Backyard Birding in Montana

Backyard Birding in MontanaA list of Backyard Birding in Montana

This is a revised list of Montana’s wild birds that will come to feeders and bird baths. I have added a few more infrequent visitors and another column with a key telling you which birds are year-round residents, Spring & Summer tourists, or Fall & Winter residents. There are many other wild birds that will make a surprise visit to your bird baths to drink and/or bathe. Two birds that will come to your baths and give you a smile are the American Robin and our Mountain Bluebird. Robins put their whole heart and soul into bathing, and the male Mountain Bluebird will bring his newly fledged teenager to their first bathing lesson. Isn’t backyard birding one of America’s most delightful and relaxing at-home hobbies?

I hope this list will help you recognize and enjoy your backyard birds. If you have not been into Birds & Beasleys before, we would like to meet you…and…of course, to talk about your backyard birds. Happy birding!

Jane In Residence

In ResidenceMontana's Backyard BirdsSeedsIn ResidenceMontana's Backyard BirdsSeeds
BWHouse FinichS NT ST PBBWJuncoS M
BWCassin's FinchS NT ST PBBWWhite-crowned Sparrow M
BWAmerican Goldfinch
S NTWWhite-throated Sparrow M
WGray-crowned Rosy-finch
SBChipping Sparrow M
BWPine SiskinS NT ST PBWTree Sparrow (American) M
BWBlack-capped Chickadee
S P ST PBBWHouse SparrowS M
BWMountain chickadee
S P ST PBBWRed-winged BlackbirdS
BW Red-breasted Nuthatch
S P ST PBBWYellow-headed BlackbirdS
BWWhite-breasted NuthatchS P ST PBBWStarlingS PB
BW Red CrossbillS NTBCowbird (Brown-headed)S PB
BW Downy Woodpecker
S P ST PBBWGrackle (Common)S PB
BW Hairy WoodpeckerS P ST PBBWMourning DoveS M
BW Flicker (Common)
S ST PBBLazuli Bunting M
BW Evening GrosbeakSBWestern TanagerS ST
W Black-headed GrosbeakSBWYellow-rumped WarblerS M
BW Stellar's JayS M P ST PBBWGolden-crowned KingletS M
BWPinyon JayS P ST PBBWRuby-crowned KingletS M
BWBlue Jay (Eastern)S P ST PBBWRufous-sided TowheeS M
BWGray JayS ST PBWCommon RedpollS NT
BWClark's Nutcracker ST PBBWHorned LarkS M
BWMagpie, Black-billedS P ST PB


In residence Key

BW – Breeds and winters…year-round resident
B – Neo-Tropical…breeds, nests and raises young…Spring, Summer and early Fall resident
W – Fall and Winter resident

Key Seed Key

S – Black Oil Sunflower, P – Peanuts, M – White Proso Millet, ST – Suet, NT – Nyjer Thistle, PB – Peanut Butter and Cornmeal


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