Whether they’re frequent guests at your feeder or building nests in your trees, here are some things to look for in 10 common backyard birds.
This frequent feeder visitor will bring a sure sign of spring each year, when the male trades in his brownish feathers for bright yellow plumage.
Also frequent diners at your feeder, these tiny birds are curious and not shy around humans. The chickadee is capable of remembering thousands of places in which he has hidden food.
Watch them hold seeds and nuts with their feet to peck them open, as well as stuff them in their throats to store later.
Look for these brown and gray sparrows hopping around near your feeder and making high-pitched "chip" sounds, in search of fallen seeds.
As these birds gather at feeders, which they love to do, the males are identified by their red heads and breasts, while females are grayish brown. Watch them pause as they shell their feed.
These brown birds have distinctive long tails that cock upward. They are constantly singing to defend their territories, with rapid calls that sound like "teakettle" or "Germany."
The woodpecker loves to eat at feeders. It nests in holes of dead trees or poles. Its favorite foods are insects, nuts and dried fruits. It will visit feeders with sunflower seeds, nuts and suet.
If you haven’t seen these birds perched on high wires or feeding seeds off the ground, you have most definitely have heard their coos.
This bird is a stunning sight on a snowy day, as it does not lose its bright red plumage when the weather turns cold. In the spring, it’s not unusual to see males and females alike attacking their own reflections in windows and car mirrors, in defense of their territories.
Often mistaken for house finches, these birds bear a brighter shade of red in their head and breast feathers. In song, they sometimes add the sounds of other birds, such as goldfinches, Eastern towhees and brown-headed cowbirds.
If these little gray birds are in hoarding mode, they will transport the seeds one at a time to their storage site, which is usually about 130 feet from the feeder.
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