Many wild bird species may be found in Ohio. Some of these species are migratory and only part-time Ohio residents, while others live here all year. In this piece, we’ll investigate the most popular 26 backyard birds in Ohio, as well as learn something about each species.
I’ll then demonstrate how to entice them to your yard, give you a crash course in the ten different types of bird feeders that may be utilized to do so, and even provide you with a few Ohio birdwatching sites.
How many different species of wild birds are in Ohio?
Getting an precise figure for the number of bird species in North America, the United States, or even in Ohio is difficult. Nonetheless, the state of Ohio has at least 433 species of birds, according to Wikipedia. According to one source, North America contains 2,059 species; according to another, 914. So I’m not sure how reliable these data are, but they do give us an idea of the number of species.
We’re just going to look at a few of Ohio’s most well-known species for the purposes of this article.
26 COMMON BACKYARD BIRDS IN OHIO
In the next section, we’ll take a look at 26 species of Ohio backyard birds, some of which are year-round. These are just a few of the more notable and well-known Ohio backyard birds, but they are some of the most common and well-known species in the state. Let’s take a look right now, without further ado!
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
In North America, the Northern Cardinals are one of the most well-known and widely seen backyard birds. Females have duller hues and are more pale brown with some reddish tint, while males have bright red feathers and a black mask. The “mohawks” and reddish orange beaks of both sexes are immediately distinguishable.
Year-round, you can find Northern Cardinals in Ohio.
Most seed feeders will be visited by the Cardinals, who will provide them with mixed seed blends and 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
These little birds may be found at feeders and in the backyards where they live. They have a tiny mohawk, similar to Cardinals, that distinguishes them from other birds. The top of titmice is silver-gray, while the bottom is lighter. There’s a black patch over their beaks.
Throughout Ohio, the Tufted Titmouse can be found year-round.
Most seed feeders will be visited by titmice, who will provide them with a mixture of black sunflower seeds.
Scientific name: Poecile atricapillus (Black-Capped), Poecile carolinensis (Carolina)
Length: 4.7-5.9 in (Black-Capped), 3.9-4.7 in (Carolina)
Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (Black-Capped), 0.3-0.4 oz (Carolina)
Wingspan: 6.3-8.3 in (Black-Capped), 5.9-7.9 in (Carolina)
Because of their black cap and black bib, chickadees are small birds that are easy to identify. Their underbodies are fluffy and light, and their cheeks are solid white. They have gray wings and backs.
Black-capped Chickadees and Carolina Chickadees are the two kinds of Chickadees found in the east, and they appear to be identical. They can usually tell which one they’re seeing by where they are standing. Both chickadees, on the other hand, may be found in Ohio.
Throughout the year, both species are found in Ohio. All but the most northern section of the state is home to Carolina chickadees. The state’s black-capped chickadees may be found in the north and east, but not in the southwest.
Most seed feeders will be visited by Chickadees, who will offer black sunflower seeds and mixed seed blends.
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 California Quail. The Blue Jay is a fictional character. They have a large blue crest with white feathers on the bottom and blue feathers on the top. They also have a necklace-like black ring around their necks. White, blue, and black are the colors of their barred wings. The coloration of both sexes is the same.
Another year-round resident of Ohio is the Blue Jays. Backyards and feeders are both magnets for them.
Platform feeders, peanut feeders, and feeders with large perches are popular with Blue Jays. Black sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, and peanuts are available.
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 rusty reddish-orange belly and are blue on top. They are named after the color of their belly. These are by far the most popular birds in birdhouses in the United States. The bluebird house business is booming as a result of this. Backyards, while not as prevalent as feeders, are quite common. I was able to attract a mating pair with this birdhouse, which I built on Amazon.
Bluebirds do migrate from time to time in various areas of North America, but not in Ohio. Throughout the year, the Eastern Bluebird may be observed. To learn more about Ohio’s bluebirds, visit the Ohio Bluebird Society.
Feeding seed to bluebirds is uncommon, but they may be encouraged to visit feeders by placing mealworms on a tray feeder or in a dish.
6. 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
Nuthatches are a common feeder species found in most backyards within their range, and White-breasted Nuthatches are one of them. The name “nuthatches” comes from the fact that these birds stuff nuts and seeds beneath tree bark and then use their sharp beaks to hatch them out. In addition, these birds have a superior ability to climb trees vertically than most other species. The top of the heads of white-breasted Nuthatches are striped black, with white on either side and around their bellies. Gray and black are the most common colors of their wings.
Throughout Ohio, White-breasted Nuthatches may be found all year.
Most seed feeders will attract nuthatches, who will offer black sunflower seeds, peanuts, or suet to the birds.
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
Robins are generally observed hopping around the grass, searching for worms and other invertebrates to eat, which is a common sight in backyards. During the winter, they often retreat to the woods, giving the impression that they have migrated out of the state. They then return to more visible areas in the spring. They do not eat seeds, and they will occasionally stop by bird feeders. They are easily recognized due to their crimson, spherical bellies and yellow beaks.
Throughout Ohio, robins can be found all year.
Attract American Robins to bird feeders with meal worms, native fruit-bearing plants, or a bird bath since they are rarely seen.
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 small birds that can be found in gardens and sit perched on power lines or in clusters in the trees, much like robins. They’re occasionally seen on my food tray feeder, but they’re more often seen wandering across the ground. The majority of mourning doves are gray, with black markings on the top and a pale peachy color below.
Throughout Ohio, Mourning Doves may be found year-round.
Dove feeders are common, but dove prefer to search the earth for fallen seeds. Sprinkle some seeds on the ground or try 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, a hundred starlings were released in New York, and they have since spread across the United States. They will overtake feeders, destroying other birds’ nests and killing their young, and they will destroy other birds’ nests. They have yellow beaks and feet and are generally dark with white specks on their backs and wings. In the right light, starlings may appear to be quite lovely, with a purple and green iridescent color.
Every state in the lower 48 has starlings, including Ohio.
Anything is eaten by European Starlings. We recommend that you do not try to attract them since they are an invasive species and will appear anyway.
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
When the bright yellow feathers of goldfinches are in the spring and summer, they are among my favorite birds to watch at feeders. They have black-tipped wings and are yellow or “gold” throughout this time. Males’ heads are also topped with a black hat. They’ll molt throughout the winter, losing their bright colors and settling for a duller brownish or olive color. The black on their wings and finch-like beaks will always distinguish them from other birds.
Throughout Ohio, goldfinches may be found year-round.
Sunflower chips are nice for attracting goldfinches, but thistle feeders are the most effective way to attract them.
11. HOUSE FINCH
Scientific name: Haemorhous mexicanus
Length: 5.1-5.5 in
Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz
Wingspan: 7.9-9.8 in
In Ohio, the House Finch is yet another popular backyard bird. Despite the fact that they are invasive to Ohio, they do not cause the same problems as House Sparrows and are not universally despised. They may congregate in huge flocks and mob your feeders if you attract them, which is rather simple to do. Femen are all brown, but males are mostly streaked brown with a little red on the head and chest.
At any time of year, House Finches may be found across Ohio.
House Finches, like other finches, eat thistle seeds. Goldfinches are more common at seed feeders than these birds, so you may want to try some black sunflower seeds as well.
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
House Sparrows are the only other wild bird species in the United States, and they are often considered pests. You can legally trap and kill starlings in addition to the others. They were first brought to New York in the 1800s, and like starlings, they have since spread across the United States. The wings and buffy chest of these birds are mostly brown in hue, with some black and brown streaking. They are generally hostile to other birds, especially those in the vicinity of nests.
In all regions of Ohio, house Sparrows can be found year-round.
House Sparrows, like European Starlings, are invasive and pose a danger to indigenous animals. Anything is acceptable to 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 are among the most common birds in North America, with their crimson and yellow “shoulders” standing out against their dark bodies. Females of this species, on the other hand, are mostly brown with light streaks and look quite different. Males of this species may have up to 15 different females they are mating with, making them polygynous.
Year-round residents of Ohio include Red-winged Blackbirds.
Most types of feeders attract red-winged blackbirds, who will eat both seed and 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
Brown-headed cowbirds (together with other types of blackbirds) are frequently classified as “blackbirds,” not only because of the color of the males, but also because they aggregate in huge flocks (sometimes alongside actual blackbobirds). The body of a male is iridescent black, while the head is dark brown. Females have a lighter brown coloration overall.
Unfortunately, cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, reducing the numbers of the other species. They sometimes sneak in and deposit one egg amongst the others, or they may push other eggs out of the nest to create space for themselves. The imposter egg is rejected by many birds, who treat the chick as if it were their own.
All year long, Ohio is home to cowbirds.
Feeders are visited frequently by brown-headed cowbirds, which can be seen in large numbers. Mixed seed is just about the only thing they’ll eat.
15. SONG SPARROW
Scientific name: Melospiza melodia
Length: 4.7-6.7 in
Weight: 0.4-1.9 oz
Wingspan: 7.1-9.4 in
The backs and wings of these sparrows are mostly brown, with a white breast that has heavy brown streaks. The plumage of song Sparrows varies somewhat from area to area and is quite prevalent across most of North America. In addition to attracting females, the male of the species uses his song to defend his territory.
Song Sparrows may be found all across the United States, but they are primarily seen in Ohio.
Bird feeders are visited by Song Sparrows on occasion, who eat mixed seeds and sunflower seeds.
16. RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
Scientific name: Melanerpes carolinus
Length: 9.4 in
Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz
Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in
In the eastern United States, these medium-sized woodpeckers are fairly common at feeders and backyards. The bright red stripe down the back of their heads is what you’ll notice first, despite the fact that they’re labeled as “red-bellied.” They have a plain white breast with a pinkish-red patch in their “belly” region that is usually not visible. With the white and black barring on their wings, they are very easy to identify.
Woodpeckers from Ohio are year-round residents.
While they will occasionally eat at seed feeders, particularly if you provide peanuts, attract Red-bellied Woodpeckers with a suet feeder.
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
Backyard birds such as the downy are very fond of bird feeders and are common. They’re one of the first birds I notice at a new bird feeder, and they’re the tiniest woodpeckers in North America. The red mark on the back of their heads (in males, females have no red) distinguishes them from other species. They are easily recognized by their completely white underbodies, black wings with white dots, black and white striped heads. Downy’s are smaller than the Hairy Woodpecker, despite their similar appearance.
Throughout Ohio, the Downy Woodpecker may be seen all year.
At most kinds of bird feeders, including hanging cages, downy woodpeckers are plentiful. Mixed seed, black sunflower seed, and suet should 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 quite attractive in the right light with their iridescent feathers, despite being classified as a bully bird like the starling. They’re typically black in hue, although blue, green, brown, and purple hues may be seen in bright light. They may roost alongside other sorts of blackbirds and form massive flocks that number in the millions of birds. Their solid color, long slender body, and yellow ringed eye make them easy to spot.
Grackles live all year long in Ohio.
Grackles are often referred to as pests because they are foragers and will eat just about anything.
19. HAIRY WOODPECKER
Scientific name: Leuconotopicus villosus
Length: 7.1-10.2 in
Weight: 1.4-3.4 oz
Wingspan: 13.0-16.1 in
Apart from the Hairy Woodpeckers’ larger size and a few other important characteristics, there isn’t much to distinguish them from Downy Woodpeckers. They have nearly identical patterns and can be found nearly everywhere in the nation together. I’ve discovered, however, that the Hairy Woodpecker isn’t as regular at visiting bird feeders as Downy’s are.
Throughout the year, Ohio’s Hairy Woodpeckers can be found.
Hairy Woodpeckers will eat suet and seed feeders, unlike Downy Woodpeckers.
20. 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 often considered as winter birds by people in the United States. They have a light pink beak and blackish gray heads that are overall a dark slate-gray on top. However, their bottom half is lighter grayish white. Females and immature fish may have a more buffy brown color. They’re most frequent in wooded areas and forests, where they may be seen hopping around on the ground frequently.
Only during the winter can you find dark-eyed Juncos in Ohio, however there may be a few isolated areas around Cleveland and Lake Erie that stay year-round.
Juncos will go to feeders on occasion, but they generally prefer to eat seed brought by the ground underneath your feeders. They enjoy a combination of seeds.
21. BALTIMORE ORIOLE
Scientific name: Icterus galbula
Length: 6.7-7.5 in
Weight: 1.1-1.4 oz
Wingspan: 9.1-11.8 in
Birds that eat fruits and dark berries and fruits, the Orioles are one of them. You have a good chance of attracting Baltimore Orioles if your yard contains native fruit-bearing trees and plants. Mature males are completely orange on their breasts and underbodies, with a dark hood over their entire head. They have black backs with white stripes on their wings. Their rump is orange, and their tail feathers are orange as well. Females have a more muted yellowish-orange coloring than males.
Only during the breeding season do Baltimore Orioles appear in most of the United States, including Ohio. In the spring and early summer, keep an eye out for them.
When they’re in town, the Orioles love sweet things, so they put out an oriole feeder to entice them.
22. 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 kind of hummingbird in the nation, although they are only found in the eastern part of the United States. In addition, they are the only hummingbirds in the Eastern United States. Since males have a vivid crimson neck, they are given the name. The backs, wings, and heads of Ruby-throated Hummers are emerald green with white underparts. The red throat feathers are missing from females.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the most common hummingbirds in Ohio, and you may come across a few uncommon wandering species from time to time. From spring to fall, they can be found in all areas of the state.
If you put out nectar feeders, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are very likely to visit your backyard. In most cases, this should take place in April or May.
23. 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 of mockingbirds to imitate the sounds of other bird species earned them their name. A male mockingbird may learn up to 200 different songs throughout its lifetime, according to estimates. The rather long tail feathers of these medium-sized outdoor birds distinguish them from other species. Their large white wing stripes make them easy to see in flight, and they are easily distinguishable from other birds. They may often be seen perched on high bushes, poles, or electricity lines. Mockingbirds are well-known for attacking anything that gets too close to their nests, including cats and humans. They will dive-bomb anyone who approaches them.
Except from the far northwestern corner, where they may only be seen during the breeding season, Northern Mockingbirds can be found year-round throughout the state of Ohio.
Backyard Northern Mockingbirds are common, but they don’t eat birdseed. Using some of the other techniques below, such as fruit-bearing shrubs, insect-supporting plants, or a bird bath, you can entice them to your yard.
24. GRAY CATBIRD
Scientific name: Dumetella carolinensis
Length: 8.3-9.4 in
Weight: 0.8-2.0 oz
Wingspan: 8.7-11.8 in
Blackish gray wings and long tails distinguish most Catbirds from other birds, who are dark slate gray with black caps on top of their heads. Native fruit-bearing trees and bushes should be attracting these birds, which are mostly fruit eaters. Their cries sound like those of a meowing cat, hence the term “catbird.”
Only during the spring and summer do Gray Catbirds live in Ohio and much of the United States.
If you provide some fruits, berries, and other sweet items, you may be able to attract catbirds; however, they prefer to forage on the ground or in bushes for food.
25. NORTHERN FLICKER
Scientific name: Colaptes auratus
Length: 11.0-12.2 in
Weight: 3.9-5.6 oz
Wingspan: 16.5-20.1 in
In the backyards of the United States, these medium to big sized woodpeckers are fairly common, but not particularly frequent at feeders. They’re also one of the most gorgeous birds in North America, in my opinion. Unlike other woodpeckers, Flickers prefer to locate insects on the ground rather than in trees. The black markings on their bellies, solid black bib, red patch on the back of their necks, and barred black and gray wings can help you identify them. The “yellow-shafted” kind found in Ohio has dazzling yellow feathers on their underwing surface and is the only kind that can be found.
In Ohio, Northern Flickers can be found throughout the year.
Northern Flickers will visit suet feeders, albeit not as frequently as other woodpecker species. You may observe them digging around for insects if you have some leaf mounds in your yard.
26. 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
Much of the United States is home to white-throated sparrows. They migrate to Canada to breed during the summer after spending the winter there. In addition to their bold facial pattern of black and white stripes with yellow spots between the eyes, their white throat patch makes them easier to identify among sparrows. Females frequently build nests in hidden places of dense shrub and vegetation, sometimes on or just above the ground.
White-throated sparrows can be found across Ohio during the winter months, but only during the winter months.
HOW TO ATTRACT BIRDS TO YOUR YARD
Interested in attracting some of these birds to your backyard? Take a look at these 5 simple tips, starting with the most obvious.
1. PUT OUT BIRD FEEDERS
A bird feeder or two is the finest and simplest way to attract birds to your yard. A basic tube feeder, hopper feeder, platform feeder, or window feeder are all good places to start. For more on each, see the sections below.
2. ADD A WATER SOURCE
You can use a simple terra cotta flower pot saucer, like this one, instead of a pedestal birdbath like the one on Amazon. Birds need water not just to wash in, but also to drink, so adding a water feature to your yard will only increase your chances of attracting birds. A solar fountain would also be a good idea, since moving water will attract more birds to visit the pond.
3. OFFER BIRDHOUSES
If placed in the proper location and time of year, several types 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 was investigating this birdhouse in my yard the same day I put it up.
4. PROVIDE SHELTER
Make sure there are trees, shrubs, and bushes in your yard that the birds can use to escape danger if they sense it. Predators are kept at bay by this. If your yard is in a new development with no mature trees, try to add some landscaping elements that will allow birds to view it as a safe place.
5. ADD NATIVE PLANTS
Having native plants that produce nuts, berries, and seeds will only help your efforts to attract more birds for many birds that eat them. Furthermore, since most songbirds feed insects to their hatchlings, native plants support caterpillars and other insects that feed many birds and support nesting birds. Out-compete the native plants that promote a healthy ecosystem, avoid invasive and non-native plants.
10 DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIRD FEEDERS
In the yards of most people, there are 10 popular bird feeders.
- Hopper feeder – Hopper feeders get their name because they have a compartment in the middle, the hopper, that holds the bird seed. There are perches on the sides for birds to land on and eat from. Many hopper feeders are in the shape of a house and are covered on top to keep the seed dry. Use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed for this type of feeder. Here’s one of my favorite hopper feeders, it’s squirrel-proof too.
- Platform feeder – Sometimes called tray feeders, platform feeders are open on top and can usually be hung from a tree or hook, or pole-mounted. They are great for feeding most types of birds and are easy to get set up. Though since they are completely open, every animal in your yard that can reach them will eat from them. Use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed for this type of feeder. I’m using this platform feeder in my backyard right now.
- Tube feeder – Tube feeders are nothing more than clear plastic tube-shaped bird feeders. They can range in size from holding a few cups of seed to holding 5 lbs or more. They are great because they keep your seed fresh and dry while also allowing you to easily seed when it needs to be refilled. Many types of birds will use a tube feeder. You can use black sunflower seeds and mixed seeds in tube feeders. Squirrel Buster makes some of the best tube feeders on the market, this one is great and is of course squirrel proof.
- Suet feeder – Suet feeders are for one type of bird food, suet cakes. They are a very simple concept, usually made of nothing more than a metal wire cage, sometimes with a tail-prop coming down for larger birds. Suet feeders are popular in the winter time when birds are looking for high-fat foods and are frequently visited by woodpeckers. I suggest getting a suet feeder with a long tail prop so you can attract larger woodpeckers, like the Pileated and Northern Flicker.
- Window feeder – Window feeders are small bird feeders that typically mount right onto a glass window by means of suction cups. They are similar to tray feeders in that they are open on top and you just pour the seed into the tray area to refill them. These feeders are popular with many different types of birds, are super easy to get started with, and great for people who don’t have big yards. Use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed for this type of feeder. This is by far the most popular window feeder on Amazon, and maybe the most popular bird feeder on Amazon overall.
- Thistle feeder – Thistle feeders, aka Nyjer feeders, are specialized bird feeders made especially for thistle seed. The main types of birds that thistle feeders attract are birds in the finch family, which includes the American Goldfinch and House Finch whom are both on this list. Thistle feeders are often in a tube shape and have tiny holes all along the sides of the tube allowing the birds to pick out the thistle. Here’s a good thistle feeder from Droll Yankees.
- Ground feeder – Ground feeders are more or less tray feeders that sit on ground level. They will be very popular with birds like Mourning Doves and Juncos as well as squirrels, raccoons, and any other type of ground animal. Use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed for this type of feeder. You might like this ground feeder made from recycled plastic.
- Oriole feeder – Oriole feeders are another type of specialty feeder for pretty much one type of bird, orioles. The feeder itself is often orange in color and usually has little plastic or glass dishes made for holding jelly, which orioles love. They also allow you to stick orange halves onto the feeder, another food that orioles relish. Here’s a simple oriole feeder with 4 jelly trays that holds for orange halves
- Hummingbird feeder – Nectar feeders, aka hummingbird feeders, are designed specifically for hummingbirds to extract sugar water. Even though they are designed for hummingbirds, I frequently see Downy Woodpeckers at mine who also loves that sweet nectar. See this article to learn how to make hummingbird nectar without boiling the water. Hummingbird feeders are simple and inexpensive so there’s no need to spend much on one, here’s one that I’ve personally used and had success with.
- Peanut feeder – Similar to thistle feeders, peanut feeders are tube-shaped and usually composed of a metal wire mesh material. Only the holes in the wire mesh are much further apart to allow for either whole unshelled or shelled peanuts to pass through the holes. These feeders attract birds like Blue Jays and as the name suggests, should be filled with peanuts. If you want to keep squirrels out of your peanut feeder, then this one by Squirrel Buster is your best bet. Otherwise this simple one will do the trick.
BIRD WATCHING IN OHIO
If you want to go out of your own backyard for birding, Ohio is a fantastic state to visit. If you want to get more involved with the Audubon Society of Ohio, there are various meetups, seminars, field excursions, and birding tours available.
Take a look at this list I’ve compiled of some popular birding spots in Ohio if you’re an Ohio resident who wants to add some new species to your life list.
OHIO BIRDING LOCATIONS
(In addition to local birding events and festivals, learn more about what each of these locations is to offer.)
- Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
- Shawnee State Forest
- The Edge of Appalachia Preserve
- Oak Openings Metropark
- Crown City Wildlife Area
- Mohican State Forest
- Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve
Audubon’s Ohio Important Bird Areas are a good resource for more hotspots.