Song Sparrow A common visitor to yards and feeders across North America is the Song Sparrow. This medium sized, somewhat bulky sparrow has a short, stout bill and showcases rusty streaking across its white chest and flanks. His head is a mix of a warm, reddish-brown and gray, although the shades and intensity of streaking can…

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Blue Jay are one of the most striking of our local feeder birds, with their brilliant blue crest and wings contrasted with a black collar and white face.  They are larger than many other feeder birds, and noisier as well! Here in New Jersey, Blue Jays can be spotted year-round, and although they prefer oak…

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When it snows in the winter it is important to keep your bird feeders full for your feathered friends!! One bird you will most likely find after a winter storm in search of food is the White-throated Sparrow. You can identify this bird easily due to his white throat, but also look for white or…

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Have you ever seen those birdhouses on long poles that look like they are hotels for our winged friends? Those are purple martin houses! Purple Martins are iridescent, large swallows. They eat thousands of bugs each day which makes them a very desirable backyard bird, and because their diets are exclusive to insects, they do…

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  Although their name may have you looking for a red belly—and it does have a red patch—the Red-Bellied Woodpecker actually boasts a beautiful red cap and a black and white barred back. They are common in woodlands and forests, but are also no stranger to backyard feeders, especially when there is an offering of…

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The Eastern Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey and a member of the finch family. Although some people refer to the goldfinch as a ‘Wild Canary’, they may not realize that the goldfinch only displays its bright yellow color during some of the year. When fall arrives, Goldfinches molt, and the male’s brilliant…

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The Carolina Chickadee is a common bird throughout the northern United States, and if you put out a feeder, chances are you have had these guys as visitors! The Chickadee has a bold black head, a white strip under his eye, and black again on his chin. They are active birds with a cheery-sounding call…

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Summertime is perfect for spotting Ruby-throated hummingbirds in your yard! These beautiful and speedy birds zip around from flowers to feeders   show-casing a beautiful emerald green back, and you can catch a glimpse of the males’ iridescent ruby throat as they pause to sip nectar. Hummingbirds quickly become  used-to human presence, so you can attach…

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Blue Jay

Blue Jay are one of the most striking of our local feeder birds, with their brilliant blue crest and wings contrasted with a black collar and white face.  They are larger than many other feeder birds, and noisier as well! Here in New Jersey, Blue Jay can be spotted year-round, and although they prefer oak…

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Although their name may have you looking for a red belly—and it does have a red patch—the Red-bellied Woodpecker actually boasts a beautiful red cap and a black and white barred back. They are common in woodlands and forests, but are also no stranger to backyard feeders, especially when there is an offering of tasty…

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