Your Wild Birds Guide

What are "Unusual" Birds?

Sounds odd right?

One of the most wonderful things that can happen when attracting wild birds to our backyards, is seeing an "unusual" bird or rare bird.

Recently I received an interesting question about bird feeding. After I answered their query the reader told me a very interesting story about a bird that visited her feeder all summer.

I responded with a story of my own and I thought everyone might be interested to read these experiences.

Reader writes:

Thanks for getting back.

By the way I had Western Meadowlarks feeding on my hummingbird feeder this summer.

It was crazy to see this big yellow breasted bird on the feeder.

Of course it was spilling syrup all over the place.

Bonus 7 Part Series

When You sign up for our
bi-monthly newsletter!

Please sign up here!

She kept coming everyday and would sit on my patio table and then hop up onto the feeder.

I kept trying to get a photo of her because people didn't believe me but she was too wise. There was a male around too that had beautiful orange coloring. The orange was as dark as an oriole. I was not sure what it was but it must have been the male meadowlark.

I think that maybe she had some babies too, although I never really saw them.

Unfortunately, I did see a large hawk come down on the grass in the back and swoop up a small bird. I am pretty sure it was a baby meadowlark because I could see some yellow in the downy feathers. I saw the hawk sitting on the fence with this small bird on the post. Had to keep reminding myself that this was nature!

My Unusual Bird Sighting

It is fascinating to see what birds our feeders and especially bird baths can bring to our outdoor space.

I have had different types of Warblers, a Black-and-white Warbler and a Yellow Warbler over the years come to my seed feeders, which is unexpected considering they are bug eaters like Meadowlarks.

But most wildlife are opportunists first or they would probably not survive.

I also had an experience with a Hawk taking advantage of my feeding station this summer.

A Sharp-shinned Hawk took a Starling from my feeder.

I didn't actually see it but heard the poor Starling squawking.

When I looked out the Hawk had moved to the side yard and was plucking his prey.

Like you I had to remind myself that this is was lunch for the Hawk and he probably had tried several times unsuccessfully before this successful attempt.

I filmed it but I have not posted it on my website as it is a little difficult to watch even though Starlings aren't the most liked of wild birds.

Thank you for getting back to me and sharing your experience.

Happy birding!


Hope you all enjoyed these tales of unusual birds at backyard bird feeders.

Please tell your unusual bird stories too by using this form!

Please submit your story or ask a question here. Your personal information will NOT be kept in our data base. Only those who signup for our newsletter are kept for that purpose only.

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in, thank you.

Please enter the word that you see below.


More Help For Bird Watching

  • Choosing Birding Binos - Selecting birding binoculars is an important decision. There are a lot of considerations to be explored when purchasing the best binoculars for your wild bird watching pleasure.
  • Compact Binoculars - Compact binoculars with their high-quality optics offer excellent edge-to-edge contrast and sharpness. Read this enlightening review.
  • Bird Watching Binoculars - Bird watching binoculars are assumed by many people to be expensive and difficult to use. However, the contrary is true. They can be a terrific asset to the backyard bird watcher.
  • Best Birdlife Webcams - Having a webcam setup to take those moments at your bird feeder or bird bath that you can't always be around to see are exciting. Two of the best here.
  • Bird Watching Club - A bird watching club can be a very enjoyable and helpful group to belong to. Many clubs provide group activities and many more benefits such as...
  • Unusual Bird Sighting - Occasionally unusual birds arrive at our backyard bird feeders. These birds often delight us and these sighting is no exception.
  • Migration Flyways - There are a number of major migration flyways around the world, lets have a look at your proximity to these avian paths.
  • Thayer Birding Software Review - This birding software would make an excellent gift for anyone who is interested in bird watching or nature in general.

> > Unusual or Rare Bird Sightings