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Mecklenburg Co. (NC) 2011-2014

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Species Alpha Code* Safe date start** Safe date end Habitat
  Snow Goose  SNGO / /  
  Ross's Goose  ROGO / /  
  Cackling Goose  CACG / /  
  Tundra Swan  TUSW / /  
  Gadwall  GADW / /  
  American Wigeon  AMWI / /  
  American Black Duck  ABDU / /  
  Blue-winged Teal  BWTE / /  
  Northern Shoveler  NSHO / /  
  Northern Pintail  NOPI / /  
  Green-winged Teal  AGWT / /  
  Canvasback  CANV / /  
  Redhead  REDH / /  
  Ring-necked Duck  RNDU / /  
  Greater Scaup  GRSC / /  
  Lesser Scaup  LESC / /  
  Surf Scoter  SUSC / /  
  White-winged Scoter  WWSC / /  
  Black Scoter  BLSC / /  
  Long-tailed Duck  LTDU / /  
  Bufflehead  BUFF / /  
  Common Goldeneye  COGO / /  
  Common Merganser  COME / /  
  Red-breasted Merganser  RBME / /  
  Ruddy Duck  RUDU / /  
  Red-throated Loon  RTLO / /  
  Common Loon  COLO / /  
  Pied-billed Grebe  PBGR / /  
  Horned Grebe  HOGR / /  
  Red-necked Grebe  RNGR / /  
  Eared Grebe  EAGR / /  
  Western Grebe  WEGR / /  
  American White Pelican  AWPE / /  
  Brown Pelican  BRPE / /  
  Double-crested Cormorant  DCCO / /  
  Anhinga  ANHI / /  
  American Bittern  AMBI / /  
  Least Bittern  LEBI / /  
  Great Egret  GREG / /  
  Snowy Egret  SNEG / /  
  Little Blue Heron  LBHE / /  
  Tricolored Heron  TRHE / /  
  Reddish Egret  REEG / /  
  Cattle Egret  CAEG / /  
  Black-crowned Night-Heron  BCNH / /  
  White Ibis  WHIB / /  
  Glossy Ibis  GLIB / /  
  Wood Stork  WOST / /  
  Swallow-tailed Kite  STKI / /  
  Northern Harrier  NOHA / /  
  Rough-legged Hawk  RLHA / /  
  Golden Eagle  GOEA / /  
  Merlin  MERL / /  
  Peregrine Falcon  PEFA / /  
  Yellow Rail  YERA / /  
  Black Rail  BLRA / /  
  Clapper Rail  CLRA / /  
  Virginia Rail  VIRA / /  
  Sora  SORA / /  
  Common Gallinule  COMO / /  
  American Coot  AMCO / /  
  Sandhill Crane  SACR / /  
  Black-bellied Plover  BBPL / /  
  American Golden-Plover  AMGP / /  
  Semipalmated Plover  SEPL / /  
  Piping Plover  PIPL / /  
  Greater Yellowlegs  GRYE / /  
  Lesser Yellowlegs  LEYE / /  
  Solitary Sandpiper  SOSA / /  
  Willet  WILL / /  
  Spotted Sandpiper  SPSA / /  
  Upland Sandpiper  UPSA / /  
  Whimbrel  WHIM / /  
  Marbled Godwit  MAGO / /  
  Ruddy Turnstone  RUTU / /  
  Red Knot  REKN / /  
  Sanderling  SAND / /  
  Semipalmated Sandpiper  SESA / /  
  Western Sandpiper  WESA / /  
  Least Sandpiper  LESA / /  
  White-rumped Sandpiper  WRSA / /  
  Baird's Sandpiper  BASA / /  
  Pectoral Sandpiper  PESA / /  
  Dunlin  DUNL / /  
  Stilt Sandpiper  STSA / /  
  Buff-breasted Sandpiper  BBSA / /  
  Short-billed Dowitcher  SBDO / /  
  Wilson's Snipe  WISN / /  
  Wilson's Phalarope  WIPH / /  
  Parasitic Jaeger  PAJA / /  
  Long-tailed Jaeger  LTJA / /  
  Laughing Gull  LAGU / /  
  Franklin's Gull  FRGU / /  
  Bonaparte's Gull  BOGU / /  
  Ring-billed Gull  RBGU / /  
  Herring Gull  HERG / /  
  Lesser Black-backed Gull  LBBG / /  
  Sabine's Gull  SAGU / /  
  Caspian Tern  CATE / /  
  Royal Tern  ROYT / /  
  Common Tern  COTE / /  
  Forster's Tern  FOTE / /  
  Bridled Tern  BRTE / /  
  Black Tern  BLTE / /  
  Brown Noddy  BRNO / /  
  Black Skimmer  BLSK / /  
  Band-tailed Pigeon  BTPI / /  
  White-winged Dove  WWDO / /  
  Common Ground-Dove  COGD / /  
  Snowy Owl  SNOW / /  
  Short-eared Owl  SEOW / /  
  Northern Saw-whet Owl  NSWO / /  
  Black-chinned Hummingbird  BCHU / /  
  Anna's Hummingbird  ANHU / /  
  Calliope Hummingbird  CAHU / /  
  Rufous Hummingbird  RUHU / /  
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  YBSA / /  
  Olive-sided Flycatcher  OSFL / /  
  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  YBFL / /  
  Alder Flycatcher  ALFL / /  
  Least Flycatcher  LEFL / /  
  Philadelphia Vireo  PHVI / /  
  Bank Swallow  BANS / /  
  Red-breasted Nuthatch  RBNU / /  
  Brown Creeper  BRCR / /  
  Bewick's Wren  BEWR / /  
  unid. Pacific Wren / Winter Wren  WIWR / /  
  Sedge Wren  SEWR / /  
  Marsh Wren  MAWR / /  
  Golden-crowned Kinglet  GCKI / /  
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet  RCKI / /  
  Veery  VEER / /  
  Gray-cheeked Thrush  GCTH / /  
  Swainson's Thrush  SWTH / /  
  Hermit Thrush  HETH / /  
  American Pipit  AMPI / /  
  Blue-winged Warbler  BWWA / /  
  Golden-winged Warbler  GWWA / /  
  Tennessee Warbler  TEWA / /  
  Orange-crowned Warbler  OCWA / /  
  Nashville Warbler  NAWA / /  
  Chestnut-sided Warbler  CSWA / /  
  Magnolia Warbler  MAWA / /  
  Cape May Warbler  CMWA / /  
  Black-throated Blue Warbler  BTBW / /  
  (Myrtle Warbler) Yellow-rumped Warbler  MYWA / /  
  Black-throated Green Warbler  BTNW / /  
  Blackburnian Warbler  BLBW / /  
  Kirtland's Warbler  KIWA / /  
  Palm Warbler  PAWA / /  
  Bay-breasted Warbler  BBWA / /  
  Blackpoll Warbler  BLPW / /  
  Cerulean Warbler  CERW / /  
  Northern Waterthrush  NOWA / /  
  Connecticut Warbler  CONW / /  
  Mourning Warbler  MOWA / /  
  Wilson's Warbler  WIWA / /  
  Canada Warbler  CAWA / /  
  Western Tanager  WETA / /  
  Clay-colored Sparrow  CCSP / /  
  Vesper Sparrow  VESP / /  
  Lark Sparrow  LASP / /  
  Savannah Sparrow  SAVS / /  
  Le Conte's Sparrow  LCSP / /  
  Nelson's Sparrow  NSTS / /  
  Fox Sparrow  FOSP / /  
  Lincoln's Sparrow  LISP / /  
  Swamp Sparrow  SWSP / /  
  White-throated Sparrow  WTSP / /  
  White-crowned Sparrow  WCSP / /  
  (Slate-colored Junco) Dark-eyed Junco  SCJU / /  
  Lapland Longspur  LALO / /  
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak  RBGR / /  
  Painted Bunting  PABU / /  
  Dickcissel  DICK / /  
  Bobolink  BOBO / /  
  Rusty Blackbird  RUBL / /  
  Brewer's Blackbird  BRBL / /  
  Baltimore Oriole  BAOR / /  
  Purple Finch  PUFI / /  
  Red Crossbill  RECR / /  
  Common Redpoll  CORE / /  
  Pine Siskin  PISI / /  
  Evening Grosbeak  EVGR / /  
  Canada Goose  CANG3 / 15 6 / 30Parks, golf courses, lawns, ponds, lakes, rivers 
  Wood Duck  WODU4 / 15 6 / 30Wooded swamps, marshes, streams, rivers 
  Mallard  MALL3 / 15 6 / 30All wetlands and adjacent yards, etc. 
  Hooded Merganser  HOME5 / 1 6 / 30Wooded swamps, marshes, streams, rivers 
  Great Blue Heron  GBHE1 / 15 6 / 30Wooded swamps, beaver ponds, river islands 
  Green Heron  GRHE5 / 15 6 / 30Woody growth near marshes or open water 
  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  YCNH4 / 15 6 / 30Pine trees in older neighborhoods with adjacent streams  
  Black Vulture  BLVU4 / 15 6 / 30Woods, rocky outcrops, abandoned buildings 
  Turkey Vulture  TUVU4 / 15 6 / 30Woods, rocky outcrops, abandoned buildings 
  Mississippi Kite  MIKI5 / 15 6 / 30Tall trees along stream bottomland 
  Bald Eagle  BAEA1 / 15 6 / 30Tall trees along large lake and river margins 
  Sharp-shinned Hawk  SSHA5 / 15 6 / 30Conifers in mature woodlands 
  Cooper's Hawk  COHA5 / 15 6 / 30Mixed woodlands, groves, copses 
  Red-shouldered Hawk  RSHA3 / 15 6 / 30Wet mixed pine-hardwood forests, swamps 
  Broad-winged Hawk  BWHA5 / 15 6 / 30Mature mixed woodlands 
  Red-tailed Hawk  RTHA4 / 15 6 / 30Mature woodlands often near edges 
  American Kestrel  AMKE5 / 15 6 / 30Open country, scattered trees, edge, nest boxes 
  King Rail  KIRA5 / 15 6 / 30Reedy ponds, or marshes 
  Killdeer  KILL3 / 15 6 / 30Open, sparsely vegetated areas; flat rooftops 
  American Woodcock  AMWO1 / 1 6 / 30Forest edges, wet fields 
  Mourning Dove  MODO3 / 15 6 / 30Suburbs, woodlots, farmlands 
  Black-billed Cuckoo  BBCU5 / 15 6 / 30Forested habitats, edge 
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo  YBCU5 / 15 6 / 30Forested habitats, edge 
  Eastern Screech-Owl  EASO12 / 1 6 / 30Cavities in open deciduous forests, woodlots, residential areas 
  Great Horned Owl  GHOW12 / 1 6 / 30Wide variety of habitats from forest to farmland 
  Barred Owl  BADO12 / 1 6 / 30Moist woods, wooded swamps, bottomlands 
  Common Nighthawk  CONI5 / 15 6 / 30Tops of buildings 
  Chuck-will's-widow  CWWI5 / 15 6 / 30Open oak woodlands 
  unid. Mexican / Eastern Whip-poor-will  WPWI5 / 15 6 / 30Secondary forest, copses, scrub pine-oak, edge 
  Chimney Swift  CHSW5 / 15 6 / 30Urban chimneys 
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird  RTHU5 / 1 6 / 30Open woodland, rural and suburban gardens, edge 
  Belted Kingfisher  BEKI4 / 1 6 / 30Stream, river, or lake shore with banks 
  Red-headed Woodpecker  RHWO5 / 15 6 / 30Open country with scattered trees 
  Red-bellied Woodpecker  RBWO3 / 1 6 / 30Older-growth forests and wood lots 
  Downy Woodpecker  DOWO3 / 1 6 / 30Forests, copses, suburbs 
  Hairy Woodpecker  HAWO3 / 1 6 / 30Forests 
  (Yellow-shafted Flicker) Northern Flicker  YSFL5 / 15 6 / 30Forest, park lands 
  Pileated Woodpecker  PIWO3 / 1 6 / 30Mature forest, especially bottomlands 
  Eastern Wood-Pewee  EAWP5 / 15 6 / 30Mature forest 
  Acadian Flycatcher  ACFL5 / 15 6 / 30Bottomland forest, forested floodplain and stream edges 
  Willow Flycatcher  WIFL5 / 15 6 / 30Willow shrub swamps 
  Eastern Phoebe  EAPH4 / 1 6 / 30Ledges, bridges, porch sills, etc. usually near water 
  Great Crested Flycatcher  GCFL5 / 15 6 / 30Mature forest edge, nest boxes 
  Eastern Kingbird  EAKI5 / 15 6 / 30Open habitats, including edge, copses, often near water 
  Loggerhead Shrike  LOSH5 / 15 6 / 30Farmland and other open habitats 
  White-eyed Vireo  WEVI5 / 15 6 / 30Moist area thickets, tangles of vines, or briers 
  Yellow-throated Vireo  YTVI5 / 15 6 / 30Open deciduous and mixed forest and riparian woodlands 
  Blue-headed Vireo  BHVI5 / 15 6 / 30Mature coniferous or mixed pine-hardwood forests 
  Warbling Vireo  WAVI5 / 15 6 / 30Open groves of deciduous trees often adjacent to rivers 
  Red-eyed Vireo  REVI5 / 15 6 / 30Mixed and deciduous forests 
  American Crow  AMCR4 / 1 6 / 30Conifers in forested areas, woodlots, yards, parks 
  Fish Crow  FICR4 / 15 6 / 30Mixed woods, woodlots, yards, parks 
  Common Raven  CORA3 / 1 6 / 30Rock ledges in local rock quarry sites 
  Horned Lark  HOLA4 / 15 6 / 30Abandoned agricultural fields, sparsely vegetated areas, airports  
  Purple Martin  PUMA5 / 15 6 / 30Farms, large yards, and golf courses in artificial nest boxes 
  Tree Swallow  TRES5 / 15 6 / 30Open areas near wetlands, in nest boxes  
  Northern Rough-winged Swallow  NRWS5 / 15 6 / 30Often near water, in cavity, pipe, or excavated burrow 
  Cliff Swallow  CLSW5 / 15 6 / 30Eves and sides of bridges 
  Barn Swallow  BARS5 / 15 6 / 30Structures - eves of barns, garages, sheds, bridges 
  Carolina Chickadee  CACH3 / 1 6 / 30Woodlands, orchards, shade trees, yards, and city parks 
  Tufted Titmouse  TUTI3 / 1 6 / 30Deciduous oak forests, riparian woodlands, and residential areas 
  White-breasted Nuthatch  WBNU3 / 1 6 / 30Deciduous forest 
  Brown-headed Nuthatch  BHNU3 / 1 6 / 30Natural or artificial nest cavities in open pine woods 
  Carolina Wren  CARW3 / 1 6 / 30Wet woods, stream edges, thickets, brush piles suburban yards 
  House Wren  HOWR5 / 15 6 / 30Open forests, wood edges, farms, suburbs, parks 
  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  BGGN5 / 15 6 / 30Wooded edges along ponds, rivers, streams, swamps 
  Eastern Bluebird  EABL4 / 1 6 / 30Natural or artificial nest cavities in fields with scattered trees 
  Wood Thrush  WOTH5 / 15 6 / 30Mature forest 
  American Robin  AMRO5 / 15 6 / 30Almost anywhere except the most open habitats 
  Gray Catbird  GRCA5 / 15 6 / 30Dense tangles and thickets 
  Northern Mockingbird  NOMO4 / 1 6 / 30Suburban or semi-rural habitats with thickets, brushy edges 
  Brown Thrasher  BRTH5 / 1 6 / 30Dry second-growth; powerlines, overgrown pastures, thickets 
  European Starling  EUST4 / 15 6 / 30Everywhere except remote rural areas 
  Cedar Waxwing  CEDW5 / 15 6 / 30Second-growth forests, parks, margins of waterways 
  Northern Parula  NOPA5 / 15 6 / 30Woodlands with Usnea lichen 
  Yellow Warbler  YWAR5 / 15 6 / 30Marsh margins, wet brushy areas, farmlands 
  Yellow-throated Warbler  YTWA5 / 15 6 / 30Pine woods, or swamps and bottomlands -esp. in conifers 
  Pine Warbler  PIWA5 / 15 6 / 30Variety of pine forests 
  Prairie Warbler  PRAW5 / 15 6 / 30Brushy fields, powerline cuts, edges 
  Black-and-white Warbler  BAWW5 / 15 6 / 30Primarily deciduous forest 
  American Redstart  AMRE5 / 15 6 / 30Secondary forest, copses 
  Prothonotary Warbler  PROW5 / 15 6 / 30Wooded swamps, nest cavities over water 
  Worm-eating Warbler  WEWA5 / 15 6 / 30Brushy undergrowth of rocky wooded hillsides and ravines 
  Swainson's Warbler  SWWA5 / 15 6 / 30Dense shrub thickets, vine tangles, privet hedges in forest wetlands 
  Ovenbird  OVEN5 / 15 6 / 30Open forests with little or no understory vegetation and ample lleaf litter 
  Louisiana Waterthrush  LOWA5 / 15 6 / 30Rocky streams in forest areas 
  Kentucky Warbler  KEWA5 / 15 6 / 30Wet thickets, dense understory in moist or wet deciduous forest bottomlands 
  Common Yellowthroat  COYE5 / 15 6 / 30Brushy areas, thickets, powerline cuts, preferably wet 
  Hooded Warbler  HOWA5 / 15 6 / 30Moist thickets in woodlands 
  Yellow-breasted Chat  YBCH5 / 15 6 / 30Thickets in fields, pastures, utility corridors 
  Summer Tanager  SUTA5 / 15 6 / 30Variety of forests - most often in open pines 
  Scarlet Tanager  SCTA5 / 15 6 / 30Mature deciduous forests 
  Eastern Towhee  EATO4 / 15 6 / 30Dry, open forest, edge, brushy habitats including thickets and utility corridors 
  Bachman's Sparrow  BACS5 / 15 6 / 30Open, park-like pine stands with grassy ground cover maintained by fire 
  Chipping Sparrow  CHSP4 / 15 6 / 30Open mixed forest, suburbs, parks, cemeteries 
  Field Sparrow  FISP4 / 15 6 / 30Brushy areas, weedy fields, utility corridors 
  Grasshopper Sparrow  GRSP4 / 15 6 / 30Grasslands, hayfields, possibly airport areas 
  Henslow's Sparrow  HESP5 / 15 6 / 30Weedy fields, wet meadows 
  Song Sparrow  SOSP4 / 15 6 / 30Forest edge, brushy areas, marsh edges, suburbs 
  Northern Cardinal  NOCA4 / 1 6 / 30Suburban or semi-rural areas; forest edge, woodlots, thickets, parks, gardens 
  Blue Grosbeak  BLGR5 / 15 6 / 30Brushy habitats, woodland edge, fields, pastures, overgrown fields, utility corridors 
  Indigo Bunting  INBU5 / 15 6 / 30Brushy habitats including forest edge, overgrown fields, utility corridors 
  Red-winged Blackbird  RWBL5 / 1 6 / 30Wide variety of densely vegetated wet habitats 
  Eastern Meadowlark  EAME5 / 1 6 / 30Extensive grasslands, hayfields, possibly airport areas 
  Common Grackle  COGR4 / 15 6 / 30Wide variety of urban and rural habitats 
  Brown-headed Cowbird  BHCO4 / 15 6 / 30Virtually all habitats 
  Orchard Oriole  OROR5 / 15 6 / 30Open patchy forest, copses, often near river, stream, or pond 
  House Finch  HOFI4 / 15 6 / 30Scattered trees, especially conifers - usually in residential areas 
  Blue Jay  BLJA5 / 15 7 / 15Varied; most forest types, thickets, yards, parks 
  Osprey  OSPR4 / 15 7 / 31Tall trees or towers along river edges  
  American Goldfinch  AMGO6 / 1 8 / 30Forest edge, copses, brushy areas, residential areas 
  Wild Turkey  WITU3 / 15 9 / 30Mature deciduous woods, edge 
  Northern Bobwhite  NOBO3 / 15 9 / 30Open fields, pastures, scrub 
  Rock Pigeon  ROPI1 / 1 12 / 31Buildings, bridges, towers in urban areas, farms 
  Eurasian Collared-Dove  EUCD1 / 1 12 / 31Buildings, bridges, towers in urban areas, farms 
  Barn Owl  BANO1 / 1 12 / 31Farm barns, silos, out buildings near large open habitats 
  House Sparrow  HOSP1 / 1 12 / 31Residential areas, farms 
 
* Alpha Codes are also known as 'banding codes' (not AOU codes, which are numeric)
** Safe dates represent a window when a singing male is assumed not to be in migration, and therefore on territory. Some atlases do not use safe dates, because they prefer (given present knowledge) not to assume migration or territorial status of all individuals. Safe dates generally apply to the Possible breeding category only when used.
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