Birds Checklist

Birds of Binghamton University Checklist

* indicates a regular season occurrence
^ indicates an irregular occurrence
# indicates seen before 1971
No sign indicates not seen
Dates of sightings where applicable

  • Loons (Gaviidae)

    Red-throated Loon
    ^Common Loon 4/20/93

  • Grebes (Podicipedidae)

    ^Pied-billed Grebe 10/19/94 4/15/2013
    Horned Grebe
    ^Red-necked Grebe 1998
    Eared Grebe
    Western Grebe

  • Shearwaters and Petrels (Procellariidae)

    Herald Petrel
    Black-capped Petrel

  • Boobies and Gannets (Sulidae)

    Northern Gannet

  • Pelicans (Pelecanidae)

    American White Pelican

  • Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

    ^Double-crested Cormorant

  • Darters


  • Herons, Egrets and Bitterns (Ardeidae)

    ^American Bittern 2002, 5/2005 Doug G. 2010, 2015, 2016
    ^Least Bittern
    *Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Little Blue Heron
    Tricolored Heron
    Cattle Egret
    *Green-backed Heron
    ^#Black-crowned Night-Heron
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

  • Ibises and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)

    Glossy Ibis

  • Storks (Ciconiidae)

    Wood Stork

  • Geese, Swans, and Ducks (Anatidae)

    Fulvous Whistling-Duck
    Greater White-fronted Goose
    ^Snow Goose 1998 Fall
    Ross's Goose
    *Canada Goose
    Mute Swan
    ^Tundra Swan 2002 Dead
    *Wood Duck
    Eurasian Wigeon
    ^American Wigeon
    *American Black Duck
    ^Blue-winged Teal 4/28/05
    Cinnamon Teal
    ^Northern Shoveler 4/29/2008 Julian S.
    Northern Pintail
    ^Green-winged Teal
    ^Ring-necked Duck
    ^Greater Scaup
    ^Lesser Scaup
    King Eider
    Common Eider
    Harlequin Duck
    Surf Scoter
    White-winged Scoter
    Black Scoter
    Long-tailed Duck
    Common Goldeneye
    Barrow's Goldeneye
    ^Hooded Merganser 4/19/88, 2005 D.G., 2006 Fall D.G.& D.H. 2010-16 Fall D.H.
    *Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    ^Ruddy Duck 11/2016

  • New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

    Black Vulture
    *Turkey Vulture

  • Osprey (Accipitridae)

    * Osprey

  • Hawks, Eagles and Kites (Accipitridae)

    Swallow-tailed Kite
    ^Bald Eagle
    ^Northern Harrier
    *Sharp-shinned Hawk
    *Cooper's Hawk 4/03 Nest
    ^Northern Goshawk 4/18/95, 4/24/01, 5/2/06 D. G.
    ^Red-shouldered Hawk 1998, 3/24/06 D. G.
    *Broad-winged Hawk
    Swainson's Hawk
    *Red-tailed Hawk
    ^Rough-legged Hawk 1/03
    ^Golden Eagle 10/03, Best seen during October Migration

  • Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

    *American Kestrel
    ^Merlin 9/3/98 J.S. 10/05 D.H.&Victor L.
    ^Peregrine Falcon 11/00 Rea

  • Partridges, Grouse, and Turkeys (Phasianidae)

    ^Ring-necked Pheasant
    *Ruffed Grouse
    *Wild Turkey  (Has become irregular after 2011)
    Gray Partridge
    Northern Bobwhite

  • Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (Rallidae)

    Yellow Rail
    Black Rail
    King Rail
    *Virginia Rail
    ^Sora 4/28/93, Spring 2016
    Purple Gallinule
    ^Common Moorhen 5/4/93
    ^American Coot 5/20/97, 2006 Fall D.G.

  • Cranes (Gruidae)

    ^Sandhill Crane 4/13/2013 J.S.

  • Plovers and Lapwings (Charadriidae)

    Black-bellied Plover
    American Golden-Plover
    #Semipalmated Plover
    Piping Plover

  • Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)

    _ American Avocet

  • Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (Scolopacidae)

    #Greater Yellowlegs
    ^Lesser Yellowlegs
    *Solitary Sandpiper
    ^Spotted Sandpiper
    Upland Sandpiper
    Hudsonian Godwit
    Marbled Godwit
    Ruddy Turnstone
    Red Knot
    #Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Western Sandpiper
    #Least Sandpiper
    ^White-rumped Sandpiper 11/2016 D.H.
    Baird's Sandpiper
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Purple Sandpiper
    Curlew Sandpiper
    Stilt Sandpiper
    Buff-breasted Sandpiper
    Short-billed Dowitcher
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    ^Wilson's Snipe 4/2006 B. Kuk, 3/14/07 D. G.
    *American Woodcock
    #Wilson's Phalarope
    Red-necked Phalarope
    Red Phalarope

  • Skuas, Gulls and Terns (Laridae)

    Parasitic Jaeger
    Long-tailed Jaeger
    Laughing Gull
    Franklin's Gull
    Little Gull
    Black-headed Gull
    ^Bonaparte's Gull 4/12/12 J. S.
    ^Ring-billed Gull
    Great Black-backed Gull
    Glaucous Gull
    Thayer's Gull
    Iceland Gull
    ^Herring Gull
    Slaty-backed Gull
    Lesser Black-backed Gull
    Sabine's Gull
    Black-legged Kittiwake
    Ross's Gull
    Caspian Tern
    Common Tern
    Arctic Tern
    Forster's Tern
    Least Tern
    ^Black Tern 5/3/2016 Andria K.

  • Auks, Murres, and Puffins (Alcidae)

    Thick-billed Murre
    Long-billed Murrelet

  • Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

    *Rock Pidgeon
    *Mourning Dove

  • Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis (Cuculidae)

    ^Black-billed Cuckoo
    ^Yellow-billed Cuckoo

  • Barn Owls (Tytonidae)

    Barn Owl

  • Typical Owls (Strigidae)

    *Eastern Screech-Owl
    *Great Horned Owl 2-3/02 Nest
    Snowy Owl
    Northern Hawk Owl
    *Barred Owl
    Long-eared Owl
    ^Short-eared Owl 2003 D.H.
    ^Northern Saw-whet Owl 3/11/04 V.L.

  • Nighthawks and Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

    ^Common Nighthawk
    ^Whip-poor-will 5/97 V.L.

  • Swifts (Apodidae)

    *Chimney Swift

  • Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

    *Ruby-throated Hummingbird

  • Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

    *Belted Kingfisher

  • Woodpeckers (Picidae)

    Red-headed Woodpecker
    *Red-bellied Woodpecker
    *Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    *Downy Woodpecker
    *Hairy Woodpecker
    Three-toed Woodpecker
    Black-backed Woodpecker
    *Northern Flicker
    *Pileated Woodpecker

  • Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

    #*Olive-sided Flycatcher 5/04 R.A., 5/05 D.G.
    *Eastern Wood-Pewee
    #Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
    Acadian Flycatcher
    ^Alder Flycatcher
    *Willow Flycatcher
    *Least Flycatcher
    *Eastern Phoebe
    Say's Phoebe
    *Great Crested Flycatcher
    Western Kingbird
    *Eastern Kingbird
    Gray Kingbird
    Fork-tailed Flycatcher

  • Shrikes (Laniidae)

    Loggerhead Shrike
    #Northern Shrike 1/13/14 R.A.

  • Vireos (Vireonidae)

    ^White-eyed Vireo 5/12/95 J.S. 5/04
    ^Yellow-throated Vireo
    *Solitary or Blue Headed Vireo
    *Warbling Vireo
    ^Philadelphia Vireo
    *Red-eyed Vireo

  • Jays, Magpies, and Crows (Corvidae)

    Gray Jay
    *Blue Jay
    Black-billed Magpie
    *American Crow
    ^Fish Crow 2002, 2005 Spring D.G.
    *Common Raven 2001,04,05, 06 (Irregular until 2004, nesting since 2014)

  • Larks (Alaudidae)

    ^Horned Lark

  • Martins and Swallows (Hirundinidae)

    Purple Martin
    *Tree Swallow ^Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2003 Nest, 2006 Spring D.G.
    ^Bank Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    ^Barn Swallow

  • Chickadees and Tits (Paridae)

    *Black-capped Chickadee
    Boreal Chickadee
    *Tufted Titmouse

  • Nuthatches (Sittidae)

    ^Red-breasted Nuthatch
    *White-breasted Nuthatch

  • Creepers (Certhiidae)

    *Brown Creeper

  • Wrens (Troglodytidae)

    ^Carolina Wren
    *House Wren
    *Winter Wren
    Sedge Wren
    ^Marsh Wren

  • Kinglets and Old World Warblers (Muscicapidae) Sylviinae

    *Golden-crowned Kinglet
    *Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    *Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  • Turdinae

    Northern Wheatear
    ^Eastern Bluebird 2005, 2006 Fall/Winter D.G., A.B.C., D.H.,2008, 2009, 2010
    #Gray-cheeked Thrush 10/24/2005 D.G., 5/11/2006 D.G. 10/21/12 B.K.
    ^Bicknell's Thrush 10/05 V.L.
    ^Swainson's Thrush 10/13/05 D.G.
    *Hermit Thrush
    *Wood Thrush
    *American Robin
    Varied Thrush

  • Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Thrashers (Mimidae)

    *Gray Catbird
    ^Northern Mockingbird
    *Brown Thrasher

  • Starlings (Sturnidae)

    *European Starling

  • Accentors, Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

    ^American (water) Pipit

  • Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

    Bohemian Waxwing
    *Cedar Waxwing

  • Wood Warblers (Emberizidae) Parulinae

    *Blue-winged Warbler
    ^Golden-winged Warbler 5/10/86 J.S.
    *Tennessee Warbler
    ^Orange-crowned Warbler 11/78 J.S.
    *Nashville Warbler
    *Northern Parula
    *Yellow Warbler
    *Chestnut-sided Warbler
    *Magnolia Warbler
    *Cape May Warbler 5/6/86 J.S.
    *Black-throated Blue Warbler 2004 Breeding
    *Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Black-throated Gray Warbler
    *Black-throated Green Warbler
    *Blackburnian Warbler
    Yellow-throated Warbler
    ^Pine Warbler 4/2005 D.G., 5/2005 J.S., 4/2006 Michael A.&D.H.
    *Prairie Warbler
    *Palm Warbler
    ^Bay-breasted Warbler 5/20/01 J.S.
    *Blackpoll Warbler
    ^Cerulean Warbler 5/97 V.L.
    *Black-and-white Warbler
    *American Redstart
    ^Prothonotary Warbler 5/00,5/29/04
    ^Worm-eating Warbler
    *Northern Waterthrush
    ^Louisiana Waterthrush
    ^Kentucky Warbler
    #Connecticut Warbler
    ^Mourning Warbler 9/30/05 D.G.
    *Common Yellowthroat
    ^Hooded Warbler 1999
    ^Wilson's Warbler 5/20/01 J.S., 5/28/05 V.L., 9/19/06 D.G.
    ^Canada Warbler
    #Yellow-breasted Chat

  • Thraupinae

    Summer Tanager
    *Scarlet Tanager

  • Emberizinae

    Green-tailed Towhee
    *Rufous-sided Towhee
    *American Tree Sparrow
    *Chipping Sparrow
    ^Clay-colored Sparrow 10/13/05 D.G. 9/27/07 R.G
    *Field Sparrow
    ^Vesper Sparrow 4/18/05 D.G.
    Lark Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    ^Savannah Sparrow
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Henslow's Sparrow
    Le Conte's Sparrow
    ^Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
    *Fox Sparrow
    *Song Sparrow
    ^Lincoln's Sparrow 2005 Fall D.G. 9/27/07 R.G.
    *Swamp Sparrow
    *White-throated Sparrow
    Harris's Sparrow
    *White-crowned Sparrow
    *Dark-eyed Junco
    Lapland Longspur
    ^Snow Bunting 2/3/2009 D.H.

  • Cardinalinae

    *Northern Cardinal
    *Rose-breasted Grosbeak
    ^Blue Grosbeak 5/02 R.A.
    *Indigo Bunting

  • Icterinae

    *Red-winged Blackbird
    ^Eastern Meadowlark
    Western Meadowlark
    ^Yellow-headed Blackbird 5/13/93 Irene and Ron Tomek
    ^Rusty Blackbird 4/18/05 D.G., 3/31/2006 D.G. 11/17/11 V.L.
    Brewer's Blackbird
    *Common Grackle
    *Brown-headed Cowbird
    ^Orchard Oriole 5/2/2010 Nancy Morgan (pictures in Lore)
    *Northern Oriole

  • Cardinals and Buntings (Fringillidae)

    ^Pine Grosbeak 2/13/82, 2/8/86
    *Purple Finch
    *House Finch
    #Red Crossbill
    ^White-winged Crossbill 2/13/82
    ^Common Redpoll 2/4/06 D.G.
    ^Hoary Redpoll 11/99
    *Pine Siskin
    *American Goldfinch
    European Goldfinch
    ^Evening Grosbeak

  • Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

    *House Sparrow