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Does anyone know more about the Mershon Medal for the Preservation of Birds depicting a Passenger Pigeon? How many were made and awarded? Were they awarded by W. B. Mershon or done in his honor?

This mystery night vocalization was heard and recorded by Dave Owen near the Eno River in Durham. He's been hearing the bird since June and made the recording in early October. Comments welcome. (Posted 6 Oct 2007)

This mystery gull was found in the Hooper Lane, NC area the day after the remnants of Hurricane Humberto blew through. Comments welcome. (Posted 18 Sep 2007)

North American Bird Photos

Most photos were taken with a Nikon CoolPix 4500. Many were "digiscoped" by holding the camera up to the eyepiece of a KOWA TSN-824 Spotting Scope. Some photos starting in 2006 were taken with a Canon EOS 20D with a 100mm macro lens.

Geese, Swans, & Ducks (Anseriformes: Anatidae)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)
Ross's Goose (Anser rossii)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
Brant (Branta bernicla hrota)
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) NEW!! 28 Apr 2016
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fulgula)
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) NEW!! 23 May 2015
Exotic waterfowl--Barnacle Goose, Muscovy, Swangoose

Grouse, Chickens, Turkeys, & Quail (Galliformes: Phasianidae)
California Quail (Callipepla californica) NEW!! 28 Apr 2016
Chukar (Alectoris chukar)
Gray Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)
Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus)
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Loons (Gaviiformes: Gaviidae)
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Grebes (Podicipediformes: Podicipedidae)
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus)
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritis)
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
Eared Grebe (APodiceps nigricollis)
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

Flamingoes (Phoenicopteriformes: Phoenicopteridae)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

Albatrosses (Procellariiformes: Diomedeidae)
Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos)
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris)

Fulmars, Petrels, Shearwaters, and Storm-Petrels (Procellariiformes: Procellariidae)
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Herald Petrel (Pterodroma arminjoniana)
Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata)
Fea's Petrel (Pterodroma feae)
Great Shearwater (Puffinis gravis)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinis griseus)
Audubon's Shearwater (Puffinis iherminieri)

Storm-Petrels (Procellariiformes: Hydrobatidae)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)

Storks (Ciconiiformes: Ciconiidae)
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)

Frigatebirds (Suliformes: Fregatidae)
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

Gannets and Boobies (Suliformes: Sulidae)
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Cormorants (Suliformes: Phalacrocoracidae)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritas)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Anhinga (Suliformes: Anhingidae)
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Pelicans (Pelicaniformes: Pelicanidae)
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Brown Pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis)

Bitterns, Herons, and Egrets (Pelicaniformes: Ardeidae)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosis)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodius)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Ibises & Spoonbills(Pelicaniformes: Threskiornithidae)
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
possible White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi)
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

Vultures (Accipitriformes: Cathartidae)
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Ospreys (Accipitriformes: Pandionidae)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Kites, Eagles, Hawks (Accipitriformes: Accipitridae)
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Rails, Coots, and Gallinules (Gruiformes: Rallidae)
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
Sora (Porzana carolina) NEW!! 16 May 2015
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus)
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)
American Coot (Fulica americana)

Limpkins (Gruiformes: Aramidae)
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Cranes (Gruiformes: Gruidae)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Stilts and Avocets (Charadriiformes: Recurvirostridae)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

Oystercatchers (Charadriiformes: Haematopodidae)
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)

Plovers (Charadriiformes: Charadriidae)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia)
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Sandpipers (Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae)
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitus macularia)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Willet (Tringa semipalmata, Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)

Skuas & Jaegers (Charadriiformes: Stercorariidae)
Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus)

Alcids (Charadriiformes: Alcidae)
Dovekie (Alle alle)
Razorbill (Alca torda)

Gulls, Terns, & Skimmers (Charadriiformes: Laridae)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia)
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Little Gull (Larus minutus)
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)
California Gull (Larus californicus)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)
Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri)
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
Mystery Glaucous- or Iceland-type Gull in Lubec, Maine
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)

Pigeons and Doves (Columbiformes: Columbidae)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) NEW!! 23 Jan 2015
Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Owls (Strigiformes: Strigidae)
Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Nighthawks, Nightjars, Goatsuckers (Caprimulgiformes: Caprimulgidae)
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)

Swifts (Apodiformes: Apodidae)
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) NEW!! 28 Apr 2016

Hummingbirds (Apodiformes: Trochilidae)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Cuban Emerald (Chlorostilbon ricordii)
Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis)

Kingfishers (Coraciiformes: Alcedinidae)
Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

Woodpeckers (Piciformes: Picidae)
Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewisi)
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) NEW!! 25 Mar 2015
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides dorsalis)
Black-backed Woodpecker (Picoides arcticus)
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Falcons & Caracaras (Falconiformes: Falconidae)
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Parrots & Parakeets(Psittaciformes: Psittacidae)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) NEW!! 20 Jan 2015
Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Flycatchers (Passeriformes: Tyrannidae)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)
Empidonax flycatcher
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) NEW!! 1 Feb 2016
Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) First North Carolina Record!
Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri)
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalis rubinus)
Great Crested Flycatchter (Myiarchus crinitus)
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)

Shrikes (Passeriformes: Laniidae)
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

Vireos (Passeriformes: Vireonidae)
Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)

Jays, Crows, Ravens (Passeriformes: Corvidae)
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristatta)
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)

Larks (Passeriformes: Alaudidae)
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Martins and Swallows (Passeriformes: Hirundinidae)
Purple Martin (Progne subis)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgideropteryx serripennis)
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Chickadees and Titmice (Passeriformes: Paridae)
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis, Parus carolinensis)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus, Parus atricapillus)
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli, Parus gambeli)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens, Parus rufescens)

Nuthatches (Passeriformes: Sittidae)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
White breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)
Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla)

Wrens (Passeriformes: Troglodytidae)
House Wren (Troglodytes aegon)
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus) NEW!! 28 Apr 2016
Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) NEW!! 29 Apr 2016
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

Gnatcatchers (Passeriformes: Polioptilidae)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Dippers (Passeriformes: Cinclidae)
American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)

Kinglets(Passeriformes: Reguliidae)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Thrushes (Passeriformes: Turdidae)
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Mimic-Thrushes (Passeriformes: Mimidae)
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

Starlings (Passeriformes: Sturnidae)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Pipits (Passeriformes: Motacillidae)
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

Waxwings (Passeriformes: Bombycillidae)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrora)

Longspurs (Passeriformes: Calcariidae)
Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)
Lapland Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)
McCown's Longspur (Rhynchophanes mccownii) NEW!! 30 May 2016

Warblers (Passeriformes: Parulidae)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata, Vermivora celata)
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla, Vermivora ruficapilla)
MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Hooded Warbler nest (Setophaga citrina, Woodsonia citrina)
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia, Dendroica petechia)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica, Dendroica pensylvanica)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens, Dendroica caerulescens)
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum, Dendroica palmarum)
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus, Dendroica pinus)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata, Dendroica coronata)
Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)

Bananaquits (Incertae Sedis)
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

New World Sparrows (Passeriformes: Emberizidae)
Black-faced Grassquit (Tiaris bicolor)
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)
Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivales, Aimophila aestivales)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) NEW!! 26 Mar 2015
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pucilla)
Vesper Sparrow (Poocetes gramineus)
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) NEW!! 16 Mar 2015
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) NEW!! 16 Mar 2015
Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) NEW!! 16 Mar 2015
Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodius)
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) NEW!! 23 Sep 2015
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings (Passeriformes: Cardinalidae)
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheuticus melanocephalus)
Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris): First confirmed Durham, NC Record! (found on the Durham Christmas Bird Count - 14 Dec 2003)

Blackbirds and Orioles (Passeriformes: Icteridae)
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothros ater)
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)
Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum)

Finches (Passeriformes: Fringillidae)
Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
Cassin's Finch (Carpodacus cassinii)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)

Old World Sparrows (Passeriformes: Passeridae)
House Sparrow

North American Zoo Birds

Nice selection of birds at my backyard feeders...March 24, 2009

Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, Pine Siskin, Pine Warbler, and Chipping Sparrow


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Gannets, gulls, pelicans, cormorants, etc. off Cape Hatteras in March 2006
Seabird flock off Cape Hatteras

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