About Yard Birds
These are of birds in my yard in Topeka, Kansas or Mitchell, South Dakota. The birds come partly because of the habitat found in my yards such as trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. These plant provide shelter and food.
Additionally I've supplied nest boxes to attract cavity nesting birds.
Furthermore supplying supplemental food in the winter attracts more birds to my yard.
Bird and Native Plants
More birds are attracted to my yard because of the native plants found there. These plants attract butterflies & other insects. The insects attract the birds. Almost all backyard birds raise their young on insects. Without insects few bird species could raise their young. Without birds reproducing there would be few birds.
Most birds are insectivores and insects need plants to survive. The native plants provide excellent feeding opportunities for birds searching out insects including insect larva like caterpillars.
These are birds that I've had feeding in my yard or nesting in my yard.
Birds of Prey
These birds are predators.
- Cooper's hawk often come to my yard because of all of the birds found feeding at my feeders
Nesting in Nest Boxes
These birds have nested in my nest boxes.
- Northern Flicker often nests in nest boxes
- Red-headed Woodpecker rarely nests in nest boxes
- Great crested flycatcher often nests in nest boxes
- Eastern Bluebird often nests in nest boxes
- Black-capped Chickadee occasionally nests in nest boxes
- Carolina Wren often will nest in slot nest boxes
- House Wren often nest in nest boxes
Roosting in Nest Boxes
These birds sometimes roost in nest boxes
These birds are attracted to my feeders or plants
- Ruby throated hummingbird come to flowers and feeders
- Pine Siskin is an occassional species found at my sunflower feeders
- Common redpoll is a rare bird in Kansas
Invasive Bird Species
These species compete with our native birds and should be eliminated.
- House Sparrow competes with native birds especially bluebirds
- European Starling competes with native birds especially woodpeckers
Video Playlist of Backyard Birds
I've compiled some Youtube playlists of birds nesting and feeding in my backyard.