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From helpful bird species profiles to expert tips on attracting birds to your yard – we have all the information you need to start birding.

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Hummingbird Food: Sugar Water for Hummingbirds 101

Learn how to make sugar water for hummingbirds. Get the hummingbird sugar water recipe and ratio to make your own hummingbird food.

Where Do Hummingbirds Sleep at Night?

Learn where hummingbirds sleep, if they feed at night, and how they go into a deep sleep-like state...


How to Identify an Eastern Kingbird

Learn what an eastern kingbird looks like and where to spot one. Plus, discover how they boldly battle larger birds...


How to Identify a Dark-Eyed Junco

See what a male and female dark-eyed junco looks like. Plus learn about their nests and diet, and hear what...


How to Identify a White-Throated Sparrow

Learn all about the white-throated sparrow. Our birding experts reveal what these sparrows look like, sound like and what they...

Identify and Attract a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Learn what a male, female and juvenile rose breasted grosbeak looks like, what their song sounds like, what they eat...


How to Identify an Evening Grosbeak

Set out a tray feeder filled with sunflower seeds to attract an evening grosbeak. In winter, these yellow grosbeaks wander...

Identify and Attract a Summer Tanager

Seeing—or hearing—a summer tanager is a red-letter day. Summer tanagers may be bright red—but that doesn’t always make them easy...


How to Identify an Orchard Oriole

Attract a nectar-loving orchard oriole to your yard with fruit. Learn their range, favorite foods, and what the male and...


How to Identify a Bullock’s Oriole

Spot a Bullock's oriole in the western U.S. during breeding season. Learn what the males and females look like and...


Western Birds and Their Eastern Counterparts

Many western birds look somewhat familiar to eastern birders. Take a look at some common western birds and their eastern...

Brown Thrasher: An Elusive, Musical Songbird

The brown thrasher is an excellent mimic and sings more than 1,000 tunes. Learn how to spot these secretive songbirds.


How to Identify a Great Horned Owl

If you hear owl sounds in your neighborhood, it’s likely a great horned owl. Learn about their size, wingspan, nests,...


Meet the Gorgeous Green Jay, a Tropical Bird

Learn where you can see a green jay, plus what the birds look like, what they eat, and more about...


Look for a Verdin Bird in the Southwest

Find and attract a verdin in southwestern scrublands. Plus, learn about verdin nests, see what verdins look like, and...


How to Identify and Attract a Mountain Chickadee

Learn what a mountain chickadee looks like and sounds like, where to find one, and how to attract one to...

Identify and Attract a Red-Breasted Nuthatch

Invite the nimble red-breasted nuthatch to your feeders with sunflower seeds and suet. These active birds are entertaining to watch.


How to Identify a Lazuli Bunting

Get to know the lazuli bunting and where to find this bird. Learn what males and females look like and...


Identify and Attract a Common Redpoll

The resilient common redpoll brings lively cheer to cool-weather feeders. This small bird can handle the coldest temperatures in winter.


How to Identify an Indigo Bunting

Learn what an indigo bunting looks like and sounds like. Plus, see the range map to help find you find...


How to Identify an Eastern Phoebe

Learn what an eastern phoebe looks like and what its song sounds like. Find out what these birds eat and...


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What to Do If You Find a Bird Nest With Eggs or a Baby Bird

If you find a bird nest near your door, an abandoned bird nest with eggs, or if you see a...


How to Identify a Cooper’s Hawk

Learn what a Cooper's hawk looks like and sounds like, where to find one. Plus find out where this raptor...


Birds That Sing at Night: A Little Night Music

We all hear birds that sing during the day, but what about birds that sing at night? Here's why some...


Loggerhead Shrike: A Songbird That Thinks It’s a Raptor

The loggerhead shrike is a cardinal-size songbird, native to North America, that acts more like a bird of prey. Learn...

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How to Identify a Double-Crested Cormorant

Learn what a double-crested cormorant looks like, what the bird eats, and where to find one. Then find out if...


How to Identify and Attract a Chipping Sparrow

The happy trills of a native chipping sparrow can be heard from coast to coast. Bring this cheerful summer bird...


Are White Hummingbird Sightings Rare?

What gives a white hummingbird unique plumage? Learn the factors behind white hummingbird feathers and if albino hummingbirds are rare.


How to Identify an Acorn Woodpecker

Tap into what makes the quirky, clownish acorn woodpecker so unique. Acorn woodpeckers live in large groups and hoard thousands...


Bird Molting: Why Birds Molt and How to Spot It

Feather refresh in progress! Learn about bird molting and why the color change is more obvious on some molting birds...


How to Identify a Cerulean Warbler

Learn what a cerulean warbler looks like, sounds like and eats. Plus find out why it can be tricky to...