We try to keep a record of all the birds that visit our garden, both the migrating and non-migrating birds. We want to see how many types we can draw in with what we have been doing in the garden. We…
Practice organic gardening. No chemical fertilizer. No pesticide.
Grow a variety of vegetables and flowers, native varieties when possible
Provide additional food during migrating season and winter
Provide shelter like bird boxes, brush pile and low bushes
Provide clean source of water year round, ice free in winter
Below are birds we managed to photograph. Still, many of them either never sit still long enough or were close enough to get a clear photo
These are just the birds I managed to capture in photos. Crows and another type of hawk (the Sharp-shinned), owls and other very small birds that never stop moving are hard to get. We hope to draw more species of bird to our garden in the future. As for their names, many common birds are easy to identify but hawks and some of the other, smaller birds are harder to identify. If you find any mistake, please feel free to let me know. I’m not an ornithologist, just an amateur and birds lover.
Below are the references:
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: EasternRegion -revised edition (978-0679428527)
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America, Edward S. Brinkley (978-1402738746)
Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America, Donald & Lillian Strokes (978-0316010504)
Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Ted Floyd (978-0061120404)