How Much Seed in a Pound of Seed?
Jan 15, 2015

How Much Seed in a Pound of Seed?

Hulled sunflower seed (which means "without hulls") is often sold as sunflower chips, sunflower hearts, or no-mess sunflower seeds. It is very convenient, and attracts a wide variety of species to your feeder, but is pricy compared with black-oil sunflower seeds in the shell. Or is it?
Scarecrow Trick: Teach the Birds to Eat Out of Your Hand!
Jan 8, 2015

Scarecrow Trick: Teach the Birds to Eat Out of Your Hand!

Chickadees and titmice can learn to eat seed from your hand. It's easy! Just find a comfortable spot in your yard and stand or sit motionless with seed in your hand during daylight hours for a few days.
<em>The Bluebirds</em>, a Poem by Henry David Thoreau
Jan 1, 2015

The Bluebirds, a Poem by Henry David Thoreau

It was Henry David Thoreau who noted that the "bluebird carries the sky on his back." Thoreau wrote often of the eastern bluebirds that shared his space in Concord, Massachusetts, in the mid-nineteenth century.
Species Profile: Pileated Woodpecker
Dec 25, 2014

Species Profile: Pileated Woodpecker

North America's largest common woodpecker, the pileated woodpecker is a magnificent, flashy, loud, but shy bird. The word "pileated" is Latin for "crested," a reference to this woodpecker's remarkable crest.
Readers Write: Waiting in Line
Dec 19, 2014

Readers Write: Waiting in Line

When my son, Ryan, and daughter, Amanda, were around 5 and 3 years old, we built our first squirrel box as a family project. Soon after placing it high in our maple trees, squirrels began to entertain as we watched their babies grow and frolic in and on top of the box—our gift to them.

Semi-retired 35 years later, I decided to relive the good times past by placing a new squirrel box in our mulberry tree.
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Make a Resolution to Start a Yard List!
Dec 12, 2014

Make a Resolution to Start a Yard List!

You don't have to be an avid birder to keep a bird list. If you're serious about feeding the birds, why not keep track of the bird species that you have seen at your feeders, in your trees and shrubbery, or otherwise in or over your yard or property?
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