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Birds of Stonehill: Ranking Some of Campus’ Species from Best to Worst

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  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. Mallard 

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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

  1. 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. 

Caitlin Swanson

Stonehill '24

Hello! I am currently a senior studying biology at Stonehill. I love being in the outdoors, quality time with family/friends and (most of all) dogs. I had never been big into writing for fun until I picked up journaling a few years ago, so I figured I’d give HerCampus a go!