Sitka/Bird Checklist

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Initial checklist based on Marge Ward and Marlys Tedin's records along with J. Dan Webster's 2005 manuscript on the birds of Sitka.

This checklist currently has 279 accepted species with an additional 17 considered unsubstantiated.

Documented and Reported Species

Species   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
Emperor Goose (edit) + - - + -
Snow Goose (edit) VR - R - -
Greater White-fronted Goose (edit) U + U VR -
Brant (edit) U R R VR -
Cackling Goose (edit) U - U VR -
Canada Goose (edit) FC U FC U Y
Trumpeter Swan (edit) U VR U FC -
Tundra Swan (edit) VR - R VR -
Wood Duck (edit) VR VR VR VR -
Blue-winged Teal (edit) R VR VR - -
Cinnamon Teal (edit) - + + - -
Northern Shoveler (edit) FC R U VR -
Gadwall (edit) R VR R R -
Eurasian Wigeon (edit) R + VR VR -
American Wigeon (edit) FC R FC U -
Mallard (edit) C C C C Y
Northern Pintail (edit) FC R U R +
Green-winged Teal (edit) C R C R R
Canvasback (edit) VR - R VR -
Redhead (edit) VR VR VR VR -
Ring-necked Duck (edit) U VR U U  ?
Greater Scaup (edit) C R C FC +
Lesser Scaup (edit) U - U U -
Steller's Eider (edit) - - + VR -
Harlequin Duck (edit) C FC C C Y
Surf Scoter (edit) FC FC C FC -
White-winged Scoter (edit) C FC C C -
Black Scoter (edit) U VR U R -
Long-tailed Duck (edit) FC VR U FC -
Bufflehead (edit) FC + FC FC -
Common Goldeneye (edit) U Ca U U  ?
Barrow's Goldeneye (edit) C R C C R
Hooded Merganser (edit) R R R R VR
Common Merganser (edit) C U C C U
Red-breasted Merganser (edit) U R U U  ?
Ruddy Duck (edit) + + + + -
Willow Ptarmigan (edit) U U U U U
Rock Ptarmigan (edit) U U U U U
Sooty Grouse (edit) R R R R R
Pied-billed Grebe (edit) R + R VR +
Horned Grebe (edit) FC VR FC FC -
Red-necked Grebe (edit) FC R FC FC -
Western Grebe (edit) - VR R R -
Rock Pigeon (edit) U U U U Y
Band-tailed Pigeon (edit) - - + - -
Eurasian Collared-Dove (edit) U U U U  ?
Mourning Dove (edit) VR + R + -
Common Cuckoo (edit) - + - - -
Common Nighthawk (edit) - VR + - -
Vaux's Swift (edit) VR - VR - -
Anna's Hummingbird (edit) VR VR VR VR -
Rufous Hummingbird (edit) FC FC U + C
Virginia Rail (edit) - - - + -
Sora (edit) - - + + -
American Coot (edit) VR + U R -
Sandhill Crane (edit) R R R VR Y
Black Oystercatcher (edit) FC FC FC U FC
Black-bellied Plover (edit) FC - U + -
American Golden-Plover (edit) VR - VR - -
Pacific Golden-Plover (edit) R - R + -
Killdeer (edit) R VR R + -
Semipalmated Plover (edit) FC R U - -
Upland Sandpiper (edit) + - + - -
Whimbrel (edit) FC R VR - -
Hudsonian Godwit (edit) R - - - -
Marbled Godwit (edit) U - VR - -
Ruddy Turnstone (edit) R - VR +
Black Turnstone (edit) C U C FC -
Red Knot (edit) U - - - -
Surfbird (edit) C R FC U -
Ruff (edit) + - + - -
Stilt Sandpiper (edit) + - VR - -
Sanderling (edit) U R U VR -
Dunlin (edit) C - R VR -
Rock Sandpiper (edit) U + R R -
Baird's Sandpiper (edit) VR - + - -
Least Sandpiper (edit) FC U U - -
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (edit) - - + - -
Pectoral Sandpiper (edit) U + R - -
Semipalmated Sandpiper (edit) R VR R - -
Western Sandpiper (edit) C U U + -
Short-billed Dowitcher (edit) FC R R - -
Long-billed Dowitcher (edit) R + R -
Wilson's Snipe (edit) FC R FC R -
Spotted Sandpiper (edit) FC U FC VR U
Solitary Sandpiper (edit) VR VR VR - -
Wandering Tattler (edit) U R U - -
Lesser Yellowlegs (edit) U R U - -
Greater Yellowlegs (edit) FC U FC - U
Red-necked Phalarope (edit) R U FC - -
Red Phalarope (edit) - - VR - -
South Polar Skua (edit) - VR  ? - -
Pomarine Jaeger (edit)
Parasitic Jaeger (edit) U  ? U - -
Long-tailed Jaeger (edit) R  ? R - -
Common Murre (edit) C C C C Y
Thick-billed Murre (edit) R U U R Y
Pigeon Guillemot (edit) FC FC FC U Y
Marbled Murrelet (edit) C C C C C
Kittlitz's Murrelet (edit)
Ancient Murrelet (edit) R U R R Y
Cassin's Auklet (edit) -  ? R VR -
Parakeet Auklet (edit)
Rhinoceros Auklet (edit) FC C C R Y
Horned Puffin (edit) R U U R Y
Tufted Puffin (edit) VR FC U VR Y
Black-legged Kittiwake (edit) FC FC C VR -
Ivory Gull (edit) - - + - -
Sabine's Gull (edit) - - VR - -
Bonaparte's Gull (edit) U R U + -
Franklin's Gull (edit) VR VR - - -
Heermann's Gull (edit) - - + - -
Mew Gull (edit) C FC C C Y
Ring-billed Gull (edit) - + + VR -
Western Gull (edit) VR + + - -
California Gull (edit) R R R - -
Herring Gull (edit) U U U R
Iceland Gull (edit) C VR C C -
Lesser Black-backed Gull (edit) - - + - -
Slaty-backed Gull (edit) VR - VR VR -
Glaucous-winged Gull (edit) C C C C Y
Glaucous Gull (edit) R VR R R -
Caspian Tern (edit) R R R - -
Arctic Tern (edit) R R VR - -
Red-throated Loon (edit) U U U U Y
Pacific Loon (edit) C VR FC C -
Common Loon (edit) FC U FC FC U
Yellow-billed Loon (edit) R VR R R -
Laysan Albatross (edit) R R R - -
Black-footed Albatross (edit) FC FC FC - -
Short-tailed Albatross (edit) VR VR  ? - -
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (edit) C C C R Y
Leach's Storm-Petrel (edit)  ? C C  ? C
Northern Fulmar (edit) FC FC FC FC -
Mottled Petrel (edit) R R R - -
Buller's Shearwater (edit) R R R - -
Short-tailed Shearwater (edit) R R R - -
Sooty Shearwater (edit) C C C - -
Pink-footed Shearwater (edit) R R R - -
Manx Shearwater (edit) VR VR VR - -
Brown Booby (edit) - - + - -
Brandt's Cormorant (edit) VR R - -  ?
Red-faced Cormorant (edit) - - - + -
Pelagic Cormorant (edit) C C C C U
Double-crested Cormorant (edit) FC U FC U  ?
Great Blue Heron (edit) FC FC FC FC Y
Great Egret (edit) -  ?  ?  ? -
Cattle Egret (edit) - - + + -
Osprey (edit) R VR R - Y
Golden Eagle (edit) VR + VR VR +
Northern Harrier (edit) R + R - -
Sharp-shinned Hawk (edit) R R U R Y
Northern Goshawk (edit) R R R R Y
Bald Eagle (edit) C C C C C
Swainson's Hawk (edit) + - - - -
Red-tailed Hawk (edit) U R U R Y
Rough-legged Hawk (edit) VR + VR VR -
Western Screech-Owl (edit) U U U U Y
Great Horned Owl (edit)
Snowy Owl (edit) - - VR + -
Northern Hawk Owl (edit)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (edit) R R R R  ?
Barred Owl (edit) - - - + -
Great Gray Owl (edit) - - - + -
Short-eared Owl (edit) R - R VR -
Boreal Owl (edit) + - + + -
Northern Saw-whet Owl (edit) VR VR VR VR  ?
Belted Kingfisher (edit) U U U U Y
Red-breasted Sapsucker (edit) FC FC FC U FC
American Three-toed Woodpecker (edit) VR VR VR VR Y
Black-backed Woodpecker (edit) - - + -  ?
Downy Woodpecker (edit) R R R R  ?
Hairy Woodpecker (edit) U U U U U
Northern Flicker (edit) U R U R Y
American Kestrel (edit) VR - VR + -
Merlin (edit) R R U R R
Gyrfalcon (edit) - -  ? + -
Peregrine Falcon (edit) U U U VR Y
Tropical Kingbird (edit) - - + - -
Western Kingbird (edit) - + + - -
Eastern Kingbird (edit) - + - - -
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (edit) - + - - -
Olive-sided Flycatcher (edit) VR VR VR -  ?
Western Wood-Pewee (edit) + + VR - -
Alder Flycatcher (edit) - VR VR - -
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (edit) U C U - Y
Say's Phoebe (edit)
Brown Shrike (edit)
Northern Shrike (edit) - - VR VR -
Warbling Vireo (edit) + VR VR - -
Canada Jay (edit)
Steller's Jay (edit) FC FC FC U Y
Clark's Nutcracker (edit) + - + - -
Black-billed Magpie (edit) + - VR VR -
American Crow (edit) C C C C Y
Common Raven (edit) C C C C Y
Horned Lark (edit) VR - VR + -
Bank Swallow (edit) R R  ? - -
Tree Swallow (edit) FC FC U - FC
Violet-green Swallow (edit)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (edit) VR + - - -
Barn Swallow (edit) U U U - Y
Cliff Swallow (edit) VR + - - -
Black-capped Chickadee (edit)
Mountain Chickadee (edit)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (edit) C C C C C
Red-breasted Nuthatch (edit) R VR R VR +
Brown Creeper (edit) U U U U Y
Pacific Wren (edit) C C C U Y
American Dipper (edit) FC FC FC FC FC
Golden-crowned Kinglet (edit) C C C C Y
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (edit) C C FC R Y
Northern Wheatear (edit) + - - - -
Mountain Bluebird (edit) + - + + -
Townsend's Solitaire (edit) + + VR VR -
Gray-cheeked Thrush (edit)
Swainson's Thrush (edit) U C U - Y
Hermit Thrush (edit) C C C VR Y
Dusky Thrush (edit) - - - + -
American Robin (edit) C C C U C
Varied Thrush (edit) C C C FC Y
Gray Catbird (edit) - + + - -
Northern Mockingbird (edit) - + + + -
European Starling (edit) FC FC FC FC Y
Bohemian Waxwing (edit) + + R R  ?
Cedar Waxwing (edit) - R R VR Y
American Pipit (edit) U U U VR U
Brambling (edit) - - + + -
Evening Grosbeak (edit)
Pine Grosbeak (edit) R R U U  ?
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (edit) VR R R VR Y
Purple Finch (edit) + - VR VR -
Common Redpoll (edit) + - - R -
Hoary Redpoll (edit) - - - VR -
Red Crossbill (edit) Ir Ir Ir Ir FC
White-winged Crossbill (edit) R R R R  ?
Pine Siskin (edit) FC FC FC FC Y
Lapland Longspur (edit) R - U VR -
Snow Bunting (edit) + - R R -
Rustic Bunting (edit) - - + + -
Lark Sparrow (edit) - - + - -
Chipping Sparrow (edit) - + R VR -
Fox Sparrow (edit) FC FC FC R FC
American Tree Sparrow (edit) + + R R -
Dark-eyed Junco (edit) C C C C C
White-crowned Sparrow (edit) U VR U R -
Golden-crowned Sparrow (edit) FC - FC R -
Harris's Sparrow (edit) VR - VR VR -
White-throated Sparrow (edit) VR - VR VR -
LeConte's Sparrow (edit) - - + - -
Savannah Sparrow (edit) C R C VR R
Song Sparrow (edit) C C C C C
Lincoln's Sparrow (edit) FC FC U R FC
Swamp Sparrow (edit) - - VR VR -
Spotted Towhee (edit) - - - + -
Yellow-headed Blackbird (edit) - + + - -
Bobolink (edit) - + - - -
Western Meadowlark (edit) + - + - -
Red-winged Blackbird (edit) R R R - -
Brown-headed Cowbird (edit) + + R - -
Rusty Blackbird (edit) - + R VR -
Brewer's Blackbird (edit) + - + + -
Northern Waterthrush (edit) + - + - -
Tennessee Warbler (edit) - + VR - -
Orange-crowned Warbler (edit) C C C + Y
Nashville Warbler (edit) - - + - -
Common Yellowthroat (edit) VR VR VR -  ?
Cape May Warbler (edit) - - + - -
Magnolia Warbler (edit) - - + - -
Yellow Warbler (edit) C FC C - Y
Blackpoll Warbler (edit)
Palm Warbler (edit) + - VR + -
Yellow-rumped Warbler (edit) U U U VR Y
Black-throated Gray Warbler (edit) - - + - -
Townsend's Warbler (edit) C C C - C
Wilson's Warbler (edit) FC FC FC - FC
Western Tanager (edit) + + + - -
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (edit) - - + - -
Black-headed Grosbeak (edit) - - VR + -


Unsubstantiated Species

Species   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
Ross's Goose (edit) + - - - -
Common Eider (edit) -  ? - - -
White-tailed Ptarmigan (edit) - - -  ? -
Calliope Hummingbird (edit) - -  ? - -
Bristle-thighed Curlew (edit)  ? - - - -
Bar-tailed Godwit (edit) + - - - -
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (edit) - -  ? - -
White-rumped Sandpiper (edit)
Long-billed Murrelet (edit) - - + - -
Crested Auklet (edit) -  ? - - -
Red-legged Kittiwake (edit)
Lewis's Woodpecker (edit) - - - - -
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (edit) - -  ? - -
Pileated Woodpecker (edit) - -  ? -
Veery (edit)
American Goldfinch (edit) - -  ? - -
Brewer's Sparrow (edit)  ? - - - -