Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Birds of the St. Croix River Valley: Minnesota and Wisconsin
Small towns and cities scattered throughout the Valley provide a diversity of
habitats for breeding birds. Intermixed with concrete buildings are areas of
hedgerows, row trees, tree groves, lawns, and parks. Diverse food sources, ranging
from feed mills and lawns to gardens and bird feeding stations, add to the vegetation
available for breeding birds.
Characteristic birds associated with Residential Habitats include rock dove*,
mourning dove, screech owl, common nighthawk*, chimney swift*, downy woodpecker,
purple martin*, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch,
house wren, gray catbird, brown thrasher, American robin, starling*, house
sparrow*, northern oriole, common grackle, cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak,
and American goldfinch.
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