Helping Injured Birds
May 24, 2017

Helping Injured Birds

Wondering what to do when you hear that sound of a bird hitting glass, and you look outside to see a stunned bird lying on the ground below one of your windows? Here's some advice from WBB editor Bill Thompson, III.
Weird Things to Feed Birds: Eggshells
May 17, 2017

Weird Things to Feed Birds: Eggshells

Looking for something new to offer your backyard birds? Try eggshells. Birds need calcium to produce eggs. They get it from their diet, and they don't store a lot in their bodies. If a laying female doesn't obtain enough calcium, she could experience decreased eggshell thickness, reduced clutch size, or even a lower hatching rate.
Birdsquatch: Bird Feeding and Housing
May 1, 2017

Birdsquatch: Bird Feeding and Housing

WBB's very own bigfoot, who knows what birds want more than any mere human, addresses housing and feeding: Is it OK to feed birds in the summer? And when is the right time to put out a birdhouse? Good timing on both answers, big guy!
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Top 10 Flowers You Can Grow for Birds
Apr 24, 2017

Top 10 Flowers You Can Grow for Birds

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.
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Ask Birdsquatch: Backyard Murder Mystery—Who Poked Holes in These Birds' Eggs?
Apr 17, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Backyard Murder Mystery—Who Poked Holes in These Birds' Eggs?

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.
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All About Chipping Sparrows
Apr 10, 2017

All About Chipping Sparrows

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.
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Goldfinch Salad
Apr 3, 2017

Goldfinch Salad

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.
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Ask Birdsquatch: Suet Dough and Bluebird Boxes
Mar 27, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Suet Dough and Bluebird Boxes

Our tall, hairy, and slightly stinky columnist answers reader questions about feeding suet dough, why nest boxes might fail, and pizza. Birdsquatch loves pizza.
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Add Mealworms to Your Buffet to Attract New Bird Species!
Mar 13, 2017

Add Mealworms to Your Buffet to Attract New Bird Species!

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.
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