Welcome to Watching Backyard Birds.com!

by Bill Thompson, III | Editor, Bird Watcher's Digest
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Welcome to Watching Backyard Birds.com, the companion site for Watching Backyard Birds! WBB is the sister publication to Bird Watcher's Digest, but focuses squarely on the backyard, where the vast majority of bird enthusiasts do most of their bird watching. In creating this magazine and this website, we asked ourselves, "What do backyard bird watchers want and need to enjoy their backyard birds even more?" We've tried to strike the right balance between fun and practical—and we hope you enjoy the result!

Here are some of the features you'll see on this website:

You can also stay in touch with Watching Backyard Birds by following us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WatchingBackyardBirds. Don't forget to visit watchingbackyardbirds.com for regular updates in between issues. We'll even give sneak previews of some of the articles you'll find in the upcoming issue!

Thank you for visiting our website. If you like the content, consider subscribing to the print edition of The Backyard Birds. Wishing you happy reading and great backyard bird watching!

—Bill Thompson, III
Editor

About Bill Thompson, III

Bill Thompson, III, was the team captain for Watching Backyard Birds from its inception 23 years ago through his death on March 25, 2019. So much of what he wrote is timeless and remains informative, helpful, and inspiring.

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  • Goldfinches will continue as long as Swiss chard is available. I'm watching one eating chard right now (mid-November in Vermont).
    by Brian Tremback, Sun, 14 Nov 2021
  • Birds are on the decline though sunflowers are rarely touched and for weeks hardly .eaten. I'll try a few sparing nuts on the table and a fat ball broken for jackdaws and tits but mealworms were a summer favourite being my go to choice
    by Paul Harabaras, Thu, 04 Nov 2021
  • I’ve been enjoying goldfinches eating coneflower/ echinacea seeds in my new pollinator garden! I will leave the plants out all winter for them if the seeds keep that long? Or should I deadhead and put them in a dry area? Im in CT and thought they migrated, but didn’t know they put in winter coats! What do they eat in winter without bird feeders?
    by Anne Sheffield, Sat, 04 Sep 2021
  • Hi Gary, I will pass your question along to Birdsquatch next time I see him. He knows infinitely more about nocturnal wildlife than I do. Where do you live? That's pretty important in figuring out the answer. But the thief could be raccoons, deer, or flying squirrels. Do you live in the woods? Are there trees near your feeder, or must the culprit climb a shepherd's hook or pole? Dawn Hewitt, Watching Backyard Birds
    by Dawn Hewitt, Mon, 30 Aug 2021
  • This breaks my heart. God strengthen your spirit and comfort your heart.I am fortunate to be taking a vacation next month, hopefully before sky high inflation hits and I can no longer afford it.
    by Ironweeds, Fri, 27 Aug 2021
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