Birds

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Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge provides a variety of habitat for many species of birds.  Below, we have highlighted some of our more sought-after and/or most common species.

  • American Black Duck

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    American black ducks migrate to Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge in the fall from their breeding grounds in eastern Canada. They arrive in October and remain until February. They reside in the moist soil units and marshes on the refuge and in the Bay and River surrounding the refuge.

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  • Bufflehead

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    Buffleheads are diving ducks that reside on the Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge during the fall and winter. They use shallow, sheltered coves, harbors, estuaries, or beaches.

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  • Forster's Tern

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    Forster’s Terns reside on Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge in the fall and winter. They occupy the refuge’s brackish marshes, water bodies within the marshes, and the shorelines of the sound. 

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  • Brown-headed Nuthatch

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  • Canvasback

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  • Gray Catbird

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  • Hooded Merganser

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  • Lesser Scaup

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  • Sedge Wren

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  • Swamp Sparrow

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  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

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