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Catoctin Mountain Park

Thurmont, Maryland


There are many excellent field guides for identifying birds available. A few are listed below.

Wood Warblers are often referred to as the "butterflies" of the bird world. They are very brightly colored, smaller than a sparrow, and have thin bills.

Vireos are similar to the Wood Warblers but have heavier bills and are generally olive or gray-backed birds.

Look closely, listen carefully, and good birding!


This checklist of birds spotted in Catoctin Mountain Park also contains information on the species abundance and residence status. The symbols for residence status are:

b - breeding evidence found
m - migratory
w - winter resident

The symbols for abundance levels are:

c - commonly found
u - uncommon: found in small numbers
r - rarely found


HERONS Residence Abundance ___ Great Blue Heron m u ___ Green Heron m u
GEESE & SWANS Residence Abundance ___ Tundra Swan (Whistling Swan) m u ___ Canada Goose m r
SURFACE FEEDING DUCKS Residence Abundance ___ Wood Duck bm u ___ Mallard m u
SANPIPERS, WOODCOCKS, PLOVERS & GULLS Residence Abundance ___ Solitary Sandpiper m u ___ Spotted Sandpiper m u ___ American Woodcock b?m c ___ Killdeer m c ___ Ring-billed Gull m u
SHORT-WINGED HAWKS Residence Abundance ___ Cooper's Hawk bmw u ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk mw u
BUTEOS OR BUZZARD HAWKS Residence Abundance ___ Broad-winged Hawk bm c ___ Red-shouldered Hawk m u ___ Red-tailed Hawk mw u
FALCONS Residence Abundance ___ American Kestrel m u
VULTURES Residence Abundance ___ Black Vulture b? u ___ Turkey Vulture bmw c
EAGLES Residence Abundance ___ Bald Eagle m r
GROUSE, TURKEY & PHEASANT Residence Abundance ___ Ruffed Grouse bm u ___ Wild Turkey bw c ___ Ring-necked Pheasant ? r
PIGEONS & DOVES Residence Abundance ___ Mourning Dove bw c ___ Rock Dove w u
CUCKOOS Residence Abundance ___ Black-billed Cuckoo m u ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo bm u
OWLS Residence Abundance ___ Barred Owl bw c ___ Eastern Screech-Owl bw c ___ Great Horned Owl b c
GOATSUCKERS Residence Abundance ___ Common Nighthawk m u ___ Whip-poor-will m u
WOODPECKERS Residence Abundance ___ Downy Woodpecker bw c ___ Hairy Woodpecker bw u ___ Pileated Woodpecker bw c ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker bw c ___ Red-headed Woodpecker b?w r ___ Northern Flicker (Common Flicker) bmw c ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker mw u
CROWS & JAYS Residence Abundance ___ American Crow bw c ___ Fish Crow b?w? u ___ Common Raven b?w u ___ Blue Jay bmw c
BLACKBIRDS & ORIOLES Residence Abundance ___ Brown-headed Cowbird bm c ___ Common Grackle bm c ___ Red-winged Blackbird b?m u ___ Northern Oriole bm c ___ Orchard Oriole m u
THRUSHES, ROBINS & BLUEBIRDS Residence Abundance ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush m u ___ Hermit Thrush mw? u ___ Swainson's Thrush m u ___ Wood Thrush bm c ___ Veery bm c ___ American Robin bm c ___ Eastern Bluebird bm u
GNATCATCHERS & KINGLETS Residence Abundance ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher bm c ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet mw u ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet mw u
SWALLOWS Residence Abundance ___ Barn Swallow m u ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow m u ___ Tree Swallow m u
THRASHERS Residence Abundance ___ Brown Thrasher b?m u ___ Gray Catbird bm c ___ Northern Mockingbird bw c
VIREOS Residence Abundance ___ Philadelphia Vireo m u ___ Solitary Vireo m u ___ Warbling Vireo m? u ___ White-eyed Vireo m u ___ Red-eyed Vireo bw c ___ Yellow-throated Vireo bm c
FLYCATCHERS Residence Abundance ___ Acadian Flycatcher bm u ___ Great Crested Flycatcher bm c ___ Eastern Kingbird b?m u ___ Eastern Phoebe bm c ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee bm c
WRENS Residence Abundance ___ Carolina Wren bw u ___ House Wren bm c ___ Winter Wren w u
TITMICE Residence Abundance ___ Black-capped Chickadee b?w u ___ Carolina Chickadee bw c ___ Tufted Titmouse bw c
NUTHATCHES Residence Abundance ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch w u ___ White-breasted Nuthatch bw c
WOOD WARBLERS Residence Abundance ___ Bay-breasted Warbler m u ___ Blackburnian Warbler m u ___ Blackpoll Warbler m u ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler m u ___ Black-throated Green Warbler b?m u ___ Black-and-white Warbler bm c ___ Blue-winged Warbler b?m u ___ Canada Warbler m u ___ Cape May Warbler m u ___ Cerulean Warbler b?m u ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler m u ___ Connecticut Warbler m u ___ Golden-winged Warbler m u ___ Hooded Warbler b?m u ___ Kentucky Warbler bm c ___ Magnolia Warbler m u ___ Mourning Warbler m u ___ Nashville Warbler m u ___ Pine Warbler m u ___ Prairie Warbler m u ___ Tennessee Warbler m u ___ Wilson's Warbler m u ___ Worm-eating Warbler b?m u ___ Yellow Warbler bm c ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler m u ___ Northern Parula b?m u ___ Louisiana Waterthrush bm c ___ Northern Waterthrush m u ___ American Redstart bm c ___ Common Yellowthroat bm c ___ Yellow-breasted Chat b?m u ___ Ovenbird bm c
GROSBEAKS, FINCHES & BUNTINGS Residence Abundance ___ Northern Cardinal bw c ___ Pine Siskin w u ___ American Goldfinch bmw c ___ House Finch bw c ___ Purple Finch mw c ___ Evening Grosbeak mw u ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak m u ___ American Tree Sparrow w c ___ Chipping Sparrow bm c ___ Field Sparrow bm c ___ Fox Sparrow m? u ___ House Sparrow bw c ___ Song Sparrow bmw c ___ Swamp Sparrow m? u ___ White-throated Sparrow mw c ___ Dark-eyed Junco mw c ___ Rufous-sided Towhee bm c ___ Indigo Bunting bm c
The hardwood forest and stream environment provide excellent habitat for many species of birds. Some groups of birds have only one species, so far, that has been sighted in Catoctin Mountain Park. They are listed below. ___ Scarlet Tanager bm c ___ European Starling bw c ___ Cedar Waxwing bm u ___ Brown Creeper mw u ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird bm c ___ Chimney Swift b?m c ___ Belted Kingfisher b?m c
Catoctin Mountain Park is administered by the National Park Service. For additional information contact:
                         Catoctin Mountain Park
                         6602 Foxville Road       
                         Thurmont, Maryland 21788          
                         Telephone: 301/663-9399

This resource is based on the following source:
National Park Service.  1990.  Birds, a checklist for Catoctin Mountain Park.  
     National Park Service.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
National Park Service.  1990.  Birds, a checklist for Catoctin Mountain Park.  
     National Park Service.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: Northern 
     Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govcatoctin.htm 
     (Version 22MAY98).

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