Tips and Techniques for Fall Bird Feeding including best bird food and bird feeder types, and benefits of feeding your birds year round.
The American Dipper has an extra eyelid and oily coat allowing it to gracefully swim and feed underwater – features amazing underwater video.
Mention pollen and you may think allergies, but did you know that our survival actually depends on the stuff. 80% of the world’s crop plants depend on pollination. Pollinators are responsible for an estimated 1 out of every 3 mouthfuls of our food. They are essential to the fibers we use, the medicines that keep us healthy, and more than half of the world’s diet of fats and oils. Insect pollinators, including honey bees, pollinate products amounting to $20 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
House Sparrows are the most abundant songbirds in North America and the most widely distributed birds on the planet. These small, round birds are frequent visitors to suburban backyard bird feeders, and are commonly found in school yards, fast food parking lots, and street corners. Imported from England to North America between 1850 and 1886 in an effort to control insects, the House Sparrow (originally called the “English sparrow”) has grown in population to over 150 million. It’s aggressive nesting behavior and adaptability to humankind, has led to this increase and given them an unpopular status among many birding enthusiast.
A special live action edition of “Bird Bits,” featuring a seagull testing out his new GPS system. No inappropriate language or themes – clean comedy
Do you like seeing birds in your backyard? If you would like to see more, follow New England Birdhouse’s Top 5 Tips for a “Bird-Friendly Backyard”.
Tip #1 – Safety First: Where we see beauty in the vibrant red flash of a male cardinal, a cat sees lunch. Keeping cats away from bird feeders can be difficult if not impossible, unless the cat is kept indoors. Unfortunately many people believe that if they put a cat out the front door, their backyard birds will not be threatened – not true. Cats eat birds, other birds notice and all birds go away – so keep your cats inside.
Professional wildlife photographer Andy Langley offers expert tips and advice for capturing photos of birds of prey in the wild. With wild barn owls as his subject, Langley suggests to pick the most predictable hunting …
On a small rocky island off the Maine coast two adversarial species of gulls coexist in relative peace, despite each being a potential predator of the other.
Thousands of Greater Black-backed and Herring gulls have evolved a complex system of social signals that keep violence on the island to a minimum. The gulls use these signals to carve out and hold small territories spread just 4.5 meters apart across the 95 acre island.
In their 3 short months on Appledore island, the gulls court, mate, nest, fledge young all within the same patch of rocks that they have held for years.
Territoriality begins when males arrive in spring followed closely by their mates. These experienced pairs of gulls strut about inspecting their site for appropriate nest locations and reinforcing territorial boundaries. Boundaries must be constantly defended from rivals. An interloper or loafer approaching a neighbors territory, is met with a series of displays or signals intended to drive him away.
Bird Food called suet is rendered beef fat with fruit, nuts, seeds and various other stuff mixed in. The fat makes it a high-energy food, and is ideal for winter feeding as it attracts a surprising variety of birds.
Typical suet eating birds include Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Titmice and Nuthatches, but you never know what might show up, like a Kinglet or Warbler.
There are a variety of styles of suet bird feeders including caged suet cake feeders, combination seed and suet feeders, and even an upside down suet feeder.
Personally, I am a big fan of the suet log feeder. They are great for attracting woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees – my favorites! If you would like to build your own, please see my DIY suet log feeder article.
Upside Down Suet Feeder
Upside Down Suet Feeder
These are great bird feeders to have around the yard. During the winter, I usually fill 4-6 of these log feeders each week, depending my suet mix.
Some birds prefer suet feeders with special accommodations, and some dissuade certain species of birds and other animals. For instance the Tail Prop feeders provide larger Woodpeckers with an extended prop to help them balance their long tails. The upside down feeder is easy for acrobatic suet loving species to use, but nuisance birds like Starlings and Grackles have a hard time hanging upside down to feed from it.
A nest-cam or a bird house video camera, is a device for monitoring birds inside their nesting cavity. The 24-7 access to the nest provides an amazing view of rarely seen events such as nest creation, egg incubation & hatching, nestling and fledgling development and feeding activities.
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The rule implements federal protections provided by the ESA for the Cantabrian capercaillie, Marquesan imperial pigeon, Eiao Marquesas reed-warbler, greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser, and slender-billed curlew.
If the pair’s breeding effort is successful at Midway Atoll Refuge, it would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area more than 250 miles from other WNS-affected caves and mines.
The oldest known U.S. wild bird – a coyly conservative 60 — is a new mother. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was spotted a few weeks ago with a chick by John Klavitter, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and the deputy manager of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The bird …
Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research. This imbalance may be to blame for the more than 1 million deaths of bats due to WNS thus far, proposes Carol Meteyer, a pathologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National …
Researchers found that deforestation in the New England area at that time produced significant soil erosion, increasing sediment delivery rates — the natural flow of sand and soil in water systems. The large amounts of sediment traveling in rivers and streams to the coastline spurred a significant period of wetland growth, leading to marshes lining the coast of New England that today are abnormally large.