A Seasonal Checklist of the Brazoria, San Bernard, and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges, Texas

February 13, 1996


This document is derived from the checklist for the refuge published by the USFWS. It serves all three refuges

Questions or comments to: David Sarkozi. Back to the Bird of the Upper Texas Coast.

Season Codes are: Sp = Spring (March, Aprl, May); S = Summer (June, July, August); F = Fall (September, October, November); W = Winter (December, January, February);

Abundance Code are: R = rare, not expected every year; O = occassional, only one or two reported per season; U = uncommon, present but might not be found on every outing; F = Fairly common, not present in great numbers but should be scene C = common, should be possible to find on most outings; A = abundant, impossible to miss;


Species                           Sp    S    F    W
Common Loon                                       U
Pied-billed Grebe                  C    F    C    C
Horned Gerbe                                      O
Earned Grebe                       O         O    C
American White Pelican             C    F    C    C
Brown Pelican                      F    F    F    F
Double-crested Cormorant           C    U    C    C
Neotropic Cormorant                F    F    U    U
Anhinga                            U    U    U    U
Magnificent Frigatebird            U    F    U
American Bittern                   F    U    U    U
Least Bittern                      F    F    F    U
Great Blue Heron                   A    A    A    A
Great Egret                        C    C    C    C
Snowy Egret                        C    C    C    C
Little Blue Heron                  C    C    C    C
Tricolored Heron                   C    C    C    C
Reddish Egret                      F    F    F    F
Cattle Egret                       C    C    C    C
Green-backed Heron                 C    C    F    F
Black-crowned Night-Heron          C    C    C    C
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron         F    F    F    U
White Ibis                         C    C    C    C
White-faced Ibis                   C    F    F    F
Roseate Spoonbill                  C    C    C    C
Wood Stork                              C    F
Fulvous Whistling-Duck             F    F    F    O
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck       F    F    F    O
Greater White-fronted Goose        U         C    C
Snow Goose                         U         A    A
Ross' Goose                        O         O    O
Canada Goose                       O         F    F
Wood Duck                          U         U    U
Green-winged Teal                  C         A    A
American Black Duck                O         O    O
Mallard                            F         F    F
Northern Pintail                   F         C    C
Blue-winged Teal                   C    O    C    F
Cinnamon Teal                      U    O    U    F
Northern Shoveler                  C         A    A
Gadwall                            F         A    A
American Wigeon                    F         C    C
Canvasback                         F         F    F
Redhead                            F         F    F
Ring-necked Duck                   F         F    F
Greater Scaup                                O    O
Lesser Scaup                       F         F    F
White-winged Scoter                          O
Common Goldeneye                             O    U
Bufflehead                         F         U    F
Hooded Merganser                   F         U    F
Red-breasted Merganser             F         F    F
Ruddy Duck                         U         F    F
Masked Duck                        O              O
Black Vulture                      C    C    C    C
Turkey Vulture                     C    C    C    C
Osprey                             F         F    F
American Swallow-tailed Kite       O    O
Black-shouldered Kite              C    F    C    C
Mississippi Kite                   O    O
Bald Eagle                         O    O    U    U
Northern Harrier                   C    F    C    C
Sharp-shinned Hawk                 F         F    F
Cooper's Hawk                      F         F    F
Red-shouldered Hawk                C    C    C    C
Broad-winged Hawk                  O         O
Swainson's Hawk                    O         O
White-tailed Hawk                  F    F    F    F
Red-tailed Hawk                    C    F    C    C
Rough-legged Hawk                            O    O
Crested Caracara                   F    F    F    F
American Kestrel                   C         C    A
Merlin                             O         U    U
Peregrine Falcon                   F         F    F
Northern Bobwhite                  C    C    C    C
Yellow Rail                        F         F    F
Black Rail                         O    O    O    O
Clapper Rail                       C    C    C    C
King Rail                          F    F    F    F
Virginia Rail                      F         F    F
Sora                               F         F    F
Purple Gallinule                   F    F    U
Common Moorhen                     C    C    C    C
American Coot                      C    F    A    A
Sandhill Crane                     F         C    C
Whooping Crane                               O
Black-bellied Plover               F         F    F
Lesser Golden-Plover               U    O    U
Snowy Plover                       F    F    F    F
Wilson's Plover                    F    F
Semipalmated Plover                F         F    F
Piping Plover                      F         F    F
Killdeer                           A    A    A    A
Mountain Plover                    O
American Oystercatcher             F    F    F    F
Black-necked Stilt                 C    C    C    U
American Avocet                    F    F    F    F
Greater Yellowlegs                 C    F    C    C
Lesser Yellowlegs                  A    F    C    C
Solitary Sandpiper                 U         F    U
Willet                             C    C    C    C
Spotted Sandpiper                  F    U    F    F
Upland Sandpiper                   O         U
Whimbrel                           F         F    O
Long-billed Curlew                 C    F    C    C
Hudsonian Godwit                   U
Marbled Godwit                     F         F    F
Ruddy Turnstone                    C         C    C
Red Knot                           U         U
Sanderling                         C    F    C    C
Semipalmated Sandpiper             A    O    C
Western Sandpiper                  A    O    C    C
Least Sandpiper                    C    F    C    C
White-rumped Sandpiper             F
Baird's Sandpiper                  U
Pectoral Sandpiper                 C         F
Dunlin                             A         C    C
Stilt Sandpiper                    C    O    F    U
Buff-breasted Sandpiper                      U
Short-billed Dowitcher             A         C    C
Long-billed Dowitcher              A    O    C    C
Common Snipe                       C         C    C
Wilson's Phalarope                 F         O
Laughing Gull                      C    C    C    C
Franklin's Gull                    F         F
Bonaparte's Gull                   F         O    F
Ring-billed Gull                   C    F    C    C
Herring Gull                       C    F    C    C
Gull-billed Tern                   F    F    F    F
Caspian Tern                       F    F    F    F
Royal Tern                         F    F    F    F
Sandwich Tern                      F    F    F    O
Common Tern                        F    O    F    F
Forster's Tern                     C    C    C    C
Least Tern                         C    C    F
Black Tern                         F    C    F
Black Skimmer                      F    F    F    F
Rock Dove                          U    U    U    U
White-winged Dove                  O    O    O    O
Morning Dove                       C    C    C    C
Common Ground-Dove                 U    U         U
Black-billed Cuckoo                O
Yellow-billed Cuckoo               U    F    U
Groove-billed Ani                  O    O    O    O
Barn Owl                           F    F    F    F
Great Horned Owl                   F    F    F    F
Burrowing Owl                      O    O    O    O
Barred Owl                         C    C    C    C
Short-eared Owl                                     U
Lesser Nighthawk                   O    O
Common Nighthawk                   C    C    C
Chuck-will's-widow                 F         O
Whip-poor-will                     O         O
Chimney Swift                      F    F    F
Ruby-throated Hummingbird          C    F    F
Belted KIngfisher                  F         F    F
Red-headed Woodpecker              O    O    O    O
Red-bellied Woodpecker             F    F    F    F
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker           F         F    F
Downy Woodpecker                   C    C    C    C
Northern Flicker                   F         F    F
Pileated Woodpecker                F    F    F    F
Olive-sided Flycatcher             F         F
Eastern Wood-Pewee                 C    C    C
Empidonax Species                  F    F    F
Eastern Phoebe                     F         F    C
Vermilion Flycatcher               F         F    F
Great Crested Flycatcher           F    F    F    F
Ash-throated Flycatcher                           O
Western Kingbird                   U
Eastern Kingbird                   C    C    C
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher          C    C    C
Horned Lark                        C    C    C    F
Purple Martin                      C    C    F
Tree Swallow                       F         F    U
Northern Rough-winged Swallow      C         C
Bank Swallow                       F         F
Cliff Swallow                      U         O
Barn Swallow                       C    C    C
Blue Jay                           C    C    C    C
American Crow                      C    C    C    C
Carolina Chickadee                 C    C    C    C
Tufted Titmouse                    C    C    C    C
Brown Creeper                                O    O
Carolina Wren                      C    C    C    C
House Wren                         F         F    F
Marsh Wren                         O         F    F
Sedge Wren                         C    F    C    C
Golden-crowned Kinglet                       O    U
Ruby-crowned Kinglet               F         F    C
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher              F         F    F
Eastern Bluebird                   F    F    F    F
Veery                              F
Gray-cheeked Thrush                F
Swainson's Thrush                  F
Hermit Thrush                      F         F    F
Wood Thrush                        F         F    O
American Robin                     C         F    C
Gray Catbird                       F         F    F
Northern Mockingbird               C    C    C    C
Brown Thrasher                     F         F    C
Sage Thrasher                                O    O
American Pipit                     F         C    C
Sprague's Pipit                    F         O    F
Cedar Waxwing                      C              C
Loggerhead Shrike                  C    C    C    C
European Starling                  C    C    C    C
White-eyed Vireo                   F    F    F    F
Solitary Vireo                     U    U    O    U
Yellow-throated Vireo              O         O
Warbling Vireo                     F         C
Philadelphia Vireo                 F         F
Red-eyed Vireo                     C    C    F
Blue-winged Warbler                F    F
Golden-winged Warbler              F
Tennessee Warbler                  C         C
Orange-crowned Warbler             F         F    C
Nashville Warbler                  F         F
Northern Parula                    C    C    F
Yellow Warbler                     C    F    F
Chestnut-sided Warbler             F         F
Magnolia Warbler                   C         F
Yellow-rumped Warbler              C         F    F
Black-throated Green Warbler       F         F
Blackburnian Warbler               F
Yellow-throated Warbler            F
Palm Warbler                       F         F    F
Bay-breasted Warbler               C         F
Blackpoll Warbler                  F
Cerulean Warbler                   F
Black-and-white Warbler            F    O    F    F
American Redstart                  C         F
Prothonotary Warbler               F
Worm-eating Warbler                F
Ovenbird                           F
Northern Waterthrush               F         F
Louisiana Waterthrush              F
Kentucky Warbler                   F
Common Yellowthroat                C    C    C    C
Hooded Warbler                     F         F
Wilson's Warbler                   F    F    F    F
Canada Warbler                     F         F
Yellow-breasted Chat               F
Summer Tananger                    O    O
Scarlet Tanager                    O
Northern Cardinal                  C    C    C    C
Rose-breasted Grosbeak             O         O    O
Blue Grosbeak                      F         F
Indigo Bunting                     C    F    F    O
Painted Bunting                    F    F    F
Dickcissel                         C    C    C
Field Sparrow                      F         F    F
Vesper Sparrow                     F         F
Lark Sparrow                       U    O    U    O
Savannah Sparrow                   C         F    C
Grasshopper Sparrow                O         O    O
Le Conte's Sparrow                 F         U    F
Sharp-tailed Sparrow               F    O    U    F
Seaside Sparrow                    C    C    C    C
Fox Sparrow                                       O
Song Sparrow                       F         F    F
Lincoln's Sparrow                  F         F    F
Swamp Sparrow                      F         F    C
White-throated Sparrow             F         F    F
Dark-eyed Junco                                   U
Bobolink                           F
Red-winged Blackbird               A    A    C    C
Eastern Meadowlark                 A    A    C    C
Yellow-headed Blackbird            F
Brewer's Blackbird                 F         F    F
Great-tailed Grackle               C    C    C    C
Boat-tailed Grackle                C    C    C    C
Common Grackle                     C    C    C    C
Brown-headed Cowbird               C    C    C    C
Orchard Oriole                     F    F    F
Northern Oriole                    C         F
American Goldfinch                 F         O    F
House Sparrow                      F    F    F    F