A Seasonal Checklist of the Birds of Galveston Island 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; F = fairly common, easy to find but present in smaller numbers C = common, should be possible to find on most outings; A = abundant, impossible to miss;


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