As a reward, you can expect to enjoy these and other lively songbirds in almost every North and Upstate South Carolina backyard:
- Northern Cardinal
- Mourning Dove
- American Goldfinch
- Carolina Wren
- Carolina Chickadee
- House Finch
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Blue Jay
- White-throated Sparrow
- American Robin
For a more complete list of common birds by state, click here.
Attracting songbirds with food
Plants, especially native grasses and perennial wildflowers, provide seeds for birds in the fall and winter. Do not prune seed heads at the end of the growing season for an additional source of winter food for birds.
Bird feeders supplement natural foods and attract birds in one place for easy viewing:
Black oil sunflower seeds are the best all-around seed type for hopper or platform feeders. Cardinals, chickadees, grosbeaks and buntings love sunflower seeds.
Thistle seeds can be used in tube feeders or in mesh bags, attracting goldfinches, house finches, pine siskins and purple finches.
White millet can be spread on the ground beneath shrubs, in piles of brush or under above ground feeders for Juncos, mourning doves and sparrows.
Suet, whether store-bought or homemade, is enjoyed by an incredible variety of birds, including bluebirds, catbirds, kinglets, nuthatches, pine warblers, woodpeckers, wrens, and yellow-rumped warblers.
Attracting with winter cover
Dense vegetation provides birds with places to escape from harsh weather and predators. Plant evergreen vegetation to provide daytime cover and nighttime roosting habitat for birds during harsh winter weather.
Loosely stack dead limbs, pruned limbs and other debris for brush cover for sparrows and juncos during the winter. Brush piles located near bird feeders generally are hubs for bird activity.
And don’t forget water during winter dry spells. Warm water in a bowl or birdbath is especially welcomed on those days when the temperature is below freezing.