Forests, Fields, Waterways, and Brushy, Scrubby Areas

Want to go beyond your backyard feeder to find birds? Whether you’re thinking of a birding trip, or simply want to be on the lookout during your next outdoor adventure, the following will outline some bird habitats and the types of birds you might find there.

While certain bird species are commonly found by water, many other types of birds, such as the Scarlet Tanager pictured here, enjoy a splash in the water once in a while. Artiste9999 / iStock / Getty Images Plus


Birdwatchers commonly scan the shorelines of rivers, lakes, and beaches to check out waterfowl. But during the warm weather months, as you recreate on the lake or river, keep an eye out for swallows, swifts and Purple Martins, as they catch flying insects with their beaks. They can soar at heights of 150 feet or higher, while some may actually skim the surface of the water.

A Western Meadowlark squawks while perched on a wooden post. SteveByland / iStock / Getty Images Plus


Grains and seeds from grasses and crops make prairies, plains, farmland and ranches ideal for birds. These open-area birds also feel welcome in big suburban backyards as well as parks. Look for birds of the blackbird family, which include the Red-winged Blackbird, orioles, meadowlarks and the European Starling. You may also find the American Goldfinch foraging for thistle, along with some sparrow species.

Western Scrub Jays, like the one pictured here, live in the semi desert scrub of the west coast. BirdImages / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Brushy and scrubby areas

Semi-open brushy and scrubby areas provide plenty of food and cover for songbirds, which makes these areas excellent birding spots. Look for colorful birds like the Indigo or Painted Bunting, along with birds of the corvid species like Scrub Jays and the Black-billed Magpie.

If you're lucky, you might even catch an entire flock sitting amongst the trees like this migrating Cedar Waxwing flock. Kbytes / iStock / Getty Images Plus


At all levels of the forest, you’ll find songbirds aplenty. The Pine Grosbeak can be found foraging on the forest floor or perched in the lower branches. If you’re stopping for a picnic lunch in the northern forests, the Canada Jay may draw near for a handout.

Raise your eyes upward from the base of the tree trunks and you may find birds that live off the insects and beetles living in and under the bark of the tree. These birds include nuthatches, woodpeckers, and creepers. Raise your eyes even higher to the treetops and you might spot colorful warblers, the Cedar Waxwing, or the striking Scarlet Tanager.

Next time you are headed out among nature, take a regional field guide and a pair of field glasses to be prepared for a bird spotting. In getting to know the birds you spot while you're out and about, you’ll build a deeper connection with nature. But this connection doesn’t have to end there! Continue fostering your love for nature by feeding the birds that come through your backyard with Lyric Delite Mix. Filled with a wide variety of chunky, pre-hulled bites, the birds will love visiting your feeder, and you will love the easy, no mess sight of these beautiful creatures.