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Toledo Bend Lake Area Birding Checklist

The birds you could expect to see in the Toledo Bend Lake Area
with links to photos of the birds on the Toledo-Bend.US website

~Click on any image for an enlargement~

The column “List” refers to birds that have been seen (1, 2) or photographed (3) and placed on lists kept by: 

  1. Toledo-Bend.Com / Toledo-Bend.US – http://www.toledo-bend.us

This list is available as a PDF document file – though it may not necessarily be as current as this list – depending upon recent additions made to this list in the form of links to pictures or updates to birds seen and recorded on the birding lists mentioned. To download the Adobe PDF file (which is a lot better for printing, if you wish your own copy of a checklist to work with) – CLICK HERE – this is a 386 KB file.

While we have painstakingly attempted to be very accurate with the identification of the bird photographs on the Toledo-Bend.US website, there is some probability that a few errors have been made because we are not naturalists or experts and are working only from photographs.

We have not tried to list the many additional birds that traverse the area during their migrations… there are far too many for that.

Columns: W = Winters here  –  B = Breeds here  –  Y = Year round  –  X = Yes  – * = Close to range
Comments: Family name or months expected to be seen here

List: Appears on list of birds seen from  Pictures on Toledo-Bend.us.

NOTE: Some birds in the list have links to the pages on the Toledo-Bend.US website where the pictures may be viewed.

Toledo Bend Gallery – Nature Shots from the Toledo Bend Lake area
P List W B Y Name Comments
Ducks – Geese – Swans Anatidae
* Black-bellied Whistling-duck Mar – May
* Fulvous Whistling-duck Feb – May
3 X Greater White-fronted Goose Nov – Feb
1 X Snow Goose Nov – Feb
X Ross’s Goose Oct – Feb
1, 3 X Canada Goose Nov – Feb
X Cackling Goose Nov – Feb
1, 2, 3 X X Wood Duck Jan – Apr
3 X American Widgeon Nov – Feb
X Gadwall Nov – Mar
1, 2, 3 X Mallard
X Mottled Duck
X Blue-winged Teal Oct – Feb
X Green Winged Teal Nov – Feb
3 X Northern Shoveler Oct – Mar
1 X Northern Pintail Oct – Jan
1, 3 X Canvasback Dec – Jan
X Redhead Nov – Jan
2, 3 X Ring-necked Duck Nov – Jan
X Greater Scaup Nov – Feb
1, 3 X Lesser Scaup Nov – Jan
1 X Bufflehead Nov – Feb
* Common Goldeneye Dec – Feb
X Hooded Merganser Dec – Jan
X Red Breasted Merganser Dec – Feb
X Ruddy Duck Nov – Jan
3 Swan Goose
Turkeys Phasianidae
X Wild Turkey
New World Quail Odontophoridae
1, 2 X Northern Bobwhite
Loons Gaviidae
3 X Common Loon
Grebes Podicipedidae
3 X Pied-billed Grebe
X Eared Grebe Nov – Mar
X Horned Grebe Nov – Mar
Pelicans Pelecanidae
1, 2, 3 X American White Pelican Nov – Mar
1 * Brown Pelican
Cranes Gruidae
* Sandhill Crane Nov – Feb
P List W B Y Name Comments
Cormorants Phalancrocoracidae
* Neotropic Cormorant
1, 2, 3 X Double-crested Cormorant
Darters Anhingidae
1 X * Anhinga
Bitterns, Herons and Allies Ardeidae
2 X Least Bittern Apr – Sep
X American Bittern
1, 2, 3 X Great Egret
1, 2 X Great Blue Heron
3 X X Snowy Egret
3 X X Little Blue Heron
1, 3 X * Tricolored Heron
3 * Reddish Egret
1, 2, 3 X Cattle Egret
2, 3 X Green Heron
3 X X Black-crowned Night-heron
1, 3 X Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Ibises and Spoonbills Threskiornithidae
* Roseate Spoonbill
3 X White Ibis
* Glossy Ibis
* White-faced Ibis
New World Vultures Cathartidae
2, 3 X Black Vulture
1, 3 X Turkey Vulture
Hawks, Kites, Eagles and Allies Accipitridae
1, 3 X X Osprey
1, 2, 3 X X X Bald Eagle Nov – Apr
X Mississippi Kite Mar – Aug
1 X Swallow-tailed Kite
X Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 X Red-shouldered Hawk
3 X Broad-winged Hawk
3 X Red-tailed Hawk
3 X Northern Harrier
3 X Cooper’s Hawk
Caracaras and Falcons Falconidae
1 X American Kestrel
X Merlin
* Peregrine Falcon
Larks Alaudidae
X * Horned Lark
P List W B Y Name Comments
Rails, Gallinules and Coots Rallidae
* Yellow Rail Nov – Apr
X Virginia Rail Nov – Apr
X King Rail Nov – Mar
X Sora
1, 2 X Purple Gallinule Oct – Mar
3 X * Common Moorhen
1, 3 X American Coot
Lapwings and Plovers Charadriidae
1, 3 X Kildeer
* Semipalmated Plover
Stilts and Avocets Recurvirostridae
2 * * Black-necked Stilt
Sandpipers, Phalaropes and Allies Scolopacidae
X Greater Yellowlegs Sep – Mar
X Lesser Yellowlegs Sep – Mar
* Willet
X Spotted Sandpiper Sep – Apr
X Western Sandpiper Sep – Mar
X Least Sandpiper Nov – Mar
X Dunlin Nov – Apr
X Long-billed Dowitcher Nov – Feb
X Wilson’s Snipe Oct – Feb
1 X X American Woodcock
Gulls and Terns Laridae
1, 3 * Laughing Gull
X Bonaparte’s Gull Nov – Mar
3 X Ring-billed Gull Oct – Feb
1,3 X Herring Gull Oct – Feb
* Lesser Black-billed Gull Oct – Mar
* Caspian Tern
* Least Tern Mar – Aug
1 X X Forster’s Tern
Pigeons and Doves Columbidae
3 X Rock Pigeon
X Eurasian Collared-dove
1, 2, 3 X Mourning Dove
2, 3 X Inca Dove
Cuckoos and Roadrunners Cuculidae
2 X Yellow-billed Cuckoo May – Sep
1, 3 X Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owls Tytonidae
X Barn Owl
P List W B Y Name Comments
Typical Owls Strigidae
1 X Eastern Screech-owl
3 X Great Horned Owl
X Barred Owl
X Short-eared Owl
Nighthawks and Nightjars Caprimulgidae
X Common Nighthawk May – Sep
X Chuck-Will’s-Widow May – Sep
Swifts Apodidae
2 X Chimney Swift Apr – Sep
Hummingbirds Trochilidae
1, 2, 3 X Ruby-throated Hummingbird Mar – Oct
X Rufous Hummingbird Oct – Mar
Kingfishers Alcedinidae
1, 2, 3 X Belted Kingfisher
Woodpeckers and Allies Picidae
1, 3 X Red-headed Woodpecker
1, 3 X Red-bellied Woodpecker
1, 3 X Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 X Downy Woodpecker
3 X Hairy Woodpecker
X Red-cockaded Woodpecker
1, 2, 3 X Pileated Woodpecker
3 X Northern Flicker
Tyrant Flycatchers Tyrannidae
X Eastern Wood-pewee May – Sep
X Acadian Flycatcher May – Aug
X * Eastern Phoebe Oct – Mar
X Great Crested Flycatcher Apr – Aug
3 X Eastern Kingbird Apr – Sep
3 X Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Apr – Aug
3 X Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Shrikes Laniidae
X Loggerhead Shrike
Vireos Vireonidae
X X White-eyed Vireo
1, 3 X Yellow-throated Vireo Apr – Sep
X Blue-headed Vireo Oct – Mar
1 X Red-eyed Vireo Apr – Oct
* Warbling Vireo May – Aug
3 * Bell’s Vireo
Creepers Certhiidae
X Brown Creeper Oct – Apr
P List W B Y Name Comments
Jays and Crows Corvidae
1, 2, 3 X Blue Jay
1, 2, 3 X American Crow
3 X Fish Crow
Swallows Hiruninidae
1 X Purple Martin Feb – Oct
* Tree Swallow Oct – Feb
3 X Cliff Swallow Apr – Oct
3 X Barn Swallow Feb – Sep
X Northern Rough-winged Swallow Apr – Sep
Chickadees and Titmice Paridae
1, 3 X Carolina Chickadee
1, 3 X Tufted Titmouse
Nuthatches Sittidae
X Red-breasted Nuthatch Oct – Apr
3 X Brown-headed Nuthatch
* White-breasted Nuthatch
Wrens Troglodytidae
3 X Carolina Wren
2 * Bewick’s Wren
2 X House Wren Oct – Mar
X Winter Wren Oct – Mar
X Sedge Wren Oct – Mar
X Marsh Wren
Bulbuls Pycnonotidae
X Golden-crowned Kinglet Oct – Mar
X Ruby-crowned Kinglet Nov – Apr
Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers Sylviidae
* X X Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Thrushes Turdidae
1, 2, 3 X Eastern Bluebird
3 X Hermit Thrush Nov  Mar
1 X Wood Thrush Mar – Sep
1, 2, 3 X American Robin
Mockingbirds and Thrashers Mimidae
3 * * X Gray Catbird
1, 2, 3 X Northern Mockingbird
3 X Brown Thrasher
Starlings Sturnidae
1, 2, 3 X European Starling
Wagtails and Pipits Motacillidae
X Sprague’s Pipit
X American Pipit
P List W B Y Name Comments
Waxwings Bombycillidae
1, 2, 3 X Cedar Waxwing
Tanagers Thraupidae
1, 2, 3 X Summer Tanager May – Sep
Wood-warblers Parulidae
X Orange-crowned Warbler Nov – Mar
X Northern Parula Apr – Aug
3 X Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon & Myrtle) Nov – Mar
3 X Yellow-throated Warbler Apr – Aug
3 X Pine Warbler
X Prairie Warbler Apr – Sep
* Palm Warbler Nov – Mar
X Black-and-white Warbler Mar – July
X American Redstart Apr – Aug
X Prothonotary Warbler Apr – Aug
X Worm-eating Warbler Apr – Aug
X Swainson’s Warbler May – Sep
X Louisiana Waterthrush Apr – July
X Kentucky Warbler Apr – July
X Common Yellowthroat
X Hooded Warbler Apr – Aug
X Yellow-breasted Chat May – Aug
3 X Bay-breasted Warbler migrates through
Emberizids Emberizidae
X X Eastern Towhee
X Bachman’s Sparrow
1, 3 X Chipping Sparrow
X Field Sparrow
X Vesper Sparrow Nov – Mar
* * * Lark Sparrow
3 X Savannah Sparrow Nov – Mar
X Grasshopper Sparrow
X LeConte’s Sparrow Nov – Apr
X Henslow’s Sparrow
X Fox Sparrow Nov – Feb
X Lincoln’s Sparrow Nov – Mar
X Song Sparrow Nov – Feb
X Swamp Sparrow Dec – Mar
3 X White-throated Sparrow Nov – Mar
X White-crowned Sparrow Nov – Mar
3 X Dark-eyed Junco Oct – Mar
X Lapland Longspur Dec – Feb
P List W B Y Name Comments
Cardinals, Saltators, and Allies Cardinalidae
1, 2, 3 X Northern Cardinal
1, 2, 3 X Blue Grosbeck May – Aug
1 X Indigo Bunting May – Sep
2 X Painted Bunting May – Sep
X Dickcissel May – Sep
Blackbirds Icteridae
3 X Red-winged Blackbird
X Eastern Meadowlark
X Rusty Blackbird Dec – Feb
1 X Brewer’s Blackbird
1 X Common Grackle
3 X Great-tailed Grackle
2, 3 X Brown-headed Cowbird
1 X Orchard Oriole Apr – July
X Baltimore Oriole Apr – July
Fringilline and Cardueline Finches Fringillidae
3 X House Finch
X Purple Finch
1, 2, 3 X American Goldfinch
1, 3 X Pine Siskin
Old World Sparrows Passeridae
X House Sparrow
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