Photo Gallery

Cape Breton Birds Photo Gallery

All photos are copyright Allan or Cathy Murrant unless otherwise stated. Most birds we have photographed here on Cape Breton Island.
  • Species marked as *NEW* are new species to the list or new photos have been added to a species page.

    GEESE, AND SWANS

  • Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
  • Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)*NEW*
  • Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
  • Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)
  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
  • Brant (Branta bernicla)*NEW*

  • Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
  • Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)*NEW*

    DUCKS

  • Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
  • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
  • American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
  • Gadwall (Anas strepera)
  • Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca carolinensis)
  • Common Teal (Anas crecca crecca)
  • American Wigeon (Anas americana)
  • Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
  • Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
  • Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
  • Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
  • Garganey (Anas querquedula)
  • Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
  • Redhead (Aythya americana)
  • Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
  • Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
  • Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
  • Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
  • Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
  • King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
  • Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)*NEW*
  • White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
  • Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
  • Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)*NEW*
  • Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
  • Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
  • Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
  • Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
  • Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
  • Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
  • Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
  • Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)*NEW*

    UPLAND GAME BIRDS

  • Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)*NEW*
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)*NEW*
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
  • Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus)
  • Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
  • Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus)

    LOONS

  • Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)
  • Common Loon (Gavia immer)

    GREBES

  • Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)*NEW*
  • Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)*NEW*
  • Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
  • Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
  • Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

    SHEARWATERS AND STORM-PETRELS

  • Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
  • Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)
  • Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)

    GANNETS, BOOBIES, PELICANS AND CORMORANTS

  • Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

  • Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)*NEW*

  • American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
  • Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

  • Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
  • Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
  • Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
  • Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

    BITTERNS, HERONS, EGRETS, AND IBISES

  • American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)*NEW*

  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
  • Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

  • Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)
  • Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)
  • Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
  • Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
  • Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis)
  • Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
  • Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)*NEW*
  • Great Egret (Ardea alba)
  • Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

  • Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
  • White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
  • Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)
  • Wood Stork (Jabiru mycteria)

    VULTURES, HAWKS, EAGLES, CARACARA AND FALCONS

  • Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)*NEW*

  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)*NEW*
  • Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
  • Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)*NEW*
  • Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
  • Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)
  • Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus)
  • Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
  • Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
  • Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)

  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

  • Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

  • American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
  • Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
  • Merlin (Falco columbarius)
  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)*NEW*

    RAILS, GALLINULE, COOTS, AND CRANES

  • Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
  • Sora (Porzana carolina)

  • Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)
  • Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus)

  • American Coot (Fulica americana)

  • Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)*NEW*
  • Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

    PLOVERS, OYSTERCATCHERS AND AVOCETS

  • Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
  • American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica)
  • Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)
  • Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
  • Killdeer (Charadrius montanus)

  • American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

  • Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
  • American Avocet (Recuvirostra americana)

    SANDPIPERS AND PHALAROPES

  • Willet (Tringa semipalmata semipalmata)*NEW*
  • Western Willet (Tringa semipalmata inornata)*NEW*
  • Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
  • Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)*NEW*
  • Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
  • Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
  • Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)*NEW*
  • Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus)
  • European Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus phaeopus)
  • Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
  • Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
  • Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
  • Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
  • Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
  • Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
  • Sanderling (Calidris alba)
  • Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
  • 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)
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)*NEW*
  • Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
  • Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
  • Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)*NEW*
  • Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)
  • Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
  • American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

  • Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

    GULLS, TERNS, AND JAEGERS

  • Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla)
  • Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia)
  • Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
  • Little Gull (Larus minutus)
  • Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
  • Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
  • Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)
  • Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
  • Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
  • Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
  • Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri)
  • Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
  • Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
  • Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
  • Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea)
  • Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini)

  • Royal Tern (Thalasseus maxima)
  • Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
  • Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)
  • Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
  • Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)
  • Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)*NEW*
  • Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
  • Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
  • Black Skimmer (Rhynchops niger)

  • Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus)
  • ALCIDS

  • Dovekie (Alle alle)
  • Common Murre (Uria aalge)
  • Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia)
  • Razorbill (Alca torda)
  • Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
  • Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

    PIGEONS, DOVES, PARAKEETS AND CUCKOOS

  • Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

  • Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
  • White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
  • Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina)

  • Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)*NEW*
  • Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)*NEW*

    OWLS, AND GOATSUCKERS

  • Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
  • Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)*NEW*
  • Barred Owl (Strix varia)*NEW*
  • Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
  • Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)*NEW*
  • Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

  • Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)*NEW*

    SWIFTS, HUMMINGBIRDS, AND KINGFISHERS

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

  • Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon)

    WOODPECKERS

  • Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)*NEW*
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
  • Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
  • Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
  • Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
  • Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides dorsalis)

    FLYCATCHERS, SHRIKES, AND VIREOS

  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)
  • Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)
  • Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)
  • Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
  • Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
  • Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis)
  • Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)*NEW*
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)

  • Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
  • Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

  • White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)
  • Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)*NEW*
  • Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
  • Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)*NEW*
  • Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)

    JAYS AND CROWS

  • Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
  • Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)

  • Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
  • American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
  • Common Raven (Corvus corax)

    LARKS, AND SWALLOWS

  • Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

  • Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
  • Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
  • Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)*NEW*

    CHICKADEES, CREEPERS, AND NUTHATCHES

  • Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
  • Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus)

  • Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

  • White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla)

    WRENS, KINGLETS, AND GNATCATCHERS

  • Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)*NEW*
  • House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)*NEW*
  • Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)
  • Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)*NEW*

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

    THRUSHES, MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS

  • Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
  • Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)*NEW*
  • Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)
  • Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
  • Veery (Catharus fuscescens)*NEW*
  • Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
  • Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
  • Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)*NEW*
  • Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)
  • American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

  • Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)*NEW*
  • Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)*NEW*

    STARLINGS, PIPITS, AND WAXWINGS

  • European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

  • American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

  • Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)*NEW*
  • Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

    WARBLERS

  • Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus)*NEW*
  • Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)*NEW*
  • Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina)*NEW*
  • Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)
  • Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)*NEW*
  • Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)*NEW*
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)*NEW*
  • Magnolia Warbler(Setophaga magnolia)
  • Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)*NEW*
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)*NEW*
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
  • Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)*NEW*
  • Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis)*NEW*
  • Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)
  • Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)*NEW*
  • Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)
  • Kirtland's Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii)*NEW*
  • Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)
  • Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)*NEW*
  • Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)
  • Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)
  • Black and White Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
  • American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
  • Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)*NEW*
  • Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)*NEW*
  • Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)
  • Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla)
  • Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrina)*NEW*
  • Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
  • Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens)*NEW*

    TANAGERS, AND SPARROWS

  • Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)*NEW*
  • Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)*NEW*
  • Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)

  • Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)*NEW*
  • American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
  • Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)*NEW*
  • Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)*NEW*
  • Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)*NEW*
  • Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
  • Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)*NEW*
  • Nelson's Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)*NEW*
  • Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
  • Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)
  • Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)*NEW*
  • Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
  • Ipswich Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis princeps)
  • Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)*NEW*
  • Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
  • Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
  • Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
  • White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
  • White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
  • Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis hyemalis)
  • Oregon Junco (Junco hyemalis thurberi)
  • Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus)
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)
  • Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

    CARDINALS AND BLACKBIRDS

  • Northern Cardinal (Cardinalalis cardinalis)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)*NEW*
  • Dickcissel (Spiza americana)
  • Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)
  • Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)*NEW*
  • Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

  • Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)*NEW*
  • Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)*NEW*
  • Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)*NEW*
  • Western Meadowlark (Sturnella negleta)
  • Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
  • Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
  • Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
  • Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
  • Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)*NEW*
  • Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)*NEW*
  • Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

    FINCHES, AND HOUSE SPARROW

  • Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
  • White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)
  • Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)*NEW*
  • Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
  • American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
  • Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
  • Hoary Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni)
  • Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus)
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

    TOTAL SPECIES 342 SUBSPECIES 4

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