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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Did You Know? Pigeon and Dove Trivia
Mar 6, 2017

Did You Know? Pigeon and Dove Trivia

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.
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Mourning Dove: A Widespread, Common Beauty
Feb 27, 2017

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: coo-AHH-coo,coo,coo, sometimes confused for an owl.
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