Since May 2017, students and researchers have operated a bird banding station at Fort Ord Natural Reserve. Birds are captured using a combination of mist nets and baited traps, and affixed with individually numbered aluminum USFWS bands. Observational and tagging data gathered at our station can assess diversity and population trends of both resident and migratory species. Undergraduate students work under the guidance of federally permitted researchers and UCSC faculty to complete senior capstone, UROC, and other projects integrating bird banding with disciplines including experiential outdoor education, statistics, environmental science, and biology. Local K-12 school groups visit our banding station to participate in interpretive programming, building their knowledge of wildlife and field biology, and introducing them to a career in the natural sciences.

We are always looking for new ways to monitor birds at the reserve. Contact us for more information on how to get involved.

Below is a list of the avian species that have been captured on UCSC Fort Ord Natural Reserve. A PDF version can be accessed here. 

Family Genus Species Common Name Alpha Code
Trochilidae Selasphorus sasin Allen's Hummingbird ALHU
Trochilidae Calypte anna Anna's Hummingbird ANHU
Hirundinidae Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow BARS
Troglodytidae Thryomanes bewickii Bewick's Wren BEWR
Polioptilidae Polioptila caerulea Blue-gray Gnatcatcher BGGN
Tyrannidae Sayornis nigricans Black Phoebe BLPH
Aegithalidae Psaltriparus minimus Bushtit BUSH
Passerellidae Melozone crissalis California Towhee CALT
Mimidae Toxostoma redivivum California Thrasher CATH
Odontophoridae Callipepla californica California Quail CAQU
Accipitridae Accipiter cooperii Cooper's Hawk COHA
Paridae Poecile rufescens Chestnut-backed Chickadee CBCH
Picidae Dryobates pubescens Downy Woodpecker DOWO
Columbidae Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared-Dove ECDO
Passerellidae Passerella iliaca Fox Sparrow FOSP
Passerellidae Zonotrichia atricapilla Golden-crowned Sparrow GCSP
Passerellidae Ammodramus savannarum Grasshopper Sparrow GRSP
Picidae Dryobates villosus Hairy Woodpecker HAWO
Turdidae Catharus guttatus Hermit Thrush HETH
Parulidae Setophaga occidentalis Hermit Warbler HEWA
Fringillidae Haemorhous mexicanus House Finch HOFI
Vireonidae Vireo huttoni Hutton's Vireo HUVI
Fringillidae Spinus lawrencei Lawrence's Goldfinch LAGO
Parulidae Geothlypis tolmiei MacGillivray's Warbler MGWA
Columbidae Zenaida macroura Mourning Dove MODO
Picidae Dryobates nuttallii Nuttall's Woodpecker NUWO
Paridae Baeolophus inornatus Oak Titmouse OATI
Passerellidae Junco hyemalis, oreganus Oregon Junco ORJU
Tyrannidae Empidonax difficilis Pacific-slope Flycatcher PSFL
Fringillidae Haemorhous purpureus Purple Finch PUFI
Regulidae Regulus calendula Ruby-crowned Kinglet RCKI
Picidae Colaptes auratus Red-shafted Flicker RSFL
Passerellidae Melospiza melodia Song Sparrow SOSP
Passerellidae Pipilo maculatus Spotted Towhee SPTO
Accipitridae Accipiter striatus Sharp-shinned Hawk SSHA
Turdidae Catharus ustulatus Swainson's Thrush SWTH
Parulidae Setophaga townsendi Townsend's Warbler TOWA
Vireonidae Vireo gilvus Warbling Vireo WAVI
Passerellidae Zonotrichia leucophrys White-crowned Sparrow WCSP
Corvidae Aphelocoma californica Western Scrub Jay WESJ
Parulidae Cardellina pusilla Wilson's Warbler WIWA
Paradoxornithidae Chamaea fasciata Wrentit WREN
Parulidae Setophaga petechia Yellow Warbler YEWA