Go To Ground-Nesting Birds 2024 for an Intro to this series & Links to other pages

A list of ground-nesting birds commonly seen in the Backlands
Compiled by and photos by Joshua Barss Donham & Fulton Lavender.

Canada Goose at East Pine Island Pond
April 16, 2022.

Ducks, Geese & Swans: Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck

Partridge & Grouse:  Ring-necked Pheasant, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse

Loons : Common Loon

New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture

Hermit Thrush at West Pine Island Pond on April 30, 2023.

Hawks & Eagles: Northern Harrier

Sandpipers: Spotted Sandpiper, American Woodcock

Gulls: Herring Gull

Goatsuckers: Common Nighthawk

Common Yellowthroat at East Pine Island Pond, July 6, 2023.

Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher

Thrushes: Hermit Thrush

Warblers: Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler. (Fulton likes to say that a third of our warblers nest on the ground! In addition to those seen in the Backlands, the Northern Waterthrush (actually a warbler) and the Canada, Tennessee, and Mourning Warblers are ground-nesting species.)

Sparrows: Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco

Blackbirds: Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle

Ovenbird at West Pine Island Pond, July 6, 2023.

Palm Warbler at West Pine Island Pond on April 30, 2023.

Comments Joshua: The Hermit Thrush and the Palm Warbler [in the pics above] were both on the ’island’ between the EPIP and WPIP near the small patch of barrens (the highest point) on that body of land. I see many warblers out there. Its usually the first place where I’ve seen Palm Warblers show up in the Backlands in the spring.

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