Checklist of Birds of Cache Valley

 Note: This Checklist of Birds of Cache Valley compiled and maintained by
Bridgerland Audubon Society, P.O. Box 3501, Logan, UT 84323-3501.
It may be freely copied and distributed with credit to Bridgerland Audubon Society.
Last publication date 1994, Logan, Utah.

A more recent Cache County Checklist is available for sale at Bridgerland Publication Outlets.

Bridgerland Audubon Checklist of Birds of Cache Valley

 c=common; occurs regularly in large numbers compared to other members of
its taxonomic group
u=uncommon; occurs regularly in small numbers
r=rare; occurs every year in very small numbers
o=occasional; does not occur every year
“-” =absent

Common Name Genus Species Occurrence Breeding Cache Valley Common Habitat
Spring Summer Fall Winter
Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica o no reservoirs
Common Loon Gavia immer u o u no reservoirs
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps u u u r yes marshes
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus r r no reservoirs
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis c c c r yes reservoirs
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis c c c yes reservoirs
Clark’s Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii c c c yes reservoirs
American White Pelican Pelcanus erythrorrhynchos c c u no marshes
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus u u u yes marshes
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus r r r yes marshes
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias c c c u yes marshes
Great Egret Casmerodius albus r r r no marshes
Snowy Egret Egretta thula c c c yes pastures, marshes
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis u u u no pastures
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nyctiocorax c c u yes marshes
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi c c u yes pastures, marshes
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus r r o no marshes
Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator o o no marshes
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons o o no pastures
Snow Goose Chen carulesceus o r no marshes, reservoirs
Ross’ Goose Chen rossi o o no marshes
Canada Goose Branta canadensis c c c u yes fields, marshes
Wood Duck Aix sponsa r r r u yes streams
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca c u c u yes marshes, reservoirs
Mallard Anas platyrhyncos c c c u yes marshes, reservoirs
Northern Pintail Anas acuta c c c r yes marshes, reservoirs
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors r r r yes marshes, reservoirs
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera c c c o yes marshes, reservoirs
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata c u c u yes marshes, reservoirs
Gadwall Anas strepera c c c u yes marshes, reservoirs
Eurasian Wideon Anas penelope o no marshes, reservoirs
American Wigeon Anas americana c r c u no marshes, reservoirs
Canvasback Aythya valisineria r r r no reservoirs
Redhead Aythya americana c c c r yes marshes, reservoirs
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris u u u no reservoirs
Greater Scaup Aythya marila o o o no reservoirs
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis c o c u no reservoirs
Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis o o no reservoirs
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata o o no reservoirs
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca o o o no reservoirs
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula u u u no reservoirs
Barrow’s Goldeneye Bucephala islandica r r r no mountain reservoirs
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola u u o no reservoirs
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus r no reservoirs
Common Merganser Mergus merganser u o u r no marshes, reservoirs
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator u u o no marshes, reservoirs
Ruddy Duck Oxyura dominica c c c r yes marshes, reservoirs
Turkey Vulture Gymnogyps californianus u u u no mountains, valleys
Osprey Chondrohierax uncinatus r o r no valley, rivers
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus r r u no anywhere
Bald Eagle (Imm.) Haliaeetus leucocephalus r r u no anywhere
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus c c c c yes marshes, fields
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus u u u r yes anywhere
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii r r u r yes anywhere
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis r r r r yes mountains
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus o r no anywhere
Swainson’s Hawk Buteo swainsoni c c u yes valley
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis c c c c yes anywhere
Harlan’s Hawk (196.5) Buteo jamaicensis o o o o no anywhere
Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis r r o no anywhere
Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus u u c no valley
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos u u u u yes anywhere
Golden Eagle (Imm.) Aquila chrysaetos u u u u no anywhere
American Kestrel Falco sparverius c c c u yes anywhere
Merlin Falco columbarius r r r no valley
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus o o o o no anywhere
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus o o no valley
Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus r r r r no valley
Gray Partridge Perdix perdix u u u u yes foothills
Chukar Alectoris chukar u u u u yes foothills
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus c c c c yes valley, foothills
Blue Grouse Dendragapus obscurus u u u u yes mountains
Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus u u u u yes mountains
Sage Grouse Centrocercus urophasianus r r r r yes sagebrush
Sharp-tailed Grouse Tympanuchus phasianellus r r r r yes sagebrush
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo r r r r yes foothills
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola u u u o yes marshes
Sora Porzana carolina u u u o yes marshes
American Coot Fulica americana c c c r yes marshes, reservoirs
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis c u c yes fields
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola r r no mudflats, fields
Lesser Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica o o no mudflats
Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus o o o yes mudflats
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus r r no mudflats
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus c c c u yes pastures, fields
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus c c c yes mudflats
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana c c c yes mudflats
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca c c o no marshes, mudflats
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes c c o no marshes, mudflats
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria o r no mudflats
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus c c c yes fields
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia u u u yes mudflats
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus u r o yes dry fields
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa r r no mudflats
Sanderling Calidris alba o r no mudflats
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla o r no mudflats
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri c c no mudflats
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla u u o no mudflats
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii c c no mudflats
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos r r no wet fields
Dunlin Calidris alpina o o no mudflats
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus o o no mudflats
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus r no mudflats
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus c c no mudflats
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago c c c r yes wet fields, streams
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor c c c yes mudflats, reservoirs
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus r u no mudflats, reservoirs
Franklin’s Gull Larus pipixcan c c c o yes valley
Bonaparte’s Gull Larus philadelphia r r no valley
Ring-billed Gull Larus delwarensis c r c o no valley
California Gull Larus californicus c c c o no valley
Herring Gull Larus agentatus o o o no valley
Thayer’s Gull Larus thayeri o o no valley
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia r o r no marshes
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri u u u yes marshes
Black Tern Chlidonias niger r o r no marshes
Rock Dove Columba livia c c c c yes buildings
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura c c c r yes anywhere
Common Barn Owl Tyto alba r r r r yes valley
Flammulated Owl Otus flammeolus c c yes mountains
Western Screech-Owl Otus kennicotti u u u u yes valley streams
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus c c c c yes anywhere
Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma r r r r yes mountains
Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia o o yes valley
Long-eared Owl Asio otus r r r r yes mountains, valley streams
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus r r r r yes valley, pastures
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus r r r r yes mountains, valley streams
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor r c r yes anywhere
Common Poorwill Phalaneoptilus nuttalli u c o yes mountains
White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis u u r yes mountains
Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri u u r yes anywhere
Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope u u r yes anywhere
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus c c u yes anywhere
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus u u r no anywhere
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon u u u u yes rivers, streams
Lewis’ Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis o o o o no valley, utility poles
Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis u u u yes mountains, aspens
Williamson’s Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus u u u yes mountains
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens u u u u yes woodlands
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus u u u u yes mountains
Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus r r r r yes coniferous forests
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus c c c c yes anywhere
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus borealis u u r yes pine and aspen forests
Western Wood-Pewee Contopus sordidulus c c r yes forests
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii u u r yes valley streams
Hammond’s Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii r r r yes coniferous forests
Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholseri u u u yes mountains
Cordilleran Flycatcher Empidonax occidentalis u u u yes mountains
Say’s Phoebe Sayornis saya o o no dry valley open areas
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis c c u yes valley fields
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus u u u yes valley fields and rivers
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris u r u u no valley farm fields
Purple Martin Progne subis r r r yes Tony Grove area
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor c c c yes anywhere
Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalissina u u r yes anywhere
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgiopteryx ruficollis u u u yes anywhere
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia c c c yes anywhere
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota c c c yes anywhere
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica c c c yes anywhere
Steller’s Jay Cyanocitta stelleri u u u u yes mountains
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata o o o no valley
Scrub Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens o o o no anywhere
Clark’s Nutcracker Nucifraga columbiana u u u u yes high mountains
Black-billed Magpie Pica pica c c c c yes anywhere
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos c c c c yes valley
Common Raven Corvus corax r r r r yes anywhere
Black-capped Chickadee Parus atricapillus c c c c yes anywhere
Mountain Chickadee Parus gambeli c c c c yes mountains
Bushtit Psaltiparus minimus o no *
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis u u u u yes mountains, valleys
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis r r r r yes mountains
Brown Creeper Certhia familiaris u u u u yes mountains
Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus r r r yes barren, rocky slopes
Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus r r r r yes dry canyons
House Wren Troglodytes aedon c c r yes decid. forests, cities
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglogdytes o o yes brushy, wet areas
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris c c c r yes marshes
American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus u u u u yes mountain streams
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa u u u u yes mountains
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula c c c r yes anywhere
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea o o no valley, foothills
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis o no *
Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides c c u yes mountains and valley
Townsend’s Solitaire Myadestes townsendi u u u u yes dry mtn slopes, junipers
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustlatus u c r yes mountain woodlands
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttarus u c r o yes mountain woodlands
American Robin Turdus migratorus c c c c yes anywhere
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius o no feeders
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis r r r no streams
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus o no *
Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus r r o no anywhere
American Pipit Anthus spinoletta u u r no wet fields
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus u u u no anywhere, erratic
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum c u c c yes anywhere
Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor r r u no valley
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus o o o o no valley
European Starling Sturnus vulgarus c c c c yes valley
Plumbeous Vireo Vireo plumbeous r o r yes deciduous forest
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus c c c yes deciduous forest
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus o o o no deciduous forest
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata c c u yes brushy slopes
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla o o o no valley
Virgina’s Warbler Vermivora virginiae u u r yes brushy slopes
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia c c u yes streams
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata c c c o yes anywhere
Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens u u r yes dry canyons
Townsend’s Warbler Dendroica townsendi r no coniferous forests
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia no *
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis no *
MacGillivray’s Warbler Oporornis tolmiei u u r yes streams
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas u u r yes marshes
Wilson’s Warbler Wilsonia pusilla r o u no streams
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens o no streams *
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana c c c yes mountain forests
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus o o o no feeders
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus c c u yes deciduous forests
Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea o o no valley
Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena c c u yes brushy slopes
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea o yes *
Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus u u u yes dry slopes,sagebrush
Spotted Towhee Pipilo erythropthalmus u u u r yes brush
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea u no valley brush
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina c c u yes mountains
Brewer’s Sparrow Spizella breweri u u u yes mountain sagebrush
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus c c r yes sagebrush
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus u u r yes sagebrush
Sage Sparrow Amphispiza belli o no valley
Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys         no *
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis c c r yes brush near water
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammondramus savannarum r r yes valley
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca c c u yes streams, canyons
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia c c c u yes streams
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii u u r yes streams, canyons
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana         no *
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis o o no feeders
Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla         no *
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophryx c c c u yes mountains, valley
Harris’ Sparrow Zonotrichia querula o o o no brush, feeders
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) Junco hyemalis c c c c yes mountains, valley
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate Clrd) Junco hyemalis c c c c yes mountains, valley
Dark-eyed Junco (Gr-hd) Junco hyemalis c c c c yes mountains, valley
McCown’s Longspur Calcarius mccownii         no *
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus         no *
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis o no valley
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus o yes valley grassland
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus c c c u yes marshes
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta c c c u yes valley and bench pastures
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus c c c o yes cattail marshes
Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus c c c u yes valley feed lots
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula r r yes parks, farms
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater u u r yes anywhere
Northern Oriole Icterus galbula u u yes tall trees
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla         no *
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch Leucosticte tephrocotis o o o no mountains
Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata o o o no mountains
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator r r r r yes mountains
Cassin’s Finch Carpodacus cassinii u u u u yes mountains and valleys
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus c c c c yes valley
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra r r r u yes coniferous forests
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera         no *
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea o no valley
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus c c c c yes anywhere
Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria         no *
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis c c c u yes valley
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes caerulea u r u u yes anywhere
House Sparrow Passer domesticus c c c c yes valley

Bird Checklists

  • Bridgerland Audubon Bird Checklist

 Note: This Checklist of Birds of Cache Valley compiled and maintained by
Bridgerland Audubon Society, P.O. Box 3501, Logan, UT 84323-3501.
It may be freely copied and distributed with credit to Bridgerland Audubon Society.  Last publication date 1994, Logan, Utah.

A more recent Cache County Checklist is available for sale at Bridgerland Publication Outlets.

Hotlines

There are four ways to share bird sightings in Cache County and to find out about recent sightings. Two statewide listserves include Cache County in their coverage. Birdnet is for reporting rare birds, Birdtalk is for any other bird-related topics: to share common sightings, discuss patterns in occurrence, or to discuss birding locations, for example. Information on both Birdnet and Birdtalk is here.

For sightings only in Cache Valley, please email Nancy Williams at: nancy.moonbeam (at) gmail.com. Nancy receives and forwards emails to anyone interested in Cache County birds.

Another great way to keep in touch with the latest bird sightings in Cache Valley and the state of Utah is becoming a member of the “Top of Utah” group, which covers Bridgerland Audubon territory. Details at www.utahbirds.org


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