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This is regional birding information for the Northeast.

Attracting the Ten Common Backyard Birds for December

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

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura
Seed Mix, Hulled Sunflower3Tabletop TrayYes

Dark-eyed Junco

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

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata
Black Oil, Hulled Sunflower, Nuts3Tabletop TrayYes

Downy Woodpecker

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

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta carolinensis
Sunflower, Suet2, 3, 4Tabletop Tray, Tree TrunkNo

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis
Black Oil Sunflower, Safflower3Tabletop TrayYes

Black-capped Chickadee

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

American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis
Hulled Sunflower, Niger2Tree HangingYes

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus
Hulled Sunflower, Safflower, Niger2Tree HangingYes

Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor (Parus bicolor)
Black Oil Sunflower2, 3, 4Tabletop 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.

 

 

 

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