BIRDS OF VENTURA COUNTY May 2007
Ventura Audubon Society, Inc.
Compiled by:
Reed V. Smith
Linda O'Neill
Steve Tucker
David Pereksta

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C=COMMON, easily seen in proper habitat
FC = FAIRLY COMMON, usually seen in proper habitat
U=UNCOMMON, difficult to find or occurs in low numbers  in proper habitat
R=RARE, extremely local or very low numbers per season in proper habitat
VR=VERY RARE OR CASUAL, regular pattern of occurrence, but may not be present every year
M=MONTANE, occurs mainly above 4,500 ft. elevation
S=SPORADIC, irregular; may be numerous one year and absent the next
P=PELAGIC, occur on open ocean, or near Channel Islands, sometimes seen from shore
C=COASTAL, occur mainly in nearshore waters, on beaches, in bays, estuaries, lagoons, harbors and/or beaches
SPRING SUMMER FALL WINTER Notes
Mar-May Jun-Jul Aug-Nov Dec-Feb
SWANS, GEESE & DUCKS
Greater White-fronted Goose U R U
Snow Goose R R R
Ross' Goose R R R
Cackling Goose R  R R
Canada Goose U U U
Brant   FC R R U C
Wood Duck R R R
Gadwall C U C C
Eurasian Wigeon R R R
American Wigeon C VR C C
Mallard C C C C
Blue-winged Teal R U U
Cinnamon Teal C U C C
Northern Shoveler C VR C C
Northern Pintail C VR C C
Green-winged Teal FC VR FC FC
Canvasback U VR U U
Redhead R U R
Ring-necked Duck FC FC FC
Tufted Duck VR
Greater Scaup VR R R
Lesser Scaup U FC FC
Surf Scoter C R C C C
White-winged Scoter R R R C
Black Scoter VR R R C
Long-tailed Duck VR VR VR C
Bufflehead C C C
Common Goldeneye R R
Hooded Merganser R R R
Common Merganser R R R R
Red-breasted Merganser U R U FC
Ruddy Duck C C C C
PARTRIDGES & QUAIL
Chukar U U U U
Mountain Quail U U U U M
California Quail C C C C
LOONS
Red-throated Loon U R U FC C
Pacific Loon C R U FC C
Common Loon C R U C
GREBES
Pied-billed Grebe FC FC FC FC
Horned Grebe R R R
Red-necked Grebe VR VR VR C
Eared Grebe C R C C
Western Grebe C FC C C
Clark's Grebe C FC C C
ALBATROSSES
Laysan Albatross R VR R  P
Black-footed Albatross U R R VR P
SHEARWATERS & PETRELS
Northern Fulmar U VR U U P,S
Murphy's Petrel VR VR P
Cook's Petrel R R P
Pink-footed Shearwater U U U VR P
Flesh-footed Shearwater R R P
Buller's Shearwater U P
Sooty Shearwater C C FC R P
Short-tailed Shearwater R P
Black-vented Shearwater FC R C C P
STORM-PETRELS
Leach's Storm-Petrel U U U VR P
Ashy Storm-Petrel FC FC FC VR P
Black Storm-Petrel U FC FC P
Least Storm-Petrel  R R P
TROPICBIRDS
Red-billed Tropicbird R
PELICANS
American White Pelican VR VR VR R
Brown Pelican C C C C
CORMORANTS
Brandt's Cormorant FC R FC C
Double-crested Cormorant C C C C
Pelagic Cormorant FC U FC C
BITTERNS & HERONS
American Bittern VR VR R R
Least Bittern R R VR VR
Great Blue Heron C FC C C
Great Egret C FC C C
Snowy Egret C FC C C
Reddish Egret VR VR
Little Blue Heron VR VR VR
Cattle Egret U R U U
Green Heron FC FC FC FC
Black-crowned Night-Heron C C C C
IBISES 
White-faced Ibis U R FC FC
AMERICAN VULTURES
Turkey Vulture C C C C
California Condor R R R R
KITES, EAGLES & HAWKS
Osprey U VR U U
White-tailed Kite U U U U
Bald Eagle VR R VR
Northern Harrier U VR U U
Sharp-shinned Hawk U U U
Cooper's Hawk FC U FC FC
Northern Goshawk VR VR VR VR
Red-shouldered Hawk C C C C
Swainson's Hawk VR VR VR
Zone-tailed Hawk VR VR VR
Red-tailed Hawk C C C C
Ferruginous Hawk U U FC
Rough-legged Hawk VR VR
Golden Eagle U U U U
FALCONS
American Kestrel C FC C C
Merlin R R R
Peregrine Falcon R R R
Prairie Falcon R R R R
RAILS & COOTS
Clapper Rail R R R R
Virginia Rail U U U U
Sora U R U U
Common Moorhen U R U U
American Coot C C C C
PLOVERS
Black-bellied Plover C U C C
American Golden-Plover R
Pacific Golden-Plover R VR R R
Snowy Plover FC U FC FC C
Semipalmated Plover U R FC FC
Killdeer C C C C
Mountain Plover R VR
OYSTERCATCHERS
Black Oystercatcher U U U U C
STILTS & AVOCETS
Black-necked Stilt C C C C
American Avocet C C C C
SANDPIPERS & PHALAROPES
Greater Yellowlegs FC U FC FC
Lesser Yellowlegs U R U R
Solitary Sandpiper R
Willet C FC C C
Wandering Tattler U VR U U C
Spotted Sandpiper FC U FC FC
Whimbrel FC U FC C
Long-billed Curlew FC VR FC FC
Marbled Godwit FC R C C
Ruddy Turnstone U VR FC U C
Black Turnstone FC VR FC FC C
Surfbird FC VR FC FC C
Red Knot R R C
Sanderling C U C C C
Semipalmated Sandpiper VR R
Western Sandpiper C FC C C
Least Sandpiper C FC C C
Baird's Sandpiper VR VR U
Pectoral Sandpiper VR U
Dunlin U U U
Stilt Sandpiper VR
Buff-breasted Sandpiper VR
Ruff  VR VR
Short-billed Dowitcher FC FC C VR
Long-billed Dowitcher C VR C C
Wilson's Snipe U U U
Wilson's Phalarope R U FC VR
Red-necked Phalarope FC VR C VR
Red Phalarope R U U
SKUAS, GULLS, TERNS & 
SKIMMERS
South Polar Skua VR VR R P
Pomarine Jaeger U VR FC R P
Parasitic Jaeger U VR U R P
Long-tailed Jaeger VR VR P
Franklin's Gull VR VR VR
Bonaparte's Gull C VR FC FC
Heermann's Gull C U C C
Mew Gull C C C
Ring-billed Gull C U C C
California Gull C U C C
Herring Gull U VR U U
Thayer's Gull VR VR VR
Western Gull C C C C
Glaucous-winged Gull U VR U U
Sabine's Gull R R U
Black-legged Kittiwake R R R S,C
Caspian Tern C C C VR
Royal Tern FC R FC FC C
Elegant Tern R C C VR C
Common Tern R R U P
Arctic Tern  VR VR U
Forster's Tern C U C C
Least Tern FC FC FC
Black Tern VR VR
Black Skimmer U R U U
AUKS, MURRES & PUFFINS
Common Murre R R R C
Pigeon Guillemot C C C VR C
Xantus' Murrelet U U VR VR P
Craveri's Murrelet VR VR P
Ancient Murrelet VR VR VR VR C
Cassin's Auklet U U U U P
Rhinoceros Auklet U R U U P
Tufted Puffin VR VR P
PIGEONS & DOVES
Rock Dove C C C C
Band-tailed Pigeon C C C C
Eurasian Collared Dove C C C C
Spotted Dove U U U U
White-winged Dove VR VR VR
Mourning Dove C C C C
Common Ground- Dove U U U U
PARROTS
Red-crowned Parrot U U U U
CUCKOOS & ROADRUNNERS 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo VR VR VR
Greater Roadrunner U U U U
BARN OWLS
Barn Owl C C C C
TYPICAL OWLS
Flammulated Owl R R VR M
Western Screech-Owl U U U U
Great Horned Owl C C C C
Northern Pygmy-Owl U U U U
Burrowing Owl VR VR VR VR
Spotted Owl VR VR VR VR
Long-eared Owl VR VR VR VR
Short-eared Owl VR VR
Northern Saw-whet Owl R R R R M
GOATSUCKERS
Lesser Nighthawk R R R
Common Poorwill U U U VR
SWIFTS
Black Swift VR VR
Vaux's Swift  U U VR
White-throated Swift FC FC FC FC
HUMMINGBIRDS
Black-chinned Hummingbird C C U
Anna's Hummingbird C C C C
Costa's Hummingbird FC FC FC VR
Calliope Hummingbird VR R
Rufous Hummingbird U R U VR
Allen's Hummingbird C C U U
KINGFISHERS
Belted Kingfisher FC R FC FC
WOODPECKERS
Lewis' Woodpecker U U U S
Acorn Woodpecker C C C C
Williamson's Sapsucker VR VR VR
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker VR VR VR
Red-naped Sapsucker VR VR R
Red-breasted Sapsucker U R U U
Nuttall's Woodpecker C C C C
Downy Woodpecker FC FC FC FC
Hairy Woodpecker U U U U
White-headed Woodpecker U U U U M
Northern Flicker C C C C
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Olive-sided Flycatcher U FC R
Western Wood-Pewee C C U
Willow Flycatcher R R U
Hammond's Flycatcher U VR
Gray Flycatcher R R R M
Dusky Flycatcher R U R M
Pacific-slope Flycatcher C C U VR
Black Phoebe C C C C
Eastern Phoebe VR VR
Say's Phoebe U R C C
Vermillion Flycatcher VR VR VR
Ash-throated Flycatcher C C U
Tropical Kingbird VR VR VR
Cassin's Kingbird C C C C
Western Kingbird C C FC
Eastern Kingbird VR
SHRIKES
Loggerhead Shrike C U C C
VIREOS
Bell's Vireo U U R
Plumbeous Vireo VR VR VR
Cassin's Vireo U U U VR
Hutton's Vireo C C C C
Warbling Vireo C U C
Yellow-green Vireo VR
JAYS, MAGPIES & CROWS
Steller's Jay C C C C M
Western Scrub-Jay C C C C
Pinyon Jay R R R R M
Clark's Nutcracker U U U U M
American Crow C C C C
Common Raven C C C C
LARKS
Horned Lark FC U FC FC
SWALLOWS
Purple Martin VR
Tree Swallow C C C U
Violet-green Swallow C C U R
Northern Rough-winged Swallow C C C R
Bank Swallow  VR VR
Cliff Swallow C C C R
Barn Swallow C C FC R
TITMICE
Mountain Chickadee C C C C M
Oak Titmouse C C C C
BUSHTITS
Bushtit C C C C
NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch U U U U M   S
White-breasted Nuthatch C C C C
Pygmy Nuthatch C C C C M
CREEPERS
Brown Creeper FC FC FC FC M
WRENS
Cactus Wren C C C C
Rock Wren C C C C
Canyon Wren C C C C
Bewick's Wren C C C C
House Wren C C C U
Winter Wren R R R
Marsh Wren C U C C
DIPPERS
American Dipper U U U U
THRUSHES & ALLIES
Golden-crowned Kinglet R R R R M   S
Ruby-crowned Kinglet C VR C C
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher C FC C C
California Gnatcatcher R R R R
Western Bluebird C C C C
Mountain Bluebird U VR C C M   
Townsend's Solitaire R R R R M
Swainson's Thrush U U R
Hermit Thrush C C C
American Robin C C C C
Varied Thrush VR VR VR S
Wrentit C C C C
MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS
Northern Mockingbird C C C C
Sage Thrasher VR VR VR
California Thrasher C C C C
STARLINGS
European Starling C C C C
 PIPITS
Red-throated Pipit VR
American Pipit C C C
WAXWINGS
Cedar Waxwing C C C
SILKY-FLYCATCHERS
Phainopepla C C C FC
WARBLERS
Tennessee Warbler VR VR VR
Orange-crowned Warbler C C C U
Nashville Warbler U VR U VR
Virginia's Warbler R VR
Lucy's Warbler VR VR
Yellow Warbler C C C R
Chestnut-sided Warbler VR VR
Magnolia Warbler VR
Yellow-rumped Warbler C U C C
Black-throated Gray Warbler U R U VR
Townsend's Warbler FC FC FC
Hermit Warbler U U VR
Blackburnian Warbler VR
Prairie Warbler VR
Palm Warbler R VR
Blackpoll Warbler R
Black and White Warbler VR VR VR
American Redstart  R
Northern Waterthrush VR VR VR
MacGillivray's Warbler U VR U
Common Yellowthroat C C C C
Wilson's Warbler C U C R
Yellow-breasted Chat U U R
TANAGERS
Summer Tanager VR VR VR
Western Tanager C C U VR
SPARROWS & ALLIES
Green-tailed Towhee U C U VR M
Spotted Towhee C C C C
California Towhee C C C C
Rufous-crowned Sparrow C C C C
Chipping Sparrow FC FC FC FC
Clay-colored Sparrow R VR
Brewer's Sparrow U U U
Black-chinned Sparrow U U R VR
Vesper Sparrow VR R R
Lark Sparrow C C C C
Black-throated Sparrow VR VR VR VR
Sage Sparrow U U U U
Savannah Sparrow C U C C
Grasshopper Sparrow FC FC VR
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow R R
Fox Sparrow C C C U
Song Sparrow C C C C
Lincoln's Sparrow C C C
Swamp Sparrow VR VR VR
White-throated Sparrow VR R R
White-crowned Sparrow C C C
Golden-crowned Sparrow C C C
Dark-eyed Junco C C C C
McCown's Longspur VR
Lapland Longspur  R VR
Chestnut-collard Longspur VR
GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS
Rose-breasted Grosbeak VR VR VR VR
Black-headed Grosbeak C C FC VR
Blue Grosbeak U U U
Lazuli Bunting C C U
Indigo Bunting  VR VR VR
BLACKBIRDS & ALLIES
Bobolink  R
Red-winged Blackbird C C C C
Tricolored Blackbird U U U U
Western Meadowlark C C C C
Yellow-headed Blackbird R R R R
Brewer's Blackbird C C C C
Great-tailed Grackle U U U U
Brown-headed Cowbird C C C C
Orchard Oriole VR VR VR
Hooded Oriole C C U VR
Bullock's Oriole C C C U
Baltimore Oriole VR VR VR
Scott's Oriole R R VR VR
FINCHES
Purple Finch C C C C
Cassin's Finch FC FC FC FC M
House Finch C C C C
Red Crossbill R R R R S
Pine Siskin R VR R R S
Lesser Goldfinch C C C C
Lawrence's Goldfinch C C U VR
American Goldfinch C C C C
Evening Grosbeak VR VR M
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow C C C C
ACCIDENTAL - very few records, little or no pattern of occurrence
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Emperor Goose 
Tundra Swan
King Eider 
Harlequin Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Yellow-billed Loon
Short-tailed Albatross
Mottled Petrel 
Dark-rumped Petrel
Streaked Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel 
Red-tailed Tropicbird 
Masked Booby
Blue-footed Booby
Brown Booby
Tricolored Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork 
Broad-winged Hawk
Black Rail 
Sandhill Crane
Lesser Sand-Plover
Wilson's Plover
American Oystercatcher 
Upland Sandpiper 
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit 
Red-necked Stint
White-rumped Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 
Curlew Sandpiper 
Laughing Gull 
Little Gull
Black-headed Gull
Glaucous Gull 
Sooty Tern
Marbled Murrelet 
Parakeet Auklet
Horned Puffin 
Black-billed Cuckoo 
Common Nighthawk 
Buff-collared Nightjar
Whip-poor-will 
Chimney Swift
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Xantus' Hummingbird 
Violet-crowned Hummingbird 
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Greater Pewee
Least Flycatcher 
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Thick-billed Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 
Northern Shrike
Gray Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo 
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Sedge Wren
Veery 
Gray Catbird 
Brown Thrasher
Bendire's Thrasher
White Wagtail 
Sprague's Pipit 
Bohemian Waxwing
Golden-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Cape May Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Grace's Warbler 
Bay-breasted Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler 
Worm-eating Warbler 
Ovenbird 
Kentucky Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler 
Canada Warbler
Painted Redstart 
Scarlet Tanager
American Tree Sparrow 
Lark Bunting
LeConte's Sparrow 
Harris' Sparrow 
Dickcissel
Rusty Blackbird 
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch