Bird-watching is one of the most rewarding activities for nature lovers. Not only do you get to observe a variety of beautiful birds up close, but you also get to appreciate their unique behaviors and habitats. If you live in Pennsylvania, then you have access to some of the most diverse bird populations in the country. That being said, it’s important to understand which bird breeds are common in Pennsylvania so that you can provide them with the appropriate feed and resources. Let’s take a closer look at the wild birds commonly found in Pennsylvania and how best to support them.
Common Wild Birds Found in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania boasts an impressive array of different wild bird species, including cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, quail, chickadees, wrens, robins, titmice, sparrows, and finches. These birds are present year-round but may migrate seasonally depending on their breed. For instance, cardinals and blue jays tend to remain in the area all year long while other breeds like quail will migrate south during the colder months.
Seed/Feed Preference: Sunflower Seeds
Timing: Cardinals are in PA all year long
Fun Fact: 7 States call the Cardinal their state’s bird.
Seed/Feed Preference: Prefers Suets, Nuts, and Berries
Timing: Blue Jays are in PA all year long
Fun Fact: On average, Blue Jays live about five to seven years, but the oldest known Blue Jay lived for at least 26 years and 11 months.
Seed/Feed Preference: peanuts, pistachios, cranberries, raisins
Fun Fact: The Red-headed Woodpecker is one of only four North American woodpeckers known to store food, and it is the only one known to cover the stored food with wood or bark. It hides insects and seeds in cracks in wood, under bark, in fenceposts, and under roof shingles.
Seed/Feed Preference: Pumpkin Seed, Safflower Seed, Sunflower Kernels
Timing: In PA all year round, very active in winter
Fun Fact: Chickadee calls, unlike other birds, have language-like tendencies. The more dee-dee-dee’s that are in their chickadee-dee-dee call, the higher the threat.
Seed/Feed Preference: Insects
Fun Fact: House Wrens nest inside tree holes and nest boxes. As the season progresses their nests can become infested with mites and other parasites that feed on the wren nestlings. Perhaps to fight this problem, wrens often add spider egg sacs into the materials they build their nests from. In lab studies, once the spiders hatched, they helped the wrens by devouring the nest parasites.
Seed/Feed Preference: Meal worms and Berries
Timing: Robins are in PA all year long
Fun Fact: The American Robin is a known carrier for the West Nile virus. The Robin can hold the virus longer than other species, hence spreading it to more mosquitoes!
Seed/Feed Preference: Black Oil Sunflowers, Nijer Seed
Fun Fact: A group of finches is called a charm, company, or trembling of finches.
When To Put Out Seed Establish Territory
It’s important to remember that wild birds are always looking for food sources during any season. If you want to attract these species to your backyard or local park then it’s recommended that you put out small amounts of seed starting around springtime when they begin migrating back northward. This will help establish an area as a reliable food source for years to come! Additionally, make sure that your feeder is placed away from any potential threats such as cats or other predators so that the birds feel safe while feeding.
Fun Facts About Birds In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is home to many interesting bird-related facts! For starters did you know that there are over 200 different types of wild birds located throughout the state? That means there’s plenty of variety when it comes time for bird watching! Additionally, did you know that cardinals are considered good luck symbols throughout much of Pennsylvania? It’s believed that when one sees a cardinal it’s an omen of good fortune ahead! Lastly, did you know that bald eagles nest along The Susquehanna River Valley? This makes it one of the best places in America for eagle-watching!
Whether you’re a novice birder or an experienced watcher there’s no denying how fascinating it is to observe wild birds up close! By understanding which species inhabit your area and providing them with reliable sources of food year-round; not only will your backyard become a flock favorite but also ensure these majestic creatures thrive for generations to come! So if you’re interested in bird watching or just curious about what species call Pennsylvania home be sure to research each breed carefully before putting out seed or establishing any sort of habitat as not all varieties require the same type of care or resources. Join us next week as we discuss different types of bird seed and how to choose which one is best for you and your feeder! Happy birding!