Jun 23, 2016
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.
Jun 22, 2016
Common Bird Feeding Problems–"and How to Solve Them!Watching Backyard Birds contributor Chris Bozak shares his tips for backyard bird photography.
Jun 16, 2016
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.
Jun 15, 2016
Changing Seasons, Changing BirdsWatching Backyard Birds contributor Chris Bozak shares his tips for backyard bird photography.
Jun 9, 2016
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.
Jun 8, 2016
Hot Pepper Repels Squirrels, Not BirdsAdding seeds with capsaicin to your feeder offerings may be a method to preventing squirrels--and other mammals--from taking seed away from your birds.
Jun 7, 2016
Eurasian Collared-Dove » Bird Watcher's DigestIdentify the large, pale Eurasian collared-dove with our online bird identification guide, compete with pictures and audio.
Jun 2, 2016
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.
Jun 1, 2016
Hummingbird Nectar RecipeWant to make your own nectar for feeding hummingbirds? It's easy! See a recipe on watching backyard birds.com
May 31, 2016
Eastern Meadowlark » Bird Watcher's DigestA familiar bird of farm fields and grasslands, the eastern meadowlark is known by its distinctive field mark: a bright yellow breast with a –?V–? of black.
May 26, 2016
Want to make your own nectar for feeding hummingbirds? It's easy! All you need is the right proportion of sugar and water.
May 26, 2016
Great Blue Heron » Bird Watcher's DigestThe great blue heron is a tall, elegant inhabitant of marshes, ponds, lakes, and bays across the continent. Identify this long-legged, blue-gray bird with our identification guide.
May 25, 2016
Blue Jay » Bird Watcher's DigestThis is the largest blue songbird found in the East. There are several other jays in the West, but only the Steller's Jay is both crested and mostly blue.
May 23, 2016
Chimney Swift » Bird Watcher's DigestThe Chimney Swift has a cigar-shaped body with long slender wings. Learn more about what to look and listen for the identify this bird in the field!
May 20, 2016
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.
May 18, 2016
Western Bluebird » Bird Watcher's DigestThe western bluebird is the most richly colored of our three bluebird species. It is found in a variety of open habitats throughout much of the West.