Sep 11, 2014
Creeping and exploring around door stoops, garages, house eaves, and tool sheds, Carolina wrens adopt a mi casa es su casa policy when it comes to nesting. If you find a nest cleverly hidden on a cluttered shelf or in a hanging flower basket, it's likely that of a Carolina wren. Their persistent songs, often given as a duet between members of a mated pair, brighten winter days and ring through the thick underbrush that they prefer.
Sep 4, 2014
When you look at an adult male Anna's hummingbird in bright sunlight and he turns his head and flares his throat (gorget) feathers, your eyes are blasted with an amazing bright rose-magenta color. This 4-inch hummingbird, a year-round resident along the Pacific Coast, is our only hummingbird with bright red on both throat and crown.
Aug 28, 2014
Is my life different because I saw a chickadee? Probably not. My life is different because of the joy that seeing a chickadee brings me. I have no control over where my heart flies. Nature gives me the opportunity to practice the art of inspired reflection. For a moment, I forget everything but this bird. This is happiness.
Aug 14, 2014
Looking for great ways to attract more birds to your yard? Try adding a birdbath with moving water.
Aug 12, 2014
Along with chickadees, tufted titmice boldly investigate newly placed feeders, becoming some of the first wild birds to key in on a new food source. They prefer sunflower seed and hearts, peanut butter, peanut bits, and suet. Photo by Bret Goddard.
Aug 9, 2014
This juvenile Cooper's hawk is giving photographer Ethan Winning the stare down. Do you enjoy taking pictures of backyard birds? Browse our online gallery and consider sharing your own photography!
Aug 8, 2014
Within their range, mountain chickadees can become regular visitors to bird feeders, where they prefer sunflower seeds, peanut bits, and suet. Read more about The Masked Bandit of the Mountains:
Aug 7, 2014
When a male American goldfinch strikes her window and is knocked unconscious, WBB contributor Ruth Robbins watches three females gather around the injured family member and begin an impressive display of concern and devotion.
Aug 6, 2014
A recently fledged eastern bluebird awaits breakfast from Dad. Enjoy these other baby bird photos submitted by readers:
Aug 5, 2014
Photo quiz: Can you identify this bird?
Jul 31, 2014
Getting natural images of feeder birds can be difficult. Most birds do not fly directly to a feeder. Instead they fly to a nearby perch, check out the situation, look for an open feeding port or perch, and then swoop in to eat.
Jul 27, 2014
Here are 10 ways to ensure a birdy backyard during the summer months, no matter where you live in North America.
Jul 25, 2014
The all-dark Steller's jay is unique among its peers. Other jay species of the West lack a crest. The blue jay has a pale belly.
Jul 24, 2014
All birds—and only birds—have feathers, but how much do you know about feathers, really? WBB managing editor Dawn Hewitt shares surprising facts!
Jul 23, 2014
Timeline PhotosA familiar feeder bird across much of North America, the White-breasted Nuthatch is best identified by its long bill, black crown-stripe, and plain white face. Nuthatches are notorious for their agile foraging behaviors, often creeping down tree trunks headfirst.
Jul 21, 2014
It's nearly impossible to ignore an egret, heron, or other large, wading bird, but identifying some of these large waders can be tricky business. Here's a fun quiz to test your ID skills.
Jul 17, 2014
Crack open your field guide to the long-legged waders, and your gaze will probably get snagged on the showy white birds, or the familiar great blue heron. Then, you'll probably notice their colorful cousins, the little blue heron, the green heron, and the reddish egret. But on a page nearby, have you noticed the night-herons? Both in the field guide and in the field, the two North American night-herons are easy to overlook.
Jul 12, 2014
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