Every year I continue to be amazed at the numbers and varieties of birds which frequent our yard. I think that it may be related to the fact that we have very tall trees, lots of medium height trees and shrubs, open fields, mixed forest and pine forests, as well as available water.. Each of those vertical levels, as well as the different mix of vegetation likely contributes to the wide mix of birds. We have at least a half dozen varieties of wood peckers. We occasionally see the pileated woodpecker. The red headed and the red bellied are two of the most frequent visitors. Then there are two or three of the smaller species like the downy or the hairy. The red headed have nested in the old oak trees in our yard for a number of years.
Every year we have blue birds, summer tanager, flycatchers, chimney swifts, purple martins, blue jays, cardinals, gold finches, robins, sparrows, wrens, chickadees, mockingbirds, thrashers, catbirds, gnatcatchers, nuthatch, titmice, various black birds, hawks, owls (though rarely visible, doves, kingbirds, hummingbirds, and for sure many others that I've not identified. The area around our home is a bird watcher's paradise and we love it!