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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with This...
Classic hummingbird nectar recipe and nectar feeding tips for hummingbirds.
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 to Feed a Baby Bird
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.
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 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.
Hummingbird Moths
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.
25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds - Hummingbird...
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
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.
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.
Learn All About the 12 Types of Wild Ducks
List of the different types of duck categories with brief descriptions of what makes each one distinct. Examples of species are also given.
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.
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.
March Photo Winner and April Contest
March Photo Winner and April Contest
What Types of Kitchen Scraps Should You Feed...
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.
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.
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.
Do You Know the Proper Terms for Groups of...
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
How to Attract Owls to Your Backyard
Tips for attracting backyard owls by meeting their basic needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
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.
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.
What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
What Do Hummingbirds Eat?
Hummingbirds eat more than nectar, and knowing the most popular hummingbird food sources can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds.
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!
Control Insects on Hummingbird Feeders
Safe, easy tips to keep control of bees, wasps and ants around hummingbird feeders without harming the birds.
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.
How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
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.
Flightless Birds
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.
Meet Hummingbirds' Needs to Attract Them to...
Tips about how to attract hummingbirds with appropriate food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
How Do You Tell Whether a Bird is Male or Female?
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
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.
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.
20 Fun Facts About Vultures
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Identify Baby Birds
Juvenile birds can be challenging to identify, but these tips can make it easy to spot young birds and determine what species they are.
Bird Dust Bathing
Learn how and why birds take dust baths, what the baths do for their feathers and how you can help encourage birds to dust in your backyard.
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.
How to Dispose of Dead Birds Safely
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
How 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.
Birds That Eat Fruit
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 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.
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.
Tips for Hand Feeding Hummingbirds in Your...
Tips for how to hand feed hummingbirds in your backyard - it's easier than you think!
Bird 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.
4 Easy Steps to Make Hummingbird Nectar
It is easy to make hummingbird nectar with these four easy steps. Includes tips for the right hummingbird nectar recipe and feeding hummingbirds properly.
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.
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?
Find Bird Rescue Organizations
Tips for how to find bird rescue organizations and bird rehabbers, as well as how to know when you need to take a bird to a rescue. Includes tips for what to ask when contacting a bird rescue.
Top 8 Reasons to Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar
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!
Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The A to Z of Attracting Birds
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
Types of Birds of Prey
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
Identifying Different Types of Shorebirds
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
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 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.
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.
Bird Sunning
Bird sunning is a common behavior for many bird species, but why do birds sunbathe? There are several reasons, and birders who understand bird sunning can help their backyard birds do so safely.
15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
How Paint a Safe, Attractive Birdhouse 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.
Help a Trapped Hummingbird
Tips for how to help a hummingbird trapped in a garage, shed, porch or other indoor area without hurting the bird. Includes tips for how to keep hummingbirds out of inappropriate areas.
Mounting a Bird House
Tips for how to properly mount a bird house or nesting box so it is safe and attractive to breeding birds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barn Owl
Detailed bird profile of the barn owl: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting barn owls to your backyard.
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.
Learn How Wild Birds Keep Cool in the Summer
Wild birds have many ways to keep cool, from physical characteristics to behavioral adaptations. Includes tips for how backyard birders can help their birds beat the heat.
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.
How to Attract Goldfinches
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.
Is Red Dye Harmful to Hummingbirds?
Can red dye be harmful to hummingbirds, and should you avoid it for your hummingbird nectar recipe?
Attract Birds With Nesting Material
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.
Bird Feeder Placement
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
How to Attract Swallows
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.
What You Need to Know about Cleaning Birdbaths
Step-by-step guide to cleaning a birdbath, including tips for keeping it clean.
Learn How to Recognize Sick Birds
Tips for recognizing sick birds by appearance and behavior. Includes easy tips to help birds heal.
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.
Photos of Common Woodpecker Species
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
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.
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.
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.
Pictures of Sparrows
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
American Redstart
Detailed bird profile of the American redstart: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for seeing American restarts in the field and attracting them to your backyard.
How to Make Sure You're Feeding Birds Good Bread
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20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
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.
Provide Water for Hummingbirds
Tips for how to attract hummingbirds by providing fresh water they can use for drinking and bathing. Just having a basic bird bath is not enough to attract hummingbirds with water, but these tips can help.
What Makes Sparrows Unique?
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Find More Swallows With These Tips
Do you know where, when and how to find swallows to add them to your life list? These tips can help!
Parts of a Bird
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Detailed bird profile of the ruby-throated hummingbird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting ruby-throated hummingbirds to your backyard.
What to Feed Hummingbirds
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.
Why Birds Migrate
Birds migrate for many reasons, including both food and breeding. But what other reasons make birds migrate, and how does migration help birds?
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.
How to Attract Orioles
Read these tips for attracting orioles with food, water, shelter and nesting material appropriate for these colorful songbirds.
Do Birds 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Hummingbird Feeders
Descriptions of different types of hummingbird feeders and what to consider when choosing a hummingbird feeder.
How to Offer Nyjer to Backyard Birds
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.
Rock Pigeon
Detailed bird profile of the rock pigeon: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes pigeon deterrant methods.
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.
Prevent Bird Window Collisions
Tips for how to prevent bird window collisions with solutions to be used both inside and outside.
Hummingbird Species List (A-F)
Alphabetical list of hummingbird species from including common and scientific names from A-F, with notes on which hummingbirds visit, breed and reside in North America. Additional pages cover the rest of the alphabet.
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.
Find Out What Birds You Can Attract by 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.
Save Sunflower Seeds
Tips for how to harvest and save sunflower seeds to feed your backyard birds. A cheap and easy way to grow birdseed!
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.
Birds That Use 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.
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.
Fledgling
: (noun) A young bird that has grown enough to acquire its initial flight feathers and is preparing to
Baby Bird Identification Tips
Comparison of adult and juvenile bird photos to aid identification of young birds.
Top 10 Hummingbird Nectar Mistakes
Top mistakes backyard birders make with hummingbird nectar that can discourage or even harm hummingbirds. Includes tips for correcting these mistakes and properly feeding hummingbirds.
Mealworms
Learn all about mealworms, including what birds eat them and how to raise your own to offer birds a healthy treat.
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.
6 Hummingbird Feeders That You Should Check Out
A list of the best hummingbird feeders in a range of sizes, styles and designs. Each feeder has a full, detailed review of pros and cons.
Birdfeeder Cleaning Tips
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
American Crow or Common Raven?
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.
Gallery of Wild Bird Nests and Eggs
Gallery of wild bird nests and eggs with explanations of species nesting habits.
Get the Drip Out and Stop Hummingbird Feeder...
Tips for stopping hummingbird feeder leaks, including why feeders leak and the problems those leaks can cause.
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 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.
Why Birds Flock
Flocking behavior has many advantages for birds, but also disadvantages that must be overcome for flocks to be worthwhile.
Pictures of Ducks
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
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.
Bird Digestion
Learn how birds eat, including the parts of the digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.
Rufous Hummingbird
Detailed bird profile of the rufous hummingbird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting rufous hummingbirds to your backyard.
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.
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.
Hummingbirds of North America
Photos and descriptions of all the regular hummingbirds to visit, reside or breed in North America. Includes details of where to find individual species.
Keep Suet From Melting
Tips to keep suet from melting in hot temperatures, including why melted suet is bad for both birds and backyard feeding areas.
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