10 US East Coast Backyard Birds

Sitting at a friend’s kitchen window, I heard her cooing, chattering sweetly with her backyard birds. She knew them by type, by name, even by personality- shooing away the Blue Jay bully and enticing the Downy Woodpecker to stay longer. Because the large window was so close to the feeder, I was able to capture these beautiful, common creatures, undaunted by my lingering. I found these birds- or, perhaps, they found me- in Northern Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., where I grew up. I’m always amazed at how a region’s most common specimens, found in a friend’s backyard, can be so colorful, so stunning, and so playful when I keep my eyes open. 

1. Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

 

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

 

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens

 

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

 

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

 

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

10. Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

 

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)