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.
Ask Birdsquatch: What's Wrong with My Bird Bath?
Aug 9, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: What's Wrong with My Bird Bath?

I bought a birdbath at my local garden center. It's ceramic with a beautiful blue glaze on it. It looks amazing in my flower garden but it's been out there for a month and still no birds have gone near it. I've kept it clean and full of water. What gives? Don't the birds need water?
The Diversity of Hummingbirds
Aug 2, 2017

The Diversity of Hummingbirds

Only one species of hummingbird nests the East, but fifteen species of hummingbird breed in North America, including the orange rufous hummingbird. Hundreds more live in Central and South America, ranging from the tiny blue bee hummingbird, to the robin-sized giant hummingbird.
Ask Birdsquatch: Hummer Bummer
Jul 26, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Hummer Bummer

Dear Birdsquatch: My hummingbirds are ignoring my feeder. I've had it up for a month now but not a single bird has taken a drink. They visit it, look at it, and leave. What’s going on?
Establishing a Feeding Station
Jul 19, 2017

Establishing a Feeding Station

Whether you're just getting started in backyard bird feeding or looking to revisit your existing feeding program, this quick overview will help point you toward establishing a backyard cafe that's sure to be the talk of the neighborhood (among the birds, anyway).
A House Finch with Puffy Eyes is at My Birdfeeder. What Should I Do?
Jul 12, 2017

A House Finch with Puffy Eyes is at My Birdfeeder. What Should I Do?

Mycoplasmosis is an eye disease caused by a bacterium. House finches are most susceptible, but goldfinches and other feeder birds can be infected, also. Symptoms include swollen, crusty eyes. Birds eventually go blind, and, unable to find food, starve.