Best Holiday Tree for the Birds
Dec 6, 2017

Best Holiday Tree for the Birds

Looking for an ideal tree for the birds? Better for the birds than an artificial or freshly cut holiday tree is a live tree: one with roots attached and neatly balled in burlap, ready for planting in your yard as soon as the holidays are over.
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Bird Feeding on a Budget
Nov 29, 2017

Bird Feeding on a Budget

Dear Birdsquatch: I'm on a fixed income now that I'm retired, so I'm watching every penny. I really want to get into bird feeding, but it seems like kind of an expensive hobby. Can you give me any advice on how to attract a lot of birds without breaking the bank?
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Ask Birdsquatch: What do Insect-eating Species Eat in the Winter?
Nov 22, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: What do Insect-eating Species Eat in the Winter?

Dear Birdsquatch: What do insect-eating species like bluebirds and phoebes eat in the winter? Here in northern Georgia we can get some very cold winter weather, which I'm sure eliminates most of the insect population, yet I often see eastern bluebirds and eastern phoebes around all winter long.
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Top 10 Foods for Winter Bird Feeding
Nov 15, 2017

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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Pileated Woodpecker: Woody Woodpecker is Alive!
Nov 1, 2017

Pileated Woodpecker: Woody Woodpecker is Alive!

A pileated woodpecker at my feeder! I was thrilled! Someone had given me a homemade suet feeder with a tail-prop design. A few months after hanging it in my yard (and keeping it continually stocked with suet), a pileated woodpecker showed up. My neighborhood was heavily forested with big, old trees, and I frequently heard their calls and occasionally saw them overhead and in the trees. Having one at my feeder was an exciting first.
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Ask Birdsquatch: Head Bangers
Oct 25, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Head Bangers

Dear Birdsquatch: I love woodpeckers and have managed to attract five woodpecker species to my backyard here in Kentucky. At my feeders they eat peanuts and suet and sunflower hearts. I know their natural food preferences are wood-boring insects, which they dig after with their chisellike bills. My question is this: How do they keep from knocking themselves out when they pound on a tree trunk repeatedly? Do they get concussions? Headaches?
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Ask Birdsquatch: Feeder Hogs
Oct 18, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Feeder Hogs

Dear Birdsquatch: It seems like I spend a blue million dollars on birdseed every month. I love the woodpeckers and have a nice variety of them at the feeder—even an occasional red-headed—but the blackbirds and house sparrows are eating me out of house and home. Is there something I can do to attract only woodpeckers and, you know, the sweet little birds like chickadees and cardinals, but not starlings or grackles or house sparrows?
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Fall Birding Tips
Oct 11, 2017

Fall Birding Tips

Looking for ways to enhance your fall birding? WBB editor Bill Thompson, III, has a few tips that will increase your chances of attracting fall migrants to your backyard.
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Keep Your Hummingbird Feeders Up
Oct 4, 2017

Keep Your Hummingbird Feeders Up

You've probably heard the myth: Take down your hummingbird feeders in the fall or the hummers will "forget" to migrate. It's not true. Birds, including the hummingbirds at our feeders, are programmed by instinct to migrate when their inner clocks tell them to leave.
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