Dear Birdsquatch: Why Are There No Birds At My Feeders?
Nov 14, 2018

Dear Birdsquatch: Why Are There No Birds At My Feeders?

There are a lot of potential answers to this question. Is your seed fresh? If you're using last year's seed, it might be stale, or hollowed out by weevils, or just plain yucky. Trying giving your feeders a good thorough cleaning and a refill with some new seed.
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Finch Invasion! Put Out the Welcome Mat
Nov 7, 2018

Finch Invasion! Put Out the Welcome Mat

This winter is going to be an interesting one at bird feeding stations in the eastern half of North America: The famous Finch Forecast from Ron Pittaway in Canada is calling for a southward movement of northern finches. According to various reports, the natural crop of seeds and fruits from birch, alder, spruce, fir, pine, and mountain ash trees is below normal amounts across most of eastern Canada, which will force grosbeaks, siskins, redpolls, crossbills, and purple finches to move south in search of food.
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Don't Throw Away Your Pumpkin Seeds!
Oct 31, 2018

Don't Throw Away Your Pumpkin Seeds!

As you scrape out pumpkin guts for a pie or jack-o'-lantern, don't throw away the seeds! Don't even compost them! Squash seeds of any sort, including pumpkins, are a high protein treat for birds.
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Autumn Gardening Tips for Your Yard Birds
Oct 24, 2018

Autumn Gardening Tips for Your Yard Birds

Whether you'd like to admit it or not, summer is over and autumn is upon us. Spring cleaning gets lots of attention, but for the backyard bird watcher, there's just as much to do in fall as in spring. Check out four tips to help your backyard birds in fall.
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Woodpecker-Friendly Suet Feeders
Oct 17, 2018

Woodpecker-Friendly Suet Feeders

If you get the chance, take a good look at a woodpecker's tail feathers. From the dinky downy to the massive pileated, woodpecker tail feathers are unlike the feathers on the bird's body or wings: They're super strong and rigid, and collectively serve as a stable prop against a tree trunk as a woodpecker hammers it with its bill.
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