Category: Birds

Selecting the Best Evergreens for a Bird Sanctuary

My Mom and Dad had the best backyard. It not only provided a park-like setting that looked amazing, but it included a variety of trees at differing heights that offered food, shelter and a multitude of nesting opportunities for the plethora of birds that enjoyed that diverse area. These are the non-deciduous trees my parents …

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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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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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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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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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