Checklist of Birds - Macomb County, MI 
Updated 02/02/2007 Total: 311 species
Compiled by Brian McGee (bndmcgee@wowway.com)
County Breeding
Species Status Status  Locations, Dates, Sources (see notes)
[C] = Casual
[A] = Accidental 
[E] = Extirpated
(B) = Confirmed Breeder
(P) = Possible Breeder
GAVIIFORMES 
     GAVIIDAE
Red-throated Loon [C] (MB)
Common Loon
PODICIPEDIFORMES 
     PODICIPEDIDAE 
Pied-billed Grebe (B)
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe [C]
Eared Grebe [A]
PROCELLARIIFORMES
     PROCELLARIIDAE
Manx Shearwater [A] Armada Twp.  August 2000 (MBRC)
PELECANIFORMES 
     SULIDAE 
Northern Gannet [A] (TH)
     PHALACROCORACIDAE 
Double-crested Cormorant
     FREGATIDAE 
Magnificent Frigatebird [A] Metro Beach Oct 26-28 1995 (MBRC)
CICONIIFORMES 
     ARDEIDAE 
American Bittern
Least Bittern (B)
Great Blue Heron (B) "Great White" Heron, Metro Beach July-Aug 1999
Great Egret
Snowy Egret [C]
Little Blue Heron [C]
Tricolored Heron [A] May 19 1981, Metro Beach May 8 2006   (MBRC)
Cattle Egret [A] Metro Beach  July 2006
Green Heron (B)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (P)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [A] May 23 1981, Apr 20 1982 (MBRC)
     THRESKIORNITHIDAE 
Glossy Ibis [A] Oct 23-25 1990, Nov 11-Dec 6 2001, Oct 15-16 2005 Metro Beach (MBRC)
     CATHARTIDAE 
Turkey Vulture (P)
ANSERIFORMES 
     ANATIDAE 
Greater White-fronted Goose [C] Stoney Creek  January 1996 
Snow Goose [C]
Canada Goose (B)
Cackling Goose [C] Stony Creek  November 2004 (BB)
Brant [A] Metro Beach  (TH)
Mute Swan (B)
Trumpeter Swan [C] (JS), (BB)
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck (B)
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon [A] May 5-8 1975, Sep 17 1982, Nov 29-30 1997 (MBRC)
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard (B)
Blue-winged Teal (B)
Cinnamon Teal [A] Chesterfield Twp. Apr 26-28 1982 (MBRC)
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup (P)
King Eider [A] Dec 18 1976 (MBRC)
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter [C] (MB)
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye [A] Metro Beach (TH)
Hooded Merganser (P)
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck (P)
FALCONIFORMES 
     ACCIPITRIDAE 
Osprey
Mississippi Kite [A] Metro Beach  June 3, 2006
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier (P)
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk [C] (AC), (MB)
Red-shouldered Hawk (P)
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (B)
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle [C] 2005 CBC, (MB)
     FALCONIDAE 
American Kestrel (B)
Merlin
Gyrfalcon [A] Chesterfield Twp., (RP)
Peregrine Falcon
GALLIFORMES 
     PHASIANIDAE 
Ring-necked Pheasant (B)
Ruffed Grouse (P)
Wild Turkey (B)
Northern Bobwhite (B)
GRUIFORMES 
     RALLIDAE 
Yellow Rail [C] Metro Beach,  (AC)
King Rail [C] (P) 7 records 1960 - 1987 (MBRC), (BB)
Virginia Rail (P)
Sora (B)
Common Moorhen (B)
American Coot (B)
GRUIDAE 
Sandhill Crane (B)
CHARADRIIFORMES 
     CHARADRIIDAE 
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover [C] (AC)
Killdeer (B)
     RECURVIROSTRIDAE 
American Avocet [A] Wetzel State Park  June 12, 2004 (MK)
     SCOLOPACIDAE 
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet [A] Metro Beach  May 12, 1999 (MM)
Spotted Sandpiper (B)
Upland Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Hudsonian Godwit [A] (MB)
Marbled Godwit [C]
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot [C] (MB)
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper [A] DNR Access, Harrison Twp.  January 9-14 2007
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper [C] (MB)
Ruff [A] May 12-16 1981  (MBRC)
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe (P)
American Woodcock (B)
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope [A] (MB)
Red Phalarope [A] Metro Beach  October 3-8, 2003  (MBRC)
     LARIDAE 
Laughing Gull [A] Metro Beach  May 22-June 18, 1999
Franklin's Gull [A]
Little Gull [A] (MB)
Bonaparte's Gull
Heermann's Gull [A] Metro Beach Aug 26-Dec 12 1979,Oct 24-Dec 1980 ,Oct 12-Nov 1 1981 (MBRC)
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull [A] (MB)
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull [C] (JS), (MB)
Iceland Gull [C]
Lesser Black-backed Gull [C] (LH), (MB)
Slaty-backed Gull [A] (MB)
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake [A] (MB)
Caspian Tern
Common Tern (P)
Forster's Tern (B)
Black Tern (B)
     ALCIDAE 
Thick-billed Murre [A] November 23, 1950 (MBRC)
COLUMBIFORMES 
     COLUMBIDAE 
Rock Pigeon (B)
Mourning Dove (B)
CUCULIFORMES 
     CUCULIDAE 
Black-billed Cuckoo (B)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (B)
STRIGIFORMES 
     TYTONIDAE 
Barn Owl [E] Jan 5 1958, Jan 10 1960, winter 1973-1974 (MBRC)
     STRIGIDAE 
Eastern Screech-Owl (B)
Great Horned Owl (B)
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl (B)
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl (MB)
CAPRIMULGIFORMES 
     CAPRIMULGIDAE 
Common Nighthawk (P)
Whip-poor-will
APODIFORMES 
     APODIDAE 
Chimney Swift (B)
     TROCHILIDAE 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (B)
Black Chinned Hummingbird [A] Ray Township May 9, 2003  (AC)
CORACIIFORMES 
     ALCEDINIDAE 
Belted Kingfisher (B)
PICIFORMES 
     PICIDAE 
Red-headed Woodpecker (B)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (B)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker (B)
Hairy Woodpecker (B)
Black-backed Woodpecker Mt. Clemens, Dec. 5-19 1968 (AK)
Northern Flicker (B)
Pileated Woodpecker (P) Stoney Creek
PASSERIFORMES 
     TYRANNIDAE 
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee (P)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher (P)
Alder Flycatcher (P)
Willow Flycatcher (B)
Least Flycatcher (P)
Eastern Phoebe (B)
Vermilion Flycatcher [A] November 12 1972  (MBRC)
Great Crested Flycatcher (B)
Eastern Kingbird (B)
     LANIIDAE 
Loggerhead Shrike [A] April 18, 1954 (AK)
Northern Shrike
     VIREONIDAE 
White-eyed Vireo
Bell's Vireo [A] May 6-20 1982  (MBRC)
Yellow-throated Vireo (B)
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo (B)
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo (B)
     CORVIDAE 
Blue Jay  (B)
American Crow (B)
     ALAUDIDAE 
Horned Lark (B)
     HIRUNDINIDAE 
Purple Martin (B)
Tree Swallow (B)
N. Rough-winged Swallow (B)
Bank Swallow (B)
Cliff Swallow (B)
Barn Swallow (B)
     PARIDAE 
Black-capped Chickadee (B)
Tufted Titmouse (B)
     SITTIDAE 
Red-breasted Nuthatch (B)
White-breasted Nuthatch
     CERTHIIDAE 
Brown Creeper (B)
     TROGLODYTIDAE 
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren [A] May 14 1982 (MBRC),  St. Clair Shores May 2 1963 (AK)
House Wren (B)
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren (B)
     REGULIDAE 
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
     SYLVIIDAE 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (B)
     TURDIDAE 
Eastern Bluebird (B)
Veery (P)
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush (B)
American Robin (B)
Varied Thrush [A] November 24, 1987  (BB)
     MIMIDAE 
Gray Catbird (B)
Northern Mockingbird (P)
Brown Thrasher (B)
     STURNIDAE 
European Starling (B)
     MOTACILLIDAE 
American Pipit
     BOMBYCILLIDAE 
Bohemian Waxwing [A] (JS)
Cedar Waxwing (B)
     PARULIDAE 
Blue-winged Warbler (B)
Golden-winged Warbler (B)
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler (B)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (P)
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (P)
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler [C] (JS), (MB)
Pine Warbler (P)
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler (P)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart (B)
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler [A] (MB), (RP)
Ovenbird (B)
Northern Waterthrush (P)
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler (P)
Common Yellowthroat (B)
Hooded Warbler (P)
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
    THRAUPIDAE 
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager (P)
     EMBERIZIDAE 
Eastern Towhee (B)
Bachman's Sparrow [A] Metro Beach April 24, 1964 (RP)
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow (B)
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow (B)
Vesper Sparrow (B)
Lark Sparrow (LH)
Savannah Sparrow (B)
Grasshopper Sparrow (B)
Henslow's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow (B)
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (P)
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow [C] Shadbush Nature Center Jan. 2003,  Clinton Township, May 7-9 2003
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
     CARDINALIDAE 
Northern Cardinal (B)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (B)
Indigo Bunting (B)
Dickcissel
     ICTERIDAE 
Bobolink (B)
Red-winged Blackbird (B)
Eastern Meadowlark (B)
Western Meadowlark [C]
Yellow-headed Blackbird [C] (MB)
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle (B)
Brown-headed Cowbird (B)
Orchard Oriole (P)
Baltimore Oriole (B)
     FRINGILLIDAE 
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch [A] Romeo  Feb 26- late Mar 1984  (MBRC)
Pine Grosbeak [A]
Purple Finch
House Finch (B)
Red Crossbill [C]
White-winged Crossbill [C]
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll [A]  St. Clair Shores  February 1972  (MM), (AK), (RP)
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch (B)
Evening Grosbeak [C]
      PASSERIDAE 
House Sparrow (B)
Notes:
- Thanks to Barb Baldinger (BB), Allen Chartier (AC), Lyle Hamilton (LH), 
   Tom Heatley (TH), Mike Mencotti (MM), & Jim Stevens (JS) for their contributions.  
- Other sources include Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas (1983-1988 & 2002-2007), 
   Zimmerman & Van Tyne (1959), Kelley (AK) (1978), Payne (RP)(1986), 
   Chartier & Ziarno (2004), Metro Beach Metropark Checklist (MB), Michigan Birds Record Committee (MBRC).
Comments and contributions are welcome.