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Gig Harbor Species

Great Blue Heron

This is not a comprehensive list,
but it's a good start on some of the species you may see in Gig Harbor,
with the main focus being on estuary life.

Estuary

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Underlined common names are links to more info about that species.

BIRDS Scientific Name

    Black Brant
    Wood Duck
    Mallard
    Blue-winged Teal
    Green-winged Teal
    Cinnamon Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Northern Pintail
    American Wigeon
    Gadwall

    Ring-necked Duck
    Greater Scaup
    Lesser Scaup
    Bufflehead
    Common Goldeneye
    Hooded Merganser
    Common Merganser
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Ruddy Duck

    Branta bernicla
    Aix sponsa
    Anas platyrhynchos
    Anas discors
    Anas crecca
    Anas cyanoptera
    Anas clypeata
    Anas acuta
    Anas americana
    Anas strepera
    Aythya collaris
    Aythya marila
    Aythya affinis
    Bucephala albeola
    Bucephala clangula
    Lophodytes cucullatus
    Mergus merganser
    Mergus serrator
    Oxyura jamaicensis

    Canada Goose

    Branta canadensis

    Western Grebe
    Brandt's Cormorant
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Pelagic Cormorant
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Red-throated Loon
    Common Loon

    Aechmophorus occidentalis
    Phalacrocorax penicillatus
    Phalacrocorax auritus
    Phalacrocorax pelagicus
    Podilymbus podiceps
    Gavia stellata
    Gavia immer

    Killdeer
    Western Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    Dunlin
    Black-bellied Plover
    Semipalmated Plover
    Short-billed Dowitcher
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    Wilson's Snipe
    Greater Yellowlegs
    American Bittern

    Charadrius vociferus
    Calidris mauri
    Calidris minutilla
    Calidris alpina
    Pluvialis squatarola
    Charadrius semipalmatus
    Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
    Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
    Gallinago delicata
    Tringa melanoleuca
    Botaurus lentiginosus

    Mew Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    California Gull
    Herring Gull
    Western Gull
    Glaucous-winged Gull
    Caspian Tern
    Common Tern
    Larus canus
    Larus delawarensis
    Larus californicus
    Larus argentatus
    Larus occidentalis
    Larus glaucescens
    Sterna caspia
    Sterna hirundo

    Belted Kingfisher
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Green Heron

    Ceryle alcyon
    Ardea herodias
    Ardea albus
    Butorides virescens

    American Crow
    American Robin
    Varied Thrush
    Spotted Towhee
    European Starling
    Steller's Jay
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Black-capped Chickadee
    Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    Bushtit
    Brown Creeper
    Oregon Junco
    Bewick's Wren
    House Wren
    Winter Wren
    Marsh Wren
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Brewer's Blackbird
    Corvus brachyrhynchos
    Turdus migratorius
    Ixoreus naevius
    Pipilo maculatus
    Sturnus vulgaris
    Cyanocitta stelleri
    Sitta canadensis      
    Zonotrichia leucophrys
    Melospiza melodia
    Poecile atricapillus
    Poecile rufescens
    Psaltriparus minimus
    Certhia americana
    Junco hyemalis
    Thryomanes bewickii
    Troglodytes aedon
    Troglodytes troglodytes
    Cistothorus palustris
    Agelaius phoeniceus
    Euphagus cyanocephalus)
    Bald Eagle
    Osprey
    Peregrine Falcon
    Haliaeetus leucocephalus
    Pandion haliaetus
    Falco peregrinus

    Rufous Hummingbird
    Anna's Hummingbird

    Selasphoras rufus
    Calypte anna

 

MAMMALS Scientific Name

    River Otter
    Harbor Seal

    Lutra canadensis
    Phoca vitulina

 

FISH Scientific Name

    Shiner Perch
    Pile Perch
    Pacific Staghorn Sculpin
    Pacific Sand Lance
    Starry Flounder
    Pacific Herring
    Surf Smelt
    Three-spined Stickleback
    Saddleback Gunnel
    Bay Pipefish
    Sanddab

    Cymatogaster aggregata
    Rhacochilus vacca
    Leptocottus armatus
    Ammodytes hexapterus
    Platichthys stellatus
    Clupea pallasi
    Surf Smelt
    Gasterosteus aculeatus
    Pholis ornata
    Syngnathus leptorhynchus
    Citharichthys sp.

    Pink Salmon
    Chum Salmon
    Coho Salmon
    Sockeye Salmon

    Oncorhynchus gorbuscha
    Oncorhynchus keta
    Oncorhynchus kisutch
    Oncorhynchus nerka

 

INVERTEBRATES Scientific Name

    Hermit Crab
    Dungeness Crab
    Graceful Crab
    Red Rock Crab
    Green Shore Crab
    Purple Shore Crab
    Helmet Crab

    several species
    Cancer magister
    Cancer gracilis
    Cancer productus
    Hemigrapsus oregonensis
    Hemigrapsus nudus
    Telmessus cheiragonus

    Olympia Oyster
    Pacific Oyster
    Native Littleneck Clam

    Bent-nosed Clam
    Bay Mussel
    Acorn Barnacles

    
Thatched Barnacles
    Little Brown Barnacles
    Speckled Limpet
    Plate Limpet
    Keyhole Limpet
    Black Limpet
    Whitecap Limpet

    Ostrea conchaphila
    Crassostrea gigas
    Mercenaria mercenaria
            or Protothaca staminea
    Macoma nasuta
    Mytilus trossulus
    Balanus nubilus, B. crenatus, B. balanus,
            B. glandula
    
Semibalanus cariosus
    Chthamalus dalli
    Notoacmea persona
    Notoacmea scutum
    Diodora aspera
    Lottia asmi
    Acmaea mitra

    Skeleton Shrimp
            or Ghost Shrimp
    Mud Shrimp

    Neotrypaea californiensis and others

    Upogebia pugettensis,
            Axiopsis spinulicauda and others

    Sunflower Star
    Blood Star
    Ochre Star
    Leather Star

    Pycnopodia helianthoides
    Henricia leviuscula
    Pisaster ochraceus
    Dermasterias imbricata

    Sea Cucumber

    Lugworm

    Polychaete Worm

    Stichopus californicus
         or
Parastichopus californicus and others
    Arenicola marina, Abarenicola pacifica,
        Abarenicola claparedi and others
    several species

 

INSECTS Scientific Name

    Damselfly
    Dragonfly
    Green Darner

    many species
    many species
    Anax junius

 

PLANTS Scientific Name

    Pacific Eelgrass
    Sea Lettuce
    Flat-tube Sea Lettuce
    Short Sea Lettuce
    Green Algae
    Red Algae or
        Splendid Iridescent         Seaweed

    Red Seaweed
    Purple Laver
    Rockweed
    Bull Kelp
    Pickleweed
    Seaside Arrowgrass
    Saltgrass
    Surf Grass
    Sand Spurry
    Gumweed
    Marsh Grass
    Tufted Hairgrass
    Douglas Aster

    Zostera marina
    Ulva lactuca
    Ulvalinza
    Praiola meridonalis
    Ulva sp.
    Mazzaella splendens


    Callophyllis sp.
    Porphyra sp.
    Fucus sp.
    Nereocystis luetkeana
    Salicornia virginica
    Triglochin maritima
    Distichlis spicata
    Phyllospadix sp.
    Spergularia marina and other species
    Grindelia integrifolia
    Spartina sp.
    Deschampsia cespitosa
    Symphyotrichum subspicatum

 

Great Blue Heron

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