Birding in Georgetown


While GM was looking out his back window last night, he happened to notice a bright yellow bird munching on the flowers of his basil plant:

The shot up above is when the bird flew off to a wire after GM stepped on to the porch. GM has never seen such an exotic looking bird in Georgetown. However, upon researching he determined that it’s just an American Goldfinch, which is hardly rare.

While Georgetown has plenty of green-space for an urban neighborhood, the fact is that we don’t have a particularly exotic stock of wild birds flying around, at least as far as GM can tell. Maybe a few hummingbirds here and there, or the occasional hawk flying by, but nothing to out of the ordinary.

Or is GM just not a very observant birder? What sort of interesting birds have you seen around town?



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6 responses to “Birding in Georgetown

  1. I regularly see herons along the canal. One day I was sitting in the park across from Baked and Wired when a huge white heron came flying down the center of the canal, snagged something at the lock, and flew off with it.

  2. Marcy Logan

    This bird is a goldfinch. I have seen them down by the river in the new park. BTW, does the new river park have a name? I am a birder and I would suggest that there are many yellow birds of the warbler variety on the river in Georgetown, especially using the spring migration. The goldfinch is in the area more or less year round but is slightly less colorful during the winter. It eats seeds, usually thistle seeds.

  3. RNM

    I have seen plenty of Finches, Cardinals, Morning Doves, Robins (nested in my tiny yard and got to watch the constant feeding show), Blue Jays, Tufted Titmouse and of course Pigeons, Swallows and Starlings. Once had a Sharp Shin Hawk feeding on one of the birds at my feeder, then hanging out watching the feeder for a couple of days. If you want to see more birds, put out a feeder by a window and make sure there is some sort of water source for them too. A great source for supplies is The Wild Bird Center, though you will have to get in a car and leave the city. 😉 Of course, this will also encourage rodents and small mammals such as rats, squirrels and even the occasional raccoon sitting in the tiny pond eating up the goldfish. Oh, and if possible keep the water flowing and either treat it or have fish in it to help with fighting against mosquitoes. Oh and random factoid…people who buy bird seed for wild birds have higher credit ratings…the argument is anyone who would buy food to give to birds that were not a pet must be financially more secure (no, that is serious).

  4. As an avid birder, I have birded in Rose Park for many years. I saw my first blue-winged warbler (bee-buzz) behind Dumbarton Oaks. There are plenty of flycatchers down by Rock Creek park, black and white warblers everywhere,and a barred owl. I used to bird with John …… who wrote a weekly article on birding in the Shenandoah, who had birding groups on Sunday in Rose Park. Birding is good; I do not live in G’town and may not have the place names down correctly.

  5. qstreeter

    Georgetown has some pretty good urban birding, especially in Glover-Archbold Park, Dumbarton Oaks/Montrose Park, along the canal and waterfront, though I do see interesting birds in the neighborhood streets, too. Lots of warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers, hawks. Expanding the boundaries a little, Roosevelt Island is a major hotspot for birding in the district.

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