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Common Loon
Gavia immer

ADULT In summer has iridescent greenish black head and neck; note two rows of white stripes on neck.… read more

Red-throated Loon
Gavia stellata

ADULT Has blue-gray on face and sides of neck, red throat, and black and white lines on back of neck… read more

Horned Grebe
Podiceps auritus

ADULT In summer, has reddish orange neck and flanks. Back is black and black head is adorned with go… read more

Pied-billed Grebe
Podilymbus podiceps

ADULT In summer, has gray-brown plumage, palest on flanks and neck. Bill is pale gray with a strikin… read more

Cory's Shearwater
Calonectris diomedea

ALL BIRDS (not possible to age birds at sea in our region) Have mainly buffish brown upperparts with… read more

Greater Shearwater
Puffinus gravis

ALL BIRDS (ages are not separable in the field) Have dark grayish brown upper wing coverts and mantl… read more

Sooty Shearwater
Puffinus griseus

ALL BIRDS (not possible to age birds in the field in our region) Can appear all-dark at a distance, … read more

Audubon's Shearwater
Puffinus lherminieri

ALL BIRDS (ages are not separable at sea) Have blackish brown upperparts and mostly white underparts… read more

Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Oceanites oceanicus

ALL BIRDS Have dark gray-brown plumage, palest on underside of flight feathers and with pale bar on … read more

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Oceanodroma castro

ALL ADULTS Have mostly very dark blackish brown plumage except for white rump; upper wings have fain… read more

Northern Gannet
Morus bassanus

ADULT Has essentially white body plumage with black wingtips (primaries). Note the buffy yellow wash… read more

Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis

ADULT Has streaked, silvery gray upperparts and pale-streaked, brown underparts. Head and neck are w… read more

Double-crested Cormorant
Phalacrocorax auritus

ADULT has mainly dark plumage, but pale feather centers on back and upper wings create a scaly appea… read more

Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax carbo

SUMMER ADULT Often looks mainly dark, but plumage's oily sheen and black-bordered brownish wing feat… read more

Anhinga
Anhinga anhinga

ADULT MALE Has blackish plumage, except for silvery feathers on upper wing coverts and silvery, elon… read more

Great Egret
Ardea alba

ADULT Has pure white plumage; during breeding season, long back plumes trail beyond tail. At all tim… read more

Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias

ADULT Typical morph appears blue-gray overall, but neck is tinged pinkish and adorned with black and… read more

American Bittern
Botaurus lentiginosus

ADULT Has beautifully patterned brown plumage. Neck and breast have chestnut stripes on paler backgr… read more

Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis

ADULT Has pure white plumage for much of year but at height of breeding season it becomes flushed ye… read more

Green Heron
Butorides virescens

ADULT Has dark green crown, rufous-maroon face and neck, and white running from throat down center o… read more

Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea

ADULT BREEDING Has mostly dark blue-gray plumage but a rich purplish maroon head and neck. Has long … read more

Snowy Egret
Egretta thula

ADULT Has pure white plumage with elegant plumes evident during breeding season. Legs are black and … read more

Tricolored Heron
Egretta tricolor

ADULT BREEDING Has mostly blue-gray head, neck, back, and upper wings, with white underparts and ruf… read more

Least Bittern
Ixobrychus exilis

ADULT MALE Mainly yellow-buff, palest on underparts, with buff stripes on throat and breast. Cap and… read more

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Nyctanassa violacea

ADULT BREEDING Blue-gray overall with pale streaks on back and wings and striking face markings: whi… read more

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax

ADULT Has dark, daggerlike bill, black crown and back, gray wings, and pale face and underparts; eye… read more

White Ibis
Eudocimus albus

ADULT Has mostly white plumage with black wingtips, most obvious in flight. Legs, face, and long, do… read more

Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus

ADULT BREEDING Has maroon plumage overall with metallic green sheen on back and wing coverts. Bill i… read more

Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

ADULT Appears mainly blackish in harsh light, but brownish plumage tone is revealed at close range. … read more

Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus

ADULT Has blackish plumage, except for silvery white primaries. Bald head and upper neck are gray wi… read more

Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

ADULT MALE Has shiny green-blue crown and mane, adorned with white lines. Chin and throat are white,… read more

Northern Pintail
Anas acuta

ADULT MALE Has chocolate brown head and nape, with white breast extending as stripe up side of head.… read more

American Wigeon
Anas americana

ADULT MALE Has a striking head pattern with green stripe stretching back from eye, creamy white fore… read more

Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata

ADULT MALE Has shiny green head (looks dark in poor light), white breast, and chestnut on flanks and… read more

Green-winged Teal
Anas crecca

ADULT MALE Has chestnut-orange head with green patch through eye, faintly bordered with yellow. Plum… read more

Blue-winged Teal
Anas discors

ADULT MALE Has bluish head with diagnostic white crescent. Body is buffy brownish, marbled with dark… read more

Eurasian Wigeon
Anas penelope

ADULT MALE Has orange-red head with yellow forehead. Breast is pinkish, while rest of plumage is mai… read more

Mallard
Anas platyrhynchos

ADULT MALE Has yellow bill and green, shiny head and upper neck that are separated from chestnut bre… read more

Gadwall
Anas strepera

ADULT MALE Has a buffy gray head and neck, with clear separation from the darker gray, finely patter… read more

Lesser Scaup
Aythya affinis

ADULT MALE Has black head and neck, former appears shiny purple in good light (green in male Greater… read more

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