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BIRD CHECKLIST
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
compiled by Charles Austin

This checklist, which is based upon and extends the original 1993 list compiled by Sylvia Gallagher, Robb Hamilton and Doug Willick, lists 263 species which have been recorded at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary and adjacent San Diego Creek as of  Dec. 31, 1999.

Copies of the list, with monthly abundance graphs for 166 of the species, may be obtained at Audubon House. (It's not practical to try to duplicate the bar graphs on this webpage format.)  The following list will give you a good idea of what birds may be found at the SJWS.


Birds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
GREBES
__ Pied-billed Grebe
__ Horned Grebe
__ Eared Grebe
__ Western Grebe
PELICANS, CORMORANTS
__ American White Pelican
__ Brown Pelican
__ Double-crested Cormorant
BITTERNS, HERONS, IBISES
__ American Bittern
__ Great Blue Heron
__ Great Egret
__ Snowy Egret
__ Cattle Egret
__ Green Heron
__ Black-crowned Night-Heron
__ White-faced Ibis
NEW WORLD VULTURES
__ Turkey Vulture
GEESE, DUCKS
__ Greater White-fronted Goose
__ Snow Goose
__ Canada Goose
__ Wood Duck
__ Gadwall
__ American Wigeon
__ Mallard
__ Blue-winged Teal
__ Cinnamon Teal
__ Northern Shoveler
__ Northern Pintail
__ Green-winged Teal
__ Canvasback
__ Redhead
__ Ring-necked Duck
__ Lesser Scaup
__ Bufflehead
__ Ruddy Duck
HAWKS, KITES, EAGLES
__ Osprey
__ White-tailed Kite
__ Northern Harrier
__ Sharp-shinned Hawk
__ Cooper’s Hawk
__ Red-shouldered Hawk
__ Red-tailed Hawk
__ Golden Eagle
FALCONS
__ American Kestrel
__ Merlin
__ Peregrine Falcon
__  Peregrine Falcon
QUAIL
__ California Quail
RAILS, GALLINULES, COOTS
__ Virginia Rail
__ Sora
__ Common Moorhen
__ American Coot
PLOVERS
__ Black-bellied Plover
__ Semipalmated Plover
__ Killdeer
STILTS, AVOCETS
__ Black-necked Stilt
__ American Avocet
SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES
__ Greater Yellowlegs
__ Lesser Yellowlegs
__ Willet
__ Spotted Sandpiper
__ Whimbrel
__ Long-billed Curlew
__ Marbled Godwit
__ Semipalmated Sandpiper
__ Western Sandpiper
__ Least Sandpiper
__ Baird’s Sandpiper
__ Dunlin
__ Stilt Sandpiper
__ Short-billed Dowitcher
__ Long-billed Dowitcher
__ Wilson's Snipe
__ Wilson’s Phalarope
__ Red-necked Phalarope
GULLS, TERNS
__ Bonaparte’s Gull
__ Ring-billed Gull
__ California Gull
__ Western Gull
__ Caspian Tern
__ Elegant Tern
__ Forster’s Tern
__ Least Tern
__ Black Tern
SKIMMERS
__ Black Skimmer
PIGEONS, DOVES
__ Rock Pigeon
__ Morning Dove
__ Common Ground-Dove
ROADRUNNERS
__ Greater Roadrunner
OWLS
__ Barn Owl
__ Great Horned Owl
NIGHTHAWKS, SWIFTS
__ Lesser Nighthawk
__ Vaux’s Swift
__ White-throated Swift
HUMMINGBIRDS
__ Black-chinned Hummingbird
__ Anna’s Hummingbird
__ Costa’s Hummingbird
__ Allen’s Hummingbird
KINGFISHER
__ Belted Kingfisher
WOODPECKERS
__ Nuttall’s Woodpecker
__ Downy Woodpecker
__ Northern Flicker
FLYCATCHERS
__ Willow Flycatcher
__ Pacific-slope Flycatcher
__ Black Phoebe
__ Say’s Phoebe
__ Ash-throated Flycatcher
__ Cassin’s Kingbird
__ Western Kingbird
SHRIKES
__ Loggerhead Shrike
VIREOS
__ Bell’s Vireo
__ Warbling Vireo
CROWS, RAVENS
__ American Crow
__ Common Raven
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SWALLOWS
__ Tree Swallow
__ Violet-green Swallow
__ N. Rough-winged Swallow
__ Bank Swallow
__ Cliff Swallow
__ Barn Swallow
BUSHTITS, WRENS
__ Bushtit
__ Bewick’s Wren
__ House Wren
__ Marsh Wren
KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS
__ Ruby-crowned Kinglet
__ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
THRUSHES
__ Hermit Thrush
__ Western Bluebird
__ American Robin
MOCKINGBIRDS
__ Northern Mockingbird
STARLINGS, PIPITS, WAXWINGS
__ European Starling
__ American Pipit
__ Cedar Waxwing
WARBLERS
__ Orange-crowned Warbler
__ Nashville Warbler
__ Yellow Warbler
__ Yellow-rumped Warbler
__ Townsend’s Warbler
__ MacGillivray’s Warbler
__ Common Yellowthroat
__ Wilson’s Warbler
__ Yellow-breasted Chat
TOWHEES, SPARROWS
__ Spotted Towhee
__ California Towhee
__ Chipping Sparrow
__ Brewer’s Sparrow
__ Lark Sparrow
__ Black-throated Sparrow
__ Savannah Sparrow
__ Fox Sparrow
__ Song Sparrow
__ Lincoln’s Sparrow
__ White-crowned Sparrow
__ Golden-crowned Sparrow
GROSBEAKS, BUNTINGS
__ Black-headed Grosbeak
__ Blue Grosbeak
__ Lazuli Bunting
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES
__ Red-winged Blackbird
__ Tricolored Blackbird
__ Western Meadowlark
__ Yellow-headed Blackbird
__ Brewer’s Blackbird
__ Great-tailed Grackle
__ Brown-headed Cowbird
ORIOLES
__ Hooded Oriole
__ Bullock's Oriole
FINCHES
__ House Finch
__ Lesser GoldfinchXXXX
__ American GoldfinchXXXX
OLD WORLD SPARROWSXXXX
__ House SparrowXXXX
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Less Frequently Seen Birds at the San Joaquin Widlies

The following birds have been recorded at the SJWS at most four times
as of December 1999, and for many of them only 2 records exist.


__ Red-throated Loon
__ Clark’s Grebe
__ Least Bittern
__ Little Blue Heron
__ Ross’ Goose
__ Brant
__ Eurasian Wigeon
__ Gargeney
__ Greater Scaup
__ Surf Scoter
__ Common Goldeneye
__ Hooded Merganser
__ Common Merganser
__ Red-breasted Merganser
__ Bald Eagle
__ Swainson’s Hawk
__ Ferruginous Hawk
__ Rough-legged Hawk
__ Prairie Falcon
__ Clapper Rail
__ American Golden-Plover
__ Pacific Golden-Plover
__ Snowy Plover
__ Ruddy Turnstone
__ Red Knot
__ Sanderling
__ Little Stint
__ White-rumped Sandpiper
__ Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
__ Ruff
__ Red Phalarope
__ Franklin’s Gull
__ Mew Gull
__ Herring Gull
__ Glaucous-winged Gull
__ Gull-billed Tern
__ Royal Tern
__ Gull-billed Tern
__ Royal Tern
__ Common Tern
__ Spotted Dove
__ White-winged Dove
__ Ruddy Ground-Dove
__ Burrowing Owl
__ Black Swift
__ Rufous Hummingbird
__ Olive-sided Flycatcher
__ Western Wood-Pewee
__ Gray Flycatcher
__ Vermilion Flycatcher
__ Tropical Kingbird
__ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
__ Cassin’s Vireo
__ Hutton’s Vireo
__ Western Scrub-Jay
__ Horned Lark
__ Purple Martin
__ Cactus Wren
__ Rock Wren
__ House Wren
__ California Gnatcatcher
__ Western Bluebird
__ Mountain Bluebird
__ Swainson’s Thrush
__ American Robin
__ Sage Thrasher
__ California Thrasher
__ Yellow Wagtail
__ Black-backed Wagtail
__ Sprague’s Pipit
__ Phainopepla
__ Northern Parula
__ Chestnut-sided Warbler
__ Black-throated Gray Warbler
__ Blackburnian Warbler
__ Hermit Warbler
__ Palm Warbler
__ Blackpoll Warbler
__ American Redstart
__ Northern Waterthrush
__ Canada Warbler
__ Western Tanager
__ Rufous-crowned Sparrow
__ Clay-colored Sparrow
__ Vesper Sparrow
__ Lark Bunting
__ Grasshopper Sparrow
__ Swamp Sparrow
__ White-throated Sparrow
__ Dark-eyed Junco
__ Chestnut-collared Longspur
__ Black-headed Grosbeak
__ Indigo Bunting
__ Bobolink
__ Baltimore Oriole
__ Purple Finch
__ Pine Siskin
__ Lawrence’s Goldfinch
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Exotic Species/Escapees
__ Mute Swan
__ Greylag Goose
__ Egyptian Goose
__ Mandarin Duck
__ White-cheeked Pintail
__ Ringed Teal
__ Nutmeg Mannikin
__ Orange Bishop
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Acknowledgements: The compiler wishes to express thanks to Sylvia Gallagher, Robb Hamilton, Trude Hurd and Nancy Kenyon for their advice and criticism, while retaining responsibility for any errors, and to John Schmitt for his elegant cover illustration.



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