Category: Bird Watching

Choosing Bird-Friendly Lawn and Garden Accents

Think Like a Bird! Remember, your vantage point is from overhead as you fly and perch. We humans often forget to look up, but tend to deal with the realm that is directly ahead or below our line of sight. Do a little experiment and pretend you are hovering over your own yard, as if …

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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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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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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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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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House Sparrows – Safety in Numbers

Ever observe just one House Sparrow? Odds are – if you did – food is extremely scarce. Otherwise, House Sparrows tend to send out an alarm when they find food. With multiple birds feeding, there are more eyes out for predators such as cats and hawks. Or, the safety may lie in the fact that …

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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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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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Make a Fun and Easy Birding Journal

Birds are so much fun to study and photograph. That’s why I have started a birding journal or scrapbook. In addition to identifying returning migratory birds, I can add pictures of my overwintering avian friends as well. I love to see and record the transition from their winter coats to their spring and summer frocks! …

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Birding Binoculars

Bird watching can be a delightful past time, once you have attracted a nice variety if birds to your home, you may want a closer look. And if you want to get really involved, you may want to go on nature trails and special trips just to watch different species of birds. If you are …

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