Birds of the Garden

The John D. Griffin Horticultural Garden and ponds serves as a home or resting place for many bird species, especially during the spring migration. You can visit the Garden on Louisiana Tech's South Campus and see these beautiful birds, as well as some incredible reptiles and amphibians! Perhaps during your visit you will discover a species that we have not included on our list yet!

Please note that the links to "The Birds of North America Online" (operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists Union) is to the introduction page for each species. A subscription to the site is required to access full articles.

Species List (Arranged Taxonomically)

Common Name Scientific Name Family BNA Online Link
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Ardeidae BNA »
Great Egret Ardea alba Ardeidae BNA »
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Ardeidae BNA »
Green Heron Butorides virescens Ardeidae BNA »
Rock Pigeon Columba livia Columbidae BNA »
Eurasian Collared-dove Streptopelia decaocto Columbidae BNA »
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Columbidae BNA »
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Strigidae BNA »
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Caprimulgidae BNA »
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris Trochilidae BNA »
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon Alcedinidaee BNA »
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus Picidae BNA »
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Picidae BNA »
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius Picidae BNA »
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus Tyrannidae BNA »
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus Tyrannidae BNA »
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Corvidae BNA »
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Corvidae BNA »
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Hirundinidae BNA »
Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis Paridae BNA »
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor Paridae BNA »
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus Troglodytidae BNA »
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis Turdidae BNA »
American Robin Turdus migratorius Turdidae BNA »
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos Mimidae BNA »
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum Mimidae BNA »
European Starlking Sturnus vulgaris Sturnidae BNA »
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum Bombycillidae BNA »
Yellow-rumpled Warbler Setophaga coronata Parulidae BNA »
Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus Parulidae BNA »
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Emberizidae BNA »
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis Emberizidae BNA »
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis Emberizidae BNA »
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Cardinalidae BNA »
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Icteridae BNA »
Common Grackle Quixcalus quiscula Icteridae BNA »
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Icteridae BNA »
Purple Finch Haemorphous purpureus Fringillidae BNA »
House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus Fringillidae BNA »
American Goldfinch Spinus tristis Fringillidae BNA »
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Passeridae BNA »