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Photos of Some of the Birds Spotted on Assateague Island
Also Spotting Lists & More Photos

 

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Photos of Some of the Birds Spotted on Assateague Island

Photos Copyright 2005 The Assateague Naturalist

The Wildlife Loop around Snow Goose Pool (map) is a very good trail for spotting a variety of birds, and many of the photos in this section were taken along that trail.

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Red-winged Blackbird Northern Bobwhite
Brown-headed Cowbird Cattle Egret
Great Egret Snowy Egret
Canada Goose Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron Green Heron
Tricolored Heron Glossy Ibis
Eastern Kingbird Sanderling
Tree Swallow Mute Swan
Common Tern Turkey Vulture

 

Listing and Photos of Birds Spotted on Assateague Island (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge)

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Sighting Information:
Abundant - a species which is very numerous
Common - certain to be seen or heard in suitable habitat
Uncommon - present, but not certain to be seen
Occasional - seen only a few times during a season
Rare - seen at intervals of two to five years
Printable List - Sighting information in table format for printing.
From the Birding Database
Search Search for spotting information for a particular bird sighted on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Photos of birds common or abundant all year are included (others are being added).
List All Obtain a listing of spotting information for all birds sighted on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Photos of birds common or abundant all year are included (others are being added).
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Fall
Winter
Obtain a listing of birds sighted on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge during a particular season. The listing will include birds that are abundant, common, occasional, and rare during the selected season.

About 300 species of birds have been identified on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The Eastern Shore and the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague are located along the Atlantic flyway for shorebirds, waterfowl, and others that nest in the north and migrate south for the winter. The salt marshes, the pine woods, and the specially-developed, freshwater impoundments on the refuge are also nesting places for a variety of birds including species of plovers, gulls, terns, geese, herons, and ducks.

You'll see many birds in the marshes on either side of the causeway (Route 175) that leads to the islands; and even as you drive across Chincoteague, you're likely to spot egrets and mallards near the water and occasionally in yards. But some of the best bird spotting, of course, will be on the refuge, either in the marshes along the main road or in the freshwater impoundments accessible on the three-mile Wildlife Loop (open to vehicles after 3 p.m).

Accidental Species

These additional 30 species have been seen only once or twice on the refuge:
White-faced Ibis
Ross' Goose
Fulvous Whistling Duck
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Golden Eagle
Mountain Plover
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Little Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Elegant Tern
Dovekie
Atlantic Puffin
Common Ground Dove
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Gray Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Northern Wheatear
Northern Shrike
Black-headed Grosbeak
Le Conte's Sparrow
Chestnut-collared Longspur
House Sparrow

 


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