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.
May 5, 2016
This Birding Life » Bird Watcher's DigestLatest episode - Episode 57: The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour. TBL host Bill Thompson, III, chats about the upcoming Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour with founder James Adams and event guides Jeffrey A. Gordon and Alex Alvarado.
May 2, 2016
Brown-headed Cowbird » Bird Watcher's DigestThis smallish blackbird has a short, stout bill and a short tail. The name cowbird comes from its habit of following and foraging around herds of cattle.
Apr 20, 2016
Who wouldn't want this squirrel feeder?
Apr 4, 2016
Most nesting birds feed their young protein in the form of insects, especially soft and juicy caterpillars. Some birds are strictly insectivorous, and those are unlikely to visit your seed feeders. A great way to see warblers, vireos, and other such birds is to encourage caterpillars in your garden.
Mar 28, 2016
Here's a very affordable way to please birds! Songbirds need perches. If you can find room to plant just one tree, ideally a species native to your area, birds will find your yard to be friendlier and more welcoming, and more will visit you. If you have a tiny yard and no place to plant a tree, or if you have a postage-stamp-sized yard, or only a porch, deck or balcony to offer the birds, "plant" a dead tree! Not a plastic one, but a branch from a real tree—the biggest one you can comfortably fit in the space you have for it.
Mar 28, 2016
Plant a tree for the birds: Even a dead tree!Here's a very affordable way to please birds! Songbirds need perches. If you can find room to plant just one tree, ideally a species native to your area, birds will find your yard to be friendlier and more welcoming, and more will visit you.
Mar 21, 2016
Although it is rare—even unheard of—for humans to become sick from handling a bird feeder, there is no doubt that microorganisms flourish on their surface. That's why it's important for you to wash your hands after handling your feeders, including after refilling them. Much more of a threat are illnesses and diseases spread among the birds that visit and share feeders. To keep your feeder birds healthy, and to prevent the spread of disease, follow these steps.