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City Park Birding Corridor

Welcome to The City Park Birding Corridor information page.

The City Park Birding Corridor is a collaborative project between Audubon Louisiana, New Orleans City Park, Grow Dat Youth Farm, and the Orleans Audubon Society. This project establishes a network of spaces within City Park that are managed for the protection and enhancement of bird habitat to support conservation, education and the expansion of opportunities for urban dwellers to understand our natural environment through the appreciation of birds.

Where birds thrive, people prosper
Since birds are at or near the top of their food chain, their populations let us know whether the environment is healthy or not. Just like humans, birds suffer from pollution, poor water quality, and an unbalanced ecosystem. Improving habitats for birds, even in urban areas like New Orleans, is critical to their long-term success. This also has tremendous benefits for human populations. By protecting and planting native plants, we strengthen the food web and create a more resilient ecosystem against pollution, storms, and other threats shared by humans and birds.

Here is a list of the most commonly seen birds. For the full Insiders Guide with photos, please click here

Resident Water Birds
Anhinga | Great Blue Heron | Great Egret | Snowy Egret | Little Blue Heron | Tricolored Heron | Black-crowned Night-heron | Wood Duck | Mallard | White Ibis | Laughing Gull | Belted Kingfisher


Resident Grassland Birds
Cattle Egret | Killdeer | Rock Dove | Eurasian Starling | Red-winged Blackbird | Boat-tailed Grackle | Brown-headed Cowbird | House Sparrow


Resident Woods Birds
Red-bellied Woodpecker | Downy Woodpecker | Blue Jay | American Crow | Fish Crow | Carolina Chickadee | Tufted Titmouse | Carolina Wren | Blue-gray Gnatcatcher | American Robin | Notrhern Mockingbird | Brown Thrasher | Northern Cardinal


Wintering Water Birds
Pied-billed Grebe | Double-crested Cormorant | Gadwall | Ring- necked Duck | Lesser Scaup | American Coot | Ring-billed Gull


Wintering Weedy Field/Giant Ragweed Birds
Eastern Phoebe | House Wren | Chipping Sparrow | Savannah Sparrow | Song Sparrow | Swamp Sparrow | White-throated Sparrow


Wintering Woods Birds
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker | Northern “Yellow-shafted” Flicker | Blue-headed Vireo | Brown Creeper | Golden-crowned Kinglet | Ruby-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush | Cedar Waxwing | Orange-crowned Warbler | Yellow-rumped Warbler | American Goldfinch


Summer Water Birds
Green Heron | Yellow-crowned Night-heron | Gull-billed Tern | Least Tern


Summer Wood Birds
Great-chested Flycatcher


Summer Sky Birds
Purple Martin | Chimney Swift | Barn Sparrow


Migrant Weedy Field/Giant Ragweed Birds
Gray Catbird | Prairie Warbler | Palm Warbler | Common Yellowthroat | Blue Grosbeak | Indigo Bunting | Painted Bunting


Migrant Woods Birds
Ruby-throated Hummingbird | Eastern Wood-pewee | Yellow-throated Vireo | Red-eyed Vireo | White-eyed Vireo | Gray-cheeked Thrush | Swainson’s Thrush | Blue-winged Warbler | Golden-winged Warbler | Tennessee Warbler | Northern Parula | Yellow Warbler | Chestnut Warbler | Magnolia Warbler | Black-throated Warbler | Yellow-throated Warbler | Bay-breasted Warbler | Black-and-white Warbler | American Redstart | Prothonotary Warbler | Worm- eating Warbler | Northern Waterthrush | Louisiana Waterthrush | Kentucky Warbler | Hooded Warbler | Wilson’s Warbler | Summer Tanager | Scarlet Tanager | Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Orchard Oriole | Baltimore Oriole


Raptors: Birds of Prey (Resident and Migratory)

Osprey| Shallow-tailed Kite-spring | Mississippi Kite | Bald Eagle | Northern Harrier | Cooper’s Hawk | Sharp-shinned Hawk | Red-shouldered Hawk | Red-tailed Hawk | American Kestrel | Peregrine Falcon | Eastern Screech | Great Horned Owl