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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Can You Guess the Official State Bird of All 50 States?

Cardinals, robins, and wrens, oh my! Take this quiz to see if you can correctly guess the official state bird...


How to Feed and Attract Birds All Year Long

As the seasons and weather conditions change, switch up what you're serving in your bird feeders to attract more birds...


Beauty and the Beak: A Bald Eagle Rescue Story

When a bullet took her upper beak, Beauty the bald eagle would have starved. A dedicated caregiver and 3D printing...


Watch Baby Birds With Nest Cams and in Your Backyard

After the excitement of viewing nest cams, you may want to observe nesting birds in your yard. Before you do,...


Do Hostas Attract Hummingbirds?

Hummingbirds and hostas are both treasured by gardeners. See why they go well together.


How to Repair a Cracked Birdbath

Learn how to fix a cracked birdbath so your backyard birds can continue to use it.


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.

Top 10 Tube-Shaped Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Plant these colorful tube-shaped flowers and watch hummingbirds flock to your garden.


Become a Birds & Blooms Field Editor

Want to Join the Birds & Blooms Field Editors? Here’s How! We’ve created a private Facebook community for our volunteer


The Winner of the 2017 Backyard Photo Contest!

We announce the winner of the 2017 Backyard Photo Contest!


Mimic Birds and Mimicry: Three Species to Know

Tune in to the copycat songs of mimic birds, like mockingbirds, catbirds and thrashers. Plus, how to attract mimic birds...


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Must-See Hummingbird Videos You Can’t Miss

From nest building to snoring (yes, snoring!), the behavior captured in these hummingbird videos will captivate your bird-loving heart.


Puffin to Porg: How Nature Inspired Star Wars

The porgs seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi weren't originally in the script. But the puffin population on Skellig...


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...


Western Birds and Their Eastern Counterparts

Many western birds look somewhat familiar to eastern eyes. Take a look at some common western birds and their eastern...


How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Balcony

Tempt birds to your balcony or patio with flashy flowers and a trio of tricks.

This Birder Found a Hummingbird Nest and What She Did Next Will Warm Your Heart

A pair of hummingbirds chose her backyard cactus to raise their young, but not everything went to plan.


Western Bluebird vs Eastern Bluebird: Which Bluebird Am I Seeing?

Pay attention to where you are birding, and learn how to tell the difference between a western bluebird vs an...


Nene, Hawaii’s State Bird

A close relative of the Canada Goose, the Nene is the rarest of all the state birds and found only...


Muscovy Ducks

Bigger than mallards and unusual in appearance, Muscovy ducks are common in Florida and some cities in the U.S.


Duck Identification: Canvasback vs. Redhead

One of the most common duck identification questions I get is how to tell the difference between a Canvasback and...


Bird Nesting Season: Anhinga Courtship

Anhinga courtship behavior is a joy to watch. See video of a male anhinga during bird nesting season as he...

The Ultimate Guide To Backyard Bird Photography

Get expert bird photography tips from a professional bird photographer on how to turn your backyard into an ideal space...


Birding Basics to Camouflaged Birds

Many camouflaged birds blend in with the background for their own survival—but you can spot them with the birding basics...


Low Tide Beach Birding Tips

Headed to the beach to check out the shore birds? Get birding tips to make the most of your time...


Identifying Birds by Their Song

Did you know that simply hearing a bird counts as an ID? For visually impaired people who are beginning birding,...


Homemade PVC Bird Feeder

Create this whimsical PVC Bird Feeder for hummingbirds with materials you can find at your local hardware and craft stores.


Using Nectar Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

The best flowers to attract hummingbirds are rich with nectar - here's how to build a nectar-filled garden in your...