Birds of Evergreen

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

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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 →

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 →

Brandt’s Cormorant

Order: Suliformes Family: Phalacrocoracidae Genus: Phalacrocorax Species: Phalacrocorax penicillatus

Cackling Goose

Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Branta Species: Branta hutchinsii Introduction The Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii, is a medium to large bird. Once thought to be a small subspecies of Canada Geese, in 2004 DNA sequencing resulted in them being considered… Continue Reading →

Cooper’s Hawk

Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae Genus: Accipiter Species: Accipiter cooperii Once known as the chicken hawk, the Cooper’s Hawk has been described in the past as a “worse villain” than the “blood-thirsty” Sharp-shinned Hawk (Bent, 1937). The Cooper’s Hawk is a common woodland hawk… Continue Reading →

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae Genus: Streptopelia Species: Streptopelia decaocto   Introduction: The Eurasian Collared-Dove is an introduced species from Eurasia. During the mid-1970s, a pet store in the Bahamas had multiple individuals escape, then decided to release their remaining 50 doves… Continue Reading →

Least sandpiper

Order: Charadriformes Family: Scolopacidae Genus: Calidris Species: C. minutilla

Mourning Dove

Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae Genus: Zenaida Species: Zenaida macroura Introduction The mourning dove is a bird most known for its somber call. However, with its wide range and its rank as the eleventh most abundant bird in its breeding range,… Continue Reading →

Pelagic Cormorant

Order: Gannets Family: Phalacrocoracidae Genus: Phalacrocorax Species: Phalacrocorax pelagicus Introduction Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) is a large water bird but the smallest of the other species of cormorants.  This species has a slender neck and body with a thin bill. … Continue Reading →

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