Category: Birding

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge serves primarily as a nesting, feeding, resting and staging area for migratory waterfowl. The varied habitats support approximately 266 species of birds – making it an excellent location for birders.

You can read our articles on birding below, or check out some of our birding tools like:
INWR Bird Finder – Trying to see a specific species? Pick a bird and see where other birders have sighted it!
INWR Birding Hotspots – See where on the refuge birders have been seeing the most birds.
INWR Bird Cam – During nesting season, we manage cameras in some of the nesting sites.

American Goldfinch, photo courtesy of Gary Kramer, USFWS

Goldfinch Season

While most observers think of fall as the season for asters, goldenrods and maples, I consider it goldfinch season. This is the time of year when these handsome yellow birds...

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, photo by Wanda Koepf

An Asylum Of Cuckoos

The yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is not often seen, but is a common summer time resident of the refuge.  They use dense wooded stands with lots of cover and water nearby to...

Michael Noonan and Gerry Rising

A New Website for Niagara Frontier Birders

Two regional birdwatchers, Mike Noonan and Gerry Rising, each of whom have had a long history with the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, have recently completed a series of...

The Warblers Are Arriving!

The Warblers Are Arriving!

Dear Supporters of the Friends of Iroquois, Inc.,  I am very disappointed that our joint Friends and Iroquois Refuge events have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic...

Birthday Birding Bash Field Trip

Birthday Birding Bash Field Trip

On the 117th National Wildlife Refuge System Birthday (3/14/2020), six birdwatchers took to the Iroquois NWR overlooks to search for migratory waterfowl. This occurred prior to the gathering restrictions implemented...

Oak Orchard Christmas Bird Count 2019

On December 27, 2019, 21 volunteers participated in the 52nd annual Oak Orchard Swamp Christmas Bird Count. The National Audubon Society, in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...