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June 2016

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
  • Baby birds are learning to fly and visit feeders with their parents; birds consuming abundance of insects.
  • Bluebirds, robins and mourning doves working on second nestings; chuck-willís-widow singing at night.
  • Robins and cardinals are fighting reflections in windows, trying to chase away the competitor in the glass.
  • Northern flickers are eating ants from ant hills; some birds are dusting in ant hills to delouse feathers.
What to do in your backyard this month
  • Leave areas of lawn unmowed to provide ground cover for birds.
  • Use hose spray or mister to give hummingbirds flying bath.
  • Keep away free-ranging house cats during this time of young birds learning to fly.
  • Feed mealworms to bluebirds in tray feeder near birdhouse or nesting cavity.