Huntington Beach Birding Tour

Huntington Beach State Park is considered by many to be the best birding site on the East Coast. Join our experienced Birding Guide for a 3-Hour kayak in the salt marsh followed by a 3-Hour walk around the Freshwater Lagoons. By covering multiple ecosystems, you will maximize the potential variety of birds that can be seen in one day.

Below are lists of birds we have seen so far. This includes birds seen on our Huntington Beach tours, as well as our Cypress Swamp, Sandy Island and Georgetown Harbor tours. We encourage you to join us and help us add to this list.

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Birds that have been seen on this tour:

  • Raptors
    • Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus)
    • Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
    • Red-tailed Hawk “Chickenhawk” (Buteo jamaicensis)
    • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
    • Northern Harrier “Marsh Hawk” (Circus cyaneus)
    • Osprey “Sea Hawk” (Pandion haliaetus)
    • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
    • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
    • American Black vulture (Coragyps atratus)
  • Herons, egrets, wading birds
    • Great blue heron
    • Little blue heron
    • Tri-colored heron (Louisiana heron)
    • Black-crowned night heron
    • Yellow-crowned night heron
    • Great egret
    • Snowy egret
    • Reddish egret
    • Wood stork
    • Roseate spoonbill
    • Cattle egret
    • Green heron
    • White ibis
    • Limpkin
  • Loons, grebes, terns, gulls, etc…
    • Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
    • Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
    • Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)
    • Caspian tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
    • Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
    • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
    • Least tern (Sternula antillarum)
    • Black Noddy (Anous minutus)
    • Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
    • Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
    • Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)
    • Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
    • Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla
    • American Herring Gull “Smithsonian Gull” (Larus smithsonianus)
    • Ring-billed Gull “Larus delawarensis”
    • Red-throated loon
    • Common loon
    • Northern gannet
  • Ducks, geese, other water birds
    • American coot
    • Common morehen
    • Canada goose
    • Anhinga
    • Belted kingfisher
    • Wood duck
    • Ruddy duck
    • Mallard duck
    • Hooded merganser
    • Red-breasted merganser
    • Northern shoveler
    • Green-winged teal
    • Ring-necked duck
    • Lesser Scaup
    • Greater Scaup
    • Canvas back
    • Bufflehead
    • Redhead
    • American widgeon
    • Gadwall
    • Northern pintail
    • Blue-winged teal
    • Clapper rail
    • King rail
  • Woodpeckers
    • Piliated Woodpecker
    • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
    • Red-Headed Woodpecker
    • Downy Woodpecker
    • Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
    • Yellow-Shafted Flicker
  • Sandpipers, plovers, etc…
    • American Oystercatcher
    • Willet
    • Semi-palmated plover
    • Wilson’s plover
    • Sanderling
    • Spotted Sandpiper
    • Purple Sandpiper
    • Ruddy Turnstone
    • Semi-Palmated Sandpiper
    • Killdeer
    • Marbled Godwit
    • Short-Billed Dowitcher
    • American Avocet
    • Lesser Yellowlegs
    • Greater Yellowlegs
    • Black-Bellied Plover
    • American Golden Plover
    • Piping Plover
    • Red Knot
    • Dunlin
    • Whimbrel
    • Least Sandpiper
    • Western Sandpiper
    • White-Rumped Sandpiper
  • Other birds
    • Prothonotary Warbler (Swamp Canary)
    • Yellow Rumped Warbler
    • Mourning Dove
    • Eurasian Collared-Dove
    • American Robin
    • Carolina Chickadee
    • Tufted Titmouse
    • Northern Mocking bird
    • Eastern Kingbird
    • Great Crested Flycatcher
    • Eastern Phoebe
    • Northern Cardinal
    • Brown Thrasher
    • Barn Swallow
    • Tree Swallow
    • Marsh Wren
    • Seaside Sparrow
    • Savannah Sparrow
    • White-Throated Sparrow
    • Common Grackle
    • Boat-Tailed Grackle
    • American Crow
    • Fish Crow
    • Eastern Bluebird
    • Hermit Thrush
    • Magnificent FrigatebirdRazorbill