It is said that one who has seen the backyard birds of Louisiana turns into an ornithophile for life. The beautiful backyard birds of Louisiana range from the Western Kingbird (less frequent) to the Northern Cardinal (most frequent).
Continue reading to unearth some of the most interesting aspects related to the backyard birds of Louisiana.
State Bird of Louisiana
In 1966, the Brown Pelican officially became the state bird of Louisiana. It has long served as a symbol of Louisiana, ever since the European settlers came in. They were highly impressed by the nurturing behavior of the Brown Pelican towards their young ones.
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Backyard Birds of Louisiana
● Over 477 bird species are part of the bird community in Louisiana.
● 2 species of bird have extinct. The same number of species have been extirpated and 4 bird species of Louisiana have been introduced to North America.
Attracting Birds to Your Louisiana Backyard
● Grow native plants such as American beautyberry and red buckeye.
● Gather a brush pile.
Tip: Water can also make a feeding station more attractive and appealing for backyard birds.
Fun Bird Watching Activities for Your Backyard
Bird-watching is that fortune that allows you to treasure a worthwhile moment in your eyes forever. The following are the most famous fun activities to carry out in your yard:
● Try winning the great backyard bird count.
● Balloon Swan Activity- You will be the center of attention when all your friends do the balloon swan activity.
● Ring the bells activity – Let the backyard birds know when they are in danger through this fun, interesting concept.
Identifying Backyard Birds
The best thing you can ever do when you come across an unfamiliar bird is note down everything about the bird. This will help you immensely in identifying backyard birds. You can also draw a quick sketch if you want.
The Pine Warbler is found in the Eastern United States. Like its name, Pine Warblers can be found in pine trees. Pine Warblers may be hard to see in the high branches. They have beautiful yellow bodies. They like to eat seeds, peanuts, and cracked corn.
Chipping Sparrows have a bright brown crown on the top of their head, a black eyeline, and are grayish underneath. Their wings are streaked dark and light brown with a wingbar. Chipping Sparrows are seen throughout the U.S. They can be seen in trees and grassy areas and like to make their homes in open woods, orchards, and other farmlands. They mostly eat insects and seeds but will also eat grasses and other plant material. Chipping Sparrows make their nest in trees up to 15 feet high. They lay 2 to 7 eggs. They migrate short distances and some are permanent residents.
The Carolina Wren has a light brown body and an upward tail. Carolina Wren is a shy bird. Though hard to see, the Carolina Wren sings many different songs and is loud! The Carolina Wren likes quiet areas. They can often be seen near piles of brush or a faraway corner of a yard. They don’t like the cold.
Cedar Waxwings have a silky, shiny body that is brown and gray. These birds like to eat berries and can be found perched in fruit trees. The Waxwing has a high, thin whistle. Many times you will hear a Cedar Waxwing before you will see it. The Cedar Waxwing can be found throughout North America.
The Brown Thrasher is the only bird in the Thrasher species that lives east of Texas. They are secretive birds, hiding in shrubs. The Brown Thrasher is a large, brown songbird with long legs, a long tail, and yellow eyes.
The House Finch can be found in most neighborhoods in North America. They have a bright red head and chest. House Finches like to eat sunflower seeds. The House Finch is a noisy bird and likes to be around other birds.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker is found in the eastern United States. These black and white barred Woodpeckers don’t have a red belly but a red cap. Red-bellied Woodpeckers are loud and can be heard a lot during the spring and summer. The Red-bellied Woodpecker uses its long tongue and sticky spit to catch prey in deep crevices in trees.
Bird Feeders that Attract Backyard Birds
Finely cracked corn, hulled sunflower seeds, and thistle seeds are immensely popular in attracting backyard birds. Overall, white proso millet and small black oil-type sunflower seeds provide the most for your bird-feeding dollar.
So, that was all about the backyard birds of Louisiana. When a bird now chirps in your yard, we hope you know whether it is the Pine Warbler or the Pileated Woodpecker, or any other backyard bird of Louisiana.