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Biology
Checklist of Birds of Mills Campus
Legend:

* Nesting Species
I Introduced Species
L State listed species of concern
R Resident all year
S Spring and Summer
T Transient, seen only in migration
W Winter

Seasons in parentheses indicate times at which the bird is more likely to be seen on campus

Common Name

Scientific Name

Status

Habitat

Family:

Podicipedidae

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

R

Lake Aliso

 

Family:

 

Phalacrocoracidae

 

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

R

Overhead

 

Family:

 

Pelecanidae

 

Anerican White Pelican

Pelicanus erythrorhynchos

W

Overhead

 

Family:

 

Ardeidae

 

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

R (W)

Lakes, ponds

 

Great Egret

Casmerodius albus

R (W)

Lakes, ponds

 

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

R (W)

Lakes, ponds

 

Family:

 

Anatidae

 

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

R (W)

Lake Aliso

 

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

* R

Lake Aliso

 

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

W

Lake Aliso

 

Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

W

Lake Aliso

 

Family:

 

Cathartidae

 

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

R (S)

Overhead

 

Family:

 

Accipitridae

 

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

R (W, T) L

Wdland, brush, residential

 

Cooper’s Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

R (W,T) L

Wdland, brush, residential

 

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

R

Usually overhead

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lincatus

* R

Overhead, forest, wdlnd

 

Family:

 

Falconidae

 

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

R

Grasslnd, open wdlnd, residntl.

 

Family:

 

Odontophoridae

 

California Quail

Callipepia californica

* R

Brush, wdlnd brush

 

Family:

 

Charadriidae

 

Killdeer

Charadrius vociferus

R

Bare grnd or short herbs

 

Family:

 

Laridae

 

California Gull

Larus californicus

W

Overhead

 

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

W

Overhead

 

Family:

 

Columbidae

 

Band-tailed Pigeon

Columba fasciata

R (W)

Woodland

 

Rock Dove

Columba livia

* R, I

 

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

* R

Widespread

 

Family:

 

Rallidae

 

American Coot

Fulica americana

R

Lakes, ponds

 

Family:

 

Tytonidae

 

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

R

Residential, campus

 

Family:

 

Strigidae

 

Pygmy Owl

Glaucidium gnoma

R

Faculty village

 

Western Screech Owl

Otus kennicottii

R

Riparian wdlnd

 

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

* R

Widespread

 

Family:

 

Apodidae

 

White-throated swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

R (S)

Overhead

 

Family:

 

Trochilidae

 

Anna’s Hummingbird

Calypte anna

* R

Widespread

 

Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

T

Varied

 

Allen’s Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin

S

Coastal scrub

 

Family:

 

Alcedinidae

 

Belted Kingfisher

Ceryle alcyon

R (W)

Streams, ponds

 

Family:

 

Picidae

 

Common Flicker

Colaptes auratus

* R

Forest, wdlnd, residntl

 

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus ruber

W

Wdlnd, residntl, forest

 

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

* R

Wdlnd, esp riparian, resdntl

 

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Picoides nuttallii

* R

Open or dry woodland

 

Family:

 

Tyrannidae

 

Black Pheobe

Sayornis nigricans

* R

Breeds near water, varied in winter

 

Western Flycatcher

* S

Riparian woodland

 

Western Wood Pewee

Contopus sordidulus

S

Riparian woodland

 

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Contopus borealis

* S

Central campus

 

Family:

 

Hirundinidae

 

Cliff Swallow

Hirundo pyrrhonota

S

Nests undr brdges off campus

 

Family:

 

Corvidae

 

Stellar’s Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

* R

Widespread

 

Scrub Jay

Aphelocoma coerulescens

* R, L

Woodland, coastal scrub

 

Common Raven

Corvus corax

* R

Overhead

 

Family:

 

Paridae

 

Chestnut-backed Chickadee Parus rufescens

* R

Forest, wdlnd, residential

 

Plain Titmouse

Parus inornatus

* R

Wdlnd, residential

 

Family:

 

Aegithalidae

 

Common Bush-tit

Psaltriparus minimus

* R

Wdlnd, coastl scrb, resdntl

 

Family:

 

Sittidae

 

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta Canadensis

* R

Conifer forests

 

Family:

 

Certhiidae

 

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

* R

Lg. trees, central campus

 

Family:

 

Troglodytidae

 

Winter Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

W

Riparian brush

 

Bewick’s Wren

Thryomnes bewickii

* R

Coastal scrub, wdlnd

 

Family:

 

Regulidae

 

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

W

Conifer forst, dense wdlnd

 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

W

Widespread

 

Family:

 

Turdidae

 

Western Bluebird

Sialia mexicana

R

Open wdlnd, grasslnd

 

Swainson’s Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

S (T)

Riparian wdlnd

 

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

W

Residntl; wdlnd, brush

 

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

* R

Widespread

 

Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

W

Deeply shaded woods

 

Family:

 

Timaliidae

 

Wrentit

Chamaea fasciata

* R

Coastal scrub

 

Family:

 

Mimidae

 

Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos

R

Residential

 

California Thrasher

Toxostoma redivivum

R

Coastal scrub

 

Family:

 

Motacillidae

 

Water Pipit

W

Fields, marshes, bare grnd

 

Family:

 

Bombycillidae

 

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

R (W)

Widespread

 

Family:

 

Laniidae

 

Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius Ludovicianus

R, L

Open grassland

 

Family:

 

Sturnidae

 

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

* R, I

Widespread

 

Family:

 

Vireonidae

 

Solitary Vireo

Vireo solitarius

S (T)

Riparian wdlnd, wdlnd

 

Hutton’s Vireo

Vireo huttoni

* R

Wdlnd, forests

 

Warbling Vireo

Vireo gilvus

* S

Riparian wdlnd, wdlnd

 

Family:

 

Parulidae

 

Orange-crowned Warbler

Vermivora celata

* S

Mixed wdlnd, shrubs

 

Yellow Warbler

Dendroica petechia

* S, L

Riparian wdlnd

 

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Dendroica coronata

W, T

Widespread

 

Townsend’s Warbler

Dendroica townsendi

W, T

Forests

 

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilsonia pusilla

S

Riparian wdlnd, brush

 

Family:

 

Thraupidae

 

Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

T

Forest, wdlnd

 

Family:

 

Cardinalidae

 

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

S

Riparian wdlnd, wdlnd

 

Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena

S

Scrub, wdlnd edge

 

Family:

 

Emberizidae

 

Rufous-sided Towhee

Pipilo erythro-phthalmus

* R, L

Brush, wdlnd

 

Brown Towhee

* R

Widespread

 

Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca

W, T

Coastal scrub

 

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

* R, L

Widespread

 

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia atricapilla

* R

Coastal scrub

 

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

W

Brush, resdntl, wdlnd

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

* R, L

Widespread

 

Family:

 

Icteridae

 

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

* S

Lake Aliso

 

Brewer’s Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus

* R

Fields, resdntl

 

Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

* S

Riparian, wdlnd residntl

 

Northern Oriole

Icterus galbula

S

Riparian wdlnd

 

Family:

 

Fringillidae

 

Purple Finch

Carpodacus purpureus

* R

Wdlnds, residntl

 

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus

* R

Residntl, wdlnd

 

Pine Siskin

Cardeuelis pinus

* R

Central campus

 

Lesser Goldfinch

Carduelis psaltria

* R

Mixd shrb-herb-tree types

 

American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis

* R

Central campus

 

Family:

 

Passeridae

 

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

* R, I

Widespread

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