Wild River


brochure Wild River - Birds

Birds at Wild River State Park (SP) in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).

STATE PARK BIRDS Sp S F W CREEPERS Brown Creeper STATE PARK BIRDS American Goldfinch U O U O WRENS C C C Winter Wren U O U Sedge Wren C C Marsh Wren U U Sp S F W C C C C LONGSPURS, SNOW BUNTINGS Snow Bunting House Wren U U U TOWHEES, SPARROWS R F W Golden-winged Warbler U U O Blue-winged Warbler U U O Black-and-white Warbler C U C Prothonatary Warbler O O Tennessee Warbler C C Orange-crowned Warbler U U U American Tree Sparrow C U U Chipping Sparrow C C C Nashville Warbler C Clay-colored Sparrow U U U Conneticut Warbler U O U U Field Sparrow U U U Mourning Warbler U U Vesper Sparrow C C C Common Yellowthroat C C C Lark Sparrow U U American Redstart C C C Savannah Sparrow C C C Cerulean Warbler O O O Grasshopper Sparrow U U O Northern Parula U Henslow's Sparrow O O Magnolia Warbler U Fox Sparrow U U Bay-breasted Warbler U U U Golden-crowned Kinglet C O C Ruby-crowned Kinglet C R C O THRUSHES C U Sp S STATE PARK BIRDS U KINGLETS U DATE Eastern Towhee GNATCATCHERS Blue-gray Gnatcatcher DATE C C U C Veery U U Gray-cheeked Thrush U U Song Sparrow C C C Blackburnian Warbler U Swainson’s Thrush U U Lincoln’s Sparrow U U U Yellow Warbler C C C Hermit Thrush C C Swamp Sparrow C C C Chestnut-sided Warbler C U C Wood Thrush U U U White-throated Sparrow C C Blackpoll Warbler U U American Robin C C C Harris’s Sparrow U U Black-throated Blue Warbler O O White-crowned Sparrow U U Palm Warbler C C Dark-eyed Junco C C Pine Warbler U Yellow-rumped Warbler C C Gray Catbird C C C Brown Thrasher C C C C BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES STARLINGS R O U U Yellow-headed Blackbird U U U Black-throated Green Warbler U U Bobolink C C C Canada Warbler U U Eastern Meadowlark C C C Wilson’s Warbler U U O Western Meadowlark C C C U Orchard Oriole O O Baltimore Oriole C C Red-winged Blackbird C Brown-headed Cowbird C Rusty Blackbird U O O O O Brewer's Blackbird C U U Purple Finch C Common Grackle C C C Common Redpoll O Hoary Redpoll O C European Starling C C C C WAXWINGS Bohemian Waxwing O Cedar Waxwing C C C OLD WORLD SPARROWS House Sparrow C C C C FINCHES Evening Grosbeak House Finch O O R Red Crossbill Pine Siskin C U C C O U WARBLERS O U U U C Northern Cardinal C C C C C Rose-breasted Grosbeak C C C C U Indigo Bunting C C C Dickcissel O O Ovenbird C C O O Lousiana Waterthrush U U C Northern Waterthrush U U C TANAGERS, CARDINALS, GROSBEAKS Scarlet Tanager U U WILD RIVER STATE PARK U C THRASHERS, MOCKINGBIRDS BIRD CHECKLIST C Eastern Bluebird O R DATE C Checklist created by Robert B. Janssen, Jerry Bonkoski and MNDNR. Data was gathered from MNDNR staff observations, public observations and Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union records. Nomenclature and organization of checklist based off of the Check-list of North American Birds (7th edition) as currently supplemented. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4039. Phone: 651-259-5600. The Minnesota DNR prohibits discrimination in its programs and services based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, public assistance status, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons with disabilities may request reasonable modifications to access or participate in DNR programs and services by contacting the DNR ADA Title II Coordinator at info.dnr@state.mn.us or 651-259-5488. Discrimination inquiries should be sent to Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4049; or Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240. © 2019, State of Minnesota, DNR Birding at Wild River State Park Located along the wild and scenic St. Croix River, the park contains nearly 7,000 acres of diverse habitat. You’ll find lowland forest along with oak woods, prairie openings, marsh, old farmland and stands of maple, basswood, aspen and white pine. This variety of habitat draws over 200 species of birds to the park. Head to the river to see trumpeter swans or bald eagles. Visit in spring for the migration of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers and sparrows. Key Occurrence Sp - Spring (Mar—May) S - Summer (Jun—Jul) F - Fall (Aug—Nov) W - Winter (Dec—Feb) Abundance C - Common (Present, relatively easy to find) U - Uncommon (Present, not certain to be seen) O - Occasional (Infrequent, may not return each year) R - Rare (Observed at least once, may not return) Date: Enter the date you saw the bird. STATE PARK BIRDS Sp S F W Snow Goose U Canada Goose C C C U Trumpeter Swan C O U C Tundra Swan U Wood Duck C C C PLOVERS Blue-winged Teal C C C Killdeer Northern Shoveler U U American Wigeon U U Location: Where did you see the bird? (water, forest, feeder, lower branch, tree trunk, etc.) Body size and shape: Compare to a known bird. (smaller than a...bigger than a...plump like a...slender like a...) Look at tail, legs and bill. (long, short, thick, thin, curved, straight) Colors and markings: Look on wings, tail, back, belly, rump and head. (stripe above eye, white spot on tail, etc.) Sounds and movements: How do they act and sound? (travel alone or in groups, in-flight wing position - soaring, flapping, flap and glide, etc.) Sp S F W U U C U U U American Coot U U U Osprey CRANES O C U C O Least Sandpiper U Semipalmated Sandpiper U U U U O Eastern Wood-pewee C C C Sharp-shinned Hawk U R U O Alder Flycatcher U O U Cooper's Hawk U U U O Willow Flycatcher U O U U Northern Goshawk O Least Flycatcher C C C U Bald Eagle C U C U Eastern Phoebe C C C Red-shouldered Hawk U U U U Broad-winged Hawk C U U C U U Lesser Scaup U U Spotted Sandpiper C C C Swainson's Hawk O Bufflehead U U Solitary Sandpiper U U U Red-tailed Hawk C Common Goldeneye U U O Lesser Yellowlegs U U U Rough-legged Hawk U Hooded Merganser U U R Greater Yellowlegs U Common Merganser U U Red-breasted Merganser U U U GULLS, TERNS O Snowy Owl O U U U Barred Owl Ruffed Grouse C C C C Common Tern O R O Great Gray Owl Wild Turkey C C C C Forster's Tern U U Long-eared Owl Northern Saw-whet Owl Yellow-billed Cuckoo U U O Black-billed Cuckoo U U U NIGHTJARS Common Nighthawk U U Eastern Whip-poor-will O O U SWIFTS Chimney Swift C C C C U C HUMMINGBIRDS Ruby-throated Hummingbird U U BITTERNS, HERONS, EGRETS, NIGHT-HERONS O O U U JAYS, MAGPIES, CROWS, RAVENS U Blue Jay C C C C R American Crow C C C C O O O Common Raven C U C C O O O U U U U Purple Martin U U U Tree Swallow C C C Northern Rough-winged Swallow C C C Bank Swallow C C C KINGFISHERS Belted Kingfisher U U C U American White Pelican R C U CUCKOOS U C O PELICANS Philadelphia Vireo U Red-eyed Vireo Black Tern O U U C C Blue-headed Vireo U C C U U U C C U U C C Mourning Dove U C U U Yellow-throated Vireo C Herring Gull U U Warbling Vireo U U C U Great Horned Owl LARKS Horned Lark C C MARTINS, SWALLOWS C WOODPECKERS Red-headed Woodpecker U U U Red-bellied Woodpecker C C C Yellow-bellied Sapsucker C U C C American Bittern O O O Downy Woodpecker C C C C Cliff Swallow C C C Great Blue Heron C C C Hairy Woodpecker C C C C Barn Swallow C C C Great Egret U U U Northern Flicker C C C O Snowy Egret R Pileated Woodpecker U U U U Black-capped Chickadee C C C Green Heron U U U Tufted Titmouse R R R Black-crowned Night-heron U U U NEW WORLD VULTURES Turkey Vulture C C C U VIREOS U C Double-crested Cormorant U U C CORMORANTS U U C U Northern Shrike O C SHRIKES Eastern Screech Owl Ring-billed Gull LOONS O O TYPICAL OWLS Ring-necked Pheasant C C U U C C U U C O O O Northern Harrier U C Western Kingbird O O O U Rock Pigeon C C Olive-sided Flycatcher Wilson's Snipe PIGEONS AND DOVES C O O American Woodcock U Great Crested Flycatcher Golden Eagle U U U C U Common Loon U Eastern Kingbird Ring-necked Duck U F W R U U Sp S STATE PARK BIRDS Swallow-tailed Kite C U DATE FLYCATCHERS U PARTRIDGE, PHEASANTS, GROUSE, TURKEYS F W KITES, HAWKS, EAGLES SANDPIPERS AND ALLIES O Sp S Green-winged Teal O C STATE PARK BIRDS OSPREY Sora Sandhill Crane DATE Mallard Pied-billed Grebe When you observe a bird, make note of at least three characteristics. STATE PARK BIRDS RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS GEESE, SWANS, DUCKS GREBES Bird Identification Tips DATE FALCONS C C U CHICKADEES, TITMICE C NUTHATCHES American Kestrel C Merlin U U Red-breasted Nuthatch U O U U Peregrine Falcon U U White-breasted Nuthatch C C C C DATE

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