Following is a list of all bird species I have personally identified on our farm, the Bauernhof Kitsteiner. If anyone visits, this list will hopefully serve as a resource to aid our guests in putting a name to the birds they see.
If you are interested, I also keep a running “Life List” of all the birds I have ever seen.
Click on the name or photo of the bird for more information and calls/sounds of the birds. All links go to the “All About Birds” site put together by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Canada Geese can be seen throughout the year, but are more common in the Spring during nesting season. Seen frequently in Spring. Seen only in and around the ponds on the farm.
- Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mallards are seen here in Winter. Not common on the farm. Seen only in and around the ponds on the farm.
- Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
Great Blue Herons can be seen quite regularly throughout the year on the farm. Seen only in and around the ponds on the farm.
- Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Killdeer are seen year round in East Tennessee. They are not very common on the farm, but are seen in the pastures.
- Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
Wild Turkeys are year round residents in East Tennessee. Frequently seen off the farm. Rarely seen on the farm, but numerous feathers have been found in the woods.
- Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
Red-Tailed Hawks are frequently seen year round on the farm. Usually seen in the trees on the edges of pastures or flying over the fields of the farm. There is a pair that nests regularly in the trees on the south border of the farm.
- Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
Cooper’s Hawks are year-round residents of East Tennessee. They are occasionally seen in the woods or the forest edge on the farm.
- Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Northern Harriers are common Winter visitor on the farm. Frequently seen flying low over the pastures occasionally dropping on mice, rats, and voles.
- Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Turkey Vultures are frequently seen year round on the farm. Most commonly seen flying high overhead with occasional visits to the ground in the pastures.
- Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Black Vultures are frequently seen year round on the farm. Most commonly seen flying high overhead with occasional visits to the ground in the pastures.
- American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
American Kestrels are commonly seen on perched on power lines or hovering, almost stationary, over the pastures as they hunt.
- Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owls are permanent residents in East Tennessee but are not commonly seen. We’ve only spotted one that landed on a fence right in front of the main house at dusk.
- Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Mourning Doves are very common, year-round residents on the farm. Usually seen in or on the edges of the pastures.
- Chuck-Will’s-Widow (Antrostomus carolinensis)
Chuck-Will’s-Widows are commonly heard, but never seen, during the Summer at the farm at early evening/dusk and early morning.
- Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are common Summer visitors to the farm. Often seen at the hummingbird feeders around the big house.
- Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Pileated Woodpeckers are a common bird found in the woods all year round. They are heard more often than being seen.
- Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
Red-Bellied Woodpeckers are a common bird found in the woods all year round.
- Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Downy Woodpeckers are very commons bird found in the woods all year round.
- Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
Hairy Woodpeckers are a less common woodpecker, but they are found in the woods all year round.
- Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus auratus)
Northern Flickers are regular visitors to the farm, and they are more common in the Winter. Often seen on the eastern edge of the farm.
- Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
Eastern Phoebes are occasional visitors to the farm. They are present year round, and they are most often seen perched on fences bordering the pastures.
- Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallows are very common at the farm. Often seen on and around the big house. Very frequently seen hunting insects over the pastures.
- Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallows are uncommonly seen on the farm in the Summer and maybe late Spring and early Autumn. They will hunt in a similar fashion to the Barn Swallows.
- American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
American Crows are commonly seen year-round on the farm, sometimes in large numbers.
- Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Jays are commonly seen year round on the farm.
- Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Black-Capped Chickadees are common, year-round residents in East Tennessee at higher elevations, but they are only rarely seen on the farm in the woods.
- Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
The Carolina Chickadee is a bit smaller and more gray than the Black-Capped. They also have a bit different song and call. Year-round residents in East Tennessee. Commonly seen on the farm in the woods.
- Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Tufted Titmouse (Titmice?) are common year-round residents in East Tennessee, and they are seen more commonly in the forest/pasture edges on the farm.
- Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Carolina Wrens are frequently seen year-round on the farm.
- Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Northern Mockingbirds are frequently seen year-round on the farm.
- Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Brown Thrashers can be seen year-round on the farm, but are much more common in the Spring and Summer along fences and forest edges.
- Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Eastern Bluebirds are seen daily on the farm. We have numerous breeding pairs every year.
- American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
American Robins are fairly common on the farm year-round.
- Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
Hermit Thrushes are regular Winter visitors to East Tennessee, but they are not commonly seen. I’ve only seen one in the forest on the farm.
- Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)
Wood Thrushes are common in the Summer across Tennessee. I’ve only heard a Wood Thrush once at the farm in the forest. Wood Thrushes are very similar to Hermit Thrushes in appearance, but note how the dots spread all the way down the breast to the undersides of the Wood Thrush.
- Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-Winged Blackbirds are common on the farm and are frequently seen all over the farm, but more commonly seen near the ponds, often perching on the cattails.
- Brown-Headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
Brown-Headed Cowbirds are common in East Tennessee, but infrequently seen on the farm.
- Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Common Grackles are frequently seen on the farm year-round.
- Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)
Eastern Meadowlarks are occasionally seen year-round.
- Common or European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starlings are very common on the farm and have many nesting pairs each year.
- Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
Summer Tanagers are common Summer visitors in East Tennessee, but I have only seen one pair in the woods on the farm.
- House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
House Sparrows are common on the farm year-round.
- Dark-Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Dark-Eyed Juncos are common Winter visitors on the farm more commonly seen on the eastern part of the property.
- Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
Northern Cardinals are common on the farm year-round.
- House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
House Finches are common year-round residents in East Tennessee, are are fairly common on the farm.
- American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
American Goldfinches are frequently seen year-round on the farm.
- Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Indigo Buntings are infrequently seen in the Summer on the farm. Every time they were seen, they were at the forest/pasture edge.
- Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)
Blue Grosbeaks are infrequently seen in the Summer on the farm.
- Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Eastern Towhees are common year-round in East Tennessee, but are infrequently seen on the farm.
- Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Field Sparrows are common year-round on the farm.
- American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)
The American Tree Sparrow is occasionally seen in Winter. Note the two colors of the beak compared with the Field Sparrow above.
- Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Song Sparrows seem to be fairly common year-round on the farm.
- White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
White-Throated Sparrows are fairly common Winter visitors on the farm.
- Yellow-Rumped (Myrtle) Warbler (Setophaga coronata ssp coronata)
Yellow-Rumped Warblers are fairly common Winter visitors on the farm.
- Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)
Pine Warblers are a common species in East TN, but have only been seen rarely on the farm.
- Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)
Prairie Warblers are common in the Summer in East Tennessee, but have only been seen once (so far) on the farm in mid-Summer.
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