This list has not been updated, except that I have changed names to current names.
This preliminary list of 159 species includes live birds seen on or from the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Dead birds on the beach are not incorporated, unless specifically noted as such.
This list is based on a cursory examination of records made through 1989, so there may be some additional species that have been seen here. A more complete listing with seasonal status' for each species is planned for the future. In the mean time, this list can serve as a guide.
This list is an update of one published in the September 1984 "Sandpiper," a publication of Yaquina Birders & Naturalists. The 1984 list (which was a compilation of records through 1981) was for 101 species, so 58 new species have been recorded here in the past eight years.
Many of these observations have been by Bureau of Land Management staff at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA) and Oregon State University Student Interns. Major contributors include Jim Anderson, Range Bayer, Lisa Ellingson, Rick & Jan Krabbe, Kathy Liska, and Kathy Merrifield. Other observations have also been made by members of Yaquina Birders & Naturalists.
Species are listed alphabetically for ease of use by readers.
*=rare species that appears to have 10 or less records. If a species only has about 1-2 records, the date of the sighting is given in parentheses.
Auklet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Blackbird, Brewer's *Bluebird, Western (one dead on beach on 12/24/1990) Brant, Black Bufflehead *Bunting, Lark (8/6/1969, 8/14/1977) *Bunting, Lazuli (4/30/1978) *Bunting, Snow (11/10/1945) Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-backed *Coot, American Cormorant, Brandt's Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cowbird, Brown-headed *Creeper, Brown Crow, American *Curlew, Long-billed (4/27/1977) *Dove, Mourning (9/23/1989) Duck, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed (Oldsquaw) Eagle, Bald Falcon, Peregrine Finch, House Finch, Purple *Finch, Rosy (3/12/1976) Flicker, Northern *Flycatcher, Hammond's *Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Pacific-slope *Flycatcher, Willow *Fulmar, Northern Goldfinch, American *Goldfinch, Lesser (10/8/1987) Goose, Canada *Goose, Emperor (6/12/1984) Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Western Grosbeak, Evening Guillemot, Pigeon Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, California Gull, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Heermann's Gull, Herring (Gull, Iceland--HYPOTHETICAL. 12/25/1977) Gull, Mew Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western *Gyrfalcon (1/19 & 31/1985) Harrier, Northern *Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed *Hawk, Rough-legged *Hawk, Sharp-shinned Heron, Great Blue *Hummingbird, Anna's Hummingbird, Rufous *Jaeger, Pomarine *Jay, Gray Jay, Steller's Junco, Dark-eyed Kestrel, American Killdeer *Kingbird, Western Kingfisher, Belted Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kittiwake, Black-legged *Lark, Horned (10/8 & 9/1987) *Longspur, Lapland (Longspur, Smith's--HYPOTHETICAL. 12/25/1977). Loon, Common Loon, Pacific Loon, Red-throated *Mallard Meadowlark, Western Merganser, Red-breasted *Merlin Murre, Common Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Marbled *Nighthawk, Common *Nutcracker, Clark's (10/11 & 12/1975) Nuthatch, Red-breasted *Osprey *Owl, Great Horned *Owl, Short-eared Oystercatcher, Black Pelican, Brown *Petrel, Leach's Storm- Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Red-necked Pigeon, Band-tailed *Pintail, Northern Pipit, American *Puffin, Horned (6/13, 20 & 21/1973) Puffin, Tufted *Rail, Virginia *Raven, Common Robin, American Sanderling Sandpiper, Rock *Sandpiper, Spotted Scoter, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, White-winged Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater, Sooty *Shrike, Loggerhead (3/22/1988) Siskin, Pine *Sparrow, Chipping (9/29/1987) Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned *Sparrow, House *Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Starling, European Surfbird Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Violet-green Tanager, Western Tattler, Wandering *Tern, Arctic Tern, Caspian *Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Varied Towhee, Spotted (Rufous-sided) Turnstone, Black Turnstone, Ruddy *Vireo, Hutton's Vulture, Turkey Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Hermit *Warbler, Nashville (10/23/1986) Warbler, Orange-crowned *Warbler, Palm *Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Wilson's *Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Waxwing, Cedar Whimbrel *Willet Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Wren, Bewick's *Wren, Rock (11/13, 11/22, & 12/24/1988) Wren, Winter Yellowthroat, Common LIST OF UNRECORDED SPECIES THAT ARE POSSIBLE FOR YAQUINA HEAD ONA Albatross, Black-footed & Laysan Bushtit Crossbill, Red Dove, Rock dowitcher spp. Dunlin Frigatebird, Magnificent Godwit, Marbled Goose, Gr. White-fronted & Snow Grosbeak, Black-headed Grouse, Ruffed Gull, Franklin's, Little, & Sabine's Jaeger, Long-tailed & Parasitic Loon, Yellow-billed Murre, Thick-billed Owl, No. Pygmy-, No. Saw-whet, & Western Screech- Petrel, Fork-tailed Storm Pewee, Western Wood- Plover, Black-bellied & Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least & Western Scaup, Greater & Lesser Shearwater, Buller's & Pink-footed Shrike, Northern Skua, White-throated Swallow, Cliff & Tree Tern, Common, Elegant, & Forster's Vireo, Solitary & Warbling Warbler, MacGillivray's Wigeon, American Yellowlegs, Greater & Lesser