Winter bird watching can be great fun and rewarding. In the state of Pennsylvania, there are over thirty different species of birds that can be viewed in back yards at bird houses and feeders throughout the colder winter months. A great activity is trying to spot and record the number and variety of birds you end up seeing at your favorite place to watch for birds. Ultimately, the variety of separate bird species that will pay a visit to your location will vary on a few factors with the most significant being how nearby you are to a woods or areas with a lot of trees. According to the Penn State’s College of Agricultural Science, a single backyard bird watcher had 25 different bird species visit feeders over one winter season, but most feeding locations will not see this diversity.
The best way to learn how to recognize birds in your yard or your feeder is to acquaint yourself with the most familiar species in your state and to get a field guide so you can identify the birds when you aren’t near a computer or internet access . You can almost always find good ground guides at bookstores, local libraries, or at sites on the internet. But before you make any purchases, I would suggest starting out by doing some self-exploration on the internet of the most familiar birds you are likely to witness.
In Pennsylvania, the ten most common birds you are likely to see at feeders are the dark eyed junco, mourning dove, tufted titmouse, northern cardinal, blue jay, white breased nuthatch, downy woodpecker, house finch, american goldfinch, and black capped chickadee .
To attract various species to your setting, you should install feeders with various bird seeds. There is a big selection of different bird seeds and each will be attractive to various species. For illustration, black-oil sunflower seeds are enjoyed by Titmice, Nuthatches, Chickadees, and other small species. Striped sunflower seeds are popular with jaybirds and cardinals. Woodpeckers, chickadees, blue jays, and tit mice will frequently snack on peanuts. Other popular bird food and seeds include white proso millet and niger seed or thistle. White proso millet is somewhat popular with many birders because it is inexpensive, but shouldn’t be used if you don’t want to entice birds like the brown-headed cowbird and house sparrow. Finches are big on seeds like niger seed or thistle. There are also seed mixes you can provide that will bring in all kinds of various species. Many bird watchers who want to draw smaller species of birds think the black oil sunflower seeds are best.
Bird watching in the winter months can be brilliant fun and a cure to those winter blues. Keeping a note pad and tracking the birds that pay a visit your yard can be very fascinating and entertaining. Try mixing up the times you observe for birds to see if different species are giving a pay a visit to at separate times and if they come back on a daily basis.