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Bird ID
What field marks does one use to identify a specific species? When and where can a certain bird be found in North America? Look in this section for the answers. You'll also find profiles of birds featured in Watching Backyard Birds Newsletter.
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Hummingbirds
Hummmingbirds are breathtaking jewels of the birding world. Learn how to attract them to your backyard, and identify them once they arrive.
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Bird Feeding
In this section you'll find helpful tips to enahnace your bird feeding, along with great photos of birds visiting feeding stations in the backyard and beyond!
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Random Sightings
This fun-filled category is devoted to lucky photos, shots of lifers, stories about birds, bird watching, and much more.
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Top Tens
The longtime editor of Bird Watcher's Digest and author of numerous books on birds, Bill Thompson, III, has been feeding and watching birds for 40 years. This section contains articles in which he shares his broad knowledge of birding.
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Habitat
How does one make a yard more bird-friendly? What are the environmental and conservation issues related to bird-watching? Check out this section for tips, stories, and more.
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Other Creatures
The act of watching birds often compels a birder to take interest in flora and fauna beyond avian life—butterflies, insects, woodland animals, and trees, for example. Check out this section for articles and photos.
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Fun Stuff
Check out this section for fun photos and stories about the hobby we all love.
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Nesting
What are the best ways to help nesting birds? What should you do if you find a baby bird that has fallen from the nest? Check out this section for advice.
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  • I have experienced this when a house wren punctured 5 blue bird eggs last spring in our blue bird box. Then I hung out a wren box by the trees and he got busy filling it and left the bluebirds alone and they successfully raised another brood!
    by Susan, Sun, 07 Apr 2019
  • I also have several turkeys that live in the woods behind me. They visit early morning and near sundown. Living in the country with a mountain and brook behind my house, I have animals visiting 24hrs a day. My turkeys are awesome. They know me and wait for their breakfast. They hop up on my patio wall to look in my windows. I also noticed the 2 birds that are the lookouts. They come over to eat as the others march across my lawn to my neighbor who also feeds the animals. We also have coyotes that, I am sure, have eaten turkey dinner. The squirrels run around and chase them to protect their seeds and cracked corn. I feed my 3 raccoons peanut butter jelly sandwiches, which they share with a possum and 3 skunks, at the same time, by the way. No food goes into my garbage. Meat scraps go to crows and hawks. Everything else, even soup, gets eaten before the sun is completely set. That keeps bears away if no dishes are there to entice. I break up bread in tiny pieces now and turkeys 'gobble' it up. So happy to find another person that enjoys wildlife. Nothing is more satisfying than walking out side and spotting Daisy the skunk, calling her name and watching her tripping all over herself, running to meet you. Thank you for your valuable information.
    by Stella Kachur, Wed, 27 Mar 2019
  • This is exactly my experience. The local feed store had some on sale so I thought I'd try some. Actually I was shocked at how it is avoided, and I've been feeding birds for more than 40 years. I suppose I've never had it out as the ONLY food source, but when I put it out along with the blackoil, peanuts, cracked corn and suet cakes, absolutely nothing would touch it. Even when I dumped some on the ground the rabbits wouldn't eat it, nor would the squirrels. Eventually some turkeys and deer ate some--when they could find nothing else underneath the other feeders. But even they left plenty on the ground which they NEVER do with cracked corn, sunflower, etc.Every person should try some if they're inclined and decide for themselves since every situation may be a bit different, but for me/my species, safflower is a big no.
    by Colin Croft, Sun, 03 Mar 2019
  • I have questions about the Zick Dough? It says not to use in cold weather. It is still in the 40s here. Too soon? How long should I expect a supply to last? And, use a tray feeder? Thanks.
    by martindf, Sun, 25 Nov 2018
  • Glad I found this. I'm a snowbird and was worried about all the birds that come to feed at my birdfeeder. I have Cardinals, sparrows, doves, Blue Jays, chickadees. I hope they'll find food elsewhere while I'm gone.
    by Donna, Sat, 03 Nov 2018
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