed Gull M,SV,WR
  Herring Gull M,WR
  Thayer’s Gull * A
  Iceland Gull C
  Lesser Black-backed Gull C
  Glaucous Gull * C
  Great Black-backed Gull M,WV
  Least Tern * H
  Caspian Tern M,SV
  Black Tern C
  Common Tern * C
Forster's Tern M
Rock Pigeon PR
  Eurasian Collared-Dove * A
Mourning Dove PR
Yellow-billed Cuckoo M,SR
Black-billed Cuckoo M,SR
Barn Owl * C
Eastern Screech-Owl PR
Great Horned Owl PR
  Snowy Owl * A
Barred Owl PR
  Long-eared Owl * C
  Short-eared Owl * C
  Northern Saw-whet Owl * C
  Common Nighthawk M
  Chuck-will's-widow * C
Eastern Whip-poor-will * M,SR?
Chimney Swift M,SR
  Green Violetear * A
Ruby-throated Hummingbird M,SR
  Rufous Hummingbird * A
Belted Kingfisher PR
Red-headed Woodpecker M,WV
Red-bellied Woodpecker PR
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker M,WV
Downy Woodpecker PR
Hairy Woodpecker PR
Northern Flicker M,PR
Pileated Woodpecker PR
American Kestrel M,PR
  Merlin M,WV
  Peregrine Falcon M,WV
  Olive-sided Flycatcher M
Eastern Wood-Pewee M,SR
  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher * M
Acadian Flycatcher M,SR
  Alder Flycatcher * C
Willow Flycatcher M,SR
o Least Flycatcher M,SV
Eastern Phoebe M,SR,WV
Great Crested Flycatcher M,SR
Eastern Kingbird M,SR
  Loggerhead Shrike * C
  Northern Shrike * A
White-eyed Vireo M,SR
Yellow-throated Vireo M,SR
  Blue-headed Vireo M

Warbling Vireo M,SR
  Philadelphia Vireo M fall
Red-eyed Vireo M,SR
Blue Jay M,PR
American Crow PR
Fish Crow PR
Common Raven * C,PR
Horned Lark M,PR
Purple Martin M,SR
Tree Swallow M,SR
N. Rough-winged Swallow M,SR
Bank Swallow M,SV
Cliff Swallow M,SR
Barn Swallow M,SR
Carolina Chickadee PR
  Black-capped Chickadee * WV
Tufted Titmouse PR
  Red-breasted Nuthatch M,WV
White-breasted Nuthatch M,PR
  Brown Creeper M,WR
House Wren M,SR
  Winter Wren M,WR
  Sedge Wren * C
  Marsh Wren * M
Carolina Wren PR
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher M,SR
  Golden-crowned Kinglet M,WR
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet M,WV
Eastern Bluebird PR
Veery M,SR
  Gray-cheeked Thrush M
  Bicknell’s Thrush * A,M
  Swainson's Thrush M
  Hermit Thrush M,WR
Wood Thrush M,SR
American Robin M,PR
  Varied Thrush * A
Gray Catbird M,SR,WV
Brown Thrasher M,SR,WV
Northern Mockingbird PR
European Starling PR
  American Pipit M,WV
Cedar Waxwing M,PR
  Lapland Longspur * C
  Snow Bunting * C
Ovenbird M,SR
Worm-eating Warbler M,SR
Louisiana Waterthrush M,SR
Northern Waterthrush M
Golden-winged Warbler M
Blue-winged Warbler M,SR
Black-and-white Warbler M,SR
Prothonotary Warbler M,SR
  Tennessee Warbler M
  Orange-crowned Warbler M
  Nashville Warbler M
  Connecticut Warbler M fall
  Mourning Warbler M,WV
Kentucky Warbler M,SR
Common Yellowthroat M,SR
Hooded Warbler M,SR
American Redstart M,SR
  Cape May Warbler M
Cerulean Warbler M,SR
  Northern Parula M,SR
  Magnolia Warbler M
  Bay-breasted Warbler M
  Blackburnian Warbler M
Yellow Warbler M,SR
  Chestnut-sided Warbler M
  Blackpoll Warbler M
  Bl-throated Blue Warbler M
  Palm Warbler M
Pine Warbler M,SR
  Yellow-rumped Warbler M,WV
Yellow-throated Warbler M,SR
Prairie Warbler M,SR
  Bl-throated Green Warbler M
  Canada Warbler M
  Wilson’s Warbler M
Yellow-breasted Chat M,SR
Eastern Towhee M,PR
  American Tree Sparrow M,WR
Chipping Sparrow M,SR,WV
  Clay-colored Sparrow * C
Field Sparrow M,PR
Vesper Sparrow M,SR
  Lark Sparrow * A
Savannah Sparrow M,WR,SR?
Grasshopper Sparrow M,SR
  Henslow’s Sparrow * C
  LeConte’s Sparrow * A
  Nelson’s Sparrow * M
  Fox Sparrow M,WR
Song Sparrow M,PR
  Lincoln’s Sparrow M
  Swamp Sparrow M,WR
  White-throated Sparrow M,WR
  Harris’s Sparrow * A
  White-crowned Sparrow M,WR
  Dark-eyed Junco M,WR
  Summer Tanager M,SV
Scarlet Tanager M,SR
Northern Cardinal PR
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak M
Blue Grosbeak M,SR
Indigo Bunting M,SR
  Painted Bunting * A
Dickcissel * M,SV,WV
  Bobolink M
Red-winged Blackbird M,PR
Eastern Meadowlark PR
  Yellow-headed Blackbird * A
  Rusty Blackbird M,WV
  Brewer’s Blackbird * A
Common Grackle M,PR
Brown-headed Cowbird M,PR
Orchard Oriole M,SR
Baltimore Oriole M,SR
House Finch PR
  Purple Finch M,WV
  Red Crossbill * C
  White-winged Crossbill * A
  Common Redpoll C
  Pine Siskin M,WV
American Goldfinch PR
  Evening Grosbeak * C
House Sparrow PR

LEGEND

  • o Historical breeding evidence prior to 1983
  • Breeding evidence (may be a single record)
  • * Asterisk indicates written details or a photograph are required.
  • PR - Permanent Resident
  • SR - Summer Resident
  • SV - Summer Visitor
  • WR - Winter Resident
  • WV - Winter Visitor
  • M - Migrant
  • C - Casual - (at least 6 records; highly irregular occurrence)
  • A - Accidental - (1-5 records with photo or specimen; 3-5 without)
  • H - Hypothetical - (1-2 records without a photograph, specimen, or Maryland/District of Columbia Records Committee acceptance)
  • Spring - March-May
  • Summer - June-July
  • Autumn - August-November
  • Winter - December-February

Copyright © June 2000. Howard County Bird Club, revised August 2013 (AOU 2013)