The Complicated Process of Migration
Sep 20, 2017

The Complicated Process of Migration

Migration, which appears to be a simple concept on the surface, is actually an immensely complicated process. Migration is widely understood to be the movement of birds from one place to another. We see migration every year in our yards: Sparrows and finches arrive from the North in the fall and leave in the spring. The big picture, however, obscures the complexity.
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Fall Tip: Save Your Summer Berries for Winter
Sep 13, 2017

Fall Tip: Save Your Summer Berries for Winter

Here's a handy fall tip: While the weather is still fairly mild (and before our first heavy frost), fill a few bags of grapes and pokeweed and save them in the freezer for the birds. Put them out of the freezer in late January or February when you see that the natural food supply is depleted.
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Ask Birdsquatch: Dust-Up Mystery
Sep 6, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Dust-Up Mystery

Dear Birdsquatch: While examining my yard, I recently found a bare patch of earth strewn with wild turkey feathers. I've seen the occasional turkey in my yard, but they are very shy. Do these feathers offer clues that perhaps a predator killed a turkey here?
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Carolina or Black-capped?
Aug 30, 2017

Carolina or Black-capped?

Are the chickadees at your feeder Carolina or black-capped? Carolina and black-capped chickadees are nearly identical.
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How to Appease House Wrens
Aug 23, 2017

How to Appease House Wrens

Dear Birdsquatch: Last spring a pair of house wrens took over a bluebird house in my backyard. I suspect them in the untimely demise of a clutch of Carolina chickadee eggs, which I found pierced and dropped below the nest box the chickadees were using. I've heard that house wrens are not good neighbors to other cavity nesting birds. Is this true? And if so, what can I do to discourage the house wrens?
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Deterring Ants and Bees at Nectar Feeders
Aug 16, 2017

Deterring Ants and Bees at Nectar Feeders

Ants are a common problem at nectar feeders, but a problem with an easy solution: An ant moat! Ants can't swim, so by hanging an ant moat above your nectar feeder, you block their travel route. While the ant problem is easily resolved, bees at the nectar feeder present a more difficult challenge.
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