Bird Feeding In Summer Doesn't Have To Be Hard I know I've already written about the benefits of adding water to attract birds but let me give you a quick rundown of five things I recommend for bird feeding in summer. If you offer hummingbird nectar, make sure to change it every 3-5 days depending on how warm it is in your neck of the woods. Fill your feeders with no … [Read more...] about Summer Bird Feeding Tips
No Goldfinches? Like a lot of people I've been talking to this year, I've had a real challenge getting goldfinches into my back yard. I've tried cleaning, changing seed, changing seed brands and praying. Up until a couple of weeks ago, it didn't seem like there was any way to change this trend. One day, I was out in my garage inventorying my feeders and supplies. I came … [Read more...] about I’m Being Overrun By Goldfinches! Here’s How You Can Too
To Feed or Not To Feed? As many of you have already guessed, I have squirrels in my back yard and have since I started feeding birds in 2003. I've written before about their antics and some of the challenges with them. I've said before that it's not something you should do without doing some research first. If you want to feed squirrels you do need to understand what you're … [Read more...] about How To Feed Squirrels Successfully
As we tend to our feeders, we realize we're helping out our friends by giving them a ready source of food, water, cover and sanctuary. What we tend to forget sometimes is how much they give us back in return. One of my favorite back yard visitors is titmice. Let me give you a few reasons why this is. They Put You In Your Place How many times have you snuck up on a feeding … [Read more...] about Why I Love Titmice
My Attempt To Train My Back Yard Birds Each of us, from time to time, looks out into our back yards and sees something we're not crazy about. Whether it's a squirrel figuring out a way to get to one of our feeders or a large flock of grackles that have taken another one over. Myself, I tend to be a rather active or even proactive birder. If I see something developing, I'll … [Read more...] about I Try To Train My Back Yard Birds
Warning: Experiences Like This Are Likely To Change Your Life! It is amazing how we humans can get caught in tunnel vision. Things happen in our lives and we just use it as evidence that everything is about us. You have a challenge. Whether it's health or finances or family or everything at once; we're so quick to listen to our egoic minds and only see how it affects us. … [Read more...] about The Downy Woodpecker That Changed My Life
In my never ending quest to learn more about you, my readers, I like to ask questions. I'm trying to figure out what kind of content you value most or if your interests are all over the map. It would help me be more helpful to you if I knew what level of a birder you are. For the purposes of this article, I am going to break them down into three categories and then explain … [Read more...] about What Kind of Birder Are You?
First In, Last Out Is NOT Just For Accounting With tax season well under way, I had to sneak in a quick post about my approach to keeping sparrows and other nuisance birds at bay. It has to do with how smart birds are and how you can use that to your advantage. It IS possible to train the birds you want while discouraging those you don't. Sometimes, all you have to do is … [Read more...] about Using The First In, Last Out Method To Foil Sparrows