Birds at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park

Birds of the Banneker Historical Park:  A Birding Checklist

Common Name Scientific Name
Black Vulture Coragyps altratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mallard Anas platyhynchos
Red shouldered hawk Buteo lineatus
Red tailed hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Mourning Dove Zenalda macroura
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Eastern Screech Owl Otus asio
Barred Owl Strix varia
Red-Bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Northern Flicker Colaptes aurratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
White-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Red-eyed Vireo Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Carolina Chickadee Parus caolinensis
Tufted Titmouse Parus bicolor
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendrocia coronata
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendrocia virens
Pine Warbler Dendrocia pinus
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erthrophthalmus
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerine
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis
House Sparrow            (Weaver Finch) Passer domesticus


Bird Observation Tips:

  • The best ties to go bird watching are early morning and evening when the birds are most active.
  • Walk quietly and speak in low whispers. Once you’ve spotted a bird crouch low to the ground near a tree or brush.  If the bird believes you’re not a threat, it will tolerate your presence.
  • Let your ears be your guide. If you listen carefully you’ll be able to sight birds by following the sound of their calls.  Before long you will be able to identify some birds by their songs or calls alone.
  • Pay attention to specific physical features. Binoculars can be extremely useful, although not necessary for this.  Here are some common features:
    • Eye markings – an eyebrow pattern or eye-ring
    • Rump Coloration – colored or white patch on rump
    • Outer Tail Feathers – lighter tail tips or sides
    • Wingbars – stripes along the wing (these are most visible while flying)
  • Patterns are often times more significant than color. It may be helpful to sketch particular markings to refer to later.  Also, make a note of the bird’s size by comparing it to a more common bird‘s size such as an American Robin, Sparrow, or Crow.
  • Remember, it is important to keep your distance from nests or hatchlings so as not to disturb or expose the birds to danger.