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Birds at Rio Mesa

Bird Bander with Grosbeak

Below is a basic guide to birds observed at Rio Mesa. Birds are among the most common wildlife seen and studied at the field station. The Sekercioglu Lab (Biology Department, University of Utah) has operated a bird banding station at Rio Mesa since the spring of 2012, collecting longitudinal data about bird species along the Dolores River.

Species occurence is documented on Rio Mesa eBird list.

Download a bird list for Rio Mesa here.

Check out the Arches National Park species list for more bird species found nearby.



Illustrated Bird List


Swans, Geese & Ducks
Canada Goose Canada Goose
Common Merganzer Common Merganzer

Mergus merganser



Black-chinned hummingbird
Black-chinned hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

white-throated swift White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis



Nighthawks & Poorwills
Common nighthawk Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor



 Spotted Sandpiper  Spotted Sandpiper

Actits macularia



Herons & Egrets     
 Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias
Snowy Egret  Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

New World Vultures     
 Turkey Vulture Turkey Vulture  

Cathartes aura



Pigeons & Doves    
Mourning Dove Mourning Dove

Zenaidura macroura



Osprey, Harriers, Hawks & Eagles    
Bald Eagle Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Coopers Hawk Coopers Hawk

Accipiter cooperii



Quails & Pheasants    
Wild Turkey Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo



Bluebirds, Solitaires & Thrushes    
Mountain Bluebird Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

Hermit Thrush Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Bushtit Bushtit

Psaltriparus minimus

Chicadees & Titmice    
 Juniper Titmouse Juniper Titmouse  Baeolophus ridgwayi

Finches, Redpolls, Siskins

& Goldfinches

 House Finch House Finch  Haemorhous mexicanus
Pine Siskin  Pine Siskin Spinus pinus 
 Lessert Goldfinch Lesser Goldfinch  Spinus psaltria
Grosbeaks & Buntings    
 Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

 Blue Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea 
Lazuli Bunting  Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena

Jays, Magpies & Crows    
 Western Scrub-jay Western Scrub-jay  Aphelocoma woodhouseii
 Pinyon Jay Pinyon Jay Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus 
Common Raven  Common Raven

Corvus corax

Kinglets & Gnatcatchers    
 Blue-gray gnatcatcher Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Meadowlarks, Blackbirds & Orioles    
 Bullock's Oriole Bullock's Oriole

Icterus bullockii

 Brown-headed Cowbird Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothru ater

Mockingbirds & Thrashers    
Northern Mockingbird  Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos 
Shrikes & Vireos    
 Gray Vireo Gray Vireo Vireo vicinior
 Violet-green Swallow Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina 
 Cliff Swallow Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota 
Towhees, Sparrows & Juncos    
 Spotted Towhee Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus 
Lark Sparrow  Lark Sparrow  Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated Sparrow  Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata 
White-crowned Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed Junco Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis 
Vesper Sparrow Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
Tyrants Flycatchers    
Dusky Flycatcher Dusky Flycatccher Empidonax oberholseri 
Hammond's Flycatcher  Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii 
Say's Phoebe Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya 
 Ash-Throated Flycatcher Ash-Throated Flycatcher  Myiarchus cinerascens
 Western Kingbird Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis 
Red-naped Sapsucker Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
Wood Warblers    
Virginia Warbler Virginia's Warbler

Oreothlypis virginiae

Yellow Warbler Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia 
Black-throated Gray Warbler  Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens 
Yellow-breasted Chat  Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens 
Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
 Rock Wren Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus 
 Canyon Wren Canyon Wren Catherpes mexicanus 
Bewick's Wren  Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii 
Marsh Wren Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris


Last Updated: 7/21/22