Reserve Bird Checklist






Birds of the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve

   
Prepared in June 2014 by Chris Swarth. Updated in November 2016.  Based on personal observations
(January 2013-November 2016); and various references. Species in yellow highlight breed in Reserve.
    Breeding or Migratory Status  
Species Habitat/Local Area Breeds = Reserve breeding record Special Protected Status
Canada Goose Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
Wood Duck Lake Yosemite Local Breeder  
Mallard Reserve stock ponds Breeds  
Gadwall Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Northern Shoveler Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Cinnamon Teal Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
American Wigeon Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Bufflehead Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Ring-necked Duck or Scaup Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Barrow's Goldeneye Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Common Merganser Lake Yosemite & Canals Migrant  
Red-breasted Merganser Lake Yosemite & Canals Migrant  
Ruddy Duck Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
Eared Grebe Lake Yosemite Migrant  
Horned Grebe Lake Yosemite Migrant  
Western/Clark's Grebe Lake Yosemite Migrant  
American White Pelican Lake Yosemite & Canals Migrant  
Double-crested Cormorant Lake Yosemite & Canals Migrant  
Cattle Egret Lake Yosemite Local Breeder  
Great Blue Heron Reserve stock ponds Local Breeder  
Great Egret Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
Green Heron Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
Snowy Egret Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
Turkey Vulture Grasslands & Lake Yosemite Local Breeder  
Osprey Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
White-tailed Kite Grasslands & Campus edge Local Breeder  
Bald Eagle Lake Yosemite Local Breeder X
Northern Harrier Grasslands Migrant  
Red-tailed Hawk Grasslands Local Breeder  
Rough-legged Hawk Grasslands Migrant  
Ferruginious Hawk Grasslands Migrant  
Swainson's Hawk Grasslands Local Breeder X
Golden Eagle Grasslands Local Breeder X
American Coot Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
Sandhill Crane Grasslands Migrant  
Black-necked Stilt Reserve stock ponds Migrant  
American Avocet Reserve stock ponds Breeds  
Killdeer Reserve Stock Ponds & Grasslands Breeds  
Spotted Sandpiper Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Greater Yellowlegs Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Long-billed Curlew Grasslands Migrant  
Dunlin Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Least Sandpiper Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Western Sandpiper Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Dowitchers Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Red-necked Phalarope Vernal Pools & Stock Ponds Migrant  
Bonaparte's Gull Lake Yosemite Migrant  
Ring-billed Gull Lake Yosemite Migrant  
California Gull Lake Yosemite Migrant  
Forster's Tern Lake Yosemite Migrant  
Mourning Dove Campus edge Local Breeder  
Short-eared Owl Grasslands Migrant  
Great-horned Owl Grasslands Local Breeder  
Burrowing Owl Grasslands Breeds X
Barn Owl Grasslands & Black Rascal Creek Breeds  
Common Nighthawk Grasslands Local Breeder  
Belted Kingfisher Lake Yosemite & Canals Local Breeder  
American Kestrel Grasslands Breeds  
Merlin Grasslands Migrant  
Prairie Falcon Grasslands Local Breeder  
Say's Phoebe Grasslands Migrant  
Black Phoebe Reserve Stock Ponds and Canals Local Breeder  
Western Kingbird Grasslands Local Breeder  
Common Raven Grasslands Breeds  
Yellow-billed Magpie Orchards Local Breeder  
Horned Lark Grasslands Breeds  
Loggerhead Shrike Grasslands Breeds  
Cliff Swallow Aerial, Canals, & Black Rascal Creek Breeds  
Barn Swallow Aerial & Canals Local Breeder  
Tree Swallow Aerial & Canals Local Breeder  
Rock Wren Grasslands Migrant  
American Robin Campus edge Local Breeder  
Western Bluebird Campus edge Local Breeder  
Northern Mockingbird Campus edge Breeds  
American Pipit Grasslands Migrant  
Spotted Towhee Campus edge Local Breeder  
White-crowned Sparrow Campus edge Migrant  
Savannah Sparrow Grasslands Migrant
Brewer's Blackbird Reserve Stock Pond & Grasslands Breeds  
Red-winged Blackbird Lake Yosemite Local Breeder  
Great-tailed Grackle Campus edge Local Breeder  
Western Meadowlark Grasslands Breeds  
House Finch Grasslands & Campus edge Local Breeder  
American Goldfinch Grasslands Local Breeder