If you live in the mid-south or anywhere else that's been locked in the 90's for a while I hope you've remembered your birds and backyard critters. I've had to change my birdbath water at least twice each day and clean them about every other day. They really appreciate it and I see it. For instance, I can usually tell when the water has gotten a tad murky because my goldfinches … [Read more...] about Have You Been Changing Your Birdbath Water?
Quick Hand Feeding Test This is something you can do early in the morning one weekend to see if you can hand feed birds in your backyard. You need to have either chickadees or titmice for the best chance of success. Some people also have success with downy woodpeckers. Here's the basic plot. … [Read more...] about A Fun Backyard Bird Feeding Experiment
Get More In One Place Luckily, when I started out I did't just drive to my local Walmart, buy any platform feeder with any flimsy pole and stick it up in my yard with any old crap bird seed mix. What I did was go to Wild Birds Unlimited and speak with one of their people. They recommended the pole feeder station system I have that's been in the ground since I started birding … [Read more...] about Use A Pole Feeder Station System
Did You Say A Pact? Ok, before you go rolling your eyes thinking this is one of those posts claiming if you feed your squirrels they'll leave your feeders alone, don't worry. I'm not going to try to sell you that bill of goods. My seven seasons of backyard birdfeeding have taught me different. Allow me to elaborate. When I first started noticing I had squirrels in my … [Read more...] about Making A Pact With Your Squirrels
Sometimes It's Just The Little Things As an avid backyard birder, I spend a lot of my time thinking of ways to increase my enjoyment of the birds I have, getting more birds into my yard and making sure all visitors find something they like while feeling safe. I go out of my way to actively discourage nuisance birds and to make the environment one that I would want to come to … [Read more...] about Birding Quick Tips Series Announced