Many birds live in and around Crow Island Woods, or stop here during migration season to recharge during their long journeys. Our birds range from the very large (Adult Great Horned Owls are often over two feet tall) to very small (Ruby-throated Hummingbirds weigh somewhere between a nickel and a quarter). Some are relatively drab, but others are the brightest blue (Indigo Bunting), iridescent green (Hummingbird), or bright orange (Baltimore Oriole)!
To help you get to know these awesome residents of our neighborhood, we’re going to profile a bird each week:
- Great Horned Owl
- Indigo Bunting
- Northern Cardinal
- Red-winged Blackbird
- Cedar Waxwing
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird
- Gray Catbird
- Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker
One Crow Island neighbor, Diane Bounds, has seen over 90 species of birds (and took the photos above) in the woods, including:
American Woodcock, Red-Winged Blackbird, Indigo Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Black-Capped Chickadee, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brown Creeper, American Crow, Mourning Dove, House Finch, Purple Finch, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Dark-Eyed Junco, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mallard, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Baltimore Oriole, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Phoebe, Common Redpoll, American Redstart, American Robin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pine Siskin, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, House Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, European Starling, Scarlet Tanager, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Eastern Towhee, Red-eyed Vireo, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-Throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Chestnut-Sided Warbler, Golden-winger Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker & Winter Wren
One of two Great Horned Owlets born in Crow Island Woods during 2015, while still in the nest.
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