Birding Basics

Thinking of taking up birding as a hobby? These birding basics and tips on birding for beginners will get you started.

15 Common Backyard Birds You Should Know

New to birding? Learn to recognize 15 common backyard birds, and discover ways to attract them to your yard.

Where Do Birds Sleep At Night?

Unravel the mystery of where birds go to nap and rest after dark. Our bird experts answer your questions about...


8 Yellow and Black Birds You Should Look For

If you spot a yellow and black bird, you might need some help to identify it. Here are photos of...


25 Small Yellow Birds You Should Know

Did you spot a small yellow bird in the trees? Look at these photos of yellow birds found across North...


Pine Siskin vs Goldfinch: How to Tell the Difference

Pine siskins and goldfinches are similar small birds in the finch family. Learn how to tell the difference between pine...

Meet the 3 Types of Goldfinches in the United States

There are three types of goldfinches across the United States. Learn what these goldfinch species look like and where to...


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How to Help Birds and Wildlife in Extreme Weather

Where do birds go when it storms? From blizzards to heat waves we'll show you how to protect birds, bats...

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5 Ways to Create a Bird-Safe Backyard

Keep your feathered friends healthy and happy with clean bird feeders, fresh birdseed and a natural yard free of pesticides.


Wild Bird Diseases: What You Need to Know

Seeing sick birds at your feeder can be a concern. Learn about the most common wild bird diseases and a...


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How to Attract Orioles to Your Backyard

Get expert tips on attracting orioles. Find out how to bring more oriole birds, including Baltimore oriole birds, to your...


Meet the Jays: 8 Types of Jays You Should Know

Whether you think they're brilliant or bullies, there's plenty to discover about these clever corvids. Learn about blue jays and...

Bird Molting: Why Birds Molt and How to Spot It

Now you see them, now you don't! Discover why goldfinches and other backyard birds molt and change color in the...


7 Fascinating Cardinal Bird Facts

Cardinals are one of the most popular backyard birds. Learn fascinating cardinal bird facts, including about their coloring, nesting habits...


9 Birds That Look Like Cardinals

Cardinals are also known as redbirds, but not every red bird is a cardinal. Check out some other birds that...


Sugar Water for Hummingbirds 101

Learn how to make sugar water for hummingbirds. Get the hummingbird sugar water recipe and ratio to attract more of...


Bluebird vs Blue Jay: How to Tell the Difference

With similar names and similar colors, these two bird species are often confused. Here's how to tell the difference between...

If You See a Cardinal, Here’s What It Means

Cardinals are beloved birds for their beauty and bold colors. But do you know the symbolism and meaning of cardinals...


Black Birders Week is Back in 2021

Black Birders Week is a weeklong event that celebrates the diversity of birdwatchers and nature lovers. Here's how to participate.


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Why Do Woodpeckers Peck and How to Stop It

Woodpeckers are frequent backyard visitors. Learn why woodpeckers peck wood and how to stop woodpeckers from pecking your house.


The Best Bird Field Guides for Birders

Picking a bird field guide can be a tough decision. Check out some of the best field guides and bird...


How to Get Rid of Grackles and Blackbirds at Feeders

Are bigger birds bothering your songbirds? Learn how to get rid of grackles, blackbirds, starlings and other undesirable birds at...


How to Attract Bluebirds: Tips and FAQs

Bluebirds are beautiful—it's easy to see why people are interested in attracting them. We’ve got easy tips and answers on...


Birding in the City: How to Be an Urban Birder

You don't have to leave the city to see amazing birds. Follow simple tips from David Lindo, the Urban Birder,...


Use an Ant Moat for Your Hummingbird Feeders

Do ants keep crawling into your sugar water and other bird food? Learn how to use an ant moat for...

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Why Do Birds Sing in Spring?

Bird songs are plentiful during the spring, but have you ever wondered why do birds sing? Find out the reasons...


When Will Baltimore Orioles Arrive in Spring?

Learn when to start looking for Baltimore orioles during spring migration and how to keep track of when they'll be...


Prairie Birds: The Stunning Species of the Grasslands

Discover why prairie birds are the hidden gems of the grasslands, as well as some of the best birding locations...


Discover the Desert Birds of the Southwest

You'll be amazed by the ways these desert birds survive and thrive in dry country. Learn about the unique bird...


The Most Commonly Sighted Bird in Every State

Data from the North American Breeding Bird Survey reveals which bird was seen most often in every state. Check to...


Tips to Prevent Bird Strikes on Windows at Home

We know sometimes birds hit windows and it's much worse during migration but there are a few simple things you...