Ask Birdsquatch: Feeder Hogs
Oct 18, 2017

Ask Birdsquatch: Feeder Hogs

Dear Birdsquatch: It seems like I spend a blue million dollars on birdseed every month. I love the woodpeckers and have a nice variety of them at the feeder—even an occasional red-headed—but the blackbirds and house sparrows are eating me out of house and home. Is there something I can do to attract only woodpeckers and, you know, the sweet little birds like chickadees and cardinals, but not starlings or grackles or house sparrows?
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Fall Birding Tips
Oct 11, 2017

Fall Birding Tips

Looking for ways to enhance your fall birding? WBB editor Bill Thompson, III, has a few tips that will increase your chances of attracting fall migrants to your backyard.
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Keep Your Hummingbird Feeders Up
Oct 4, 2017

Keep Your Hummingbird Feeders Up

You've probably heard the myth: Take down your hummingbird feeders in the fall or the hummers will "forget" to migrate. It's not true. Birds, including the hummingbirds at our feeders, are programmed by instinct to migrate when their inner clocks tell them to leave.
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Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Bird Feeders?
Sep 27, 2017

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Bird Feeders?

This is a question that birdfeeding enthusiasts have asked themselves and others over the decades. Since backyard bird-feeding exploded as an activity in the early 1980s with the advent of commercially produced feeders and commercially packaged bird seed (along with the development of black-oil sunflower seed as a bird-feeding staple) we’ve all expanded our backyard offerings to include more varieties of seed/food and feeders. But is there such a thing as too many feeders?
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The Complicated Process of Migration
Sep 20, 2017

The Complicated Process of Migration

Migration, which appears to be a simple concept on the surface, is actually an immensely complicated process. Migration is widely understood to be the movement of birds from one place to another. We see migration every year in our yards: Sparrows and finches arrive from the North in the fall and leave in the spring. The big picture, however, obscures the complexity.
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Fall Tip: Save Your Summer Berries for Winter
Sep 13, 2017

Fall Tip: Save Your Summer Berries for Winter

Here's a handy fall tip: While the weather is still fairly mild (and before our first heavy frost), fill a few bags of grapes and pokeweed and save them in the freezer for the birds. Put them out of the freezer in late January or February when you see that the natural food supply is depleted.
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