Wisconsin Bird Watching and Feeding Information

Wisconsin 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, 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 Wisconsin. It includes descriptions, images, video and songs of 50 of the most often observed birds of Wisconsin. View the guide by clicking here or on the Nifty Fifty link on the left.

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american robin

American Robin - Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin is available by following the link on the left.


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

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.

The Eastern Bluebird begins nesting in Wisconsin 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.


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species that regularly visits Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin early each year, returning from their wintering grounds in South America. Check the Purple Martin section for information on martins in Wisconsin. Detailed Purple Martin information is available in the Purple Martin section.


purple martin

Purple Martin - male


Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin Resource Information

Chequamegon Bird Club


Aldo Leopold Audubon Society
PO Box 928
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Chappee Rapids Aud Soc
N 2982 Cooke La
Marinette, WI 54143

Chequamegon Audubon Society
PO Box 342
Washburn, WI 54891

Coulee Region Audubon Society
PO Box 2573
La Crosse, WI 54602

Fond Du Lac County Audubon Society
PO Box 84
Fond Du Lac, WI 54936-0084

Green Rock Audubon Society
Janesville, WI 53545

Hoy Audubon Society
P.O. Box 044626
Racine, WI 53404

Lakeland Audubon Society
PO Box 473
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Madison Audubon Society
222 South Hamilton
Suite 1
Madison, WI 53703
Fax 608-255-2489

Milwaukee Audubon Society
1111 E Brown Deer Rd
Bayside, WI 53217
Fax 414-228-6317

Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society
PO Box 1
Green Bay, WI 54305

Sheboygan County Audubon Society
1106 Whittier Ave
Sheboygan, WI 53083

Winnebago Audubon Society
PO Box 184
Oshkosh, WI 54903

Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society
6492 S 121st St
Franklin, WI 53132

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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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