There is a very good web site that maintains a lot of information including bird lists and rare bird alerts.  The link is: and I encourage you to go there.

The bird list below excludes birds that have fewer than 10 recorded sightings and I have highlighted the birds that are extremely common in our area near Whiteville, North Carolina, which is about 60 miles from the coast.  We will be fine-tuning this list over time, so you may see changes in it.


Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata   Winter
Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica   Winter
Common Loon Gavia immer Common Winter
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps Common  
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus    
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena    
Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis    
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis    
Herald Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana    
Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata    
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea    
Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis    
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus    
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus    
Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri    
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus    
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina    
Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa    
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro    
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus Accidental  
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus Accidental  
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra    
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus Common  
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos    
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Common  
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Common  
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Common  
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga Common  
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens    
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus Common  
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis Common  
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Common  
Great Egret Ardea alba Common  
Snowy Egret Egretta thula Common  
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea    
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor    
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens    
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Common  
Green Heron Butorides virescens Common  
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax    
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea    
White Ibis Eudocimus albus    
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus    
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja    
Wood Stork Mycteria americana    
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Common All Year
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Common  All Year
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor    
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons    
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens    
Ross's Goose Chen rossii    
Canada Goose Branta canadensis Common  Winter
Brant Branta bernicla    
Mute Swan Cygnus olor    
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus    
Wood Duck Aix sponsa Common  
Gadwall Anas strepera    
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope    
American Wigeon Anas americana    
American Black Duck Anas rubripes Common  
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Common All Year
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors Common  
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera    
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata    
Northern Pintail Anas acuta    
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca Common  
Canvasback Aythya valisineria    
Redhead Aythya americana Common  
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris    
Greater Scaup Aythya marila    
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis    
King Eider Somateria spectabilis    
Common Eider Somateria mollissima    
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus    
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata    
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca    
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra    
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis    
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola    
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula    
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus Common All Year
Common Merganser Mergus merganser    
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator    
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Common  
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Common All Year
Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus    
Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis    
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Common All Year
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus Common All Year
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus  Common  
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii  Common  
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis    
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus Common All Year
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Common  
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Common All Year
Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus    
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos    
American Kestrel Falco sparverius Common All Year
Merlin Falco columbarius    
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus    
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus    
Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus    
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Common All Year
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus Common  
Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis    
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis    
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris    
King Rail Rallus elegans    
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola    
Sora Porzana carolina    
Purple Gallinule Porphyrio martinica    
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus    
American Coot Fulica americana    
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis    
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola    
American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica    
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia    
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus    
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus    
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Common  
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus Common  
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus    
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana    
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca    
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes    
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria    
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Common  
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Common  
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda    
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Common  
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus    
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica    
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa    
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres    
Red Knot Calidris canutus    
Sanderling Calidris alba Common All Year
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla    
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri    
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla    
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis    
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii    
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos    
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima    
Dunlin Calidris alpina    
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea    
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus    
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis    
Ruff Philomachus pugnax    
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus    
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus    
Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata    
American Woodcock Scolopax minor Common  
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor    
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus    
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius    
Great Skua Stercorarius skua    
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki    
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus    
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus    
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus    
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla Common All Year
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan    
Little Gull Larus minutus    
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus    
Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia    
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis Common All Year
Herring Gull Larus argentatus Common All Year
Thayer's Gull Larus thayeri    
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides    
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus    
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus    
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus    
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini    
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla    
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica    
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia    
Royal Tern Sterna maxima    
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis    
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii    
Common Tern Sterna hirundo Common  
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea    
Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri Common  
Least Tern Sterna antillarum    
Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus    
Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata    
Black Tern Chlidonias niger    
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus    
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger    
Dovekie Alle alle    
Razorbill Alca torda    
Rock Dove Columba livia Common All Year
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto    
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica    
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Common All Year
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina    
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus Uncommon Summer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus Common Summer
Barn Owl Tyto alba    
Eastern Screech-Owl Otus asio Common All Year
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Common All Year
Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca Accidental Winter
Barred Owl Strix varia Common All Year
Long-eared Owl Asio otus    
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus    
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus    
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Common Summer
Chuck-will's-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis Common Summer
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus    
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica Common Summer
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris Common Summer*
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus Accidental  
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Common All Year
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus Common All Year
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Common All Year
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius Common All Year
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens Common All Year
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus Common All Year
Red-cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis Rare All Year
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus Common All Year
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus Common All Year
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi    
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens Common Summer
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris    
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens Common Summer
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum    
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii    
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus    
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe Common Summer
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus Common Summer
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis Accidental  
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus Common Summer
Gray Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis    
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus Accidental  
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Common Winter
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus Common Summer
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons Common Summer
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius    
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus    
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus Common Migrant
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus Common All Year
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Common All Year
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Common All Year
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus Common All Year
Common Raven Corvus corax    
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris Common Winter
Purple Martin Progne subis Common Summer
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor Common Summer
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis Common Summer
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Common Summer
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Common Summer
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Common Summer
Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis Common All Year
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapilla Common All Year
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor Common All Year
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis Common All Year
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis Common All Year
Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla Common All Year
Brown Creeper Certhia americana Common All Year
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus Common All Year
Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii Uncommon  
House Wren Troglodytes aedon Common  
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes Common Winter
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis Common  
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris Common  
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa Common Winter
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula Common Winter
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea Common  
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis Common All Year
Veery Catharus fuscescens Common Migrant
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus Common Migrant
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus Common Summer
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus Common Summer
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina Common All Year
American Robin Turdus migratorius Common All Year
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Common Summer
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos Common All Year
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum Common All Year
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Common All Year
American Pipit Anthus rubescens    
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Common Winter
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus Common Migrant
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera Common Migrant
Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina Common Summer
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata    
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla Common Summer
Northern Parula Parula americana Common Summer
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia Common Summer
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica Common Summer
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia Common  Summer
Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina Common Migrant
Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens Common Migrant
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata Common Winter
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens Common Summer
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca Common Migrant
Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica Common Summer
Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus Common Summer
Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor Common Summer
Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum Common  
Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea Common Migrant
Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata Common Migrant
Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea Uncommon Summer
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Common Summer
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Common Summer
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea Common Summer
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus Common Summer
Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii Common Summer
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus Common Summer
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis Common Migrant
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla Common Summer
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus Common Summer
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis   Migrant
Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia Common Migrant
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Common Summer
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina Common Summer
Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla    
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis Common Migrant
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens Common Summer
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra Common Summer
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea Common Migrant
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana Accidental  
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus Common All Year
Bachman's Sparrow Aimophila aestivalis    
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea Common  
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina Common All Year
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida    
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla Common  
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus    
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus    
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis    
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum Common  
Henslow's Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii Rare  
Le Conte's Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii    
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni    
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus caudacutus Common  
Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus Common  
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca Common Winter
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Common  
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii    
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana Common  
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis Common Winter
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys    
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis Common Winter
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus    
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis    
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Common All Year
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus Common Winter
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea Common Summer
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea Common Summer
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris Uncommon  
Dickcissel Spiza americana    
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Common Winter
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Common All Year
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Common  
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus    
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus Common Winter
Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus    
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Common  
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major Common  
Shiny Cowbird Molothrus bonariensis    
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Common  
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius Common Summer
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula Common Summer
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus Common Winter
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus Common  
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra   Winter
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera   Winter
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea Common Winter
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus Common Winter
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Common  
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus    
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common All Year
Common near Whiteville, NC      

* The Ruby-throated Hummingbird arrives March 31 and leaves September 28, pretty much on the dot.  They obviously all have excellent PDA's (portable digital assistants) that work better than mine does.

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