Birds at Rio Mesa

Bird Bander with Grosbeak

Below is a basic guide to birds observed at Rio Mesa. Birds are among the most common wildlife seen and studied at the field station. The Sekercioglu Lab (Biology Department, University of Utah) has operated a bird banding station at Rio Mesa since the spring of 2012, collecting longitudinal data about bird species along the Dolores River.

Species occurence is documented on Rio Mesa eBird list.

Download a bird list for Rio Mesa here.

Check out the Arches National Park bird list for more bird species found nearby.

 

 

Illustrated Bird List

Anseriformes

   
Swans, Geese & Ducks
   
Canada Goose Canada Goose
Common Merganzer Common Merganzer

Mergus merganser

     

Apodiformes

   
Hummingbirds
   
Black-chinned hummingbird
Black-chinned hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

Swifts    
white-throated swift White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

     

 Caprimulgiformes

   
Nighthawks & Poorwills
   
Common nighthawk Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

     

Charadriliformes

   
Sandpipers    
 Spotted Sandpiper  Spotted Sandpiper

Actits macularia

     

Ciconiliformes 

   
Herons & Egrets     
 Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias
Snowy Egret  Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

 
New World Vultures     
 Turkey Vulture Turkey Vulture  

Cathartes aura

     

Columbiformes

   
Pigeons & Doves    
Mourning Dove Mourning Dove

Zenaidura macroura

     

Falconiformes

   
Osprey, Harriers, Hawks & Eagles    
Bald Eagle Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Coopers Hawk Coopers Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

     

Galliformes

   
Quails & Pheasants    
Wild Turkey Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

     

Passeriformes

   
Bluebirds, Solitaires & Thrushes    
Mountain Bluebird Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

Hermit Thrush Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Bushtits    
Bushtit Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus

Chicadees & Titmice    
 Juniper Titmouse Juniper Titmouse  Baeolophus ridgwayi

Finches, Redpolls, Siskins

& Goldfinches

   
 House Finch House Finch  Haemorhous mexicanus
Pine Siskin  Pine Siskin Spinus pinus 
 Lessert Goldfinch Lesser Goldfinch  Spinus psaltria
Grosbeaks & Buntings    
 Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

 Blue Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea 
Lazuli Bunting  Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena

Jays, Magpies & Crows    
 Western Scrub-jay Western Scrub-jay  Aphelocoma woodhouseii
 Pinyon Jay Pinyon Jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus 
Common Raven  Common Raven

Corvus corax

Kinglets & Gnatcatchers    
 Blue-gray gnatcatcher Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Meadowlarks, Blackbirds & Orioles    
 Bullock's Oriole Bullock's Oriole

Icterus bullockii

 Brown-headed Cowbird Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothru ater

Mockingbirds & Thrashers    
Northern Mockingbird  Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 
Shrikes & Vireos    
 Gray Vireo Gray Vireo Vireo vicinior
Swallows    
 Violet-green Swallow Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina 
 Cliff Swallow Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota 
Towhees, Sparrows & Juncos    
 Spotted Towhee Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 
Lark Sparrow  Lark Sparrow  Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated Sparrow  Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata 
White-crowned Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed Junco Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis 
Vesper Sparrow Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
Tyrants Flycatchers    
Dusky Flycatcher Dusky Flycatccher Empidonax oberholseri 
Hammond's Flycatcher  Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii 
Say's Phoebe Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya 
 Ash-Throated Flycatcher Ash-Throated Flycatcher  Myiarchus cinerascens
 Western Kingbird Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis 
Woodpeckers    
Red-naped Sapsucker Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Wood Warblers    
Virginia Warbler Virginia's Warbler

Oreothlypis virginiae

Yellow Warbler Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens 
Yellow-breasted Chat  Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens 
Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
Wrens    
 Rock Wren Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus 
 Canyon Wren Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus 
Bewick's Wren  Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii 
Marsh Wren Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

 

Last Updated: 4/30/17