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
Water Is An Easy Start To Feeding If you're like me, you want to get the most enjoyment out of your back yard with the minimal amount of fuss. After all, when you're not spending time in your back yard, you don't want to be worrying about how you're going to keep up with it all. That's one of the reasons I like more permanent fixtures over portable ones. For instance, I love … [Read more...] about Start With A Bird Bath
In most parts of the US, old man winter is starting to give way to at least small peeks of Spring. That means your back yard visitors are looking (or will soon be looking) for places to nest and raise their young. You can help them in ways you've maybe not thought of. Here are my spring nesting tips to help make your back yard a preferred spot for nesting birds. In no … [Read more...] about Spring Nesting Tips For Back Yard Birders
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
The Day Started Like Any Other I was catching up on email and other early morning tasks. My wife was working from home and was out watering the new plants around the house. After a while, she came and and told me there was a little bird out front under the garage light that appeared to be sleeping but was standing up. From my previous experience with my back yard friends, I … [Read more...] about My Last Minutes With A House Finch
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