A wide range of wild birds may be found in Arkansas. We’ll take a look at several of the most typical Arkansas birds, particularly those that may be discovered close to home, in this article. Some of the species are migratory part-time residents, while others are permanent residents of Arkansas. Now, let’s explore 27 backyard birds in Arkansas and learn a little about each species.
After that, I’ll give you a crash course in the 10 different kinds of bird feeders that you can use to attract them to your property, and I’ll even recommend a few birdwatching hotspots and birding clubs in Arkansas.
How many different species of wild birds are in Arkansas?
Getting an precise figure for the number of bird species in North America, the United States, or even Arkansas is challenging. Nonetheless, there were 419 species on the official state list as of 2018, according to the Arkansas Audubon Society.
According to one source, North America contains 2,059 species; according to another, just 914. Thus, I am uncertain how much faith I put in these data; however, they do provide us with a rough estimate of the number of species.
We’re just going to look at a few of our favorite Arkansas backyard species for the purpose of this article.
27 BACKYARD BIRDS IN ARKANSAS
In Arkansas, we’ll take a look at 27 species of backyard birds, some of which are permanent residents and others that aren’t. While these are just a few of the state’s more notable and identifiable backyard birds, several of which you can observe at your bird feeders, they are some of the most well-known and recognized. Let’s get started right now!
1. NORTHERN CARDINAL
Scientific name: Cardinalis cardinalis
Length: 8.3-9.1 in
Weight: 1.5-1.7 oz
Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in
The Northern Cardinals are perhaps the most well-known and popular household birds in North America. Female birds have duller colors and are more pale brown with some reddish coloring, while male birds have bright red feathers and a black mask. The mohawks and reddish orange beaks of both sexes are easily identified.
Throughout the year, Northern Cardinals may be found in Arkansas.
Most seed feeders will be visited by the Cardinals, who will offer them a combination of black sunflower seeds.
2. TUFTED TITMOUSE
Scientific name: Baeolophus bicolor
Length: 5.5-6.3 in
Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz
Wingspan: 7.9-10.2 in
In their range, these tiny birds may be found at feeders and in gardens. They have a small crest (mohawk) like Cardinals, and it’s easy to tell them apart from other birds. Titmice have a black patch just above their beaks and are silver-gray on top and lighter on the bottom.
Throughout the year, the Tufted Titmouse may be found in Arkansas.
Most seed feeders will be visited by titmice, who will provide them with mixed seed blends and black sunflower seeds.
3. CAROLINA CHICKADEE
Scientific name: Poecile carolinensis
Length: 3.9-4.7 in
Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz
Wingspan: 5.9-7.9 in
Because of their “black cap” and black bib, chickadees are small little birds that are quite easy to identify. Their underbodies are puffy and light, and their cheeks are solid white. Their wings and backs are gray.
Carolina Chickadees are a common backyard bird in Arkansas, and should not be confused with their close cousins, Black-capped Chickadees, which live farther north. They are often spotted darting back and forth from a feeder to cover and uncover more, frequenting bird feeders. When I go to a new feeder in my yard, chickadees are usually among the first birds I see. They’re frequently described as being fearless and inquisitive.
Arkansas is home to the Carolina chickadee all year.
Most seed feeders will be visited by chickadees, who will offer them a combination of black sunflower seeds.
4. BLUE JAY
Scientific name: Cyanocitta cristata
Length: 9.8-11.8 in
Weight: 2.5-3.5 oz
Wingspan: 13.4-16.9 in
In North America and the United States, another well-known bird species is the red-breasted merganser. The Blue Jay is a bird that can be found in the area. They have a white chest and belly with a huge blue crest on top of their heads, which is adorned with mostly blue feathers. Black streaks run down their wings and tail. They also have a necklace-like black ring around their necks. They are among the first to alert all the birds in the area of a predator like a hawk, and they make numerous loud, metallic sounding calls.
The entire state of Arkansas is home to the Blue Jays all year.
Platform feeders, peanut feeders, and feeders with big perches are popular among Blue Jays. Black sunflower seeds, combined seeds, and peanuts are an option.
5. EASTERN BLUEBIRD
Scientific name: Sialia sialis
Length: 6.3-8.3 in
Weight: 1.0-1.1 oz
Wingspan: 9.8-12.6 in
Bluebirds have a royal blue head and chest with a rusty reddish-orange belly and white belly, as their name suggests. Females have a duller, more faded appearance than males, with the exception of blue. Both sexes have the same coloring. In the United States, they’re arguably the most desired birdhouse tenants. The bluebird home business is booming as a result. Backyards, but not feeders, are home to a large number of them. I was able to attract a mating pair with the help of a birdhouse on Amazon.
Bluebirds do migrate across North America, although not to Arkansas. Year-round, you may observe the Eastern Bluebird. The Bella Vista Bluebird Society is a good place to start if you want to help bluebirds in Arkansas.
Bluebirds, like most birds, aren’t seed eaters, but they may be tempted to check out a tray feeder or a dish with mealworms.
6. HOUSE FINCH
Scientific name: Haemorhous mexicanus
Length: 5.1-5.5 in
Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz
Wingspan: 7.9-9.8 in
Throughout both the eastern and western halves of the country, the House Finch is a common backyard bird, with some populations in central America being scarce. They often visit your feeders in groups if you attract them, which is very simple to do. Males have streaks on their bodies and head, while females are completely brown in color.
While their range is likely to shift quickly and expand west and south, House Finches are more frequent in northern and eastern Arkansas.
House Finches, like other finches, visit thistle feeders on a regular basis. They’re more common at seed feeders than Goldfinches, so offer them some black sunflower seeds to entice them.
7. AMERICAN ROBIN
Scientific name: Turdus migratorius
Length: 7.9-11.0 in
Weight: 2.7-3.0 oz
Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in
Robin is a common sight in backyards, where it hops around the grass looking for worms and other invertebrates to devour. They do not usually eat seeds, but will visit bird feeders on occasion. They’re easy to tell apart because of their bright red, spherical bellies and yellow beaks. During the winter, they retreat to the woods in many regions and don’t return until spring. This creates the perception that they are leaving the state, but in reality they remain throughout the winter in most cases.
Arkansas is home to a variety of robins.
Meal worms, native fruit-bearing plants, or a bird bath are all good ways to attract American Robins to your bird feeder.
8. MOURNING DOVE
Scientific name: Zenaida macroura
Length: 9.1-13.4 in
Weight: 3.0-6.0 oz
Wingspan: 17.7 in
Doves are a common sight in backyards, and they sit perched on telephone wires or in clusters in trees. They are about the size of a robin. They’re usually seen wandering around on the ground, but I’ve occasionally seen them on my tray feeder. Gray with black marks on top, a lighter peachy shade beneath, and pink legs, mourning doves are mostly gray.
Throughout the whole state of Arkansas, mourning doves may be found all year.
Dove feeders are common, but scouring the earth for fallen seeds is preferred by doves. Try scattering some seeds on the ground or using a ground feeder with a mixed seed blend.
9. EUROPEAN STARLING
Scientific name: Sturnus vulgaris
Length: 7.9-9.1 in
Weight: 2.1-3.4 oz
Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in
In the 1890s, 100 starlings were released in New York, and they have since overrun the nation. They will overtake feeders, destroying other birds’ nests, murdering their offspring, and destroying other birds’ nests. They have yellow beaks and feet and are mostly dark with white specks on their backs and wings. In the right light, starlings may also be a purple and green iridescent color that is really lovely.
Unfortunately, this invasive species can be found in every state in the country, including Arkansas.
Almost anything can be eaten by European Starlings. We recommend that you do not try to attract them, as they are an invasive species and will anyway appear.
10. AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
Scientific name: Spinus tristis
Length: 4.3-5.1 in
Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz
Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in
In the spring and summer, seeing goldfinches at feeders is one of my favorite activities, especially when they have their bright yellow feathers. Females have a black headdress and males have black wings during this time, which are golden or yellow in color. Their bright yellow turns to a dull brownish or olive color during the winter. The black on their wings and finch-like beaks will always identify them no matter what time of year it is.
Year-round, Arkansas is home to goldfinches.
Sunflower chips are an option for goldfinches, but a thistle feeder is your greatest bet to attract them.
11. CAROLINA WREN
Scientific name: Thryothorus ludovicianus
Length: 4.7-5.5 in
Weight: 0.6-0.8 oz
Wingspan: 11.4 in
The upper part of these little birds is reddish-brown, while the underside is lighter orangish. Their beak is long, slightly bent, and their white “eyebrow” is prominent. Although their loud “teakettle-teakettle” cry is likely one you would recognize, they prefer to stay in the brush and may be difficult to spot.
Throughout the year, Carolina wrens may be found in Arkansas.
Backyard Carolina Wrens are prevalent, and they often visit suet feeders.
12. HOUSE SPARROW
Scientific name: Passer domesticus
Length: 5.9-6.7 in
Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz
Wingspan: 7.5-9.8 in
Houses Sparrows are the only other wild bird species in the United States, and they are generally considered pests. Apart from the birds that you may legally catch and humanely kill, there are also starlings. They were first introduced in New York in the 1800s, and since then, they have spread like wildfire across the United States. Their wings and buffy chest are streaked with black and brown, and they are generally brown in color. In general, they are hostile to other birds, especially around nests.
Arkansas is home to a variety of house Sparrows.
House Sparrows, like the European Starling, are invasive and pose a danger to native animals. Almost anything will satisfy them.
13. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
Scientific name: Agelaius phoeniceus
Length: 6.7-9.1 in
Weight: 1.1-2.7 oz
Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in
Male Red-winged Blackbirds stand out among other birds in North America because of their red and yellow “shoulders,” which contrast dramatically with their black bodies. The ladies, on the other hand, look substantially different and are mostly brown with flecks of light. Males will have up to 15 different females that they are mating with, making them a polygynous species. Unfortunately, they may gather in flocks and devour seed at feeders.
Throughout the year, Arkansas is home to red-winged blackbirds.
Most types of feeders attract red-winged blackbirds, who will devour seed as well as suet.
14. BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
Scientific name: Molothrus ater
Length: 7.5 – 8.7 in
Weight: 1.5 – 1.8 oz
Wingspan: 12.6 – 15.0 in
Because of the color of the males and their tendency to travel in huge flocks (sometimes mixed with actual blackbirds), brown-headed cowbirds are often classified as blackbirds. The male has a dark brown head and an iridescent black body. Females have a lighter brown coloration throughout.
Cowbirds, on the other hand, are nest parasites; their eggs lowers the number of species in the area. They may sneak in and lay one egg among the others or push other eggs out of the nest to make room for their own. The imposter egg is rejected by many birds, who raise the nestling as their own.
Around Arkansas, you’ll find both common and exotic cowbirds all year.
Feeders are frequently visited by brown-headed cowbirds, who may be seen in large groups. Mixed seed is normally what they prefer.
15. DARK-EYED JUNCO
Scientific name: Junco hyemalis
Length: 5.5-6.3 in
Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz
Wingspan: 7.1-9.8 in
Since they spend their summers up in Canada, Juncos are typically considered as winter birds in the United States. In the United States, there are various sub-species. Those that have slight color variations. The slate-colored variety is by far the most frequent in Arkansas, however other colors are sometimes seen in the state, such as Oregon, pink-sided, gray-headed, and white-winged.
Because they may all arrive in Arkansas during the winter, it’s difficult for individuals to tell them apart. The pale pink beak and roundish body shape of dark-eyed juncos are two excellent characteristics to look for when identifying them on all types. The head and back are often darker, while the belly is lighter. They’re most frequently observed hopping around on the ground in woods and forested regions.
Only during the winter months in Arkansas can you find Dark-eyed Juncos.
Juncos will go to feeders on occasion, but they usually choose to eat ground seed that other birds have dropped below their feeders. Mixed seeds are preferred by them.
16. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
Scientific name: Melanerpes carolinus
Length: 9.4 in
Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz
Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in
At feeders and in backyards in general, these medium-sized woodpeckers can be found. The brilliant red stripe down the back of their heads is the first thing you’ll see, even if they’re labeled as “red-bellied.” They have a basic white breast with a pinkish red lower portion of their belly that is usually hidden. With the white and black barring on their wings, they are easier to identify.
Throughout Arkansas, red-bellied woodpeckers may be found all year.
While red-bellied woodpeckers will devour seed feeders, especially when peanuts are provided, provide a suet feeder to attract them.
17. DOWNY WOODPECKER
Scientific name: Picoides pubescens
Length: 5.5-6.7 in
Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz
Wingspan: 9.8-11.8 in
Birds like to visit bird feeders, and Downy’s are a common backyard bird. These are North America’s smallest woodpeckers, and they’re usually one of the first birds I notice when I arrive at a new feeder. Their entire white underbodies, black wings with white markings, black and white striped heads, and the crimson patch on the rear of their skulls (males have no red) are easily recognized. The downy is smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker, despite their similar appearance.
All year long, Arkansas is home to the downy woodpecker.
In most types of bird feeders, Downy Woodpeckers are very common. Mixed seed, black sunflower seed, and suet can be offered.
18. COMMON GRACKLE
Scientific name: Quiscalus quiscula
Length: 11.0-13.4 in
Weight: 2.6-5.0 oz
Wingspan: 14.2-18.1 in
Grackles are also lovely in the right light, with their iridescent feathers, despite being bully birds like the starling. They’re usually black in hue, although blue, green, brown, and purple hues may be visible in the right light. Females have a deeper brown coloration. Grackles may roost alongside other types of blackbirds and form massive swarms numbering in the millions of birds. Their firm coloring, lengthy thin body, and yellow ringed eye make them instantly distinguishable.
All year, grackles may be found in Arkansas’ landscape.
Grackles are commonly regarded as pests because they forage and eat practically everything.
19. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
Scientific name: Sitta carolinensis
Length: 5.1-5.5 in
Weight: 0.6-1.1 oz
Wingspan: 7.9-10.6 in
Most backyards within their range have white-breasted nuthatches as a feeder bird. The fact that nuthatches stuff nuts and seeds beneath tree bark, then use their sharp beaks to dig the seed out of the shell gave them their name. These birds, in addition to many other kinds of birds, can also walk vertically on trees. White-breasted nuthatches have a broad black stripe on the top of their heads, with white on either side and below their bellies. Gray and black are the most common colors of their wings.
Year-round, Arkansas is home to the white-breasted nuthatch.
Most seed feeders will be visited by nuthatches, who will provide black sunflower seeds, peanuts, or suet to the birds. They like to grab a seed and flee as quickly as possible, either eating it or caching it in a nearby tree.
20. NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD
Scientific name: Mimus polyglottos
Length: 8.3-10.2 in
Weight: 1.6-2.0 oz
Wingspan: 12.2-13.8 in
The ability to imitate the songs of other bird species gives mockingbirds their name. A male mockingbird may learn up to 200 different songs throughout its lifetime, according to estimates. The somewhat lengthy tail feathers distinguish these medium-sized outdoor birds, which are typically gray and white in hue. They’re often found hiding in tall vegetation and will aggressively attack any invading birds.
Throughout the year, Northern Mockingbirds may be found across Arkansas.
Backyard Northern Mockingbirds are plentiful, but they avoid bird feeders. Using some of the other suggestions below, such as fruit-bearing bushes or a bird bath, you can entice them to your yard.
21. NORTHERN FLICKER
Scientific name: Colaptes auratus
Length: 11.0-12.2 in
Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz
Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in
These medium to big woodpeckers are rather frequent in backyards across the US, however they are not particularly frequent at feeders. They are, in my opinion, some of the most vibrant birds in North America. Unlike other woodpeckers, flickers prefer to find insects on the ground rather than in trees, and they feed mostly on them. The black markings on their bellies, thick black bib, crimson patch on the rear of their necks, and barred black and gray wings can help you identify them. Males have a black mustache along with a black beard. You can get the “yellow-shafted” kind of Arkansas bird, which has brilliant yellow feathers on their underwing and tail.
Throughout the year, northern flickers may be seen in Arkansas.
Southern Flickers will visit a suet feeder on occasion, but they are more likely to find food on their own. If you have a bird bath out, they’ll stop by for a visit.
22. AMERICAN CROW
Scientific name: Corvus brachyrhynchos
Length: 15.8-20.9 in
Weight: 11.2-21.9 oz
Wingspan: 33.5-39.4 in
Crows are black in color and have a robust build. Like their cousin the raven, they are also well-known for their exceptional problem-solving skills. Crows will roost in huge clusters at the tops of tall trees, giving them a birds-eye perspective of everything below. The roost will shout out if an owl or hawk appears, alerting everyone that there is a danger around.
During the year, crows can be found across Arkansas.
Crows are too big to feed at birdfeeders, so they’re omnivorous and don’t go.
23. WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
Scientific name: Zonotrichia albicollis
Length: 6.3-7.1 in
Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz
Wingspan: 7.9-9.1 in
Throughout most of the United States, white-throated sparrows are plentiful. They migrate to Canada in the summer to breed during the winter. Its bold face pattern of black and white stripes with yellow dots above the eyes, together with their white throat patch, makes them easier to identify among sparrows. Females often nest in obscure parts of thicket and vegetation, either on or just above the ground.
White-throated sparrows may be seen year-round in Arkansas, however they are most common during the winter.
Feeders are visited by white-throated sparrows, who like to collect scattered seed under them. Millet and sunflower seed mixtures are available.
24. EASTERN PHOEBE
Scientific name: Sayornis phoebe
Length: 5.5-6.7 in
Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz
Wingspan: 10.2-11.0 in
In the spring and summer, the call of an eastern Phoebes is very familiar to those in the northeast. Their back and tail are grayish-brown, while their head and face are somewhat darker. They have a light throat, breast, and belly that can be white or pale yellow in color. Most of Phoebe’s diet is made up of flying insects, which are members of the flycatcher family. They like to build their nests beneath overhang eaves. Most eastern phoebe “loners” avoid socializing and prefer to be alone.
Only in the summer can eastern phoebes be found along the state’s northern border, and they may only be seen in the far southeastern corner of the state throughout the winter.
If your yard has wooded areas that support flying insects or you have a barn or shed with a roof overhang, they may visit. They won’t visit bird feeders, however.
25. INDIGO BUNTING
Scientific name: Passerina cyanea
Length: 4.7-5.1 in
Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz
Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in
These lovely buntings go up from their wintering areas in Mexico and southern Florida at night, flying north. Males are bright blue all over with some black on their wings, while females are brown with just hints of blue. The way their feathers reflect light rather than blue pigment gives them this coloring. Look for them in the fields and forests during the summer, singing along the edges.
Throughout the spring and summer, Indigo Buntings can only be found in Arkansas.
They may come if you offer mixed seed and nyjer, but they are not as common at feeders.
26. BROWN THRASHER
Scientific name: Toxostoma rufum
Length: 9.1-11.8 in
Weight: 2.1-3.1 oz
Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in
The heavily streaked breast and belly of the brown thrasher make it a warm brown. They have a yellow eye and a robust black beak. Because of the way they will thrash through fallen leaves in search of insects, I assume they are called thrashers. Don’t quote me on that. The Brown Thrashers are accomplished vocalists, with over 1100 different tunes, including those of other bird species.
Any time of year, you may see Brown Thrashers in Arkansas.
Bird seeders are not often visited by Brown Thrashers, although they may collect seeds on the ground. They hunt for insects in the leaf and stick litter, which they dig through.
27. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Scientific name: Archilochus colubris
Length: 2.8-3.5 in
Weight: 0.1-0.2 oz
Wingspan: 3.1-4.3 in
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the most numerous species of hummingbird in the United States, although they are only common in the east. Hummingbirds in the Eastern United States are also the only breeding species. Because the males have a vivid crimson throat, they are given this name. The backs, wings, and heads of Ruby-throated Hummers are emerald-green with white underparts. The red throat feathers are missing from females.
In Arkansas, there are a few migratory hummingbirds that migrate through the state on occasion, but ruby-throated hummers are the most common. From spring to fall, they can be found in the state.
If you put out nectar feeders, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will come to your backyard in droves, usually in April or May.
HOW TO ATTRACT BIRDS TO YOUR YARD
Want to attract some of these birds to your yard? Starting with the most obvious, take a look at these five simple tips.
1. PUT OUT BIRD FEEDERS
By placing out a bird feeder or two, you’ll have the best and most obvious way to attract birds to your yard. A basic tube feeder, hopper feeder, platform feeder, or window feeder are all good starting options. For more information on each, see the section below.
2. ADD A WATER SOURCE
You can use a terra cotta flower pot saucer, like this one, or a pedestal birdbath, such as the one on Amazon. Birds need water to drink and bathe in, so adding a water feature to your yard will only increase your chances of drawing birds. Moreover, since the birds will be drawn to the water by moving water, consider installing a solar fountain.
3. OFFER BIRDHOUSES
If put out in the proper location and at the proper time of year, many species of birds will readily take up residence in birdhouses. Among the most popular birds to attract to birdhouses are Eastern Bluebirds. A mating pair of bluebirds were inspecting my birdhouse the very day I put it up in my yard, and they were there for a couple days.
4. PROVIDE SHELTER
Make certain that birds can dart back and forth between trees, bushes, and shrubs when they sense danger. Predators are their primary defense mechanism. Do your best to add some landscaping elements that will let birds view your yard as safe if yours is in a new subdivision with no mature trees.
5. ADD NATIVE PLANTS
Having native plants that provide nuts, berries, and seeds will only help your efforts to attract more birds for many birds that eat them. Moreover, since most songbirds feed insects to their hatchlings, native plants help caterpillars and other insects that support many birds and encourage nesting. Invasive and non-native plants may out-compete native plants, preventing a healthy ecosystem from forming.
10 DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRD FEEDERS
The most popular bird feeders that people construct in their yards are listed below.
- Hopper feeders have a hopper in the center that holds the bird seed, which is why they’re called hopper feeders. Birds can land on and eat from the perches that are built along the sides. To keep the seed dry, many hopper feeders resemble a house and are covered on top. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed. This is one of my favorite hopper feeders, and it’s squirrel-proof.
- Platform feeders are open on top and may be hung from a tree or hook, or pole-mounted. They’re sometimes known as tray feeders. They’re simple to set up and are ideal for feeding most sorts of birds. Every animal in your yard that can reach them will eat from them, despite the fact that they are completely open. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed. In my back yard, I’m now using this platform feeder.
- Tube feeders are simply transparent plastic tube-shaped bird feeders. From a few cups of seed to 5 pounds or more, they may vary in size. Since they preserve your seed fresh and dry while making refilling simple, they are fantastic. A tube feeder can be used by a variety of birds. With tube feeders, you may use black sunflower seeds as well as blended seeds. This tube feeder, like the rest of Squirrel Buster’s offerings, is excellent and squirrel resistant.
- Suet feeders are used to feed suet cakes to a specific kind of bird. They’re a really basic idea, generally consisting of a metal wire cage with a tail-prop for bigger birds and occasionally with a tail-prop. Suet feeders are often visited by woodpeckers in the winter, when birds are seeking for high-fat foods. I recommend the Pileated and Northern Flickers because they are bigger woodpeckers that can be attracted with a suet feeder with a long tail.
- Small bird feeders called window feeders utilize suction cups to mount onto a glass window. Tray feeders are similar to them in that they’re open on top and you simply dump seed into the tray to replenish them. Many different types of birds like these feeders, they are simple to set up, and suitable for people who don’t have large gardens. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. This is, by far, the most popular window feeding device on Amazon, and it may also be the most popular bird feeding device.
- Thistle feeders, sometimes known as Nyjer feeders, are specialized bird feeders for thistle seed that have a built-in filter. Birds in the finch family, which includes the American Goldfinch and House Finch, are among the most common species of birds attracted to thistle feeders. Thistle feeders have little holes along the tube walls that allow birds to pick out the thistle, and they are commonly in a tube shape. Droll Yankees has created a fantastic thistle feeder.
- Tray feeders that sit on the ground level are known as ground feeders. Birds like Mourning Doves, Juncos, and squirrels, as well as raccoons and other ground animals, will all love them. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a mix of birdseed. This recycled plastic ground feeder is a great choice for you.
- Another sort of specialty feeder for one kind of bird, the oriole, is the oriole feeder. Orioles prefer little plastic or glass dishes made for holding jelly, and the feeder is frequently orange in color. Another food that orioles like to eat is orange halves, which you can place on the feeder. This oriole feeder holds four jelly trays and can be used to feed orange halves.
- Hummingbird feeders, also known as nectar feeders, are made specifically to extract sugar water from hummingbirds. I occasionally see Downy Woodpeckers at my feeder, even though they are meant for hummingbirds, and they adore that sweet nectar as much as the hummingbirds do. learn how to make hummingbird nectar without boiling the water by reading this article. There is no need to spend a lot of money on a hummingbird feeder since they are basic and cost-effective.
- Peanut feeders are tube-shaped and typically made of metal wire mesh material. They look a lot like thistle feeders. To allow for whole unshelled or shelled peanuts to pass through the holes, the holes in the wire mesh are spaced much farther apart. These should be filled with peanuts and attract birds such as Blue Jays. This squirrel feeder by Squirrel Buster is your best option for keeping squirrels out of your peanuts. This simple one will suffice.
BIRD WATCHING IN ARKANSAS
If you want to expand your birding beyond your own property, Arkansas is a fantastic state to visit. If you want to get more involved, the Arkansas Audubon Society hosts meetups, events, field excursions, and birding excursions.
Take a look at this list I’ve put together of some popular birding spots in Arkansas if you’re an Arkansas resident who’d want to add some new species to your life list.
ARKANSAS BIRDING LOCATIONS
you can learn more about the benefits of each of these sites (as well as local birding events).
- Big Lake Wildlife Management Area
- Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge
- Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge
- Camp Nine
- Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge