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Birding Around the Sylvan Lake Area

The older trees, the lake, and the natural habitat in the easements around Sylvan Lake help make where we live a delight to so many of us. The Red-tailed Hawk family that has nested around the lake for the several years and a Great Horned Owl family appreciate it too! Here's a list of 128 species of birds that have been seen at or flying above Sylvan Lake over the last 20 years. It's followed by a list of another 23 that have been seen within five miles, making it 138 species for our immediate area.
2008- the Trahan's spotted 11 more birds they had not seen before... these have been added to the list
.....click the link on the left to download a printable list

HUMMINGBIRDS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
KINGFISHERS

Belted Kingfisher
WOODPECKERS

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Olive-sided Flycatcher
NEW-08
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
NEW-08
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
SWALLOWS
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow
KINGLETS
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
WAXWINGS
Cedar Waxwing
WRENS
House Wren
Winter Wren
THRUSHES
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Wood Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush NEW-08
American Robin
Grey Catbird
GNATCATCHERS
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
CHICKADEES AND TITS
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
CREEPERS
Brown Creeper
CROWS AND JAYS
Blue Jay
STARLINGS
European Starling
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow

VIREOS AND ALLIES
Warbling Vireo
Blue Headed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo

Bell's Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo NEW-08

LOONS
Common Loon
GREBES
Pied-billed Grebe
CORMORANTS
Double-crested Cormorant
HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Muscovy Duck
Wood Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser

Ruddy Duck
American Black Duck
GULLS
Ring-billed Gull
OSPREY
Osprey
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Northern Goshawk
NEW-08
VULTURES
Turkey Vulture
CRANES
Sandhill Crane
SANDPIPERS
Spotted Sandpiper
NEW-08
TERNS
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
NEW-08
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Mourning Dove
OWLS
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
NIGHTJARS
Common Nighthawk
Whip-poor-will
SWIFTS
Chimney Swift




 

WOOD WARBLERS
Blue-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler
NEW-08
Northern Parula

Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

TANAGERS AND ALLIES
Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager
NEW-08
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
Eastern Towhee
(Rufous-sided)
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow

CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
NEW-08
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
Purple Finch
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Common Redpoll
NEW-08
American Goldfinch
European Goldfinch

         


Sylvan Lake Bird List updated for '06

Download the PDF file so you can print it out and check off the birds you've seen.

 

Ready to Start Birding?
Click on the above link
for helpful tips from
the Trahans.
updated 2007

 
In addition, these additional 25 species have been spotted within five miles of Sylvan Lake:

HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Black-crowned Night-Heron
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Eastern Meadowlark

 

HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Northern Harrier
SANDPIPERS
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

 

GULLS
Herring Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
CROWS AND JAYS
American Crow
WOOD WARBLERS
Common Yellowthroat