Seasonal Bird Checklist

Birds of the Lake Tahoe Basin - A Seasonal Checklist

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Above is a link to a seasonal species checklist of the birds of the Lake Tahoe basin.  It lists every species documented to have occured at Lake Tahoe, along with breeding status and abundance codes broken out by season (note that these are not the standard, solar seasons), as of May 2016.  Bird distribution is dynamic, with species becoming more or less rare over time in any given location.  Thus, to make this as useful as possible, we have assigned abundance codes based on averages over the last 10 years.  Some species are clearly on an upward trajectory (e.g., Eurasian Collared-Dove), while others may only seem so in light of the past several years of drought (e.g., Anna's Hummingbird, Canyon Wren, California Quail).  We have kept all of this in mind to make this list as useful and accurate as possible for the next several years.  Printed copies are available for $2 at the TINS office, USFS Taylor Creek Visitors Center, and other bookstores and retailers in the Tahoe region, or $4 shipped (click yellow PayPal button below to purchase).




The fall of 2017 added first records of Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitensand Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus).  Both species should be considered Casual in Fall. 

AOU TAXONOMIC CHANGES (sequence revisions are not addressed):

Snow and Ross' Goose are now in the genus Anser.

Gadwall and both wigeons are now in the genus Mareca.  

Blue-winged and Cinnamon teals and Northern Shoveler are now in the genus Spatula.  

Thayer's Gull has been lumped back into Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides).  

Sandhill Crane is now in the genus Antigone.

Northern Harrier is now Circus hudsonius.  

Northern Shrike is now Lanius borealis.

American Tree Sparrow is now Spizelloides arborea.

Western Scrub-Jay has been split, and we believe all Tahoe records pertain to the newly named California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica).  




 Grosebeak Couple


A special thanks to Ruby Lyon for all the hard work on the layout and Keith Hansen ( for the cover art!


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