Birding Basics

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

Wake Up Early to Listen for a Robin Bird Call

Robins start singing even before sunrise. Learn what a robin bird call sounds like and when you should listen for these musical early birds.

Discover the Fastest Birds in North America

From outwitting predators to raising a family, speed can boost a bird’s chances of survival. Learn about the fastest birds,...


Meet the Backyard Birds With a Bad Reputation

Rethink your stance on the bad birds in your backyard by learning some birding basics about their behavior and personalities.


Cedar Waxwing Migration: Where Do Waxwings Go in Winter?

Learn about cedar waxwing migration and where these colorful birds might show up during the cold weather months.


Where is the Best Place for a Bluebird House?

What is the best bluebird house location? The bird experts answer the question to help birders attract nesting bluebirds.

12 Winter Birds Myths and Facts

Do birds get cold? Some birders worry winter birds will freeze on cold nights or in bird baths. Our expert...


Fun Facts About Birds in Pop Culture

Discover 6 facts about birds in pop culture and the role they play in history. Learn about Harry Potter's owl,...


Make Your Month-by-Month Birding Resolutions

You'll have your own big year when you make these birding resolutions your goal. Join the Christmas bird count, learn...


See the Best Birding Sites From Your Car

Don’t try birding while driving—but you can always experience one of these popular birding sites from the comfort of the...


Do Robins Migrate and Return in the Spring?

Do robins migrate south for the winter and come back in spring? Find out where to look for robins and...


All About Sparrows: What Birders Should Know

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


Do Baltimore Orioles Migrate?

Do Baltimore orioles migrate south, or is it normal to see a Baltimore oriole visit bird feeders in winter? Our...


Bird Courtship Rituals: Love Is in the Air

When it comes to courtship, birds pull out all the stops, using elaborate displays to attract a potential mate and...

7 Fascinating Facts About Great Blue Herons

Spotting a regal, statuesque heron is always a treat. Learn facts about great blue herons.


Spot the Owl in Your Backyard Trees

Be a bird sleuth and discover who's flying through the neighborhood. Here are the telltale signs you should look for...


Birding Basics: Interesting Facts About Cardinals

Add a splash of red to your backyard. Learn facts about northern cardinals, including what cardinals look like and what...


The Top 10 Cutest Birds in America

The votes are in—see if your favorite bird made our list of the cutest birds in America. Then get the...


The Most Common Birds Found in North America

Rare birds get a lot of attention these days, but common birds are important, too! Discover North America’s most abundant...


Meet the Jays: Blue Jays, California Scrub-Jays and Steller’s Jays

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


Do Cardinals Mate for Life?

We asked our birding experts if male and female cardinals mate for life and how they keep their bond through...


How to Create Winter Shelter for Birds

Birding experts and readers offer their best tips to create shelter and protect birds from the snow, wind and cold...

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...


What Does a Cardinal’s Call Sound Like?

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


How to Choose Binoculars: Our Binoculars Buying Guide

Not all binoculars are created equal! Discover our picks for the best binoculars and find out what features to look...


Can Birds Eat Peanut Butter?

Our bird experts explain if peanut butter is safe for birds and what kind of peanut butter to offer 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!)...


Our Top 10 Favorite Sports Team Bird Mascots

Cheer for these professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams with bird mascots!