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LOONS  (Order Gaviiformes)

Loons (Family Gaviidae)
Common Loon  Gavia immer
Red-throated Loon  Gavia stellata  unusual

GREBES (Order Podicipediformes)

Grebes  (Family Podicipedidae)
Horned Grebe  Podiceps auritus
Red-necked Grebe  Podiceps grisegna   accidental
Eared Grebe  Podiceps nigricollic  accidental
Pied-Billed Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps

PETRELS, SHEARWATERS, ETC. (Order Procellariiformes)

Petrels & Shearwaters (Family Procellariidae)
Black-capped Petrel  Pterodroma hasitata
  unusual
Cory's Shearwater  Calonectris diomedea
Sooty Shearwater  Puffinus griseus   rare
Manx Shearwater  Puffinus puffinus   rare
Audubon's Shearwater  Puffinus lherminieri  unusual

Storm-petrel's (Family Hydrobatidae)
Wilson's Storm-petrel  Oceanites oceanicus  unusual
Band-rumped Storm-petrel  Oceanodroma castro  rare
PELICANS, ANHINGAS & CORMORANTS (Order Pelecaniformes)

Gannet  (Family Sulidae)
Northern Gannet  Sula bassanus  unusual

Pelicans (Family Pelecanidae)
American White Pelican  Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown Pelican  Pelecanus occidentalis  endangered

Anhingas  (Family Anhingidae)
American Anhinga  Anhinga anhinga

Cormorant  (Family Phalacrocoracidae)
Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus
HERONS, EGRETS, STORKS, ETC.  (Order Ciconiiformes)

Herons, Egrets, Bittern (Family Ardeidae)
American Bittern  Botaurus lentiginosus  unusual
Least Bittern  Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias
Great Egret  Ardea albus
Snowy Egret  Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron  Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron  Egretta tricolor
Reddish Egret  Egretta rufescens  accidental
Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron  Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-heron  Nycticorax nycticorax  unusual
Yellow-crowned Night-heron  Nyctanassa violacea  unusual

Ibis  (Family Threskiornithidae)
White Ibis  Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus  unusual
Roseate Spoonbill  Ajaia ajaja  accidental

Storks  (Family Ciconiidae)
Wood Stork  Mycteria americana
  endangered

Vultures (Family Cathartidae)
Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura

Black Vulture  Coragyps atratus
DUCKS, GEESE & SWANS (Order Anseriformes)

Ducks, Geese & Swans (Family Anatidae)
Fulvous Whistling-duck  Dendrocygna bicolor  rare
Tundra Swan  Cygnus columbianus  rare
Greater White-fronted Goose  Anser albifrons  rare
Snow Goose  Chen caerulescens  rare
Ross' Goose  Chen rossii  accidental
Canada Goose  Branta canadensis
Wood Duck  Aix sponsa

Green-winged Teal  Anas crecca
American Black Duck  Anas rubripes  unusual
Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail  Anas acuta  unusual
Blue-winged Teal  Anas discors
Northern Shoveler  Anas clypeata
Gadwall  Anas strepera
American Wigeon  Anas americana
Canvasback  Aythya valisineria  unusual
Redhead  Aythya americana  unusual
Ring-necked Duck  Aythya collaris
Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis
Greater Scaup  Aythya marila  rare
Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw)  Clangula hyemalis  rare
White-winged Scoter  Melanitta fusca  unusual
Black Scoter  Melanitta nigra
Surf Scoter  Melanitta perspicillata  unusual
Bufflehead  Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye  Bucephala clangula  rare
Hooded Merganser  Lophodytes cucullatus
Common Merganser  Mergus merganser  accidental
Red-breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck  Oxyura jamaicensis

FALCONS, HAWKS, EAGLES & OSPREYS (Order Falconiformes)

Hawks, Eagles, Osprey, Kites (Family Accipitridae)
Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
  unusual
Swallow-tailed Kite  Elanoides forficatus
Mississippi Kite  Ictinia mississippiensis  unusual
Bald Eagle  Haliaeetus leucocephalus  threatened
Northern Harrier  Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk  Accipiter striatus  unusual
Cooper's Hawk  Accipiter cooperii
Northern Goshawk  Accipiter gentilis  accidental
Red-shouldered Hawk  Buteo lineatus
Broad-winged Hawk  Buteo platypterus
Red-tailed Hawk  Buteo jamaicensis
Rough-legged Hawk  Buteo lagopus  accidental
Golden Eagle  Aquila chrysaetos  rare

Kestrals & Falcons (Family Falconidae)
American Kestrel  Falco sparverius

Merlin  Falco columbarius  unusual
Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus  threatened
TURKEY, QUAIL, PHEASANT (Order Galliformes)

Chachalaca  (Family Cracidae)
Plain Chachalaca  Ortalis vetula

Turkey & Grouse  (Family Phasianidae)
Wild Turkey  Meleagris gallopavo

Ruffed Grouse  Bonasa umbellus

Quail  (Family Odontophoridae)
Northern Bobwhite  Colinus virginianus

RAILS, CRANES, COOTS, ETC. (Order Gruiformes)

Rails, etc. (Family Rallidae)
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

Limpkin (Family Aramidae)
Limpkin  Aramus guarauna  accidental

Cranes (Family Gruidae)
Sandhill Crane  Grus canadensis
  unusual

SHOREBIRDS, GULLS, ETC.  (Order Charadriiformes)

Family Charadriidae
Black-Bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola
American Golden-plover  Pluvialis dominica
Wilson's Plover  Charadrius wilsonia  
Semipalmated Plover  Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping Plover  Charadrius melodus  endangered
Killdeer  Charadrius vociferus

Family Haematopodidae
American Oystercatcher  Haematopus palliatus
  rare

Family Recurvirostridae
Black-necked Stilt  Himantopus mexicanus  unusual
American Avocet  Recurvirostra americana  unusual

Family Scolopacidae
Greater Yellowlegs  Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs  Tringa flavipes
Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria
Willet  Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularia
Upland Sandpiper  Bartramia longicauda  rare, migrant
Whibrel  Numenius phaeopus
Long-billed Curlew  Numenius americanus
Marbled Godwit  Limosa fedoa
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
Pectoral Sandpiper  Calidris melanotos
Purple Sandpiper  Calidris maritima
Dunlin  Calidris allpina
Stilt Sandpiper  Calidris himantopus
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  Tryngites subruficollis
Short-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus scolopaceus  unusual
Common Snipe  Gallinago gallinago
American Woodcock  Scolopax minor
Wilson's Phalarope  Phalaropus tricolor
Red-Necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus
Red Phalarope  Phalaropus fulicaria

Gulls & Terns  (Family Laridae)
Pomarine Jaeger  Stercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger  Stercorarius parasiticus
Laughing Gull  Larus atricilla
Franklin's Gull  Larus pipixcan  accidental
Bonaparte's Gull  Larus philadelphia
Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis
Herring Gull  Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus
Greater Black-backed Gull  Larus marinus
Gull-billed Tern  Sterna nilotica  threatened
Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia
Royal Tern  Sterna maxima
Sandwich Tern  Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern  Sterna hirundo
Forster's Tern  Sterna forsteri
Least Tern  Sterna antillarum  endangered
Bridled Tern  Sterna anaethetus
Sooty Tern  Sterna fuscata
Black Tern  Chlidonias niger
Black Skimmer  Rynchops niger

PIGEONS & DOVES (Order Columbiformes)

Pigeons & Doves  (Family Columbidae)
Rock Dove  Columba livia  introduced
Eurasian Collared-dove  Streptopelia decaocto  introduced
White-winged Dove  Zenaida asiatica  accidental
Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura
Passenger Pigeon  Ectopistes migratorius  extinct
Common Ground-dove  Columbina passerina

PARROTS, PARAKEETS, & MACAWS (Order Psittaciformes)

Parakeet  (Family Psittacidae)
Carolina Parakeet  Conuropsis carolinensis
  extinct

CUCKOOS & ANI  (Order Cuculiformes)

Cuckoos  (Family Cuculidae)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  Coccyzus americanus

Black-billed Cuckoo  Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Smooth-billed Ani  Crotophaga ani  accidental

OWLS  (Order Strigiformes)

Barn Owl  (Family Tytonidae)
Barn Owl  Tyto alba

Owls (Family Strigidae)
Eastern Screech Owl  Otus asio

Great Horned Owl  Bubo virginianus
Snowy Owl  Nyctea scandiaca  accidental
Barred Owl  Strix varia
Short-eared Owl  Asio flammeus  rare, accidental
Long-eared Owl  Asio otus  accidental
Northern Saw-whet Owl  Aegolius acadicus  rare, accidental
NIGHTHAWKS, ETC. (Order Caprimulgiformes)

Nighthawks, etc.  (Family Caprimulgidae)
Common Nighthawk  Chordeiles minor
Chuck-will's-widow  Caprimulgus carolinensis
Whip-poor-will  Caprimulgus vociferus

SWIFTS & HUMMINGBIRDS  (Order Apodiformes)

Swifts  (Family Apodidae)
Chimney Swift  Chaetura pelagica

Hummingbirds  (Family Trochilidae)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Archilochus colubris

Rufous Hummingbird  Selasphorus rufus  accidental

KINGFISHERS  (Order Coraciiformes)

Kingfisher  (Family Alcedinidae)
Belted Kingfisher  Ceryl alcyon
WOODPECKERS, ETC.  (Order Piciformes)

Woodpeckers  (Family Picidae)
Northern Flicker  Colaptes auratus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker  Picoides villosus
Red-cockaded Woodpecker  Picoides borealis  endangered
Pileated Woodpecker  Dryocopus pileatus
Ivory-billed Woodpecker  Campephilus principalis  endangered
Red-bellied Woodpecker  Melanerpes carolinus
Red-headed Woodpecker  Melanerpes erythrocephalus

PERCHING BIRDS  (Order Passeriformes)

Flycatchers, Kingbirds, Etc. (Family Tyrannidae)
Olive-sided Flycatcher  Contopus cooperi  accidental
Eastern Wood-pewee  Contopus virens
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  Empidonax flaviventris
Acadian Flycatcher  Empidonax virescens
Alder Flycatcher  Empidonax alnorum  accidental
Willow Flycatcher  Empidonax traillii
Least Flycatcher  Empidonax minimus  accidental

Eastern Phoebe  Sayornis phoebe
Say's Phoebe  Sayornis saya  accidental
Vermilion Flycatcher  Pyrocephalus rubinus  accidental
Great Crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus crinitus
Western Kingbird  Tyrannus verticalis  accidental
Eastern Kingbird  Tyrannus tyrannus
Gray Kingbird  Tyrannus dominicensis  rare
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  Tyrannus forficatus  accidental

Horned Lark  (Family Alaudidae)
Horned Lark  Eremophila alpestris  unusual

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

Jays & Crows  (Family Corvidae)
Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata

Scrub Jay  Aphelocoma coerulescens  accidental
American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos
Fish Crow  Corvus ossifragus
Common Raven  Corvus corax  unusual

Chickadees & Titmice  (Family Paridae)
Carolina Chickadee  Poecile carolinensis
Tufted Titmouse  Baeolophus bicolor

Nuthatches  (Family Sittidae)
Red-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta canadensis
White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis
Brown-headed Nuthatch  Sitta pusilla

Creepers  (Family Certhiidae)
Brown Creeper  Certhia americana

Wrens  (Family Troglodytidae)
Carolina Wren  Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's Wren  Thryomanes bewickii  accidental
House Wren  Troglodytes aedon
Winter Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes
Sedge Wren  Cistothorus platensis
Marsh Wren  Cistothorus palustris

Kinglets  (Family Regulidae)
Golden-crowned Kinglet  Regulus satrapa

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Regulus calendula

Gnatcatchers  (Family Sylviidae)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  Polioptila caerulea

Thrushes  (Family Turdidae)
Eastern Bluebird  Sialia sialis

Veery  Catharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked Thrush  Catharus minimus  migratory

Bicknell's Thrush  Catharus bicknelli  accidental
Swainson's Thrush  Catharus ustulatus  migratory
Hermit Thrush  Catharus guttatus
Wood Thrush  Hylocichla mustelina
American Robin  Turdus migratorius

Mimics  (Family Mimidae)
Gray Catbird  Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Brown Thrasher  Toxostoma rufum

Starlings  (Family Sturnidae)
European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris
  introduced

Pipits  (Family Motacillidae)
American Pipit  Anthus rubescens
Sprague's Pipit  Anthus spragueii  accidental

Waxwings  (Family Bombycillidae)
Cedar Waxwing  Bombycilla cedrorum

Shrikes  (Family Laniidae)
Loggerhead Shrike  Lanius ludovicianus

Vireos  (Family Vireonidae)
White-eyed Vireo  Vireo griseus
Yellow-throated Vireo  Vireo flavifrons
Blue-headed Vireo  Vireo solitarius
Warbling Vireo  Vireo gilvus  migratory
Philadelphia Vireo  Vireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed Vireo  Vireo olivaceus

Family Parulidae
Bachman's Warbler  Vermivora bachmanii
  endangered
Blue-winged Warbler  Vermivora pinus  rare
Golden-winged Warbler  Vermivora chrysoptera  unusual
Tennessee Warbler  Vermivora peregrina

Orange-crowned Warbler  Vermivora celata  migratory
Nashville Warbler  Vermivora ruficapilla  migratory
Northern Parula  Parula americana
Yellow Warbler  Dendroica petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler  Dendroica pensylvanica
Magnolia Warbler  Dendroica magnolia  migratory
Cape May Warbler  Dendroica tigrina  migratory
Black-throated Blue Warbler  Dendroica caerulescens
Yellow-rumped Warbler  Dendroica coronata
Black-throated Gray Warbler  Dendroica nigrescens  accidental
Black-throated Green Warbler  Dendroica virens
Blackburnian Warbler  Dendroica fusca
Yellow-throated Warbler  Dendroica dominica
Pine Warbler  Dendroica pinus
Kirtland's Warbler  Dendroica kirtlandii  endangered, migratory
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  migratory
Louisiana Waterthrush  Seiurus motacilla
Kentucky Warbler  Oporornis formosus
Connecticut Warbler  Oporornis agilis
Mourning Warbler  Oporornis philadelphia  migratory
Common Yellowthroat  Geothlypis trichas
Hooded Warbler  Wilsonia citrina
Wilson's Warbler  Wilsonia pusilla  migratory
Canada Warbler  Wilsonia canadensis
Yellow-breasted Chat  Icteria virens

Family Thraupidae
Summer Tanager  Piranga rubra

Scarlet Tanager  Piranga olivacea
Western Tanager  Piranga ludoviciana  accidental

Family Emberizidae
Green-tailed Towhee  Pipilo chlorurus  accidental
Eastern Towhee  Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Bachman's Sparrow  Aimophila aestivalis  rare
American Tree Sparrow  Spizella arborea  accidental
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  accidental
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  accidental
White-crowned Sparrow  Zonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed Junco  Junco hyemalis
Lapland Longspur  Calcarius lapponicus  accidental
Snow Bunting  Plectrophenax nivalis  accidental

Family Cardinalidae
Northern Cardinal  Cardinalis cardinalis

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  Pheucticus ludovicianus
Blue Grosbeak  Guiraca caerulea
Indigo Bunting  Passerina cyanea
Painted Bunting  Passerina ciris
Dickcissel  Spiza americana  accidental

Family Icteridae
Bobolink  Dolichonyx oryzivorus  migratory
Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark  Sturnella magna
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus accidental
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
Bullock's Oriole  Icterus bullockii  accidental

Finches & Grosbeaks  (Family Fringillidae)
Purple Finch  Carpodacus purpureus
House Finch  Carpodacus mexicanus
Red Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra  accidental
Common Redpoll  Carduelis flammea  accidental
Pine Siskin  Carduelis pinus
American Goldfinch  Carduelis tristis
Evening Grosbeak  Coccothraustes vespertinus

House Sparrow  (Family Passeridae)
House Sparrow  Passer domesticus  introduced