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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Go Up North to See a Great Gray Owl

The great gray owl is the largest owl in North America, measuring over 2 foot tall! Find out where you...


Head West to Spot a Lewis’s Woodpecker

When you spot a beautiful woodpecker that doesn’t act like one, there’s a good chance it is the agile and...


All About Bird Songs: Nature’s Symphony

Learn the difference between bird songs and calls, and find out how birds learn to sing their distinctive, notable sounds.


What Do Robins Eat? How to Attract Robins

Find out what robins eat in all seasons. Attract robins with their favorite foods and learn if you can bring...


Are These Domestic Mallards or Wild Ducks?

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


Why Is a Bird Pecking at My Window and Car Mirror?

Experts explain why a bird is pecking at its reflection in a window or mirror and how you can stop...


Meet the Magnificent Rivoli’s Hummingbird

The Rivoli's hummingbird is a striking, shimmery flier. Learn how to identify these gorgeous birds and why their name was...


Be a Good Bird Landlord With a Purple Martin House

Purple-hued swallows arrive just in time to select a home for spring nesting season. Use a purple martin house to...

Hummingbird Eyes Can See More Colors Than Humans

A research study reveals a hummingbird's large eyes see the world in a wider range of brilliant colors than people...


Quiz: How Many Female Bird Photos Can You ID?

Male birds get all the attention, but female birds are just as beautiful. See how many you can identify in...


Rainbow Bird: Meet the Painted Bunting

A painted bunting sports a rainbow of colors. Learn what males and females look like, what they eat, and what...


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21 Frequently Asked Questions About Feeding Hummingbirds

Get answers to your most commonly asked questions about feeding hummingbirds and hummingbird behavior from birding experts.


Fancy Footwork: All About Bird Feet

Birds can fly, but they also perch, run, swim and more. Walk this way and learn why bird feet and...


Bird Landscaping: Grow Plants to Help Backyard Birds

Grow bird-friendly plants for food and shelter. For bird landscaping, include berry bushes, evergreens, flowering trees and native plants.


Grow Your Own Birdseed Plants

Plant sunflowers and other native birdseed plants to feed backyard birds. Native plants also host caterpillars and butterflies.


What Does a Cardinal Song Sound Like?

Northern cardinals are one of the few birds with male and female singers. Learn what a cardinal song sounds like...


How to Make a DIY Bluebird House

Want to attract bluebirds to nest in your yard? Make a bluebird box! These DIY bluebird house plans meet the...

Meet the Varied Thrush: Voice of the Northwest

Learn everything you need to know about the colorful varied thrush, a bird known for its dramatic beauty and haunting...


Rare White Hummingbirds Dazzle Bird-watchers

What gives a white hummingbird unique plumage? Learn the factors behind white hummingbird feathers and if albino hummingbirds are rare.


How Long Do Hummingbirds Live?

How long do hummingbirds live? What determines their survival? Here's how old the hummingbirds in your yard grow to be—and...


Why Are My Backyard Birds Fighting?

Are your backyard birds squabbling over seed? Learn why birds face off at your feeders—and how to promote peace in...


See the Winner of the 2023 Birds & Blooms Photo Contest

We reveal the 2023 Birds & Blooms Photo Contest grand prize winner. Learn the story behind the unique butterfly and...


Bird Lifespan: How Long Do Wild Birds Live?

From those in captivity to the feathered friends at your feeders, learn how long birds live, and what factors affect...

Costa’s Hummingbird: Jewel of the Desert

Find out what a Costa's hummingbird looks like. Also discover the southwestern range where you can see this tiny yet...


What Foods Do Northern Mockingbirds Eat?

Do northern mockingbirds visit bird feeders? Find out what foods mockingbirds eat and how to attract them to your backyard.


Head West to Spot a Spotted Towhee

The spotted towhee was once called the rufous-sided towhee. Hear their song, learn what they eat and see what males...


See a Violet-Crowned Hummingbird in the Southwest

Look for a violet-crowned hummingbird in Arizona and New Mexico. Learn what this bird looks like, what they sound like...


You Won’t Believe How Fast Mourning Doves Build Nests

You'll be amazed at how fast a pair of mourning doves builds a nest! Learn when (and where) you might spot...


How to Identify a Tennessee Warbler

Learn the key field marks to identify a Tennessee warbler, and where to look for these birds during migration and...