Our Birds

Penn Dixie Avifauna Biodiversity Survey

Our survey was conducted from March through July of 2020 by Jonathan Hoag. All of the birds listed were identified by visual sightings and calls, and the survey was conducted during the day during the mornings and afternoons. Bird species listed below were seen throughout the site in various habitats and ecosystems. Birds on this list are organized by order and family. Download a detailed report here: Bird Diversity of the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve.


Turdidae: Thrushes

  • American Robin
  • Wood Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Veery
  • Eastern Bluebird

Sturnidae: Starlings

  • European Starling

Sittidae: Nuthatches

  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Icteridae: Blackbird Family

  • Red- Winged Blackbird
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Rusty Blackbird

Corvidae: Ravens, Crows, Magpies, And Jays

  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Blue Jay

Mimidae: Thrashers, Mockingbirds, Tremblers & New World Catbirds

  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Grey Catbird

Picidae: The Woodpeckers

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Cardinalidae: Cardinals and Allies

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting

Passeridae: Old World Sparrows

  • House Sparrow

Passerellidae: New World Sparrows

  • Dark-Eyed Junco
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-Crowned Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • White-Throated Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow

Fringillidae: Finches

  • American Goldfinch
  • Pine Siskin
  • House Finch
  • Common Redpoll

Troglodytidae: Wren Family

  • Marsh Wren
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren

Tyrannidae: Tyrant Flycatchers

  • Eastern Wood Pewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Kingbird

Paridae: Tits, Chickadees and Titmice

  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse

Certhiidae: Tree Creepers

  • Brown Creeper

Vireonidae: The Vireos

  • Red-Eyed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo

Hirundinidae: The Swallows

  • Tree Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow

Parulidae: New World Warblers

  • Blue-Winged Warbler
  • Golden-Winged Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-Sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Black-Throated Green Warbler
  • Black-Throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Pine Warbler
  • Bay-Breasted Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Black-And-White Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Northern Water Thrush
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Wilsonโ€™s Warbler
  • Canada Warbler

Bombycillidae- Waxwings

  • Cedar Waxwing

Apodiformes: Hummingbirds and Swifts

Trochilidae: Hummingbirds

  • Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Apodidae: The Swifts

  • Chimney Swift

Cuculiformes: Cuckoos

Cuculidae: Cuckoos

  • Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Caprimulgiformes: Nightjars and Frogmouths


  • Eastern Whip-Poor-Will

Columbiformes: Pigeons and Doves


  • Mourning Dove
  • Rock Pigeon

Cathartiformes: New World Vultures

Cathartidae: Vultures

  • Turkey Vulture

Galliformes: Land Fowl

Gallionidae: Gallinacious Birds

  • Wild Turkey

Charadriiformes: The Shorebirds

Laridae: Gulls

  • Ring-Billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Blacked-Backed Gull

Charadriidae: Plovers and Pipers

  • Killdeer

Scolopacidae: Sandpipers

  • Spotted Sandpiper

Pelecaniformes: Herons, Bitterns, and Pelicans

Ardeidae: Herons and Bitterns

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Great Egret

Rallidae: Rails

  • Sandhill Crane

Coraciiformes:ย  Kingfishers and Allies

Alcedinidae: Kingfishers

  • Belted- Kingfisher

Anseriformes- Ducks, Geese, And Swans

Tribe: Anserini- Geese

  • Canada Goose (Giant)

Tribe: Anatini- Dabbling and Puddle Ducks

  • Mallard
  • Wood Duck

Accipitriformes- Hawks, Eagles, And Allies

Family: Accipitridae- Hawks and Eagles

  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Cooperโ€™s Hawk
  • Sharp-Shinned Hawk
  • Broad-Winged Hawk
  • Bald Eagle

Pandionidae: Osprey

  • Osprey

Strigiformes: Owls


  • Eastern Screech Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Barred Owl