America’s Top 10 Backyard Birds

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american goldfinchesDid you know that February is National Bird-Feeding Month? This year, the National Bird-Feeding Society chose the theme of “Most Wanted – America’s Top 10 Backyard Birds” to help bird enthusiasts attract the most beautiful feathered friends to their yards. Since choosing one list for all of North America is a tall order, they divided the list into two, depending on geography.

Top 10 Backyard Birds East of the Rocky Mountains:

1.      American Goldfinch

2.      Black-Capped Chickadee

3.      Dark-Eyed Junco

4.      Downy Woodpecker

5.      House Finch

6.      Northern Cardinal

7.      Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

8.      Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

9.      Tufted Titmouse

10.  White-Breasted Nuthatch

Top 10 Backyard Birds West of the Rocky Mountains:

1.      American Goldfinch

2.      Black-Capped Chickadee

3.      Dark-Eyed Junco

4.      Downy Woodpecker

5.      House Finch

6.      Chipping Sparrow

7.      Black-Headed Grosbeak

8.      Rufous Hummingbird

9.      Pine Siskin

10.  White-Breasted Nuthatch

If you’d like to attract some of these birds, be sure to check out the National Bird-Feeding Society’s recommendations for types of feed and feeders. They say the best type of feed to start with is Black-Oil Sunflower or Nyjer in a tubular feeder. Remember, birds look for more than just basic food. Adding nesting boxes, mealworms, suet, fruits, nectar, shelter-providing shrubs and water baths will also bring an assortment of species to your yard. Visit the NBFS website for more information on National Bird-Feeding Month. Happy bird watching!

Article: Jennn Fusion Twitter: @jennnfusion

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