Birds of New York State

This site focuses on the Southern Adirondack areas of New York State, and SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury. NY.

Birds on the SUNY Adirondack Campus

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 ( about new birds you spot on campus. Thanks!

eBird: Current Bird Sightings

Recent bird sightings for local counties, from eBird: 

Year-round Birds

These species can be seen year-round in this area. 

Winter Vistors

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:

Birds on Campus in Past Years

These bird species were seen by area birders in the years before 2012:

  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Great-crested Flycatcher
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Hermit Thrush
  • White-throated Sparrow

Spring and Summer, 2012-2019

These migratory species have been spotted or heard on the Queensbury (in Warren County) or Saratoga (in Saratoga County) campuses. 

Red-tailed Hawk on Queensbury Campus

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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!

Invasive Birds

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.

Reference & Instruction Librarian

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Joyce A. Miller
Above: Joyce on college's 2017 trip to Ecuador, with live volcano Cotopaxi.
Distinguished Professor of Library Science.
Reference & Instruction Librarian.
Liaison to Business, Science, International Education, Humanities, Online Learning.
Library Website Manager.
SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Road Queensbury NY 12804
(Please call me Joyce, or Prof. Miller.)

Bird Nest Boxes on Campus

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.

Saratoga Center Birds

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!