Northern cardinal - Northern cardinal bird

Backyard Bird Watching


Have you ever wondered about the different species of birds that visit your backyard? I did today when I came home from a nice, sunny walk with my Millie (Yorkie), looked out the glass sliding doors, and happened to see an abundance of different species of birds hopping around in the trees and bushes, in the bird bath, and at the feeders. I couldn’t resist, so I decided to sit down for a few minutes to do a little backyard bird watching on the deck and make a checklist of them all and get a few photos.


blue jay - backyard birdwatchingIn just 15 minutes this is what I observed:

Carolina Wren – hopping around on my deck railing (photo on right)

Cedar Waxwing – up in the river birch eating insects

Northern Cardinals – eating at one of the feeders and hopping around in the river birch

Red-winged Blackbirds – constantly at the platform feeder eating

Gold Finches – hanging out at the birdbath and at the nyjer/thistle feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker – feeding at the suet feeder

Carolina Chickadee – hopping around in the river birch and feeding at the platform feeder

Tufted Titmice – two of them chasing each other around in my big planter and under the bushes in the garden below

White-breasted Nuthatch – in the river birch eating insects

House Sparrows – chirping away on top of the weeping cherry tree

Northern Flicker – saw him in the weeping cherry then he flew to the ground under an evergreen tree  (right)   Northern Flicker - backyard birdwatching

House Finches – hopping around in the river birch

Female Starlings – dropping in at the platform feeder along with the red-winged blackbirds

White-throated Sparrow (heard not seen) – singing in my side and front yard

Blue-jay – eating at platform feeder then scaring the finches at the birdbath and taking a drink for himself

Mourning Doves – at the platform feeder, on my roof, and hanging out in the trees as they always do


Added Notes:

The Cedar Waxwing and the Northern Flicker were surprises as they come in periodically, mostly in the Fall and Winter. The White-throated Sparrow is a Fall/Winter bird that my husband and I just started hearing last weekend. You can’t miss this bird’s call as it sings throughout the winter months.

Soon there will be other winter visitors coming like the Dark-eyed Junco, Fox Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Tree Sparrow, and Pine-siskins to look forward to. I know this because we always prepare for their arrival by having the right wild bird food in the feeders and suet for them.


How Can You Get More Bird Backyard Birds?

It is always good to have more than one feeding station as each will attract different birds. We use a platform feeder for the bigger birds and put a good supreme bird seed mix that contains black oil sunflower seed, nuts, fruit, safflower seed, and some millet. There is also a nyjer (thistle) feeder for the finches and pine siskins (chickadees, titmice, and cardinals come to it in extreme cold), suet feeders for all the birds, and a hanging feeder for the smaller birds that has supreme seed. This is so they have another place to go when the bigger birds kick them out of the platform feeder.

Another thing that you can do is to ensure that there are places for the birds to go in extreme weather, such as shrubs and plants. I generally leave my summer/fall bushes and vines alone until spring as the birds like to retreat to them in bad weather and also to roost in them at night.

Also, have a water source for the birds all year round. My heated bird bath is much appreciated by the birds even in bad weather as they come to it for drinking and for preening.


In Conclusion,

I have my backyard set up to attract backyard birds using different feeders, birdbaths, and landscaping. This attracts many different species to my backyard as you can see, and it is located in a subdivision next to a pond. This was just in 15 minutes. I’m sure that if I sat there all day I would have added many more to my list.

You too can get just as many if not more birds to your own backyard depending on your specific location and habitat. All you have to do is supply the food, drink, and cover for them. It’s that easy!

If you would like to add anything for attracting more backyard birds I would greatly appreciate your input. Feel free to comment below.


Happy Birding!

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