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Published: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:13:00 +0000

 



Easy Tips to Keep Hummingbird Nectar From...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to keep hummingbird nectar from freezing in order to provide food for hummingbirds in winter.



Birdseed Ornaments - Step-By-Step Instructions...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Step-by-step project to make birdseed ornaments. Includes full recipe and detailed steps, each with a photo and suggestions for alternative options where appropriate. Easy skill and experience level.



What Do Wild Ducks Eat, Anyway?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Domestic ducks eat corn and specialized feed, but what do ducks eat in the wild? These birds have an interesting and varied diet.



What CAN You Feed Ducks for Good Nutrition?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

If you want to feed ducks or geese at a local pond, offer these nutritious treats instead of unhealthy bread.



Top 8 Reasons to Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Why should you bother to make hummingbird nectar from scratch? It's easy, cheap, convenient and more - learn why you should make your own hummingbird nectar!



This is How Birds, Ahem, Get It On

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how birds mate, the sexual anatomy of birds and how copulation happens. Includes tips to protect birds when you see them mating.



Making Bird Suet Is Easy and Affordable

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to make suet for birds with this simple recipe. Includes tips for the best backyard suet.



Keep Winter Birds Comfortable With Shelter

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Winter birds need shelter - learn the best winter bird shelters and how to provide them safely and easily.



How Do You Get Birds to Use a New Feeder?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Attract birds to a new feeder by knowing the best styles to choose, feeder locations and seed preferences.



What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What do turkeys eat? Learn the diet and feeding behavior of wild turkeys, with tips for how to feed turkeys in the backyard.



10 Ways Not to Feed the Birds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Avoid these top 10 bird feeding mistakes and you'll easily attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.



Ever Wonder How Wild Birds Keep Warm in the...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How do birds keep warm in winter? Learn the adaptations that heat birds up, and what you can do to help them beat the cold.



Is Feeding Ducks Bread a Good Idea?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Feeding ducks bread is unhealthy and can lead to malnutrition, diseases and bad behavior, but there are many healthier treats to feed ducks.



Worst Foods for Birds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Are you feeding your birds the most nutritious foods? Check this list of the 10 worst foods for birds to be sure you aren't including unhealthy junk in your backyard birds' diet.



25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds - Hummingbird...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How many hummingbirds are there? How fast do they fly? What is a hummingbird's lifespan? Learn your hummingbird facts and trivia!



Can You Name the 12 Types of Ducks?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Do you know the 12 different types of ducks? Learn what makes each one distinct and which ducks are which.



What Kitchen Scraps Can You Feed Birds?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn which kitchen scraps can be good foods for birds and how to safely offer them at your backyard feeders.



Be Festive - Decorate a Christmas Tree to Feed...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

For a fun and festive project, decorate a tree to feed birds! Includes tips for getting birds to use the tree and lots of decoration treat ideas.



Do You Know the Best Birdseed for Your Backyard...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Discover the best birdseed for your backyard birds, including which birds prefer which seeds and how to choose quality seed of any type.



Attract Hummingbirds With This Easy Nectar Recipe

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Classic hummingbird nectar recipe with safe tips for feeding hummingbirds nectar.



We Bet You Didn't Know These 20 Fun Facts about...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

You may recognize flamingos, but do you really know them? From size to feeding to behavior, these facts about flamingos may surprise you.



Where Do Birds Go at Night, Anyway?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Where do all our familiar birds go at night? Learn how birds sleep and discover night migration and night singing.



Why Spring Is the Bird Mating Season

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn when birds mate, including factors that affect the timing of the bird mating season and birding tips for breeding months.



Interesting Owl Trivia - 20 Owl Facts You...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How much do you really know about owls? These 20 fun trivia facts about owls may surprise you!



Suet Feeder Tips and Feeding Suet to Backyard...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for how to offer suet to backyard birds, including different suet feeder types how to avoid common problems when feeding suet.



We Bet You Didn't Know These 15 Fun Facts About...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Ducks may be familiar birds, but do you know your duck trivia? These duck facts - behaviors, breeds, diets, sounds and more - will surprise you!



Can Birds Eat Apples and Other Fruit? Yes -...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn which bird species eat apples and other fruit, including tips for how to feed birds fruit in the backyard.



Building a Bird House? Make the Right Size Hole

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn the best bird house hole sizes for common backyard nesting birds. Includes how to increase or decrease hole sizes safely.



What Makes an Owl Special? - Owl Characteristics

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What is an owl? Learn the unique owl characteristics, including physical and behavioral differences that are distinct to these birds.



What Makes a Duck a Duck?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What is a duck? Learn the characteristics that make these birds unique to better appreciate the diversity that helps define ducks.



Roost Boxes - What Is a Bird Roosting Box?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn the basics of bird roosting boxes - what features are necessary, positioning a roost box and tips to attract birds with this shelter.



How to Attract Owls to Your Backyard

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to attract owls to the yard by meeting their needs, and learn why these raptors are great backyard guests.



What to Feed Birds in the Winter - Best Foods

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn what to feed birds in winter, and why these best winter bird foods are preferred for cold weather feeding.



12 Urban Legends About Feeding Birds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

The top 12 birdfeeding myths debunked, including rice causing bird explosions and whether or not feeding the birds influences their migration.



Do You Know the Proper Names for Different Bird...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What is a flock of hummingbirds, a group of flamingos, a mass of ducks or a flock of eagles called? Learn the collective nouns for different birds.



Why Backyards Matter to Winter Birds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn why backyards matter to winter birds, and what birds are the top 40 winter visitors in North America.



Attract Hawks to Your Backyard

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to attract backyard hawks by meeting their needs for food, water, shelter and nesting sites - including why you want raptors in the yard!



15 Fun Facts about Penguins

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How much do you know about penguins? Learn how big and small they are, how long they live, what they eat and more. These fun facts may surprise you!



How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Hawks eat birds, but backyard birders can help their favorite species without harming the food chain - learn to protect backyard birds from hawks.



Nyjer (Thistle Seed) - Which Birds Love It?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Thistle seed is popular, but if you fill your feeders with it, what birds will visit? Learn which familiar birds eat Nyjer seed.



Complete Duck Species List - A-Z

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

A-Z list of wild duck species, with common and scientific names plus threatened or endangered status. Discusses why duck names can be confusing.



Learn What Birds Will Come to Your Backyard for...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What birds eat suet? From woodpeckers to chickadees to warblers, this nutritious and easy food is popular for many different birds.



Add a Bird Garland to Your Trees - Easy Feeding!

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Feed backyard birds with this easy bird garland project. Includes a list of appropriate foods and tips for hanging the garland.



Why Birds Flock and Why It Matters

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Flocking has many advantages for birds, but also problems that must be overcome for a flock of birds to be worthwhile.



Nyjer Seed - Feeding Birds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Nyjer seed, also known as thistle or niger, is a popular seed to offer small birds and finches. But what is it, and which birds will eat it?



What Do Woodpeckers Eat? - Woodpecker Foods

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Knowing what woodpeckers eat and how their diets change can help birders choose the best foods for feeding woodpeckers.



How to Identify Hummingbirds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for identifying different hummingbird species by appearance, behavior and territory.



Protect Your Pets from Birds of Prey

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Protect pets from hawks, owls or other raptors. Hawks can eat dogs and cats, but savvy pet owners can keep their furry friends safe.



Easy Tips for Attracting Cardinals to Your...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Attracting northern cardinals is easy with the right food, water, shelter and nesting sites. Learn how to attract cardinals with these tips.



Top 10 Hummingbird Nectar Mistakes

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Top mistakes backyard birders make with hummingbird nectar that can discourage or even harm hummingbirds. Includes tips for correcting these mistakes and properly feeding hummingbirds.



Before You Build a Birdhouse

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.



How Do You Tell Whether a Bird is Male or Female?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to tell the gender of wild birds using both appearance and behavior for sex determination.



Get Your Bird Bath Ready for Winter

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for how to winterize bird baths to provide safe, clean, liquid water to backyard birds even in frozen months.



When Do Hummingbirds Migrate?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

If you know when hummingbirds migrate, you can easily attract them. Learn when to prepare for hummingbirds every spring and fall.



What Types of Suet Are Best for Your Backyard...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn the different types of suet, including flavors and shapes, with tips for how to choose the best suet for your backyard birds.



Understanding Birds' Courtship Behaviors

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Bird courtship includes many unique displays to attract suitable mates. Learn these behaviors and why birds have such elaborate rituals.



Heated Bird Bath Tips

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for how to use a heated bird bath to provide fresh, clean water to backyard birds all winter long.



Attracting Birds in Winter

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for attracting birds in winter by meeting their basic needs of food, water and shelter, with ideas for keeping winter birds safe from predators.



What Do Hummingbirds Eat? (Besides Nectar!)

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Hummingbirds need more than nectar, and knowing what hummingbirds eat can help backyard birders attract hungry hummingbirds with ease.






20 Fun Facts About Vultures

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How do vultures keep cool? Why are they bald? How do they speak? Can they fight crimes? These fun vulture facts might surprise you!



Making Bulk Suet: Customize Your Blends

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Knowing what unique ingredients you can add to customize your suet recipe is a great way to create special suet cakes to attract specific birds. Includes details on which birds like which ingredients, and how to customize store-bought suet cakes.



Hummingbirds in Winter - Enjoy Hummers in Snow

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn where to find hummingbirds in winter in North America, plus how to help and attract winter hummingbirds.



Do Birds Eat Nuts? Yes!

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn which birds eat nuts and how to offer nuts in your backyard. Includes nutrition information for bird-friendly nuts.



All You Need to Know About Black Oil Sunflower...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

All about black oil sunflower seeds, including which birds eat these seeds, nutritional information and how to grow your own birdseed sunflowers.



8 Tips for Feeding Hummingbirds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Easy tips for feeding hummingbirds in the backyard.



20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How many wild turkey facts do you know? This amazing trivia about turkeys will have you gobbling for more!



Parts of a Bird

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

The major parts of a bird labeled on a real bird photo.



15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Woodpeckers are instantly recognizable, but how well do you really know them? The woodpecker facts will surprise you!



All About Feeding Birds in Winter - Foods,...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for feeding birds in winter, including the best feeders and seed to keep birds happy and healthy in the worst weather.



What Birds Enjoy Cracked Corn?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Cracked corn is an easily, affordable birdseed perfect for many birds. Learn how to offer cracked corn and even how to crack your own corn.



How to Tell If Birdseed Is Spoiled

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to check for bad sunflower seeds and other spoiled birdseed, and take steps to keep seed fresh and healthy.



Colors That Attract Birds - And How to Use Them!

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn what colors attract birds and how to add color to your landscape for attracting birds. Includes which colors attract specific birds.



Why Is Preening So Important to Birds?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Preening is an essential part of a bird's daily routine. But how do they do it, and why is it so important?



Go Nuts for Feeding Birds Peanuts!

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Feeding birds peanuts is easy, and these tips can help you offer peanuts for birds. Includes which birds eat peanuts and tips for growing peanuts.



When Is It Time to Put Out Hummingbird Feeders?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Do you know when to put out hummingbird feeders? These clues can help you know the best time to start feeding hummingbirds.



Tips for Encouraging Hummingbirds to Nest in...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for attracting nesting hummingbirds by creating a safe environment that gives the birds what they need to raise their families.



Paint a Safe, Attractive Bird House for Your...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Painted bird houses are beautiful, but are they safe for birds? These tips will help you enjoy pretty bird houses good for all nesting birds.



Easy Tips to Attract Chickadees to Your Backyard

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Get the best tips for attracting chickadees to your yard. Just give them what they need: the right food, water, shelter and nesting sites.



Woodpeckers Driving You Crazy? Here's What to Do!

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips to get rid of woodpeckers and stop woodpecker damage on houses and other buildings, without hurting the birds.



Exactly Why Do Birds Bother Migrating?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Why do birds migrate? The answer includes food and breeding, as well as other reasons for migration and why it is so important for birds.



What Is a Baby Bird Called?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What is a baby bird called? Squab, pullet, colt and jake are just a few names. Learn more, plus what generic names can be used for any baby birds.



What Makes a Hummingbird Unique?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

What is a hummingbird, exactly? Learn what makes these birds so different from other common birds!



How Do Birds Use Their 5 Senses?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how birds use their five senses and how you can understand bird vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste to be a better birder.



Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male. Page 7.



A-Z Eagle Species and Types of Eagles

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn the different types of eagles with this complete A-Z list of eagle species, including which species are threatened or endangered.



American Flamingo - Pink and Proud of It

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How much do you know about the American flamingo, the only wild flamingo species to appear regularly in North America?



Top 10 Bird House Problems

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Avoid the top 10 problems with bird houses by learning what can be wrong with your bird house and how to fix it so it will attract nesting birds.



Angry Hummingbirds - Behavior and Aggression

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Hummingbird aggression is one bully bird dominating several feeders. Minimize this hummingbird behavior to enjoy these birds in your backyard.



Get Your Bird House Ready for Winter

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

These tips make it easy to store bird houses for next spring or turn them into safe roost boxes for bird shelter all year round.



How to Save Money on Birdseed

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Many birders reluctantly stop filling their feeders, but these ten techniques can keep the birds sated and extra money in the bank.



East Tips to Attract Woodpeckers to Your Backyard

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn how to attract woodpeckers with the right food, water, shelter and nesting sites. Which woodpeckers will you see?



Heated Bird Baths for Cold Winter Weather

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Overview of heated bird baths, including how they operate, where to purchase them and how to properly care for a heated bird bath.



Safflower Seeds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Learn more about safflower seeds, including which birds prefer these seeds and how to offer them at your bird feeders. Include tips for growing your own safflower seeds.



Easy Birdseed Storage Tips - Keep Seed Safe and...

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Good birdseed storage will keep seed fresh and usable for months. Includes tips for determining when birdseed has gone bad.



How to Offer Nyjer to Backyard Birds

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Tips for how to offer Nyjer to your backyard birds easily and economically, including what are the best bird feeders for Nyjer and how to avoid problems when feeding Nyjer.






Speak Their Language: Learn the Owl Vocabulary

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Vocabulary list for words related to owls with brief definitions as each word relates to owls, plus links to more detailed definitions and photos.



Woodpecker Sounds - What Is Drumming?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

Discover woodpecker drumming - how the birds do it and why these woodpecker sounds don't hurt their heads. Includes tips to stop woodpecker damage.



Chew, Gobble or Gulp - How Do Birds Eat?

2017-01-24T11:13:00Z

How do birds eat? Learn bird eating behavior, the parts of the bird digestive tract and how to help birds get better nutrition.