All The Birds of the Big Spring

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 7 pm in the Conference Room of Green Hall at Green Ridge Village. Vern Gauthier and Bill Franz will be speaking on birding along Big Spring and the habitat necessary to support vibrant bird life. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please contact Mark Spicka at for further details. 

Following is a listing of the over 190 species of birds identified on the Big Spring since January 2000.

Ducks, Geese & Friends

Mallard, American Black Duck, Bufflehead, Canada Geese, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Tundra Swan, Common Loon, Snow Goose, Ringed-necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Horned Grebe, Cackling Goose, Canvasback, White-winged Scoter, Greater Scaup.

Gull Like Birds
Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern

Photo: Common Loon, by Mary Jane Spencer

Herons & Friends

Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, American Bittern, Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Gallinule, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper...

Photo: Least Sandpiper and Killdeer by Andy Markel

Sparrows & Finches

Song, Savannah, Swamp, Field, White-throated, Fox, Chipping, House, American Tree,  Grasshopper, White-crowned
American Goldfinch, House Finch, Purple Finch, White-winged Crossbill, Siskin...

Photo: White-throated Sparrow by Mary Jane Spencer


American Robin, Gray Catbird, Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, House Wren, European Starling, Brown Thrasher, Baltimore Oriole, House Wren, Mourning Dove, Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-throated Hummingbird...

Photo: Northern Cardinal by Mary Jane Spencer

Hawks and Owls

Hawks & Eagles
Red-tailed, Cooper's, Osprey, Red-shouldered, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel,  Northern Goshawk, Broad-winged, Merlin, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned,  Rough-legged (Light Phase)

Barred, Eastern Screech, Great Horned...

Photo: Barred Owl by Mary Jane Spencer

Warblers & Vireos

Warblers - Yellow-rumped, Blackpoll, Cape May, Yellow, Palm, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Black-throated Blue, Mourning, Black-throated Green, American Redstart, Kentucky, Black-and-white, Louisiana Waterthrush, Bay-breasted, Wilson's, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Black-throated Gray, Common Yellowthroat, Nashville, Tennessee...

Vireos - Red-eyed, White-eyed, Warbling, Yellow-throated, Blue-headed, Philadelphia...

Photo: Black-throated Gray Warbler by Andrew Markel

Swallows, Flycatchers & Gnatcatcher

Tree Swallow, Least Flycatcher, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chimney Swift, Cliff Swallow, Eastern Phoebe, Bank Swallow, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Alder Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Common Nighthawk, Willow Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Great-crested Flycatcher, Western Kingbird...

Photo: Barn Swallow, Public Domain . If you can provide a local photo for this group of birds then please send the picture here.

Chickadees, Woodpeckers & Friends

Carolina Chickadee, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Red-headed Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Hairy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pileated Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Flicker...

Photo: Carolina Chickadee by Mary Jane Spencer

Out In The Fields

American Crow, Fish Crow, Red-winged Blackbird, Rock Pigeon, American Pipit, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Raven, Brown-headed Cowbird, Black Vulture, Common Grackle, Bobolink, Turkey Vulture, Eastern Kingbird, Wild Turkey...

Photo: Eastern Bluebird by John Muscovich

The Rest

Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Towhee, Black-billed Cuckoo, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Hermit Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Winter Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Orchard Oriole, Rusty Blackbird...

Photo: Indigo Bunting by Mary Jane Spencer