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Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
If you want to feed ducks or waterfowl at a local pond, offer these nutritious treats instead of unhealthy bread.
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.
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.
List of the different types of duck categories with brief descriptions of what makes each one distinct. Examples of species are also given.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for controlling woodpeckers through redirection and discouragement to stop woodpecker damage on houses and other buildings, all without hurting the birds.
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.
Preferred birdhouse hole diameter sizes for common backyard nesting birds. Includes tips for how to increase or decrease hole sizes.
Tips for how to squirrel-proof a birdfeeder by adjusting the feeder style, location, seed offered and more.
Ducks may be some of the most familiar birds, but do you know your duck trivia?
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?
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.
Tips for feeding orioles in your backyard, including what foods they eat and different oriole feeders you can choose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All about hummingbird nests, from the materials used to the nest size to how the nests need to be safe for baby hummingbirds.
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard birds.
Tips for attracting backyard owls by meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
Tips for getting backyard birds adjusted to using a new birdfeeder, including what feeder styles to choose, feeder locations and seed preferences.
How much do you know about penguins? These fun facts may surprise you!
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.
Discusses where birds go at night, including how birds sleep as well as night migration and night singing.
How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
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.
Avoid these top 10 bird feeding mistakes and you'll easily attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
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.
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
Tips for how to properly mount a bird house or nesting box so it is safe and attractive to breeding birds.
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
List of collective nouns for different groups of 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.
Read these tips for attracting orioles with food, water, shelter and nesting material appropriate for these colorful songbirds.
Tips about how to attract hummingbirds with appropriate food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild 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.
The top 12 birdfeeding myths debunked, including rice causing bird explosions and whether or not feeding the birds influences their migration.
Gallery of wild bird nests and eggs with explanations of species nesting habits.
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chickadees are easy to attract if you know what they need, and these tips for attracting chickadees can teach you what food, water, shelter and nesting needs these acrobatic birds have so you can enjoy them in your yard. Includes a list of all North American chickadee species.
Hummingbirds eat more than nectar, and knowing the most popular hummingbird food sources can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds.
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
Tips for how to prevent bird window collisions with solutions to be used both inside and outside.
Learn what colors attract birds and how to add color to your landscape for attracting birds. Includes which colors attract specific types of birds.
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.
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
All about black oil sunflower seeds as birdseed, including which birds eat sunflower seeds, nutritional information and how to grow your own birdseed sunflowers.
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
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?
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.
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
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.
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.
There are many different types of bird sounds that can be used for identifying birds, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird sounds.
Understanding what makes a duck a duck will help birders better appreciate the great diversity in this family of birds.
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.
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.
Tips for how and when to clean a birdhouse to make it more attractive for nesting birds to return.
Easter chicks and ducklings are popular gifts, but not always responsible ones. Learn about what it takes to own these pets and the dangers they may pose to uninformed gift recipients.
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
Is it a moth or a bird? Hummingbird moths are great hummingbird imposters, but learning more about these moths and how they are different from hummingbirds can help you avoid confusing bugs and birds.
Birds have different types of mating rituals and courtship behavior they use to attract a suitable mate, including feeding, preening, dances and displays.
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.
Are some birds bullies at your feeders? Learn how to discourage bully birds so more desirable backyard birds can easily eat.
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.
Overview of the four requirements for attracting backyard birds.
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
Tips for attracting nesting hummingbirds by creating a safe environment that gives the birds what they need to raise their families.
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.
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.
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.
Detailed bird profile of the ruby-throated hummingbird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting ruby-throated hummingbirds to your backyard.
It is easy to make hummingbird nectar with these four easy steps. Includes tips for the right hummingbird nectar recipe and feeding hummingbirds properly.
Tips for attracting backyard birds in the spring and encouraging them to stay nearby all year long.
Twelve tips for safe and attractive birdhouses.
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.
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.
Safe, easy tips to keep control of bees, wasps and ants around hummingbird feeders without harming the birds.
Birds can form long term pair bonds that can be defined as mating for life, and there are many reasons they do so. Includes examples of bird species that mate for life.
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.
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
Juvenile birds can be challenging to identify, but these tips can make it easy to spot young birds and determine what species they are.
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
Learn all about mealworms, including what birds eat them and how to raise your own to offer birds a healthy treat.
Details for choosing appropriate purple martin houses and ensuring those birdhouses are safe for nesting birds.
Three key steps for wild bird identification: observation, research and comparison.
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
Preening is an essential part of a bird's daily routine, and there are many reasons why birds carefully groom their feathers.
How to attract new birds to your backyard by upgrading what you offer to appeal to more species. Includes tips for new foods and attractive nesting sites.
Clean even the dirtiest bird bath in 10 easy steps, all without using any scrub brushes. Suitable for concrete bird baths and other materials.
Woodpeckers are songbirds without song - instead, they use drumming to attract mates and claim territories. But what exactly is drumming, how do the birds do it and why don't they hurt themselves? Includes tips for protecting a home against woodpecker damage.
Online nest cams give birders an insight into the life of a baby bird. This list of reliable online nest cams includes different species and cams around the world, along with tips for easy online viewing of different bird cams.
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.
Get natural insect control with these tips for attracting swallows. If you meet these birds' needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites, you'll be rewarded with swallows in the backyard.
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.
Detailed bird profile of the eastern bluebird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting eastern bluebirds to your backyard.
How to design a bird friendly landscape that will attract birds with food, shelter and nesting sites.
Detailed bird profile of house sparrows: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting house sparrows to your backyard.
Why should you bother to make hummingbird nectar from scratch? It's easy, cheap, convenient and more - learn why you should make your own hummingbird nectar!
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.
Detailed bird profile of the mallard: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for visiting backyard mallards.
Different ways to attract backyard birds by offering water sources.
Hummingbirds eat more than just flower nectar, and if you know what to feed hummingbirds, you can provide these birds a healthy, balanced diet in your backyard. Includes what not to feed hummingbirds.
Photo gallery and detailed descriptions of different types of birdseed, including which birds prefer which seeds and how different seeds compare for economic value.
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.
Detailed bird profile of the downy woodpecker: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting these woodpeckers to your backyard.
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.
Detailed bird profile of the American Robin (Turdus migratorius): appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting American robins to your backyard.
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.
Discussion of when birds mate, including factors that affect the timing of bird breeding seasons and birding tips for the mating season.
Tips for how to offer Nyjer to your backyard birds easily and economically, including what are the best bird feeders for Nyjer and how to avoid problems when feeding Nyjer.
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.
Tips for how to hand feed hummingbirds in your backyard - it's easier than you think!
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.
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.
How much do you really know about purple martins? Read this list of 15 facts to find out more about these beloved songbirds.
Tips for how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for overwintering hummingbirds.
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.
Tips for controlling cat behavior and backyard bird habitats to minimize the dangers of cats to wild birds.
Tips to identify American crows and common ravens, including how to tell the difference between these two nearly identical corvids. Includes a quick reference table of identification characteristics for American crows and common ravens.
Three types of birdfeeders that are easy to use for all backyard birds.
Tips for learning how to identify ducks based on size, plumage, markings, sound, behavior and feeding habits, as well as other subtle ways to tell duck species apart.
Step-by-step guide to cleaning a birdbath, including tips for keeping it clean.
Tips for how to attract goldfinches to your backyard with the best food, water, shelter and nesting sites. Includes range information for all goldfinch species.
Tips for choosing and positioning barn owl nest boxes, including a list of nest box retailers.
Easy tips for feeding hummingbirds in the backyard.
Descriptions of different types of hummingbird feeders and what to consider when choosing a hummingbird feeder.
Tips for recognizing sick birds by appearance and behavior. Includes easy tips to help birds heal.
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
Review of the Hummingbird House, a unique nesting platform designed to attract hummingbirds.
10 Ways to Save on Birdseed
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.
Can red dye be harmful to hummingbirds, and should you avoid it for your hummingbird nectar recipe?
Learn why size matters when you're building a bird house. Includes a table of proper measurements for backyard bird houses.