Thank you for visiting my gallery of the wild birds of the New York region. It’s not meant to be a complete gallery of New York birds, but is a dynamic photo record of birds I’ve personally observed in the region. All photos are taken by me, Betsy McCully, unless otherwise stated.
I’ve arranged the birds by habitats. In breeding season, their habitat is where they nest; in non-breeding season or in migration, it’s where they find food. For example, downy woodpeckers nest in tree cavities and therefore require a woodland habitat; in winter, however, they may come to your backyard feeder. I’ve also grouped the birds into categories, such as shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, etc., and within each category listed them alphabetically by common name, usually the second part of the name, such as plover, sandpiper, turnstone, willet, etc. The captions give the bird’s common name, Latin name, date and place of observation, and status. I use the data from Cornell’s excellent site, All About Birds.
All photos are of birds that can be seen in the New York region, whether year-round, in migration, as occasional visitors, winter residents, or breeders. I’ve been birding the New York area for 20-plus years, but I am human and make mistakes. I welcome your feedback by contacting me at the email address below.
I hope my gallery may help you identify some of the birds you find in the New York region. See the New York Birds page for a list of suggested print guides and websites. The gallery will be updated regularly, so check back for more. Also take a look at my New York Birds album on my Flickr site.
–Betsy McCully, September 2021
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Birds of Waters, Wetlands, Shores
Wading Birds: egrets, herons, and ibis
Waterfowl: loons, ducks, geese, swans
Seabirds: gulls, terns, and skimmer
Waters, wetlands, shores: raptors and a kingfisher
Waters, wetlands, shores: blackbirds and crow
Waters, wetlands, shores: a flycatcher
Waters, wetlands, shores: sparrows
Waters, wetlands, shores: swallows
Birds of Grassland and Scrub
Bobolink (blackbird family)
Grassland Birds: bunting, dickcissel, lark, sparrows
Grassland Birds: flycatchers
Grassland Birds: game birds
Grassland Birds: raptors
Grassland Birds: crane, egret, sandpipers
Grassland Birds: swallows
Grassland Birds: Mimidae
Grassland Birds: bluebird (thrush family)
Grassland Birds: warblers
Birds of Woodlands and Forests
Woodland Birds: cardinals and allies
Woodland Birds: Mimidae
Woodland Birds: chickadee, nuthatches, titmouse
Woodland Birds: corvids
We have one jay, the Blue Jay.
Woodland Birds: two cuckoos and a dove
The Black-billed Cuckoo (not shown) and Yellow-billed Cuckoo are both breeders in our forests.
Woodland Birds: finches
Woodland Birds: flycatchers
Woodland Birds: gnatcatcher, kinglets
We have two kinglets, the Golden-crowned (not shown) and the Ruby-crowned.
Woodland Birds: orioles
Our only orioles are the Baltimore and Orchard orioles.