Most common birds at your home garden in August and September

What are the most common birds at your garden? Please try to mark them on a ordered list like this:

Name with link (Scientific name): Presence: Remarks

OP - Omnipresent - 15+ times per day
EC - Extremely common - 10-15 times per day
VC - Very common - 5-10 times per day
DY - Daily - 1-5 times per day
TD - Two-daily - Once every 2-3 days
WY- Weekly - Once every week

Please the birds you see commonly within the time periods of August and September. If you commonly see a bird in January, for example, but it is nearly gone in August and September, don’t mark it in this list.

For me, In a suburban area in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

  1. House Crow (Corvus splendens): OP: The most common bird anywhere in the entirety of urban/suburban Sri Lanka

  2. Asian Palm-swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis): EC

  3. Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius): EC

  4. Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri): VC

  5. Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis): VC

  6. Brown-headed Barbet (Psilopogon zeylanica): VC

  7. Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos): VC

  8. Yellow-billed Babbler (Argya affinis): DY

  9. Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus): DY

  10. Common Myna (Acridotheres melanosternus): DY

  11. Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus): DY

  12. Feral Rock Dove (Columba livia domestica): DY

  13. White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis): TD

  14. Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica): WY

  15. White-browed Bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus): WY

  16. Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer): WY


dy feral pigeon, common myna, black kite, tailorbird, purple sunbird, five striped palm squirrel, indian silverbill, they are throughout the summer because I can hear there sounds till monsoon, after that strange silence.
I also see black headed ibis, and cattle egret also but I can never click the phto because they just pass by, and yes I also see white-throated kingfisher, brown headed barbet, coppersmith barbet, laughing dove, rufus treepie, red vented bulbul, green bee eater(yeah bird in your photo) and oriental white eye


the down below are those which I see weekly, or just I notice them weekly


Don’t have a garden, so judge by y datcha, late summer is a time when many birds already migrated south, or started doing so, so you get big flocks of startlings and of course fieldfares, young and old blackbirds and song thrushes, some finches also are more visible, e.g. chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, of course tits are better seen with fewer leaves, so great tit and blue tit, warblers and smaller passerines sometimes stay for quite some time till October, so a standart list of willow tit and chiffchaff, redstarts, robin. Some big passerines as corvids are abundant in those times: hooded crow, rook, jackdaw, magpie, jay. Raptors are hard to predit, but sparrowhawk and flyby buzzard are most likely to meet.

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I also don’t have a garden these birds are just flying around because area outside is green

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This list is much less impressive than yours!

  1. Black-capped Chickadee: OP

  2. Northern Cardinal: OP

  3. American Robin: OP

  4. Chipping Sparrow: VC

  5. White-breasted Nuthatch: VC

  6. Blue Jay: VC

  7. Red-breasted Nuthatch: VC

  8. Eastern Phoebe: TD


I live in a very urban part of NYC, in Manhattan, the Upper East Side, but there are some trees in the backyards here, and I also have a small bird feeder attached to the outside of my window.

I see:

  1. Mourning Dove OP

  2. Feral Pigeon EC

  3. House Sparrow VC

  4. House Finch VC

  5. American Robin WY

  6. Northern Cardinal WY

  7. European Starling WY, or less often even than that

  8. Blue Jay WY, or actually once so far


Western WA!
1: Spotted Towhee-OP
2: American Crow-EC
3: Song Sparrow-OP
4: Mourning Dove-VC Love to hangout here at dusk and dawn
5: White Crowned Sparrow-OP
6: Black Capped Chickadee-EC
7:Chestnut Backed Chickadee-EC
8:Anna’s Hummingbird-OP
9:Rufous Hummingbird-DY
10: Belted Kingfisher-EC Fishes from the Pacific Madrone tree occasionally but is always flying by back and forth along the shore loudly rattle-calling
11: Olympic Gull-OP
12:American Robin-DY Enjoys bathing and drinking from an old well/spring near the bank
13:Red Breasted Nuthatch-WY Occasional visitor to pick at bugs off the Madrone
14: House Finch-VC
15:Pigeon Guillemot-TD
16: Great Blue Heron-VC


Really interesting question! Here are my top 25 on the property in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, in descending order by total number of records:

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) VC

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) VC

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) VC

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) VC

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) VC

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) VC

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) DY

Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) DY

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) DY

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) DY

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) TD

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) TD

Common Raven (Corvus corax) DY

American Robin (Turdus migratorius) DY

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) TD

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) TD

Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) TD - Pine Siskin is kind of an outlier, as the species is irruptive. So, Pine Siskins are a “TD” sighting when present, but they aren’t consistently present every year.

Hairy Woodpecker (Dryobates villosus) TD

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) TD

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) WY

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) WY

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) WY

Black-and-White Warbler (Mniotilta varia) TD - usually one of the last warbler species on the property each fall, along with Tennessee, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped.

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) TD

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) TD

Honorable mention: Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) TD - never sighted in numbers, but a virtually-guaranteed record during fall (and spring) migration.


feral pigeon, common myna, black kite, tailorbird, purple sunbird,Crow : OP
I have a garden but I keep seeing these birds only


Here is the list of the most frequent birds in my garden. I live in Switzerland (Europe, Western Palearctic).

  1. House sparrow (Passer domesticus) : OP

  2. Black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) : OP Only in august, before they migrate in early September.

  3. Carrion crow (Corvus corone) : VC

  4. Common swift (Apus apus) : VC Only in early august, before they migrate.

  5. Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) : DY

  6. Great tit (Parus major) : DY

  7. Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula) : DY

  8. European robin (Erithacus rubecula) : TD

  9. Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) : TD

  10. European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) : TD

  11. Eurasian magpie (Pica pica) : WY

  12. European greenfinch (Chloris chloris) : WY

  13. Black kite (Milvus migrans) : WY Passing over my garden on migration (migrating since about the end of July). Plenty of them in summer.


I don’t have much leisure time to watch the birds these days, but the most common top 5 I see/hear just outside my windows on a daily basis without extra effort are probably:

  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris - I have a feeder and they will let me know when it’s empty)
  • Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis - I have a resident breeding pair in my yard it seems)
  • Goldfinches (Spinus tristis - I have a yard full of seeds they love so they stop by in flocks for breakfast)
  • The neighborhood gang of crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos - especially if there’s fresh roadkill on the street)
  • Screech owls at night (Megascops asio presumably - haven’t seen the birds yet, just keep hearing them call pretty much every night at this time of year)

This is in a somewhat rural area in western North Carolina, mostly meadows and residential lawns, along with farms and woodlands.

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Rural area of Southeast Texas with lake (USA)

  1. EC Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

  2. VC Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

  3. DY Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

  4. TD Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

  5. TD Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

  6. TD Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

  7. TD Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

  8. TD Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

  9. TD Great Egret (Ardea alba)

  10. TD Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

  11. TD White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

  12. WY Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

  13. WY Inca Dove (Columbina inca)

  14. WY Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)

  15. WY Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

  16. WY Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

  17. WY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

  18. WY Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)


wow,amazing … sooo many

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We have iNat observations of 36 species of bird at our place. The most commonly seen include territorial birds for whom our property is part of their territory. Our resident family of Australian magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen) are seen all day every day throughout the year. We also have kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae) and pied currawongs (Strepera graculina) which breed here but for the rest of the year seem more relaxed about territory. This is breeding season, so they are here now.

Non-territorial birds frequently seen include crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans, seen every day), sulphur-crested cockatoos, Cacatua galerita (frequent visitors - 9 of them were in the garden early this morning ripping up plants), and a pair of Australian wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata) who have spent most of the day wandering around our grassed area for the last month or so.


I have a project for my yard (and parts of the lake I can see from my yard). I’m still trying to catch up on adding all my photos and audio. Here are the birds in the project:

I also have an eBird account which has every species I have seen or heard from our property. Except Eastern Screech-Owl. I just realized it is missing. I’ll have to add it next time I hear one.


In California, August and September are late in the dry season, and even in a “normal” (non-drought) year, it will not have rained for months. Birds in general are scarce this time of year, except for the waterbirds clustered around water bodies. There is a flock of crows that frequents my neighborhood, but my home garden specifically rarely gets any birds during these months – just the occasional flock of bushtits. Late winter and early spring are better times for backyard birding.

Too bad I am not at my place in the Dominican Republic right now. I would much rather be able to list the birds in my home garden there.


Birds that I see in or from my garden most frequently include these birds now:

Anna’s Hummingbird
Mourning Doves
Red Tailed Hawks
Sparrows? (I don’t remember seeing them, but surely they must be around)

I just moved here and frankly I am surprised to see so few birds. But this area is more ‘natural’ and has far less lawns and irrigation intensive areas than were I used to live.

  1. Chestnut-backed Chickadee OP
  2. Anna’s Hummingbird OP
  3. White-crowned Sparrow OP (Winter)
  4. Golden-crowned Sparrow OP (Winter)
  5. American Crow EC (Flyover)
  6. House Finch EC
  7. Dark-eyed Junco EC (Winter, DY Summer)
  8. California Towhee EC
  9. Western Gull VC (Winter Flyover only)
  10. California Gull VC (Flyover only)
  11. Lesser Goldfinch DY
  12. Black Phoebe DY
  13. Oak Titmouse DY
  14. Lincoln’s Sparrow DY (Winter)
  15. Eurasian Collared Dove WY

Added a new species to my yard list yesterday. A Cooper’s Hawk flew through while we were relaxing on the back porch in the evening (enjoying the first cold front of the season). Also this morning there was a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting the Turk’s Cap flowers. Our usual daily visitor this summer has been a female. Probably both the hawk and the male hummingbird were stopping by on their way south to their winter home.