Montrose List

This is a list of the birds that have been recorded at Montrose Point in Chicago. The total as of August 20, 2016 is 340.

Recent additions: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, August 17, 2016.

Status Information

R (Regular) = Species for which there are records in at least eight of the past ten years.

C (Casual) = Species for which there are accepted records in three to seven of the past ten years.

A (Accidental) = Species for which there are accepted records in no more than two of the past ten years.

Waterfowl (38)

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck [A]
  • Snow Goose [C]
  • Ross’s Goose [A]
  • Greater White-fronted Goose [A]
  • Brant [A]
  • Cackling Goose [C]
  • Canada Goose [R]
  • Mute Swan [R]
  • Trumpeter Swan [A]
  • Tundra Swan [C]
  • Wood Duck [R]
  • Blue-winged Teal [R]
  • Northern Shoveler [R]
  • Gadwall [R]
  • American Wigeon [R]
  • Mallard [R]
  • American Black Duck [R]
  • Mottled Duck [A]
  • Northern Pintail [R]
  • Green-winged Teal [R]
  • Canvasback [R]
  • Redhead [R]
  • Ring-necked Duck [R]
  • Greater Scaup [R]
  • Lesser Scaup [R]
  • King Eider [A]
  • Harlequin Duck [C]
  • Surf Scoter [R]
  • White-winged Scoter [R]
  • Black Scoter [R]
  • Long-tailed Duck [R]
  • Bufflehead [R]
  • Common Goldeneye [R]
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye [A]
  • Hooded Merganser [R]
  • Common Merganser [R]
  • Red-breasted Merganser [R]
  • Ruddy Duck [R]

Gallinaceous Birds (1)

  • Ring-necked Pheasant [A]

Grebes (5)

  • Pied-billed Grebe [R]
  • Horned Grebe [R]
  • Red-necked Grebe [C]
  • Eared Grebe [C]
  • Western Grebe [A]

Columbids (4)

  • Rock Pigeon [R]
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove [C]
  • White-winged Dove [C]
  • Mourning Dove [R]

Cuckoos (3)

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo [R]
  • Black-billed Cuckoo [R]
  • Groove-billed Ani [A]

Nightjars (2)

  • Common Nighthawk [R]
  • Whip-poor-will [C]

Swifts (1)

  • Chimney Swift [R]

Hummingbirds (1)

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird [R]

Rails and Cranes (9)

  • Yellow Rail [A]
  • Black Rail [A]
  • King Rail [C]
  • Virginia Rail [R]
  • Sora [R]
  • Purple Gallinule [A]
  • Common Moorhen [A]
  • American Coot [R]
  • Sandhill Crane [C]

Stilts and Avocets (2)

  • American Avocet [R]
  • Black-necked Stilt [A]

Plovers (6)

  • Black-bellied Plover [R]
  • American Golden-Plover [R]
  • Snowy Plover [A]
  • Semipalmated Plover [R]
  • Piping Plover [R]
  • Killdeer [R]

Sandpipers (30)

  • Upland Sandpiper [C]
  • Whimbrel [R]
  • Hudsonian Godwit [A]
  • Marbled Godwit [C]
  • Ruddy Turnstone [R]
  • Red Knot [R]
  • Stilt Sandpiper [C]
  • Sanderling [R]
  • Dunlin [R]
  • Purple Sandpiper [C]
  • Baird’s Sandpiper [R]
  • Least Sandpiper [R]
  • White-rumped Sandpiper [R]
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper [R]
  • Pectoral Sandpiper [R]
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper [R]
  • Western Sandpiper [C]
  • Short-billed Dowitcher [R]
  • Long-billed Dowitcher [A]
  • American Woodcock [R]
  • Wilson’s Snipe [R]
  • Spotted Sandpiper [R]
  • Solitary Sandpiper [R]
  • Wandering Tattler [A]
  • Lesser Yellowlegs [R]
  • Willet [R]
  • Greater Yellowlegs [R]
  • Wilson’s Phalarope [C]
  • Red-necked Phalarope [A]
  • Red Phalarope [A]

Jaegers (1)

  • Parasitic Jaeger [C]

Gulls (19)

  • Black-legged Kittiwake [C]
  • Ivory Gull [A]
  • Sabine’s Gull [A]
  • Bonaparte’s Gull [R]
  • Black-headed Gull [A]
  • Little Gull [A]
  • Ross’s Gull [A]
  • Laughing Gull [R]
  • Franklin’s Gull [R]
  • Black-tailed Gull [A]
  • Mew Gull [A]
  • Ring-billed Gull [R]
  • California Gull [A]
  • Herring Gull [R]
  • Iceland Gull [R]
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull [R]
  • Slaty-backed Gull [A]
  • Glaucous Gull [R]
  • Great Black-backed Gull [R]

Terns (7)

  • Least Tern [A]
  • Caspian Tern [R]
  • Black Tern [C]
  • Common Tern [R]
  • Forster’s Tern [R]
  • Royal Tern [A]
  • Sandwich Tern [A]

Loons (3)

  • Red-throated Loon [R]
  • Pacific Loon [A]
  • Common Loon [R]

Suliforms (2)

  • Magnificent Frigatebird [A]
  • Double-crested Cormorant [R]

Pelicans (2)

  • American White Pelican [A]
  • Brown Pelican [A]

Herons (12)

  • American Bittern [R]
  • Least Bittern [C]
  • Great Blue Heron [R]
  • Great Egret [R]
  • Snowy Egret [A]
  • Little Blue Heron [C]
  • Tricolored Heron [A]
  • Reddish Egret [A]
  • Cattle Egret [C]
  • Green Heron [R]
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron [R]
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [C]

Vultures (1)

  • Turkey Vulture [R]

Diurnal Birds of Prey (12)

  • Osprey [R]
  • Mississippi Kite [A]
  • Bald Eagle [A]
  • Northern Harrier [R]
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk [R]
  • Cooper’s Hawk [R]
  • Northern Goshawk [A]
  • Red-shouldered Hawk [A]
  • Swainson’s Hawk [A]
  • Red-tailed Hawk [R]
  • Rough-legged Hawk [R]
  • Golden Eagle [A]

Owls (7)

  • Barn Owl [A]
  • Great Horned Owl [R]
  • Snowy Owl [C]
  • Burrowing Owl [A]
  • Long-eared Owl [R]
  • Short-eared Owl [R]
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl [C]

Kingfishers (1)

  • Belted Kingfisher [R]

Woodpeckers (6)

  • Red-headed Woodpecker [R]
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker [R]
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker [R]
  • Downy Woodpecker [R]
  • Hairy Woodpecker [C]
  • Northern Flicker [R]

Falcons (3)

  • American Kestrel [R]
  • Merlin [R]
  • Peregrine Falcon [R]

Parrots (1)

  • Monk Parakeet [C]

Flycatchers (14)

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher [R]
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee [R]
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher [R]
  • Acadian Flycatcher [C]
  • Alder Flycatcher [R]
  • Willow Flycatcher [R]
  • Least Flycatcher [R]
  • Eastern Phoebe [R]
  • Say’s Phoebe [A]
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher [A]
  • Great Crested Flycatcher [R]
  • Western Kingbird [C]
  • Eastern Kingbird [R]
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher [A]

Shrikes (2)

  • Loggerhead Shrike [A]
  • Northern Shrike [C]

Vireos (7)

  • White-eyed Vireo [C]
  • Bell’s Vireo [A]
  • Yellow-throated Vireo [R]
  • Blue-headed Vireo [R]
  • Philadelphia Vireo [R]
  • Warbling Vireo [R]
  • Red-eyed Vireo [R]

Corvids (3)

  • Blue Jay [R]
  • American Crow [R]
  • Fish Crow [A]

Larks (1)

  • Horned Lark [R]

Swallows (6)

  • Purple Martin [R]
  • Tree Swallow [R]
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow [R]
  • Bank Swallow [R]
  • Cliff Swallow [R]
  • Barn Swallow [R]

Parids (2)

  • Black-capped Chickadee [R]
  • Tufted Titmouse [A]

Nuthatches (2)

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch [R]
  • White-breasted Nuthatch [R]

Creepers (1)

  • Brown Creeper [R]

Wrens (7)

  • Rock Wren [A]
  • House Wren [R]
  • Winter Wren [R]
  • Sedge Wren [R]
  • Marsh Wren [R]
  • Carolina Wren [C]
  • Bewick’s Wren [A]

Gnatcatchers (1)

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher [R]

Kinglets (2)

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet [R]
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet [R]

Thrushes (9)

  • Eastern Bluebird [R]
  • Townsend’s Solitaire [A]
  • Veery [R]
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush [R]
  • Swainson’s Thrush [R]
  • Hermit Thrush [R]
  • Wood Thrush [R]
  • American Robin [R]
  • Varied Thrush [A]

Mimids (5)

  • Gray Catbird [R]
  • Brown Thrasher [R]
  • Northern Mockingbird [R]
  • Curve-billed Thrasher [A]
  • Sage Thrasher [A]

Starlings (1)

  • European Starling [R]

Waxwings (1)

  • Cedar Waxwing [R]

Old World Sparrows (2)

  • House Sparrow [R]
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow [A]

Pipits (1)

  • American Pipit [R]

Finches (9)

  • Evening Grosbeak [A]
  • House Finch [R]
  • Purple Finch [R]
  • Common Redpoll [R]
  • Hoary Redpoll [A]
  • Red Crossbill [A]
  • White-winged Crossbill [A]
  • Pine Siskin [R]
  • American Goldfinch [R]

Longspurs and Snow Bunting (3)

  • Lapland Longspur [R]
  • Smith’s Longspur [A]
  • Snow Bunting [R]

Sparrows (24)

  • Green-tailed Towhee [A]
  • Spotted Towhee [A]
  • Eastern Towhee [R]
  • American Tree Sparrow [R]
  • Chipping Sparrow [R]
  • Clay-colored Sparrow [R]
  • Field Sparrow [R]
  • Vesper Sparrow [R]
  • Lark Sparrow [R]
  • Lark Bunting [A]
  • Savannah Sparrow [R]
  • Grasshopper Sparrow [R]
  • Henslow’s Sparrow [R]
  • LeConte’s Sparrow [R]
  • Nelson’s Sparrow [R]
  • Fox Sparrow [R]
  • Song Sparrow [R]
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow [R]
  • Swamp Sparrow [R]
  • White-throated Sparrow [R]
  • Harris’s Sparrow [R]
  • White-crowned Sparrow [R]
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow [A]
  • Dark-eyed Junco [R]

Chats (1)

  • Yellow-breasted Chat [R]

Icterids (11)

  • Yellow-headed Blackbird [R]
  • Bobolink [R]
  • Eastern Meadowlark [R]
  • Western Meadowlark [A]
  • Orchard Oriole [R]
  • Baltimore Oriole [R]
  • Red-winged Blackbird [R]
  • Brown-headed Cowbird [R]
  • Rusty Blackbird [R]
  • Brewer’s Blackbird [A]
  • Common Grackle [R]

Warblers (39)

  • Ovenbird [R]
  • Worm-eating Warbler [C]
  • Louisiana Waterthrush [A]
  • Northern Waterthrush [R]
  • Golden-winged Warbler [R]
  • Blue-winged Warbler [R]
  • Black-and-white Warbler [R]
  • Prothonotary Warbler [C]
  • Tennessee Warbler [R]
  • Orange-crowned Warbler [R]
  • Nashville Warbler [R]
  • Connecticut Warbler [R]
  • Mourning Warbler [R]
  • Kentucky Warbler [C]
  • Common Yellowthroat [R]
  • Hooded Warbler [R]
  • American Redstart [R]
  • Kirtland’s Warbler [A]
  • Cape May Warbler [R]
  • Cerulean Warbler [C]
  • Northern Parula [R]
  • Magnolia Warbler [R]
  • Bay-breasted Warbler [R]
  • Blackburnian Warbler [R]
  • Yellow Warbler [R]
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler [R]
  • Blackpoll Warbler [R]
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler [R]
  • Palm Warbler [R]
  • Pine Warbler [R]
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler [R]
  • Yellow-throated Warbler [C]
  • Prairie Warbler [C]
  • Grace’s Warbler [A]
  • Townsend’s Warbler [A]
  • Black-throated Green Warbler [R]
  • Canada Warbler [R]
  • Wilson’s Warbler [R]

Cardinalids (8)

  • Summer Tanager [C]
  • Scarlet Tanager [R]
  • Northern Cardinal [R]
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak [R]
  • Blue Grosbeak [A]
  • Indigo Bunting [R]
  • Painted Bunting [A]
  • Dickcissel [R]

Total: 340 species


Hypotheticals

  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • White-faced/Glossy Ibis
  • Arctic Tern
  • Pomarine Jaeger
  • Swainson’s Warbler

Exotics

  • African Collared-Dove
  • Budgerigar
  • Cockatiel
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Hooded Crow
  • Great Tit
  • European Goldfinch
  • European Greenfinch
  • Orange Bishop
  • Rosy-faced Lovebird
  • Zebra Finch
  • Desert Finch

: : Compiled by Geoffrey Williamson, John Purcell, and Robert Hughes

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