The Biota of the Gordon Natural Area - Birds

After vascular plants and fungi, birds constitute the third-most intensively studied biotic group at the GNA. Initial avian data came from 2004, when the West Chester Bird Club conducted a study of the avifauna of the GNA from April to October of that year. Results of that survey are available here on Digital Commons.

Since 2004, informal birding continued at the GNA, but data were not regularly compiled in a central area. However, in recent years, Dr. Josh Auld (Department of Biology) has been leading birding outings to the GNA. Data from this research has been compiled in-house and has also been submitted to the citizen-science project eBird. We have also compiled avian data from all other observers that have uploaded their avian observations in the GNA to eBird.

To date, 127 species of birds, in 87 genera, 38 families, and 15 orders have been observed in the GNA. Of these, five species are on the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program's list of species of conservation concern. Regrettably, we have only a few photos of the GNA avifauna (to date, just 14 photos).

You can explore the avian checklist below, or you can access a pdf copy of the checklist.

Note: Dr. Auld also leads the WCU Student Birding Club. If you have an interest in birds and/or birding at the GNA, please contact Dr. Auld.

Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)

Group: Birds

Family: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies (Ardeidae)

Notes

Common Names: Great Blue Heron

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Brice Dorwart; Holly Merker; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017; 2019; 2020.

Images

Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron) at the edge of the GNA

Butorides virescens (Green Heron)

Group: Birds

Family: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies (Ardeidae)

Notes

Common Names: Green Heron

Observed By: Noah Long

Year Observed: 2019.

Comments:
A single individual was noted hunting in Plum Run, ca. 200' downstream from where the stream crosses High Street.

Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Notes

Common Names: Red-winged Blackbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Nur Ritter; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kelly Johnson; Mark Nale; Nick Pulcinella; Noah Long; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)
Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)

Icterus galbula (Baltimore Oriole)

Group: Birds

Family: Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Notes

Common Names: Baltimore Oriole

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021.

Icterus spurius (Orchard Oriole)

Group: Birds

Family: Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Notes

Common Names: Orchard Oriole

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2019.

Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Notes

Common Names: Brown-headed Cowbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2022.

Images

A male Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird) at the Gordon
A female Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird) at the Gordon
Two female and a male Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird) at the Gordon

Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)

Group: Birds

Family: Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Notes

Common Names: Common Grackle

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Mike Coulter; Miranda Davies; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Images

Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)
Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)
Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)
Quiscalus quiscula (Common Grackle)

Falco columbarius (Merlin)

Group: Birds

Family: Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Notes

Common Names: Merlin

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2017

Falco peregrinus (Peregrine Falcon)

Group: Birds

Family: Caracaras and Falcons (Falconidae)

Notes

Common Names: Peregrine Falcon

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2015

Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)

Group: Birds

Family: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Notes

Common Names: Northern Cardinal

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Hannah Deputy; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)
Female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) alongside Stadium Road in the Gordon

Passerina caerulea (Blue Grosbeak)

Group: Birds

Family: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blue Grosbeak

Observed By: Barry Blust

Year Observed: 1970.

Passerina cyanea (Indigo Bunting)

Group: Birds

Family: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Notes

Common Names: Indigo Bunting

Observed By: Josh Auld; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2018; 2019.

Pheucticus ludovicianus (Rose-breasted Grosbeak)

Group: Birds

Family: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Notes

Common Names: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Years Observed: 2018; 2019.

Piranga olivacea (Scarlet Tanager)

Group: Birds

Family: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies (Cardinalidae)

Notes

Common Names: Scarlet Tanager

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Matt Hunter; Nick Pulcinella; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2020; 2021.

Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse)

Group: Birds

Family: Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)

Notes

Common Names: Tufted Titmouse

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse)
Baeolophus bicolor (Tufted Titmouse)

Poecile atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee)

Group: Birds

Family: Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)

Notes

Common Names: Black-capped Chickadee

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2017

Poecile carolinensis (Carolina Chickadee)

Group: Birds

Family: Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)

Notes

Common Names: Carolina Chickadee

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)

Group: Birds

Family: Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Notes

Common Names: Double-crested Cormorant

Observed By: Josh Auld; Kelly Johnson; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2017; 2018; 2019.

Certhia americana (Brown Creeper)

Group: Birds

Family: Creepers (Certhiidae)

Notes

Common Names: Brown Creeper

Observed By: Josh Auld; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2016; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Coccyzus americanus (Yellow-billed Cuckoo)

Group: Birds

Family: Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis (Cuculidae)

Notes

Common Names: Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Observed By: Andrew Albright; Daniel S.; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2017.

Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)

Group: Birds

Family: Ducks, Geese, and Swans (Anatidae)

Notes

Common Names: Wood Duck

Observed By: Josh Auld; Matt Hunter

Years Observed: 2016; 2019; 2021.

Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)

Group: Birds

Family: Ducks, Geese, and Swans (Anatidae)

Notes

Common Names: Mallard

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2016

Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)

Group: Birds

Family: Ducks, Geese, and Swans (Anatidae)

Notes

Common Names: Canada Goose

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Hannah Deputy; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Branta canadensis (Canada Goose): flying above the meadow along the eastern end of the Gordon
Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)
Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)

Chen caerulescens (Snow Goose)

Group: Birds

Family: Ducks, Geese, and Swans (Anatidae)

Notes

Common Names: Snow Goose

Observed By: Josh Auld; Michael Gardner

Years Observed: 2018; 2021.

Junco hyemalis (Dark-eyed Junco)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Dark-eyed Junco

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Nick Pulcinella; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.

Images

Junco hyemalis (Dark-eyed Junco)

Melospiza georgiana (Swamp Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Swamp Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2016; 2017; 2019.

Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Song Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Carol Kuniholm; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Nur Ritterv; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow): bathing in Gordon Run
Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow): bathing in Gordon Run
Melospiza melodia (Song Sparrow): on Wineberry in the early winter

Passerculus sandwichensis (Savannah Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Savannah Sparrow

Observed By: Michael Gardner

Year Observed: 2021.

Passerella iliaca (Fox Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Fox Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Holly Merker; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; Lois Bryman; Keith Hall; Patricia Johansen; Holly Merker; Maghall3

Years Observed: 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020.

Pipilo erythrophthalmus (Eastern Towhee)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Eastern Towhee

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Gerry Hertel; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Kendra McMillin; Maeve Dowd; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2010; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Pipilo erythrophthalmus (Eastern Towhee) - photo is by Gerry Hertel
Pipilo erythrophthalmus (Eastern Towhee)- male

Spizella passerina (Chipping Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Chipping Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Kelly Johnson; Mark Nale; Nick Pulcinella; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019.

Spizella pusilla (Field Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: Field Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; Lois Bryman; Keith Hall; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2019.

Spizelloides arborea (American Tree Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: American Tree Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2018

Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: White-throated Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow)
Zonotrichia albicollis (White-throated Sparrow): taking a Multiflora Rose fruit

Zonotrichia leucophrys (White-crowned Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Emberizids (Emberizidae)

Notes

Common Names: White-crowned Sparrow

Observed By: Holly Merker

Year Observed: 2015

Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch)

Group: Birds

Family: Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies (Fringillidae)

Notes

Common Names: House Finch

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Andrew Albright; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Vincent Palmer; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch)
Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch)

Haemorhous purpureus (Purple Finch)

Group: Birds

Family: Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies (Fringillidae)

Notes

Common Names: Purple Finch

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2018.

Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch)

Group: Birds

Family: Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies (Fringillidae)

Notes

Common Names: American Goldfinch

Observed By: Josh Auld; Andrew Albright; Bob Stein; Chris Rimmer; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch): taking Chicory seeds
Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch): taking Chicory seeds
Spinus tristis (American Goldfinch): taking Chicory seeds

Polioptila caerulea (Blue-gray Gnatcatcher)

Group: Birds

Family: Gnatcatchers and Gnatwrens (Polioptilidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Geoff Veith; Kelly Johnson; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.

Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull)

Group: Birds

Family: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Laridae)

Notes

Common Names: Ring-billed Gull

Observed By: Josh Auld; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen

Years Observed: 2015; 2017; 2018

Accipiter cooperii (Coopers Hawk)

Group: Birds

Family: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (Accipitridae)

Notes

Common Names: Cooper's Hawk

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Davidheiser; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Kiehl Smith; Patricia Johansen

Years Observed: 2016; 2017; 2018; 2020; 2022.

Accipiter striatus (Sharp-shinned Hawk)

Group: Birds

Family: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (Accipitridae)

Notes

Common Names: Sharp-shinned Hawk

Observed By: Josh Auld; Holly Merker; Kelly Johnson; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2015; 2016; 2020.

Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)

Group: Birds

Family: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (Accipitridae)

Notes

Common Names: Red-tailed Hawk

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Carol Kuniholm; Daniel S.; Gerry Hertel; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Melissa Valles; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2013; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk) - photo by Gerry Hertel
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk): Perched in a Tulip Tree
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)

Buteo lineatus (Red-shouldered Hawk)

Group: Birds

Family: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (Accipitridae)

Notes

Common Names: Red-shouldered Hawk

Observed By: Bob Stein; Holly Merker; Josh Auld; Josh Auld; Ben Hawk; Kelly Johnson; Judy Ford; Matt Hunter

Years Observed: 2014; 2018; 2020; 2021.

Buteo platypterus (Broad-winged Hawk)

Group: Birds

Family: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (Accipitridae)

Notes

Common Names: Broad-winged Hawk

Observed By: N. Ritter; Nur Ritter

Year Observed: 2022.

Images

Buteo platypterus (Broad-winged Hawk) in a tree above the
Underside of a Buteo platypterus (Broad-winged Hawk) in a tree above the

Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)

Group: Birds

Family: Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Allies (Accipitridae)

Notes

Common Names: Bald Eagle

Observed By: Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen

Years Observed: 2015; 2016; 2017; 2021; 2022.

Images

Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle): flying above the meadow along the eastern end of the Gordon
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle): flying above the meadow along the eastern end of the Gordon

Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Notes

Common Names: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2017; 2019; 2021.

Corvus brachyrhynchos (American Crow)

Group: Birds

Family: Jays and Crows (Corvidae)

Notes

Common Names: American Crow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Corvus corax (Common Raven)

Group: Birds

Family: Jays and Crows (Corvidae)

Notes

Common Names: Common Raven

Observed By: Josh Auld; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Patricia Johansen

Years Observed: 2017; 2018

Corvus ossifragus (Fish Crow)

Group: Birds

Family: Jays and Crows (Corvidae)

Notes

Common Names: Fish Crow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Holly Merker; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)

Group: Birds

Family: Jays and Crows (Corvidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blue Jay

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Carol Kuniholm; Chris Rimmer; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Hannah Deputy; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Noah Long; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Juvenile Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)
Juvenile Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)
Juvenile Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)

Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)

Group: Birds

Family: Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Notes

Common Names: Belted Kingfisher

Observed By: Josh Auld; Holly Merker; Matt Hunter

Years Observed: 2016; 2017; 2021.

Regulus calendula (Ruby-crowned Kinglet)

Group: Birds

Family: Kinglets (Regulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; Lois Bryman; Keith Hall; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021.

Regulus satrapa (Golden-crowned Kinglet)

Group: Birds

Family: Kinglets (Regulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Golden-crowned Kinglet

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey

Years Observed: 2014; 2017; 2018; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Comments:
Photos by Holly Merker

Images

Regulus satrapa (Golden-crowned Kinglet): photo by Holly Merker
Regulus satrapa (Golden-crowned Kinglet): photo by Holly Merker

Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)

Group: Birds

Family: Lapwings and Plovers (Charadriidae)

Notes

Common Names: Killdeer

Observed By: Josh Auld; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2018

Gavia immer (Common Loon)

Group: Birds

Family: Loons (Gaviidae)

Notes

Common Names: Common Loon

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2019.

Dumetella carolinensis (Gray Catbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Notes

Common Names: Gray Catbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Andrew Albright; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Carol Kuniholm; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Kelly Johnson; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Nick Pulcinella; Noah Long; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Dumetella carolinensis (Gray Catbird): eggs in a nest
Dumetella carolinensis (Gray Catbird)
Dumetella carolinensis (Gray Catbird)
Dumetella carolinensis (Gray Catbird)

Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Notes

Common Names: Northern Mockingbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Hannah Deputy; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Kelly Johnson; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)
Mimus polyglottos (Northern Mockingbird)

Toxostoma rufum (Brown Thrasher)

Group: Birds

Family: Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Notes

Common Names: Brown Thrasher

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2018; 2022.

Images

Toxostoma rufum (Brown Thrasher): foraging in an Autumn Olive tree
Toxostoma rufum (Brown Thrasher): foraging in an Autumn Olive tree

Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture)

Group: Birds

Family: New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

Notes

Common Names: Turkey Vulture

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Gerry Hertel; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

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Images

Cathartes aura (Turkey Vulture)

Coragyps atratus (Black Vulture)

Group: Birds

Family: New World Vultures (Cathartidae)

Notes

Common Names: Black Vulture

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2011; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Sitta canadensis (Red-breasted Nuthatch)

Group: Birds

Family: Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Notes

Common Names: Red-breasted Nuthatch

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2017

Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)

Group: Birds

Family: Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Notes

Common Names: White-breasted Nuthatch

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Chris Rimmer; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)
Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)
Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)

Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)

Group: Birds

Family: Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Notes

Common Names: House Sparrow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel Singer; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Lois Bryman; Matt Hunter; Meredith Tamminga; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)

Group: Birds

Family: Ospreys (Pandionidae)

Notes

Common Names: Osprey

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017

Cardellina canadensis (Canada Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Parulidae

Notes

Common Names: Canada Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Kelly Johnson

Year Observed: 2018.

Columba livia (Rock Pigeon)

Group: Birds

Family: Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Notes

Common Names: Rock Pigeon

Observed By: Josh Auld; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018

Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove)

Group: Birds

Family: Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Notes

Common Names: Mourning Dove

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Carol Kuniholm; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; Vincent Palmer; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove)
Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove)
A pair of Mourning Doves (Zenaida macroura) sitting on a stem of Amur Honeysuckle
Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove)

Scolopax minor (American Woodcock)

Group: Birds

Family: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (Scolopacidae)

Notes

Common Names: American Woodcock

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Walter Cressler; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2017; 2018.

Tringa melanoleuca (Greater Yellowlegs)

Group: Birds

Family: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (Scolopacidae)

Notes

Common Names: Greater Yellowlegs

Observed By: West Chester Bird Club

Year Observed: 2004

Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)

Group: Birds

Family: Starlings (Sturnidae)

Notes

Common Names: European Starling

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Kiehl Smith; Maghall3; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)
Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)

Hirundo rustica (Barn Swallow)

Group: Birds

Family: Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Notes

Common Names: Barn Swallow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019.

Stelgidopteryx serripennis (Northern Rough-winged Swallow)

Group: Birds

Family: Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Notes

Common Names: Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Years Observed: 2016; 2019

Tachycineta bicolor (Tree Swallow)

Group: Birds

Family: Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Notes

Common Names: Tree Swallow

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Kiehl Smith; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Nick Pulcinella; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Chaetura pelagica (Chimney Swift)

Group: Birds

Family: Swifts (Apodidae)

Notes

Common Names: Chimney Swift

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021.

Catharus fuscescens (Veery)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: Veery

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Carol Kuniholm; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter

Years Observed: 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Images

Catharus fuscescens (Veery)
Catharus fuscescens (Veery)
Catharus fuscescens (Veery)
Catharus fuscescens (Veery)

Catharus guttatus (Hermit Thrush)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: Hermit Thrush

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Patricia Johansen; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; Lois Bryman; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2015; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020.

Catharus minimus (Gray-cheeked Thrush)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: Gray-cheeked Thrush

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2019.

Catharus ustulatus (Swainsons Thrush)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: Swainson's Thrush

Observed By: Josh Auld; Geoff Veith; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter

Years Observed: 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Images

Catharus ustulatus (Swainson
Catharus ustulatus (Swainson
Catharus ustulatus (Swainson
Catharus ustulatus (Swainson
Catharus ustulatus (Swainson

Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: Wood Thrush

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)
Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)
Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)
Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)

Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: Eastern Bluebird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Ben Hawk; Colleen Cranney; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Kathryn Kruger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Miranda Davies; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey

Years Observed: 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird)
Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird)
Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird): perched in an Amur Honeysuckle
Sialia sialis (Eastern Bluebird): perched in an Amur Honeysuckle

Turdus migratorius (American Robin)

Group: Birds

Family: Thrushes (Turdidae)

Notes

Common Names: American Robin

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Carol Kuniholm; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Gerry Hertel; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Kendra McMillin; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Michael Gardner; Miranda Davies; Nick Pulcinella; Noah Long; Nur Ritter; Paige Vermeulen; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Turdus migratorius (American Robin) nesting in the GNA kiosk
Turdus migratorius (American Robin) nest and eggs in the GNA kiosk
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)

Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl)

Group: Birds

Family: Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Notes

Common Names: Great Horned Owl

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Bob Stein; Holly Merker; Maghall3; Michael Gardner; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Sydney Wilson

Years Observed: 2011; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Comments:
Breeding pairs have frequently been noted at the GNA.

Images

Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl): photo by Holly Merker
Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl): high up in an American Beech tree
Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl): high up in an American Beech tree
Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl): high up in an American Beech tree

Strix varia (Barred Owl)

Group: Birds

Family: Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Notes

Common Names: Barred Owl

Observed By: Josh Auld; Brian Winslow; Kathryn Krueger; Kelly Johnson; Nur Ritter

Years Observed: 2016; 2017; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Comments:
At least one breeding pair has been noted at the GNA.

Images

A recently fledged Barred Owl (Strix varia) in the GNA
Strix varia (Barred Owl) in the GNA.  Photo by Dr. Matin Katirai (Department of Geography and Planning
Strix varia (Barred Owl) in the GNA.  Photo by Dr. Matin Katirai (Department of Geography and Planning

Contopus cooperi (Olive-sided Flycatcher)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Olive-sided Flycatcher

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2016

Contopus virens (Eastern Wood-pewee)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Eastern Wood-pewee

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Carol Kuniholm; Chris Rimmer; Dale Lenat; Kelly Johnson; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Nick Pulcinella; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2006; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.

Empidonax traillii (Willow Flycatcher)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Willow Flycatcher

Observed By: Josh Auld; Geoff Veith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017

Empidonax virescens (Acadian Flycatcher)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Acadian Flycatcher

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein;

Year Observed: 2018.

Myiarchus crinitus (Great Crested Flycatcher)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Great Crested Flycatcher

Observed By: Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2021.

Sayornis phoebe (Eastern Phoebe)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Eastern Phoebe

Observed By: Josh Auld; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Kathryn Krueger; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Images

Sayornis phoebe (Eastern Phoebe)
Sayornis phoebe (Eastern Phoebe)
Sayornis phoebe (Eastern Phoebe)
Sayornis phoebe (Eastern Phoebe)

Tyrannus tyrannus (Eastern Kingbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Notes

Common Names: Eastern Kingbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Noah Long; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2019; 2021.

Vireo flavifrons (Yellow-throated Vireo)

Group: Birds

Family: Vireos (Vireonidae)

Notes

Common Names: Yellow-throated Vireo

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2016; 2017; 2019

Vireo gilvus (Warbling Vireo)

Group: Birds

Family: Vireos (Vireonidae)

Notes

Common Names: Warbling Vireo

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2019.

Vireo griseus (White-eyed Vireo)

Group: Birds

Family: Vireos (Vireonidae)

Notes

Common Names: White-eyed Vireo

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2019.

Vireo olivaceus (Red-eyed Vireo)

Group: Birds

Family: Vireos (Vireonidae)

Notes

Common Names: Red-eyed Vireo

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Daniel S.; Kelly Johnson; Mark Nale; Mark Winfield; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.

Vireo solitarius (Blue-headed Vireo)

Group: Birds

Family: Vireos (Vireonidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blue-headed Vireo

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2017.

Bombycilla cedrorum (Cedar Waxwing)

Group: Birds

Family: Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Notes

Common Names: Cedar Waxwing

Observed By: Josh Auld; Andrew Albright; Bob Stein; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2021; 2022.

Images

Bombycilla cedrorum (Cedar Waxwing) on Amur Honeysuckle
Bombycilla cedrorum (Cedar Waxwing) on Amur Honeysuckle
Bombycilla cedrorum (Cedar Waxwing) on Amur Honeysuckle
Bombycilla cedrorum (Cedar Waxwing) on Amur Honeysuckle

Colaptes auratus (Northern Flicker)

Group: Birds

Family: Woodpeckers and Allies (Picidae)

Notes

Common Names: Northern Flicker

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Ben Davidheiser; Bob Stein; Carol Kuniholm; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Noah Long; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Colaptes auratus (Northern Flicker)
Colaptes auratus (Northern Flicker)

Dryobates pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)

Group: Birds

Family: Woodpeckers and Allies (Picidae)

Notes

Common Names: Downy Woodpecker

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Images

Dryobates pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)
Dryobates pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)

Dryocopus pileatus (Pileated Woodpecker)

Group: Birds

Family: Woodpeckers and Allies (Picidae)

Notes

Common Names: Pileated Woodpecker

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alyssia Church; Bob Stein; Brian Winslow; Daniel S.; Danielle Chmelewski; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Maghall3; Maribeth Beatty; Matt Hunter; Mike Coulter; Noah Long; Nur Ritter; Paige Vermeulen; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Comments:
Quite common in the areas of the GNA with mature forest.

First two photos by Holly Merker.

A short (~37 seconds) video of a Pileated Woodpecker working on its nest in the Gordon can be viewed here.

Images

Dryocopus pileatus (Pileated Woodpecker): photo by Holly Merker
Dryocopus pileatus (Pileated Woodpecker): photo by Holly Merker
Dryocopus pileatus (Pileated Woodpecker)

Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker)

Group: Birds

Family: Woodpeckers and Allies (Picidae)

Notes

Common Names: Red-bellied Woodpecker

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Chris Rimmer; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Kathryn Krueger; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Matt McCaskey; Meredith Tamminga; Michael Gardner; Mike Coulter; Miranda Davies; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Comments:
First two photos by Holly Merker.

Images

Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker): photo by Holly Merker
Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker): photo by Holly Merker
Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker)
Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker): browsing at the top of an American Beech snag
Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker)

Picoides villosus (Hairy Woodpecker)

Group: Birds

Family: Woodpeckers and Allies (Picidae)

Notes

Common Names: Hairy Woodpecker

Observed By: Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Daniel S.; Holly Merker; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Patricia Johansen; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; Lois Bryman; Keith Hall; Josh Auld; Josh Auld; Ben Hawk; Kelly Johnson; Judy Ford; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Patricia Johansen; Holly Merker; Maghall3; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.

Sphyrapicus varius (Yellow-bellied Sapsucker)

Group: Birds

Family: Woodpeckers and Allies (Picidae)

Notes

Common Names: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Holly Merker; Kelly Johnson; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020.

Cardellina pusilla (Wilsons Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Wilson's Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2019.

Geothlypis formosa (Kentucky Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Kentucky Warbler

Observed By: Barry Blust; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 1970; 2004

Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Common Yellowthroat

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021.

Helmitheros vermivorum (Worm-eating Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Worm-eating Warbler

Observed By: Daniel S.; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004.

Icteria virens (Yellow-breasted Chat)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Yellow-breasted Chat

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2016

Mniotilta varia (Black-and-white Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Black-and-white Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2019; 2021.

Oreothlypis ruficapilla (Nashville Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Nashville Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Years Observed: 2017; 2019.

Seiurus aurocapilla (Ovenbird)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Ovenbird

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Kathryn Krueger; Matt Hunter; Miranda Davies; Nick Pulcinella; Noah Long; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2006; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Images

Seiurus aurocapilla (Ovenbird)
Seiurus aurocapilla (Ovenbird)
Seiurus aurocapilla (Ovenbird) on the branch of an American Beech tree in the Gordon
Seiurus aurocapilla (Ovenbird) on the branch of an American Beech tree in the Gordon

Setophaga americana (Northern Parula)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Northern Parula

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021.

Setophaga caerulescens (Black-throated Blue Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Black-throated Blue Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021.

Setophaga castanea (Bay-breasted Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Bay-breasted Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2018.

Setophaga citrina (Hooded Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Hooded Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Years Observed: 2016; 2017

Setophaga coronata (Yellow-rumped Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Colleen Cranney; Daniel S.; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Holly Merker; Kathryn Krueger; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Images

Setophaga coronata (Yellow-rumped Warbler)
Setophaga coronata (Yellow-rumped Warbler)
Setophaga coronata (Yellow-rumped Warbler)

Setophaga discolor (Prairie Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Prairie Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2017

Setophaga fusca (Blackburnian Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blackburnian Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.;

Years Observed: 2003; 2017; 2018.

Setophaga magnolia (Magnolia Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Magnolia Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter

Years Observed: 2018; 2019; 2021.

Setophaga palmarum (Palm Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Palm Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2019.

Setophaga pensylvanica (Chestnut-sided Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Chestnut-sided Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Year Observed: 2022.

Setophaga petechia (Yellow Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Yellow Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Carol Kuniholm; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2021.

Setophaga ruticilla (American Redstart)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: American Redstart

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019.

Setophaga striata (Blackpoll Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blackpoll Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2018; 2019.

Setophaga tigrina (Cape May Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Cape May Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Bob Stein;

Years Observed: 2018; 2019.

Setophaga virens (Black-throated Green Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Black-throated Green Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld; Daniel S.; Matt Hunter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2016; 2017; 2019; 2021.

Vermivora cyanoptera (Blue-winged Warbler)

Group: Birds

Family: Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Notes

Common Names: Blue-winged Warbler

Observed By: Josh Auld;

Years Observed: 2017; 2019

Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren)

Group: Birds

Family: Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Notes

Common Names: Carolina Wren

Observed By: Josh Auld; Alexander Tewnion; Alyssia Church; Andrew Albright; Ben Davidheiser; Ben Hawk; Bob Stein; Brian Byrnes; Chris Rimmer; Colleen Cranney; Dale Lenat; Daniel S.; Daniel Singer; Geoff Veith; Hannah Deputy; Helen Eckel-Wiener; Henry Merker; Holly Merker; Judy Ford; Keith Hall; Kelly Johnson; Lois Bryman; Maeve Dowd; Maghall3; Mark Nale; Matt Hunter; Meredith Tamminga; Michael Gardner; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; Patricia Johansen; Steven Esrey; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 2003; 2004; 2011; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021; 2022.

Comments:
Photos by Holly Merker

Images

Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren): photo by Holly Merker
Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren): photo by Holly Merker
Thryothorus ludovicianus (Carolina Wren)

Troglodytes aedon (House Wren)

Group: Birds

Family: Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Notes

Common Names: House Wren

Observed By: Josh Auld; Barry Blust; Bob Stein; Carol Kuniholm; Daniel S.; Geoff Veith; Kelly Johnson; Matt Hunter; Nick Pulcinella; Nur Ritter; West Chester Bird Club

Years Observed: 1970; 2003; 2004; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2021; 2022.

Troglodytes hiemalis (Winter Wren)

Group: Birds

Family: Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Notes

Common Names: Winter Wren

Observed By: Josh Auld; Geoff Veith; Holly Merker; Holly Merker; Keith Hall; Patricia Johansen; Holly Merker; Patricia Johansen; Lois Bryman; Keith Hall; Judy Ford; Kelly Johnson; Patricia Johansen; Holly Merker; Maghall3

Years Observed: 2014; 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020.