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Bird Checklist for the Falls of the Ohio (PDF)

Birds of the Falls of the Ohio

SeasonsW = winter (Dec. -Feb.);  s = spring (Mar. - May);S = summer (June - July);  F = fall (Aug. -Nov.)

Abundance- = not recorded; o = occasional;  r = rare, or not to be expected, but sometimes observed; u = uncommon, or often present, but can be hard to find; f = fairly common, or usually present, and observed most of the time; c = common, or usually numerous and should be observed. An asterisk (*) after the species names indicates breeding has been confirmed within the Falls of the Ohio area.

The area covered by this checklist includes the Falls of the Ohio, waters and shorelines of the Ohio River above and below McAlpine Dam, as well as islands in the immediate vicinity including Goose, Sand and Shippingport Islands. This follows the arrangement and Nomenclature of the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist, 7th ed. (1998) and subsequent supplements. Thanks are extended to members of the Beckham Bird Club for assisting in compilation. Last updated September 2007 (with the addition of accidental species as recently as July 2010).

Should you observe a species not noted on the checklist, please notify the staff at the Falls of the Ohio State Park via e-mail address below or call 812-280-9970.

Photos of bird species will be posted as we get them. Look for them in blue. Most (but not all) were taken at the Falls of the Ohio. Any sharp photos of birds on the list that we do not already have are welcome for consideration. Photographs should be from Indiana or Kentucky. Credit will be given, but the copyright for any images must be yours. Contact us at park@fallsoftheohio.org.

 

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                                                              W       s        S        F

WATERFOWL

 

____     Snow Goose                           r         r         -         r

____     Canada Goose                       f         f         f         f

____     Wood Duck*                            -         u        u        u

____     Gadwall                                    u        u        -         f

____     American Wigeon                   u        u        -        u

____     American Black Duck             f         f         o        f

____     Mallard*                                    c        c        f         c

____     Blue-winged Teal*                   -         f         o        f

____     Northern Shoveler                   o        u        -         u

____     Northern Pintail                       o        r         -         r

____     Green-winged Teal                 r         r         -         u 

____     Canvasback                            f         u        -         u

____     Redhead                                  r         u        -         u

____     Ring-necked Duck                  f         f         o        f 

____     Greater Scaup                         r        r         -         r

____     Lesser Scaup                          f         f         -         f

____     Surf Scoter                               o        -         -        r

____     White-winged Scoter              o        -         -        o 

____     Black Scoter                            o        -         -        o

____     Long-tailed Duck                     o        o        -        o

____     Bufflehead                                u        f         -         f

____     Common Goldeneye               u       u         -        u

____     Hooded Merganser                 u       u         -        u

____     Common Merganser               u        r         -         r

____     Red-breasted Merganser       u        f         o        f

____     Ruddy Duck                              r        u         -        u

GAME BIRDS

 

____     Northern Bobwhite*                   r        r        r         r

LOONS & GREBES

____     Common Loon                         r         u        -        f

____     Pied-billed Grebe                    u         f        o       f

____     Horned Grebe                          r         u        -       u

CORMORANTS

____     Double-crested Cormorant    u        c        r        c

 HERONS & EGRETS

____     Great Blue Heron                     f         c        c       c 

____     Great Egret                               -         u        f        f

____     Snowy Egret                             -         o        r        r

____     Little Blue Heron*                     -         r         r        r

____     Cattle Egret*                             -         r         r        r

____     Green Heron*                            ‑         f         f        f

____     Black‑crowned Night‑Heron*  ‑         c        c        f

____     Yellow-crowned Night-Heron* -         r         r        r

VULTURES

____     Black Vulture                            o         f         c        f

____     Turkey Vulture                           r         f         c        f

RAPTORS

____     Osprey                                        -        u        u       f

____     Bald Eagle                                 r         -         -       r

____     Northern Harrier                        o        -         -       o

____     Sharp‑shinned Hawk                u        u        ‑       u

____     Cooper's Hawk                         u        u        r        f

____     Red‑shouldered Hawk             u        u        u       u 

____     Broad‑winged Hawk                 ‑         r         -       u

____     Red‑tailed Hawk                        f         f         f        f

____     Rough-legged Hawk                 o        -         -        -

____     American Kestrel*                     f         f         f        f

____     Merlin                                          -         -         -       r

____     Peregrine Falcon*                     u        u        u      u

MARSH BIRDS

 

____     Sora                                            ‑         -         ‑       r

____     American Coot                          u        f         o       f 

____     Sandhill Crane                           r         r         -       u 

SHOREBIRDS 

____     Black-bellied Plover                  -         r         -       u

____     American Golden-Plover          -         -         -       u

____     Semipalmated Plover               -         r         o      u

____     Piping Plover                             -         o        -       r

____     Killdeer*                                     u         f         c      c 

____     American Avocet                      -         o        -        r

____     Spotted Sandpiper*                 ‑         u        u       f

____     Solitary Sandpiper                   ‑         u        r        u

____     Greater Yellowlegs                   -         r         r        u

____     Willet                                          -         r         o       r

____     Lesser Yellowlegs                    -         u        r         f

____     Upland Sandpiper                    -         -         -        o

____     Marbled Godwit                        -         o        -        o

____     Ruddy Turnstone                       -         r         o       u

____     Red Knot                                    -         -         -        o

____     Sanderling                                  -         o        o       u

____     Semipalmated Sandpiper       -         u        r         f

____     Western Sandpiper                  -         -         o        u

____     Least Sandpiper                       r         u        u        f

____     White-rumped Sandpiper         -         r         o       o

____     Baird's Sandpiper                     -         -         -        u

____     Pectoral Sandpiper                  o        u        u        f

____     Dunlin                                         o        r         -         u

____     Stilt Sandpiper                          -         -         -         u

____     Buff-breasted Sandpiper         -         -         -         u

____     Short-billed Dowitcher              -         r         r         u

____     Long-billed Dowitcher               -         -         -        o

____     Wilson’s Snipe                           -         -         -        r

____     American Woodcock*               ‑        u         r        -

____     Wilson's Phalarope                   -         -         -        r

____     Red-necked Phalarope            -         -         -        o

GULLS & TERNS

____     Laughing Gull                             -         r         o       o

____     Franklin's Gull                            o        o         ‑        r

____     Bonaparte's Gull                        r         f         o        f

____     Ring-billed Gull                          c         f         r         f

____     Herring Gull                                f         u        o        u

____     Glaucous Gull                            o         -         -         -

____     Least Tern                                  -        o        o        o

____     Caspian Tern                             -         u        r         f

____     Black Tern                                  -         r         o        u

____     Common Tern                            -         r         o        r

____     Forster's Tern                            o        u        o        u

 

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Created February 2, 2010, Updated July 12, 2015