A Yellow-winged Blackbird?
Oct 16, 2019

A Yellow-winged Blackbird?

Dear Birdsquatch: I had a yellow-winged blackbird at my bird feeder. I didn't know there was such a bird. Is it rare? Was it lost?

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Maintaining Your Backyard Birdbath
Oct 9, 2019

Maintaining Your Backyard Birdbath

The easiest way to clean a birdbath is to ensure it doesn't get dirty. While all birdbaths will eventually need to be cleaned, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the need for frequent cleanings.
Too Many Bees at the Bird Bath!
Oct 2, 2019

Too Many Bees at the Bird Bath!

Dear Birdsquatch: We have been maintaining a birdbath in our backyard for more than 10 years. It has always been visited by a few bees every day. Last year the number of bee visitors increased, and this year there are so many that birds won't use the birdbath. What do you suggest?

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Chokecherry Is for the Birds
Sep 25, 2019

Chokecherry Is for the Birds

A native shrub found commonly from coast to coast, primarily in the northern half of the United States and across southern Canada, is important in helping birds survive winter.
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Fall Is Upon Us! What to Watch For In Your Backyard.
Sep 18, 2019

Fall Is Upon Us! What to Watch For In Your Backyard.

The first day of fall—the autumnal equinox—is September 23. As the days turn colder, look beyond your feeders to the trees and bushes in your backyard. You may be surprised at what you find!
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Helping Hummingbirds in Fall
Sep 11, 2019

Helping Hummingbirds in Fall

It's a myth that a hummingbird, or any bird for that matter, will be deterred from heading south in the fall because of human-provided food. Instinct and hormonal urges are what drive birds to migrate, and hummingbirds are no different. Besides, there is good reason to leave your nectar feeder up and full of fresh sugar water until the temperature dips to below freezing, even if you haven't seen a hummer for weeks.
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8 Common Bird-feeding Myths Debunked
Sep 4, 2019

8 Common Bird-feeding Myths Debunked

Have you ever noticed how much of what we consider "conventional wisdom" is actually wrong and ridiculous? Bird-feeding conventional wisdom is riddled with bad information. But you, my friend, are in luck! I have tried most everything in bird feeding at least once, and I have made nearly every mistake possible. Why? So you won't have to!
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Types of Seed Blends
Aug 28, 2019

Types of Seed Blends

With several types of bird food available on the market today, it's nice to have an option that offers something for everyone eating in your backyard. We've rounded up the most common ingredients of seed blends, their benefits to birds, and how to make sure you're buying the right mix for your backyard birding needs.
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How Do Birds Use Cones?
Aug 21, 2019

How Do Birds Use Cones?

Planting conifers in your yard helps provide shelter, food, nesting sites, and nest-building materials to a diversity of species that rely on these trees for survival. If you're curious about how different conifers benefit birds or are wondering about cone identification in general, we've rounded up a selection of common cones for your consideration.
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Ask Birdsquatch: What's Wrong with My Bird Bath?
Aug 14, 2019

Ask Birdsquatch: What's Wrong with My Bird Bath?

Dear Birdsquatch: We have been maintaining a birdbath in our backyard for more than 10 years. It has always been visited by a few bees every day. Last year the number of bee visitors increased, and this year there are so many that birds won't use the birdbath. What do you suggest?

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Gray Catbird: Some Bird Names are Just Perfect
Aug 7, 2019

Gray Catbird: Some Bird Names are Just Perfect

A lot of bird watchers and non-bird watchers alike have spent time peering into a thicket, trying to persuade the poor lost kitten pitifully mewing in the brush to come out. Even those who are familiar with the catbird have been fooled at times. The soft mew of the gray catbird is so realistic that sometimes the brain just won't accept that it is not a cat.
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DIY
Jul 31, 2019

DIY "Umbrella" for Your Bird Feeders

Here's a neat tip: Keep your seeds—and the birds visiting them—dry during showers by installing a rain guard above them.
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Water Features 101
Jul 24, 2019

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.
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Vines for Birds
Jul 17, 2019

Vines for Birds

Native vines check off multiple boxes of what birds need: nourishment, cover, housing, and mobility. Their fruits and seeds make them great food resources, their knotty networks provide shelter from the elements and protection for active nests, and small birds like warblers, chickadees, and kinglets are known to use vine systems to safely move from the tops of trees to understory shrubbery, then down to ground level. The following list explores some native vine options to consider growing in your own backyard for maximum birdy benefits.
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