Bird Posters

These poster were put up in the dorms in order to attract interest to the birds themselves and the website. In the hardcopy form, the posters had the website listed at the bottom (omitted here since you already found the website). These birds were chosen mostly at random from observations on the weekly walks.


Ever seen a Murder on campus?
If you have if you've seen a group of
American Crows!

That's right; a group of American Crows is called a murder. These large black birds are year-round residents on Lehigh's campus, and you're probably heard them "caw"-ing as you walk from class to class.

American Crows are jet-black and easy to identify in flight because of their constant flapping. A cool fact about crows is that a large group of them will often attack a bird of prey in the area, exposing it by making a racket and then attacking it with a barrage of pecks.

'peter-peter-peter! peter-peter-peter!'

Ever been on your way to class and hear that sound coming from a nearby tree? No, it's not someone looking for their lost friend Peter, that's what the call of a

sounds like!

The Tufted Titmouse is a small gray bird with a crest. Some of its kind are rusty-tinged. This vocal, energetic resident can be found around campus at any time of year. It frequently "hangs around" upside down from branches looking for food.
Have You seen one?!

Harbinger of Spring, you say?

You want something more reliable than the year round resident American Robin…

Why not look for a
Chipping Sparrow?

This tiny, grey breasted sparrow is significantly smaller than both the House Sparrow and the Song Sparrow
(both also common on campus).

When looking for this bird, keep your eyes peeled for its red cap, white line above the eyes, and black line through the eye.

Keep your ears open for the rapid call of the Chipping Sparrow!

"Dude, have you seen the Cardinals this year? Their colors are sweet!!"

No, not the baseball team (though it is that season again…). We're talking about the birds,


male female

These birds were actually named Cardinals because the bright red plumage of the male reminded people of the red garb of Catholic Cardinals.

The females have some red but they are mostly a light brown and thus distinctive from the males.

Both sexes have a black facial mask and a crest.

Have you heard the distinctive call of a Northern Cardinal?