Birding Basics

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

Keep Yellow Jacket Nests Out of Birdhouses Without Using Pesticides

Pesticides can harm birds. So here’s a better way to keep yellow jacket nests out of birdhouses without using chemicals.


7 Ways to Be a Better Birder

Here's what every nature lover should know before going birdwatching.


Bird Anatomy: How Do Birds Use Feathers, Beaks and Feet?

From their feathers to their feet, learn more about the major features of a bird's anatomy and what makes these...


4 Types of Bird Beaks and How Birds Use Them

Bird beaks have a variety of shapes and purposes. Here are the most common beak shapes you should look for...


Ask the Experts: Hummingbird Behavior Explained

Experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman answer the most commonly asked questions about hummingbird behavior and attracting hummingbirds.


Is This White Bird an Albino Crow?

This white-feathered crow stands out from the other birds in its flock. Learn how to tell if it's a rare...


Learn the Difference Between Albino and Leucistic Birds

White-feathered birds are rare and exciting to backyard birders. Discover facts about albino and leucistic birds and how their unique...


Quiz: How Many Shorebirds Can You Identify?

How many shorebirds can you name? Put your bird identification skills to the test with this shorebird quiz.

How to Attract Birds to a Birdhouse

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


What Happens to Birds in a Hurricane?

Find out how powerful hurricanes impact songbirds, seabirds and more, and learn how you can help in the aftermath.


Meet the Best Bird Dads and Learn How They Help Out Around The Nest

Celebrate the hardest-working feathered fathers out there! These great bird dads don't fly away when the chicks hatch.


Black Birders Week Aims to Break Down Barriers to Nature

The weeklong event celebrates the diversity of birdwatchers and nature lovers.


Birding Gadgets and Gear You Never Knew You Needed

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


10 Owl Shirts Every Bird Fan Should Own

Who doesn't love owls? Whether you're a birder or not, you're sure to find something you love in this selection...


Become a Birds & Blooms Field Editor

We’ve created a private Facebook community for our volunteer Field Editors program and we want you to join us! Our


Laugh and Learn With the Nature Art of Rosemary Mosco

Who says learning can't be fun? Rosemary Mosco's delightful nature art will capture your heart in "Birding Is My Favorite...

Backyard Citizen Science for Nature Lovers

Count birds, report caterpillars, plan a habitat... there's something for every nature lover to enjoy with these backyard citizen science...


Get Started with Birdhouses

Create safe and cozy spaces for birds to raise their families.


Are Pileated Woodpeckers Common at Feeders? // Ask the Bird Experts

The bird experts answer your questions about storing birdseed, identify mystery birds, and more!


Baking the Bird Cookies of North America

Would you try baking detailed and accurate bird cookies of every species in the field guide? Sarah MacLean is taking...


Bird Mimics and Mimicry: Three Birds to Know

Tune in to the copycat songs of mockingbirds, catbirds and thrashers.

Where Do Birds Sleep At Night?

Our bird experts answer your questions about where birds sleep at night, and how birds find protection during storms.


5 Birding Apps to Give Your Skills a Boost

You never leave home without your phone, so install these birding apps and you'll have guides, checklists, and more at...


8 Terrific Books About Birds

We've rounded up our favorite reads to share with you! Check out our best-loved books about birds over the last...


Bird Irruption: A Sudden Surge of Birds

Keep a close eye on your feeders this winter. Hungry, nomadic birds from the far north may make an unexpected...


Ask the Bird Experts: Do Birds Get Dependent on Feeders?

Our bird experts answer your questions about bird feeders, attracting robins in winter, and more!


Ask the Bird Experts: What Do Bluebirds Eat in Winter?

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