Migration Update

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Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge Migration Update
Updated: 6/15/2015

Spring migration has concluded and many bird species are in the full swing of nesting and brood rearing.  Grassland habitats offer opportunities to observe bobolinks, dickcissels, grasshopper sparrows, eastern and western meadowlarks.  The following is a list of species observed at Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge from May 18 through June 8, 2015.


Canada Goose

Marbled Godwit

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Trumpeter Swan

Stilt Sandpiper

House Wren

Wood Duck

Baird's Sandpiper

Sedge Wren


White-rumped Sandpiper

Marsh Wren

American Wigeon

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Eastern Bluebird


Wilson's Snipe

Swainson's Thrush

Blue-winged Teal

Wilson's Phalarope

American Robin

Northern Shoveler

Franklin's Gull

Gray Catbird

Northern Pintail

Ring-billed Gull

Brown Thrasher

Green-winged Teal

California Gull

European Starling


Caspian Tern

Cedar Waxwing

Lesser Scaup

Black Tern

Common Yellowthroat

Ruddy Duck

Common Tern

American Redstart

Northern Bobwhite

Forster's Tern

Yellow Warbler

Ring-necked Pheasant

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Yellow-breasted Chat

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Mourning Dove

Spotted Towhee

Wild Turkey

Great Horned Owl

Chipping Sparrow

Pied-billed Grebe

Burrowing Owl

Clay-colored Sparrow

Eared Grebe

Short-eared Owl

Vesper Sparrow

Western Grebe

Common Nighthawk

Lark Sparrow

Double-crested Cormorant

Belted Kingfisher

Lark Bunting

American White Pelican

Red-headed Woodpecker

Savannah Sparrow

American Bittern

Downy Woodpecker

Grasshopper Sparrow

Great Blue Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

Henslow's Sparrow

Great Egret

Northern Flicker

Song Sparrow

Snowy Egret

American Kestrel

Swamp Sparrow

Cattle Egret

Prairie Falcon

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Western Wood-Pewee

Blue Grosbeak

White-faced Ibis

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Lazuli Bunting

Turkey Vulture

Willow Flycatcher

Indigo Bunting

Northern Harrier

Least Flycatcher


Cooper's Hawk

Say's Phoebe


Bald Eagle

Great Crested Flycatcher

Red-winged Blackbird

Swainson's Hawk

Western Kingbird

Western Meadowlark

Red-tailed Hawk

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Ferruginous Hawk

Loggerhead Shrike

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Virginia Rail

Bell's Vireo

Brewer's Blackbird


Warbling Vireo

Common Grackle

American Coot

Blue Jay

Great-tailed Grackle

American Avocet

American Crow

Brown-headed Cowbird

Semipalmated Plover

Horned Lark

Orchard Oriole


   Tree Swallow

      Bullock's Oriole


Solitary Sandpiper

   Bank Swallow

      House Finch


Greater Yellowlegs

   Barn Swallow

      Pine Siskin



   Cliff Swallow

      American Goldfinch


Upland Sandpiper

   N. Rough-winged Swallow

      House Sparrow


Long-billed Curlew                          

                                  Black-capped Chickadee






List compiled by Shilo Comeau, USFWS  Mike McCloy and Lewis Grove, RMBO