Top Birds of Fairchild

Be on the lookout for these birds when you visit Fairchild

 

Swallow-Tail Kite, Elanoides forficatus—These incredibly graceful hawks are known for their forked tails which they rotate in order to steer. Swallow-Tail Kites rarely flap their wings while flying and can be seen soaring over open areas in the Hawk Hotspots primarily during the summer months.

 

Red-shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus—These large birds of prey are very vocal and often sit high in tree tops surveying their domain. Red-shouldered Hawks are seen throughout the garden primarily in the winter, spring and early summer.

 

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus—These wading birds are often seen in flocks and can be recognized by their long curved bills. They mainly feed on insects and small water creatures and are found in the Ibis Hotspots during the winter and spring.

 

Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus—These fish eaters hunt prey by diving into the water and catching fish with their bills. They are distinguished from Anhingas by a slight bend on the tip of their beaks. Cormorants can be found around Glade Lake primarily during the winter and spring.

 

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias—This is the largest of the wading birds at Fairchild. Recognizable by its classic silhouette, long legs and long s-shaped neck. Great Blue Herons are commonly seen near the shores of Fairchild's lakes throughout the entire year.

 

Green Heron, Butorides virescens—These water birds are one of the few tool using birds and will often drop bait onto the water in order to lure prey to the surface. Green Herons can be found fishing in Founders’ Court  Pool, the Amphitheater Pool and Palm Glade Pool primarily in the winter and spring.

 

Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus—These duck like birds have long toes that allow it them to walk on soft mud and submerged vegetation. Common Moorhens are primarily seen during the winter, spring and early summer in Royal Palm Lake, Vee Lake and at the western end of Coconut Lake.

 

Belted Kingfisher, Ceryle alcyon—These handsome birds hunt over water and will often hover over their prey before diving in to capture it. Belted Kingfishers can be seen flying back and forth over Glade Lake looking for meals, primarily in the winter and spring.

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris—These nectar feeders are exceedingly fast and can often be heard before they are seen. Listen for high pitched chirps and then look for a tiny beautiful blur. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds can be found in the winter and early spring in the Hummingbird Hotspots.

 

Hill Myna, Gracula religiosa—These gregarious birds are known for their ability to mimic sounds with astonishing clarity. Hill Mynas can be found in the Myna Hotspots in very tall trees, such as the baobab, Adansonia digitata, primarily in the winter and spring.

 

Blue Jays, Cyanocitta cristata—These beautiful birds are insect and seed eaters and are known for their blue color and handsome crests. They have the ability to mimic Red-shouldered hawks and it is not known whether they mimic hawks to warn each other or to ward off other birds. They can be seen year round in Warbler and Hummingbird Hotspots.

 

Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis—These colorful birds are often seen in pairs and have red, regal crests. The males are bright red while the females are more subdued.