Watch Out For These 9 Birds That'll Be Appearing Again In Oregon Backyards During Spring
When you live in Oregon, you don’t have to go far to find tons of natural beauty and plenty of wildlife. Sometimes, you can even witness the wonder of nature right in your own back yard. According to
Portland Audubon, these nine bird species are common all across the Beaver State, and now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to watch for them.
1. American Robin
The American Robin is found all over the state, and if you wake up early, you might find one pecking around for worms on your front lawn. If you're lucky, you might even find a nest of brilliant blue robin's eggs in your yard.
2. Black-Capped Chickadee
The Black-Capped Chickadee is a pretty little bird with a distinctive call. It typically travels in large flocks, but you might get one to hang out in a birdhouse if you provide some seed.
3. Spotted Towhee
During breeding season, male Spotted Towhees spend about 90 percent of their time singing to attract a mate. They hang out in forests as well as backyards, and a bit of birdseed might tempt them to stay for awhile.
4. Northern Flicker
The Northern Flicker is a type of woodpecker, but it prefers to eat ants right off the ground. These red-cheeked lovelies are sometimes found scouting for insects in the trees, as well.
5. American Goldfinch
The tiny American Goldfinch hangs out here all year long, but it's harder to spot in the winter. During spring and summer, its plumage is a bright yellow - in fall and winter, its feathers become a light brown color.
6. Anna's Hummingbird
Oregon is home to seven species of hummingbirds, and most are migratory. The Anna's Hummingbird hangs out here all year long. Lure them to hang out in your yard with a hummingbird feeder in the winter; in the spring and summer, plant tasty red-flowering currants.
7. Song Sparrow
The Song Sparrow earns its name with its pretty little tune. These little birds will eat the birdseed under your bird feeder, and start to breed when the weather gets warm.
8. California Scrub-Jay
It's pretty common to see a California Scrub-Jay in your backyard if you live in the Willamette Valley. They'll visit your bird feeder, and will also scout the trees around your property for seeds and nuts.
9. Dark-Eyed Junco
The Dark-Eyed Junco is a welcome sight at your bird feeder, but he's often found on the ground beneath it, pecking away for seeds and insects. Whether you live in the city or the country, you might see one of these sparrow-like birds in your backyard.
This spring, watch for
these migrating hummingbirds in your backyard, too! What birds have you seen in your backyard? We’d love to see your backyard bird photos in the comments.
If you love birds, you’ll also want to check out the
Cascade Raptor Center, which is home to 40 magnificent birds of prey. Also, join our Oregon Nature Lovers Group to see more photos of Oregon wildlife!
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