More than 100 species of birds rely on this ecosystem and its wide range of habitats. Many birds are present in the Garden all year, while others are here only for certain seasons or during migration.
Tips for Birders
- Try keeping track of which birds you see. Check out recent bird sightings on eBird, or get a bird checklist from the Welcome Center.
- Sometimes it’s easier to hear birds than to see them. Listen to their conversations — can you distinguish different sounds?
- Don’t forget your binoculars! You may also borrow a pair from the Welcome Center.
- Like all other creatures, birds are affected by climate change and its impact on their habitat. Do you notice birds changing their habits over time?
- Take a regional field guide with illustrations with you. You can borrow one from the Welcome Center, or download a bird ID app on your smartphone.
- Birds also impact the landscape, especially by spreading seeds. Can you see plantings in the Garden that seem to have been spread by birds? What about in your own neighborhood?
- Keep your eye on the bird!
We are grateful to the following birders for sharing their images of bird sightings at Bartram’s Garden and nearby via eBird:
George Armistead: Brown Creeper, Wood Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Ring-billed Gull, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Chimney Swift, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch, Wild Turkey, Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Egret, Laughing Gull, Indigo Bunting, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Ovenbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tanya Burnett: American Robin
Khalifa Al Dhaheri: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ben Filreis: Red-tailed Hawk, Blackpoll Warbler, Swamp Sparrow
Mark Greenberry: Killdeer
Alan MacEachran: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Maria Andreina Pacheco: Eastern Kingbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Liz Pettit: Magnolia Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, House Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Common Merganser, Eastern Towhee, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Hairy Woodpecker, Hermit Thrush, Herring Gull, House Finch, Tree Swallow
Ian Schramm: Least Sandpiper
sicloot: Mallard, Willow Flycatcher
Jason Weckstein: Canada Goose, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird
Kathryn Wilson: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Barn Swallow, Northern Cardinal, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Field Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Mourning Dove
Adam Zahm: Great Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher