What Bird is This?
Jun 23, 2016

What Bird is This?

Have you seen birds like this in your backyard, or at your feeder? Believe it or not, it is a common backyard visitor, and there is a simple explanation for its bizarre appearance.
Common Bird Feeding Problems—and How to Solve Them!
Jun 16, 2016

Common Bird Feeding Problems—and How to Solve Them!

Bird feeding provides enjoyment to millions of North Americans each year. However, this hobby we all enjoy comes with its own challenges. Hawks, pigeons, starlings, and squirrels are notorious for emptying feeders and taking seed from the birds we love most. WBB editor Bill Thompson, III, offers solutions to the most common problems that plague backyard feeders.
Changing Seasons, Changing Birds
Jun 9, 2016

Changing Seasons, Changing Birds

The change of seasons that defines New England offers endless opportunities to photograph backyard birds. A studio photographer needs to change the background on a screen behind the subject to change the mood of the photos. Bird photographers in New England simply let nature take its course for a change of scenery.
Hot Pepper Repels Squirrels, Not Birds
Jun 2, 2016

Hot Pepper Repels Squirrels, Not Birds

Capsaicin, the ingredient in peppers that makes them "hot," affects birds and mammals differently. Some wild birds eat peppers or pepper seeds that humans consider hot. In mammals, such as humans—and presumably squirrels—capsaicin at high concentrations can cause irritation in the mouth and against the skin. This irritation poses no long-term harm, but it can be painful for a short while. When used in suet or on birdseed, squirrels will quickly figure out the source of the pain and vacate.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
May 26, 2016

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Want to make your own nectar for feeding hummingbirds? It's easy! All you need is the right proportion of sugar and water.
Suet in Summer
May 20, 2016

Suet in Summer

Suet is a high-energy treat for so many bird species, and can bring in some birds that aren't interested in seeds. During cool or cold weather, it's easy and convenient to load a cake into a suet feeder and refill when empty. Birds can continue to enjoy the nutritional benefits of suet through the hottest days of summer, but it must be offered more cautiously, and usually, in smaller quantities.
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