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The Birds of Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the fifth video game in the Elder Scrolls series from Bethesda Softworks. It is an epic adventure and an open-ended game of exploration. We find it both beautiful and entertaining and have been having fun playing it since it came out 11-11-11.

Skyrim is a large land full of forest, mountains, cities, and farms. As you travel around you encounter lots of wildlife including quite a few birds.

The scenery in the game is amazing and in between fighting trolls and giants you are immersed in the sights and sounds of nature (well, in a make-believe sort of way).

Pine Thrush egg

The following is a list of some of the birds we’ve found. This is just for fun!

  • Blue Jay
  • Song Sparrow
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Rock Warbler (nest)
  • Pine Thrush (nest)
  • farm chicken
  • Pheasant (dead)
  • Hawk (we’ll call it the Skyrim Hawk)
  • Raven
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ovenbird [thanks to Hipstermama]

There are also lots of mammals running around:

  • bear
  • deer
  • wolf
  • elk
  • fox
  • goat
  • rabbit
  • saber cat (like a tiger)
  • skeever (rat)
  • mammoth
  • cow
  • horse (which you can own/ride)

You can “collect” insects as well such as bees, butterflies and dragonflies. There are also lots of fish species, most common seeming to be salmon.

The game is fun and the background sounds of birds signing early morning and at dusk is realistic. The night sounds are full of owls, wolves, and frogs.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a fun exploration escape now that it gets dark at 4:30 PM!


  1. December 18, 2011    

    Thanks for posting the Birds and Beans..Everyone is getting bird friendly coffee this holiday season..

  2. December 18, 2011    

    It’s great that you guys wrote about this game! My husband is playing it, and he keeps telling me about all the birds he sees and hears, and he just encountered his first Rock Warbler nest with an egg in it.

  3. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    December 19, 2011    

    Michelle – You are most welcome! Great coffee!

    Heather – It is a cool game even just for the scenery and wilderness to explore. We thought it would be fun to make a list of the birds and will add to it if we hear any others.

  4. Hipstermama Hipstermama
    February 22, 2012    

    I love your list…although I am positive i keep hearing an Ovenbird in the forests, or am I mistaking it for one of the birds on your list.

  5. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    February 23, 2012    

    I think you are right, Hipstermama. I will add Ovenbird to the list. I need to explore the woods a bit more and try and hear some more. I love the sound effects!

  6. Aldxodes Aldxodes
    April 13, 2012    

    Where can I find the ravens? the only bird i’ve ever seen in skyrim is a hawk, chickens, and dead pheasants.

  7. The Birdfreak Team The Birdfreak Team
    April 16, 2012    

    Aldxodes – the ravens (I think they were ravens) flew out during a mission involving the thieve’s guild and Nocturnal. Most of the birds are just heard (other than the hawk and chickens).

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