Birds of Evergreen

A guide to the avifauna of the campus core, forest, and beach

American Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus Bushtits are small gray birds with a pale brown cap, pale neck and upper breast, and white wing barring. Their overall body is gray variations with some southern populations having dark masks extending to the nape from the… Continue Reading →

Order: Gruiformes Family: Rallidae Genus: Fulica Fulica americana Introduction: The American Coot is the most abundant of 5 Rallidae species found in Washington (Paulson, D., 2019). It is a fairly easily identifiable bird due to its simple black and grey… Continue Reading →

American Crow

Order: Passeriformes Family: Corvidae Genus: Corvus Species: Corvus brachyrhynchos Introduction At 17.5’ (L) x 39” (ws) and at 1 lb, (Sibley 2003), the American crow is a coomon medium to large sized corvid found throughout North America (Verbeek and Caffrey… Continue Reading →

American Kestrel

  Order:  Falconiformes Family:  Falconidae Genus:  Falco Species: Falco sparverius Historically known as the American sparrow hawk, the American Kestrel, (Falco Sarverius) is the smallest member of the Falconidae family. It is one of the 13 kestrel species of the world to only… Continue Reading →

American Robin

Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae Genus: Turdus Species: Turdus migratorius   The American Robin (T. migratorius) has been called America’s best-loved bird. The robin is known as a welcome harbinger of spring’s arrival to the northern states, and its clear, liquid… Continue Reading →

American Wigeon

Order: Anseriformes     Family: Anatidae     Genus: Mareca Species: Mareca americana Introduction:  The American Wigeon or “Baldpate” is a common waterfowl species in Washington and popular game bird throughout North America, known for its excellent table fare. The white crown on the drake is… Continue Reading →

Anna’s Hummingbird

Order: Caprimulgiformes Family: Trochilidae Genus: Calypte Species: Calypte anna The Anna’a Hummingbird is Evergreen State College’s smallest year round resident bird, and most common hummingbird. Males have a brilliantly iridescent pink throat and head due to large stacks of melanosomes in their feather barbules,… Continue Reading →

Bald Eagle

Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae Genus: Haliaeetus Species: H. leucocephalus Introduction The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucophalus) is a striking aerial predator of the North American continent. Now the U.S. National Bird, it graced the skies above it’s homeland well before any… Continue Reading →

Barn Swallow

Order: Passeriformes Family: Hirundinidae Genus: Hirundo Species: Hirundo rustica Photo By: Stig Nygaard   Introduction “The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), a group of passerine birds comprised of six closely related subspecies, are well known throughout their nearly worldwide distribution, in part… Continue Reading →

Barred Owl

Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Genus: Strix Species: Strix varia Introduction Barred Owls are medium to large sized birds, they can range anywhere from 16 to 37 oz and be as long as 20 inches (All About Birds, 2017). Barred Owls… Continue Reading →

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