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WNY Spring Migration Table

To me, watching birds is like watching an airport with constant arrivals and departures. Likewise, WNY has seasonal arrivals and departures of our bird friends. Below is a chart of what to expect in the spring in Western New York.

NOTE: These dates are based largely on the Buffalo Ornithological Society's "Seasonal Checklist of the Birds: The Niagara Frontier Region", a 2002 compilation by a committee headed by David Suggs.

ALSO: "None of these dates is set in stone. As the weather has moderated over the past half century, arrival and departure dates are being extended and more and more birds, like robins and bluebirds, overwinter." Shown, with permission, from Gerry Rising.

WNY Year Round Residents

American Black Duck
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
Bald Eagle
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Bonaparte's Gull
Canada Goose
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Cooper's Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Screech Owl
European Starling
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hairy Woodpecker
Herring Gull
House Finch
House Sparrow
Mallard
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Purple Finch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Dove
Ruffed Grouse
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wild Turkey

WNY Spring Arrivals & Departures

Dates Spring Arrivals Winter Departures
February 21-28 Northern Pintail
Tundra Swan
March 1-10 American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Phoebe
March 11-20 American Coot
American Robin
American Woodcock
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Horned Grebe
Killdeer
Lesser Scaup
Northern Harrier
Northern Shoveler
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rusty Blackbird
White-winged Scoter
Wood Duck
Horned Lark
March 21-31 Black-crowned Night Heron
Brown Creeper
Common Snipe
Cooper's Hawk
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Great Blue Heron
Hooded Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
Ring-necked Duck
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Snow Goose
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Turkey Vulture
Canvasback
Northern Shrike
Snow Bunting
April 1-10 American Bittern
Blue-winged Teal
Common Loon
Eastern Phoebe
Osprey
Ruddy Duck
White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren
April 11-20 Barn Swallow
Broad-winged Hawk
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
Double-crested Cormorant
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Northern Flicker
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Savannah Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Swamp Sparrow
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Redhead
Rough-legged Hawk
April 21-31 American Pipit
Bank Swallow
Belted Kingfisher
Black-and-white Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Caspian Tern
Common Moorhen
Common Tern
Fox Sparrow
Great Egret
Green Heron
Hermit Thrush
House Wren
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Pine Warbler
Purple Finch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-headed Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow Warbler
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Greater Scaup
May 1-10 Baltimore Oriole
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chimney Swift
Cliff Swallow
Eastern Kingbird
Great-crested Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Gray Catbird
Hooded Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Ovenbird
Palm Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Sora
Virginia Rail
Warbling Vireo
Wood Thrush
Yellow-throated Vireo
May 11-20 American Redstart
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-winged Warbler
Bobolink
Canada Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Dunlin
Eastern Wood-pewee
Indigo Bunting
Least Bittern
Least Sandpiper
Marsh Wren
Mourning Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Sanderling
Scarlet Tanager
Semi-palmated Plover
Swainson's Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Veery
Whimbrel
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
May 21-31 Alder Flycatcher
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-billed Cuckoo
Semi-palmated Sandpiper
Willow Flycatcher
Yellow-billed Cuckoo