Before you hit the road to go bird-watching, make sure you’ve got a great pair of bins. Our editors help narrow down the search with ten of our favorites.
Thinking of taking up birding as a hobby? These birding basics and tips on birding for beginners will get you started.
Add a splash of red to your backyard with a few simple birding basics to attract these flashy fliers.
Rare birds get a lot of attention these days, but common birds are important too! Discover North America’s most abundant birds and learn the birding basics of these winged survivalists.
From blizzards to heat waves we’ll show you how to attract birds, bats and butterflies by turning your backyard into a sheltered haven.
From hummingbirds to geese, discover some of the ways bird migration patterns are shifting for certain birds.
Many camouflaged birds blend in with the background for their own survival—but you can spot them with the birding basics of how and where to look.
Learn how different regions offer diverse habitats for these fascinating North American birds of prey.
From outwitting predators to raising a family, being fast can boost a bird’s chances of survival. Learn the birding basics of a few fast-moving species!
Brown thrashers are excellent mimics. They can sing more than 1,000 tunes. Learn more about these elusive songbirds and how to spot one near you.
The indigo bunting is one of the most gorgeous summer birds in the East. Learn the birding basics of how to welcome these popular fliers to your area.
Did you know that simply hearing a bird counts as an ID? For visually impaired people who are beginning birding, bird calls are a natural place to start.
Put your toes in the sand at these beach birding locations and grab some binoculars—you’ll want to check out these coastal fliers.
Rethink your stance on these traditional “bad birds” with some birding basics from our expert.
Swallows spend much of their time in the wild blue yonder. Learn the birding basics of where to spot these colorful songbirds when they come down to earth.
With a little planning and some bird feeding basics from our experts you can attract birds to backyard—no matter where you live or how big your space.
You always hear about the banding of songbirds and raptors, but rarely about hummingbird banding. Turns out that it’s an extremely specialized activity.
Just as habitat matters, so does the birdhouse. Make sure you’re offering the right size birdhouse for the bird you want to attract.
Discover why grassland birds are the hidden gems of the prairie as well as some of the best birding locations to spot them.
It’s tempting to want to help a baby bird on the ground, but nesting birds usually are fine on their own.
The votes are in—see if your favorite bird made our list of the cutest birds in America, then get the birding basics to attract them to your yard.
Learn how birds in winter are battling and surviving in extreme conditions, and find out what you can do to help.
Some folks worry winter birds will freeze on cold nights or in bird baths. Our expert has the bird facts to answer these questions.
Discover how birdwatching can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being.
You see birds carrying seeds off from feeders to store them – but where do they go, and how do they find them again?
Don’t underestimate the ability of birds to work as a team for survival, nest building, and feeding.
From regional dialects to mimicry, the world of bird songs is fascinating.
Spring can seem a long way off, until you see the first wren gathering nest material. See our other favorite spring birds moments.
Winter birds need water too, but bird baths often freeze over. Get cost-saving tips for offering water to birds during cold weather.
Seeing sick birds at your feeder can be a concern. Learn what diseases affect wild birds and how you can help.
Bird songs are plentiful during the spring, but just why do birds sing? Find out from our bird expert.
Watching birds brings new excitement every day. Get our checklists for birding season by season.
Brilliantly colored bird feathers serve many purposes. Learn how bird plumage protects and helps wild birds.
A single spotting of your personal “spark bird” can ignite a lifetime of birdwatching.
Too busy for birdwatching during the week? Try these tips to make the most of your weekend birding.
Don’t have time for a Big Year of birding? Try a Big Day instead!
Cats kill millions of birds each year. Keep cats indoors to keep backyard birds safe.
Get children to love birding, and those young birders become lifelong nature lovers.
Knowing a few simple tricks can make it easier to identify birds. Get bird ID tips from an expert.
Get fascinating facts about bird senses and bird behavior from The Bird Watching Answer Book.
Save money with these tips for feeding and attracting birds.
Love attracting birds? Don’t stop there. Garden for wildlife to create the ultimate backyard habitat for bugs, butterflies, and more.
Birding with a friend is twice as nice! Gather your girlfriends and check out our guide to the best “chick” birding.
Readers often wonder “can birds smell?” or “can birds taste?” Learn about bird senses from our expert.
Learn how to keep starlings, grackles, and other so-called bully birds away from your feeders.
Attracting birds doesn’t take a lot of space. Try our tips for birding in small spaces like balconies or windowsills.
Want to find bird migration hotspots? Check out the four North American flyway zones.
When it comes to bird mating for species like American Robins and House Wrens, it’s the female birds who run the show!
Bird banding helps scientists understand behavior like bird migration. Learn about the process and how to report a banded bird.
Nesting birds are rewarding to watch. Get five key tips for attracting birds to nest in your garden.
It’s easy to see why so many people are interested in attracting bluebirds to their yard. We’ve got seven easy tips and answers to your questions.