Look for Pine Siskins
Dec 12, 2018

Look for Pine Siskins

Are there pine siskins at your thistle feeder? They're easy to overlook, since they are streaky brown, like female house and purple finches, but have wing bars like an American goldfinch. They often turn up in flocks with their finch cousins, and blend in, unnoticed. Keep an eye out for a small, finely streaked finch with yellow at the base of a notched tail.
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These Holiday Gift Ideas Are for the Backyard Birds
Dec 5, 2018

These Holiday Gift Ideas Are for the Backyard Birds

Birds might not celebrate human holidays, but they are well aware of shorter days, longer nights, and dropping temperatures. Since most of us celebrate winter holiday by giving gifts, here are some ideas for holiday presents for backyard birds.
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Birdsquatch's Winter Finch Forecast
Nov 28, 2018

Birdsquatch's Winter Finch Forecast

Dear Birdsquatch: A red-breasted nuthatch visited my feeder briefly in mid-September but I haven't seen it since. This is a species I occasionally see in winter, but not September! What's up with that?
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Variety Attracts Variety
Nov 21, 2018

Variety Attracts Variety

To attract the widest variety of birds, offer food in more than one feeder type. An ideal feeding station has multiple feeders at varying heights, offering several types of food. Consider offering safflower seeds in a tube, a high-quality seed mix in a hopper or a platform, a peanut dispenser, sunflower hearts or bits in a dome-protected dish or satellite feeder, fruit on a tray, and/or mealworms in a shallow bowl.
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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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