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This is regional birding information for the Rocky Mountains.

Attracting the Ten Common Backyard Birds for May

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

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Selasphorus platycercus
Sugar Water, Flower Nectar5Tree Hanging Mister

Downy Woodpecker

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

Black-billed Magpie

Pica hudsonia
Black or Hulled Sunflower, Nuts3Tabletop TrayNo

Mountain Chickadee

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

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides
Insects, Mealworms3Tabletop TrayYes

American Robin

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

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia
Hulled Sunflower, Seed Mix1, 3Ground, Tabletop TrayYes

Bullock's Oriole

Icterus bullockii
Sugar Water, Orange Halves3, 5Tabletop Tray, Tree Hanging Yes

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus
Hulled Sunflower, Safflower, Niger2, 3Tabletop Tray, Tree Hanging Yes

House Sparrow

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


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.