Earth Day Bird List from Hillandale Park

Downey Woodpeckers are identified in Hillendale Park in Harrisonburg

As part of Earth Week in Harrisonburg this year, a walk to see and hear birds in Hillandale Park took place Saturday April 24th at 8 am. Twenty-five species of birds were heard and/or seen even with gray skies. We did see a Crow but could not definatively identify the bird since it did not give either the characteristic Fish or American Crow call.

If you are interested in birds or “birding,” both Rockingham and Augusta counties have local bird clubs. The Audubon Society and American Birding Association are other sites for more information.

Here is the full list of birds identified on Saturday:

  • American Goldfinch
  • American Robin
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Carolina Wren
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Common Grackle
  • Crow species
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Field Sparrow
  • Green Heron
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

Submitted by Robyn Puffenbarger, Associate Professor of Biology, Bridgewater College and Earth Day Birding Walk Guide

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  1. Jay Bender says

    Not being a birder myself, that seems amazing to be that so many types of birds were seen in that park on the same day! Birding must really be a facinating pastime and science!


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