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This is regional birding information for the Northeast.

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

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris
Sugar Water, Flower Nectar5Tree Hanging Mister

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata
Black or Hulled Sunflower, Nuts3Tabletop TrayYes

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 Hanging Yes

Baltimore Oriole

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

American Robin

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

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis
Black Oil Sunflower, Safflower3Tabletop TrayYes

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

American Goldfinch

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

House Finch

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


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.