PrimaryAdult Contact:
Relation to group:
Street Address:
School/Organization Name:
Phone #
How many youth participated?
How many outings this month?
# of species observed:
Month of Sightings:
Where did you bird?**
**= Please provide IF different than your organization's address. Teams may bird in their backyards, schoolyards,
neighborhood, or even a local park
within their community  however each submission must be restricted to a single location.
Checklist for the Birds of Eastern North America
(must be completed for prize consideration)
Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Pelicans - Gannets
Brown Pelican

Double-crested Cormorant


Geese and Swans
Snow Goose

Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Tundra Swan

Wood Duck


American Wigeon


Blue-winged Teal

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Lesser Scaup


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Game Birds
Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite

Herons - Storks
American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Glossy Ibis

White Ibis

New World Vultures
Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Diurnal Raptors

Mississippi Kite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon
Rails - Cranes
Virginia Rail


Common Moorhen

American Coot

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover


American Oystercatcher

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs


Spotted Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper


Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

American Woodcock

Gulls, Terns, etc.
Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster's Tern

Black Skimmer

Pigeons and Doves
Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Barn Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Goatsuckers- Swifts
Common Nighthawk



Chimney Swift

Hummingbird &
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker
Tyrant Flycatchers
Eastern Wood-Pewee

Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Corvids - Wrens
Blue Jay

American Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

House Wren

Winter Wren

Marsh Wren

Kinglets - Waxwings
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird


Swainson's Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush

American Robin  

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Blue-winged Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler
Warblers (cont.)
Pine Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Palm Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Prothonotary Warbler


Northern Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Hooded Warbler

Canada Warbler

Summer Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Sparrows and Allies
Eastern Towhee

American Tree Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Grosbeaks and allies
Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Blackbirds and allies

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Old World Weavers
House Sparrow
What was the primary
field guide used by
your team to help
identify the birds?
Write in species:
What equipment was used?
no optics used
all-purpose binoculars
birding binoculars
spotting scope
If you enjoy watching birds, doesn't it make sense to help protect them too?!
What did members of your group do to HELP birds during this month?  (check all that apply)
maintained a clean bird bath
made windows "bird friendly"
maintained healthy bird feeders
taught others about birds
kept cats indoors
put up nest boxes
bought "bird-friendly" coffee or chocolate
planted native species at school or home
volunteered with local bird conservation project
Other bird conservation actions:
Fledging Birders looks forward to hearing about your students' birding experiences this month.
Any memorable moments? Did they get anything out of the birding activity?  If so, what?!
Please also include details for any "unusual" birds.
I have read and agree to the terms and conditions below.
REQUIRED for prize consideration
Date of submission:
Fledging Birders Challenge
Monthly Submission Form
Schoolyard Birding Challenge Terms and Conditions

1) Submission form must include complete checklist of all species observed. If a team fails to submit their checklist by the deadline, they may not be eligible to win or receive a
prize for that month.

2) All species checklists will be reviewed Fledging Birders Institute staff naturalists and/or regional birding experts. FBI reserves the right to archive all checklists and
accompanying comments for scientific review, educational use, and future publication.  

3) In the event of
unusual sightings*, the cooperating teacher(s) may be contacted by FBI staff for more details regarding those species. Documentation and peer review of
exceptional sightings is important to the study of bird distribution as identification of similar species can be difficult. If upon further review the observers can not justify the
sightings of an unusual species, FBI staff may not count the bird(s) in question.
All decisions by FBI are final.

* Unusual sightings include bird species that are out of their expected geographic range, habitat, and season.

4) FBI is not responsible for safety or conduct of Schoolyard Birding Challenge or Birding Mentor Challenge participants. All supervision of student participants is the
responsibility of the cooperating teacher, school faculty member, scout leader, or other appropriate supervising adult.

5) Fledging Birders Institute staff may enter teams in the challenge BUT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR RECEIVING PRIZES. In the event that an FBI sponsored team receives the
highest total, the unaffiliated group with the next highest species total will be deemed the winner for that month.
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