Top 10 Foods for Winter Bird Feeding
Jan 15, 2020

Top 10 Foods for Winter Bird Feeding

Winter: 'Tis the season for feeding birds all across North America, especially in those regions where it gets mighty cold and snowy. If you are just getting started in bird feeding, or if you are frustrated by a lack of success in attracting winter birds to your feeders, the first thing you need to determine is whether you are feeding the right foods. If you are not giving the birds what they want, you might not have many birds.
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Meet the Redpolls
Jan 8, 2020

Meet the Redpolls

Redpolls spend the summer nesting in the forests of Alaska and northern Canada. As winter rolls around, you may spot redpolls visiting your feeders, especially if you live in the states along the Canadian border. About every two years, these foraging finches will irrupt farther south, extending their territory toward Interstate 40.

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Birdseed Snow Sculptures
Jan 1, 2020

Birdseed Snow Sculptures

Stuck inside on a snowy day? Looking for an excuse to get some fresh air? Do it for the birds! If the snow on the ground is wet and heavy, bundle up, tug on your boots, grab a bag of birdseed, and head outside. Because this is an all-ages activity, enlist any young birders you might have in your home to join you.

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Chickadee Memories
Dec 24, 2019

Chickadee Memories

Do you have a problem with forgetting where you placed your reading glasses, cell phone, or car keys? Chickadees can't afford that kind of memory lapse. Forgetting where they've stored their seeds can be a matter of life and death. Fortunately, these little birds' brains have adapted to ensure that they won't face a bout of lethal forgetfulness.

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Ask Birdsquatch: How to Keep Nyjer Seed Dry?
Dec 18, 2019

Ask Birdsquatch: How to Keep Nyjer Seed Dry?

Dear Birdsquatch: Do you have any ideas on how to keep Nyjer/thistle seed dry when it rains or snows? Thanks.

—Martin S., Yorktown Heights, New York

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How do Birds Keep Warm in Cold Winter Weather?
Dec 6, 2019

How do Birds Keep Warm in Cold Winter Weather?

Birds have a number of ways to beat the cold, but none so important as their feathers. You may have noticed how on a very cold day the birds at your feeder seem rounder and more puffed-up than usual. This is a way of keeping warm by raising the feathers to create pockets of warm air and enhance insulation. In addition, many species change their plumage, molting into a fresh thick set of feathers prior to the colder months.
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Ask Birdsquatch: Cages and Feeders
Dec 4, 2019

Ask Birdsquatch: Cages and Feeders

Help!!!! I read in Bird Watcher's Digest that a cage could be put around feeders to keep grackles from hogging all of the birdseed. I tried using 1x2 mesh, but cardinals wouldn't go through it. I tried painting the edges of the windows to make them easier to find. Still no luck. Any insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Woodpecker Tidbits
Nov 27, 2019

Woodpecker Tidbits

Did You Know? Most woodpeckers have an X-shaped footprint. Also, they have nostril feathers to prevent inhalation of wood particles as they chisel.
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Sapsucker Facts
Nov 20, 2019

Sapsucker Facts

Of all of the drummers in the woods, none is more interesting or has more impact on its neighbors in the web of life than the sapsucker. Check out some interesting facts about these fascinating birds!
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How to Make Hanging Suet Cupcakes
Nov 13, 2019

How to Make Hanging Suet Cupcakes

As the weather turns chilly and migration is underway, now is the time to start offering suet once again. If you have any young backyard bird watchers in your house, this DIY recipe for suet balls makes a great craft for a rainy weekend!
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Group Feeding Strategies Among Backyard Birds
Nov 6, 2019

Group Feeding Strategies Among Backyard Birds

With fall comes the end of the breeding season and the return of flock feeding among backyard avifauna. Birds that spent their spring and summer in solitude or paired with a mate while tending their clutches are banding together into groups. You might be noticing larger numbers of crows, starlings, finches, or robins in and around your backyard. Did you know that there are three unique flock feeding strategies?
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Eating Styles Among Backyard Birds
Oct 30, 2019

Eating Styles Among Backyard Birds

We tend to think a lot about holiday meals and seasonal treats as the year winds down and the weather turns chilly. Have you ever considered if and how the changing seasons impact what birds eat? Get ready to learn about birds' four main diet types!
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What to Consider When Providing Cover for Birds
Oct 23, 2019

What to Consider When Providing Cover for Birds

You're likely already well-versed in the art of providing food and water for backyard birds. But do you know how to effectively provide cover to attract and protect birds? There are several important factors to take into consideration when installing shrubs or positioning feeder stations in your yard.
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Maintaining Your Backyard Birdbath
Oct 9, 2019

Maintaining Your Backyard Birdbath

The easiest way to clean a birdbath is to ensure it doesn't get dirty. While all birdbaths will eventually need to be cleaned, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the need for frequent cleanings.
Too Many Bees at the Bird Bath!
Oct 2, 2019

Too Many Bees at the Bird Bath!

Dear Birdsquatch: We have been maintaining a birdbath in our backyard for more than 10 years. It has always been visited by a few bees every day. Last year the number of bee visitors increased, and this year there are so many that birds won't use the birdbath. What do you suggest?

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Chokecherry Is for the Birds
Sep 25, 2019

Chokecherry Is for the Birds

A native shrub found commonly from coast to coast, primarily in the northern half of the United States and across southern Canada, is important in helping birds survive winter.
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Fall Is Upon Us! What to Watch For In Your Backyard.
Sep 18, 2019

Fall Is Upon Us! What to Watch For In Your Backyard.

The first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—is September 23. As the days turn colder, look beyond your feeders to the trees and bushes in your backyard. You may be surprised at what you find!
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Helping Hummingbirds in Fall
Sep 11, 2019

Helping Hummingbirds in Fall

It's a myth that a hummingbird, or any bird for that matter, will be deterred from heading south in the fall because of human-provided food. Instinct and hormonal urges are what drive birds to migrate, and hummingbirds are no different. Besides, there is good reason to leave your nectar feeder up and full of fresh sugar water until the temperature dips to below freezing, even if you haven't seen a hummer for weeks.
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8 Common Bird-feeding Myths Debunked
Sep 4, 2019

8 Common Bird-feeding Myths Debunked

Have you ever noticed how much of what we consider "conventional wisdom" is actually wrong and ridiculous? Bird-feeding conventional wisdom is riddled with bad information. But you, my friend, are in luck! I have tried most everything in bird feeding at least once, and I have made nearly every mistake possible. Why? So you won't have to!
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Types of Seed Blends
Aug 28, 2019

Types of Seed Blends

With several types of bird food available on the market today, it's nice to have an option that offers something for everyone eating in your backyard. We've rounded up the most common ingredients of seed blends, their benefits to birds, and how to make sure you're buying the right mix for your backyard birding needs.
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