New World Order

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You cannot have a blog post without a photo so here’s one, the rest is just reading. Incidentally, NS birders who have never seen a Great Gray Owl might like to know that the cyclic influx is on, plenty around Montreal plus Hawk Owl and a Ross’s Gull down the road in New York State. What are you waiting for? Pack those snacks and off you go!

Taxonomy: a branch of science that encompasses the description, identification, nomenclature, and classification of organisms.

Or, in more detail: is the science of defining groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics and giving names to those groups. Organisms are grouped together into taxa (singular: taxon) and these groups are given a taxonomic rank; groups of a given rank can be aggregated to form a super group of lower rank, thus creating a taxonomic hierarchy. The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus is regarded as the father of taxonomy, as he developed a system known as Linnaean classification for categorization of organisms and binomial nomenclature for naming organisms.

With the advent of such fields of study as phylogenetics, cladistics, and systematics, the Linnaean system has progressed to a system of modern biological classification based on the evolutionary relationships between organisms, both living and extinct. (Source, Wikipedia).

Depending on the level of your involvement, your interest in taxonomy may either be at best, indifferent, or it is the basis of your birding life rules so to speak. The fact that taxonomy changes occasionally, and sometimes quite dramatically, shows that what we formerly knew to be fact has changed and now we are just paddling wildly to keep up for a while. Perhaps ‘paddling wildly’ is a bit strong, but there often seems to be an air of a raffle draw about these things when changes are announced. True, the changes are always well-referenced but, as our species needs a label to tell us that Peanut Butter contains nuts, no further explanation of our lack of understand why changes are made is required.

The more bird species you see, the more you realise just how close some species really are, and how different parts of the world have basically the same thing that you’d find in your Nova Scotia yard. Take, for example the Blue Jay. A common, and much appreciated yard bird in Nova Scotia but in the tropics you don’t get Blue Jays, but look at any Motmot and tell me you don’t see similarities. In between are the fancy crested jays, Blue Jays with long tails and bigger crests, more or less, intergrades between Blue Jay and motmot. Keep going south and various nunlets and jacamas join in, still with basic jay-like qualities. Now leap the Atlantic eastwards and the same latitudes will have jacamars too, but they are called bee-eaters there, do you see what I mean?

It is important for taxonomy to be there, if only to give the pastime/hobby/religion of birding, )a sort of Ornithology-lite), some structure when it comes to the species. Non-birder logic always asks the same question when presented with a field guide, ‘why not in alphabetical order’? It is a logical question and, as we move inexorably towards our reference being solely digital, that option will always be available for those that prefer it. Fair enough in many ways, alphabetical is simpler than a taxonomic order but as it only requires the most basic of thought but for birders, an alphabetical list of birds just will not do. Learning the taxonomic order instils an understanding of the sequence of bird evolution and relationships as it was designed to do, and all bird books using the list provide a subliminal indoctrination if you like, which is why it is a bugger when they change it!

Perhaps the best way to work through this new taxonomic order, is with the new order viewed alongside the old; then try digesting it in chunks. The new order shunts some species into previously unknown territory while others barely move. All your books are now wrong at a basic level and you are a first-grade student until you have grasped the new order, by which time ‘they’ will have changed it again. Think of it as aerobics for the birding brain.

In the old days, and in a Nova Scotia context, loons and grebes kicked off the show. Think of them as talented penguins, same shape, just still able to fly, and don’t ask obvious questions such as why Dovekie, murres and Razorbill aren’t that end too, that would be inconvenient. Then the order changed so that geese, swans and ducks led the field with loons and grebes getting pushed down the list past what we still sadly call ‘game birds’. The status quo there in the new order remains but, in a surprise to many, after loons and grebes, pigeons and doves, cuckoos, nighthawks and then hummingbirds rock up, a real departure from the traditional here.

I’m not going to do all of the changes one by one in this way, I just mention the above to point out how either ground-breaking or downright illogical it all is. There will be references to explain it all, just like previous orders and revisions, but how many of us are going to sit and read them as presented?

Don’t take this list used as the official list of Nova Scotia birds, the standard reference is ‘All the Birds of Nova Scotia – Status and Critical Identification’ by Ian McLaren. Also, where for example I use Mew, *Common and *Kamchatka Gull within the taxonomic list, this does not infer that they are AOS*** full species, merely placed there for context as all three have occurred in NS. Also I use Myrtle and Audubon’s Warbler, just as many do.

The thinking birder keeps a list of races and forms that they have seen in NS anyway and so this is no surprise to anyone. The * shows that it is still a subspecies. I deliberately ignored the Red Crossbills as that can of worms is for someone else to unpick. I hope I have this right, if not please say so, we don’t seem to discuss this stuff much here.

***American Ornithological Society, was AO Union until recently when they merged with another society.

NEW Taxonomy 2016                      OLD Taxonomy 2011

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck            Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck                     Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Tundra Bean-Goose                            Tundra Bean-Goose

Pink-footed Goose                              Pink-footed Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose             Greater White-fronted Goose

Graylag Goose                                    Graylag Goose

Snow Goose                                        Snow Goose

Ross’s Goose                                       Ross’s Goose

Brant                                                   Brant

Black Brant*                                       Black Brant*

Barnacle Goose                                   Barnacle Goose

Cackling Goose                                   Cackling Goose

Canada Goose                                     Canada Goose

Mute Swan                                          Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan                                  Trumpeter Swan

Tundra Swan                                       Tundra Swan

Wood Duck                                        Wood Duck

Gadwall                                              Gadwall

Eurasian Wigeon                                 Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon                               American Wigeon

American Black Duck                         American Black Duck

Mallard                                                Mallard

Blue-winged Teal                                Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal                                    Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler                               Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail                                  Northern Pintail

Garganey                                             Garganey

Common Teal*                                    Common Teal*

Green-winged Teal                             Green-winged Teal

Canvasback                                         Canvasback

Redhead                                              Redhead

Ring-necked Duck                              Ring-necked Duck

Tufted Duck                                       Tufted Duck

Greater Scaup                                     Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup                                       Lesser Scaup

King Eider                                          King Eider

Common Eider                                    Common Eider

Harlequin Duck                                   Harlequin Duck

Labrador Duck                                    Labrador Duck

Surf Scoter                                          Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter                          White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter                                        Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck                                Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead                                          Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye                           Common Goldeneye

Barrow’s Goldeneye                           Barrow’s Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser                             Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser                            Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser                     Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck                                       Ruddy Duck

Northern Bobwhite                             Northern Bobwhite

Chukar                                                            Chukar

Gray Partridge                                                Gray Partridge

Ring-necked Pheasant                                    Ring-necked Pheasant

Ruffed Grouse                                                Ruffed Grouse

Spruce Grouse                                     Spruce Grouse

Willow Ptarmigan                               Willow Ptarmigan

Rock Ptarmigan                                  Rock Ptarmigan

Wild Turkey                                        Wild Turkey

American Flamingo                             Red-throated Loon

Pied-billed Grebe                                Pacific Loon

Horned Grebe                                     Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe                              Pied-billed Grebe

Eared Grebe                                        Horned Grebe

Western Grebe                                    Red-necked Grebe

Rock Pigeon                                        Eared Grebe

Band-tailed Pigeon                             Western Grebe

Eurasian Collared-Dove                      American Flamingo

Passenger Pigeon                                Yellow-nosed Albatross

Common Ground-Dove                      Black-browed Albatross

White-winged Dove                           Northern Fulmar

Mourning Dove                                   Bermuda Petrel

Yellow-billed Cuckoo                         Black-capped Petrel

Mangrove Cuckoo                              Fea’s Petrel

Black-billed Cuckoo                           Scopoli’s Shearwater*

Groove-billed Ani                               Cory’s Shearwater

Common Nighthawk                          Great Shearwater

Chuck-will’s-widow                            Sooty Shearwater

Eastern Whip-poor-will                       Manx Shearwater

Chimney Swift                                    Audubon’s Shearwater

Ruby-throated Hummingbird             Barolo Shearwater

Black-chinned Hummingbird             Wilson’s Storm-petrel

Rufous Hummingbird                         White-faced Petrel

Calliope Hummingbird                       European Storm-petrel

Yellow Rail                                         Leach’s Storm-petrel

Black Rail                                           Band-rumped Storm-petrel

Corn Crake                                          White-tailed Tropicbird

Clapper Rail                                        Red-billed Tropicbird

King Rail                                             Magnificent Frigatebird

Virginia Rail                                        Red-footed Booby

Sora                                                     Masked Booby

Purple Gallinule                                  Brown Booby

Common Gallinule                              Northern Gannet

American Coot                                    Double-crested Cormorant

Limpkin                                               Great Cormorant

Sandhill Crane            American                     White Pelican

Black-necked Stilt                              Brown Pelican

American Avocet                                American Bittern

American Oystercatcher                     Least Bittern

Northern Lapwing                              Great Blue Heron

Black-bellied Plover                            Great Egret

European Golden-Plover                    Little Egret

American Golden-Plover                    Western Reef-Heron

Pacific Golden-Plover                         Snowy Egret

Snowy Plover                                      Little Blue Heron

Wilson’s Plover                                   Tricolored Heron

Common Ringed Plover                     Reddish Egret

Semipalmated Plover                          Cattle Egret

Piping Plover                                       Green Heron

Killdeer                                               Black-crowned Night-heron

Upland Sandpiper                               Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Eskimo Curlew                                   White Ibis

Whimbrel                                            Glossy Ibis

Eurasian Curlew                                  White-faced Ibis

Long-billed Curlew                             Black Vulture

Black-tailed Godwit                           Turkey Vulture

Hudsonian Godwit                             Osprey

Bar-tailed Godwit                               Swallow-tailed Kite

Marbled Godwit                                 Mississippi Kite

Ruddy Turnstone                                Bald Eagle

Red Knot                                            Northern Harrier

Ruff                                                    Sharp-shinned Hawk

Broad-billed Sandpiper                       Cooper’s Hawk

Stilt Sandpiper                                                Northern Goshawk

Curlew Sandpiper                               Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-necked Stint                                Broad-winged Hawk

Sanderling                                           Swainson’s Hawk

Dunlin                                                 Zone-tailed Hawk

Purple Sandpiper                                 Red-tailed Hawk

Baird’s Sandpiper                                Rough-legged Hawk

Little Stint                                           Golden Eagle

Least Sandpiper                                  Yellow Rail

White-rumped Sandpiper                    Black Rail

Buff-breasted Sandpiper                    Corn Crake

Pectoral Sandpiper                              Clapper Rail

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper                       King Rail

Semipalmated Sandpiper                    Virginia Rail

Western Sandpiper                              Sora

Short-billed Dowitcher                       Purple Gallinule

Long-billed Dowitcher                       Common Gallinule

Wilson’s Snipe                                     American Coot

American Woodcock                          Limpkin

Spotted Sandpiper                              Sandhill Crane

Solitary Sandpiper                              Black-necked Stilt

Spotted Redshank                              American Avocet

Greater Yellowlegs                             American Oystercatcher

Common Greenshank                         Northern Lapwing

Willet                                                  Black-bellied Plover

Western Willet                                    European Golden-Plover

Lesser Yellowlegs                               American Golden-Plover

Common Redshank                            Pacific Golden-Plover

Wilson’s Phalarope                              Snowy Plover

Red-necked Phalarope                        Wilson’s Plover

Red Phalarope                                     Common Ringed Plover

Great Skua                                          Semipalmated Plover

Brown Skua                                        Piping Plover

South Polar Skua                                Killdeer

Pomarine Jaeger                                  Spotted Sandpiper

Parasitic Jaeger                                    Solitary Sandpiper

Long-tailed Jaeger                              Spotted Redshank

Dovekie                                               Common Redshank

Common Murre                                   Greater Yellowlegs

Thick-billed Murre                              Common Greenshank

Razorbill                                              Willet

Great Auk                                           Western Willet

Black Guillemot                                  Lesser Yellowlegs

Atlantic Puffin                                                Upland Sandpiper

Black-legged Kittiwake                      Eskimo Curlew

Ivory Gull                                           Whimbrel

Sabine’s Gull                                       Eurasian Curlew

Bonaparte’s Gull                                 Long-billed Curlew

Black-headed Gull                              Black-tailed Godwit

Little Gull                                           Hudsonian Godwit

Ross’s Gull                                          Bar-tailed Godwit

Laughing Gull                                     Marbled Godwit

Franklin’s Gull                                     Ruddy Turnstone

Black-tailed Gull                                 Red Knot

Mew Gull                                            Ruff

Common Gull*                                   Broad-billed Sandpiper

Kamchatka Gull*                                Stilt Sandpiper

Ring-billed Gull                                  Curlew Sandpiper

California Gull                                    Red-necked Stint

Herring Gull                                        Sanderling

Yellow-legged Gull                            Dunlin

Thayer’s Gull                                       Purple Sandpiper

Iceland Gull                                        Baird`s Sandpiper

Lesser Black-backed Gull                   Little Stint

Slaty-backed Gull                               Least Sandpiper

Glaucous Gull                                     White-rumped Sandpiper

Great Black-backed Gull                    Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Sooty Tern                                          Pectoral Sandpiper

Bridled Tern                                        Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Least Tern                                           Semipalmated Sandpiper

Gull-billed Tern                                   Western Sandpiper

Caspian Tern                                       Short-billed Dowitcher

Black Tern                                           Long-billed Dowitcher

White-winged Tern                             Wilson`s Snipe

Roseate Tern                                       American Woodcock

Common Tern                                     Wilson`s Phalarope

Arctic Tern                                          Red-necked Phalarope

Forster’s Tern                                      Red Phalarope

Royal Tern                                          Great Skua

Sandwich (Cabot’s) Tern                    Brown Skua

Black Skimmer                                    South Polar Skua

White-tailed Tropicbird                      Pomarine Jaeger

Red-billed Tropicbird                         Parasitic Jaeger

Red-throated Loon                             Long-tailed Jaeger

Pacific Loon                                        Dovekie – Alle alle

Common Loon                                    Common Murre

Yellow-nosed Albatross                     Thick-billed Murre

Black-browed Albatross                     Razorbill – Alca torda

Northern Fulmar                                 Great Auk

Bermuda Petrel                                   Black Guillemot

Black-capped Petrel                            Atlantic Puffin

Fea’s Petrel                                          Black-legged Kittiwake

Cory’s Shearwater                               Ivory Gull

Scopoli’s Shearwater*                         Sabine`s Gull

Sooty Shearwater                                Bonaparte`s Gull

Great Shearwater                                Black-headed Gull

Manx Shearwater                                Little Gull

Audubon’s Shearwater                        Ross`s Gull

Barolo Shearwater                              Laughing Gull

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel                         Franklin`s Gull

White-faced Storm-Petrel                   Black-tailed Gull

European Storm-Petrel                        Mew Gull

Leach’s Storm-Petrel                           Common Gull*

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel                 Kamchatka Gull*

Magnificent Frigatebird                      Ring-billed Gull

Masked Booby                                    California Gull

Brown Booby                                     Herring Gull

Red-footed Booby                              Thayer`s Gull

Northern Gannet                                 Yellow-legged Gull

Double-crested Cormorant                 Iceland Gull

Great Cormorant                                 Lesser Black-backed Gull

American White Pelican                     Slaty-backed Gull

Brown Pelican                                     Glaucous Gull

American Bittern                                Great Black-backed Gull

Least Bittern                                       Sooty Tern

Great Blue Heron                                Bridled Tern

Great Egret                                         Least Tern

Little Egret                                          Gull-billed Tern

Western Reef-Heron                           Caspian Tern

Snowy Egret                                       Black Tern

Little Blue Heron                                White-winged Tern

Tricolored Heron                                 Roseate Tern

Reddish Egret                                     Common Tern

Cattle Egret                                         Arctic Tern

Green Heron                                       Forster`s Tern

Black-crowned Night-Heron              Royal Tern

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron            Sandwich Tern

White Ibis                                           Black Skimmer

Glossy Ibis                                          Rock Pigeon

White-faced Ibis                                 Band-tailed Pigeon

Black Vulture                                      Eurasian Collared-Dove

Turkey Vulture                                    White-winged Dove

Osprey                                                 Mourning Dove

Swallow-tailed Kite                            Passenger Pigeon

Mississippi Kite                                   Common Ground Dove

Bald Eagle                                          Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Northern Harrier                                 Mangrove Cuckoo

Sharp-shinned Hawk                          Black-billed Cuckoo

Cooper’s Hawk                                   Groove-billed Ani

Northern Goshawk                             Barn Owl

Red-shouldered Hawk                                    Eastern Screech-Owl

Broad-winged Hawk                          Great Horned Owl

Swainson’s Hawk                                Snowy Owl

Zone-tailed Hawk                               Northern Hawk Owl

Red-tailed Hawk                                Burrowing Owl

Rough-legged Hawk                           Barred Owl

Golden Eagle                                      Great Gray Owl

Barn Owl                                            Long-eared Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl                          Short-eared Owl

Great Horned Owl                              Boreal Owl

Snowy Owl                                         Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Hawk Owl                           Common Nighthawk

Burrowing Owl                                   Chuck-will’s-widow

Barred Owl                                         Eastern Whip-poor-will

Great Gray Owl                                  Chimney Swift

Long-eared Owl                                  Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Short-eared Owl                                 Black-chinned Hummingbird

Boreal Owl                                          Rufous Hummingbird

Northern Saw-whet Owl                    Calliope Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher                               Belted Kingfisher

Lewis’s Woodpecker                           Lewis’s Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker                   Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker                    Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker                   Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker                           Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker                              Hairy Woodpecker

American Three-toed Woodpecker     American Three-toed Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker                 Black-backed Woodpecker

Northern Flicker                                  Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker                          Pileated Woodpecker

Crested Caracara                                 Crested Caracara

Eurasian Kestrel                                  Eurasian Kestrel

American Kestrel                                American Kestrel

Merlin                                                  Merlin

Gyrfalcon                                            Gyrfalcon

Peregrine Falcon                                 Peregrine Falcon

Olive-sided Flycatcher                        Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood-Pewee                                    Western Wood-Pewee

Eastern Wood-Pewee                         Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher                   Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher                             Acadian Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher                                 Alder Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher                               Willow Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher                                  Least Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher                                  Gray Flycatcher

Hammond’s Flycatcher                       Hammond’s Flycatcher

Dusky Flycatcher                                Dusky Flycatcher

Pacific-slope Flycatcher                      Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe                                   Eastern Phoebe

Say’s Phoebe                                       Say’s Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher                          Vermilion Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher                     Ash-throated Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher                    Great Crested Flycatcher

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher                  Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Tropical Kingbird                                Tropical Kingbird

Couch’s Kingbird                                Couch’s Kingbird

Cassin’s Kingbird                                Cassin’s Kingbird

Western Kingbird                               Western Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird                                 Eastern Kingbird

Gray Kingbird                                     Gray Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher                     Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Fork-tailed Flycatcher                         Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Brown Shrike                                      Brown Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike                              Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Shrike                                  Northern Shrike

White-eyed Vireo                               White-eyed Vireo

Bell’s Vireo                                         Bell’s Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo                        Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo                              Blue-headed Vireo

Plumbeous Vireo                                 Plumbeous Vireo

Cassin’s Vireo                                     Cassin’s Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo                              Philadelphia Vireo

Warbling Vireo                                   Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo                                  Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay                                              Gray Jay

Blue Jay                                              Blue Jay

Black-billed Magpie                            Black-billed Magpie

Eurasian Magpie                                 Eurasian Magpie

Eurasian Jackdaw                               Eurasian Jackdaw

American Crow                                   American Crow

Fish Crow                                           Fish Crow

Common Raven                                  Common Raven

Horned Lark                                       Horned Lark

Purple Martin                                      Purple Martin

Tree Swallow                                      Tree Swallow

Violet-green Swallow                         Violet-green Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow      Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow                                     Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow                                     Cliff Swallow

Cave Swallow                                     Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow                                     Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee                    Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee                                Boreal Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse                                 Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch                       Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch                    White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper                                    Brown Creeper

Rock Wren                                          Rock Wren

House Wren                                        House Wren

Winter Wren                                       Winter Wren

Sedge Wren                                        Sedge Wren

Marsh Wren                                        Marsh Wren

Western Marsh Wren*                        Western Marsh Wren*

Carolina Wren                                     Carolina Wren

Bewick’s Wren                                    Bewick’s Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                        Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet                    Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet                       Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Northern Wheatear                             Northern Wheatear

Eastern Bluebird                                 Eastern Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird                              Mountain Bluebird

Townsend’s Solitaire                           Townsend’s Solitaire

Veery  Veery

Gray-cheeked Thrush                          Gray-cheeked Thrush

Bicknell’s Thrush                                 Bicknell’s Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush                              Swainson’s Thrush

Hermit Thrush                                     Hermit Thrush

Wood Thrush                                      Wood Thrush

Fieldfare                                              Fieldfare

Redwing                                             Redwing

American Robin                                  American Robin

Varied Thrush                                     Varied Thrush

Gray Catbird                                       Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher                                  Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird                        Northern Mockingbird

European Starling                               European Starling

Bohemian Waxwing                           American Pipit

Cedar Waxwing                                  Bohemian Waxwing

House Sparrow                                   Cedar Waxwing

American Pipit                                    Lapland Longspur

Common Chaffinch                            Chestnut-collared Longspur

Brambling                                           Smith’s Longspur

Pine Grosbeak                                     Snow Bunting

House Finch                                        Ovenbird

Purple Finch                                        Worm-eating Warbler

Red Crossbill                                      Louisiana Waterthrush

White-winged Crossbill                      Northern Waterthrush

Common Redpoll                                Golden-winged Warbler

Hoary Redpoll                                                Blue-winged Warbler

Pine Siskin                                          Black-and-white Warbler

American Goldfinch                           Prothonotary Warbler

Evening Grosbeak                               Swainson’s Warbler

Lapland Longspur                               Tennessee Warbler

Chestnut-collared Longspur               Orange-crowned Warbler

Smith’s Longspur                                Nashville Warbler

Snow Bunting                                     Virginia’s Warbler

Ovenbird                                             Connecticut Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler                         MacGillivray’s Warbler

Louisiana Waterthrush                        Mourning Warbler

Northern Waterthrush                         Kentucky Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler                     Common Yellowthroat

Blue-winged Warbler                          Hooded Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler                    American Redstart

Prothonotary Warbler                         Cape May Warbler

Swainson’s Warbler                             Cerulean Warbler

Tennessee Warbler                              Northern Parula

Orange-crowned Warbler                   Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler                               Bay-breasted Warbler

Virginia’s Warbler                               Blackburnian Warbler

Connecticut Warbler                           Yellow Warbler

MacGillivray’s Warbler                       Chestnut-sided Warbler

Mourning Warbler                               Blackpoll Warbler

Kentucky Warbler                               Black-throated Blue Warbler

Common Yellowthroat                       Palm Warbler

Hooded Warbler                                 Pine Warbler

American Redstart                              Myrtle Warbler*

Cape May Warbler                              Audubon’s Warbler*

Cerulean Warbler                                Yellow-throated Warbler

Northern Parula                                   Prairie Warbler

Magnolia Warbler                               Black-throated Gray Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler                         Townsend’s Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler                         Hermit Warbler

Yellow Warbler                                   Black-throated Green Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler                      Canada Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler                               Wilson’s Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler              Yellow-breasted Chat

Palm Warbler                                      Green-tailed Towhee

Pine Warbler                                       Spotted Towhee

Audubon’s Warbler*                           Eastern Towhee

Myrtle Warbler*                                  Cassin’s Sparrow

Yellow-throated Warbler                    American Tree Sparrow

Prairie Warbler                                    Chipping Sparrow

Black-throated Gray Warbler             Clay-colored Sparrow

Townsend’s Warbler                           Brewer’s Sparrow

Hermit Warbler                                   Field Sparrow

Black-throated Green Warbler            Vesper Sparrow

Canada Warbler                                  Lark Sparrow

Wilson’s Warbler                                 Bell’s/Sagebrush Sparrow

Yellow-breasted Chat                         Lark Bunting

Green-tailed Towhee                          Savannah Sparrow

Spotted Towhee                                  Ipswich Sparrow*

Eastern Towhee                                  Grasshopper Sparrow

Cassin’s Sparrow                                 Henslow’s Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow                      Le Conte’s Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow                               Nelson’s Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow                         Saltmarsh Sparrow

Brewer’s Sparrow                                Seaside Sparrow

Field Sparrow                                     Red Fox Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow                                  Song Sparrow

Lark Sparrow                                      Lincoln’s Sparrow

Bell’s/Sagebrush Sparrow                   Swamp Sparrow

Lark Bunting                                       White-throated Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow                              Harris’s Sparrow

Ipswich Sparrow*                               White-crowned Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow                          Golden-crowned Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow                             Dark-eyed Junco

Le Conte’s Sparrow                            Summer Tanager

Nelson’s Sparrow                                Scarlet Tanager

Saltmarsh Sparrow                              Western Tanager

Seaside Sparrow                                 Northern Cardinal

Red Fox Sparrow                                Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Song Sparrow                                     Black-headed Grosbeak

Lincoln’s Sparrow                               Blue Grosbeak

Swamp Sparrow                                  Lazuli Bunting

White-throated Sparrow                     Indigo Bunting

Harris’s Sparrow                                  Painted Bunting

White-crowned Sparrow                     Dickcissel

Golden-crowned Sparrow                  Bobolink

Dark-eyed Junco                                 Red-winged Blackbird

Summer Tanager                                 Eastern Meadowlark

Scarlet Tanager                                   Western Meadowlark

Western Tanager                                 Yellow-headed Blackbird

Northern Cardinal                               Rusty Blackbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak                     Brewer’s Blackbird

Black-headed Grosbeak                      Common Grackle

Blue Grosbeak                                                Boat-tailed Grackle

Lazuli Bunting                                    Great-tailed Grackle

Indigo Bunting                                   Shiny Cowbird

Painted Bunting                                  Bronzed Cowbird

Dickcissel                                            Brown-headed Cowbird

Bobolink                                             Orchard Oriole

Red-winged Blackbird                       Bullock’s Oriole

Eastern Meadowlark                           Baltimore Oriole

Western Meadowlark                          Common Chaffinch

Yellow-headed Blackbird                   Brambling

Rusty Blackbird                                  Pine Grosbeak

Brewer’s Blackbird                             House Finch

Common Grackle                                Purple Finch

Boat-tailed Grackle                             Red Crossbill

Great-tailed Grackle                           White-winged Crossbill

Shiny Cowbird                                    Common Redpoll

Bronzed Cowbird                               Hoary Redpoll

Brown-headed Cowbird                     Pine Siskin

Orchard Oriole                                    American Goldfinch

Bullock’s Oriole                                  Evening Grosbeak

Baltimore Oriole                                 House Sparrow

So there we are, a look at the new taxonomic list at least. If you are interested there are various things on-line, check out the ABA site and the AOU, AOS or whatever it is this week too.

Just to reiterate, although I have based this on the Nova Scotia bird list, there are species which may, or may not be worthy of being there and that, for completeness, I have included in this post. Comments are always welcome, debate is healthy. At least I tried even if I got it wrong!

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