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Birds of Six Sons Farm

An Ongoing Count

Image by Michael Hoyt
Eagle Flying
Image by Skyler Ewing
Image by Jeffrey Hamilton
Image by Patrice Bouchard
Wild Turkey

Photos courtesy of Wix and Unsplash

In addition to many native plant species—including a few uncommon ones like native prickly pear—our farm is also home to a large number of bird species. A few we've recently welcomed back after decades without hearing or seeing them. All this, thanks to our well-managed woodland and Dale transitioning most of the crop fields back to grasslands and prairie.

We started compiling a list of bird species we've witnessed on the farm, and we know there are many more that reside here or migrate through. So far:

Ring-Necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-Tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Sandhill Crane


Mourning Dove

Eastern Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Common Nighthawk


Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Down Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Kingbird

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-Capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-Breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Tennessee Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager

Spotted Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Dark-Eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Red-Winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Brewer's Blackbird

Common Grackle

Orchard Oriole

Baltimore/Northern Oriole

Purple Finch

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

We'll continue adding to this list as the seasons roll by. In the meantime, learn more about bird identification at Cornell University's All About Birds websiteHappy birdwatching!

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