WCU Student Birding Club

We meet throughout the fall and spring semesters to go birding around campus.

Interested? Send me an e-mail.

Below is a list of what we've seen, species in bold have been observed on campus or in the immediate surroundings, including the Gordon Natural Area. Click Here for a checklist of birds found in the GNA.

  • Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  • Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens
  • Wood Duck, Aix sponsa
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
  • Ring-necked Pheasent, Phasianus colchicus
  • Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
  • Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  • Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus
  • Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus
  • Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii
  • Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
  • Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis
  • Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
  • Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  • Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
  • Barred Owl, Strix varia
  • Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus
  • Chimney Swift, Chaetura pelagica
  • Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens
  • Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius
  • Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  • Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus
  • Merlin, Falco columbarius
  • Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee, Contopus virens
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher, Contopus cooperi
  • Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe
  • Eastern Kingbird, Tyrannus tyrannus
  • White-eyed Vireo, Vireo griseus
  • Red-eyed Vireo, Vireo olivaceus
  • Yellow-throated Vireo, Vireo flavifrons
  • Warbling Vireo, Vireo gilvus
  • Blue Jay, Cyanocitta cristata
  • Fish Crow, Corvus ossifragus
  • American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
  • Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica
  • Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
  • Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus
  • Carolina Chickadee, Poecile carolinensis
  • Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis
  • White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
  • Carolina Wren, Thryothorus ludivicianus
  • House Wren, Troglodytes aedon
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila caerulea
  • Eastern Bluebird, Sialia sialis
  • Veery, Catharus fuscescens
  • Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
  • American Robin, Turdus migratorius
  • Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis
  • Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma rufum
  • Northern Mockingbird, Mimus polyglottus
  • European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  • Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum
  • Ovenbird, Seiurus aurocapilla
  • Common Yellowthroat, Geothlypis trichas
  • American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla
  • Hooded Warbler, Setophaga citrina
  • Northern Parula, Setophaga americana
  • Yellow Warbler, Setophaga petechia
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler, Setophaga caerulescens
  • Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, Setophaga coronata
  • Black-throated Green Warbler, Setophaga virens
  • Yellow-breasted Chat, Icteria virens
  • Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina
  • Field Sparrow, Spizella pusilla
  • American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea
  • Fox Sparrow, Passerella iliaca
  • Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia
  • White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
  • Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis
  • Scarlet Tanager, Piranga olivacea
  • Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
  • Baltimore Oriole, Icterus galbula
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater
  • Red-winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
  • Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula
  • American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis
  • House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
  • House Sparrow, Passer domesticus


























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