Bird of the Month

Have you seen any of these birds on the Greenway? Please let us know where.

May 2022

Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea

Indigo Buntings are returning to the greenway from wintering in Central and South America. They breed in our area and will migrate south again in the fall.

Breeding male Indigo Buntings are bright blue, and females and non-breeding males are brown. Like all blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their color comes from structures in their feathers which reflect and refract blue light.

Look for buntings in weedy or shrubby areas. Often male buntings will sing from the tallest perch of a tree.

April 2022

Eastern Towhee

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

The Eastern Towhee is a large, brightly colored sparrow that can be found on the greenway, usually scratching on the ground in the leaf litter.

At this time of year, the males sing  “Drink your tea”, and at other times call “Tow - hee”.

Males are boldly patterned with black above, orange flanks and a white underbelly. Females have a warm brown color instead of the black.

Towhees are found on the greenway year-round but are especially vocal this time of year.

March 2022

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

The bright red male Northern Cardinal is one of the most recognizable birds.

Cardinals don’t migrate and are therefore found on the greenway year-round.

Adult cardinals don’t molt their feathers so the males remain bright red all year. The females are a warm brown with red accents.

Look for cardinals foraging on the ground or perched in the trees, singing.