- Mourning Dove
Not only are these birds beautiful, but they also have a lovely song that invokes feelings of childhood nostalgia. They’re likely the birds you heard when you were waiting at the bus stop in the morning as a child, or what you heard on a warm summer morning when you couldn’t sleep. What makes them even better you ask? Their wings make a whistle sound when they fly away! You can find these birds around campus perched on light posts at the Rec Fields or hanging out on roofs.
- Eastern Phoebe
A cute, plump songbird that is easy to identify anywhere on campus based on its call, in which it says its name, Phoebe, in a raspy voice.
This dabbling duck is known for its large yellow bill and an iridescent green head (males). They receive the third spot for their beautiful plumage alone.
- Eastern Bluebird
This tiny plump thrush receives the next spot for their lovely coloration. Look for a bright orange throat/breast, a blue upper-body, and white belly.
- Hairy Woodpecker
Not to be confused with the Downy Woodpecker. This bird makes an endearing squeak sound, which sounds a lot like its sister species, Downy Woodpeckers. Look for these critters in the trees along the Red Bridge, but they can also be found anywhere on campus.
- Mute Swan
Ever heard the rumor that Stonehill rents the swans that frequent campus? Well Dr. Nicholas Block, Associate Professor of Biology, confirms it is only a myth. Mama, Papa, and baby swans are indeed wild, and have chosen to take up residence at Stonehill upon their own free will.
- Blue Jay
If you’re a bird enthusiast, it’s pretty self-explanatory why these creatures receive the lowest rating on this list. Looking to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet out in nature? Well, the Blue Jay will make sure you never receive it. Ever wonder who is squawking outside your window at 7 a.m. while you’re trying to get a few extra minutes of shut eye? It’s likely a Blue Jay. Looking for a quiet space out on the quad to do some homework? Insert, Blue Jay. Even in the pouring rain, these birds are out and about.