One of the biggest complaints I hear from people who feed birds is their feeders are being overrun by this bird or another. Usually, it's the grackles, starlings, sparrows or even crows. While I completely identify with their plight, I do believe this happens because the birder has not decided on what feeding style to use? Feeding Style Explained I take great pride that for … [Read more...] about What’s Your Back Yard Feeding Style?
As winter moves across the country, we all see more challenges feeding our birds. One of the main challenges is providing water. If you're able to provide water where you can plug in a bird bath heater, that's great! Especially, if you're able to have your bath far enough away from the house to reduce the chance of window strikes when the occasional predators come by. For me, … [Read more...] about One Of A Bird Feeder’s Best Friends
Long Time Feeder. First Time Complainer As many of you may already know, I've been feeding squirrels in my back yard pretty much ever since I've been feeding birds. They've presented challenges at various times because they're so unbelievably intelligent. In fact, most of the stories I've read of peoples' problems with squirrels have stemmed from them underestimating them in … [Read more...] about My Squirrel Adventures
My Experience With Goldfinches Before 2015 Nearly every year since 2003, the first year I started feeding birds, I've had goldfinches in my back yard. Sure, there have been some years where they were heavier than others. I made a recording in May of 2011 where they were massing in the woods behind our property and the din was almost deafening. Have a … [Read more...] about Where Have All My Goldfinches Gone?
The Intelligence At Work Sometimes, we birders have to witness things that break our hearts. Nestlings getting killed by birds competing for the space. Seeing the odd bird dead on the side of the road while walking our dogs. Seeing squirrels who've been hit in the road. The list goes on. What keeps us going is we know that these things are all part of the beauty we see and … [Read more...] about When Survival Seems Unfair
This is going to be a very short post to give you a quick way to change your mood and liven up your life that costs very little and can reward you instantly. Have Your Birds Over For Dinner While this may work best if you have a patio or deck, you can pull this off with a feeder you can set up right outside your window. Platform feeders would be best but not … [Read more...] about Have Some Fun With Your Birds Now
Your Friends Need Help! I know what your non-birding friends are going through. They know you love to feed, watch and learn about birds. But, that's about as far as their knowledge of birding goes. End result? They end up throwing up their hands and getting you a gift certificate. That's fine and it beats the heck out of taking a stab at something you already have or something … [Read more...] about 5 Birding Gifts Every Birder Would Love To Get
Let's face it...who doesn't love goldfinches in their back yards! Their sweet vocalizations and little fights with each other are reason enough to love them. When you throw in the male's summer plumage, it's impossible not to want to see more of them. Over the years, I've tried different things to attract them. Some have worked and some not. Surprisingly, one of the most … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Attract More Goldfinches