This checklist of the birds observed in Codroy Valley is based on confirmed reports from residents, tourists, birders and professional ornithologists. The area included is focused on the Codroy Valley and includes the region from Cape Anguille to Port-aux-Basques. Also, because many important Newfoundland bird records have been made on the Port-aux-Basques ferry and because many visitors to the Codroy Valley travel on the ferry, birds observed on the Newfoundland half of crossings are also included on the checklist. A total of 243 species are included on this list. A checklist is a dynamic source of information that is expected to change as new knowledge is acquired. Clearly, owing to incomplete information, many of the species recorded on this checklist have occurred in seasons other than those listed, and many species that have occurred in the Codroy Valley area are not recorded on this checklist, If you observe birds in the Codroy Valley area, your sightings are important. It is best to document unusual sightings with photographs and detailed descriptions, preferably provided by multiple observers. This checklist was prepared for the Codroy Valley Area Development Association by Bill Montevecchi.

Occurence (based on an experienced observer birding regularly and widely):

C = COMMON likely to be found daily in appropriate season/habitat.

U = UNCOMMON likely to be found monthly in appropriate season/habitat; may be locally uncommon.

U* = VERY UNCOMMON likely to be found annually in appropriate season/habitat; may be locally uncommon.

X = RARE not likely to be found annually; though apparently occurs regularly in very small numbers.

X* = VERY RARE recorded three times or less.


B = BREEDER known to breed (“b” if nesting abundance is significantly lower than indicated by occurrence designation).

R = RESIDENT non-migratory, or maintains a significant year-round population.

V = VAGRANT occurrence outside usual range.

I = INTRODUCED introduced to Newfoundland.

Seasonal Dates:

SP = SPRING 21 Mar – 20 June

S = SUMMER 21 June – 20 Sept

F = FALL 11 Sept – 20 Dec

W = WINTER 21 Dec – 20 Mar

Seasons during which a species has been recorded – a lower case entry indicates that a species is less common during that season than indicated by the overall occurrence designation: