I got quite a few messages from our birders who were stunned to see orioles visiting their bird-feeders this month. Is this possible? In the past few winters, these golden gems have increasingly been spotted...
It’s all fine and dandy buying your bird feeder, filling it withseeds and just waiting for the birds to arrive. What happens if they don’t? And what happens if they do come but you are actually doing them more harm than good?
Here are 8 easy tips to enhance your bird watching experience, enjoy more of their company, attract many more kinds of species while keeping the wildlife around you safe and sound.
Here are 9 tips on how to place your hummingbird feeders most effectively so that you can give the birds a good meal and not attract insects! Once the little hummers notice your feeders, they will make them their home, and you will have a garden filled with curious, charming, shimmering creatures!
Wouldn't it be great to look at your hummingbird feeder and “get to know your regulars?”
The hummingbird is one of the most popular birds in North America - as well as one of the cutest and tiniest. There are over 300 species flying around the globe but only 20 of those species visit us in North America and Canada. Out of that 20 - only a handful stay year round.
No bigger than a golf ball and no heavier a teaspoon of sugar, sweet Anna’s Hummingbird will make a striking impression anywhere they fly. And what a flight. Soaring high up in the sky, then nose-diving down at 60 MPH, all the while showing off their iridescent forest-green feathers and shimmering rose-pink throats. They are essentially flying gemstones.
Purple martins are the largest swallows in north America.
They are known for their speed, reaching 40 miles per hour; their agility - performing crazy acrobatics as they pursue their prey; and their characteristic flight pattern mix of rapid flapping and gliding. They are aerial insectivores, which means they eat insects in mid-flight. They are known to fly in circles in the sky before they dive down for their prey.
You’re not alone. Birding has become one of the most popular hobbies in North America, second only to gardening. 57 million households have taken up bird-feeding as a hobby. In fact,February has been namedNational Bird-Feeding Month by congressional decree.
And by this decree, ladies and gents, we shall show you how to attract the little chirpers to your backyard. Whether in an apartment or condo or a house with a backyard, we’ll show you step by step how enter to the world of bird feeding.
Yes, the starling is not on the top of the list for most bird lovers. When they flock to our gardens, we immediately "curse the gods" and worry for the safety of our regular birds who visit our backyard.
These little flyers are smart, creative and a wonder to watch! In this "Bird of the Week" we will learn to "love our (cute) enemies”, respect the starling and find ways, if that is your wish, to avoid them!
Standing out with its brilliant golden feathers, it is no surprise that the Baltimore Oriole, one of the brightest sights in the forest, has inspired so many artists and poets. Always a sight for sore eyes, this flyer deserves to be Bird of the Week.