For all the obvious reasons, many birders initially equate Mississippi birds with the Mississippi flyway. The state is literally the first and last stop for many of the migrating birds every season.
If they don’t recognize the name, they recognize the river. So it’s fair to claim that all birds known Mississippi. Do all the people of Mississippi know the approximately four hundred and twenty five Mississippi birds?
It’s hard to say. It’s probably safer to suggest that most people of Mississippi known their state bird, the Northern Mocking bird. It’s the most wide-ranging and recognized Mimidae species.
It lives year round in its territory, so most Mississippi residents with one or a few in their yard, greet it on a daily basis. Then there’s the response. Everyone soon becomes familiar with the Mockingbird’s propensity to sing, sometimes all day and night.
Even more amazing, mockingbirds sing in foreign languages. Experts estimate that mockingbirds possess the ability to mimic dozens of bird species as well as the sounds of bells, whistles, frogs and other sound producing objects within their range of hearing.
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
American Redstart (female)
The gallery shows pictures of all types of Mississippi birds starting with most of the common backyard birds that share space with the state’s residents year round.
A few of the migrating birds such as the members of the Cardinal family, the Grosbeaks are presented. Finally, some of the water birds common along the coastal areas and the inland freshwater areas along the Mississippi river and inland lakes and ponds are presented.
Woodpeckers are a common backyard bird family that visit feeders on a day to day basis. The button leads to an article that extensively covers Mississippi woodpeckers.
Mississippi Migrating Birds
Speaking of singing, Mississippi, like many Gulf Coast states, also enjoys the pleasure of hosting a variety of neotropical songbirds on their way to and from their northern breeding grounds. Names such as warblers, tanagers, thrush all fall under the songbird rubric. Their vocalizations always brighten up a spring day.
Migration also brings the shorebirds to the Mississippi coast. Along with the year round residents and songbirds, they constitute the bulk of the state’s official bird checklist. The picture shows a Worm Eating Warbler, one such neo-tropical visitor.
Mississippi Birding Hot Spots
Regardless of the quantity of avid birders in Mississippi, there are some very quality birders. One such birder created a map of great birding places in the Mississippi Delta portion of the state for the benefit of tourists and visitors alike.
Move the mouse or your finger over the pins on the map and the names of the birding hot spots appear along with a brief sentence on the types of birds that are present in the area during different seasons. It is presented as a jumping off place for visitors to begin their Mississippi birding adventures.
It does not address birding in the lowlands of the southern areas of the state or the coast. The Mississippi Coastal Birding Trail is the birding hot spot that runs through all of the southern most counties in the state. Visitors to the beaches have a day trip or morning hike opportunity to see the birding sights.
The green Bird button at the top of the page points to information suited to answering basic bird identification questions.