Water Features 101
Jul 22, 2016

Water Features 101

Throughout North America, August usually brings the driest weather of the year. Natural water sources for drinking and bathing can be few and far between, so by providing a birdbath or other water feature, you'll help the birds get through the dog days, and you will likely be rewarded by attracting species that don't visit your feeding station.
Tough Titmice!
Jul 15, 2016

Tough Titmice!

Tufted titmice have black forehead patches, and for some time researchers have thought that the patch may serve as a signal to other birds, indicating the individual's status. Is it indicative of social dominance? Is it a significant signal during courtship?
Water Features 101
Jul 15, 2016

Water Features 101

Throughout North America, August usually brings the driest weather of the year. Natural water sources for drinking and bathing can be few and far between, so by providing a birdbath or other water feature, you'll help the birds get through the dog days, and you will likely be rewarded by attracting species that don't visit your feeding station.
Will Birds Starve If You Stop Feeding Them?
Jul 8, 2016

Will Birds Starve If You Stop Feeding Them?

This is a question we hear a lot at Watching Backyard Birds. Birders planning an extended vacation often worry about the birds that frequent their feeders. Where will they find food? If they leave, will they ever come back?
What Bird is This?
Jun 23, 2016

What Bird is This?

Have you seen birds like this in your backyard, or at your feeder? Believe it or not, it is a common backyard visitor, and there is a simple explanation for its bizarre appearance.
Common Bird Feeding Problems—and How to Solve Them!
Jun 16, 2016

Common Bird Feeding Problems—and How to Solve Them!

Bird feeding provides enjoyment to millions of North Americans each year. However, this hobby we all enjoy comes with its own challenges. Hawks, pigeons, starlings, and squirrels are notorious for emptying feeders and taking seed from the birds we love most. WBB editor Bill Thompson, III, offers solutions to the most common problems that plague backyard feeders.
Changing Seasons, Changing Birds
Jun 9, 2016

Changing Seasons, Changing Birds

The change of seasons that defines New England offers endless opportunities to photograph backyard birds. A studio photographer needs to change the background on a screen behind the subject to change the mood of the photos. Bird photographers in New England simply let nature take its course for a change of scenery.
Hot Pepper Repels Squirrels, Not Birds
Jun 2, 2016

Hot Pepper Repels Squirrels, Not Birds

Capsaicin, the ingredient in peppers that makes them "hot," affects birds and mammals differently. Some wild birds eat peppers or pepper seeds that humans consider hot. In mammals, such as humans—and presumably squirrels—capsaicin at high concentrations can cause irritation in the mouth and against the skin. This irritation poses no long-term harm, but it can be painful for a short while. When used in suet or on birdseed, squirrels will quickly figure out the source of the pain and vacate.