Birding

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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The Best Cardinal Bird Feeders and Birdseed

Cardinals are beloved backyard birds. To attract more redbirds, fill these cardinal bird feeders with their favorite types of birdseed.

Proven Ways to Attract and Identify Northern Cardinals

Attract cardinals to your backyard by growing plants with the berries and seeds they love to eat, and shrubs for...


How to Attract Hummingbirds: 9 Expert Tips

Attracting hummingbirds is easy when you start thinking like a hummingbird! Birding experts explain how to attract hummingbirds...


11 Frequently Asked Questions About Attracting Hummingbirds

Get answers to common questions about feeding and attracting hummingbirds and hummingbird behavior from a birding expert.


17 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Hummingbirds

Discover fun hummingbird facts, like what is on the hummingbird diet, colors of their feathers, if they sing,...

Do Safflower Seeds Deter Squirrels?

Squirrels and bully birds may ignore safflower seed, but many beloved songbirds will still come to your feeders.


Barn Owls: Ghostly Nocturnal Birds of Prey

Look for flashes of white when driving on dark country roads, and you might spot a barn owl. Learn about...

8 Must-Visit Hawk Migration Hotspots

Millions of hawks, eagles, and falcons soar through the skies as they migrate. Check out the best hawk migration hotspots...


7 Fascinating Facts About Swift Birds

Learn facts you need to know about a swift bird. These airborne birds can’t sit still. Get facts about swift...


5 Fascinating Burrowing Owl Facts

Forget the treetops—a burrowing owl nests underground. Some use the dens of other animals. Look for these small owls in...


So Fluffy! 15 Adorable Baby Owl Pictures

There's nothing cuter than a fluffy baby owl. Enjoy a collection of baby owl pictures, including baby barred owls and...

How to Identify and Attract a Carolina Chickadee

Attract Carolina chickadees with their favorite foods and nest boxes. Learn to tell the difference between a Carolina chickadee...


Feeding Tips: Peanuts in the Shell vs. Shelled Peanuts for Birds

A commonly asked bird feeding question is what type of birds eat different types of peanuts.


How to Identify Eastern and Western Screech Owls

It’s difficult to ID Eastern and Western screech owl species—location is your best bet. Hear their call and learn about...


Plan a Big Day of Birding to See More Species

Don’t have time for a Big Year of birding? Try a Big Day instead!


Snowy Owl Facts (and Where to Find Them!)

Find out where snowy owls live, what they eat, how to spot a snowy owl, and see pictures of what...

Great Horned Owl: The Greatest Nocturnal Hunter

If there’s a nesting owl in your neighborhood, there’s a good chance it’s a great horned owl. Get an up-close...


Discover the Amazing Types of Owls in North America

Watch your backyard come to life as amazing owl species swoop through the night skies. Get to know the types...


Meet Golden Crowned and Ruby Crowned Kinglets

Look in the treetops for ruby crowned kinglets and golden crowned kinglets during migration. Learn how to identify these tiny...


A Dose of Nature: Why Birding Will Boost Your Mental Health

Bird watching is more than an enjoyable hobby—find out how it’s also good for your physical and mental health.


Ask the Experts: Do Birds Eat Wheat?

Should you feed wheat to birds? Experts answer reader questions about feeding wheat to birds and attracting birds with seed.


The Best Ways to Attract More Birds on a Budget

Save money on your favorite hobby with these tips for attracting birds on a budget. Birds don't need expensive feeders...


7 Extinct Birds That Should Never Be Forgotten

Learn about extinct bird species of North America, including passenger pigeons, seaside sparrows, the ivory-billed woodpecker and great auks.


Updated Winter Finch Forecast for 2021-22

A biologist reveals his winter finch forecast using wild food crop data. Find out what birds you can expect to...

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31 Photos of Autumn Birds You Need to See

Get excited about fall with these gorgeous photos of autumn birds. See some of the amazing birds you might spot...


5 Homemade Suet Recipes for Feeding Birds

Readers share their best suet recipes for feeding backyard birds. Save money and attract more birds by making your own...


Watch for the American Tree Sparrow in Winter

After breeding in the northern reaches of North America, the American tree sparrow arrives in much of the lower 48...


The 9 Best Fall Bird Feeding Tips

Follow these simple tips to provide food sources for the hungry migrating fall birds that visit your backyard as the...


8 Common Questions About Suet for Birds

Seeds, fruits, fats, nuts and more create a calorie-dense treat for birds. Here’s how to serve suet for birds. Learn...


Wild Bird Diseases Update: Feeding Restrictions Are Lifted

Seeing sick birds at your feeder can be a concern. Learn about common wild bird diseases, and get an update...