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.

  1. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

    Canada Goose

    Canada Goose

    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.

  2. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
    Mallards

    Mallards

    Mallards are seen here in Winter. Not common on the farm. Seen only in and around the ponds on the farm.

  3. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Herons can be seen quite regularly throughout the year on the farm. Seen only in and around the ponds on the farm.

  4. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
    Killdeer

    Killdeer

    Killdeer are seen year round in East Tennessee. They are not very common on the farm, but are seen in the pastures.

  5. Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
    Wild Turkey

    Wild Turkey

    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.

  6. Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
    Red-Tailed Hawk

    Red-Tailed Hawk

    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.

  7. Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
    Cooper's Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawks are year-round residents of East Tennessee. They are occasionally seen in the woods or the forest edge on the farm.

  8. Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
    Northern Harrier

    Northern Harrier

    Northern Harriers are common Winter visitor on the farm. Frequently seen flying low over the pastures occasionally dropping on mice, rats, and voles.

  9. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
    Turkey Vulture

    Turkey Vulture

    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.

  10. Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
    Black Vulture

    Black Vulture

    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.

  11. American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
    American Kestrel

    American Kestrel

    American Kestrels are commonly seen on perched on power lines or hovering, almost stationary, over the pastures as they hunt.

  12. Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
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    Barn Owl

    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.

  13. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
    Mourning Dove

    Mourning Dove

    Mourning Doves are very common, year-round residents on the farm. Usually seen in or on the edges of the pastures.

  14. Chuck-Will’s-Widow (Antrostomus carolinensis)
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    Chuck-Will’s-Widow

    Chuck-Will’s-Widows are commonly heard, but never seen, during the Summer at the farm at early evening/dusk and early morning.

  15. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird June 9th, 2008 Our house in Brandon, South Dakota Canon 20D, 400 5.6L

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are common Summer visitors to the farm. Often seen at the hummingbird feeders around the big house.

  16. Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
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    Pileated Woodpecker

    Pileated Woodpeckers are a common bird found in the woods all year round. They are heard more often than being seen.

  17. Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
    Red-Bellied Woodpecker

    Red-Bellied Woodpecker

    Red-Bellied Woodpeckers are a common bird found in the woods all year round.

  18. Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
    Downy Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpeckers are very commons bird found in the woods all year round.

  19. Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)
    Hairy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpeckers are a less common woodpecker, but they are found in the woods all year round.

  20. Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus auratus)
    Northern Flicker

    Northern Flicker

    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.

  21. Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)
    Eastern Phoebe

    Eastern 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.

  22. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
    Barn Swallow

    Barn Swallow

    Barn Swallows are very common at the farm. Often seen on and around the big house. Very frequently seen hunting insects over the pastures.

  23. Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
    Tree Swallow

    Tree Swallow

    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.

  24. American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos
    American Crow

    American Crow

    American Crows are commonly seen year-round on the farm, sometimes in large numbers.

  25. Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
    Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    Blue Jays are commonly seen year round on the farm.

  26. Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
    Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-Capped Chickadees are common, year-round residents in East Tennessee, but they are not commonly seen on the farm.

  27. Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
    Tufted Titmouse

    Tufted Titmouse

    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.

  28. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
    Carolina Wren

    Carolina Wren

    Carolina Wrens are frequently seen year-round on the farm.

  29. Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
    Northern Mockingbird

    Northern Mockingbird

    Northern Mockingbirds are frequently seen year-round on the farm.

  30. Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
    Eastern Bluebird

    Eastern Bluebird

    Eastern Bluebirds are seen daily on the farm. We have numerous breeding pairs every year.

  31. American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
    American Robin

    American Robin

    American Robins are fairly common on the farm year-round.

  32. Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)
    Hermit Thrush

    Hermit Thrush

    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.

  33. Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
    Red-Winged Blackbird

    Red-Winged Blackbird

    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.

  34. Brown-Headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    Brown-Headed Cowbirds are common in East Tennessee, but infrequently seen on the farm.

  35. Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    Common Crackle

    Common Crackle

    Common Grackles are frequently seen on the farm year-round.

  36. Common or European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    Common Starling

    European Starling

    European Starlings are very common on the farm and have many nesting pairs each year.

  37. Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
    Summer Tanager

    Summer Tanager

    Summer Tanagers are common Summer visitors in East Tennessee, but I have only seen one pair in the woods on the farm.

  38. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus
    B_House_Sparrow2

    House Sparrow

    House Sparrows are common on the farm year-round.

  39. Dark-Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
    Dark-Eyed Junco

    Dark-Eyed Junco

    Dark-Eyed Juncos are common Winter visitors on the farm more commonly seen on the eastern part of the property.

  40. Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 
    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Cardinals are common on the farm year-round.

  41. House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
    House Finch

    House Finch

    House Finches are common year-round residents in East Tennessee, are are fairly common on the farm.

  42. American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
    American Goldfinch

    American Goldfinch

    American Goldfinches are frequently seen year-round on the farm.

  43. Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
    Indigo Bunting

    Indigo Bunting

    Indigo Buntings are infrequently seen in the Summer on the farm. Every time they were seen, they were at the forest/pasture edge.

  44. Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)
    Blue Grosbeak

    Blue Grosbeak

    Blue Grosbeaks are infrequently seen in the Summer on the farm.

  45. Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
    Eastern Towhee

    Eastern Towhee

    Eastern Towhees are common year-round in East Tennessee, but are infrequently seen on the farm.

  46. Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
    Field Sparrow

    Field Sparrow

    Field Sparrows are common year-round on the farm.

  47. Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
    Song Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    Song Sparrows seem to be fairly common year-round on the farm.

  48. White-Throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
    White-Throated Sparrow

    White-Throated Sparrow

    White-Throated Sparrows are fairly common Winter visitors on the farm.

  49. Yellow-Rumped (Myrtle) Warbler (Setophaga coronata ssp coronata)
    Yellow-Rumped Warbler

    Yellow-Rumped Warbler

    Yellow-Rumped Warblers are fairly common Winter visitors on the farm.

  50. Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)
    Prairie Warbler

    Prairie Warbler

    Prairie Warblers are common in the Summer in East Tennessee, but have only been seen once (so far) on the farm in mid-Summer.

All photos, unless marked, are from the species respective Wikipedia page.

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