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156 Bird Species Recorded in Amherst State Park

Courtesy of Gerry Rising



    Canada Goose

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Wood Duck

    Ring-necked Duck

    Ring-necked Pheasant

    Wild Turkey

    American Bittern

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Green Heron

    Black-crowned Night Heron

    Turkey Vulture

    Osprey

    Bald Eagle

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Cooper’s Hawk

    Red-shouldered Hawk

    Broad-winged Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Kestrel

    Merlin

    Killdeer

    Solitary Sandpiper

    Spotted Sandpiper

    Common Snipe

    American Woodcock

    Ring-billed Gull

    Rock Pigeon

    Mourning Dove

    Black-billed Cuckoo

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo

    Eastern Screech-Owl

    Great Horned Owl

    Long-eared Owl

    Northern Saw-whet Owl

    Common Nighthawk

    Chimney Swift

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-headed Woodpecker

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Olive-sided Flycatcher

    Eastern Wood-Pewee

    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

    Alder Flycatcher

    Willow Flycatcher

    Least Flycatcher

    Eastern Phoebe

    Great Crested Flycatcher

    Eastern Kingbird

    Northern Shrike

    White-eyed Vireo

    Solitary Vireo

    Yellow-throated Vireo

    Warbling Vireo

    Philadelphia Vireo

    Red-eyed Vireo

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Purple Martin

    Tree Swallow

    Northern Rough-winged Swallow

    Barn Swallow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Brown Creeper

    Carolina Wren

    House Wren

    Winter Wren

    Marsh 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

    Brown Thrasher

    European Starling

    Cedar Waxwing

    Blue-winged Warbler

    Golden-winged Warbler

    “Brewster’s 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

    Yellow-throated Warbler

    Pine Warbler

    Prairie Warbler

    Palm Warbler

    Bay-breasted Warbler

    Blackpoll Warbler

    Cerulean Warbler

    Black-and-white Warbler

    American Redstart

    Prothonotary Warbler

    Worm-eating Warbler

    Ovenbird

    Northern Waterthrush

    Louisiana Waterthrush

    Kentucky Warbler

    Connecticut Warbler

    Mourning Warbler

    Common Yellow-throat

    Hooded Warbler

    Wilson's Warbler

    Canada Warbler

    Scarlet Tanager

    Northern Cardinal

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Indigo Bunting

    Rufous-sided Towhee

    American Tree Sparrow

    Chipping Sparrow

    Field Sparrow

    Savannah Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    Lincoln’s Sparrow

    Swamp Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    White-crowned Sparrow

    Dark-eyed Junco

    Bobolink

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Eastern Meadowlark

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    Brown-headed Cowbird

    Orchard Oriole

    Baltimore Oriole

    Purple Finch

    House Finch

    Pine Siskin

    American Goldfinch

    House Sparrow

The Birds of Amherst State Park

Articles from The Buffalo News from the Nature Watch column

by Gerry Rising about Amherst State Park and some

the birds observed in the Park


Web Site helps expand our view of bird sightings - February 8, 2009

Desecration of Amherst State Park is a real crime - May 13, 2007

A wilderness oasis in the heart of Williamsville - June 4, 2006

Rare Long-Eared Owls raise a family in the area - July 10, 2005

Glen (Warblers or Bulldozers) - May 13, 1997

    Williamsville Glen (Amherst State Park) often has an "island effect" attracting migrants from the neighboring in urban and suburban areas (much like Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, or Central Park in NYC). The glen was formed by the water actions of Ellicott Creek. The public park, now called Amherst State Park, holds ample opportunities to find spring migrants.


    Park on Glen Ave. Walk to the water's edge. A footpath (worn from usage, not really an established trail) parallels the stream on the east. Walk north (downstream) paralleling the creek. The warblers and other spring migrants can be anywhere in the woody tract along the stream. Listen for Carolina Wren and Belted Kingfisher along the creek. After trekking about 1/3 to 1/2 mile, a bridge passes over the stream. The bridge is at the edge of a large mown lawn and an old orchard. Chimney Swifts can sometimes be seen foraging overhead. Migrating raptors might be seen, too. The warblers can be anywhere in the orchard, or along the edges of the field or stream. At the far edge of the field, is an old nun's house. One can cross the creek at the bridge and return to the lot on the west side of the creek (but be forewarned there is no worn footpath).

    Amherst State Park can be accessed from two other points: from a lot with an entrance at 400 Mill Street, and on the west side of the creek at the site of the former Reist Mill on Reist Street. (no parking at the latter locale).

Great Blue Heron

This guy landed downstream as I was shooing a Cardinal. He Took off after 5 minutes of hunting on the ice. Very quite. Amherst State Park, Amherst, New York. This photo was taken on December 30, 2010, By Peter Scumaci

Northern Cardinal

Ridiculously hard to photograph. This male northern cardinal kept flying around thick brush, eating some kind of seeds. Amherst State Park, Amherst, New York, This photo was taken on December 30, 2010, By Peter Scumaci

Amherst State Park (Williamsville Glen) Birding; May 12, 2007


We had another short outing at the Glen this evening, that was very productive! 14 Warbler species were located, and we got some really good photos!! Photos are bird list are below:


Warblers: YELLOW, YELLOW-RUMPED, PALM, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, REDSTART, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACKBURNIAN, CAPE MAY, BLACKPOLL, BAY-BREASTED, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, YELLOWTHROAT

Others: HOUSE WREN, CAROLINA WREN, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, WARBLING VIREO, HERMIT? THRUSH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, FIELD SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, AMERICAN ROBIN, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MALLARD, GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, BARN SWALLOW, CHIMNEY SWIFT.

American Redstart

Baltimore Oriole

Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-Throated Blue Warbler

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds. Members of the Buffalo Ornithological Society visit Amherst State Park regularly to observe the various species of birds that visit the park.

Article from The Kingbird by Gerry Rising about Amherst State Park and some the birds observed in the Park


The Williamsville Glen: A Suburban Spring Migrant Trap - 1994 Vol.  44 No. 1

Great Blue Heron

We have lift-off. The Heron is one of the most awkward and ungainly looking birds while walking. It transforms into a beautiful and graceful bird when it takes flight. Amherst State Park, Amherst, New York. This photo was taken on December 30, 2010, By Peter Scumaci

Branta canadensis

Anas rubripes

Anas platyrhynchos

Aix sponsa

Aythya collaris

Phasianus colchicus

Meleagris gallopavo

Botaurus lentiginosus

Ardea herodias

Ardea alba

Butorides virescens

Nycticorax nycticorax

Cathartes aura

Pandion haliaetus

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Accipiter striatus

Accipiter cooperii

Buteo lineatus

Buteo platypterus

Buteo jamacicensis

Falco sparverius

Falco columbarius

Charadrius vociferus

Tringa solitaria

Actitus macularia

Gallinago gallinaga

Scolopax minor

Larus delawarensis

Columba livia

Zenaida macroura

Coccyzus erthropthalumus

Coccyzus americanus

Otus asio

Bubo virginianus

Asio otus

Aegolius acadicus

Chordeiles minor

Chaetura pelagica

Archilochus colubris

Ceryle alcyon

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Melanerpes carolinus

Sphyrapicus varius

Picides pubescens

Picides villosus

Colaptes auratus

Contopus cooperi

Contopus virens

Empidonax flaviventris

Empidonax alnorum

Empidonax traillii

Empidonax minimus

Sayornis phoebe

Myiarchus criitus

Tyannus tyrannus

Lanius excubitor

Vireo griseus

Vireo solitarus

Vireo flavifrons

Vireo gilvus

Vireo philadelphicus

Vireo olivaceus

Cyanocitta cristata

Corvus brachyrhyncos

Progne subis

Tachycineta bicolor

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Hirundo rustica

Poecile atricapillus

Baeolophus bicolor

Sitta canadensis

Sitta carolinensis

Certhia americana

Thryothorus ludovicianus

Troglodytees aedon

Troglodytes troglodytes

Cistothorus palustris

Regulus satrapa

Regulus calendula

Polioptila caerulea

Sialia sialis

Catharus fuscescens

Catharus minimus

Catharus ustulatus

Catharus guttatus

Hylocichla mustelina

Turdus migratorius

Dumetella carolinensis

Toxostoma rufum

Sturnus vulgaris

Bombycilla cedrorum

Vermivora pinus

Vermivora chrysoptera

Vermivora chrysoptera x pinus

Vermivora peregrina

Vermivora celata

Vermivora ruficapilla

Parula americana

Dendroica petechia

Dendroica pensylvanica

Dendroica magnolia

Dendroica tigrina

Dendroica caerulescens

Dendroica coronata

Dendroica virens

Dendroica fusca

Dendroica coronata

Dendroica pinus

Dendroica discolor

Dendroica palmarum

Dendroica castanea

Dendroica striata

Dendroica cerulea

Mniotila varia

Setophaga ruticilla

Protonotaria citrea

Helmitheros vermivorus

Seiurus aurocapillus

Seiurus noveboracensis

Seiurus motacilla

Oporornis formosus

Oporornis agilis

Oporornis philadelphia

Geothlypis trichas

Wilsonia citrina

Wilsonia pusilla

Wilsonia canadensis

Piranga olivacea

Cardinalis cardinalis

Pheucticus ludovicianus

Passerina cyanea

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Spizella arborea

Spizella passerina

Spizella pusilla

Passerculus sandwichensis

Passerella iliaca

Melospiza melodia

Melospiza lincolnii

Melospiza georgiana

Zonotrichia albicollis

Zonotrichia leucophrrys

Junco hyemalis

Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Agelaius phoeniceus

Sturnella magna

Euphagus carolinus

Quiscalus quiscula

Moloyhrus ater

Icterus spurius

Icterus galbula

Carpodacus purpureus

Carpodacus mexicanus

Carduelis pinus

Carduelis tristis

Passer domesticus

Mallard Duck out for a swim with seven other mallards in the island area of Ellicott Creek.

This photo was taken on February 23, 2011.

A robin on the grass near the Gazebo.

This photo was taken on April 28, 2011.

Little bird in Amherst State Park. He just sat there singing while I took his picture. Maybe a Vesper Sparrow?  This photo was taken on April 16, 2011, By Peter Scumaci

Great Heron in flight at Amherst State Park, Amherst, New York. This photo was taken on April 16, 2011, By Peter Scumaci

Female Cardinal at Amherst State Park, Amherst, New York. This photo was taken on March 20, 2011, By Peter Scumaci

The Kingfisher was perched on a branch over Ellicott Creek. It was probably 150 feet from me. My camera telephoto was maxed out, but it is still a pretty good shot. This photo was taken on September 6, 2011.

Black-capped Chickadee hanging on the side of a tree. Amherst State Park, Amherst, NY. This photo was taken on January 7, 2012, By Peter Scumaci

Three crows in a tree. Amherst State Park Still one of my favorite birds to photograph. This photo was taken on September 25, 2011, By Peter Scumaci

Cardinal in Amherst State Park. Called this guy in using the Chirp! USA app on my iTouch. He flew right up to a fence then to this tree. This photo was taken on September 25, 2011, By Peter Scumaci

A Great Blue Heron near Ellicott Creek.

This photo was taken on April 4, 2012.

So stately. Getting some nice sun.

This photo was taken on April 4, 2012.