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 personally 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 PDF 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 I haven’t yet directly observed them doing so.

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. American White Pelican
  8. Pelagic Cormorant MA
  9. Great Blue Heron
  10. Canada Goose
  11. Brant
  12. Mallard
  13. American Wigeon MP
  14. Harlequin Duck
  15. Surf Scoter
  16. White-winged Scoter MA
  17. Black Scoter MP
  18. Bufflehead
  19. Common Goldeneye
  20. Barrow’s Goldeneye
  21. Hooded Merganser MP
  22. Common Merganser
  23. Red-breasted Merganser
  24. Osprey
  25. Bald Eagle (F)(N)
  26. Killdeer
  27. Sanderling
  28. Western Sandpiper
  29. Mew Gull MA
  30. California Gull MP
  31. Glaucous-winged x Western Gull
  32. Caspian Tern
  33. Pigeon Guillemot MA
  34. Marbled Murrelet MP
  35. Rhinoceros Auklet MA
  36. Belted Kingfisher
  37. 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. Red-breasted Sapsucker
  13. Downy Woodpecker
  14. Hairy Woodpecker
  15. Northern Flicker (N)
  16. Pileated Woodpecker (N)
  17. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  18. Western Wood-Pewee
  19. Hammond’s Flycatcher
  20. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
  21. Cassin’s Vireo MA
  22. Hutton’s Vireo (N)
  23. Warbling Vireo
  24. Steller’s Jay
  25. American Crow (N)
  26. Common Raven
  27. Violet-green Swallow
  28. Purple Martin MA
  29. Barn Swallow MA
  30. Black-capped Chickadee (N)
  31. Chestnut-backed Chickadee (N)
  32. Bushtit (N)
  33. Red-breasted Nuthatch (N)
  34. Brown Creeper
  35. Bewick’s Wren
  36. Pacific (formerly Winter) Wren
  37. Golden-crowned Kinglet
  38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  39. Townsend’s Solitaire
  40. Swainson’s Thrush
  41. Hermit Thrush
  42. American Robin (N)
  43. Varied Thrush
  44. Hermit Thrush
  45. European Starling
  46. Cedar Waxwing
  47. Orange-crowned Warbler
  48. Yellow Warbler
  49. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  50. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  51. Townsend’s Warbler
  52. Wilson’s Warbler
  53. Western Tanager
  54. Spotted Towhee
  55. Fox Sparrow
  56. Song Sparrow
  57. Lincoln’s Sparrow MP
  58. Golden-crowned Sparrow MP
  59. White-crowned Sparrow (heard)
  60. Dark-eyed Junco
  61. Black-headed Grosbeak
  62. Brown-headed Cowbird
  63. Purple Finch
  64. House Finch
  65. House Sparrow
  66. Pine Siskin
  67. American Goldfinch
  68. 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.

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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