We have identified 112 species that currently use VCP. You will also see a couple of highlighted species, and if you click on these links you will learn more about these species at VCP. I will add more species accounts as I get recordings and other information about bird use at our research sites.


Waterfowl (Order Anseriformes)
Canada goose (Branta canadensis)
Wood duck (Aix sponsa) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) Common merganser (Mergus merganser)

Upland Game Birds: Turkey & Quail (Order Galliformes)
Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)

Cormorants (Order Pelicaniformes)
Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Herons & Allies (Order Ciconiiformes)
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
Great egret (Ardea alba)

New World Vultures (Order Ciconiiformes)
Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)

Birds of Prey (Order Falconiformes)
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Northern harrier (Circus cyaneus) Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) Red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus) Broad-winged hawk (Buteo platypterus)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Rails & Cranes (Order Gruiformes)
American coot (Fulica americana)
Sora (Porzana carolina)

Plovers, Sandpipers, Gulls & Terns (Order Charadriiformes)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) Semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
American woodcock (Scolopax minor) Spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularia)
Greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) Lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) Least sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
Pectoral sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) Least tern (Sternula antillarum)

Pigeons & Doves (Order Columbiformes)
Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura)

Cuckoos (Order Cuculiformes)
Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)
Black-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)

Owls (Order Strigiformes)
Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) Barred owl (Strix varia)
Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio)

Swifts & Hummingbirds (Order Apodiformes)
Chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Kingfishers (Order Coraciiformes)
Belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Woodpeckers (Order Piciformes)
Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Tyrannt-Flycatchers (Family Tyrannidae)
Eastern wood-pewee (Contopus virens) Eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)
Great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Vireos (Family Vireonidae)
White-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus) Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii)
Warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus) Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus)

Jays & Crows (Family Corvidae)
Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Larks (Family Alaudidae)
Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Swallows (Family Hirundinidae)
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Chickadees & Tits (Family Paridae)
Carloina chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

Nuthatches (Family Sittidae)
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta Canadensis)

Wrens (Family Troglodytidae)
Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
House wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Gnatcatchers (Family Sylviidae)
Blue-gray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Thrushes (Family Turdidae)
Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
American robin (Turdis migratorius)

Mimic-Thrushes (Family Mimidae)
Brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Starlings (Family Sturnidae)
European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Wood Warblers (Family Parulidae)
Nashville warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla) Tennessee warbler (Vermivora peregrina)
Northern parula (Parula americana) Yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata)
Palm warbler (Dendroica palmarum) Black-throated green warbler (Dendroica virens)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) Northern waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) Blacburnian warbler (Dendroica fusca)
Yellow-throated warbler (Dendroica dominica) Black-and-White warbler (Mniotilta varia)
American redstart (Serophaga ruticilla) Prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
Hooded warbler (Wilsonia citrina) Wilson's warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
Bay-breasted warbler (Dendroica castanea)

Sparrows & Allies (Family Emberizidae)
Eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla) Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Swamp sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) Grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
American tree sparrow (Spizella arborea) Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

Cardinals, Buntings & Allies (Family Cardinalidae)
Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Blackbirds, Orioles & Allies (Family Icteridae)
Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Eastern meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) Orchard oriole (Icterus spurius)
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Finches (Family Fringillidae)
American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

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