Birds of the Capitol Hill Parks


The Capitol Hill Parks managed by National Capital Parks-East include a variety of urban triangles, medians, and squares, and four named parks, Folger Park, Lincoln Park, Marion Park, and Stanton Park. Because these Parks have no unique habitats, the birds that nest in or frequent them are essentially those typical of urban neighborhoods. Non-native Rock Doves, European Starlings, and House Sparrows are the most obvious species. However, the trees and hedges in the Capitol Hill Parks provide nesting sites for several native bird species, including Mourning Dove, American Robin, Gray Catbird, and Northern Mockingbird. Crows, Blue Jays, Carolina Chickadees, and Northern Cardinals also may nest in or near the Parks. Few other species use the Capitol Hill Parks on a regular basis, although a variety of species briefly stop over to rest or forage during migration.

Additional information on each species on the checklist can be accessed through hypertext links. Click on the species name to access general information from the Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter; a description of the information available can be obtained by clicking on the "Species" heading in the checklist. Additional information on the bird surveys can be accessed by clicking on the "Summer" or "Winter" headings on the checklist.

If you see any of the boldfaced species, any species not already on the checklist, or any species in a season marked by a question mark, please report the sighting to: Brent_Steury at

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