Lincoln Park Bird List

Birds of Lincoln Park and surroundings (confirmed)

Lincoln Park’s 135 acres include a wonderful variety of habitats for birds and other critters. Here are some starter lists for various habitat types—all birds I’ve seen or heard in Lincoln Park and its immediate vicinity…not including the ones I think I may have seen but haven’t confirmed. This list now also includes confirmed sightings by other trusted birders in and around the park.

You can click on the links to see photos of the birds if you’d like identification help. More photos will be added soon. (Please do not reuse photos without permission – thank you!) And let me know if you get a photo of a Lincoln Park bird not on this list – I’d love to add your sighting, with due credit of course.

Click here for a single-page version of this list that you can take with you into the park: Lincoln Park bird list – single page. Or, if you’d like both the bird list and a list of helpful birding apps and websites, click here for a two-page version:  Lincoln Park bird list and electronic resources.

(S) = also seen on shoreline and Salish Sea
(F) = also seen in forests and meadows
(N) = direct evidence for nesting in Lincoln Park: nest has been observed or bird carrying nesting material. Many additional species on this list can be assumed to nest in the park, but have not yet been directly observed doing so by me.

Birds of shoreline and Salish Sea (Puget Sound):

  1. Common Loon
  2. Red-throated Loon MA
  3. Horned Grebe (in mating plumage)
  4. Western Grebe
  5. Red-necked Grebe MA
  6. Double-crested Cormorant
  7. Pelagic Cormorant MA
  8. Great Blue Heron
  9. Canada Goose
  10. Brant
  11. Mallard
  12. American Wigeon MP
  13. Harlequin Duck
  14. Surf Scoter
  15. White-winged Scoter MA
  16. Black Scoter MP
  17. Bufflehead
  18. Common Goldeneye
  19. Barrow’s Goldeneye
  20. Hooded Merganser MP
  21. Common Merganser
  22. Red-breasted Merganser
  23. Osprey
  24. Bald Eagle (F)(N)
  25. Killdeer
  26. Sanderling
  27. Western Sandpiper
  28. Mew Gull MA
  29. California Gull MP
  30. Glaucous-winged x Western Gull
  31. Caspian Tern
  32. Pigeon Guillemot MA
  33. Marbled Murrelet MP
  34. Rhinoceros Auklet MA
  35. Belted Kingfisher
  36. Savannah Sparrow MP

Birds of woodlands and meadows:

  1. Bald Eagle
  2. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  3. Cooper’s Hawk (N)
  4. Red-tailed Hawk
  5. Merlin
  6. Peregrine Falcon
  7. Rock Dove
  8. Band-tailed Pigeon
  9. Barred Owl (N)
  10. Anna’s Hummingbird (N)
  11. Rufous Hummingbird
  12. Belted Kingfisher
  13. Red-breasted Sapsucker
  14. Downy Woodpecker
  15. Hairy Woodpecker
  16. Northern Flicker (N)
  17. Pileated Woodpecker (N)
  18. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  19. Western Wood-Pewee
  20. Hammond’s Flycatcher
  21. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  22. Cassin’s Vireo MA
  23. Hutton’s Vireo (N)
  24. Warbling Vireo
  25. Steller’s Jay
  26. American Crow (N)
  27. Common Raven
  28. Violet-green Swallow
  29. Purple Martin MA
  30. Barn Swallow MA
  31. Black-capped Chickadee (N)
  32. Chestnut-backed Chickadee (N)
  33. Bushtit (N)
  34. Red-breasted Nuthatch (N)
  35. Brown Creeper
  36. Bewick’s Wren
  37. Pacific (formerly Winter) Wren
  38. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  39. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  40. Townsend’s Solitaire
  41. Swainson’s Thrush
  42. Hermit Thrush
  43. American Robin (N)
  44. Varied Thrush
  45. Hermit Thrush
  46. European Starling
  47. Cedar Waxwing
  48. Orange-crowned Warbler
  49. Yellow Warbler
  50. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  51. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  52. Townsend’s Warbler
  53. Wilson’s Warbler
  54. Western Tanager
  55. Spotted Towhee
  56. Fox Sparrow
  57. Song Sparrow
  58. Lincoln’s Sparrow MP
  59. Golden-crowned Sparrow MP
  60. White-crowned Sparrow (heard)
  61. Dark-eyed Junco
  62. Black-headed Grosbeak
  63. Brown-headed Cowbird
  64. Purple Finch
  65. House Finch
  66. House Sparrow
  67. Pine Siskin
  68. American Goldfinch
  69. Red Crossbill

Birds observed in nearby neighborhoods but not in Lincoln Park itself:

  1. California Quail
  2. Western Screech-owl
  3. Red-necked Phalarope MP
  4. Ring-billed Gull MP
  5. White-crowned Sparrow

Thanks to Mark Ahlness [MA], Mike Priebe [MP], and others for their contributions to this list.

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14 responses to “Lincoln Park Bird List

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  2. What a great resource, Trileigh!

  3. Wow! That is awesome!

  4. Very impressive; a few others that I might suggest, based on my own birding in the park (admittedly back in the nineties and early ’00s): Marbled Murrelet (I saw two, in their distinctive breeding plumage, in May 2003); California Gull; Ring-Billed Gull ( if not in the park, then certainly at the nearby ferry landing); Bonaparte’s Gull (admittedly scarce of late in the Sound); American Wigeon & Hooded Merganser (both occasional on salt water, like the Mallards); Black Scoter (I know I’ve seen these off the park, at least once); Red-Necked Phalarope (I’ve seen small flocks of these from the ferry, near-shore; patient observers ought to be able to spot them from the park, in season). On the land bird side might be added: Golden-crowned & Lincoln’s Sparrows(on the trail atop the bluff), and Savannah Sparrow (on the beach)

    • Thanks so much, Mike! I really appreciate your taking the time to review the list and to comment. OK if I add your name at the bottom, with a note as to which sightings you added?

  5. Yes, of course. Thank You.

    • Great, thanks. I’ll take care of it later today.

      Hopefully you can spend more time in the park soon! It’s pretty exciting out there.

  6. Awesome list, thank you! I’m reminded again of just how lucky I am to live so close to this amazing birding treasure. There are many on your list that I’ve personally seen, and even some I’ve captured great pics of (like the Barred Owls), but now I have a great list to work from. Can’t wait to get started. One note, your Fox Sparrow link above is going to your other picture of a Spotted Towhee. 🙂

    • Thanks, Cheryl! I appreciate your letting me know about the link; looks like when I was working on some of the links last night, I let the mouse slip a bit. Fixed now! Happy birding to you.

  7. Carolyn Graye

    This is so great! Many thanks for keeping us informed about our feathered friends, Trileigh.

  8. P.S. I live in Fauntlee Hills, which is right above Lincoln Park, and have seen many of the birds on your list at and/or near my backyard feeders on a regular basis (depending on the season), including; White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Cassin’s, Warbling and Hutton’s Vireos, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Dark-eyed Junco’s Spotted Towhees, Purple Finches, American Goldfinches, Downey Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Pileated woodpeckers, Bewick’s Wrens, Black-capped Chickadee’s, Steller Jays, Bullock’s Orioles, Bushtits, Pine Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Sharp-shinned Hawks (dining on a Flicker, which I actually got pictures of), and Townsend’s Warblers. And of course, the usual assortment of Crows, pigeons, House Finches, Robin’s, etc.

    I think I know what I’m going to do with some of my free time on Mother’s Day… assuming the weather doesn’t suck. I’m heading down to the park to find some of your listed birds. Now, if only I had a much bigger lens (mine is only 270mm). Cheers!

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