Category Archive: Backyard Birding

Aug 25

Plant a Variety of Trees and Bushes for Your Bird Sanctuary

My secret to a successful bird haven is selecting a variety of native tree and bush species in these three categories – deciduous, coniferous and fruit – to attract the most birds and provide resources for them all year round. Consulting your local plant nursery or your county extension office will help you find the …

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Aug 25

10 Rules for Choosing the Best Bird House

Purchasing a quality bird house is money well spent, and represents a good investment in the future of your backyard birds. Look for these features to determine the best one to buy: 1. The inside floor base should be at least 4″x4″ to accommodate a bird nest. Most small to medium backyard birds can use …

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Aug 25

Creating Your Own Hummingbird Sanctuary Garden

The essentials of a Hummingbird Sanctuary Garden start with rich, organic soil and colorful blooms they love. Plants designed to give them nesting materials and sites, along with a fun water feature will bring these tiny flying jewels to your hummingbird haven. 1. Plant a patch of your yard with red flowers. You can intermix …

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Aug 25

I Love to Listen to the Mockingbird

When my sister was young and still going to school, a mockingbird decided that the chimney on my parents’ house was just the high platform needed for practicing its broad list of tunes. The trouble was that my sister’s window was in close proximity to that chimney. At 6 am our intrepid mockingbird began to …

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Aug 25

3 Easy Steps to a Delightful Bird Seed Garden

Wild bird habitats have been shrinking rapidly, but it’s easy to help restore some of that essential area right in your own backyard. So let’s get started! 1. Make a Plan Decide on the size and shape of the area you will be planting. For a backdrop and built-in bird gathering area, a section or …

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Aug 25

8 Secrets to Creating a Bluebird-Friendly Backyard

Our Eastern Bluebirds arrive here in the northeast in May when weather has started to warm, and nights are no longer frigid. Since they are naturally docile and non-aggressive, invasive English sparrows tend to cannibalize their babies and move into their nest boxes without as much as a peep from the native bluebirds. So keep …

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Aug 23

Why Do Baby Birds Fall Out of Their Nests?

Can you imagine being way up high in a tree, and the March winds start blowing really hard? If your nest isn’t in the right spot, or attached securely, you just might end up on the ground! Although song birds weigh very little, if they fall from a very high place they can get hurt. …

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Aug 11

The Colors That Bring Birds to Your Yard and Gardens

Most everyone knows that hummingbirds, for example, are primarily drawn to reds, pinks and oranges. But did you know that the color of the bird often determines their personal color preference? Northern Cardinals look for areas where red flowers abound, and Baltimore Orioles can’t resist orange blooms. Color: How It Relates to Survival It’s all …

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Jun 25

What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird That Has Fallen Out of Its Nest

It’s a beautiful, warm day in early spring. Smell that fresh, fragrant air! The soil is waking up, early blooms are following the energy of the sun, and birdsong permeates the lovely breeze. Uh-oh! What’s that under the tree? Oh no, it’s a baby bird! It seems to be teetering on unsteady legs, and uncertain …

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Jan 23

Identifying Birds – Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is one of the world’s most stunning woodpeckers. Big, bold and beautiful, a sighting of this bird excites most all birders. In my part of the country we have a very strong and healthy population. This is due to the vast forest areas within the region that are required to …

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