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Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:13:01 +0000

 



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



20 Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



This is How Birds, Ahem, Get It On

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Is Feeding Ducks Bread a Good Idea?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What Kitchen Scraps Can You Feed Birds?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Can You Name the 12 Types of Ducks?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Worst Foods for Birds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



10 Ways Not to Feed the Birds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



How Do You Get Birds to Use a New Feeder?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Making Bird Suet Is Easy and Affordable

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Can't Keep Cats Out of Your Yard? Try These...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Have you tried everything to keep cats out of your yard and away from the birds? Maybe not! These stronger measures can help when nothing else does.



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



What Makes an Owl Special? - Owl Characteristics

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Photos of Common Woodpecker Species

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Gallery of woodpecker photos representing seven of the most common woodpecker bird species.



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



How to Attract Owls to Your Backyard

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Wild Turkey Vocabulary

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Wild turkey vocabulary list with 12 key terms that describe turkeys. Includes links to more detailed definitions.



Keep Winter Birds Comfortable With Shelter

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Interesting Owl Trivia - 20 Owl Facts You...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



25 Fun Facts about Hummingbirds - Hummingbird...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What Makes a Duck a Duck?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Keep Stray Cats Out of Your Yard With These Tips

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Cats killing birds is a huge problem, but these easy ways can discourage feral cats from visiting your yard.



Get Started Feeding Birds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

It's easy to get started feeding birds, and these fives simple steps can help you choose the best bird feeders and attract a hungry backyard flock even if you've never had a bird feeder before.



Where Do Birds Go at Night, Anyway?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Protect Your Pets from Birds of Prey

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Attract Hawks to Your Backyard

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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!



Winter Bird Suet

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Tips for the best types of suet to offer winter birds, including the best winter ingredients and how to offer suet in winter.



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Exactly Why Do Birds Bother Migrating?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



20 Fun Facts About Vultures

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Complete Duck Species List - A-Z

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Suet Feeder Tips and Feeding Suet to Backyard...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Do You Know the Different Types of Seabirds?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

These 12 types of seabirds show the great variety of marine birds and demonstrate what makes them unique from all other birds.



Why Spring Is the Bird Mating Season

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Attract Hummingbirds With This Easy Nectar Recipe

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Building a Bird House? Make the Right Size Hole

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



15 Fun Facts about Penguins

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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!



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Add a Bird Garland to Your Trees - Easy Feeding!

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



The History of the Wild Turkey

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

The wild turkey is a familiar bird, but it has a crazy history that switches from being honored as a god to becoming endangered to the White House.



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



How to Protect Backyard Birds from Hawks

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What to Feed Birds in the Winter - Best Foods

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



When Do Hummingbirds Migrate?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What Do Woodpeckers Eat? - Woodpecker Foods

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



12 Urban Legends About Feeding Birds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Parts of a Bird

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Before You Build a Birdhouse

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Tips for choosing birdhouse plans and online plan resources.



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Nyjer (Thistle Seed) - Which Birds Love It?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What Is a Baby Bird Called?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



15 Interesting Facts About Woodpeckers

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Woodpecker Sounds - What Is Drumming?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



How to Tell If Birdseed Is Spoiled

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Easy Tips for Attracting Cardinals to Your...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Colors That Attract Birds - And How to Use Them!

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Understanding Birds' Courtship Behaviors

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



How to Identify Hummingbirds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Roost Boxes - What Is a Bird Roosting Box?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Why Is Preening So Important to Birds?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Bird Pecking at the Window? Make It Stop!

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Tips to stop birds from attacking windows and mirrors, including why they peck their reflections and what birds can be this aggressive.



What Do Hummingbirds Eat? (Besides Nectar!)

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Penguin Vocabulary

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

List of vocabulary words associated with penguins, including short definitions of each term and links to more detailed definitions.



Learn the 12 Ways Birds Migrate

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Learn the 12 different types of bird migration and types of birds that migrate in unusual ways.



Attracting Birds in Winter

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Red-Bellied Woodpecker – Male. Page 7.



Making Bulk Suet: Customize Your Blends

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Speak Their Language: Learn the Owl Vocabulary

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Easy Tips to Attract Chickadees to Your Backyard

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



What Makes a Hummingbird Unique?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Wild Turkey

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Detailed bird profile of the wild turkey: appearance, foods, habitat, behavior and reproduction. Includes tips for attracting wild turkeys.



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

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Do Birds Eat Nuts? Yes!

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Easy Tips for Attracting Backyard Orioles

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Tips for attracting orioles with food, water, shelter and nesting material appropriate for these colorful songbirds.



What Birds Enjoy Cracked Corn?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Nyjer Seed - Feeding Birds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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?



Understanding the Sounds Birds Make

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Many sounds birds make can be used for identification, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird noises - learn how!



What to Do When You Find a Dead Bird in Your Yard

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Learn safe dead bird removal tips, including when to contact authorities about a dead bird in your yard.



East Tips to Attract Woodpeckers to Your Backyard

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Chew, Gobble or Gulp - How Do Birds Eat?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



How Do Birds Use Their 5 Senses?

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Keep Winter Bird Baths Fresh and Liquid Even in...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

No matter where you live, you need to take steps to keep your winter bird bath at its best. These tips can help, and birds will appreciate the water!



Easily Protect Backyard Birds from Cats

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Tips for controlling cat behavior and backyard bird habitats to minimize the dangers cats pose to wild birds.



Get Your Bird Bath Ready for Winter

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Why Backyards Matter to Winter Birds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Safflower Seeds

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



Heated Bird Bath Tips

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Top 10 Bird House Problems

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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.



A-Z Eagle Species and Types of Eagles

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

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



Seeing Birds at the Beach? Learn the Different...

2016-12-02T11:13:01Z

Learn the different types of shorebirds and other birds on the beach, including how each type is distinct but still a shorebird.