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Most Wanted – America’s Top Ten Backyard Birds

The National Bird-Feeding Society is proud to promote National Bird-Feeding Month and the 2011 theme of "Most Wanted - America’s Top Ten Backyard Birds."  Attracting these 10 species to your yard will undoubtedly provide you with hours of joy and wonder throughout the year.

America’s Top Ten Backyard Birds 

With so many varieties of beautiful birds visiting one’s bird feeders, it is very difficult to narrow down to ten favorites.  To make it easier, we decided to make two top ten lists: one for individuals who live east of the Rocky Mountains, and one for individuals who live in the Rocky Mountains and west. 

Top Ten Backyard Birds East of the Rocky Mountains: American Goldfinch, Chickadee (Black-capped/Carolina), Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch. 

Top Ten Backyard Birds of the Rocky Mountains and West: American Goldfinch, Black-headed Grosbeak, Chickadee (Black-capped/Mountain), Chipping Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Rufous Hummingbird, and White-breasted Nuthatch. 

Attracting America’s Top Ten Backyard Birds 

America’s most wanted birds can be readily attracted to your yard.  Learn more about the bird foods and bird feeders they use, the plants that attract them, and some fun facts about each species.  Learn more about attracting America's top ten backyard birds.

Selecting America’s Top Ten Backyard Birds 

America’s most wanted birds are all widespread throughout their region, are easy to attract, and live in urban, suburban, and rural environments.  While many of the birds can be found year-round, others may only visit during spring and fall migration or during the breeding or wintering season.  By providing bird seed and bird feeders year-round, offering alternative bird foods and water, putting up bird houses, and making your yard safe for birds, you can enjoy America’s most wanted backyard birds.  Learn more about Best Backyard Bird-Feeding Practices for wild birds. 

What is your top ten list of backyard birds? 

Making a top ten list can be difficult.  In fact, with so many birds to choose from, it can be almost impossible.  Do you agree with the National Bird-Feeding Society’s list?  Are there other birds that you would rather see on our list?  Let us know by contacting us.


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