Some of our bird visitors

Baby robin ©Janet AllenA baby robin waiting for its mom

We have lots of bird visitors. Some are around all the time; some visit only during migration. The first few years after creating our habitat garden, we'd see "new" (to us) species. For the last few years, though, we don't often have surprise visits, but we enjoy our familiar visitors—all, that is, except the grackles, starlings, and house sparrows.

It's hard to get good photos of birds. They're just too quick. I have a new telephoto lens I'll be experimenting with, so I hope to get some good photos during the coming years, but our catalog shows some of the birds I've been able to capture in some form or other.

About this catalog

Catbird taking a sunbath ©Janet Allen
This catbird spent quite a while taking a sunbath

This isn't a complete list of the birds that have visited our yard—only the ones I have managed to get a photo of or have a comment about.

I'm pretty sure about the identification of most of the birds, but if I've made any bird ID errors, please contact me.

This catalog may look like the birds are listed in random order. They're not in alphabetical order (and the common names wouldn't be used in that case anyway), but rather in taxonomic order, since that's what I use in citizen science projects.

Our bird species are described on the following pages (in eBird order):

Bird species page 1

  • Mallard
  • Wild Turkey
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

Bird species page 2

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Peewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher

Bird species page 3

  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch

Bird species page 4

  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Brown Thrasher

Bird species page 5

  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • American Redstart
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Northern Parula Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler

Bird species page 6

  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • American Tree Sparrow

Bird species page 7

  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Eastern Towhee

Bird species page 8

  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting

Bird species page 9

  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Finch
  • Purple Finch

Bird species page 10

  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpoll
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

Unknown species