Long Days Farm

Naturally-Grown Vegetables and Free-Range Eggs

42 Durfee Road

Buskirk, NY  12028

518 677-8128


Birds of Long Days Farm

Ever since I moved here in 1999, I have compiled a list of birds that I've seen or heard from our 15-acre property. (The bird doesn't have to be on our property, but I need to be on our property when I observe it.)

Our property consists of our yard (lawn, hemlocks, white and red pines, lilacs, a crabapple, and a red maple), our field (1.5 acres of garden, a hundred-foot diameter pond surrounded by cattails, and grass, much of which I don’t mow until fall), and a hardwood swamp with hemlock stand. Thick shrubs and trees, including white pine, black cherry, and red oak, surround our yard and field.

Below I have listed the birds I have observed. An (R) identifies birds that regularly hang out, nest, or pass through during migration.

Note that this is not an exhaustive list of birds living in the area. For example, there are abundant Indigo Buntings within walking distance, but I have yet to see or hear one from our property.

Check back for updates.

New Birds for 2015: Finally saw an Indigo Bunting!

New Birds for 2014: A Short-eared flew over our field late February. A pair of short-eared owls was also sighted about a mile away. We also had a Northern Shrike fly through. Black Ducks landed on our pond.

New Birds for 2013: A pair of Green-winged Teals landed on our pond a few times this April. A pair of wood ducks were frequent visitors as well. A big winter and spring for Northern Harriers. A white male made a number of appearances.


Great Blue Heron (R) - Regularly flies over, occasionally stops at the pond

Green Heron

Great Egret - Seen regularly on the Hoosic River

Canada Goose (R)

Snow Goose (R) - Flocks of a couple thousand fly back and forth in fall and winter

Mallard (R)

Black Duck

Blue-winged Teal - One sighting

Green-winged Teal

Hooded Merganser (R) - Regular spring visitor

Wood Duck - Likely nests in swamp

Osprey - Visitor from the Hoosic River, which runs a couple of miles from our farm

Turkey Vulture (R)

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Coopers Hawk (R) - Likes to buzz our chickens, but too small to harm them

Goshawk - Occasionally comes through during migration. Kills adult chickens.

Red-tailed Hawk (R) - Will take young chickens

Rough-legged Hawk

Northern Harrier (R) - Usually see in late fall

Bald Eagle (R)- Nests along Hoosic River

American Kestrel (R)

Ruffed Grouse

Ring-necked pheasant - Other game birds show up as well

Wild Turkey

Killdeer (R) - Lays eggs in onion and asparagus beds

Solitary Piper - One sighting

Spotted Sandpiper - One sighting

American Woodcock (R)

Snipe - About 10 hung out near our pond during an especially wet spring

Ring-billed gull

Rock Dove (R)

Mourning Dove (R)

Black-billed Cuckoo

Short-eared Owl - One winter sighting

Great-horned Owl (R) - They love our chickens.

Barred Owl (R)

Common Screech Owl (R)

Common Nighthawk

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (R)

Belted Kingfisher

Common Flicker (R)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (R)

Pileated Woodpecker (R)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (R)

Downy Woodpecker (R)

Hairy Woodpecker (R)

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Phoebe (R)

Eastern Wood Pewee (R)

Least Flycatcher - Nested in our yard one year

Willow Flycatcher (R)

Great-crested Flycatcher (R)

Tree Swallow (R) - Formally nested, but driven away by House Sparrows

Barn Swallow (R) - Nest in our barn

Chimney Swift

Blue Jay (R)

Northern Raven (R)

Common Crow (R)

Black-capped Chickadee (R)

Tufted Titmouse (R)

White-breasted Nuthatch (R)

House Wren (R)

Carolina Wren (R) - year-long resident


Grey Catbird (R)

Brown Thrasher (R)

American Robin (R)

Wood Thrush (R)

Veery (R)

Eastern Bluebird (R) - Driven out by House Sparrows

Brown Creeper (R)

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Cedar Waxwing (R) - like our strawberries

Northern Shrike - Spotted in winters of 2012 and 2014

Loggerhead Shrike - May, 2013

Starling (R)

Red-eyed Vireo (R)

Warbling Vireo (R)

Yellow-thoated Vireo

Black and White Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Yellow Warbler (R)

Magnolia Warbler - mostly during fall migration

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler (R)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (R) - Abundant during fall migration

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Ovenbird (R)

Common Yellowthroat (R)

American Redstart (R)

Indigo Bunting

House Sparrow (R) - I am now trapping them to reduce the population.

Bobolink  - Formerly nested in neighboring field until it was converted to a horse pasture

Eastern Meadowlark - Nested in our field one summer

Red-winged Blackbird (R)

Rusty Blackbird

Common Grackle (R)

Brown-headed Cowbird (R)

Northern Oriole (R)

Scarlet Tananger

Northern Cardinal (R)

Rose-breasted Grossbeak

American Goldfinch (R)

House Finch (R)

Purple Finch

Rufous-sided Towhee - Nests  here sporadically

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Junco (R)

Tree Sparrow (R)

Chipping Sparrow (R)

Field Sparrow (R)

White-crowned Sparrow (R) - Abundant during spring and fall migration

White-throated Sparrow (R)

Song Sparrow (R)

Snow Bunting