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Mississippi Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Mississippi 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 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 Mississippi. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Mississippi. 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.

 

northern mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird - Mississippi 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 Mississippi are available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

The eastern bluebird is a permanent resident in Mississippi. Populations increase during the winter months as more northern populations move south for the winter.

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.

Nesting
In Mississippi, nesting commences in early spring and continues well into the summer. One or two broods may be produced each year.

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

Hummingbirds

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Mississippi. 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, male 

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Mississippi in mid to late February, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Mississippi.

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

 

 Purple Martin

Purple Martin, male 

Birding

Mississippi 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.

Mississippi Resource Information

Jackson Audubon Society
5120 Reddoch Dr
Clinton, MS 39211
601-956-7444

Mississippi Coast Audubon Society
Vancleave
Vancleave, MS 39565
228-862-4513

Okatibbee Creek Audubon Society
7824 Hwy 493
Meridian, MS 39305
601-681-9558

Oktibbeha Audubon Society
195 Autumn Trail
Columbus, MS 39705

Pine Woods Audubon Society
544 W 4th St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Additional resources

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