Bird Sightings

Most Common Birds

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Redstart

American Robin

Bald Eagle

Baltimore Oriole

Barn Swallow

Belted Kingfisher

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue Jay

Brown Creeper

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown Thrasher

Canada Goose

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

Cedar Waxwing

Chimney Swift

Chipping Sparrow

Common Grackle

Common Merganser

Common Yellowthroat

Cooper’s Hawk

Dark-eyed Junco

Double-crested Cormorant

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Wood-Peewee

European Starling

Field Sparrow

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Gray Catbird

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Blue Heron

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Egret

Green Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

Hermit Thrush

Herring Gull

House Finch

House Sparrow

House Wren

Indigo Bunting


Laughing Gull

Least Sandpiper

Magnolia Warbler


Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Orchard Oriole



Palm Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-billed Gull

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Song Sparrow

Spotted Sandpiper

Swamp Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Tufted Titmouse

Turkey Vulture

Warbling Vireo

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-throated Sparrow

Wild Turkey

Willow Flycatcher

Wood Duck

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Look up!

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!

Photo Credits

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

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