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Birdseed Ornaments - Step-By-Step Instructions...
Ingredient list for birdseed ornaments, including tips for ingredient variations. Includes a photo.
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.
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.
Making Bird Suet Is Easy and Affordable
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard birds.
15 Fun Facts about Penguins
How much do you know about penguins? These fun facts may surprise you!
20 Fun Facts about Owls
How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Know the Proper Terms for Groups of...
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with This...
Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
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.
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 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.
20 Fun Facts About Vultures
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
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.
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.
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.
20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
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.
Easy Tips to Keep Hummingbird Nectar From...
Tips for how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for overwintering hummingbirds.
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.
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.
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.
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
How Do Birds Use Thier 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.
How Do You Tell Whether a Bird is Male or Female?
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
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.
Decorate a Christmas Tree for the Birds
Decorate a Christmas tree for the birds with edible ornaments that can attract birds all winter long.
What Are You Supposed to Call Baby Birds?
Do you know what a squab, pullet, colt and jake all have in common? They're all unique names for baby birds! Learn what to call baby birds and what generic baby bird names can be used for any bird species.
15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Types of Birds of Prey
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
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.
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.
Why Birds Flock
Flocking behavior has many advantages for birds, but also disadvantages that must be overcome for flocks to be worthwhile.
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.
What Makes an Owl Special?
Characteristics of what makes an owl unique, including physical and behavioral differences that are distinct to owls.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Photos of Common Woodpecker Species
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
Parts of a Bird
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
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.
Bird Leucism
Leucism is a condition that affects birds' feathers and turns them pale or white. Learn about bird leucism, including how it impacts the birds and how you can identify leucistic birds.
Avoid These Terrible Gifts for Birders
Avoid these bad gifts for birders and you'll be sure to give birding gifts that can always be appreciated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is a Duck?
Understanding what makes a duck a duck will help birders better appreciate the great diversity in this family of birds.
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.
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.
Penguin Species List
Alphabetical list of penguin species including common and scientific names, with notes on which penguins are threatened and endangered.
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.
Keep Mice Away From Your Bird Feeders
Tips for keeping mice away from bird feeders without discouraging the birds, including why it can be harmful to birds to have mice nearby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird
Tips for how to help a baby bird, including when to know that leaving the bird alone is the best option for its health and survival.
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.
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.
Pictures of Ducks
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
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.
Types of Birdseed
Photo gallery and detailed descriptions of different types of birdseed, including which birds prefer which seeds and how different seeds compare for economic value.
Winter Bird Photo Gallery
Pictures of common winter birds of North America and tips for attracting them to your backyard.
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.
Before You Build a Birdhouse
Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.
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.
How to Make Sure You're Feeding Birds Good Bread
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Northern Cardinal
Detailed bird profile of the northern cardinal: appearance of both genders, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting northern cardinals to your backyard.
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.
The A to Z of Attracting Birds
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
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.
Bird Digestion
Learn how birds eat, including the parts of the digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.
Customize Your Suet Recipes
Knowing what unique ingredients you can add to customize your suet recipe is a great way to create special suet cakes to attract specific birds. Includes details on which birds like which ingredients, and how to customize store-bought suet cakes.
Heated Bird Bath Tips
Tips for how to use a heated bird bath to provide fresh, clean water to backyard birds all winter long.
Bird Feeder Placement
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
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.
Identifying Different Types of Shorebirds
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
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.
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.
How Birds Navigate During Migration
Millions of birds migrate every year, using a variety of adaptations and techniques to complete their journeys successfully, but how do they do it?
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.
How to Store Birdseed
Tips for how to store birdseed properly so it is fresh and usable for months. Includes tips for determining when birdseed has gone bad.
Barn Owl Nest Boxes
Tips for choosing and positioning barn owl nest boxes, including a list of nest box retailers.
Do Birds REALLY Mate for Life?
Birds can form long-term pair bonds that can be defined as mating for life, and there are many reasons they do so, but these are not emotional attachments.
What Makes Sparrows Unique?
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5 Ways to Recycle Christmas Trees for the Birds
Recycle your Christmas tree to help the birds with these five easy choices. From brush piles to feeders to erosion control, there are many ways to give your old tree new life with the birds.
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.
Pictures of Sparrows
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
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.
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.
Add Instant Wildlife Shelter to Your Backyard...
A backyard brush pile can provide instant, easy shelter for backyard birds and keep them safe from predators and poor weather. These easy steps for building a brush pile can be used in any backyard for brush piles of any size.
Downy Woodpecker
Detailed bird profile of the downy woodpecker: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting these woodpeckers to your backyard.
Tools for Building Bird Houses
List of tools necessary for building bird houses, with suggestions for selecting the proper tools and extra tools that can make the project easier.
Birdfeeder Cleaning Tips
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
Hummingbird Aggression
Even small birds can get angry, and hummingbird aggression can mean one bully bird dominating several feeders. Learn about hummingbird aggression and how to minimize it so you can maximize enjoying these tiny birds in your backyard.
Why Do Birds Sunbathe?
Sunning is common behavior for many birds, but why do birds sunbathe? Birders who understand bird sunning can help their backyard birds do so safely.
Most Common Backyard Birds
Brief descriptions and photos of the eight most common backyard birds in the United States. Includes tips for backyard birders to attract these common species.
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.
Barn Owl Fact Sheet
Detailed bird profile of the barn owl: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting barn owls to your backyard.
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.
15 Fun Facts about Bird Migration
How much do you really know about migration? How high do migrating birds fly? Which species has the longest migration? How many days a year are birds migrating? These fun bird migration facts might surprise you!
Red-Bellied Woodpecker - Female
Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Female. Page 6.
Great Horned Owl
Detailed bird profile of the great horned owl: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for either attracting or discouraging great horned owls in your backyard.
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.
Vulture Species List
Can you name all 23 vulture species in the world? Learn their common and scientific names, and which vultures and condors are endangered with this easy list.
Learn How to Help When Birds Hit Windows
Tips for how to help birds after window collisions, including when it is necessary to contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
Gifts for Birders
Gift ideas for birders. Birding / Wild Birds.
What Makes a Penguin a Penguin?
Discussion of penguin characteristics that make these birds unique, including physiological and behavioral traits unique to penguins.
Millet
White proso millet is a popular birdseed with good nutrition that will attract a wide variety of backyard birds. These tips can help you offer millet appropriately and even grow your own.
Hummingbird Habitats
Hummingbirds are adaptable and live in a wide range of areas. Understanding hummingbird habitats can help you find these birds in the wild more easily, and you can even design a hummingbird habitat in your backyard.
Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male
Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male. Page 7.
Swan Species List
List of all the swan species in the world, including notes about which are threatened, vulnerable or endangered.
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.
Dabbling Duck
: (noun) A type of shallow water duck that feeds primarily along the surface of the water or by tipping
Bird House Dimensions
Learn why size matters when you're building a bird house. Includes a table of proper measurements for backyard bird houses.
How Do Airports Prevent Bird Strikes
Airports can use multiple wildlife conservation and management techniques to minimize the risk of bird strikes. Learn more about modifications here.
How Hummingbirds Fly
Discussion of how hummingbirds fly, including the physical adaptations these birds have to permit their unique and aerobatic flight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attracting Birds in Winter
Tips for attracting birds in winter by meeting their basic needs of food, water and shelter, with ideas for keeping winter birds safe from predators.
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