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Birds of Lady Bird Lake

Join us on the Trail with the Travis Audubon on January 13 for an Urban Bird Walk.

Bird life is abundant around Lady Bird Lake. But, do you know how to identify them? This is an identification guide to the birds most commonly seen.

Cornell University and the National Audubon Society maintain an interactive database of bird observations across the U.S., and Lady Bird Lake is one of their hotspots. eBird summary for Lady Bird Lake will take you to the eBird list of actual bird sightings around Lady Bird Lake.

The eBird website provides interactive online access to a database of bird sightings across the United States and Canada. The database comprises checklists of observations reported by volunteers. View the Austin Area Hotspots, which include many spots at the Butler Trail and Lady Bird Lake.

You can help advance bird science by reporting your bird sightings to the eBird project. You must register with ebirds to report sightings, but it is simple and free. If you want to be part of this effort, you can add your observations to the database.

Grebes & Loons

Pied-Eyed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Common Loon

Pelicans & Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican

Herons & Egrets

Great Egret​
Green Heron
Great Blue Heron​
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Snowy Egret​
Black Crowned Night Heron
Little Blue Heron​
Cattle Egret​

New World Vultures

Black Vulture​
Turkey Vulture


Wood Duck​
Ring-necked Duck​
Mute Swan​
Lesser Scaup​
Mallard Male​
Mallard Female​
American Wigeon​
Northern Shoveler​
Blue Winged Teal​


Northern Harrier​
Cooper's Hawk​
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Broad-Winged Hawk​
Red-Tailed Hawk​


American Coot​




Spotted Sandpiper​

Gulls & Terns

Ring-Billed Gull​
Herring Gull​

Tyrant Flycatchers

Western Kingbird​
Eastern Wood Pewee​
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher​


Loggerhead Shrike​


White-Eyed Vireo
Blue-Headed Vireo​
Red-Eyed Vireo​

Crows, Grackles & Jays

Great-Tailed Grackle​
Common Grackle​
American Crow​
Blue Jay
Western Scrub Jay​


Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Titmouse & Chickadees

Black-crested Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee


Carolina Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren

Kinglets & Gnatcatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Pigeons & Doves

Rock Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Monk Parakeet


Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl

Nightjars & Swifts

Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift


Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird


Bank Swallow
European Starling
Cliff Swallow
Cedar Waxwing
Barn Swallow
American Robin
Eastern Bluebird

Wood Warblers

Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat


Belted Kingfish
Green Kingfisher


Northern Mockingbird


Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Sparrows & Finches

Chipping Sparrow
Lesser Goldfinch
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Old World Sparrows

House Sparrow

Grosebeaks & Tanagers

Male Cardinal
Female Cardinal
Summer Tanager

Blackbirds & Orioles

Red-winged Blackbird
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