Birding Basics

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

Interesting Cardinal Bird Facts You Should Know

Cardinals are one of the most popular backyard birds. Learn interesting cardinal bird facts, including why male cardinals are red, and if cardinals migrate.

5 Essential Hawk Identification Tips for Birders

Use expert tips and a helpful chart to improve your hawk identification skills. Plus, learn about the common types of...


Pine Siskin vs Goldfinch: How to Tell the Difference

Pine siskins are small birds in the finch family that look like sparrows. Learn how to tell the difference between...


All About Bird Wings and Flight Feathers

Wings, feathers and tails come in many shapes, but they all have a special function: keeping birds in the air.


What Does a Cardinal Song Sound Like?

Northern cardinals are one of the few bird species with both male and female singers. Learn what a cardinal song...

Junco vs Chickadee: Here’s How to Tell the Difference

Here's how to tell the difference between a junco vs a chickadee, two beloved small songbirds with similar black and...


Baltimore Oriole Migration: Do Orioles Migrate?

Learn about Baltimore oriole migration and find out if it is it normal to see a Baltimore oriole visit bird...


Do Hummingbird Sightings Have Special Meaning?

Even the biggest fans of the species might not know that a sighting of the brilliant, jewel-colored hummingbird may have...


How to Help Birds in Cold Winter Weather

Don't worry about your backyard birds during frigid winter weather. Learn how to help them by providing food, water and...


6 Bird Beak Types and How Birds Use Them to Eat

Bird beaks have a variety of shapes and purposes. Here are the most common bird beak types to look for...


Why Do Some Birds Migrate While Others Don’t?

During the spring and fall migration seasons, you may wonder why do some birds migrate while other birds like cardinals...


Do Northern Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts: Do northern cardinals mate for life? Find out how long cardinals live and stay with...


Birdwatching Equipment and Gear You Never Knew You Needed

Go beyond binoculars and field guides and ramp up your game with the coolest new birdwatching equipment and birding gear.

What’s a White Winged Dove Doing Up North?

Learn more about the white winged dove, how to tell one apart from a mourning dove, and why it may...


Choose the Best Birdhouses to Attract More Birds

Nesting birds are rewarding to watch. Get expert tips for on how to attract birds to a birdhouse and learn...


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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...


Fascinating Bird Behavior: Caching Food

Birds carry seeds off from feeders. But where do they go, and how do they find the food again? Learn...


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...


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!


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...


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...


Ask the Experts: Do Bluebirds Migrate in Winter?

What foods do bluebirds eat in cold weather during winter? Do all bluebirds migrate? Our bird experts answer your questions.


Nuthatch vs Chickadee: How to Tell the Difference

It's easier than you think to tell the difference between a nuthatch vs a chickadee. Find out what to look...