Birds of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site


The grounds of Cedar Hill, the last home of Frederick Douglass, provide habitat for native birds in an urban neighborhood. Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, House Wrens, Carolina Wrens, Gray Catbirds, and Northern Cardinals may nest in the small patch of forest at the upper end of the property, and the proximity of the forest in Fort Stanton Park likely increases the occasional use of Cedar Hill by other forest birds. The scattered Eastern red cedars, shade trees, and shrubs on the lawn provide nesting or roosting sites for Mourning Doves, American Robins, Northern Mockingbirds, and other species. Non-native European Starlings and House Sparrows, common neighborhood residents, use Cedar Hill occasionally throughout the year.

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.

If you see any of the boldfaced species in the park, 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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