Who we are - Mount Vernon Songbird Sanctuary is a non - profit charitable organization, founded and run by Jayne Neville with the help of of volunteers. We are based in Central Connecticut on 4 1/2 acres of beautiful songbird habitat. The Sanctuary has a rehabilitation area with a small building and three flight cages, a pavilion with attached chimney that provide a nesting site for the declining chimney swifts and barn swallows, along with extensive gardens, natural areas with native plants,a pond, feeding station with waterfall, and wooded, open and early successional habitat.
What we do - Our expertise is primarily on insectivores with greatest conservation needs, including warblers, flycatchers, chimney swifts and swallow species. Jayne also has extensive knowledge and experience with woodpeckers, hummingbirds, waxwings, grosbeaks, orioles, tanagers, kingfishers, woodcock, snipe and killdeer.. At this time our focus is with educational programs on rehabilitation and conservation.
If you have found a small migratory songbird or any of the birds mentioned above that need immediate assistance, please call at (860)-681-1190, email cannot always be checked. At this time we are unable to handle most orphaned young dealing only with adult birds. For more information on whether a bird needs assistance, please see our page I found a songbird
We do not handle any mammals or larger birds such as doves, blue jays, grackles, crows, hawks, owls and waterfowl, or non - migratory birds such as house sparrows, starlings and pigeons.
Photos of birds that were cared for at the sanctuary
Since 1998, we have admitted over two thousand birds, totaling 102 different species, listed below.
American Crow* American Goldfinch** American Robin* American Woodcock Baltimore Oriole Bank Swallow Barn Swallow Belted Kingfisher Black and White Warbler Black-billed Cuckoo Black-capped Chickadee Blackpoll Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Blue Jay* Blue-winged Warbler Bobolink Brown-headed Cowbird* Brown Thrasher Canada Goose* Carolina Wren Cedar Waxwing Chimney Swift Chipping Sparrow Cliff Swallow Common Grackle* Common Merganser* Common Nighthawk Common Tern* Common Yellowthroat Connecticut Warbler Dark-eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird Eastern Kingbird Eastern Phoebe European Starling* Field Sparrow Golden-crowned Kinglet Gray Catbird Great Crested Flycatcher Hairy Woodpecker Hermit Thrush Horned Grebe* Horned Lark House Finch** House Sparrow* House Wren Killdeer Least Tern* Magnolia Warbler Mallard* Mourning Dove** Nashville Warbler Northern Cardinal* Northern Flicker Northern Mockingbird* Northern Parula Northern Rough-winged Swallow Northern Waterthrush Ovenbird Pileated Woodpecker Pine Siskin** Pine Warbler Purple Finch**
* Denotes birds that we do not care for which are either non-migratory, non-native, predatory, waterfowl, common, or large species. ** Denotes birds that are strickly seed eating birds. We only admit these as adults when room permitting.
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