Chesapeake Bay Birds

A field guide to common birds on and near the Chesapeake Bay

Choose a species to learn about its natural history and role in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

Osprey

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

Green Heron

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Great Egret

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Bucephala albeola

Canvasback Duck

Canvasback Duck

Aythya valisineria

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Duck

Anas platyrhynchos

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Pied-Billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Canada Geese

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Common Loon

Common Loon

Gavia immer

Double-Crested Cormorant

Dbl-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

Ring-Billed Gull

Ring-Billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus

Barn Swallows

Barn Swallows

Hirundo rustica

Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura