Birds of Central Minnesota

I've decided to start a formal collection of Minnesota's birds. Here are some of the best shots I have for any species I've captured, most of them since May 2016. Some aren't very good at all, but that sets a goal for me... improve for that species. See just my best shots of Minnesota's birds. 

The majority of these shots were made with a Canon 7D (original or Mark II) and the first or second gen Tamron 150-600mm, and the rest were with Canon's 70-200 f/4L. The Tamron isn't as fast or sharp as the 200, but sure helps me reach the birds when they're small or far off.

Bird identification can be a challenge, since individuals can vary and I'm new to the game. If you have corrections, please let me know. Scientific names are linked for more information.

See a timeline of sightings for selected species by clicking the icons. See the Exif data for images in the popup view by clicking the icon.

American Coot

Fulica americana

american coot th 1 american coot th 2

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

american crow th 1 american crow th 2

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

american goldfinch th 1 american goldfinch th 2

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

american kestrel th 3 american kestrel th 1 american kestrel th 2 american kestrel th 4

American Redstart (Warbler)

Setophaga ruticilla

american redstart th 1 american redstart th 2

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

american robin th 1 american robin th 2

American Tree Sparrow

Spizelloides arborea

american tree sparrow th 1 american tree sparrow th 2

American White Pelican

Pelacanus erythrorhynchos

american white pelican th 1 american white pelican th 2 american white pelican th 2

American Woodcock

Scolopax minor

american woodcock th 1 american woodcock th 2

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

bald eagle th 1 bald eagle th 2 bald eagle th 3 bald eagle th 4

Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula

baltimore oriole th 1 baltimore oriole th 2 baltimore oriole th 3

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

barn swallow th 4 barn swallow th 1 barn swallow th 2 barn swallow th 3

Barred Owl

Strix varia

barred owl th 1 barred owl th 2

Bay-breasted Warbler

Setophaga castanea

bay-breasted warbler th 1

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

belted kingfisher th 1 belted kingfisher th 2 belted kingfisher th 3 belted kingfisher th 4

Black Tern

Chlidonias niger

black tern th 1 black tern th 2

Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia

black and white warbler th 1 black and white warbler th 2

Blackburnian Warbler

Setophaga fusca

blackburnian warbler th 1 blackburnian warbler th 2

Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata

blackpoll warbler th 1 blackpoll warbler th 2

Black-backed Woodpecker

Picoides arcticus

black backed woodpecker th 1 black backed woodpeckerth 2

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

black capped chickadee th 1 black capped chickadee th 2 black capped chickadee th 3 black capped chickadee th 4

Black-throated Green Warbler

Setophaga virens

black throated green warbler th 1 black throated green warbler th 2

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

blue jay th 1 blue jay th 2

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

blue-headed vireo th 1

Blue-winged Teal

Spatula discors

blue-winged teal th 1 blue-winged teal th 2 blue-winged teal th 3

Boreal Chickadee

Poecile hudsonicus

blue jay th 1 blue jay th 2

Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo patypterus

broad winged hawk th 2 broad winged hawk th 3 broad winged hawk th 4

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

brown creeper th 1 brown creeper th 2

Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum

brown thrasher th 1 brown thrasher th 2

Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

brown headed cowbird th 1 brown headed cowbird th 2


Bucephala albeola

bufflehead th 2 bufflehead th 1

Canada (Gray) Jay

Perisoreus canadensis

gray jay th 1 gray jay th 2

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

canada goose th 1 canada goose th 2

Canada Warbler

Cardellina canadensis

canada warbler th 1 canada warbler th 2

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

cedar waxwing th 1 cedar waxwing th 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Setophaga pensylvanica

chestnut sided warbler th 1 chestnut sided warbler th 2

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

chipping sparrow th 1 chipping sparrow th 2

Clay-colored Sparrow

Spizella pallida

clay colored sparrow th 1 clay colored sparrow th 2

Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

cliff swallow th 1 cliff swallow th 2

Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula

common goldeneye th 1 common goldeneye th 2 common goldeneye th 3

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

common grackle th 1 common grackle th 3 common grackle th 2

Common Loon

Gavia immer

common loon th 1 common loon th 2 common loon th 3 common loon th 4

Common Merganser

Mergus Merganser

common merganser th 1 common merganser th 2 common merganser th 4

Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

common nighthawk th 1 common nighthawk th 2 common nighthawk th 3 common nighthawk th 4 common nighthawk th 5

Common Raven

Corvus Corax

common raven th 1 common raven th 2

Common Redpoll

Acanthis flammea

common redpoll th 1 common redpoll th 2

Common Yellowthroat (Warbler)

Geothlypis thrichas

common yellowthroat th 1 common yellowthroat th 2

Cooper's Hawk

Accipiter cooperii

coopers hawk th 2 coopers hawk th 1 coopers hawk th 3 coopers hawk th 4

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

dark eyed junco th 1 dark eyed junco th 2


Spiza americana

dark eyed junco th 1 dark eyed junco th 2

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

double crested cormorant th 1 double crested cormorant th 2

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

downy woodpecker th 1 downy woodpecker th 2

Eastern Bluebird

Sialia sialis

eastern bluebird th 1 eastern bluebird th 2

Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus

eastern kingbird th 1 eastern kingbird th 2 eastern kingbird th 3

Eastern Meadowlark

Sturnella magna

eastern meadowlark th 1 eastern meadowlark th 2

Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe

eastern phoebe th 1 eastern phoebe th 2 eastern phoebe th 3 eastern phoebe th 4

Eastern Towhee

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

eastern towhee th 1 eastern towhee th 2 eastern towhee th 3

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

eastern wood pewee th 2

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

european starling th 1 european starling th 2

Evening Grosbeak

Coccothraustes vespertinus

evening-grosbeak th 1 evening-grosbeak th 2

Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca

fox sparrow th 1 fox sparrow th 2

Franklin's Gull

Leucophaeus pipixcan

franklin's gull th 1 franklin's gull th 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Golden-crowned Kinglet th 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet th 3

Grasshopper Sparrow

Ammodramus savannarum

Grasshopper Sparrow th 1 Grasshopper Sparrow th 2

Gray Catbird

Dumatella carolinensis

gray catbird th 1 gray catbird th 2

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

great blue heron th 1 great blue heron th 2 great blue heron th 3

Great Crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitus

great crested flycatcher th 1 great crested flycatcher th 2

Great Egret

Ardea alba

great blue heron th 1 great blue heron th 2 great blue heron th 3

Great Gray Owl

Strix nebulosa

great horned owl th 1 great horned owl th 2

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

great horned owl th 1 great horned owl th 2 great horned owl th 3

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

green heron th 1 green heron th 2

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

green-winged teal th 4 green-winged teal th 1 green-winged teal th 2 green-winged teal th 3

Hairy Woodpecker

Picoides villosus

hairy woodpecker th 1 hairy woodpecker th 2

Harris's Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula

Harris's Sparrow th 1 Harris's Sparrow th 2

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

hermit thrush th 1 hermit thrush th 2

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

herring gull th 1 herring gull th 2

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

hooded merganser th 3 hooded merganser th 4 hooded merganser th 5 hooded merganser th 2

Horned Grebe

Podiceps auritus

horned grebeth 1

Horned Lark

Eremophila alpestris

horned lark th 1 horned lark th 2 horned lark th 3

House Finch

Haemorhous mexicanus

house finch th 1 house finch th 2 house finch th 3 house finch th 4

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

house sparrow th 3 house sparrow th 2 house sparrow th 1 house sparrow th 4

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

house wren th 1 house wren th 2 house wren th 3

Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea

indigo bunting th 1 indigo bunting th 2


Charadrius vociferus

killdeer th 1 killdeer th 2 killdeer th 3

Least Flycatcher

Empidonax minimus

Least Flycatcher th 1 Least Flycatcher th 2

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Lesser Scaup th 1 Lesser Scaup th 2

Lincoln's Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

Lincoln's Sparrow th 2

Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia

magnolia warbler th 1 magnolia warbler th 2


Anas platyrhynchos

mallard th 1 mallard th 2


Falco columbarius

merlinth 1 merlinth 2

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

mourning dove th 1 mourning dove th 2

Mourning Warbler

Geothlypis philadelphia

mourning warbler th 1 mourning warbler th 2

Nashville Warbler

Oreothlypis ruficapilla

nashville warbler th 1 nashville warbler th 2

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalus cardinalis

northern cardinal th 3 northern cardinal th 4 northern cardinal th 1 northern cardinal th 2

Northern Flicker

Circus hudsonius

northern flicker th 1 northern flicker th 3 northern flicker th 2

Northern Harrier

Circus hudsonius

northern harrier th 1 northern harrier th 2

Northern Hawk Owl

Surnia ulula

northern harrier th 1 northern harrier th 2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

northern rough winged swallow th 1 northern rough winged swallow th 2

Northern Shoveler

Spatula clypeata

northern shovelerth 1 northern shovelerth 2

Orange-crowned Warbler

Pandion haliaetus

orange-crowned warbler th 1


Pandion haliaetus

osprey th 1 osprey th 2


Seiurus aurocapilla

osprey th 1 ovenbird th 2

Palm Warbler

Setophaga palmarum

palm warbler th 1 palm warbler th 3

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

peregrine falcon th 2 peregrine falcon th 3peregrine falcon th 1

Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

pied-billed grebe th 1pied-billed grebe th 2

Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus

pileated woodpecker th 1 pileated woodpecker th 2 pileated woodpecker th 3

Pine Grosbeak

Pinicola enucleator

pine grosbeakth 1 pine grosbeakth 2

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

pine siskin th 1 pine siskin th 2

Pine Warbler

Setophaga pinus

pine warbler th 1 pine warbler th 2

Purple Finch

Haemorhous purpureus

purple finch th 1 purple finch th 2 purple finch th 3

Purple Martin

Progne subis

purple martin th 1 purple martin th 3 purple martin th 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

red bellied woodpecker th 1 red bellied woodpecker th 2

Red-headed Woodpecker

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

red headed woodpecker th 1

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

red breasted nuthatch th 1 red breasted nuthatch th 2

Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus

red-eyed vireo th 1 red-eyed vireo th 2

Red-shouldered Hawk (Eastern)

Buteo lineatus

red shouldered hawk th 1 red shouldered hawk th 2 red shouldered hawk th 3 red shouldered hawk th 4

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

red tailed hawk th 1 red tailed hawk th 2 red tailed hawk th 3 red tailed hawk th 4 red tailed hawk th 5 red tailed hawk th 6 red tailed hawk th 7

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoenicueus

red winged blackbird th 1 red winged blackbird th 2

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

ring billed gull th 1 ring billed gull th 2

Ring-necked Duck

Phasianus colchicus

ring necked duck th 1 ring necked duck th 2

Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

ring necked pheasant th 1 ring necked pheasant th 2

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

rock dove th 1 rock dove th 2

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus

rose breasted grosbeak th 1 rose breasted grosbeak th 2

Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo lagopus

rough legged hawk th 1 rough legged hawk th 2

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus

ruffed grouse th 1 ruffed grouse th 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

least flycatcher th 1 least flycatcher th 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

ruby throated hummingbird th 1 ruby throated hummingbird th 3

Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus

rusty blackbird th 1 rusty blackbird th 2

Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

sandhill crane th 1 sandhill crane th 2 sandhill crane th 3

Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

scarlet tanager th 1 scarlet tanager th 3 scarlet tanager th 2

Sedge Wren

Cistothorus platensis

sedge wren th 1 sedge wren th 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

sharp shinned hawk th 1 sharp shinned hawk th 2 sharp shinned hawk th 3 sharp shinned hawk th 4 sharp shinned hawk th 5

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Tympanuchus phasianellus

sharp tailed grouse th 1 sharp tailed grouse th 2

Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens

snow goose th 1 snow goose th 2

Solitary Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

Solitary sandpiper th 1 Solitary sandpiper th 2

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

song sparrow th 1 song sparrow th 2

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

spotted sandpiper th 1 spotted sandpiper th 2 spotted sandpiper th 3 spotted sandpiper th 4

Swainson's Thrush

Melospiza georgiana

swainsons thrush th 1

Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana

swamp sparrow th 1 swamp sparrow th 2

Tennessee Warbler

Oreothlypis peregrina

tennessee warbler th 1 tennessee warbler th 2

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

tree swallow th 1 tree swallow th 2

Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator

trumpeter swan th 3 trumpeter swan th 1 trumpeter swan th 2

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura

turkey vulture th 1 turkey vulture th 2

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

western kingbird th 1

Veery (Thrush)

Catharus fuscescens

veery th 1 veery th 2

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis

white breasted nuthatch th 1 white breasted nuthatch th 2

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

white-crowned sparrow th 1 white-crowned sparrow th 2

White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

white-throated sparrow th 1 white-throated sparrow th 2

White-winged Crossbill

Loxia leucoptera

wild turkey th 1 wild turkey th 2

Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo

wild turkey th 3 wild turkey th 2 wild turkey th 1

Wilson's Snipe

Gallinago delicata

wilsons snipe th 1 wilsons snipe th 2

Wilson's Warbler

Cardellina pusilla

wilsons warbler th 1 wilsons warbler th 2

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

wood duck th 1 wood duck th 7

Wood Thrush

Hylocichla mustelina

wood thrush th 1

Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia

yellow warbler th 1 yellow warbler th 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

yellow bellied sapsucker th 1 yellow bellied sapsucker th 2

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler

Setophaga coronata

yellow rumped warbler th 1 yellow rumped warbler th 2 yellow rumped warbler th 3

Yellow-throated Vireo

Vireo flavifrons

yellow throated vireo th 1 yellow throated vireo th 2
Monday, September 20, 2021

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species collected.

Red-winged Rusty
Black-capped Boreal
House Purple
Great Crested Least
Canada Snow
Eastern Western
Common Hooded
Solitary Spotted
House Sedge