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Learn to Make Hummingbird Nectar with This Easy...
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 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.
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.
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.
Stop Birds 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.
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.
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.
When 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.
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.
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.
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?
Removing Bird Nests
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?
How to Attract Cardinals
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.
Feeding Orioles
Tips for feeding orioles in your backyard, including what foods they eat and different oriole feeders you can choose.
How to Attract Bluebirds
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hummingbird Nest Facts
All about hummingbird nests, from the materials used to the nest size to how the nests need to be safe for baby hummingbirds.
25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds
Fun and unusual facts about different hummingbird species.
Making Bird Suet is Easy and Affordable
Tips for making bird suet including a simple homemade suet recipe for backyard 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.
How to 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.
15 Fun Facts about Penguins
How much do you know about penguins? These fun facts may surprise you!
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.
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.
20 Fun Facts about Owls You've Probably Never...
How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!
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.
Top 10 Bird Feeding Mistakes
Avoid these top 10 bird feeding mistakes and you'll easily attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.
What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?
Describes the diet and foraging behavior of wild turkeys, including tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.
Protect 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.
20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys
These 20 fun facts about wild turkeys will have you gobbling for more!
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.
20 Fun Facts About Vultures
How much do you really know about vultures? These fun facts might surprise you!
Names of Groups of Birds
List of collective nouns for different groups of birds.
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.
How to Attract Orioles
Read these tips for attracting orioles with food, water, shelter and nesting material appropriate for these colorful songbirds.
How to Attract Hummingbirds
Tips about how to attract hummingbirds with appropriate food, water, shelter and nesting sites.
How to Distinguish Between Male and Female Birds
Tips for distinguishing between male and female wild birds.
Names of 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.
Bird Feeding Myths
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
Gallery of wild bird nests and eggs with explanations of species nesting habits.
Protect Backyard Birds From Hawks
Easy tips for protecting backyard birds from hawks.
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.
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.
Painting Bird Houses
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.
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 Attract Chickadees
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.
What Do Hummingbirds Eat?
Hummingbirds eat more than nectar, and knowing the most popular hummingbird food sources can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds.
Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Types of flowers that attract hummingbirds and tips for planting a hummingbird garden.
Before You Build a Birdhouse
Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.
15 Fun Facts About Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how much do you really know about them? The facts will surprise you!
Photos of Common Woodpecker Species
Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.
Prevent Bird Window Collisions
Tips for how to prevent bird window collisions with solutions to be used both inside and outside.
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 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.
Bird Feeder Placement
Tips for proper bird feeder placement so it is best for the birds and convenient for birders.
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.
Types of Birds of Prey
Brief descriptions of different types of birds of prey.
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?
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.
Pictures of Ducks
Gallery of pictures of ducks from around the world with information and trivia about each species.
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.
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.
Types of Bird Sounds
There are many different types of bird sounds that can be used for identifying birds, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird sounds.
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 Woodpeckers
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.
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.
How to Clean a Bird House
Tips for how and when to clean a birdhouse to make it more attractive for nesting birds to return.
Easter Chicks and Ducklings
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.
How to Dispose of Dead Birds Safely
Tips for disposing of dead birds safely, including when it is necessary to contact authorities.
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.
Bird Courtship Behavior
Birds have different types of mating rituals and courtship behavior they use to attract a suitable mate, including feeding, preening, dances and displays.
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.
Bully Birds at the Feeders
Are some birds bullies at your feeders? Learn how to discourage bully birds so more desirable backyard birds can easily eat.
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.
How to Attract Birds
Overview of the four requirements for attracting backyard birds.
Discouraging House Sparrows
Tips for discouraging house sparrows from monopolizing feeders and birdhouses in your backyard. Page 2.
Attract Nesting Hummingbirds
Tips for attracting nesting hummingbirds by creating a safe environment that gives the birds what they need to raise their families.
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.
What Is a Bird?
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.
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.
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.
Attracting Birds in Spring
Tips for attracting backyard birds in the spring and encouraging them to stay nearby all year long.
Make a Safer Birdhouse
Twelve tips for safe and attractive birdhouses.
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.
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.
Control Insects on Hummingbird Feeders
Safe, easy tips to keep control of bees, wasps and ants around hummingbird feeders without harming the birds.
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. Includes examples of bird species that mate for life.
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.
Birdfeeder Cleaning Tips
Tips for effectively cleaning birdfeeders to attract more birds and minimize diseases.
Types of Shorebirds
Brief descriptions of the different types of shorebirds, including links to more detailed explanations and species lists.
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.
Pictures of Sparrows
Photo gallery of 15 different North American sparrow species, including identification tips and range descriptions.
Mealworms
Learn all about mealworms, including what birds eat them and how to raise your own to offer birds a healthy treat.
Purple Martin Houses
Details for choosing appropriate purple martin houses and ensuring those birdhouses are safe for nesting birds.
3 Steps to Easy Bird Identification
Three key steps for wild bird identification: observation, research and comparison.
What Is a Hummingbird?
Hummingbirds are some of the most coveted backyard birds, but what makes these birds so different from other common birds?
Preening
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
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.
How to Clean a 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.
Why Woodpeckers Drum
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
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.
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 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.
Make 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.
Eastern Bluebird
Detailed bird profile of the eastern bluebird: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting eastern bluebirds to your backyard.
Design a Bird Friendly Landscape
How to design a bird friendly landscape that will attract birds with food, shelter and nesting sites.
House Sparrow
Detailed bird profile of house sparrows: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting house sparrows to your backyard.
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!
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.
Mallard
Detailed bird profile of the mallard: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for visiting backyard mallards.
Attracting Birds With Water
Different ways to attract backyard birds by offering water sources.
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.
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.
How to Attract Purple Martins
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.
Downy Woodpecker
Detailed bird profile of the downy woodpecker: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting these woodpeckers to your backyard.
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.
American Robin
Detailed bird profile of the American Robin (Turdus migratorius): appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting American robins to your backyard.
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Hand Feed Hummingbirds
Tips for how to hand feed hummingbirds in your backyard - it's easier than you think!
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.
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.
15 Fun Facts About Purple Martins
How much do you really know about purple martins? Read this list of 15 facts to find out more about these beloved songbirds.
How to Keep Hummingbird Nectar From Freezing
Tips for how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for overwintering hummingbirds.
Birds That Eat 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.
Protect Backyard Birds From Cats
Tips for controlling cat behavior and backyard bird habitats to minimize the dangers of cats to wild 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.
3 Easy Backyard Birdfeeders
Three types of birdfeeders that are easy to use for all backyard birds.
Duck Identification Tips
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.
How to Clean a Birdbath
Step-by-step guide to cleaning a birdbath, including tips for keeping it clean.
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.
Barn Owl Nest Boxes
Tips for choosing and positioning barn owl nest boxes, including a list of nest box retailers.
8 Tips for Feeding Hummingbirds
Easy tips for feeding hummingbirds in the backyard.
Hummingbird Feeders
Descriptions of different types of hummingbird feeders and what to consider when choosing a hummingbird feeder.
How to Recognize Sick Birds
Tips for recognizing sick birds by appearance and behavior. Includes easy tips to help birds heal.
Parts of a Bird
The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.
Hummingbird House
Review of the Hummingbird House, a unique nesting platform designed to attract hummingbirds.
How to Save Money on Birdseed
10 Ways to Save on Birdseed
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.
Is Red Dye Harmful to Hummingbirds?
Can red dye be harmful to hummingbirds, and should you avoid it for your hummingbird nectar recipe?
Bird House Dimensions
Learn why size matters when you're building a bird house. Includes a table of proper measurements for backyard bird houses.

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