Birds at the White House Farm

We are very pleased with the increase in bird species diversity and numbers we have been seeing at the White House Farm over the years. We attribute this partly to restoring the riparian area back to native warm season grasses and wildflowers which provides habitat and supports native insect species.  White House Natives, the 25 acre Virginia native tree and shrub nursery, is also serving an important function by providing native berries and seeds for the birds to eat as well as caterpillars for the mother birds to feed their young.

We are grateful to our local bird experts who provide tallies and also the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Virginia Working Landscapes program for providing wonderful surveys over the last several years, including the most recent on June 1, 2016 in which the following were seen or heard:

  • Canada Goose – 10
  • Wood Duck-1
  • Mourning Dove – 3
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
  • Pileated Woodpecker – 1
  • Acadian Flycatcher – 1
  • Eastern Kingbird – 2
  • Yellow-throated Vireo-1
  • American Crow – 3
  • Tree Swallow – 5
  • Barn Swallow – 2
    (American)
  • Eastern Bluebird – 5
  • American Robin – 3
  • Field Sparrow – 6
  • Song Sparrow – 2
  • Indigo Bunting – 6
  • Red-Winged Blackbird – 3

On May 25, 2016, Lyt Wood, a local bird expert, counted the following species:

  • Scarlet tanager
  • Indigo bunting
  • Goldfinch
  • Red-headed woodpecker
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Flicker
  • Pileated woodpecker
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Eastern kingbird
  • Eastern wood pewee           
  • Great crested flycatcher
  • Red-eyed vireo
  • Warbling vireo
  • Canada goose
  • Bluebird
  • Robin rock
  • Pigeon 
  • Tree swallow
  • Cliff swallow
  • Barn swallow
  • Turkey vulture
  • Black vulture
  • Bald eagle
  • Osprey
  • Broadwing hawk
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Orchard oriole
  • Baltimore oriole
  • Mourning dove
  • Wood duck
  • Cormorant mallard
  • Blue jay
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Starling
  • Grackle
  • Redwing blackbird
  • Titmouse
  • Carolina chickadee
  • Carolina wren
  • Song sparrow
  • Field sparrow
  • Kingfisher
  • Cedar waxwing