Birder’s Checklist

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A guest of ours, Steve Volkening, is a serious birdwatcher. He’s been compiling a list of birds that he’s spotted on canoe trips with us since 1997. The birds marked by an asterisk were seen on Seagull Outfitter’s property, either the area immediately around the bunkhouse and office or at our Sag Cabins located on the Sag Corridor. The unmarked species were seen on canoe trips in the Boundary Waters or Quetico parks. These birds are listed in the order created by the American Ornithological Society that is used in most field guides. You may want to print it out and use it for your next visit. For help in identifying the birds you may find, Stan Tekiela’s field guide, Birds of Minnesota is a great resource. (This list was updated in January, 2016)


  • Common Loon*
  • White Pelican
  • Western Grebe
  • Pied-billed Grebe*
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Green-backed Heron
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Canada Goose*
  • Mallard Duck*
  • American Black Duck*
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Bufflehead Duck
  • Common Merganser
  • American Coot*
  • Spotted Sandpiper*
  • American Woodcock
  • Herring Gull*
  • Turkey Vulture*
  • Bald Eagle*
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk*
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Osprey
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Ruffled Grouse*
  • Winter Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Common Nighthawk*
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird*
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Northern Flicker*
  • Downy Woodpecker*
  • Hairy Woodpecker*
  • Black-backed Woodpecker*
  • Three-toed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker*
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Alder Flycatcher
  • Horned Lark
  • Tree Swallow
  • Blue Jay*
  • Gray Jay*
  • American Crow*
  • Common Raven*
  • Black-capped Chickadee*
  • Boreal Chickadee*
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch*
  • Golden-eyed Kinglet*
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Veery
  • American Robin*
  • Cedar Waxwing*
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler*
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • American Redstart*
  • Evening Grosbeak*
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Song Sparrow*
  • Dark-eyed Junco*
  • White-throated Sparrow*
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow*
  • House Sparrow
  • Lapland Longspur
  • Snow Bunting
  • Red-winged Blackbird*
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Common Grackle*
  • Pine Siskin*
  • Common Redpoll

A note of interest: Steve reports that he saw the Sharp-shinned Hawk raising a family in a nest right next to our cabin on the Sag Corridor.