Birds

We try to keep a record of all the birds that visit our garden, both the migrating and non-migrating birds. We want to see how many types we can draw in with what we have been doing in the garden. We…

  • Practice organic gardening. No chemical fertilizer. No pesticide.
  • Grow a variety of vegetables and flowers, native varieties when possible
  • Provide additional food during migrating season and winter
  • Provide shelter like bird boxes, brush pile and low bushes
  • Provide clean source of water year round, ice free in winter

Below are birds we managed to photograph. Still, many of them either never sit still long enough or were close enough to get a clear photo

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) – Male
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) – Male
Black-capped Chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Downey Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) Male-left/Female-right. 6.5″ long, 11.5″ wingspan
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia siails) – Male-left/Female-right
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Eastern Towhee/Rufous-sided Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) -Male
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) -Female. 9″long, 14.5″ wingspan
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) – Female
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) – Male
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)– Male
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Nuthatch (White-breasted) (Sitta carolinensis)
Nuthatch (Red-breasted) (Sitta canadensis)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)– Male
Pine Siskin (Carduelis pinus)
Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes corolinus) Female-left/Male-right
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) -Juvenile
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) – Male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) – Male-right/ Female-left
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) – Female
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) – Male
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tufted Titmouse (Parus bicolor)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)
Yellow warbler (Dendroica petechia)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

These are just the birds I managed to capture in photos. Crows and another type of hawk (the Sharp-shinned), owls and other very small birds that never stop moving are hard to get. We hope to draw more species of bird to our garden in the future. As for their names, many common birds are easy to identify but hawks and some of the other, smaller birds are harder to identify. If you find any mistake, please feel free to let me know. I’m not an ornithologist, just an amateur and birds lover.

Below are the references:

  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region -revised edition (978-0679428527)
  • National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America, Edward S. Brinkley (978-1402738746)
  • Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America, Donald & Lillian Strokes (978-0316010504)
  • Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Ted Floyd (978-0061120404)

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