This page lists the 60 bird species that have been seen on the Queensbury and Saratoga campuses since 2012. Tabs along the top of this page lead to information about local birds and hotspots. The links below lead to All About Birds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with photos, song clips, behavior facts and more. Tell librarian Joyce Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) about new birds you spot on campus. Thanks!
Recent bird sightings for local counties, from eBird:
These species can be seen year-round in this area.
Some species visit the campus in migration, or come south for the winter. These weres seen in the trees near the parking lot of the Scoville Learning Center in mid-October:
These bird species were seen by area birders in the years before 2012:
These migratory species have been spotted or heard on the Queensbury (in Warren County) or Saratoga (in Saratoga County) campuses.
This adult Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a lightpole near the Scoville Learning Center on July 29, 2015. The temperature was in the 90s, so the hawk was panting to cool off. Birds do not have sweat glands like humans do.
Here's an eyewitness account from someone looking out a basement window of the Scoville Learning Center in September, 2018: A large Red-tailed Hawk (probably female; female raptors are larger than males) swooped down and landed on the air conditioning unit outside the south entrance, then seized a Gray Squirrel running on the lawn. The hawk flew off rapidly with its furry lunch. That's a large prey for a Red-tail!
These two species are abundant on campus and around North America. They were introduced in the 1800s from Europe, and have no natural enemies to keep them in check.
For several years, bluebirds nested on the Queensbury campus in nest boxes created by a Bolton Central School class for the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS). SAAS donated the boxes to the college. The boxes were monitored by Joyce Miller, a librarian at the college and a SAAS board member. Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows, both native birds that will eat insects, are the preferred users of the nest boxes.
Unfortunately, the aggressive invasive species House Sparrows killed campus bluebirds to claim the nest boxes. They took over the nest boxes repeatedly in the summer of 2017. In 2018, the nest boxes were removed.
Most of these birds can be seen at the Saratoga campus also. A Red-tailed Hawk swooped down and grabbed a Mourning Dove just outside a window at the Saratoga building in June, 2012. It likely fed its young with the plump dove!