I heard a bird sing In the dark of December. A magical thing And sweet to remember. “We are nearer to Spring Than we were in September,” I heard a bird sing In the dark of December. by Oliver Herford . The birds I’ve heard singing lately, and it’s really more of a chirping, are […]

I was recently asked if, “backyard chickens spread disease?” The simple answer is, not really. Disease usually comes to them and they contract it. More specifically, wild birds bring in bugs, like lice and mites. Even more threatening, wild waterfowl are carriers of Avian Influenza – which is highly transferable to backyard flocks. Five states, located in […]

Thank you to Lillian and Don Stokes of Stokes Select for allowing us to reprint this article. Migrants are arriving all over the country. Baltimore Orioles and other orioles can be attracted with orange halves, especially when they first arrive from migration. Later, when they’re nesting, they primarily eat insects. Spring is here, so here’s […]

If you don’t feed birds, you’re missing an opportunity to observe this special wildlife at close range.

The National Audubon Society estimates that nearly one-third of the adult population of North America feeds about a billion pounds of birdseed each year.

The best way to attract the most and widest variety of wildlife to your yard is through wildlife friendly landscaping. Water will attract more birds than seed. Birds need water to drink but they also need it to bathe, as it increases the insulating value of their feathers. Keep the birdbath ice-free by using a birdbath heater or refilling daily.

Thank you to Stokes Select® for their Bird Feeding Tips. In this article, Lillian and Don Stokes talk about the top ten ways to keep birds cool from the hot summer sun.

1. Bird baths, bird baths, bird baths! Birds need water to bathe and drink in hot weather so buy a bird bath. You can even use any wide flat container for a bird bath, such as the lid of a trash can or a large saucer that is used under a flowerpot.

Click the title above to find out more on how to help birds in the hot summer sun.

Buntings are among our most colorful backyard songbirds. There are four species in North America: Lazuli Bunting, Painted Bunting, Indigo Bunting, and Varied Bunting. The Lazuli ranges throughout the West; the Indigo Bunting lives throughout the East. The other two have more limited ranges, the Painted living in the Southeast and the Varied in only the extreme Southwest.

In all of our buntings, the males and females look very different. The males are very colorful and the females are either brownish or greenish which helps protect them during their important raising of young. Young males in their first year often look more like the adult females but with a few colorful feathers thrown in. Painted Buntings males are the most colorful of the buntings and have just about all the colors of the rainbow. Indigo Bunting males are brilliant blue.

If you don’t feed birds, you’re missing an opportunity to observe this special wildlife at close range.

The National Audubon Society estimates that nearly one-third of the adult population of North America feeds about a billion pounds of birdseed each year.

The best way to attract the most and widest variety of wildlife to your yard is through wildlife friendly landscaping. Next, water will attract more birds than seed. Birds need water to drink but they also need it to bathe, as it increases the insulating value of their feathers. Keep the birdbath ice-free by using a birdbath heater or refilling daily.