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Pennsylvania Bird Watching and Feeding Information

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

 

ruffed grouse

Ruffed Grouse - Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is available by following the link on the left.

Bluebirds

The Eastern Bluebird is the only one of the 3 bluebird species regularly found in Pennsylvania.

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
The Eastern Bluebird begins nesting in Pennsylvania in early spring. One, two and sometimes three broods may be produced.

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 Pennsylvania. It nests in the state each year, before migrating south. In a remarkable journey for such a tiny bird, it migrates across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year.

 

ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 

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

Purple Martins

Purple Martins arrive in Pennsylvania each spring, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Pennsylvania. Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.

 

purple martin

Purple Martin - male

Birding

Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania Resource Information

Birding Club of Delaware County

 

Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society
575 Elknud Ln
Johnstown, PA 15905
814-269-2907
Fax 814-269-7261

Appalachian Audubon Society
PO Box 15123
Harrisburg, PA 17105-5123

Audubon Society of Western PA
614 Dorseyville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412-963-6100
Fax 412-963-6761

Bartramian Audubon Society
PO Box 315
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Bucks County Audubon Society
2877 Creamery Road
New Hope, PA 18938
215-297-5880
Fax 215-297-0835

Conococheague Audubon Society
PO Box 1327
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society
PO Box 54
Milford, PA 18337
570-686-5045

Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society
P.O. Box 535
Dallas, PA 18612

Juniata Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 148
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
814-693-6563

Lehigh Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 290
Emmaus, PA 18049

Lycoming Audubon Society
PO Box 4053
Williamsport, PA 17701

Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society
PO Box 711
Honesdale, PA 18431
570-253-9250

Presque Isle Audubon Society
301 Penisula Drive, #8
Erie, PA 16505

Quittapahilla Audubon Society
P.O. Box 123
Palmyra, PA 17038

Seneca Rocks Audubon Society
PO Box 148
Clarion, PA 16214

Seven Mountains Audubon Society
P.O. Box 389
Lewisburg, PA 17837

South Mountain Audubon Society
PO Box 3671
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Tiadaghton Audubon Society
Wellsboro, PA 16901

Valley Forge Audubon Society
1201 Pawlings Road
Audubon, PA 19403
610-666-5593

Wyncote Audubon Society
Philadelphia, PA 19118

York Audubon Society
PO Box 2432
York, PA 17405
717-428-3673

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