Dear Birdsquatch: Fall Gardening
Sep 19, 2018

Dear Birdsquatch: Fall Gardening

Our vegetable and flower gardens are dormant this time of year, long after the growing season has petered out, I'd like to clean them out so the yard doesn't look so unkempt. I've also heard that cleaning out the dead plant matter from your garden reduces the chances of pests overwintering and emerging to attack the plants in the spring. My husband swears that he read an answer by you in this publication that stated it was best to leave the garden fallow all winter long. I think that my husband is just looking to avoid doing the clean up work. He's not lazy, but he's close to it!
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Editor's Note: Passing Seasons
Sep 12, 2018

Editor's Note: Passing Seasons

I don't know about you, but I feel the changing seasons keenly—especially where the birds are concerned. The only thing that helps me get over the loss of summer bird song is the helter-skelter of fall migration, with warblers and vireos, thrushes, and tanagers flitting through the backyard trees on fall mornings. Then they are gone and the backyard is mostly quiet. With cold weather's arrival here in southeastern Ohio, the windows stay shut (except on warm afternoons) and we're reduced to enjoying our birds through a pane of glass.
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Watch the Moon for Southbound Migrants
Sep 5, 2018

Watch the Moon for Southbound Migrants

In 2018, full moons will occur September 24, October 24, and November 22. If the night sky is cloudless, aim your binoculars toward the moon, and watch. Most migratory land birds make their twice-yearly journey at night, including thrushes, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, orioles, vireos, and cuckoos.
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The Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Raccoons
Aug 29, 2018

The Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Raccoons

Raccoons are undeniably cute, but they are not good neighbors. If raccoons are raiding your feeders by night, these 10 tips are for you. Most backyard feeder perperators can use all the help they can get in fighting this mammalian marauder.
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All About Nyjer Seed
Aug 22, 2018

All About Nyjer Seed

Nyjer, or thistle seed, is that tiny, black, oil-rich seed best known for attracting goldfinches to backyards across North America. Nyjer is typically offered in special tube feeders with tiny slots or in mesh sock feeders. Here are a few things that every feeding station manager should know about this popular backyard food.
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Dear Birdsquatch: Bees at the Hummingbird Feeder. What to Do?
Aug 15, 2018

Dear Birdsquatch: Bees at the Hummingbird Feeder. What to Do?

Dear Birdsquatch: In the summer every year, my hummingbird feeder is overtaken by honeybees or yellow jackets. The hummingbirds can't get a sip. Is it okay to kill the pests with insecticide spray?
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