Birds of Evergreen

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

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Cedar Waxwing

Order: Passeriformes Family: Bombycillidae Genus: Bombycilla Species: Bombycilla cedrorum The Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized migratory passerine bird that ranges across North America. They eat primarily fruits, preferring high-sugar low-lipid fruits, in addition to airborne insects. They are known for… Continue Reading →

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Order: Passeriformes Family: Paridae Genus: Poecile Species: Poecile rufescens  

Common Goldeneye

Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Bucephala Species: Bucephala clanngula Introduction The common Goldeneye is a bird of the diving duck family. The appearance of the male differs quite noticeably from the female. The male has a teal green head with a large white… Continue Reading →

Common Loon

What is that giant duck sitting out there in the water? That’s no duck, it’s a Common Loon, probably.

Common Merganser

Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Genus: Mergus Species: Mergus merganser Introduction The Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) is a medium-large bodied piscivorous duck of forested rivers and lakes throughout the northern hemisphere. There are 3 subspecies found throughout its range, each with slight plumage and… Continue Reading →

Common Raven

Order: Passeriformes Family: Corvidae Genus: Corvus Species: Corvus corax Introduction Corvus corax,otherwise known as the Common Raven, is extremely prominent ecologically, geographically, and even culturally all around the world in a variety of different biomes. It is covered completely with… 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 →

Dark-eyed Junco

The Dark-eyed Junco is a medium sized, common sparrow of North America. Its sub-species (whose numbers are disputed) are distinguished by variations in plumage, although they all have similar habits.

This page will detail the Oregon subspecies, which can be identified by its distinct black head, rufous flanks, chestnut back, and white to beige belly and breast. It also has white outer tail feathers that flash when in flight, a tan beak, and pink legs and feet. The Dark-eyed Junco is weakly sexually dimorphic. Males are slightly darker than females (Dunn 2002).

Double-crested Cormorant

Order: Suliformes Family: Phalacrocoraidae Genus: Phalacrocorax Species: Phalacrocorax auritus Introduction The Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus (DCCO) is the most common cormorant seen on The Evergreen State College (TESC) campus coastline. The Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants are a rare sighting on the beaches… Continue Reading →

Downy Woodpecker

Order: Piciformes Family: Picidae Genus: Dryobates Species: Dryobates pubescens Introduction The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is a small woodpecker that is about 17 centimeters long, has a wingspan of 30 centimeters, and weighs roughly 27 grams (Sibley, 2016). When looking at… Continue Reading →

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