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Which Bird Would You Like To Attract?

Finches

American Goldfinch

Summer Tangers

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Humming Birds

Cardinals

Bluejay

Chickadees

Juncos

Titmouse

Doves

Nutthatches

Pine Siskins

Woodpeckers

Orioles

Squirrels

Squirrel/Grackle/Racoon Proof

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Finches

Location

Native to western North America, and has been introduced to the eastern half of the continent and Hawaii.

Season

Year Round

Seed Preference

Safflower, Black Oil Sunflower, Nyjer & Hearts.

Feeder Preference

Hanging tube, Hopper, Platform, Mesh tube.

Additional Informaiton

House Finches are actually natives to the Western U.S. Back in the 1940s, House Finches were marketed in New York, sold in cages as “Hollywood finches.” Once officials caught wind of this scheme, which was illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, pet shop owners set them free in Long Island to avoid fines. Since then, the so-called eastern branch of the House Finch family expanded and flourished.

American Goldfinch

Location

North America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

Nyjer, Thistle, Sunflower Hearts, Golden Safflower.

Feeder Preference

Mesh or Tube Nyjer feeders, or any Sunflower feeder and Safflower feeders.

Additional Informaiton

American Goldfinches are the only finch that molts its body feathers twice a year, once in late winter and again in late summer. The brightening yellow of male goldfinches each spring is one welcome mark of approaching warm months. American Goldfinches breed later than most North American birds.

Summer Tangers

Location

Summer tanagers breed throughout the eastern United States south of southern Pennsylvania and northern Illinois, in the southwestern United States and in northern Mexico. They winter from central Mexico through northern South America, as far south as Bolivia and Brazil.

Season

Early May through late September.

Seed Preference

Grape Jelly.

Feeder Preference

Jelly Feeder.

Additional Informaiton

Summer tanagers mostly eat insects. They eat many different kinds of insects, including beetles, dragonflies, grubs, cicadas, grasshoppers, ants, caterpillars, weevils and spiders. They also eat fruits, especially in winter and during migration.

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Location

Central and South America.

Season

Middle of April to Early October.

Seed Preference

Black Oil Sunflower.

Feeder Preference

Hopper Style feeder.

Additional Informaiton

During the mating season, the female of the species would choose the male that can sing most beautifully. The bond between a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks lasts for a lifetime.

Hummingbirds

Location

Central America or Mexico.

Season

Middle of April through September.

Seed Preference

Sweet Nectar.

Feeder Preference

Any Hummingbird feeder.

Additional Informaiton

They mostly sleep on branches or on the nest, and it's been known for them to even hang upside down. If you see a hummingbird at night hanging or appearing to breathe very slowly, leave it where it is. It'll just be in its state of torpor getting a good rest.

Cardinals

Location

North and South America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

Black Oil Sunflower, Peanuts and Safflower.

Feeder Preference

Hopper Feeders or Tray Feeders.

Additional Informaiton

During mating season males are fiercely territorial; driving off competing males in their territory. Cardinals are considered monogamous, mating with the same partner each breeding season.

Bluejay

Location

Eastern North America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

Peanuts in and out of the shell, suet, black oil sunflower.

Feeder Preference

Peanut feeders and Seed tube feeders.

Additional Informaiton

The blue jay is a bird you'll come to either love or hate. They're loud, aggressive, boisterous bullies who threaten smaller birds. They're also beautiful and highly intelligent, and their complicated behaviors may actually save other birds from predators.

Chickadees

Location

North America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, suet, and peanut butter.

Feeder Preference

Tray, tube and hopper feeders.

Additional Informaiton

For winter survival, chickadees have three things going for them: they're insulated, they're active, and they have a good memory. Thanks to a half-inch coat of insulating feathers, chickadees maintain their body temperature at 100° Fahrenheit during daylight hours, even when the air is at zero degrees.

Dark-Eyed Juncos

Location

Dark-eyed Juncos are neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter.

Season

End of September through April.

Seed Preference

Suet, Millet, Corn, and Sunflower Hearts.

Feeder Preference

They prefer to eat off the ground….Ground feeders.

Additional Informaiton

Open ground and gardens gone to seed are a favorite haunt of juncos as they flock together in the winter. Juncos are particularly fond of the seeds from cosmos and zinnia. Consider leaving a space in your yard untended and free of chemicals.

Titmouse

Location

North America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

Black Oil Sunflower and Peanuts.

Feeder Preference

Hopper Feeder, Peanut Feeder, Sunflower Feeder.

Additional Informaiton

The name titmouse is recorded from the 14th century, composed of the Old English name for the bird, mase (Proto-Germanic *maison, German Meise), and tit, denoting something small. The former spelling, "titmose", was influenced by mouse in the 16th century.

Doves

Location

Southern Canada to central Mexico.

Season

Year round.

Seed Preference

Sunflower, Safflower, Millet, Cracked Corn.

Feeder Preference

Hopper Feeders, Tray Feeders.

Additional Informaiton

The mourning dove is named for its haunting and sad cooing sound. Its call is sometimes mistaken for the call of an owl. When the mourning doves flies, its wings make a whistling sound.

Nuthatches

Location

North America.

Season

Year round.

Seed Preference

Nuts, sunflower seeds, mealworms, suet, and peanut butter.

Feeder Preference

Suet Feeder, peanut feeders, Sunflower feeders, Safflower feeders.

Additional Informaiton

They get their common name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside. White-breasted Nuthatches may be small but their voices are loud, and often their insistent nasal yammering will lead you right to them.

Pine Siskins

Location

North America Travel with Gold Finches.

Season

September through June.

Seed Preference

Nyjer and Hearts, Sunflower Hearts.

Feeder Preference

Thistle Feeders, any Sunflower Feeder.

Additional Informaiton

Pine Siskins feed readily at backyard feeders, preferring smaller seeds without tough shells like thistle and oil sunflower, but they will scavenge fragments of larger seeds left by heavier-billed birds, and will occasionally eat suet. They also feed on mineral deposits, including ashes, road salt, and fresh cement. They have been seen drinking from sapwells drilled by sapsuckers.

Woodpeckers

Location

North America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

Peanuts, Suet, Black Oil Sunflower.

Feeder Preference

Peanut feeder, suet feeder, Sunflower feeder.

Additional Informaiton

Woodpeckers usually hammer on houses for one of four reasons: Because it makes a satisfyingly loud noise that proclaims the bird's territory and attracts a mate. ... Because the bird wants to excavate a nest or roost hole.Because it’s feeding on insects in the siding. Or because they are storing food.

Baltimore Orioles

Location

Winter in Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and the northern tip of South America.

Season

Show up at the end of April and Leave as early as the end of July into August.

Seed Preference

Oranges, Grape Jelly, Nectar, Suet.

Feeder Preference

Feeders Orange in color with cups for jelly and spokes for oranges, nectar feeders.

Additional Informaiton

The Baltimore and Bullock’s oriole were considered the same species until the 1990s, when genetic testing helped separate them.

Squirrels

Location

North America.

Season

Year Round.

Seed Preference

All Bird Seed. Also Corn and Suet.

Feeder Preference

ANY.

Additional Informaiton

Flaming squirrel sauce on your bird seed with keep the squirrels away.

Squirrel, Grackle, Racoon Proof

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