Male Bullock's Oriole 

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Cibola National Wildlife Refuge: 1997-2002

This is a list of birds seen at the refuge from 1997 to the present. 
Brenda Zaun, past refuge biologist, is the primary contributor (1997-2002).  Other records were gleaned from Colorado Plateau Field Station banders (1999 and 2000), refuge personnel & volunteers, and personal observations. 
This list is by no means comprehensive--many migrants utilize the Colorado River and the wonderful habitat at Cibola--various checklists in the area have recorded 271 species.  Abundance/status codes are my subjective determinations.  A site guide will be up shortly.  See the location map at: Yuma Area Overview.

For some of the migrants and winter visitors, I have compiled arrival and departure dates.  These are listed under "Earliest/Latest Spring Date" and "Earliest/Latest Fall Date".  We will be adding more data to these columns as we take more trips to the refuge.  

A = abundant in proper habitat and season, can be found on almost every trip
C = common in proper habitat and season, usually found on 3 out of 4 trips
U = uncommon, may be present in low numbers and not always found
R = rare and not always present
Irregular = not always present, often cyclical in nature, like finches
Accidental = not to be expected, a vagrant out of normal range
    
Links to recent Cibola NWR bird trips:  Jan 15, 2000  Dec 21, 2000  Jan 13, 2001  Sep 22, 2002

   
Species Earliest Spring Date Latest Spring Date Earliest Fall Date Latest Fall Date Status Notes
Common Loon
5/7/00

R winter

Pied-billed Grebe



C year-round nesting
Eared Grebe



C winter

Western Grebe



C year-round nesting
Clark's Grebe



C, perm nesting
American White Pelican

8/23/02
C winter
Brown Pelican



Irregular
Double-crested Cormorant



C year-round
American Bittern



U nesting
Least Bittern 5/13/02


C nesting
Great Blue Heron



C year-round nesting
Great Egret



C year-round
Snowy Egret



C year-round
Reddish Egret

9/3/01
R
Cattle Egret



C

Green Heron



C year-round
Black-crowned Night Heron



C year-round
White-faced Ibis 5/7/02 5/7/02

C
first nesting in AZ
Sandhill Crane



A winter
Greater White-fronted Goose 2/3/02 3/8/99 9/7/00 10/4/00 U migrant
Snow Goose



A winter

Ross' Goose



U winter

Canada Goose

Sept

A winter

Tundra Swan
3/4/99 12/29/97
R winter not seen every year
Wood Duck



U

Gadwall



C winter  
American Wigeon



C winter

Blue-winged Teal



U migrant

Mallard 5/7/02 5/7/02



Cinnamon Teal



C year-round
Northern Shoveler



A winter

Northern Pintail 5/7/02 5/7/02

C winter

Green-winged Teal



C winter

Canvasback



C winter

Redhead



C winter

Ring-necked Duck



C winter

Lesser Scaup



C winter

Bufflehead



C winter

Common Goldeneye



C winter

Hooded Merganser



U - R
not found every year
Common Merganser



U winter

Ruddy Duck



C winter
Osprey



A year-round
White-tailed Kite 1/12/01 4/14/01 8/28/00 11/20/00 U year-round not every year
Bald Eagle
4/11/02 9/5/02
C winter
Northern Harrier
5/10/01 8/15/02
A winter
Sharp-shinned Hawk



U winter

Cooper's Hawk

9/5/2002
C winter
Harris' Hawk



Irregular not every year, but can show up any time
Swainson's Hawk



U migrant

Red-tailed Hawk



C-A year-round number rise dramatically in winter
Golden Eagle
2/18/01 11/11/00
R winter
American Kestrel



A year-round nesting
Merlin



U winter
Peregrine Falcon



R winter
12/25/98, 4/16/99
Prairie Falcon
5/27/99 10/08/00
U winter
Gambel's Quail



A year-round nesting
Clapper Rail



C year-round nesting, quiet in winter
Virginia Rail



C year-round nesting
Sora



C

Common Moorhen



C year-round
American Coot



A year-round nesting
Black-bellied Plover



R migrant 10/3/01
Killdeer



A year-round nesting
Black-necked Stilt 5/7/02 5/7/02

C

American Avocet



C
Greater Yellowlegs



C winter

Solitary Sandpiper



U migrant

Willet

7/19/00 7/23/02 U migrant  
Spotted Sandpiper



C year-round
Whimbrel



U migrant

Long-billed Curlew

7/7/00
C migrant, winter  
Marbled Godwit

7/19/02
U migrant  
Western Sandpiper



U migrant

Least Sandpiper



C migrant

Long-billed Dowitcher



C migrant

Wilson's Snipe



C winter (Common Snipe)
Wilson's Phalarope 5/9/02 5/9/02

U migrant

Turkey Vulture



C year-round
Ring-billed Gull



C winter

Caspian Tern



U

Forster's Tern 5/12/01 6/13/02 1/5/00
C
Black Tern 5/9/02 5/30/02 6/4/02 7/28/98 C migrant
Rock Dove



C

White-winged Dove 5/8/02 5/8/02

C summer nesting
Mourning Dove



A year-round nesting
Inca Dove





Common Ground-Dove



C nesting
Greater Roadrunner



C
nesting
Western Screech Owl



C year-round nesting
Great Horned Owl



C year-round nesting
Burrowing Owl



C year-round nesting
Lesser Nighthawk 3/23/00

10/5/01 A summer nesting
Common Poorwill



C summer

Vaux's Swift 4/30/02 4/30/02

U migrant

White-throated Swift



C migrant, winter
Black-chinned Hummingbird



C
Anna's Hummingbird



C year-round
Costa's Hummingbird



C

Rufous Hummingbird



C migrant 6 banded spring 1999
Belted Kingfisher



C winter
Gila Woodpecker



C year-round  
Ladder-backed Woodpecker



C year-round
Northern Flicker



C winter

Western Wood Pewee



C migrant

Willow Flycatcher



U

Hammond's Flycatcher



U migrant 2 banded spring 1999
Gray Flycatcher



U migrant 2 banded spring 1999
Western "type" Flycatcher 4/27/02


C migrant  
Black Phoebe



A year-round nesting
Say's Phoebe



C year-round nesting
Vermilion Flycatcher



C year-round nesting
Ash-throated Flycatcher



C summer
rarely winters
Brown-crested Flycatcher



R spring 2 banded spring 1999
Western Kingbird 3/12/02


A summer nesting
Loggerhead Shrike



C year-round nesting
Plumbeous Vireo 4/12/02


U migrant
Warbling Vireo 4/12/02


C summer
Western Scrub Jay



R migrant 1 banded fall 2000
Common Raven



U

Horned Lark



C

Tree Swallow



C migrant

Violet-green Swallow



C migrant early spring
Northern Rough-winged Swallow



C summer

Cliff Swallow



C summer
Barn Swallow



A summer nesting
Verdin



C year-round nesting
Red-breasted Nuthatch



R migrant 2 banded fall 2000
Cactus Wren



C year-round
Rock Wren



U

Bewick's Wren



C

House Wren



C winter

Marsh Wren



C year-round nesting
Ruby-crowned Kinglet



C winter
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher



C winter

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher



C year-round
Western Bluebird 4/24/02


Irregular winter
Mountain Bluebird



Irregular winter
Townsend's Solitaire



R 9/18/02
Veery



Accidental 1 banded spring 2000
Swainson's Thrush



U migrant

Hermit Thrush 5/8/02 5/8/02

U migrant, winters
American Robin
4/27/02

U winter
Northern Mockingbird



A year-round nesting
Sage Thrasher 4/5/02


U migrant
Crissal Thrasher



C nesting
Leconte's Thrasher



R

European Starling



C year-round
American Pipit



C winter

Cedar Waxwing



U irregular

Phainopepla 5/8/02 5/8/02

A in spring nesting
Lucy's Warbler 4/13/02 5/13/02

U summer  
Common Yellowthroat



A year-round nesting
American Redstart



R migrant 2 banded spring 1999
Black-and-White Warbler



R migrant 1 banded fall 1999
Nashville Warbler 4/12/02 4/12/02

U migrant  
Yellow Warbler 5/7/02 5/13/02

C summer
nesting
Townsend's Warbler
5/13/02

C migrant  
Yellow-rumped Warbler
4/12/02

A winter  
Macgillivray's Warbler 4/12/02 5/7/02

U migrant  
Black-throated Gray Warbler 4/12/02


C migrant  
Wilson's Warbler 5/13/02 5/13/02

A migrant  
Hermit Warbler 4/16/02


U migrant  
Orange-crowned Warbler
4/12/02

C winter
Yellow-breasted Chat 4/27/02


C summer nesting
Summer Tanager 4/30/02 4/30/02

U migrant

Western Tanager 4/24/02 5/7/02 7/23/02 7/23/02 C migrant  
Green-tailed Towhee



U winter

Spotted Towhee



U winter

Abert's Towhee



A year-round nesting
Chipping Sparrow



C winter
Brewer's Sparrow



C winter

Vesper Sparrow



C winter

Lark Sparrow 5/1/02 5/1/02

U winter
Black-throated Sparrow



U
nesting - desert areas
Sage Sparrow



U winter
Savannah Sparrow



A winter
Fox Sparrow



R migrant, winter
Song Sparrow



C
nesting
Lincoln's Sparrow



C winter

White-crowned Sparrow



A winter

Dark-eyed Junco



C winter

Black-headed Grosbeak 4/18/02 5/8/02 7/16/02 7/23/02 C migrant  
Blue Grosbeak 4/16/02


A summer nesting
Lazuli Bunting 4/24/02 5/7/02

C migrant
 
Red-winged Blackbird



A year-round nesting
Brewer's Blackbird         U  
Western Meadowlark



C
nesting
Yellow-headed Blackbird
 

C nesting - marshes
Great-tailed Grackle



C

Brown-headed Cowbird



C
nesting
Hooded Oriole



C
check palms
Bullock's Oriole 4/24/02

7/23/02 C summer nesting
Cassin's Finch

11/10/02
R Irregular
House Finch



C year-round  
Pine Siskin

12/6/00
R Irregular
Lesser Goldfinch



C

House Sparrow



C

 

Photos Henry D. Detwiler