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Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Imperial Beach, California


This checklist lists 208 species of birds that have been identified in the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The staff and volunteers of the Chula Vista Nature Center are interested in any new additions or unusual birds you may have sighted during your visit and appreciate your comments. 6/93
Key

SE = State-listed Endangered
FE = Federally-listed Endangered
* = species sighted fewer than 10 times in the last 20 years


LOONS

___ Red-throated Loon
___ Pacific Loon
___ Common Loon

GREBES ___ Pied-billed Grebe ___ Horned Grebe ___ Eared Grebe ___ Western Grebe ___ Clark's Grebe
PELICANS ___ American White Pelican ___ Brown Pelican SE,FE
CORMORANTS ___ Double-crested Cormorant
HERONS, EGRETS ___ Great Blue Heron ___ Great Egret ___ Snowy Egret ___ Little Blue Heron ___ Tricolored Heron ___ Reddish Egret ___ Green-backed Heron ___ Black-crowned Night Heron
IBIS ___ White-faced Ibis
GEESE & DUCKS ___ Snow Goose ___ Brant ___ Canada Goose ___ Green-winged Teal ___ Mallard ___ Northern Pintail ___ Blue-winged Teal ___ Cinnamon Teal ___ Northern Shoveler ___ Eurasian Wigeon* ___ American Wigeon ___ Gadwall ___ Canvasback* ___ Redhead ___ Ring-necked Duck ___ Greater Scaup ___ Lesser Scaup ___ Oldsquaw ___ Surf Scoter ___ White-winged Scoter ___ Common Goldeneye ___ Bufflehead ___ Hooded Merganser* ___ Common Merganser ___ Red-breasted Merganser ___ Ruddy Duck
AMERICAN VULTURES ___ Turkey Vulture
KITES, EAGLES, & HAWKS ___ Osprey ___ Black-shouldered Kite ___ Northern Harrier ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk ___ Cooper's Hawk ___ Red-shouldered Hawk ___ Swainson's Hawk* ___ Red-tailed Hawk ___ Ferruginous Hawk ___ Golden Eagle*
FALCONS ___ Prairie Falcon ___ Peregrine Falcon ___ Merlin ___ American Kestrel
QUAIL ___ California Quail
RAILS ___ Black Rail* ___ Light-footed Clapper Rail SE,FE ___ Virginia Rail ___ Sora
GALLINULES & COOTS ___ Common Moorhen* ___ American Coot
PLOVERS ___ Black-bellied Plover ___ Pacific Golden-Plover ___ Snowy Plover ___ Semipalmated Plover ___ Killdeer ___ Mountain Plover*
STILTS AND AVOCETS ___ Black-necked Stilt ___ American Avocet
SANDPIPERS & PHALAROPES ___ Greater Yellowlegs ___ Lesser Yellowlegs ___ Willet ___ Spotted Sandpiper ___ Whimbrel ___ Long-billed Curlew ___ Marbled Godwit ___ Ruddy Turnstone ___ Black Turnstone ___ Surfbird* ___ Red Knot ___ Sanderling ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper ___ Western Sandpiper ___ Least Sandpiper ___ Dunlin ___ Stilt Sandpiper* ___ Ruff ___ Short-billed Dowitcher ___ Long-billed Dowitcher ___ Common Snipe
GULLS ___ Bonaparte's Gull ___ Heermann's Gull ___ Mew Gull ___ Franklin's Gull* ___ Ring-billed Gull ___ California Gull ___ Herring Gull ___ Thayer's Gull ___ Western Gull ___ Glaucous-winged Gull
PHALAROPES ___ Red-necked Phalarope ___ Wilson's Phalarope
TERNS ___ Gull-billed Tern ___ Caspian Tern ___ Royal Tern ___ Elegant Tern ___ Common Tern ___ Forster's Tern ___ California Least Tern SE,FE
SKIMMERS ___ Black Skimmer
DOVES ___ Rock Dove ___ Mourning Dove
ROADRUNNERS ___ Greater Roadrunner
BARN OWLS ___ Barn Owl
TYPICAL OWLS ___ Burrowing Owl ___ Short-eared Owl ___ Great Horned Owl
GOATSUCKERS ___ Lesser Nighthawk
SWIFTS ___ Vaux's Swift ___ White-throated Swift
HUMMINGBIRDS ___ Black-chinned Hummingbird ___ Costa's Hummingbird ___ Anna's Hummingbird ___ Rufous Hummingbird ___ Allen's Hummingbird
KINGFISHERS ___ Belted Kingfisher
WOODPECKERS ___ Northern Flicker
FLYCATCHERS ___ Western Wood-Pewee ___ Willow Flycatcher ___ Pacific-slope Flycatcher ___ Black Phoebe ___ Say's Phoebe ___ Ash-throated Phoebe ___ Cassin's Kingbird ___ Western Kingbird
LARKS ___ Horned Lark
SWALLOWS ___ Tree Swallow ___ Violet-green Swallow ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow ___ Cliff Swallow ___ Barn Swallow
JAYS & CROWS ___ Scrub Jay ___ American Crow ___ Common Raven
BUSHTITS ___ Bushtit
WRENS ___ Bewick's Wren ___ House Wren ___ Marsh Wren
MUSCICAPIDS ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet ___ Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher ___ California Gnatcatcher ___ Mountain Bluebird* ___ Swainson's Thrush ___ Hermit Thrush ___ American Robin ___ Wrentit
MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS ___ Northern Mockingbird ___ Sage Thrasher ___ California Thrasher
PIPITS ___ American Pipit ___ Red-throated Pipit*
SHRIKES ___ Loggerhead Shrike
STARLINGS ___ European Starling
VIREOS ___ Solitary Vireo ___ Warbling Vireo
EMBERIZIDS ___ Orange-crowned Warbler ___ Nashville Warbler ___ Yellow Warbler ___ Magnolia Warbler ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler ___ MacGillivray's Warbler ___ Common Yellowthroat ___ Wilson's Warbler
TANAGERS ___ Western Tanager
TOWHEES, SPARROWS, & JUNCOS ___ Green-tailed Towhee ___ Rufous-sided Towhee ___ California Towhee ___ Lark Bunting* ___ Savannah Sparrow ___ Belding's Sparrow SE ___ Large-billed Sparrow ___ Vesper Sparrow ___ Sharp-tailed Sparrow ___ Song Sparrow ___ Lincoln's Sparrow ___ Swamp Sparrow* ___ Golden-crowned Sparrow ___ White-crowned Sparrow ___ Dark-eyed Junco
BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES ___ Red-winged Blackbird ___ Tri-colored Blackbird ___ Western Meadowlark ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird ___ Brewer's Blackbird ___ Great-tailed Grackle ___ Brown-headed Cowbird ___ Hooded Oriole ___ Northern Oriole
FINCHES ___ House Finch ___ American Goldfinch ___ Lesser Goldfinch ___ Lawrence's Goldfinch
OLD WORLD SPARROWS ___ House Sparrow

Chula Vista Nature Center

Center Admission:

Adults - $3.50
Seniors - $2.50
Juniors (6-17) - $1.00

Free shuttle service and parking provided.

Hours of operation:

10-5pm, Tue-Sun
Summer open 7 days a week

For further information call or write:

Chula Vista Nature Center
(619) 422-BIRD

Sweetwater Marsh NWR
301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, California 91932


This resource is based on the following source:
Chula Vista Nature Center. June 1993. Birds of the Sweetwater Marsh.  Chula 
     Vista Nature Center. Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as
Chula Vista Nature Center. June 1993. Birds of the Sweetwater Marsh.  Chula 
     Vista Nature Center. Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: Northern 
     Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.  
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govsweet.htm 
     (Version 23FEB01)

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