Birds Found in Prospect

A Guide to Birds Found in Prospect’s Natural Areas

Total Species 112; Compilers: Paul and Carol McAllister

Prospect's bird populations migrate seasonally during the winter months. From owls to chickadees to bald eagles, this webpage will help you track which avian residents are here at what times of year, whether you seek them out in one of our city's parks and natural areas or in your own back yard!

The Compilers:In pursuing their love of birds and ornithology, Prospect residents Paul and Carol McAllister established a bird-watching log dating from 2008 through 2012. Until their move from the City, they led numerous bird watching treks at all seasons of the year, often working in concert with the Beckham Bird Club of Louisville. The Beckham Bird Club was organized in 1935 and named for Charles Wickcliffe Beckham, the first native Kentuckian to achieve a national reputation as an ornithologist. Information on their organization and its activities can be found at

If you are a bird watching enthusiast and can identity additional species, please contact City Hall at (502) 228-1121 or a member of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee listed on the Parks Committee page.

Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Northern Cardinal
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Song Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
White-breasted Nuthatch
Black Vulture
Blue Jay
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Carolina Wren
Carolina Chickadee
Cedar Waxwing
Common Crackle
Cooper’s Hawk
Common Crow
Double-crested Cormorant
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Towhee
Gold Finch
Great Blue Heron
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
House Finch
House Sparrow
Magnolia Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Philadelphia Vireo
Prothonotary Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Waterthrush
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Swainson’s Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blue-winged Teal
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Grosbeak
Canada Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Gray- cheeked Thrush
Hooded Warbler
Least Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Indigo Bunting
Louisiana Waterthrush
Red-eyed Vireo
Rough-winged Swallow
Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager
Tree Swallow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Wood Thrush
Wood Duck
Yellow Warbler
Baltimore Oriole
Barn Swallow
Black-Crowned Night-heron
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Chimney Swift
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern-wood Pewee
Gray Catbird
Great Egret
Common Yellowthroat
Great-crested Flycatcher
Green Heron
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Winter Wren
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black Duck
Green-winged Teal
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrust
Hooded Merganser