Apr 24, 2017
Looking for plants that are easy to grow, and repay the effort of planting them with gifts for both people and birds? Author, artist, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose lists ten flowers that are well-suited for the purpose.
Apr 17, 2017
A reader finds an empty chickadee nest and six eggs pierced through, lying on the ground. Could another bird be the culprit? Birdsquatch offers his insight on this backyard murder mystery.
Apr 10, 2017
It's time to start looking for a true sign of spring: chipping sparrows in their breeding finery foraging under your birdfeeders. Don't overlook the subtle beauty of this common backyard bird. It nests across most of North America.
Apr 5, 2017
We're ready for hummingbirds at our feeders! Are you?giphy.com
Apr 3, 2017
American goldfinches do not visit feeders as often in the summer as they do at other times of year. One way to get goldfinches to visit your yard is to grow plants they like. Generally, the goldfinch is a seedeater, preferring seeds from birch and alder trees, burdock, chickweed, and dandelion. But they also eat the leaves of Swiss chard and beets.
Mar 27, 2017
Our tall, hairy, and slightly stinky columnist answers reader questions about feeding suet dough, why nest boxes might fail, and pizza. Birdsquatch loves pizza.
Mar 24, 2017
Bill talks about nest boxes and baffles. Post your questions as comments!
Mar 13, 2017
When the cold weather and dreary days seem to be dragging on, a change in routine can renew your energy. Why not make a change that rejuvenates your backyard birds as well? Mealworms aren't just for bluebirds! Putting out mealworms in addition to your regular offerings can attract cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, sparrows, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, wrens—even the occasional warbler, oriole, vireo, and tanager.
Mar 13, 2017
Mealworms aren't just for bluebirds! Find out what other species you can attract with mealworms.Add Mealworms to Your Buffet to Attract New Bird Species! Mealworms aren't just for bluebirds! Putting out mealworms can attract cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, sparrows, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, wrens—even the occasional warbler, oriole, vireo, and tanagers.
Mar 10, 2017
We're LIVE, talking about seasonal changes and how that impacts your backyard birds. (Plus, first hummingbird sightings!)
Mar 8, 2017
Want to learn about winter owls? Check this out!Winter Owls Owls begin nesting in late winter. Watching Backyard Birds editor Bill Thompson, III, tells you where and when to look for owls, and what to listen for.
Mar 6, 2017
Did you know that pigeons and doves are members of the same family? The largest species in that family are usually called pigeons and the others are doves, but genetically, pigeons and doves are close cousins. Also, pigeons and doves are the only birds that can drink water by sucking it into their esophagus, head down. Other birds must tip their head back to swallow water.
Mar 3, 2017
Photo by Mark Sheehan, in Bloomington, Indiana. We can relate! Can you?
Mar 2, 2017
Read about the mourning dove: a widespread, common beauty.Mourning Dove: A Widespread, Common Beauty If you feed birds, you probably feed mourning doves. Mourning doves are North America's most common and widespread native dove species, named for its mournful cooing. There is a lot to admire about this common bird!
Feb 27, 2017
If you feed birds, you probably feed mourning doves. Mourning doves are North America's most common and widespread native dove species, named for its mournful cooing: coo-AHH-coo,coo,coo, sometimes confused for an owl.