Birding Basics

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

The Ultimate Bird Watcher Guide for Every Season

Watching birds brings new excitement every day throughout the year. Get our bird watcher checklists for season by season.

Why Do Crows Chase Hawks?

If you've ever seen a group of crows swooping after a hawk, you might wonder — why do crows chase...


17 Types of Sparrow Birds That You Should Know

Think telling sparrows apart is just not worth the effort? Our tips might change your mind. Identify sparrows by habitat,...


Meet the Towhee Birds Scratching up a Storm

Look down! That noise under your shrubs is a shy, ground-feeding towhee in search of its next meal.


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Sky Hunters: What Foods Do Hawks Eat?

Learn about all of the different foods that are on the menu for the hawks of North America.

ID Challenge: Cooper’s Hawk vs Sharp Shinned Hawk

A common backyard birding challenge is learning how to ID a Cooper's hawk vs a sharp-shinned hawk. Look closely at...


Amazing Bird Migration Secrets Revealed

There’s more to bird migration patterns than meets the eye. Learn when and how birds migrate and discover which species...


What Does It Mean When You See a Bluebird?

Are bluebirds really symbols of happiness? Discover the many meanings behind bluebird sightings in your backyard.


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...


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8 Ways to Ensure a Bird-Safe Backyard

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


Grab Your Binoculars and Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

Connect with nature by participating in the season's most anticipated event: The Great Backyard Bird Count. It's easy to join,...


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How to Get Rid of Blackbirds and Grackles at Feeders

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


Birding Basics: Our Guide to Making Suet for Birds

Say so long to the store-bought stuff and whip up a fresh batch of suet yourself! It's easy (and cheap!)...

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,...


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...


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...