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5 Birds To Look Out For This Spring

If you’re a keen birdwatcher, you’ll be pleased to hear that spring is the prime time for birding. It is during spring that our winged friends migrate to their spring breeding grounds.

During this time, we can expect them to be extremely active and busy. This gives us a great opportunity to spot a wide range of birds as they compete for a partner, scout nesting sites, and carry out their parental duties.

If you have a bird feeder camera or a good pair of binoculars, you can expect to see a vast range of vibrant-colored birds going about their daily lives. If you’re wondering just what type of birds you might see in spring, you’ve come to the right place.

Today, we’re going to show you 5 birds to look out for this spring. We’ll also tell you a little bit about each bird so you know how to identify them. Let’s get started!

 

1. Northern Flicker

We’ll start our list with the Northern Flicker. The Northern Flicker is up there with the most common birds you can find in the Pacific Northwest in spring. This bird is a species of woodpecker. You’ll often find it wandering around on the floor in search of insects.

They also frequent bird feeders so keep your eyes peeled. Male Northern Flickers are easily identified by their striped black bib and spotted breasts. They also have red marks under their eyes.

Females look similar but lack the red marks the males have under their eyes.

 

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2. Baltimore Oriole

One of the easiest birds to spot in spring is the Baltimore Oriole. The Baltimore Oriole is a beautiful bird that can be found right the way across the Eastern United States and as far west as Montana.

There’s a good chance you might hear the Baltimore Oriole before you see it as it has a beautiful whistle. This sweet whistle is accompanied by incredibly vibrant colors.

The Baltimore Oriole is bright orange and dark black in color. It also features white stripes. This combination of colors makes this bird stand out clearly. You can attract these birds to your yard by leaving jelly and orange halves out for them.

 

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3. Red-Winged Blackbird

Another bird you might hear before you see it is the Red-winged Blackbird. Many people associate this bird with warmer weather as the Red-winged Blackbird is most lively in the spring when the weather starts to warm up.

This bird has a distinctive “chonka-reeee!” a trilling sound that you’ll hear right the way through spring. The Red-winged Blackbird can usually be found in wet places and marshy areas which is where they nest.

Males tend to perch on shrubs and reeds in order to defend their territory and find food. They have a striking black appearance with splashes of red, orange, and white across their shoulder badges.

 

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4. Rufous Hummingbird

If you live in Western North America, you have a very good chance of spotting the Rufous Hummingbird this spring. The Rufous Hummingbird is one of two common hummingbirds native to this part of America during the spring season.

They return to the Pacific Northwest after spending the cold months in the American Southwest and Mexico. This species is named after its unique amber and orange feathers that adorn the males.

Females also have these rufous-colored feathers but they are usually greener in color. You might find this type of hummingbird by your backyard feeder or by hummingbird-friendly flowers.

 

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5. Eastern Bluebird

The final spring bird on our list is the Eastern Bluebird. The Eastern Bluebird can be found all over eastern parts of North and Central America. They can also be found in Canada and Nicaragua.

If you live near open country, large trees, and vegetation, you have a very good chance of spotting the Eastern Bluebird in spring. It isn’t uncommon for this species to sit along fences and on power lines too.

They don’t often approach feeders but they could be tempted by chopped seeds. You can identify this bird by its orangey-brown belly and bright blue wings/head.

 

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Final Thoughts    

In conclusion, spring is an exciting time of the year for bird lovers as it brings back migratory birds that spend the winter in warmer climates. As the weather warms up and flowers begin to bloom, the sound of chirping birds fills the air. So, grab your binoculars, set up your camera, and head outdoors to enjoy the beauty of these feathered friends.

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