Our Favorite Backyard Birds


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A beautiful female Northern Cardinal enjoys bird seed during the winter in our backyard sanctuary

We've had a love of birds and birding for years, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for a variety of birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Besides the many hummingbirds in our home landscape, we enjoy many other species of birds as well.

Our backyard aviary features a number of different ecological environments. Located in the country, it backs up to hundreds of acres of forest, with nearby fields, pastures, and wetlands. It is registered by MonarchWatch.org as a certified Monarch Waystation.

We've included in our sanctuary several types of bird-friendly plants. And we utilize many types of bird feeders stocked with a standard seed assortment, thistle, black sunflower seeds and suet logs. And of course we offer multiple bird baths and drinking stations.

During all of the year, we enjoy the Chickadees, Titmice, Doves, Cardinals, Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, Kestrels, Bluebirds, and Wrens. The dead trees in the wooded areas provide shelter and nesting places for the Red Breasted Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and Flickers. In the winter, we are treated with visits from migrants such as Goldfinches, Juncos, and Warblers.

Enjoy our photograph albums of our favorite backyard birds ...

Cardinals | Chickadees | Titmice | Goldfinches | Juncos | Hummingbirds

Up close and personal with a beautiful Mourning Dove
Up close and personal with a beautiful Mourning Dove

Up close and personal with a beautiful male Northern Cardinal
Up close and personal with a beautiful male Northern Cardinal

One of our favorite backyard birds ... The Chickadee
The Chickadee

Goldfinch ... a frequent backyard visitor
Up close and personal with a beautiful male Northern Cardinal

A beautiful Titmouse ready to dine on a black sunflower seed
A beautiful Titmouse ready to dine on a black sunflower seed

Junco in the backyard
Junco in the backyard

The beautiful, berry-loving Cedar Waxwing
The beautiful, berry-loving Cedar Waxwing

The incredible Roadrunner ... looking for lunch during the summer
The incredible Roadrunner ... looking for lunch during the summer

Up close and personal with a lovely Pine Warbler
Up close and personal with a lovely Pine Warbler

A Pine Warbler on the bird feeder on a cold wintry day
A Pine Warbler on the bird feeder on a cold wintry day

The Hawk watches carefully over the backyard aviary
The Hawk watches carefully over the backyard aviary

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

A Blue Jay stops for a drink at the bird bath
A Blue Jay stops for a drink at the bird bath

We love to watch the woodpeckers! Here a Downy Woodpecker (left)
and a Red-Breasted Woodpecker (right) share a spot on a tree trunk

Here a Downy Woodpecker (left) and a Red-Breasted Woodpecker (right) share a spot on a tree trunk

Bluebird checking out a new home!
Bluebird checking out a new home

Bluebirds enjoying the birdbath!
Bluebirds enjoying the birdbath


This White Throated Sparrow migrated south for the winter, but maybe not far enough!

This White Throated Sparrow migrated south for the winter, but maybe not far enough!

A Sparrow deals with life during a brutal, cold winter day
A Sparrow deals with life during a brutal, cold winter day

 

More photographs of our favorite backyard birds ...

Cardinals | Chickadees | Titmice | Goldfinches | Juncos | Hummingbirds

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