The campus grounds are a haven for many kinds of birds, from the very common Robin to the very rare Saw Whet Owl. The gardens provide all the necessary elements for good bird habitat: food, water and shelter. Throughout the years, the bird watchers on campus have had many unusual visits and have seen many old familiar friends of the feathered variety.
A Seattle Audubon volunteer put together a comprehensive bird list for us that interacts with birdweb.org for broader descriptions of species.
Every year in February, we participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a program jointly sponsored by the Audubon Society and the Cornell Ornithology Lab. Here's the result of our 2012 count. And a collage of pictures from the event.
Read an article about a wounded Golden-Crowned Kinglet on campus.
And a quick guide to common birds on campus.