Birding Aboard

Species Seen

From sea ducks to skuas, gulls to gannets, petrels to prions, all sorts of birds are reported from cruising boats. Many land birds are also spotted—or hosted with a resting stop during trans-ocean migrations. These hitchhikers-at-sea have ranged from woodpeckers to warblers. Here’s a list of some of the birds reported from boats participating in Birding Aboard, with species listed in taxonomic order.

Geese to Shearwaters...

West Indian Whistling-Duck

Snow Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose

American Wigeon

American Black Duck

Greater Scaup

King Eider

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Rock Ptarmigan

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

American Flamingo

Chinstrap Penguin

Macaroni Penguin

Yellow-nosed Albatross

Gray-headed Albatross

Buller's Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

Light-mantled Albatross

Royal Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Laysan Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

Waved Albatross

Salvin's Albatross

Southern Giant-Petrel

Northern Giant-Petrel

Northern Fulmar

Southern Fulmar

Antarctic Petrel

Cape Petrel

Snow Petrel

Trindade Petrel

Fea's Petrel

Bulwer’s Petrel

"Cookilaria" Petrel Sp.

Soft-plumaged Petrel

Atlantic Petrel

Blue Petrel

Broad-billed Prion

Antarctic Prion

White-chinned Petrel

Spectacled Petrel

Westland Petrel

Cory’s Shearwater

Cape Verde Shearwater

Pink-footed Shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Short-tailed Shearwater

Manx Shearwater

Black-vented Shearwater

Gulls to Songbirds...

Swallow-tailed Gull

Black-legged Kittiwake

Red-legged Kittiwake

Sabine's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Silver Gull

Laughing Gull

Heermann's Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Iceland Gull (Kumlien’s/Thayer's)

Glaucous Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Brown Noddy

Black Noddy

Sooty Tern

Bridled Tern

Least Tern

Inca Tern

Black-naped Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Forster’s Tern

Roseate Tern

Royal Tern

Great Crested Tern

Sandwich Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Black Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Superb Fruit-Dove

Snowy Owl

Short-eared Owl     

Forest Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker


Peregrine Falcon

American Crow

Common Raven

Mangrove Swallow

Tree Swallow

Cave Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Northern Wheatear

Snow Bunting

Brown Creeper

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Prairie Warbler


Storm-Petrels to Alcids...

Common Diving-Petrel

White-faced Storm-Petrel

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

European Storm-Petrel

Black-bellied Storm-Petrel

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

Leach's Storm-Petrel

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Pincoya Storm-Petrel

White-tailed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-tailed Tropicbird

Wood Stork

Magnificent Frigatebird

Masked Booby

Nazca Booby

Brown Booby

Red-footed Booby

Northern Gannet

Cape Gannet

Brandt's Cormorant

Red-faced Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Green Heron

Lava Heron

White Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Wood Stork


Swallow-tailed Kite

Golden Eagle

Bald Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk

Sandhill Crane

American Oystercatcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone     


Rock Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Red Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Great Skua

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger


Common Murre

Thick-billed Murre


Black Guillemot

Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Cassin's Auklet

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

Atlantic Puffin

Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin