Winter Birding at Mount Auburn Cemetery
A world-renowned arboretum, Mount Auburn Cemetery’s diversity of plantings contribute to its attractiveness for birds and other animals.
Trees and shrubs flower throughout the year – yielding fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and insects that offer a variety of foods to migrant and resident birds and to populations of animals. On any given day at the Cemetery you might see a Frog, Toad, Turtle, Salamander, Woodchuck, Opossum, Muskrat, Squirrel, Chipmunk, Raccoon, Skunk, Rabbit, Bat, Coyote or Fox.
Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this time of year offers the opportunity to see and hear the common birds of the area without the distractions of migrants or foliage on the trees.
During the winter months at Mount Auburn you may spot a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, European Starling, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Hooded Merganser, House Finch, an American Black Duck, a Rock Dove, a Northern Mockingbird, an American Goldfinch, American Kestrel, , Brown Creeper, , Mourning Dove, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, a Cardinal, Robin, Blue Jay, or Crow.
In addition to the aforementioned, winter at the Cemetery is a great time to be on the lookout for owls! Seven species have been recorded at Mount Auburn, including the Northern Saw-whet Owl, the Barred Owl, the Great Horned Owl and the Eastern Screech-Owl.