The ruffed grouse is a game bird often heard long before it is seen. An individual walking through the autumn woods will flush them from their ground hiding places, resulting in a thunder-like whir of wings as the grouse heads for a nearby tree.
Those that provide birds with a feeder complete with seeds will soon learn that the tufted titmouse is a nervous diner, grabbing a single seed before flying away to eat safely on a branch.
Outstanding colors highlight the blue jay and the northern cardinal. The blue jay is a large songbird with primarily blue feathers marked with black and white, while the cardinal male is a showy red with a black "mask" around its beak and eyes.
The Northeast is home to many types of raptors. These include the turkey vulture, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk and the fish hawk, also called an osprey.
Often someone can identify a bird by the songs or calls it makes. Birds like the northern bobwhite, mourning dove and kingfisher are Northeast species with distinctive calls that aid in their identification.