Birding

From helpful bird species profiles to expert tips on attracting birds to your yard – we have all the information you need to start birding.

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Canada Jays Are Curious, Cold-Hardy Birds

Get to know the Canada jay. Find out what these curious corvids look like, what the birds eat and where birders can find them.

Do Crow Sightings Have Meaning?

Crows have a complex history! Discover what crows symbolized to ancient cultures, and find out how some interpret crow sightings...


How to Identify a Mountain Bluebird

This species is the state bird of Idaho and Nevada. It’s not hard to see why mountain bluebirds are among...


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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Your Guide to Feeding Mealworms to Birds

A mealworm feeder is beloved by bug-eating birds. Learn what birds eat mealworms and get tips for serving live or...

Let’s Go Birding With the Wisco Birder

Dexter Patterson, aka Wisco Birder, shares his passion along with an inspiring message: birding is for everyone.


Don’t Let a Female Cardinal Fly Under the Radar

Is the female cardinal an angel, or just a hard-working female bird supporting her mate? Learn about the secret life...


A Rare Sighting of an Arizona Cardinal Bird

Despite being a sports team mascot, northern cardinals are rarely spotted in parts of Arizona. See photos of an Arizona...


Cold Weather Warriors: How Do Birds Stay Warm in Winter?

When temperatures dip below freezing, these birds love it! Discover the unique ways that birds stay warm on the coldest...


The Right Way to Serve Cracked Corn for Birds

Can birds eat corn? This yellow treat can fill a niche for backyard visitors. Follow these best practices for...


Bird Mating Behavior: Who’s the Boss?

When it comes to bird mating for species like American robins and house wrens, it’s the female birds who run...


Why Does a Cardinal Raise Its Crest?

A bright red cardinal crest is unmistakable. Find out why cardinals raise their crests and if female cardinals have crests.


Everything You Need to Know About a Cardinal Nest

Ever wonder about the cardinal nest in your backyard? Learn how (and when) cardinals build their cup-shaped nests with twigs...

How to Recognize Northern Cardinal Eggs

Wondering if the nest in your backyard contains cardinal eggs? Feel confident in your cardinal egg spotting skills with these...


3 Types of Seeds and Feeders Birds Love Best

Maximize the traffic in your backyard with the right birdseed and bird feeders. Learn what birds eat sunflower, thistle and...


How to Store Bird Seed and Keep It Fresh

Storing bulk bird seed the right way keeps birds healthy and saves you money. Learn how to store bird seed...


Your Cardinal Bird House Questions Answered

Want to see a family of cardinals in the spring? Find out if you should put up a cardinal bird...


Homemade Bird Seed: Tips for DIY Seed Mixes

Save money and make your own homemade birdseed blend to attract more birds, like cardinals and chickadees, to your backyard.


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Meet the Friendliest Birds in America

Some birds stand out for their bold, curious and charming personalities. Learn why these are the friendliest birds in your...


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Amazing Bird Feeding Video Contest Winners

We never tire of watching birds at feeders. Three birders captured fantastic bird feeding videos and won our 2022 Bird...


Meet the 3 Types of Cardinals in North America

Did you know—North American birders can see multiple types of cardinals! But you'll have to travel to check these birds...


Are These Mallards Wild or Domestic Ducks?

If you spotted a mallard with unique coloring it might be a domestic duck. See what the birding experts say...

Red-Headed vs Red-Bellied Woodpecker: What’s the Difference?

Did you see a red-headed woodpecker or a red-bellied woodpecker? Learn how to tell these woodpeckers with a similar name...


Ask the Experts: Do Birds Get Dependent on Feeders?

Do backyard birds become overly dependent on bird feeders for food? Find out the answer from our birding experts.


What Do Robins Eat? How to Attract Robins

Find out what robins eat in all seasons. Learn how attract robins with their favorite foods and if you can...


12 Winter Birds Myths and Facts: Do Birds Get Cold?

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


House Sparrow: Least Wanted Backyard Birds

House sparrows aren't popular among birders, and for good reason. Learn more about them to better deal with these birds...


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Backyard Bird Feeding: Why Feed Birds?

A birdwatcher explains why he loves bird feeding. Plus readers share the touching and entertaining reasons they keep feeders full.