What birds can you expect to see in a backyard in Maryland? While every property is different and will have a different mix of birds, many are pretty typical. I live in a suburban neighborhood between Baltimore and DC. Our yard has a lot of mature trees and is within a mile or so of ponds and other water. These are the birds commonly seen in our central Maryland backyard.
I’ve bought several bird feeders in the past few months. One of the more interesting is the Squirrel Buster Classic. I’d seen this feeder in stores before but always thought that its sister, the Squirrel Buster Plus, was a newer, better, bigger feeder. So never gave this one much thought. But this spring I took another look at it and have been using one in my yard for over a month. I’ve found that I really like it and so do the birds! Here is my review of this feeder.
This past winter brought a small flock of House Sparrows to my yard. This spring brought a little group of Eastern Bluebirds. House Sparrows compete with bluebirds for nest cavities. They kill bluebirds (eggs, nestlings and adults) in the nest and then build their own nest on top of them. So these non-native sparrows need to go.
You can find all my attempts to get these sparrows to move on in my “Deterring House Sparrows” post. But read on if you’d like more information on one my experiments: a DYI anti-sparrow bird feeder halo. This halo was inspired by the “Magic Halo” that folks at the University of Nebraska devised. If you poke around online, you’ll find lots of people have made their own versions of this device. This is how I made mine.