Birds of Nevada County

This list was compiled for the Nevada County Natural Resources Report, led by Ted Beedy.

The “X” means rare bird for our county.

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross’s Goose-X
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
Trumpeter Swan-X
Tundra Swan-X
Wood Duck
Eurasian Wigeon-X
American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Blue-winged Teal – X
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup-X
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter-X
White-winged Scoter -X
Common Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye-X
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser-X
Ruddy Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant-I
Sooty Grouse
Wild Turkey-I
Quail (Odontophoridae)
Mountain Quail
California Quail
Loons (Gaviidae)
Pacific Loon-X (Extremely rare-X)
Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe-X
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe

American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

White-faced Ibis-X

White-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle

American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon

Black Rail
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Semipalmated Plover-X

Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet

Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew-X
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper-X
Pectoral Sandpiper-X
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Snipe
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope-X

Long-tailed Jaeger-X
Franklin’s Gull-X
Mew Gull-X
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Sabine’s Gull-X
Caspian Tern
Common Tern-X
Forster’s Tern-X
Black Tern-X

Rock Pigeon-I
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove- X
Flammulated Owl-X
Western Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Burrowing Owl
California Spotted Owl
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Black Swift
Vaux’s Swift
White-throated Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-X
Anna’s Hummingbird
Costa’s Hummingbird-X
Calliope Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen’s Hummingbird-?
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Williamson’s Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-X
Red-naped Sapsucker-X
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Dusky Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Say’s Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike-X
Northern Shrike-X
Cassin’s Vireo
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller’s Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Pinyon Jay
Clark’s Nutcracker
Black-billed Magpie
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow-X
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch

Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick’s Wren
House Wren
Pacific(winter) Wren
Marsh Wren

American Dipper

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Western Bluebird
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend’s Solitaire
Swainson’s Thrush-X
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush

Northern Mockingbird
Sage Thrasher-X
California Thrasher

European Starling-I
American Pipit

Bohemian Waxwing-X
Cedar Waxwing

Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler – X
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler – X
Kentucky Warbler-X
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

Western Tanager

Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Brewer’s Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow-X
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow-X
Harris’s Sparrow-X
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Chestnut-collared Longspur-X

Rose-breasted Grosbeak-X
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird-X
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer’s Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock’s Oriole
Hooded Oriole – X

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Cassin’s Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence’s Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak