A Seasonal Checklist of the Birds of Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

February 12, 1996


This document is derived from the checklist for the park published by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It does include some areas outside the park.

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; C = common, should be possible to find on most outings; A = abundant, impossible to miss;


Species                           Sp    S    F    W
Common Loon                        R
Least Grebe                                       R
Pied-billed Grebe                  C    C    C    C
Horned Gerbe                       U         R    U
Earned Grebe                       U         O    U
American White Pelican             U    O    C    C
Double-crested Cormorant           C         C    C
Neotropic Cormorant                O              O
Anhinga                            C    C    C    C
American Bittern                   U              U
Least Bittern                      U    C
Great Blue Heron                   C    C    C    C
Great Egret                        C    C    C    C
Snowy Egret                        C    C    C    C
Little Blue Heron                  C    A    C    C
Tricolored Heron                   C    C    C    C
Reddish Egret                           R
Cattle Egret                       C    A    A    C
Green-backed Heron                 C    C    C    O
Black-crowned Night-Heron          U    C    U    O
Yellow-crowned NIght-Heron         C    C    C    O
White Ibis                         C    A    A    A
White-faced Ibis                   U    C    U    U
Roseate Spoonbill                  U    C    C
Wood Stork                              C    C    R
Fulvous Whistling-Duck             U    C    C    O
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck       C    C    C    C
Tundra Swan                                       R
Greater White-fronted Goose        U         C    A
Snow Goose                         U         C    A
Ross' Goose                             R         O
Canada Goose                       U         O    C
Wood Duck                          C    C    C    C
Green-winged Teal                  C         C    A
Mottled Duck                       C         C    A
Mallard                            C    C    C    C
Northern Pintail                   U         C    A
Blue-winged Teal                   C    O    C    A
Cinnamon Teal                      O         O    U
Northern Shoveler                  C         C    A
Gadwall                            C         C    A
American Wigeon                    C         C    A
Canvasback                         O              O
Redhead                                      U    U
Ring-necked Duck                   C         C    A
Greater Scaup                      O         O
Lesser Scaup                       C         C    C
Common Goldeneye                                  O
Bufflehead                         U         C    C
Hooded Merganser                   O         U    U
Ruddy Duck                         U    O    C    C
Black Vulture                      C    C    C    C
Turkey Vulture                     C    C    A    A
Osprey                             O    O    O
American Swallow-tailed Kite       O    O
Black-shouldered Kite              U    U    U    U
Mississippi Kite                   U    U    U    U
Bald Eagle                         U         O    O
Northern Harrier                   U         U    C
Sharp-shinned Hawk                 U         U    O
Cooper's Hawk                      U         U    U
Harris' Hawk                                 R
Red-shouldered Hawk                C    C    C    C
Broad-winged Hawk                  U         C
Swainson's Hawk                    U    O    U    R
White-tailed Hawk                  O    O    O    O
Ferruginous Hawk                                  O
Rough-legged Hawk                                 R
Golden Eagle                                      R
Crested Caracara                   U    U    U    U
American Kestrel                   U         C    C
Merlin                                       O    U
Peregrine Falcon                   O    O    O
Northern Bobwhite                  C    C    C    C
King Rail                          U    O         U
Virginia Rail                      O
Sora                               O              O
Purple Gallinule                   C    C    U
Common Moorhen                     C    C    C    C
American Coot                      C    U    C    C
Sandhill Crane                     C         C    C
Black-bellied Plover               O
Lesser Golden-Plover               C              U
Snowy Plover                       O    O
Wilson's Plover                    O
Semipalmated Plover                          O
Piping Plover                      O
Killdeer                           C    C    C    C
Black-necked Stilt                 C    C    C
American Avocet                         O
Greater Yellowlegs                 U    U    C    U
Lesser Yellowlegs                  C    U    C    U
Solitary Sandpiper                 U    U
Willet                                  R
Spotted Sandpiper                  U    U    U    U
Upland Sandpiper                   U         U
Long-billed Curlew                 U    O    O    U
Ruddy Turnstone                              R
Semipalmated Sandpiper             U    U    U
Western Sandpiper                  U    U    U    U
Least Sandpiper                    C    U    C    C
Pectoral Sandpiper                 U         U    O
Dunlin                                            O
Stilt Sandpiper                              O
Long-billed Dowitcher                        C
Common Snipe                       C         U    C
American Woodcock                                 O
Laughing Gull                      U         U
Franklin's Gull                    U         U    O
Ring-billed Gull                             U    U
Herring Gull                                      R
Caspian Tern                       U         U    U
Royal Tern                                        O
Forster's Tern                          U    U    U
Least Tern                         U    U    U
Black Tern                         U    U    U
Black Skimmer                      R    R
Rock Dove                          C    C    C    C
White-winged Dove                            R
Morning Dove                       C    C    C    C
Inca Dove                          U              U
Common Ground-Dove                 U         U    U
Black-billed Cuckoo                O
Yellow-billed Cuckoo               C    C    C
Greater Roadrunner                 O
Barn Owl                           U    U    U    U
Eastern Screech-Owl                O    O    U    U
Great Horned Owl                   U    U    U    U
Barred Owl                         C    C    C    C
Common Nighthawk                   C    C    C
Chuck-will's-widow                 O
Chimney Swift                      C    U    U    U
Ruby-throated Hummingbird          C    U    C
Belted Kingfisher                  O    U    U    U
Red-headed Woodpecker                             O
Red-bellied Woodpecker             C    C    C    C
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker           U         C    C
Downy Woodpecker                   C    C    C    C
Hairy Woodpecker                        O         O
Northern Flicker                   C         C    C
Pileated Woodpecker                C    C    C    C
Olive-sided Flycatcher                       O
Eastern Wood-Pewee                 C    U    C
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher          U    O
Acadian Flycatcher                 C    C    U
Alder Flycatcher                   O
Willow Flycatcher                  O
Least Flycatcher                   O
Black Phoebe                       R              R
Eastern Phoebe                     U         C    C
Say's Phoebe                       R         R    R
Vermillion Flycatcher              U         U    U
Ash-throated Flycatcher                           R
Great Crested Flycatcher           C    C    C
Eastern Kingbird                   C    C    C
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher          C    C    C
Horned Lark                        U    U         U
Purple Martin                      C    C    U    U
Tree Swallow                       C         C    O
Northern Rough-winged Swallow      C         C    O
Bank Swallow                       C    O    C
Cliff Swallow                      U    U    U
Barn Swallow                       C    U    C    O
Blue Jay                           C    C    C    C
American Crow                      C    C    A    A
Carolina Chickadee                 C    C    C    C
Tufted Titmouse                    C    C    C    C
Brown Creeper                      U         U    U
Carolina Wren                      C    C    C    C
Bewrick's Wren                                    O
House Wren                         U         U    U
Winter Wren                        O         U    U
Sedge Wren                         O         U    U
Marsh Wren                         U         U    U
Golden-crowned Kinglet             U         U    U
Ruby-crowned Kinglet               C         C    C
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher              C         C    C
Eastern Bluebird                   C    C    C    C
Swainson's Thrush                  U         U
Hermit Thrush                      U         U    U
Wood Thrush                        U    U    U
American Robin                     C    O    C    A
Gray Catbird                       C         U    U
Brown Thrasher                     C         C    C
American Pipit                     C         C    C
Sprague's Pipit                    O              O
Cedar Waxwing                      C         C    C
Loggerhead Shrike                  C    C    C    C
European Starling                  C    C    C    A
White-eyed Vireo                   C    C    C    U
Solitary Vireo                     U         U    U
Yellow-throated Vireo              U    U    U
Philadelphia Vireo                 U         O
Red-eyed Vireo                     C    C    U
Blue-winged Warbler                U         U
Tennessee Warbler                  C         U
Orange-crowned Warbler             U         C    C
Nashville Warbler                  U         U    O
Northern Parula                    C    C    C    O
Yellow Warbler                     C         U
Chestnut-sided Warbler             U         U
Magnolia Warbler                   U         U    O
Yellow-rumped Warbler              A         A    A
Black-throated Green Warbler       C         U    O
Blackburnian Warbler               U              O
Yellow-throated Warbler            U
Pine Warbler                                 U    C
Palm Warbler                       U              O
Bay-breasted Warbler               U
Blackpoll Warbler                  O
Black-and-white Warbler            C    U    C    O
American Redstart                  U    O    U
Prothonotary Warbler               C    C    U
Swainson's Warbler                 O    O
Ovenbird                           O         O    O
Northern Waterthrush               U         U
Louisiana Waterthrush              U    O    U
Kentucky Warbler                   U    O    U
Mourning Warbler                   O         U
Common Yellowthroat                C    U    C    U
Hooded Warbler                     C    U    U
Wilson's Warbler                   U         C    U
Canada Warbler                     U         U
Yellow-breasted Chat               C         U
Summer Tananger                    U    U    U
Scarlet Tanager                    O
Northern Cardinal                  A    A    A    A
Pyrrhuloxia                                       R
Rose-breasted Grosbeak             O         O
Black-headed Grosbeak                             R
Blue Grosbeak                      U         O
Indigo Bunting                     C    C    U
Painted Bunting                    C    C    U
Dickcissel                         C    C
Green-tailed Towhee                               R
Rufous-sided Towhee                O         O    O
Chipping Sparrow                   O         O    O
Field Sparrow                      U              U
Vesper Sparrow                     U         U    C
Lark Sparrow                                 O
Lark Bunting                                 R
Savannah Sparrow                   C         C    A
Henslow's Sparrow                                 R
Le Conte's Sparrow                                O
Sharp-tailed Sparrow                              R
Fox Sparrow                                       U
Song Sparrow                       U         C    C
Lincoln's Sparrow                  C         U    C
Swamp Sparrow                      C         C    C
White-throated Sparrow             A         C    A
White-crowned Sparrow              U         U    U
Dark-eyed Junco                    U         C    U
Lapland Longspur                                  O
Red-winged Blackbird               A    A    A    A
Eastern Meadowlark                 C    C    C    C
Yellow-headed Blackbird                      O
Rusty Blackbird                                   O
Brewer's Blackbird                           U    U
Great-tailed Grackle               C    C    U    C
Boat-tailed Grackle                U    U    U    U
Common Grackle                     C    C    A    A
Brown-headed Cowbird               C    C    A    A
Orchard Oriole                     C    U    C
Baltimore Oriole                   U         C    O
Purple Finch                                 O    O
Pine Siskin                        U              U
American Goldfinch                 C         C    C
House Sparrow                      C    C    C    C