Birds of Caddo Lake
Field Checklist with Photo Gallery

 


 

Page 3 of 8:  Rails, Shorebirds through Gulls, Terns, Doves

 


Legend

A - Abundant - Should see, numerous, easily observed or heard.

C - Common - Should see or hear in suitable habitat.

U - Uncommon - Present, but easily overlooked because of specific habitat, secretive habits or low numbers.

O - Occasional - Seen infrequently during a season.

R - Rare - Seen infrequently annually, or seldom seen, except by chance or special search, few records.

I - Irregular - Not expected annually, sporadic appearances and variable populations.

Cas - Casual - Out of normal range, very seldom seen over several years, but can be expected again.

Acc - Accidental - Out of normal range, very few records, not expected to be seen again.

T - Transient - Occurs in variable numbers, usually flying overhead.

M - Migratory

P - Permanent Resident

 


 

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Species

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

Status

Photo

King Rail

R/I

R/I

R/I

.

M

King Rail, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

Virginia Rail

. .

R/I

R/I

M

Virginia Rail, Photo Copyright  Marcus Martin.

Sora

R/I

.

R/I

R/I

M

Sora, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler. Sora, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Purple Gallinule

R/I

R/I

. .

M

Purple Gallinule, Photo Copyright  Dart Humeston. Purple Gallinule, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

Common Moorhen

R/I

R/I

.

.

M

Common Moorhen, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

American Coot

C

.

C

A

M

American Coot, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

American Woodcock

O

.

U

U

M

American Woodcock, by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.  American Woodcock, Photo Copyright  Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Wilson's (Common) Snipe

O

.

U

U

M

Wilson's Snipe, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler. Wilson's Snipe, Photo Copyright  B.K.Schmidt for Smithsonian.

Greater Yellowlegs

R/I

.

R/I .

M

Greater Yellowlegs, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.  Greater Yellowlegs, USFWS Photo.

Lesser Yellowlegs

R/I

.

R/I

.

M

Lesser Yellowlegs, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Solitary Sandpiper

R/I

.

R/I

.

M

Solitary Sandpiper, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Spotted Sandpiper

U

O

U

O

M

Spotted Sandpiper, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Willet

R/I

. . .

M

Willet, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Long-billed Dowitcher

. .

R/I

.

M

Long-billed Dowitcher, Photo Copyright  Chan Robbins.

Semipalmated Sandpiper

. .

R/I

.

M

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Photo Copyright  Marcus Martin.

Western Sandpiper

. .

R/I

.

M

Western Sandpiper, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Least Sandpiper

. .

R/I

.

M

Least Sandpiper, Photo Copyright  Dorothy Metzler.

Pectoral Sandpiper

R/I

.

R/I

.

M

Pectoral Sandpiper, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

American Avocet

.

.

R/I .

M

American Avocet (breeding), Photo Copyright  A.Wilson.  American Avocet (winter), Photo Copyright  Eric Isley.

Black-bellied Plover

. .

R/I

.

M

Black-bellied Plover (adult breeding), Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.  Black-bellied Plover (non-breeding), Photo Copyright  Marcus Martin.

Killdeer

U

U

U

C

P/M

Killdeer, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.  Killdeer, Photo Copyright  Eddie Ray.

Ring-billed Gull

U

.

U

C

M

Ring-billed Gull, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Herring Gull

. . .

R

M

Herring Gull (adult), Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

Bonaparte's Gull

.

.

R

O

M

Bonaparte's Gull, Photo Copyright  Eddie Ray.

Franklin's Gull

.

.

R

.

M

Franklin's Gull (non-breeding), Photo Copyright  Vincent P. Lucas.  Franklin's Gull (breeding), Photo Copyright  Bill Schmoker.

Black Tern

R/I

. . .

M

Black Tern, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Forster's Tern

. .

O

U

M

Forster's Tern, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

Rock Dove

U

U

U

U

P

Rock Dove, Photo Copyright  Bert Frenz.
Eurasian Collared-Dove . . .

R/I

P

Eurasian Collared-Dove, Photo Copyright  Peter S.Weber.  Eurasian Collared-Dove Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

Mourning Dove

C

C

C

C

P/M

Mourning Dove on nest, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.

Inca Dove

U

U

U

U

P

Inca Dove, Photo Copyright  Bob Metzler.  Inca Dove, Photo Copyright  Jeff Trahan.

Common Ground-Dove

.

.

Cas

.

M

Common Ground Dove, Photo Copyright  Brad Bergstrom. Common Ground Dove, Photo Copyright  Fred Fallon.

Birds of Caddo Lake Field Checklist with Photo Gallery compiled by Dorothy Metzler [E-mail: caddobirds(at)hotmail.com].  Copyright 1999-2004.  All rights reserved.  All material on this Web site is intended only for the personal information, education, and enjoyment of visitors to this Web site and may not be reproduced or published elsewhere without permission of the respective author or photographer. (Photographer credits in rollover text of thumbnail pictures.  E-mail links below.)  I'm grateful to the following individuals and organizations for allowing me to use their photos on this website:  Harlen Aschen, Don Auderer, Brad Bergstrom, Carole Berry, Carol Ann Boyd, Patricia Cancellare, Barbara Cavin, Stephen J. Dinsmore, Fred Fallon, Bert Frenz, Vera Garlough, Arthur Grosset, Peggy Harding, Berlin Heck, Dart Humeston, Jim Ingold, Eric Isley, George Jameson, Jack Jenkins, Diane Jones, Nick Kontonicolas, Vincent P. Lucas, True Mann, Marcus Martin, Bob Metzler, Ron Munden, Eddie Ray, Chandler S. Robbins, Bill Schmoker, Jeff Trahan, Tom Walker, Peter S. Weber, BioDiversity Institute (BDI) Internet Field Guide to Birds, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Gough, G.A., Sauer, J.R., Iliff, M. Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter. 1998. Version 97.1. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.

 

This page last updated:  May 21, 2011 .

 

[ Photo Checklist page 1 -- Loons, Grebes through Geese, Ducks, Mergansers ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 2 -- Herons, Egrets through Hawks, Turkey, Quail ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 3 -- Rails, Shorebirds through Gulls, Terns, Doves ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 4 -- Cuckoos, Owls through Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 5 -- Jays, Crows, Vireos through Thrushes, Nuthatches, Creepers ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 6 -- Wrens, Swallows, Kinglets through Finches, Crossbills ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 7 -- Warblers ]

 

[ Photo Checklist page 8 -- Sparrows, Tanagers, Grosbeaks through Orioles, Blackbirds ]

 


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