A Seasonal Checklist of the Birds of Sheldon 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
Pied-billed Grebe                U    R    U    U
Earned Grebe                               R    R
American White Pelican           R    R    U    U
Double-crested Cormorant         U    R    C    C
Neotropic Cormorant              U    U    R    R
Anhinga                          U    U    C    R
American Bittern                 O    R    O    O
Least Bittern                    R    O    R    R
Great Blue Heron                 C    C    C    C
Great Egret                      C    C    C    C
Snowy Egret                      C    C    C    U
Little Blue Heron                C    C    C    U
Tricolored Heron                 C    C    C    U
Reddish Egret                    R    R    R    R
Cattle Egret                     A    A    A    A
Green Heron                      U    U    U
Black-crowned Night-Heron        U    C    U    O
Yellow-crowned NIght-Heron       U    C    C    O
White Ibis                       U    C    C    O
White-faced Ibis                 U    C    C    O
Roseate Spoonbill                O    U    O    R
Wood Stork                       R    R    U    R
Fulvous Whistling-Duck           R    O    O    R
Greater White-fronted Goose      C         C    A
Snow Goose                       C         C    A
Ross' Goose                      R         R    O
Canada Goose                     R         R    O
Wood Duck                        C    C    A    U
Green-winged Teal                U         C    C
American Black Duck              R         R    R
Mottled Duck                     O    O    O    O
Mallard                          C    R    O    C
Northern Pintail                 C    R    O    C
Blue-winged Teal                 C    R    C    O
Cinnamon Teal                    R         R    R
Northern Shoveler                U         U    C
Gadwall                          O         O    U
American Wigeon                  O         O    U
Canvasback                       O         O    U
Redhead                          O         O    R
Ring-necked Duck                 O         O    U
Lesser Scaup                     C    R    C    A
Common Goldeneye                 R         R    R
Bufflehead                       O         O    O
Hooded Merganser                 R         R    U
Common Merganser                 R    R    R    U
Red-breasted Merganser           R    R    R    O
Ruddy Duck                       R    R    R    O
Black Vulture                    U    C    U    U
Turkey Vulture                   C    C    C    C
Osprey                           R         R    O
Mississippi Kite                 O         O
Bald Eagle                       R    R    R    R
Northern Harrier                 O    O    O    U
Sharp-shinned Hawk               O         O
Cooper's Hawk                              R
Red-shouldered Hawk              U    U    U    U
Broad-winged Hawk                O         O
Swainson's Hawk                  O         O
Red-tailed Hawk                  O         O    U
Crested Caracara                                R
American Kestrel                 O    R    O    U
Peregrine Falcon                 R         R
Northern Bobwhite                O    O    O    O
Yellow Rail                      R
King Rail                        R    R    R    R
Sora                             O         O    R
Purple Gallinule                 O    R    O    R
Common Moorhen                   O    U    O    R
American Coot                    A    O    A    A
Sandhill Crane                   O         O    O
Black-bellied Plover             O    R    O    U
Killdeer                         C    C    C    O
Black-necked Stilt                    O
American Avocet                  R    R    O    R
Greater Yellowlegs               O    R    O    O
Lesser Yellowlegs                O    R    O    O
Solitary Sandpiper               O         O    R
Spotted Sandpiper                U    O    U    U
Upland Sandpiper                 R         R
Long-billed Curlew                         R
Sanderling                            R         U
Semipalmated Sandpiper           U         U    C
Western Sandpiper                C    R    C    C
Least Sandpiper                  C    R    C    C
Pectoral Sandpiper               U         U
Stilt Sandpiper                  O
Short-billed Dowitcher           O    R    O    O
Long-billed Dowitcher            U    O    U    U
Common Snipe                     U         U    C
American Woodcock                O    R    O    O
Laughing Gull                    C    U    C    C
Franklin's Gull                  O         R    R
Bonaparte's Gull                 U         U    C
Ring-billed Gull                 C    U    C    C
Herring Gull                               U    U
Caspian Tern                     R    R    R    R
Royal Tern                       R    R    R    R
Forster's Tern                   R    R    R    R
Black Tern                            R
Rock Dove                        A    A    A    A
White-winged Dove                          R
Mourning Dove                    A    A    A    A
Inca Dove                        O    O    O    O
Common Ground-Dove               R    R    R    R
Yellow-billed Cuckoo             U    R    R    R
Greater Roadrunner               R    R    R    R
Groove-billed Ani                               R
Eastern Screech-Owl              O    O    O    O
Great Horned Owl                 O    O    O    O
Barred Owl                       O    O    O    O
Common Nighthawk                 O    U    O    R
Chuck-will's-widow               U    O    U    R
Chimney Swift                    U    A    U    R
Ruby-throated Hummingbird        C    C    C    R
Black-chinned Hummingbird        R         R    R
Belted Kingfisher                U    R    U    C
Red-headed Woodpecker            O    O    O    R
Red-bellied Woodpecker           O    O    O    R
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker                        O
Downy Woodpecker                 U              U
Hairy Woodpecker                      R    O    O
Northern Flicker                 R         O    U
Pileated Woodpecker              O    O    O    O
Eastern Wood-Pewee               C         C    U
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher        U         C
Eastern Phoebe                             O    O
Vermillion Flycatcher                           R
Great Crested Flycatcher         U    O    U
Western Kingbird                 R
Eastern Kingbird                 U    O    O
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher        U    U    R
Purple Martin                    C    A    C
Tree Swallow                     C         U    R
Bank Swallow                     C
Cliff Swallow                    O    O    O
Barn Swallow                     C    O    C    R
Blue Jay                         U    U    U    U
American Crow                    C    C    A    A
Fish Crow                        R    R    R    R
Carolina Chickadee               C    C    C    C
Tufted Titmouse                  C    C    A    A
Brown Creeper                              C    C
Carolina Wren                    C    C    C    C
House Wren                       O         O    O
Sedge Wren                       U              U
Marsh Wren                       O    O         O
Golden-crowned Kinglet                          U
Ruby-crowned Kinglet             C         C    C
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher            U         C    C
Eastern Bluebird                 U    U    U    C
Hermit Thrush                    O         O    U
Wood Thrush                           O    O    O
American Robin                   C    R    U    A
Gray Catbird                     U         U
Northern Mockingbird             U    C    U    U
Brown Thrasher                   C         C    C
American Pipit                                  O
Cedar Waxwing                    U         U    C
Loggerhead Shrike                U    U    U    U
European Starling                C    C    C    C
White-eyed Vireo                 C    C    U    O
Orange-crowned Warbler           O         U    C
Yellow Warbler                   U         O
Chestnut-sided Warbler           U         O
Yellow-rumped Warbler            A         A    A
Yellow-throated Warbler          O
Pine Warbler                               O    U
Prairie Warbler                  R         R
Northern Waterthrush             O         O
Kentucky Warbler                      O    R    O
Common Yellowthroat              U    O    U    O
Summer Tananger                  O    O    O    R
Northern Cardinal                A    A    A    A
Rose-breasted Grosbeak           U         R
Blue Grosbeak                    O         R
Indigo Bunting                   U         U    R
Painted Bunting                  C    C    O
Dickcissel                       C    C
Chipping Sparrow                                C
Vesper Sparrow                   O         O    C
Lark Sparrow                               R
Savannah Sparrow                 C         C    A
Grasshopper Sparrow                             O
Fox Sparrow                                     O
Song Sparrow                          O         U
Lincoln's Sparrow                U         O    U
Swamp Sparrow                    U         C    C
White-throated Sparrow           A         C    A
White-crowned Sparrow            O         O    O
Bobolink                                        R
Red-winged Blackbird             A    C    A    A
Eastern Meadowlark               C    C    C    C
Yellow-headed Blackbird                    R
Brewer's Blackbird                         O    O
Great-tailed Grackle             U    U    O    C
Common Grackle                   C    C    A    A
Bronzed Cowbird                  R    R         R
Brown-headed Cowbird             C    C    A    A
Orchard Oriole                   U    O    U
Purple Finch                               R    R
American Goldfinch               C         C    C
House Sparrow                    C    C    C    C