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This is regional birding information for the Rocky Mountains.

Attracting the Ten Common Backyard Birds for October

Here's a head start for your plan to invite more birds to your home. Our list includes the kinds of food and feeders that many birds in your area will find irresistable. Be sure to visit us again for next month's list.

Name Food Feeder Type (key) Feeder Niche Uses Bath

American Robin

Turdus migratorius
Hulled Sunflower, Mealworms1, 3Ground, Tabletop TrayYes

Black-billed Magpie

Pica hudsonia
Black or Hulled Sunflower, Nuts3Tabletop TrayNo

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata
Black Oil, Hulled Sunflower, Nuts3Tabletop TrayYes

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens
Suet, Hulled Sunflower2, 3, 4Tree TrunkNo

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis
Seed Mix, Hulled Sunflower1, 3Ground, Tabletop TrayNo

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus
Hulled Sunflower, Safflower, Niger2, 3Tabletop Tray, Tree HangingYes

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus
Seed Mix, Hulled Sunflower1, 3Ground, Tabletop TrayYes

Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapilla
Sunflower, Niger, Safflower, Suet2, 3, 4Tabletop Tray, Tree Hanging Yes

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus
Suet, Hulled Sunflower3, 4Tabletop Tray, Tree TrunkNo

Common Redpoll

Carduelis flammea
Niger, Hulled Sunflower2, 3 Tabletop Tray, Tree HangingYes


Key to feeder types:

1=ground tray; 2=hanging tube; 3=tray, or hopper with rim, on post; 4=caged suet holder; 5=sugar water. Find out more about the different types of feeders.