Arboretum Birds

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds become quite tame and delight birders and photographers alike. Photo by Jon Brierley.

A total of 211 bird species have been found in the University of Guelph Arboretum (see list below)..  This 165 hectare area has various habitats including maple/beech forest, old fields, ponds, swamps and beech/hemlock forest, creating many great places to observe birds and other wildlife. No matter what the season, you will find a variety of species on every visit. Want to see what has been seen recently? Click here to see the e-bird hotspot lists.

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinals are popular with new and experienced birders. Photo by Josh Crozier.

In the list below, the 87 species marked with an * have been known to breed in this site.  Those marked with (*) may breed here also.  The two species marked with ** are escapees.  One species is marked with !; this is the extinct  Passenger Pigeon.  Historical records indicate that this species may have had a breeding colony along the Speed River close to The Arboretum and thus this species was likely a common sight here long ago.

Bird on Bird House
Our many bird boxes attract species such as Eastern Screech-Owls, Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, Great Crested Flycatchers, Black-capped Chickadees and, of course, House Wrens (shown here). Photo by Marienna Egressy.

We teach a wide variety of bird workshops at The Arboretum; click here to see which ones are coming up! We also sell Feeder Birds of The Arboretum and Summer Garden Birds of The Arboretum booklets.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpeckers often nest in our forests. As you can see, they are efficient at excavating their nesting cavities! Photo by Karl Egressy.

American Robin
American Robins (shown here), Cedar and Bohemian Waxwings and many other species are attracted to berries in The Arboretum in winter. Photo by Chris Earley.

Black-capped Chickadee
Our Black-capped Chickadees may be enticed to your hand if you stand still enough. Photo by Chris Earley.

Birds of The University of Guelph Arboretum

  • Snow Goose
  • Cackling Goose 
  • Canada Goose *
  • Tundra Swan
  • Wood Duck *
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard *
  • Blue-winged Teal *
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser *
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Northern Bobwhite **
  • Chukar **
  • Ruffed Grouse *
  • Wild Turkey
  • Common Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Bittern *
  • Least Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret 
  • Cattle Egret
  • Green Heron *
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Turkey Vulture *
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier *
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk *
  • Cooper's Hawk *
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk *
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • American Kestrel *
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Virginia Rail *
  • Sora *
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Killdeer *
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Greater Yellowleg
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Upland Sandpiper 
  • Wilson's Snipe *
  • American Woodcock *
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Bonaparte's Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Iceland Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove *
  • Passenger Pigeon !
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo *
  • Black-billed Cuckoo *
  • Eastern Screech-Owl *
  • Great Horned Owl *
  • Snowy Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Long-eared Owl *
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Whip-poor-will
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird *
  • Belted Kingfisher *
  • Red-headed Woodpecker *
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker *
  • Hairy Woodpecker *
  • Northern Flicker *
  • Pileated Woodpecker *
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee *
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Alder Flycatcher *
  • Willow Flycatcher *
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe *
  • Great Crested Flycatcher *
  • Eastern Kingbird *
  • Northern Shrike
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Warbling Vireo *
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo *
  • Blue Jay *
  • American Crow *
  • Fish Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Horned Lark *
  • Purple Martin
  • Tree Swallow *
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Bank Swallow *
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow *
  • Black-capped Chickadee *
  • Boreal Chickadee 
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch *
  • White-breasted Nuthatch *
  • Brown Creeper *
  • Carolina Wren
  • House Wren *
  • Winter Wren *
  • Sedge Wren *
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Eastern Bluebird *
  • Veery
  • Gray-cheeked Thrush
  • Swainson's Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Thrush *
  • American Robin *
  • Gray Catbird *
  • Northern Mockingbird *
  • Brown Thrasher *
  • European Starling *
  • American Pipit
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Cedar Waxwing *
  • Blue-winged Warbler
  • Golden-winged Warbler
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler *
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (*)
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Pine Warbler *
  • Palm Warbler
  • Bay-breasted Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler *
  • American Redstart (*)
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush *
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler (*)
  • Common Yellowthroat *
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Eastern Towhee *
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow *
  • Clay-colored Sparrow (*)
  • Field Sparrow *
  • Vesper Sparrow *
  • Savannah Sparrow *
  • Grasshopper Sparrow *
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow *
  • Lincoln's Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow *
  • White-throated Sparrow (*)
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Lapland Longspur
  • Snow Bunting
  • Northern Cardinal *
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak *
  • Indigo Bunting *
  • Bobolink *
  • Red-winged Blackbird *
  • Eastern Meadowlark *
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Common Grackle *
  • Brown-headed Cowbird *
  • Baltimore Oriole *
  • Orchard Oriole 
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Purple Finch *
  • House Finch *
  • Red Crossbill (*)
  • White-winged Crossbill (*)
  • Common Redpoll
  • Hoary Redpoll
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch *
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • House Sparrow *