Bird Watching

I once met a birdwatcher who told me  a bit about the birds of Delaware. Actually, I became aware of this activity after going out on photo shoots in Natural reserves in the area. Bird watchers seem to follow my foot steps.

I became interested in Birdwatching because wildlife observation fascinates me. So I did some research and found this list on the site of the Delmarva Ornithological Society.

I hope to meet some of these guys.

Cardinal Delaware

 

Delaware State List of Bird Species:

This list represents all birds accepted for Delaware by the DBRC. Species requiring documentation by the committe are indicated in boldface and with an asterisk (*).
DUCKS, GEESE, SWANS  
*Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
*Fulvous Whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor
*Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
Ross’s Goose Chen rossii
Brant Branta bernicla
Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
American Wigeon Anas americana
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
*Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
*Garganey Anas querquedula
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
*Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
GROUSE, PHEASANTS, TURKEYS  
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
NEW WORLD QUAIL  
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
LOONS  
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
Common Loon Gavia immer
GREBES  
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
*Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
*Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
SHEARWATERS
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Audubon’s Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri
STORM-PETRELS  
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
*White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina
Leach’s Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
*Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro
GANNETS, BOOBIES  
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
PELICANS  
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
CORMORANTS  
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
FRIGATEBIRDS  
*Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
HERONS, EGRETS  
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
*Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
*Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
IBISES, SPOONBILLS  
White Ibis Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
*Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
STORKS  
*Wood Stork Mycteria americana
NEW WORLD VULTURES  
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
HAWKS, KITES, EAGLES  
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
*Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
*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
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
*Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni
FALCONS  
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Merlin Falco columbarius
*Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
RAILS, GALLINULES, 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 Porphyrula martinica
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana
CRANES  
*Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis
LAPWINGS, PLOVERS  
*Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
*Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
*European Golden-Plover Pluvialis apricaria
OYSTERCATCHERS  
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
STILTS, AVOCETS  
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, & ALLIES  
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
*Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
*Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
*Little Stint Calidris minuta
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
*Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson’s Snipe Gallinago gallinago
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria
*Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
SKUAS, GULLS, TERNS, SKIMMERS  
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
*Franklin’s Gull Larus pipixcan
Little Gull Larus minutus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
Bonaparte’s Gull Larus philadelphia
*Mew Gull Larus canus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
*California Gull Larus californicus
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
*Thayer’s Gull Larus thayeri
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
*Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
*Ross’s Gull Rhodostethia rosea
*Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata
Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus
Least Tern Sterna antillarum
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
*White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
*Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
*Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
*Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
*Great Skua Catharacta skua
*South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
*Long-tailed Jaeger Catharacta longicaudus
AUKS, MURRES, PUFFINS  
Dovekie Alle alle
*Common Murre Uria aalge
*Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
Razorbill Alca torda
*Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica
PIGEONS, DOVES  
Rock Pigeon Columba livia
*Eurasian Collared-dove Streptopelia decaocto
*White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
*Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
CUCKOOS, ROADRUNNERS, ANIS  
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
BARN OWLS  
Barn Owl Tyto alba
TYPICAL OWLS  
Eastern Screech-Owl Otus asio
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca
Barred Owl Strix varia
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus
GOATSUCKERS  
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Chuck-will’s-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus
SWIFTS
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
HUMMINGBIRDS  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
*Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
*Allen’s Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin
KINGFISHERS  
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon
WOODPECKERS  
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS  
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
*Hammond’s Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
*Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
*Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
*Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya
*Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
*Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
*Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
*Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana
*Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
*Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
SHRIKES  
*Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
*Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
VIREOS  
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
CROWS, JAYS  
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
LARKS  
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
SWALLOWS  
Purple Martin Progne subis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
*Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
CHICKADEES  
Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
*Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
NUTHATCHES  
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla
CREEPERS  
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
WRENS  
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
*Bewick’s Wren Thryomanes bewickii
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
KINGLETS  
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
GNATCATCHERS  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
THRUSHES  
*Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
Bicknell’s Thrush Catharus bicknelli
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
*Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
American Robin Turdus migratorius
*Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
MOCKINGBIRDS, THRASHERS  
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
*Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
STARLINGS  
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
PIPITS  
American Pipit Anthus rubescens
WAXWINGS  
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
WOOD-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
*Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
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 vermivorus
*Swainson’s Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
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  
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
EMBERIZID SPARROWS  
*Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
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
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
*Henslow’s Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii
*Le Conte’s Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus caudacutus
Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
*Harris’s Sparrow Zonotrichia querula
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis
CARDINALS & ALLIES  
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
*Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
*Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Dickcissel Spiza americana
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, & ALLIES  
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
*Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
CARDUELINE FINCHES  
*Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
*Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria
OLD WORLD SPARROWS  
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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