Mar 26, 2015
As spring emerges across North America in all its wondrous ways, our backyard birds begin making more of their beautiful music. Here are 10 things you might not know about backyard bird songs.
Mar 18, 2015
Try to spot a robin tomorrow at 6:44 p.m. EDT. It will be the last robin of winter. If you watch it long enough, it could turn into the first robin of spring right before your eyes! Spring begins at 6:45 p.m. EDT March 20 this year.
Mar 12, 2015
Among the most colorful of all the North American birds are the orioles and tanagers. (Refer to your field guide for the oriole and tanager species in your part of the continent.) These birds spend the winter months in Central and South America, where they feed on fruit and insects.
Feb 26, 2015
Noisy and sociable, tame around humans, the tufted titmouse is a fascinating little bird. Learn how to attract it to your backyard, and how to identify it when it arrives.
Feb 19, 2015
When you make your breakfast eggs, save the eggshells! We can hear you asking: "What? Why?" The answer is they are a great addition to your bird-feeding program.
Feb 12, 2015
Have you ever watched a bird vist your feeder during the winter and wondered, "Won't birds freeze their little feet off on the metal perches? It's 20 degrees below zero! How do they do it?" Nature has a clever way of keeping birds' feet warm and functional.
Feb 3, 2015
Would you frequent a restaurant that served your sandwich on the floor and dog food on the table? That's the human equivalent of offering birds inexpensive mixed seed in a hanging feeder. Cheap birdseed mixes usually contain a high proportion of milo, wheat, millet, and cracked corn. Such ingredients are fine for many ground-feeding birds, such as doves, blackbirds, quail, and sparrows, but not the favorite foods of birds that naturally eat above the ground, such as chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, and grosbeaks.
Jan 15, 2015
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?