62 Birds You Can Attract to Your Eastern NA Backyard: A Feeder & Food Preference Guide

This guide details the food preferences and feeder choices of 62 bird species that regularly visit backyard feeders in eastern United States and Canada. Each species’ entry includes a photograph and the approximate time of the year it is expected to visit feeders. Learn which types of feeders are most popular among different species, and discover the perfect seed mixes, suet, or nectar to attract birds to your yard.

Bird Species that regularly visit feeders in the Eastern North America

Food and feeder type preferences were obtained from monitoring reports generated by bird enthusiasts feeding birds in backyards within Eastern North America. Reports containing this information are submitted monthly to the FeederWatch Project under the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

Many species included on the list have extensive ranges beyond Eastern North America. Their food and feeder type preferences apply anywhere these birds occur.

The table below contains jump links to groups of birds (doves, woodpeckers etc) and individual species. Jump to the group or species of interest or continue scrolling down.

Table of Contents
  1. Bird Species that regularly visit feeders in the Eastern North America
  2. Food and feeder preferences among birds in eastern USA and Canada
  3. Eastern North America
  4. Key Takeaways: Attract Birds to Your Northeast Backyard!
  5. View More Articles About Backyard Bird Feeding

Food and feeder preferences among birds in eastern USA and Canada

Analysis of the information available indicates that:

Hulled sunflowers seed is the favorite food for most wild birds visiting feeders. This seed type is consumed by (88.8%) of the 62 species included in this article.

In Eastern North America, both black oil sunflower seed and its hulled form are preferred by most wild birds . 

Bird food preferences

Food TypeNumber of Species that eat itPercentage
Hulled Sunflower Seed5288.8
Black Oil Sunflower Seed3862.9
Cracked Corn3255.5
Peanut Hearts (cracked)3355.5
Millet2648.1
Suet2546.2
Mealworm2138.8
Milo2135.1
Safflower1933.3
Peanut (hulled)1833.3
Fruit1625.9
Nyjer2125.9
Oats1018.5
Nectar59.2

Related: The 14 Most Popular Foods for Backyard Birds (with Pictures and Facts)

Bird Feeder Preferences

A summary of feeder preferences shows that platform or tray feeders are the favorite types for wild birds. Platform feeders are used by (92.5%) of the 62 species included in this article.

After tray or platform feeders, hopper feeders, and the ground are favored by most birds.  The feeder type preference among the 62 species included in this article are as follows:

Feeder TypeNumber of Species that eat on itPercentage
Platform5492.5
Large Hopper3564.8
Ground3259.2
Large Tube2037.0
Suet Cage2037.0
Small Tube1527.7
Small Hopper916.6

Eastern North America

Eastern North American include the eastern half of the United States and Canada. States within the Eastern half of the US include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The Canadian Provinces within the eastern half of the country are Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

Order of Species

The list of backyard feeder birds is organized by taxonomic order. Resident and common species such as Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Titmouse, Chickadees, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbirds, and House finches  are frequent backyard feeder visitors. 

Migratory and uncommon species appear to be less predictable at backyard bird feeders. Some species can be common in one area while rare or absent in another. 

Related: Birds more likely to visit your bird feeders

“Observing wild birds at your feeders from the comfort of your home can be a daily fulfilling experience”

62 Bird species that visit backyard bird feeders in Eastern North America

1. Mourning Dove

mourning-dove
Photo: Allan-Hopkins/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

 

2. Eurasian Collared-Dove

eurasian collared dove
Photo: Allan Hack/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round, Expanding.

   

3. White-winged Dove

white-winged dove
Photo: Becky Matsubara/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Cracked Corn, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Absent from most of the Region. Present during the Fall and Winter months in Southern Mississippi, Alabama, and the Gulf Coast of Florida. Present year-round on the east coast of Central and South Florida.    

4. Common Ground-Dove

common_ground-dove
Photo: OHFalcon7/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Absent from most of the Region. Present during the Fall and Winter months in Southern Mississippi, Alabama, and the Gulf Coast of Florida. Present year-round on the east coast of Central and South Florida.    

5. Rock Pigeon

rock pigeon
Hal Trachtenberg/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

   

6. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

ruby-throated-hummingbird
Michael Janke/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Nectar.

Feeder: Nectar Feeder

Presence: Present during the Spring and Summer months. Present but very rare during the winter months.

    

7. Red-bellied Woodpecker

red_bellied_woodpecker
Photo: John Magnus/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Nectar, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform, Nectar Feeder.

Presence: Year-round.

8. Downy Woodpecker

downy_woodpecker
Photo: Jason Means /Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

9. Hairy Woodpecker

hairy woodpecker
Jerry McFarland/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

  

10. Northern Flicker

northern_flicker
Allan-Hopkins/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Millet.

Feeder: Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

  

11. Pileated Woodpecker

Photo: Andrew Reding/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

 

12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

yellow-bellied sapsucker
Tom Murray/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Suet, Mealworms.

Feeder: Suet Cage.

Presence: Migratory. Fall and winter in the south eastern half. Spring and summer in northern North America.

    

13. Blue Jay

blue-jay
Photo: Brendan F/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Millet, Milo, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

 

14. Canada Jay


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

 

15. American Crow

american crown
Shawn-McCready/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

   

16. Tufted Titmouse

tufted-titmouse
Photo: Adam Baker/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

    


17. Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee

black-capped_chickadee
Hal Trachtenberg/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

18. Boreal Chickadee


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round.

19. White-breasted Nuthatch

white-breasted-nuthatch
Photo: Mick Thompson/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Nectar, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round down to North Florida. Largely absent from the rest of Florida.

     

20. Brown-headed Nuthatch

brown-headed nuthatch
Photo: Anne Davis/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round. Absent from South Florida.

 

21. Red-breasted Nuthatch

red-breasted nuthatch acadia national park
Photo: Nicole Beaulac/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Migratory. Fall and winter in the south eastern half. Spring and summer in northern North America.

22. Brown Creeper

brown creeper
Photo: Kelly Colgan Azar/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanut Hearts.

Feeder: Suet Cage.

Presence: Migratory. Fall and winter in roughly the south eastern half. Spring and summer in northern North America.

  

23. Carolina Wren

carolina-wren
Photo: Phil Romans/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanuts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

ruby-crowned kinglet
Photo: Ken Mattison/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanut Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Suet Cage, Platform.

Presence: Migratory. Fall and winter in the south eastern half. Spring and summer in in the north eastern region.

 

25. Eastern Bluebird

eastern-bluebird
Patricia Pierce/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Suet, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round. Partial migrant in part of its range.

26. American Robin

american_robin
Photo: Julio MuleroFlickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in most eastern US States. During Spring and summer expands its range to most of Canada.

  

27. Hermit Thrush


Food: Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Migratory. Fall and winter in roughly the south eastern half. Spring and summer in in the north eastern region.

28. Gray Catbird

gray_catbird
Photo: Allan-Hopkins/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present year-round in costal states. Spring and Summer in most of the eastern NA. Fall an Winter in most of Florida and Coastal Gulf of Mexico.

 

29. Northern Mockingbird

northern mockingbird
Photo: Tim Sackton/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

 

30. Brown Thrasher

brown thrasher
Photo: Patricia Pierce/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet Cage, Cracked Corn, Corn, Peanut Hearts.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

31. European Starling

european startling
Photo: Tim Watts/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Fruit, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Tube, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

 

32. Bohemian Waxwing


Food: Fruit

Feeder: Platform or Tray.

Presence: Present in Canadian Provinces only during the Fall and Winter.

33. Cedar Waxwing

cedar_waxwing
Eric Ellingson/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Fruit.

Feeder: Platform.

Presence: Present year-round in the northern half of North America. Expands to the southern half during the fall and winter.

    

34. Yellow-rumped Warbler

yellow-rumped warbler
Photo: Margaret Viens/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Nectar, Fruit, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform, Nectar Feeder.

Presence: Migratory. Fall and winter in the south eastern half. Spring and summer in in the north eastern region.

  

35. Pine Warbler

pine warbler
Photo: Vicky DeLoach/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Suet, Peanuts Hearts, Mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round in roughly half of the eastern region. Expands to the northern half during the the spring and summer.

   

36. Northern Cardinal

northern_cardinal
Scot Heron/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Milo.

Feeder: Large tube, Large hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.        

37. Painted Bunting

painted bunting
Photo: Mick Thompson/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower, Millet, Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Spring and summer in Northeast Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Fall and winter in the south half of Florida.   

38. Indigo Bunting

indigo-bunting
Andrew-Cannizzaro/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower, Millet, Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Present only during the Spring and Summer months in most of the Region.

 

39. Blue Grosbeak

blue grosbeak
Matt Ward/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower, Millet, Nyjer, mealworms.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Present in the region only during the Spring and Summer months.

40. Pine Grosbeak


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds,  Suet, Fruit.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round in Canadian Provinces. Expands to northern US states during the Fall and winter.

41. Evening Grosbeak


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Mostly in the northern US States and Canada. Some years expands further south.

42. Eastern Towhee

eastern towhee
Photos: Tim Sackton/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Milo.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

   

43. Chipping Sparrow

chipping sparrow
Photo: Tom Wilberding/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer, Cracked Corn, Millet, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present in the east during the Spring and summer. In Florida during the Fall and Winter.

44. White-throated Sparrow

Photo: Doug Greenberg/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Millet, Milo.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Fall and Winter in most of the east. Spring and Summer in far north US States and Canadian Provinces.

45. White-crowned Sparrow

white-crowned sparrow
Doug Greenberg/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Millet, Milo.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Fall and Winter in most of the east. Spring and Summer in far north US States and Canadian Provinces.

46. Song Sparrow

white-throated sparrow acadia national park
Becky Matsubara/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Milo. Mealworms.

Feeder: Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present in the east during the Fall and Winter and year-round in parts of its range. Breeds far north during the Spring and Summer.

 

47. Fox Sparrow

fox sparrow
Photo: Tom Murray/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer, Cracked Corn, Millet, Milo.

Feeder:  Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present in the east during the Fall and Winter. Breeds farther north during the Spring and Summer.

  

48. Field Sparrow

field sparrow
Photo: Tom Murray/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Millet.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in most of the east. In North and Central Florida, and coastal Gulf of Mexico only during the Fall and Winter months.

 

49. House Sparrow

house sparrow
Melvin Yap/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Milo.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round.

50. Dark-eyed Junco

dark-eyed junco
Photo: Fishhawk/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer, Cracked Corn, Peanut Hearts, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present during the Fall and Winter months in most of the east. Breeds in Canada during the Spring and Summer.

   

   

51. Red-winged Blackbird

red-winged blackbird
Andy Reago/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Peanuts Hearts, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in most of the east. Expands to Canadian Provinces during the Spring and Summer.

   

52. Baltimore Oriole

baltimore_oriole
Photo: Julio Mulero/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Suet, Nectar, Fruit.

Feeder: Platform, Nectar Feeder

Presence: Present in the east during the Spring and Fall. Absent the rest of the year. It is rare during the winter months in Florida.

53. Orchard Oriole

orchard oriole
Kelly Colgan Azar/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Suet, Nectar, Fruit.

Feeder: Platform, Nectar Feeder.

Presence: Present in the east during the Spring and Fall. Absent the rest of the year.

54. Brown-headed Cowbird

brown-headed-cowbird
Photos: Andy Reago/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Cracked Corn, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in most of the east. Expands to Canadian Provinces during the Spring and Summer.

  

55. Common Grackle

common_grackle
Allan-Hopkins/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Suet, Cracked Corn, Peanuts, Peanut Hearts, Fruit, Millet, Oats, Milo.

Feeder: Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in most of the east. Expands to Canadian Provinces during the Spring and Summer.

56. Eastern Meadowlark

eastern meadowlark
Brian Garrett/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Hulled Sunflower Seeds,  Cracked Corn.

Feeder: Ground.

Presence: Year-round in most of the east. Expands further north to Canadian Provinces during the Spring and Summer.

     

57. House Finch

house finch
Photo: Pichard Griffin/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Safflower, Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Year-round, recently expanding to Central Florida.

   

58. Purple Finch

purple finch
Photo: Henry McLin/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer, Cracked Corn, Millet.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Small Hopper, Platform.

Presence: Present in most of the east only during the fall and winter months. Present year-round in some norther US States and Canadian Provinces.

59. American Goldfinch

american-goldfinch
Photo: Mick Thompson/Flickr/CC by 2.0 


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower, and Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Suet Cage, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present year-round in most of the east. Expands further south during the Fall and Winter.  

 

60. Pine Siskin

pine siskin
Photo: Jeff Dyck/Flickr/CC by 2.0


Food: Black Oil Sunflower, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Present as year-round and migratory in the east.

  

61. Common Redpoll


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, small Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in far Northern Canadian Provinces. Expands to the south in the Fall and Winter.

62. Hoary Redpoll


Food: Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Nyjer.

Feeder: Large Tube Feeder, Small Tube Feeder, Large Hopper, small Hopper, Platform, Ground.

Presence: Year-round in far Northern Canadian Provinces. Expands to the south in the Fall and Winter.

Key Takeaways: Attract Birds to Your Northeast Backyard!

  • Hulled sunflower seeds reign supreme! This tasty treat is enjoyed by a whopping 88.8% of the birds on our list.
  • Platform feeders are the crowd-pleasers, favored by 92.5% of the eastern feeder visitors.
  • Suet and mealworms are a hit with insect-loving birds, attracting a variety of woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches.
  • Nectar feeders are a must for attracting ruby-throated hummingbirds, a vibrant addition to any backyard.
  • Seasonal feeders cater to migratory birds. Offer Nyjer thistle for winter visitors like American goldfinches, pine siskins, and indigo buntings.
  • Year-round feeders stocked with black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, and cracked corn will attract a steady stream of birds.
  • Feeder placement matters! Avoid placing feeders directly next to windows or birdhouses to minimize collisions and stress on birds.
  • Keep your feeders clean and well-maintained to ensure the health and safety of your backyard visitors.
  • Enjoy the beauty of birds! Backyard bird feeding and birdwatching is a relaxing and rewarding hobby, perfect for all ages.

Remember, consistency is key! By regularly providing the right food and feeders, you’ll create a welcoming environment that attracts a diverse array of birds to your backyard in Eastern United States and Canada.

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