Category: Wild Birds

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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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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How Do Wild Birds Show Anger?

Birds cope with other birds, wildlife and humans in a number of ways. When defending their territory, family and food sources, they can become irate and fearful. There are at least 5 ways that birds show anger: physical attack posturing and use of body language loud scary sounds and vocalizations element of surprise by suddenly …

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Grease Balls for the Birds: Feeding Birds in Winter

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere then you will know by now that winter is only a stone’s throw away. That means freezing cold days and nights, ice, frost and in some cases lots of snow. Once winter does arrive and you are cosy and warm in the house do you ever consider the …

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6 Easy Ways to Help Wild Birds Survive Extreme Winter Weather

1. Keep your feeders well stocked, especially first thing in the morning. After a long, cold night, your backyard birds need high-energy foods like black oil sunflower seeds, quality suet, peanuts and peanut butter. 2. Make sure your bird feeders are clear of snow and ice. After a heavy snow, my feeders are covered and …

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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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The Amazing Bird-Bug-Tree Triangle

Wild birds have evolved to become dependent upon beetles, spiders, moths and other bugs and caterpillars for their very survival. In turn, trees depend upon the birds to help keep them free from insect damage and infestations for their continued existence. What birds use the insects on trees as a food source? Woodpeckers of all …

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Wild Birds and Squirrels: Pals Out of Necessity

There’s a definite symbiosis between these two totally different species. Squirrels are land and tree based animals that thrive in forest, urban and suburban settings containing food trees like pines, oaks and walnuts. They are world-class acrobats with a talent for climbing trees and branches with dexterity and dispatch.  On the other hand, birds are …

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25 Plants Your Goldfinches Will Love

Talk about an eye grabber! I love the striking contrast of bright yellow and black that is a male Goldfinch. When they change from drab yellow-green in the spring to their beautiful, happy summer plumage, I know warm weather is definitely on the way. Plant any or all of these to encourage your goldfinches to …

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Create Safe Habitats for Birds by Planting Climbing Roses

“Wow, did you see that? Your climbing rose bush just saved a whole family of Northern Cardinals!” My friend and I had just been enjoying a fragrant walk around my garden, when suddenly a hawk had swooped within inches of the tail feathers of a bright red cardinal. That cardinal was flying hard and fast …

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