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My Birds at Chincoteague

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Below is the list of birds that I observed at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge last weekend. I ended up with 70 different species, 23 first of the year (FOY) birds and 7 Lifers.

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

1. Common Loon – FOY
2. Pied-billed Grebe
3. Horned Grebe
4. Double-crested Cormorant
5. Great Blue Heron
6. Great Egret – FOY
7. Snowy Egret – FOY
8. Greater Snow Goose – FOY
9. Brant – FOY
10. Canada Goose

Many Waterfowl
Many Waterfowl

11. Wood Duck
12. Green-winged Teal – FOY
13. American Black Duck
14. Mallard
15. Northern Pintail – FOY
16. Northern Shoveler – FOY
17. Gadwall
18. Greater Scaup
19. Bufflehead
20. Hooded Merganser
21. Red-breasted Merganser

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture

22. Black Vulture – FOY
23. Turkey Vulture
24. Osprey
25. Bald Eagle
26. Red-tailed Hawk

Brant and Peeps
Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Brant

27. Black-bellied Plover – FOY
28. Semipalmated Plover – FOY
29. Killdeer
30. American Oystercatcher – LIFER
31. Greater Yellowlegs – FOY
32. Willet – LIFER
33. Marble Godwit – LIFER
34. Dunlin – FOY
35. Laughing Gull – LIFER
36. Ring-billed Gull
37. Herring Gull
38. Greater Black-backed Gull

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

39. Rock Dove
40. Mourning Dove
41. Belted Kingfisher – FOY

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

42. Red-bellied Woodpecker
43. Northern Flicker
44. Tree Swallow – FOY
45. Blue Jay
46. American Crow
47. Fish Crow – LIFER
48. Carolina Wren – FOY
49. Brown-headed Nuthatch – LIFER
50. Carolina Wren – FOY
51. Eastern Bluebird
52. American Robin
53. Northern Mockingbird – FOY
54. European Starling

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

55. Yellow-rumped Warbler – FOY
56. Pine Warbler – FOY
57. Northern Cardinal
58. Eastern Towhee – FOY
59. Chipping Sparrow – FOY
60. Savannah Sparrow – FOY
61. Song Sparrow
62. Swamp Sparrow – FOY
63. White-throated Sparrow
64. Dark-eyed Junco

Savanah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow

65. Red-winged Blackbird
66. Boat-tailed Grackle – LIFER
67. Common Grackle
68. Brown-headed Cowbird
69. House Finch
70. American Goldfinch


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19 responses

  1. OMG!! What fantastic photos and quite the impressive list! Love the Belted Kingfisher photo!

    4 April 2009 at 5:13 pm

  2. Oh, and congratulations on all of the lifers!

    4 April 2009 at 5:13 pm

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    You got some great pictures and great birds on your trip Mon@rch. Congrats on the lifer.

    4 April 2009 at 6:54 pm

  4. The coolest thing about getting so many lifers was that you had to travel to see them. 😉 It must be a trip you will remember for a very long time.

    4 April 2009 at 8:57 pm

  5. What great photos you took. we hope to bird that area in the spring as we travel north. Congrats on your lifers!

    4 April 2009 at 9:36 pm

  6. Well, that was a trip well worth the time! You saw so many birds and quite a few lifers! Love that shot of the butter butt – soo cute! And the Savannah Sparrow is just lovely!

    4 April 2009 at 10:14 pm

  7. You must have been in 7th heaven with all those birds in front of you. What a great list!

    4 April 2009 at 11:22 pm

  8. Moe

    What a weekend! Great photos, too.

    4 April 2009 at 11:49 pm

  9. Great shots Tom, looks like you cleaned house on the list, don’t you wish it was like that every time you went out 😉

    5 April 2009 at 1:59 am

  10. I am all but green with envy Tom! And look at that photo of the Kingfisher! How on earth did you get that close???? Great job and a great weekend!

    5 April 2009 at 7:57 am

  11. Marg

    Fantastic Tom-I ended up with ten lifers (not that much more than you so there :P) it was a fantastic weekend!

    5 April 2009 at 12:26 pm

  12. Nancy

    What a fantastic visit to Chincoteague! As always, your photos are wonderful. Love the Belted Kingfisher and the American Oystercatcher. Your life list is growing! Thank you so much for sharing with all of us!

    5 April 2009 at 3:04 pm

  13. You got your Brown-headed Nuthatch! Yay! Your list is a great one. Wonderful. Makes me want to head to the beach – real soon.

    5 April 2009 at 10:15 pm

  14. First of all, congrats on all the “lifers”. Certainly makes for a good trip. And very nice photos to boot! I just ran into a couple of birders last evening while out looking for Great-Horned Owls and they spoke very highly of Chincoteague. I’ll have to try to get there one of these days.

    6 April 2009 at 6:51 am

  15. What a great list and the photos are wonderful.

    6 April 2009 at 8:30 am

  16. Wow Tom, you did really great with seeing so many birds in one weekend–especially when the weather was less than ideal for birdwatching.

    6 April 2009 at 4:59 pm

  17. Patty

    I like the Belted Kingfisher the most, he looks so cute! He has a rockin hair style!

    6 April 2009 at 6:22 pm

  18. Great photos, and what a list! 20 of those would be lifers for me! Looks like a place to visit for sure when/if I visit the east coast!

    6 April 2009 at 7:49 pm

  19. Grace

    Great birds. Congratulations on all the lifers.

    13 April 2009 at 1:46 pm

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