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 is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest by day. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a dad, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, a guitar player, and blogger. Learn more about Bill »

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  • #18 in the Gallery is misidentified as a Tree Sparrow, instead of Tree Swallow.
    by Ron, Mon, 23 Apr 2018
  • yep i do the microwave too....they don't break down in our compost so the birds get them!
    by ecumam2, Wed, 18 Apr 2018
  • As you probably know, sunflower seed hulls have a bio-chemical in them, (allelopathic), which keeps any other seeds from sprouting, in the same area. I have used this fact, to a purpose. With a large build up, each year (& yes, it is a bare spot!), I rake up the "bounty" & spread them on areas of bulbs & perennials to keep the annual weeds down. It's also helpful near blue squill bulbs, which drop seeds through the fence that divides a perennial garden, from the lawn , where they are welcome to naturalize. The garden can be over run with them, so sunflower hulls can keep the sprouting down.
    by Plntlady, Tue, 17 Apr 2018
  • I do this in a small garden, near our road, where winter road sand can build up & bury the small, low-growing plants that live there. In spring I just pick up the burlap & shake it back onto the road, before the road crew comes by with the street sweeper, in spring.
    by Plntlady, Tue, 17 Apr 2018
  • Thanks, now I can not worry so much. It's April 17, here in NE Vt. & is snowing big snowflakes. Yesterday we have scary, high winds & it's refusing to be spring. A phoebe, which was so puffed up I didn't recognize it, except for it's insectivore beak, showed up near the feeders, on my porch. It flew to a low branch, in a sugar maple & has been huddled there for quite a while. I was sure it was a phoebe when I observed it's tail bobbing, when first landing. I assume it is now being still, trying to reserve body heat. I have a frozen, cut pomegranate, hanging from the porch & we have an ample supply of sumac berries & other native fruiting plants, so hopefully it will find what it needs.... Also spotted a brown creeper, on the trunk of one of our big, old sugar maples, this morning.
    by Plntlady, Tue, 17 Apr 2018
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