Wissahickon Bird Buzz

What birds are in the Wissahickon? Find out below...

June 13, 2018

Through its volunteer birdbox program, FOW has seen 14 bluebirds successfully fledged so far this year.

Here are some photos of tree swallows and house wrens, which have also made use of the new birdboxes!

7 House Wren Young

Tree Swallow Young

June 12, 2018

This list was compiled by FOW’s volunteer birdbox monitors. See below for the statuses of each box in Houston Meadow (specific box # withheld):

  • Tree Swallow – 4 young, 1 egg
  • Tree Swallow – 4 eggs
  • Tree Swallow – 5 Young
  • House Wren – 7 young
  • Tree Swallow – 5 young
  • House Wren – 6 eggs
  • Tree Swallow – 3 young
  • Tree Swallow – 5 young
  • Tree Swallow – 4 young

June 10, 2018

This list was compiled by FOW’s volunteer birdbox monitors. See below for the statuses of each box in Andorra Meadow (specific box # withheld):

  • Possible new Bluebird nest
  • Failed Bluebird – please clear nest out
  • House Wren – 6 young
  • House Wren – 7 eggs
  • House Wren – 5 young
  • House Wren – 5 young, 1 egg
  • House Wren – 5 eggs
  • House Wren – 7 young
  • Tree Swallow – 4 eggs
  • Tree Swallow – 3 eggs
  • Tree Swallow – 3 young, 1 egg
  • Tree Swallow – 4 young

June 5, 2018

This list was compiled by FOW’s volunteer birdbox monitors. See below for the statuses of each box in the Andorra and Houston Meadow (specific box # withheld):

Andorra Meadow
  • Blue Bird: Nest Only
  • Unknown Nest
  • Tree Swallow on top of Chickadee
  • Empty Box
  • Blue Bird: 4 eggs (female was found dead in box and was removed. Eggs felt warm so perhaps male is incubating?)
  • Tree Swallow: 6 Eggs
  • House Wren: 6 young
  • House Wren: Dummy Nest Removed*
  • House Wren: 6 eggs
  • Empty Box
  • House Wren: Dummy Nest Removed*
  • House Wren: 1 egg and 5 young
  • House Wren 5 Eggs
  • House Wren 7 eggs
  • House Wren: Dummy Nest Removed*
  • House Wren: Dummy Nest Removed*
  • Tree Swallow: Nest Only
  • Tree Swallow: 3 eggs
  • Blue Bird: 5 Young
  • Tree Swallow: 5 Eggs
  • Chickadee: 3 Young
  • Tree Swallow: 5 young
  • Chickadee: Nest Only
  • House Wren: Dummy Nest Removed*
Houston Meadow
  • Bluebird: 4 young (maybe 5?)
  • Tree Swallow: 2 young
  • Tree Swallow: 5 young
  • Tree Swallow: 5 Eggs
  • Tree Swallow 4 Eggs
  • Tree Swallow: 5 young
  • Empty Box
  • House Wren: 7 eggs
  • Tree Swallow: 5 Young
  • Tree Swallow: 4 Eggs
  • House Wren: Nest Only
  • Blue Bird: 3 Young
  • Tree Swallow: 3 Young
  • Tree Swallow: 5 Young
  • Tree Swallow: 4 Young
  • Empty Box

*House wrens will fill nest boxes with sticks to keep other birds away. They’re called “dummy nests” because they look like nests but lack nest cups. We remove the “dummy nests” to give other birds the opportunity to nest there.

May 12, 2018

This list was compiled by Ruth Pfeffer, owner of Birding with Ruth. See below for all the birds that she saw between Bells Mills Road and the Red Covered Bridge:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Black-billed Cuckoo (heard)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher (heard)
Great-crested Flycatcher
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren (heard)
House Wren (heard)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Wood Thrush (heard)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Red-eyed Vireo (heard)
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler (heard)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (heard)
Pine warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Ovenbird (heard)
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager (heard)
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee (heard)
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

May 4, 2018

This list was compiled by Ruth Pfeffer, owner of Birding with Ruth. See below for all the birds (with her photos) that she saw at Houston Meadow:

Mallard
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe (heard)
Tree swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren (heard)
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
White-eyed Vireo (heard)
Northern Parula (heard)
Yellow warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated-green Warbler (heard)
Black-and-white warbler
American Redstart

American Redstart by Ruth Pfeffer

Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal Indigo Bunting
Eastern Towhee (heard)
Chipping sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole by Ruth Pfeffer

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole by Ruth Pfeffer

American Goldfinch

April 30, 2018

This list was compiled by Ruth Pfeffer, owner of Birding with Ruth. See below for all the birds she saw between the intersection of Forbidden Drive and Bells Mills Road and Houston Meadow:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Coopers Hawk   X
Broad-winged Hawk  X
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (heard)
Northern Flicker
Great-crested Flycatcher   X
Northern Rough-winged swallow
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird  X
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird   X
European starling
White-eyed Vireo (heard)  X
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat (heard)
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee (heard)
Chipping Sparrow    X
Field Sparrow   X
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow      X
White-throated Sparrow (heard)
Red-winged Blackbird   X
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

X – indicates Houston Meadow only