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Everything You Need to Know about Feeding Wild...
If you want to feed ducks or waterfowl at a local pond, offer these nutritious treats instead of unhealthy bread.
What Do Wild Ducks Eat, Anyway?
Domestic ducks may eat corn and specialized feed, but what do ducks eat in the wild? These omnivorous birds have an interesting and varied diet.
This is How Birds, Ahem, Get It On
Discussion of bird mating, including courtship behavior, the sexual anatomy of birds and how the act of copulation takes place. Includes tips to protect birds when you see them mating.
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with This...
Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
Is Feeding Ducks Bread a Good Idea?
Feeding ducks bread is unhealthy and can lead to malnutrition, diseases and behavior changes, but there are many alternative treats that can be given to ducks.
Interesting Owl Trivia - 20 Owl Facts You...
How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
Making Bird Suet Is Easy and Affordable
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard birds.
We Bet You Didn't Know These 15 Fun Facts About...
Ducks may be some of the most familiar birds, but do you know your duck trivia?
We Bet You Didn't Know These 20 Fun Facts about...
There may be only a few species of flamingos in the world, but there are lots of interesting trivia and facts about them! From size to feeding to behavior, these flamingo facts may surprise you.
How to Attract Owls to Your Backyard
Tips for attracting backyard owls by meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
What Kitchen Scraps Can You Feed Birds?
Birds can eat a range of different kitchen scraps, from bread products to meat scraps to fruits, vegetables and even eggs. This list of kitchen scraps to feed birds discusses which scraps are suitable and how to offer them at your backyard feeders.
Ever Wonder How Wild Birds Keep Warm in the...
Birds have many physical and behavioral adaptations to keep warm in winter. Birders who understand what birds need to keep warm can help their backyard flocks survive the coldest weather.
Can You Name the 12 Types of Ducks?
List of the different types of duck categories with brief descriptions of what makes each one distinct. Examples of species are also given.
15 Fun Facts about Penguins
How much do you know about penguins? Learn how big and small they are, how long they live, what they eat and more - these fun facts may surprise you!
Do You Know the Proper Terms for Groups of...
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
Where Do Birds Go at Night, Anyway?
Discusses where birds go at night, including how birds sleep as well as night migration and night singing.
Building a Birdhouse? Here's How to Make the...
Preferred birdhouse hole diameter sizes for common backyard nesting birds. Includes tips for how to increase or decrease hole sizes.
Birdseed Ornaments - Step-By-Step Instructions...
Step-by-step project to make birdseed ornaments. Includes full recipe and detailed steps, each with a photo and suggestions for alternative options where appropriate. Easy skill and experience level.
What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds - Hummingbird...
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
Tips for Attracting Cardinals to Your Backyard
Attracting northern cardinals is easy if you know what these birds need for food, water, shelter and nesting sites. Includes additional tips to help you attract northern cardinals to your backyard.
Easy Ways to Attract Bluebirds to Your Backyard
Bluebirds are some of the most desirable backyard birds, and these tips for how to attract bluebirds can help you have the right food, water, shelter and nesting sites to attract eastern bluebirds, western bluebirds or mountain bluebirds to your yard.
When Is It Time to Put Out Hummingbird Feeders?
Do you know when to put out hummingbird feeders? The answer isn't the same for everyone, but these clues can help you know when it is best to start feeding hummingbirds.
Build a Bird House with These Free Plans!
There are many free bird house plans available online, and this list of resources includes tips for choosing the right plan and a selection of bird houses available for different species.
Photos of Common Woodpecker Species
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
Worst Foods for Birds
Are you feeding your birds the most nutritious foods? Check this list of the 10 worst foods for birds to be sure you aren't including unhealthy junk in your backyard birds' diet.
How Do You Tell Whether a Bird is Male or Female?
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
How to Protect Your Pets from Birds of Prey
Tips for protecting pets from bird attacks from hawks, owls or other raptors. Bird attacks are rare but do happen, and these tips can help pet owners keep their pets safe.
10 Ways Not to Feed the Birds
Avoid these top 10 bird feeding mistakes and you'll easily attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.
20 Fun Facts About Vultures
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
How Do You Get Birds to Use a New Birdfeeder?
Tips for getting backyard birds adjusted to using a new birdfeeder, including what feeder styles to choose, feeder locations and seed preferences.
Lek
: (noun) An area where birds gather during the breeding season for community courtship displays to attract
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
Parts of a Bird
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
What Are You Supposed to Call Baby Birds?
Do you know what a squab, pullet, colt and jake have in common? They're all names for baby birds! Learn what to call baby birds and what generic baby bird names can be used for any species.
What Birds Can You Attract With Fruit at Bird...
List of most common bird species that eat fruit, including what fruits are most popular to feed birds and tips for how to feed birds fruit.
What Do Woodpeckers Eat?
Woodpeckers change their diet every season, but what foods do they eat? Knowning what woodpeckers eat can help backyard birders choose the best foods for feeding woodpeckers.
Woodpeckers Driving You Crazy? Here's What to Do
Tips for controlling woodpeckers through redirection and discouragement to stop woodpecker damage on houses and other buildings, all without hurting the birds.
12 Urban Legends About Feeding Birds
The top 12 birdfeeding myths debunked, including rice causing bird explosions and whether or not feeding the birds influences their migration.
15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
How Do Birds Use Their 5 Senses?
Birds have the same senses as humans, but they have different acuity with each one. Learn about bird senses, including how birds use their senses and how you can understand their senses to be a better birder.
Identifying the Sounds Birds Make
There are many different types of bird sounds that can be used for identifying birds, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird sounds.
Top 10 Hummingbird Flowers
What flowers should you plant if you want to attract hummingbirds? These top 10 hummingbird flowers are a great place to start, with options suitable for every climate, garden and budget.
When Birds Mate
Discussion of when birds mate, including factors that affect the timing of bird breeding seasons and birding tips for the mating season.
What Makes an Owl Special?
Characteristics of what makes an owl unique, including physical and behavioral differences that are distinct to owls.
How You Can Stop Birds from Attacking Windows
Tips for how to stop birds from attacking windows and mirrors, including why they attack their reflections and what birds are most likely to be this aggressive.
Cracked Corn
Cracked corn is an easily available, inexpensive type of birdseed perfect for many ground-feeding birds. Learn how to feed cracked corn and what birds will eat it in your backyard, and even learn how to make your own cracked corn.
What to Feed Backyard Birds in the Winter
Tips for the best foods to feed your backyard birds in winter, and why certain foods are preferred for cold weather feeding.
Understanding Birds' Courtship Behaviors
Birds have different types of mating rituals and courtship behavior they use to attract a suitable mate, including feeding, preening, dances and displays.
Find Out What Birds You Can Attract Using Nuts
Learn which birds eat nuts and what you can do to offer nuts as a reliable food for your backyard birds. Includes a list of bird species that eat nuts as well as how nuts provide valuable nutrition to birds.
Some Helpful Tips for Squirrel-Proofing Your...
Tips for how to squirrel-proof a birdfeeder by adjusting the feeder style, location, seed offered and more.
Colors That Attract Birds
Learn what colors attract birds and how to add color to your landscape for attracting birds. Includes which colors attract specific types of birds.
Paint a Safe, Attractive Bird House for Your...
Painted bird houses can be beautiful, but are they attractive to the birds? Painting bird houses can actually be harmful to birds, but these tips will help you enjoy attractive bird houses that are safe for all nesting birds.
Why You Should Keep Black Oil Sunflower Seeds...
All about black oil sunflower seeds as birdseed, including which birds eat sunflower seeds, nutritional information and how to grow your own birdseed sunflowers.
American Flamingo
Detailed bird profile of the American flamingo: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction.
North American Winter Backyard Birds
A list of the top 40 winter backyard birds in North America, including links to information for attracting different species to your backyard in winter.
Be a Bluebird Landlord With the Right Bluebird...
Tips for providing safe, attractive houses for bluebirds. Includes proper house dimensions, mounting tips and more to encourage bluebird nesting.
How to Offer Suet to Backyard Birds
Tips for how to offer suet to backyard birds, including a discussion of different types of suet feeders and how to avoid the most common problems when offering suet to backyard birds.
Birds That Eat Nyjer
Thistle is a popular birdseed, but if you fill your feeders with it, what birds will you have visiting? Dozens of familiar birds will eat Nyjer seed.
A-Z Duck Species List
A-Z list of wild duck species, with common and scientific names as well as threatened or endangered status. Discusses why duck names can be confusing.
Exactly Why Do Birds Bother Migrating?
Birds migrate for many reasons, including both food and breeding. But what other reasons make birds migrate, and how does migration help birds?
What Birds Don't Fly? Get the Complete List of...
List of flightless birds, including a discussion of why birds become flightless and how they adapt, as well as the dangers of being flightless. Species list includes endangered and threatened designations.
How to Go Owling
Tips for how to go owling and add owls to your life list, including proper equipment, where to go owling and how to see the birds successfully.
When to Put Up Bird Houses
There is never a bad time to put up bird houses, but knowing when the best times are can help backyard birders attract more nesting birds.
How to Clean Your Bird Bath without Scrubbing
Clean even the dirtiest bird bath in 10 easy steps, all without using any scrub brushes. Suitable for concrete bird baths and other materials.
When Do Hummingbirds Migrate?
If you know when hummingbirds migrate, you can more easily attract hummingbirds and feed them properly. These details about hummingbird migration can help backyard birders prepare for these flying jewels every spring and fall.
What Do Hummingbirds Eat? (Besides Nectar!)
Hummingbirds eat more than nectar, and knowing the most popular hummingbird food sources can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds.
Understanding a Bird's Defining Characteristics
What makes a bird a bird? Even though there are nearly 10,000 bird species in the world, every one shares a number of characteristics that make them uniquely birds.
How to Choose Birdseed
Tips for choosing the best birdseed for your backyard birds, including which birds prefer which seeds and how to choose quality seed of any type.
Preening
Birds preen (groom) as an essential part of their daily routine. Every bird has up to 25,000 feathers,and regular preening keeps each on in top condition.
Is Your Bird House Securely Mounted?
Tips for how to properly mount a bird house or nesting box so it is safe and attractive to breeding birds.
Birds That Eat Suet
If you offer suet at your bird feeders, what birds will eat it? Includes a list of birds that eat suet in North America and Europe, plus tips for feeding birds suet.
Nyjer
Nyjer, also known as thistle seed or niger, is a popular seed to offer small birds and finches. But what is it, and which birds will eat it?
How to Make Sure You're Feeding Birds Good Bread
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Pictures of Sparrows
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male
Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male. Page 7.
Top 10 Bird House Problems
Avoid the top 10 problems with bird houses by learning what can be wrong with your bird house and how to fix it so it will attract nesting birds.
Go Nuts for Feeding Birds Peanuts!
Peanuts are an easy, popular and nutritious food to offer backyard birds, and these tips can help you feed them in many ways to attract many different birds. Includes a list of birds that eat peanuts and tips for growing peanuts.
How to Attract Chickadees
List of Chickadee types, and tips for luring these acrobatic birds, who are not shy. Just give them what they need: Food, water, shelter and nests.
9 Steps to Cleaning a Birdhouse (Plus 3 Extra...
Tips for how and when to clean a birdhouse to make it more attractive for nesting birds to return.
Do You Know the Different Types of Seabirds?
When most non-birders think of seabirds they immediately picture gulls, but a gull isn't a true seabird at all. These 12 types of seabirds show the great variety of marine birds and demonstrate what makes them unique from other birds.
Winter Bird Shelters
Tips for providing shelter for winter birds, including the most popular types and how to use them effectively to attract birds in winter.
Types of Birds of Prey
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
Cooper's Hawk or Sharp-Shinned Hawk?
Tips for how to distinguish between Cooper's hawks and sharp-shinned hawks based on appearance, prey and behavior. Includes a quick reference table for comparisons.
20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
What Is a Duck?
Understanding what makes a duck a duck will help birders better appreciate the great diversity in this family of birds.
Why Birds Flock
Flocking behavior has many advantages for birds, but also disadvantages that must be overcome for flocks to be worthwhile.
Bird Roost Boxes
Bird roost box design basics, including what features are necessary, how to position a roost box and other tips to attract birds with this type of shelter.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
What Different Foods Do Birds Eat? Learn Bird...
Understanding the types of diets a bird prefers can help backyard birders know what food to offer their favorite species, and dietary habits can help birders know where to look for different birds in the field. Includes bird species examples.
Safflower Seeds
Learn more about safflower seeds, including which birds prefer these seeds and how to offer them at your bird feeders. Include tips for growing your own safflower seeds.
How to Dispose of Dead Birds Safely
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
Everything You Need to Know About Hummingbird...
All about hummingbird nests, from the materials used to the nest size to how the nests need to be safe for baby hummingbirds.
Bird Digestion
Learn how birds eat, including the parts of the digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.
Add Evergreen Trees to Your Bird-Friendly...
Discover what evergreen trees really are and how they meet all of birds' basic needs. Includes a list of the best evergreens for bird-friendly yards.
Learn the Difference Between House Finches and...
Tips for how to tell the difference between house finches and purple finches and how to successfully identify each bird based on appearance, sound, range and other factors. Includes an identification quick reference table.
What Is the Best Food for Baby Birds?
Should you feed baby wild birds by hand, and what do they eat? These tips can help you make the right choices to help baby birds that may be hungry. Includes a list of good and bad foods to feed baby birds.
The Best Nesting Materials for Birds
Learn how to attract birds by offering suitable nesting material in a way that will encourage them to build nests in your backyard. Includes a list of different types of nesting material.
Pictures of Ducks
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
Pictures of Red Birds
Photo gallery of 12 of the world's most brilliantly colored birds with red plumage, including species from Australia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Includes a discussion of plumage color and its importance.
Downy Woodpecker – Female
Downy Woodpecker – Female. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 8.
What Birds Will Take Up Residence in Bird Houses?
A list of bird species that use bird houses or nest boxes in North American and Europe, including tips for how to attract birds to bird houses.
7 Steps to Making a Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder
Instructions and tips for turning a plastic bottle into an easy bird feeder. Great project for kids and backyard birders of all ages, and a fantastic way to recycle plastic bottles.
What Makes Sparrows Unique?
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Before You Build a Birdhouse
Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker - Female
Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Female. Page 6.
Get Started Feeding Birds
It's easy to get started feeding birds, and these fives simple steps can help you choose the best bird feeders and attract a hungry backyard flock even if you've never had a bird feeder before.
Winter Bird Photo Gallery
Pictures of common winter birds of North America and tips for attracting them to your backyard.
How to Tell If Your Birdseed Is Spoiled
Birdseed can go bad, and knowing how to check your birdseed for spoilage can help you ensure your backyard birds have a healthy diet.
Northern Flicker in Snow
Northern Flicker in Snow. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 10.
Benefits of Bird Feeding
Bird feeding has many benefits, and not just for the birds. Learn how feeding the birds can benefit you.
Food for Birds of Prey
Descriptions and examples of the varied diet of birds of prey, including which species of raptors eat specific animals. Also includes tips for protecting backyard birds from raptors.
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 11.
Hairy Woodpecker – Male
Hairy Woodpecker – Male. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 9.
Keep Feral Cats Out of Your Backyard With These...
Feral cats kill thousands of birds, but these tips offer a range of ways to discourage feral cats from visiting your yard to keep your backyard birds safe.
Barn Owl Nest Boxes
Tips for choosing and positioning barn owl nest boxes, including a list of nest box retailers.
Bird Emotions
Do birds have emotions? The debate isn't over, but watching bird behavior can give clues to how they might feel emotions. Includes tips for being a better birder by watching bird emotions.
3 Steps to Easy Bird Identification
Three key steps for wild bird identification: observation, research and comparison.
How to Discourage Bully Birds at Your Feeders
Are some birds bullies at your feeders? Learn how to discourage bully birds so more desirable backyard birds can easily eat.
Keep Your Birdhouse Residents Safe with These...
Twelve tips for safe and attractive birdhouses.
Feed Hungry Orioles in Your Backyard
Tips for feeding orioles in your backyard, including what foods they eat and different oriole feeders you can choose.
Pileated Woodpecker – Male
Pileated Woodpecker – Male. Page 4.
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker. Birding / Wild Birds. Page 12.
Tips for Attracting Woodpeckers to Your Backyard
Tips for attracting woodpeckers to your backyard. Includes tips for food, water, shelter and nesting sites that will help attract woodpeckers, plus a list of backyard woodpecker species.
Keep Pesky Starlings Out of Your Yard With...
Tips for discouraging starlings and keeping them out of your backyard and away from your feeders.
Downy Woodpecker – Male
Downy Woodpecker – Male Birding / Wild Birds.
See a White Bird? It Might Be Leucistic!
Leucism affects birds' feathers and turns them pale or white. Learn about bird leucism, how it impacts birds and how you can identify leucistic birds.
Protecting Bird Houses From Predators
Tips for how to protect bird houses from predators such as snakes, squirrels, raccoons, cats and more. Includes multiple ways to keep bird houses safe.
When Should Bird Nests Be Removed?
Learn how to remove bird nests properly, safely and legally. Not all nests should be removed, but when is it the best action to keep birds safe?
Attract Hawks to Your Backyard
Learn how to attract backyard hawks by meeting their needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites - including why you want them in the yard!
Bird Wing Parts
Labeled photograph of the major parts and feathers of a bird's wing. Includes tips for identifying birds based on their wings.
Learn How, What and When Penguins Eat
Penguins are great fishermen, but what else do these seabirds eat? Learn about penguin foods, how they forage and how you can protect their foods.
When Birds Hit Windows
Tips for how to help birds after window collisions, including when it is necessary to contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
Offer Mealworms at Bird Feeders
Learn all about mealworms, including what birds eat them and how to raise your own to offer birds a healthy treat.
Join the GBBC - Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a highlight of winter birding. Learn what it is and get tips for participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Eagle Species List
A complete list of eagle species, including both common and scientific names as well as notes for which species are threatened or endangered.
Identifying Different Types of Shorebirds
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
Bird Feeder Placement
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
Hummingbird Predators
Hummingbirds can be tasty snacks for a wide range of predators, including reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and even fish. Learn more about hummingbird predators and what you can do to help safeguard your backyard hummingbirds.
Tips for Encouraging Hummingbirds to Nest in...
Tips for attracting nesting hummingbirds by creating a safe environment that gives the birds what they need to raise their families.
Black-Capped Chickadee
Detailed bird profile of the black-capped chickadee: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting black-capped chickadees to your backyard.
Threats to Owls - Learn How to Help
Discusses threats to owls and what can be done to minimize those threats and promote owl conservation.
What Winter Birds Eat
Winter might seem like a lean season, but there are plenty of winter foods for birds available in the wild. Backyard birders can also help their feathered friends by providing good winter foods for a backyard buffet.
Add These Blooms to Your Garden to Attract...
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
Best Times to Go Birding
Tips for when to go birding from day to day and season to season, including how to learn birds' daily patterns for better birding experiences.
Bird House Dimensions
Learn why size matters when you're building a bird house. Includes a table of proper measurements for backyard bird houses.
Birding by Ear Basics
Tips for how to identify birds by sound, including how to listen to bird songs and what to listen for to get a positive bird identification.
Easy Tips for Attracting Purple Martins to Your...
Tips for attracting purple martins to your backyard by meeting the birds' needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites in safe and easy ways.
Free Bluebird House Plans
Use these free bluebird house plans to attract nesting bluebirds to your yard.
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Cats
Tips for controlling cat behavior and backyard bird habitats to minimize the dangers of cats to wild birds.
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