Do you feed the birds in your yard and what kind of birds do you see?

January 3rd, 2013 by Emily
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by nottsexminer

Question: Do you feed the birds in your yard and what kind of birds do you see?
Have you ever spotted any uncommon birds that aren’t common to your area? What sort of food mixtures do you use if you do feed them? Thanks.. I love to watch and feed the birds and I wonder what sort of birds are out there in other parts of the country and world.

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Answer by Fizziwig
I spotted one that had a green tail, looked suspiciously like a parrot.

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13 Comments on “Do you feed the birds in your yard and what kind of birds do you see?”

  1. Tay says:

    Wood peckers, Cardnials, humming birds, and robins…and then there are the occasional hawks and crows around the neighborhood.

  2. .H&M . says:

    I feed dem and den while der eating I get my bbgun and shoot dem…..lol! Nah j/k but my neighbor does feed birds, cardinals, blue jays, and some other birds,

  3. mockingbird says:

    my dad feeds them whatever cheep food the supermaket has. he has blue jays, cardinals (increased from 1 to 5-10 because of him), juncos in the winter, chickadees and tit-mice that eat black sunflower seeds all year, white-throated sparrows, mourning doves (those little ******* greedy pigs!), cat birds (in the summer, eat berries not feed), and our very own… rose breasted gross beaks!!! they come back to make nests and feed their babies with our food every year now. started with one VERY hungry female, now there’s lots.

  4. claudia_t_c says:

    Woodpeckers,Greenfinches,Blue Longtailed and Coal T*ts(not allowed to say),Starlings DO I HAVE TO SAY THEM ALL!!!!!

  5. margecutter says:

    I have several different feeders in my yard, and at least 30 species of birds that visit regularly. I have a nyger (thistle) feeder, a sunflower feeder, a hanging feeder for wild bird mix, a nectar feeder (not in winter), a jelly feeder (not in winter), and several suet feeders. I have a dish feeder on my deck where I feed whole corn, mixed seed, black sunflower seed and peanut parts. I also put mixed seed, whole corn and fruit on the ground for ground feeding birds. I NEVER feed the birds bread, cake, cookies, crackers or any of the other human snacks that people are so fond of sharing with our feathered friends. A bird’s digestive system is not designed to deal with the refined sugars and processed flours found in such treats.

    In my back yard, I regularly have the following species (depending on season):
    American Goldfinch, House Finch, Purple Finch, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, American Tree Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Thrasher, Brown-headed Cowbird, Chipping Sparrow, Common Grackle, Common Redpoll, Dark-eyed Junco, Europen Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Harris’s Sparrow, English House Sparrow, Mourning Doves, Northern Flicker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tree Swallows, White-throated Sparrows and several Cooper’s Hawks that are attracted by all the song birds. We have also had an occasional visit from Red-breasted Nuthatches, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and Pileated Woodpeckers. For about a month, we had an albino American Goldfinch that was hanging with a flock of English House Sparrows, but it has been about 3 weeks since I last saw that bird.

  6. catherine s says:

    I’m in Springville, UT and I do feed the backyard birds. I love to watch them with my cats. My cats chatter at them. They are indoor cats and it’s so cute.
    I put out a wildbird finch mix and sometimes I put out raw peanuts in the shell for the bluejays (scrubjays). The bluejays tend to take all the peanuts out and store them for later, so I only feed them once in a while. I find peanuts all over the yard in bushes and stuff!
    I have magpies, junkos, robins, sparrows, housefinches, chickadees and a little yellow and grey bird that I looked up and forgot the name of. I love the little chickadees, they are SO cute! When it’s warm, I put my parrot, who is a tropical bird, outside in her big outside cage. She loves it and listens to the birds too. I hope she picks up all the tweeting. She’s a bird and doesn’t tweet. She Meows and Barks though! She has a meow off with one of my cats and while it’s really cute, it’s sort of annoying. She says a lot of things and makes a lot of interesting sounds. She’s a crack-up!

  7. wacky says:

    “Margecut”! has the lot?
    No one can beat that ?

  8. Casey L says:

    I just feed them thistle thru the winter, I get beautifull colored birds but alot more of finches…. Yellow ones, there are so cute

  9. seamanab says:

    doves.parrots.indian minors.galahs.sparrows.swallows.magpies.kookaburras…other birds i dont even know thenames of ….they eat better than i do ….seamanab x

  10. Indie Me says:

    I always feed the birds in my backyard.

    I also rescue and release wild birds.

    The most commen birds I get during the winter is blue jays, starlings, pigeons, seagulls, house sparrows, mourning doves and crows.

    Other breeds I’ve seen around my area is..

    and trust me this did take a while to type lol.

    American goldfinches, grackles, Baltimore oriole, brown headed cowbirds, red winged black birds, House finch, Cardinals, Dark eyes Juncos, White throated sparrows, Savannah sparrows, song sparrows, chipping sparrows, oven birds, black and white warblers, american redstarts, yellow warblers, yellow rumped warblers, cedar waxwings (one of my personall favourits), brown thrashers, gray catbirds, mocking birds (love how they copy other sounds lol), wood thrush, robins, swainsons thrush’s, ruby crowned kinglets, house wrens, white breasted nuthatch’s, red brested nuthacthes, black capped chikadee’s, many tree swallows, least flycatchers, northern flickers, downy woodpeckers, commen night hawks (there actually not hawks), great horned owls, red tailed hawks, american kestrals, sharp shinned hawks, coopers hawks (one of them took my favourit pet pigeon), turkey vultures migrate over our house, great black backed seagull, ring billed gulls, killdeers, spotted sandpippers, american coots, bufflehead ducksm lesser scaup ducks, mallard ducks, candian geese, mute swans, loons, green herons ect………………………

    2 birds I would like to see are a loggerhead shrike and a tufted titmouse.

    As you can see I LOVE birds and I’m trying to spot everysingle bird in my bird book and trying to collect the feathers of each bird which is not too easy but so far so good lol. I feed my wild birds many mixes of seeds, corn, barley, hole wheat bread, boiled eggs, peanut butter, jams, peanuts, grapes, strawberries, lettuce, cooked rice ect………

  11. Joan H says:

    The best thing to buy is black oiled sunflower seeds. All birds like them, even the very small ones, and they don’t waste them. You will see hulls under the feeder, but no wasted food. Buy the mixed seed, and they waste more than they eat, so you are spending more money in the long run. We do buy cracked corn for the doves, they like to eat on the ground.

  12. pumpkin says:

    I love birds too,but I don`t feed them because I have 7 outdoor cats and I don`t want to tempt them.I would feel bad if I was feeding the birds and one of my cats attacked them and had one for lunch!I admire them from a distance.

  13. BP says:

    Yes, I feed birds in my yard in southern Colorado. I have Scaled Quail, Curve-billed Thrashers, Canyon Towhees, Eurasian Collared-Doves daily. This winter, I have Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, and Hosue Sparrows.

    Rare things do seems to show up here, this year an Inca Dove, a White-winged Dove, and Colorado’s 4th ever Harris’s Hawk (it was seen for two days this summer).

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