Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Migratory Bird Species

Student Operation for Avian Relief (SOAR)

Chicago lies on one of the main north-south migratory routes that crosses North America. Millions of birds fly through each spring, heading as far north as Alaska, and coming from places as far south as South America. In the fall they return south. This remarkable migration has been taking place for thousands of years, and it is only in the last few decades that these birds have had to navigate around tall buildings. Many of the species are confused by the buildings, or simply see right through the glass, and this leads to collisions.

The SOAR program has been monitoring these collisions since spring 2012. During that time we have found a total of XX species. These species are listed below, click on them to learn more about their natural history and migratory patterns.

Bird Species Found, Listed by Migratory Season

Spring 2014 Fall 2014
American Tree Sparrow (2) Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler (2) Black-and-White Warbler (4)
Brown Creeper Blackpoll Warbler (7)
Canada Warbler Brown Creeper (5)
Common Yellowthroat (2) Common Yellowthroat (8)
Empidonax Flycatcher (2) Dark-eyed Junco (9)
Fox Sparrow (3) Empidonax Flycatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet Golden-crowned Kinglet
Great Crested Flycatcher Grey-cheeked Thrush (2)
Hermit Thrush (4) Hermit Thrush (2)
Northern Parula Lincoln's Sparrow (6)
Northern Waterthrush Magnolia Warbler (2)
Rock Pigeon Marsh Wren
Savannah Sparrow Nashville Warbler (3)
Scarlet Tanager Nelson's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (2) Northern Parula
Tennessee Warbler Northern Waterthrush (2)
White-throated Sparrow (3) Ovenbird (2)
Northern Flicker Palm Warbler (3)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3) Pine Warbler
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Prairie Warbler
  Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  Song sparrow
  Sora
  Swainson's Thrush (4)
  Swamp Sparrow (5)
  Tennessee Warbler (12)
  Tree Swallow
  White-crowned Sparrow
  White-throated Sparrow (10)
  Wilson's Warbler
  Yellow-breasted Chat
  Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Spring 2013Fall 2013
American Robin American Redstart
American Woodcock (2) American Tree Sparrow (6)
Brown Creeper (4) American Woodcock (3)
Canada Warbler Brown Creeper (2)
Common Yellowthroat (4) Common Yellowthroat (4)
Dark-eyed Junco (2) Dark-eyed Junco (3)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (3) Fox Sparrow (2)
Grey-cheeked Thrush Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush (4) Hermit Thrush (7)
Lincoln's Sparrow (2) Lincoln's Sparrow (2)
Magnolia Warbler Magnolia Warbler (2)
Mourning Warbler Ovenbird
Ovenbird Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-eyed Vireo Swainson's Thrush
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2) Swamp Sparrow (3)
Song Sparrow (2) Tennessee Warbler (4)
Swamp Sparrow (6) White-throated Sparrow (8)
White-throated Sparrow (5) Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
Yellow Warbler Yellow-throated Vireo
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2)