Spring Birding at Baker Bridge Fields: What we saw and heard

Bird List from Baker Bridge Fields 18-05-06  (37 sp)

Thank you to Nancy Soulette and Nancy Hammond for leading this walk. Nancy S. has written some of the bird sounds below, particularly the ones we talked about a lot, first hearing them then trying to find them,  so these sounds are in parentheses.  Where a bird was only heard, its name is followed by (h).  Possibly one or two of these were only heard by a leader.

Canada Goose


Gull sp. (unidentifiable flyover)

Mourning Dove

Red-Bellied Woodpecker (h across 126)

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Warbling Vireo [blurry, slurring, meandering, thin song)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren (h)

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

European Starling

Ovenbird (h)  [“teacher teacher teacher, emphasis on second syllable]

Blue-winged Warbler (h)* [Bzzz buzz –or Bee Bzzz–second syllable lower]

Common Yellowthroat (h) [wichity witchity witchity]

Yellow Warbler [sweet sweet I am so sweet]

Eastern Towhee [drink your teeeeee – last syllable highest; call is a “chewink”]

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager [hoarse robin-like song, as if robin has sore throat; call is “chip-burr”]

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak [brisk, cheerful bouncy whistle, similar to robin; call is a “chink”]

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird [male does high-pitched squeak; female chatters]

Baltimore Oriole [rich whistle, often just two notes at a time; angry chatter]

House Finch (h)

American Goldfinch (flyover call “potato chip potato chip etc”

House Sparrow (h)