Boreal Birds
300+ species, billions of birds rely on Canada's boreal forest as critical breeding grounds

U.S. Cities Birding Lists

The United States is a boreal bird's home away from home, with an estimated 1.5 billion boreal birds wintering in the U.S. each year. More boreal bird species winter in the U.S. Lower 48 than in any other country or region. Furthermore, the entire wintering population of several boreal bird species occurs only within the U.S.  In almost half the states (23), the official bird is a boreal bird.

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Boreal Birds of the Washington, D.C. Area

The Washington, D.C. area has 86 birds regularly seen that breed in the Boreal Forest. Some of these species winter in the US, many however migrate south to winter in Mexico, Central and South America.

Gull-like Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Bonaparte's Gull Fall Winter Spring
Herring Gull Fall Winter Spring Summer
Hawk-like Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Bald Eagle Fall Winter Spring
Merlin Fall Winter Spring
Northern Harrier Fall Winter Spring
Osprey Fall Spring Summer
Sharp-shinned Hawk Fall Winter Spring
Owls
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Short-eared Owl Fall Winter Spring
Perching Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Alder Flycatcher Fall Spring
American Robin Fall Winter Spring Summer
American Tree Sparrow Fall Winter Spring
Bay-breasted Warbler Fall Spring
Belted Kingfisher Fall Winter Spring Summer
Black-throated Green Warbler Fall Spring
Blackburnian Warbler Fall Spring
Blackpoll Warbler Fall Spring
Blue-headed Vireo Fall Spring
Canada Warbler Fall Spring
Cape May Warbler Fall Spring
Chipping Sparrow Fall Winter Spring Summer
Dark-eyed Junco Fall Winter Spring
Eastern Kingbird Fall Spring Summer
Fox Sparrow Fall Winter Spring
Golden-crowned Kinglet Fall Winter Spring
Gray-cheeked Thrush Fall Spring
Hermit Thrush Fall Winter Spring
Least Flycatcher Fall Spring Summer
Lincoln's Sparrow Fall Spring
Magnolia Warbler Fall Spring
Mourning Warbler Fall Spring
Nashville Warbler Fall Spring
Northern Waterthrush Fall Spring
Olive-sided Flycatcher Fall Spring
Palm Warbler Fall Spring
Philadelphia Vireo Fall Spring
Purple Finch Fall Winter Spring
Red-eyed Vireo Fall Spring Summer
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Fall Winter Spring
Rusty Blackbird Fall Winter Spring
Savannah Sparrow Fall Winter Spring
Swainson's Thrush Fall Spring
Swamp Sparrow Fall Winter Spring Summer
Tennessee Warbler Fall Spring
White-crowned Sparrow Fall Winter Spring
White-throated Sparrow Fall Winter Spring
Wilson's Warbler Fall Spring
Winter Wren Fall Winter Spring
Yellow Warbler Fall Spring Summer
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Fall Spring
Yellow-rumped Warbler Fall Winter Spring
Long-legged Waders
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
American Bittern Fall Winter Spring
Tree-clinging Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Northern Flicker Fall Winter Spring Summer
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Fall Winter Spring
Upland Ground Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Common Nighthawk Fall Spring Summer
Duck-like Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
American Black Duck Fall Winter Spring
American Wigeon Fall Winter Spring
Blue-winged Teal Fall Spring
Bufflehead Fall Winter Spring
Canada Goose Fall Winter Spring Summer
Canvasback Fall Winter Spring
Common Goldeneye Fall Winter Spring
Common Loon Fall Winter Spring
Common Merganser Fall Winter Spring
Greater Scaup Fall Winter Spring
Green-winged Teal Fall Winter Spring
Horned Grebe Fall Winter Spring
Lesser Scaup Fall Winter Spring
Mallard Fall Winter Spring Summer
Northern Pintail Fall Winter Spring
Northern Shoveler Fall Winter Spring
Pied-billed Grebe Fall Winter Spring Summer
Redhead Fall Winter Spring
Ring-necked Duck Fall Winter Spring
Sandpiper-like Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Greater Yellowlegs Fall Spring
Killdeer Fall Winter Spring Summer
Least Sandpiper Fall Spring
Lesser Yellowlegs Fall Spring
Short-billed Dowitcher Fall Spring
Solitary Sandpiper Fall Spring
Spotted Sandpiper Fall Spring
Wilson's Snipe Fall Winter Spring
Chicken-like Marsh Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Sora Fall Spring
Swallow-like Birds
Species Fall Winter Spring Summer
Bank Swallow Fall Spring Summer
Cliff Swallow Fall Spring
Tree Swallow Fall Spring Summer

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