Maryland Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Maryland is a great place to watch and feed birds. Birdbaths, misters and drippers are especially effective in attracting birds, including non seed-eating species.

Species that might be expected at feeders include: American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal and Mourning Dove. Each of these species is shown in the Nifty Fifty mini-guide.

The Nifty Fifty

The Nifty Fifty is a mini-guide to the birds of Maryland. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Maryland. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

If the guide does not load, try downloading the free Flash player.


baltimore oriole

Baltimore Oriole - Maryland State Bird

Bird feeding

Developing bird-friendly habitat in your yard is the best way to attract a greater variety of species and to support local and migrating species. Native plants provide food and cover, are more insect and disease resistant than non-native species, and may require less water. A list of bird-friendly native plants for Maryland are available by following the link on the left.


Eastern Bluebirds summer and nest in Maryland. One or two broods may be produced each year.

The Eastern Bluebird has a pleasant, musical song and a similar easy-to-identify flight call. They are most often found in open woodlands, parks, fields, along golf courses and cemeteries. The can be found in suburban areas with adequate open space.


eastern bluebird

Eastern Bluebirds

Bluebirds can be attracted to peanut butter mixes, suet and fruit. Raisins soaked in hot water to soften them are well received. The bluebird's special favorite is mealworms.

In Maryland, nesting commences as early as March and continues well into the summer. One and sometimes two or even three broods are produced.

Visit the bluebird section for detailed information on feeding bluebirds or building your own bluebird house. 


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Maryland. It nests in the state each year, before migrating south. It flies across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.

Visit the hummingbird section for details on attracting hummingbirds as well as images of all regularly occurring North American hummingbirds.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Maryland in late spring, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Maryland.

Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.


 Purple Martin

Purple Martin 


Maryland provides birders with a variety of exciting birding locations.

The birding section of this site has tips on birding locations and bird identification. The state-based birding information section provides additional birding related information.

Maryland Resource Information

Allegany & Garrett Counties' Bird Club

Baltimore Bird Club

Cecil Bird Club

Howard County Bird Club

Audubon Naturalist Society

Audubon Society of Central Maryland
PO Box 660
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Chesapeake Audubon Society
14530 Manor Rd.
Phoenix, MD 21131

Prince George's Audubon Society
PO Box 2598
Laurel, MD 20709-2598

Southern Maryland Audubon Society
PO Box 181
Bryans Road, MD 20616

Additional resources

If you have suggestions for additional resources for watching or feeding birds in Alabama, please submit them using this form. The resource does not need to be a particular location.

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