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This is regional birding information for the Northeast.

Attracting the Ten Common Backyard Birds for August

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

Black-capped Chickadee

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

Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor (Parus bicolor)
Black Oil Sunflower2, 3, 4Tabletop Tray, Tree HangingYes

American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis
Hulled Sunflower, Niger2, 3Tabletop Tray, Tree Hanging Yes

House Finch

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

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris
Sugar Water, Flower Nectar5Tree Hanging Mister

American Robin

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

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina
Hulled Sunflower, Niger2, 3Tabletop Tray, Tree HangingYes

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus
Sunflower Seed, Hulled or Black Oil3Tabletop TrayYes

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis
Black Oil Sunflower, Safflower3Tabletop TrayYes

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon


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.