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BIRD LIST OF HIGH ISLAND AND NEARBY AREAS
This list includes everything in an approximately 25 mile radius from the High Island Birding Information Center. It doesn’t include extreme rarities and vagrants.

LOONS
Common Loon (Gavia immer)

GREBES
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

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

GANNETS AND BOOBIES
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

CORMORANTS
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

ANHINGAS
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

FRIGATEBIRDS
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

HERONS, EGRETS, AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)

STORKS
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

IBIS AND SPOONBILLS
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

DUCKS, GEESE, AND SWANS
Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominica)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)


NEW WORLD VULTURES
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

OSPREY
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

HAWKS, EAGLES, AND KITES
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

FALCONS AND CARACARAS
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

NEW WORLD QUAIL
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)

CRANES
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

RAILS, GALLINULES, AND COOTS
Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)
Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis)
Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris)
King Rail (Rallus elegans)

Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
Sora (Porzana carolina)
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
American Coot (Fulica americana)

OYSTERCATCHERS
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

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

PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS
American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)

SANDPIPERS
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

GULLS
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
American Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus)
Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia)
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan)

TERNS
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus)
Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)

SKIMMERS
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)

JAEGERS AND SKUAS
Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus)

PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina)
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

CUCKOOS
Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
Groove-billed Ani (Crotophaga sulcirostris)

BARN-OWLS
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

OWLS
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

NIGHTJARS
Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis)
Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)

SWIFTS
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)

HUMMINGBIRDS
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

KINGFISHERS
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

WOODPECKERS
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)
Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)
Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii)
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

LARKS
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

SWALLOWS
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva)

WAGTAILS AND PIPITS
Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii)
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

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

WAXWINGS
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

WRENS
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

THRUSHES
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

GNATCATCHERS
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

CHICKADEES AND TITS
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

NUTHATCHES
Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

CREEPERS
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

SHRIKES
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

CROWS, JAYS, AND MAGPIES
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)

STARLINGS
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

VIREOS AND ALLIES
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

SISKINS, CROSSBILLS, AND ALLIES
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

NEW WORLD WARBLERS
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus)
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)
Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
Nashville Warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla)
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 Green Warbler (Dendroica virens)
Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)
Yellow-throated Warbler (Dendroica dominica)
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)
Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor)
Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea)
Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata)
Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea)
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)
Swainson's Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)
Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla)
Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus)
Mourning Warbler (Oporornis philadelphia)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina)
Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis)
Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)

TANAGERS AND ALLIES
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

BUNTINGS, SPARROWS, SEEDEATERS, AND ALLIES
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus)
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)
Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

SALTATORS, CARDINALS, AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

TROUPIALS AND ALLIES
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Bronzed Cowbird (Molothrus aeneus)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)