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Southeast
November 2014

The Southeast is dominate by two major forest types that dictate the kinds of wildlife, including birdlife, that live there: The southern Appalachian forest, represented brilliantly by the Great Smoky Mountains, and the widely spread southern mixed pine-oak forests. Where it is exceedingly wet, cypress swamps are typical, until the sea of grass, the everglades, takes over in the southern half of Florida.

Much of the Southeast is wet and generally warm, giving refuge to a great many species of birds during winter months. But even in summer, the Southeast is a mecca for birdlife because its lush habitats produce an abundance of food, particularly insects, that adult birds require to raise young.

Backyard Birds

The common birds of the backyard in the Southeast include the Carolina wren, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, northern cardinal, painted bunting, northern mockingbird, red-bellied woodpecker, brown-headed nuthatch, eastern screech-owl, mourning, white-winged and collared doves.

Regional Birds

In the southern Appalachian forests, the red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina chickadee, wood thrush, brown thrasher, and summer tanager are common. The southern mixed pine-oak forests are home to the Carolina wren, brown-headed nuthatch, indigo bunting, yellow-throated and pine warblers, yellow-breasted chat and blue grosbeak. In the cypress swamp, look for the pileated woodpecker, prothonotary and northern parula warblers, red-shouldered hawk, barred owl, wood duck and limpkin. In the everglades, the snowy, great and cattle egrets, sandhill crane, white ibis, wood stork, northern harrier, snail kite, and purple gallinule are typical.

What's happening in your backyard this month
  • Bird feeders are active from dawn to dusk with northern invaders and regional residents.
  • Pine siskins, redpolls, evening grosbeaks--may be present.
  • Cooper's hawks and sharp-shinned hawks are preying on feeder birds.
  • Cavity nesting birds are roosting in nesting cavities or in bird houses.
  • American goldfinches are in winter plumages and look like olive-brown sparrows.
What to do in your backyard this month
  • Maintain at least one feeders in each of the natural niches.
  • Refill feeders late morning and late afternoon during cold weather.
  • Maintain bird baths or ponds with fresh water.
  • Use baffles above and/or below feeders to keep squirrels off.
 

 

 

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