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 ANIMAL INVENTORY 
BIRDS
(Inventory & taxonomy updated 05/11/17; sequences not changed)
Latest new species for Yard ListSavannah Sparrow, 10 Jan 2011 (also banded)
Latest new species bandedBarred Owl, 27 Apr 2012
All text & photos © Hilton Pond Center
Since 1982 at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, 171 species of Birds (Aves) have been seen or heard on or over the 11acre property. Of these, 126 species have been captured, banded, and released (28 Jun 1982 through 1 Sep 2017). This page contains a complete list of Birds sighted and banded at the Center, along with notations on 25 species known for certain to have nested (N) on the property. Captured females with brood patches (BP) and/or recent fledglings (F) imply local nesting. (0) Indicates species not likely to breed in South Carolina Piedmont; () indicates breeding status more or less possible but unknown locally. 
Click on underlined species to see a desciption & photo(s)
Common Name 
Species 
Sighted 
Breeding 
Banded 
NONPASSERINES 

Piedbilled Grebe  Podilymbus podiceps 
X





Doublecrested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus 
X

0



Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias 
X





Great Egret  Ardea alba 
X

0



Little Blue Heron  Egretta caerulea 
X

0



Tricolored Heron  Hydranassa tricolor 
X

0



Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis 
X





Green Heron  Butorides virescens 
X

F

X

White Ibis  Eudocimus albus 
X





Snow Goose  Chen caerulescens 
X





Canada Goose  Branta canadensis 
X

F (gosling)



Wood Duck  Aix sponsa 
X

N, F

*

Greenwinged Teal  Anas carolinensis 
X

0



Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos 
X





Bluewinged Teal  Anas discors 
X

0



Ringnecked Duck  Aythya collaris 
X

0



Lesser Scaup  Aythya affinis 
X

0



Common Goldeneye  Bucephala clangula 
X

0



Hooded Merganser  Lophodytes cucullatus 
X

0



Black Vulture  Coragyps atratus 
X





Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura 
X





Osprey  Pandion haliaetus 
X





Mississippi Kite  Ictinia mississippiensis 
X

0



Sharpshinned Hawk  Accipiter striatus 
X



X

Cooper's Hawk  Accipiter cooperii 
X



X

Redshouldered Hawk  Buteo lineatus 
X

N, F

X

Broadwinged Hawk  Buteo platypterus 
X





Redtailed Hawk  Buteo jamaicensis 
X





American Kestrel  Falco sparverius 
X





Wild Turkey  Meleagris gallopavo 
X

F



Northern Bobwhite  Colinus virginianus 
X



*

American Coot  Fulica americana 
X

0



Killdeer  Charadrius vociferus 
X





Greater Yellowlegs  Tringa melanoleuca 
X

0



Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularia 
X

0



Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria 
X

0



American Woodcock  Scolopax minor 
X



X

Ringbilled Gull  Larus delawarensis 
X

0



Rock Dove  Columba livia 
X





Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura 
X

N, BP, F

X

Blackbilled Cuckoo  Coccyzus erythropthalmus 
X

0

X

Yellowbilled Cuckoo  Coccyzus americanus 
X

BP

X

Common Barn Owl  Tyto alba 
feather only





Eastern ScreechOwl  Megascops asio 
X

N

X

Great Horned Owl  Bubo virginianus 
X





Barred Owl  Strix varia 
X

BP

X

Northern Sawwhet Owl  Aegolius acadicus 
X

0

X

Common Nighthawk  Chordeiles minor 
X





Chuckwill'swidow  Caprimulgus carolinensis 
X





Chimney Swift  Chaetura pelagica 
X

N, F

X

Rubythroated Hummingbird  Archilochus colubris 
X

BP, F

X

Rufous Hummingbird  Selasphorus rufus 
X

0

X

Belted Kingfisher  Megaceryle alcyon 
X



X

Redheaded Woodpecker  Melanerpes erythrocephalus 
X





Redbellied Woodpecker  Melanerpes carolinus 
X

N, BP, F

X

Yellowbellied Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus varius 
X

0

X

Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens 
X

N, BP, F

X

Hairy Woodpecker  Picoides villosus 
X

BP, F

X

Northern Flicker  Colaptes auratus 
X

BP, F

X

Pileated Woodpecker  Dryocopus pileatus 
X



X

PASSERINES 

Eastern WoodPewee  Contopus virens 
X

N, BP

X

Yellowbellied Flycatcher  Empidonax flaviventris 
X

0

X

Acadian Flycatcher  Empidonax virescens 
X

BP

X

Willow Flycatcher  Empidonax traillii 
X

0

X

Least Flycatcher  Empidonax minimus 
X

0

X

Eastern Phoebe  Sayornis phoebe 
X

N, BP, F

X

Great Crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus crinitus 
X

N, BP

X

Eastern Kingbird  Tyrannus tyrannus 
X

N, BP

X

Purple Martin  Progne subis 
X





N. Roughwinged Swallow  Stelgidopteryx serripennis 
X





Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica 
X

N



Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata 
X

N, BP

X

American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos 
X





Fish Crow  Corvus ossifragus 
X





Carolina Chickadee  Poecile carolinensis 
X

N, BP, F

X

Eastern Tufted Titmouse  Baeolophus bicolor 
X

N, BP, F

X

Redbreasted Nuthatch  Sitta canadensis 
X

0

X

Whitebreasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis 
X

BP, F

X

Brownheaded Nuthatch  Sitta pusilla 
X

N

X

Brown Creeper  Certhia americana 
X

0

X

Carolina Wren  Thryothorus ludovicianus 
X

N, BP, F

X

House Wren  Troglodytes aedon 
X

N, BP

X

Winter Wren  Troglodytes hiemalis 
X

0

X

Goldencrowned Kinglet  Regulus satrapa 
X

0

X

Rubycrowned Kinglet  Regulus calendula 
X

0

X

Bluegray Gnatcatcher  Polioptila caerulea 
X

N, BP, F

X

Eastern Bluebird  Sialia sialis 
X

N, BP, F

X

Veery  Catharus fuscescens 
X

0

X

Graycheeked Thrush  Catharus minimus 
X

0

X

Swainson's Thrush  Catharus ustulatus 
X

0

X

Hermit Thrush  Catharus guttatus 
X

0

X

Wood Thrush  Hylocichla mustelina 
X

BP, F

X

American Robin  Turdus migratorius 
X

N, BP, F

X

Gray Catbird  Dumetella carolinensis 
X

N, BP, F

X

Northern Mockingbird  Mimus polyglottos 
X

BP, F

X

Brown Thrasher  Toxostoma rufum 
X

BP, F

X

Cedar Waxwing  Bombycilla cedrorum 
X



X

Loggerhead Shrike  Lanius ludovicianus 
X



X

European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris 
X

N, BP

X

Whiteeyed Vireo  Vireo griseus 
X

BP

X

Blueheaded (Solitary) Vireo  Vireo solitarius 
X



X

Yellowthroated Vireo  Vireo flavifrons 
X

BP

X

Philadelphia Vireo  Vireo philadelphicus 
X

0

X

Redeyed Vireo  Vireo olivaceus 
X

BP

X

Bluewinged Warbler  Vermivora cyanoptera 
X

0

X

Goldenwinged Warbler  Vermivora chrysoptera 
X

0

X

Tennessee Warbler  Oreothlypis peregrina 
X

0

X

Orangecrowned Warbler  Oreothlypis celata 
X

0

X

Nashville Warbler  Oreothlypis ruficapilla 
X

0

X

Northern Parula  Setophaga americana 
X

BP

X

Yellow Warbler  Setophaga petechia 
X



X

Chestnutsided Warbler  Setophaga pensylanica 
X

0

X

Magnolia Warbler  Setophaga magnolia 
X

0

X

Cape May Warbler  Setophaga tigrina 
X

0

X

Blackthroated Blue Warbler  Setophaga caerulescens 
X

0

X

Yellowrumped (Myrtle) Warbler  Setophaga coronata 
X

0

X

Blackthroated Green Warbler  Setophaga virens 
X

0

X

Blackburnian Warbler  Setophaga fusca 
X

0

X

Yellowthroated Warbler  Setophaga dominica 
X

BP

X

Pine Warbler  Setophaga pinus 
X

BP, F

X

Prairie Warbler  Setophaga discolor 
X



X

Palm Warbler  Setophaga palmarum 
X

0

X

Baybreasted Warbler  Setophaga catanea 
X

0

X

Blackpoll Warbler  Setophaga striata 
X

0

X

BlackandWhite Warbler  Mniotilta varia 
X

BP

X

American Redstart  Setophaga ruticilla 
X



X

Prothonotary Warbler  Protonotaria citrea 
X

BP

X

Swainson's Warbler  Limnothlypis swainsonii 
X

0

X

Wormeating Warbler  Helmitheros vermivorum 
X



X

Ovenbird  Seiurus aurocapilla 
X



X

Northern Waterthrush  Parkesia noveboracensis 
X

0

X

Louisiana Waterthrush  Parkesia motacilla 
X

BP

X

Kentucky Warbler  Geothlypis formosa 
X



X

Connecticut Warbler  Oporornis agilis 
X

0

X

Common Yellowthroat  Geothlypis trichas 
X



X

Hooded Warbler  Setophaga citrina 
X

BP, F

X

Wilson's Warbler  Cardellina pusilla 
X

0

X

Canada Warbler  Cardellina canadensis 
X

0

X

Yellowbreasted Chat  Icteria virens 
X

BP, F

X

Summer Tanager  Piranga rubra 
X

BP

X

Scarlet Tanager  Piranga olivacea 
X



X

Northern Cardinal  Cardinalis cardinalis 
X

N, BP, F

X

Rosebreasted Grosbeak  Pheuticus ludovicianus 
X

0

X

Blue Grosbeak  Guiraca caerulea 
X

N, F

X

Indigo Bunting  Passerina cyanea 
X

BP

X

Dickcissel  Spiza americana 
X





Eastern (Rufoussided) Towhee  Pipilio erythrophthalmus 
X

BP, F

X

Chipping Sparrow  Spizella passerina 
X

N, BP

X

Field Sparrow  Spizella pusilla 
X

BP

X

Grasshopper Sparrow  Anonodramus savannarum 
X



X

Savannah Sparrow  Passerculus sandwichensis 
X

0

X

Fox Sparrow  Passerella iliaca 
X

0

X

Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia 
X



X

Lincoln's Sparrow  Melospiza lincolnii 
X

0

X

Swamp Sparrow  Melospiza georgiana 
X

0

X

Whitethroated Sparrow  Zonotrichia albicollis 
X

0

X

Whitecrowned Sparrow  Zonotrichia leucophrys 
X

0

X

Darkeyed Junco  Junco hyemalis 
X

0

X

Redwinged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus 
X

N, F

X

Eastern Meadowlark  Sturnella magna 
X



X

Rusty Blackbird  Euphagus carolinus 
X

0

X

Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula 
X

BP, F

X

Brownheaded Cowbird  Molothrus ater 
X

egg, F

X

Orchard Oriole  Icterus spurius 
X

BP

X

Baltimore (Northern) Oriole  Icterus galbula 
X



X

Purple Finch  Haemorhous purpureus 
X

0

X

House Finch  Haemorhous mexicanus 
X

N, BP, F

X

Pine Siskin  Spinus pinus 
X

0

X

American Goldfinch  Spinus tristis 
X

BP, F

X

Evening Grosbeak  Coccothraustes vespertinus 
X

0

X

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus 
X



X

N = Nest found BP = Captured female(s) had brood patch, implying local breeding F = Recent fledgling(s) seen or captured, implying local breeding * = Game birds not banded (per U.S. federal Bird Banding Lab restrictions) 
171 
Nests Found for 26 Species 
126 
All text & photos © Hilton Pond Center
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