Vegetarian Suet Recipe

Vegetarian Suet Recipe   Photo Credit: Stan Tekeila Everybody likes a little variety! Whether or not you are a vegetarian yourself, you may want to try this recipe for suet which doesn’t use animal fat.  It has the nutrition birds need and birds seems to prefer this one to regular suet.  And it lends itself […]

Join Nestwatch and Help Nesting Birds

Join Nestwatch and Help Nesting Birds Nobody knows better than you what goes on in the nests in your backyard. If you are curious about the birds nesting in your yard and pay particular attention to Photo Credit: Stan Tekeila them, Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great project called Nestwatch that can use your […]

Winterizing Your Yard for Backyard Birds

Winterizing for Backyard Birds    As cold weather begins, it’s time to make your backyard inviting for birds overwintering in your area. With some simple preparations you can have birds visiting and staying throughout the winter by creating a safe spot where they have enough to eat, get fresh water,  Common Redpolls  Photo Credit: Stan Tekeila and […]

Making Your Own Owl Nest Cone

Making Your Own Owl Nest Box It’s fall and owling will soon be part of winter outings! For now, Photo Credit: Cornell Lab of Ornithology though, it’s time to put up those owl nesting boxes or cones (yes, cones!), as owls will be interested in nesting soon and it’s a good idea to have the […]

Backyard Birds Need Water in Summer

  Backyard Birds Need Water in the Summer One of the most important   On a city roofdeck, the same birdbath works in summer, and heated in winter. Photo Credit: Deborah Rivel items in your backyard year round is clean, fresh water. When its really hot, birds are regularly in need of hydration, the ability […]

Making Your Windows Bird Friendly

 Making Your Windows Bird-friendly   Birds and glass are a deadly combination. We all know Photo credit: USFWS that sound – the thud of a bird hitting our plate glass window at high speed.  We rush over and hope this one has not been knocked unconscious, or worse, had his neck broken.  It’s estimated that over […]

Better Backyard for Nesting Birds

A Better Backyard for Nesting Birds   American Goldfinch Family Photo Credit: Stan Tekeila It’s easy to start making your backyard even more attractive for birds by using native plants, water features and other new additions. But nesting birds have an even more specific set of needs and you can easily make sure the changes […]

The Importance of Your Backyard in Winter

The Importance of Your Backyard in Winter We all know that over 30% of birds are in serious decline. One of the challenges birds face is destruction of habitat. And while the ultimate measure is preservation of large ranges of habitats and biomass, on a micro level, we can all do our part. What you […]

Cowbird Mysteries

Cowbird Mysteries   Brown-headed cowbirds are brood parasites – a term which is pretty much as terrible as it sounds. Basically, these cowbirds mate, and then never build a nest. The females quietly figure out which birds are building nests and then deposit eggs in the nests of these unsuspecting birds. Some birds can figure it […]

Baby Birds Through the Summer

Baby Birds Through the Summer  Spring isn’t the only time to see baby birds. While most Wild Turkey chicks songbirds have already nested and many of the young have fledged, some songbirds like Bluebirds, Robins and Cardinals who may have three broods during the season,  and Mourning Doves who may have as many as six, […]

Setting Up For Hummingbirds

   Setting Up For Hummingbirds Rufous -tailed Hummingbird Hummingbirds are on their way to you! In fact, they may already be in your area waiting for your backyard to be ready for them to nest and live in this summer. Sure you can put out a hummingbird feeder, but with a little planning and innovation, […]

Purple Martins Coming Your Way

Purple Martins Coming Your Way Want to have Purple Martins in your backyard this year?   If you are willing to commit to some early spring planning, you can find find the right house and install it after the  Purple Martin “scouts”  arrive in your area. The first ones to arrive at the nesting site are older birds hoping to […]

Welcome Barn Owls!

Barn Owls are fairly common residents in most of North America, but they are a species in decline and could use some help.  They frequently nest or roost in abandoned barns or buildings.  They also have a long history of rodent control on farms and ranches, and many farmers know the benefits of attracting a […]

FAMILY FUN: Feeding Hummingbirds

  Hummingbird feeders are a great project for birders of all ages.  Seed feeders attract many different types of birds, from sparrows to cardinals  and finches and more.  But feeding hummingbirds requires a little more thought and is very rewarding, as once hummers find your feeder, they will be there consistently for you to see.   […]

Welcome Purple Martins To Your Backyard

Time to get ready for returning migrants!  One of the earlier returning birds is also one of the friendliest and most social  — the pretty and chatty Purple martin.  Over one million North Americans put up houses each year for Martins, so if you haven’t tried attracting them to your yard, now is a perfect […]

Make Your Backyard a Summer Bird Haven

Water is often the main attraction in the summer as temperatures rise and birds become both thirsty and overheated.  In hot weather, fresh water helps birds keep hydrated, keep their body temperature down and keeps their feathers in optimum condition. Often clean, safe-to-visit water isn’t readily available, so leaving fresh water in a shallow basin […]

PRINCIPLES OF BIRDING ETHICS

  PRINCIPLES OF BIRDING ETHICS courtesy of the ABA Everyone who enjoys birds and birding must always respect wildlife, its environment, and the rights of others. In any conflict of interest between birds and birders, the welfare of the birds and their environment comes first. Code of Birding Ethics 1. Promote the welfare of birds […]