Although there's always excitement in looking for a new species at the bird feeder, everyone has that favorite species they never get tired of watching. Whether they admire the colors and plumage or enjoy the sociable behavior, many people have favorite species or ones they most want in their backyard. Here's a list of some of the most desired birds to have at the feeder.
1. Black-Capped Chickadee
With its outgoing personality and recognizable song, the Black-capped Chickadee is often on the list of most desired backyard birds. The bird is easily identifiable because it has a black cap and black chin while the sides of its face are white. They're known to eat berries in the winter and insects in the summer. Check out this article for more information on how to attract Black-capped Chickadees to your yard.
2. Indigo Bunting
During the summer, male Indigo Buntings are amazingly beautiful because of their radiant blue plumage that attracts females. It's a fairly small seed-eating bird, but is popular for its wide range throughout the United States. Indigo Buntings prefer hopper feeders and platform feeders filled with wild bird food containing seed and nuts.
Although there are three types of bluebirds endemic to the United States, they each occupy their own area with the Western and Mountain Bluebirds overlapping. Bluebirds are popular backyard birds because they are instantly recognizable and well-known for their blue plumage. Check out this article for more information on how to attract bluebirds to your yard.
4. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
The trait of a popular backyard bird to have in your yard is whether it stands out. The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak definitely fits that bill with its prominent red chest. Although only males have the red mark, the birds have a wide range throughout most of the country and are easily attracted with black oil sunflower seeds in a hopper or platform feeder.
5. American Robin
Among classic backyard birds stands the American Robin. The American Robin is truly native to Northern America and is known by its reddish-orange breast and brown back. One of the reasons why robins are so popular is because they're easy to attract. As long as there is a feeder that holds mealworms and a space for them to thrive, they'll find their way to your yard. Here is more information on attracting robins.
6. Purple Martin
Purple Martins are particularly appreciated by backyard birders because of their vivid plumage, unique flight patterns and joyous song. Millions of people put up Purple Martin houses each year to support these great birds. There are two popular ways to feed them. The first is active feeding which requires throwing food around Purple Martins to mimic insects. The second is stationary feeding which involves putting dead crickets on platform feeders.
7. Northern Cardinal
With the distinguished crest on its head and radiant red feathers, the Northern Cardinal is beloved for its song and alluring appearance. Although the female doesn't have the bright red feathers, it still has the noticeable crest. These lovely songbirds are remarkably easy to attract as long as you're in their habitat in the eastern United States. All you have to do is pick up a cardinal bird feeder, fill it with sunflower seeds and watch the cardinals flock to your yard. More information can be found here.
8. American Goldfinch
In the summer, when their feathers are at their brightest, American Goldfinches are among the most elegant backyard birds. These small birds have muted colors throughout the rest of the year and are found all around the United States. During the non-breeding season, American Goldfinches are very sociable, which is why they're so fun to watch. They are attracted to finch feeders filled with Nyger seed.
9. Baltimore Oriole and Bullock's Oriole
The Baltimore Oriole and Bullock's Oriole blend together so well together they're often coupled under the term Northern Oriole. The Baltimore Oriole is from the east while the Bullock's Oriole is found in the west, but they share a similar color and appearance. The males of both orioles are a yellow-orange color. You can attract these amazing birds to your feeder with various fruits and mealworms.
10. Dark-Eyed Junco
The Dark-Eyed Junco is one of the most common birds found at feeders throughout the United States, which is part of the reason why it's so loved. It's distinguished by its gray coloring and flashes of white when in flight. These birds usually dig for bugs in the ground and love platform feeders.