Birding Basics

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

Bird-watching 101: How to Identify Birds

Knowing a few simple tricks can make it much easier for you to identify birds. Get helpful birding ID tips...


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.


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.


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.


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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,...

The Essential Guide to Rendering Suet for Birds

Whip up DIY suet cakes yourself! It's easy (and cheap!) Learn the do's and don'ts of rendering beef suet for...


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...


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...


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...


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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...


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.

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.


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...


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The Top 12 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...


6 Fascinating Facts About State Birds

Discover interesting facts about noteworthy state birds. Learn about the fascinating stories behind these regional feathered symbols.


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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Birding in the Field

Let's get back to birding basics. Here's with some helpful tips and etiquette for enjoying bird-watching with others.