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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Updated Winter Finch Forecast for 2023-24

A biologist reveals his winter finch forecast using wild food crop data. Find out what birds you can expect to...


Meet the Merlin: Falcon on the Hunt

Learn about the merlin falcon: a stocky, swift bird of prey with medieval European ties. Plus, are they connected to...


How to Identify a Northern Harrier

What is that bird of prey gliding over the grasslands? Learn what a northern harrier looks like, and what similarity...


Head West to See a Ferruginous Hawk

Learn what a ferruginous hawk looks like, what foods are on the menu, and where to find this uncommon bird...


Look for a Rough-Legged Hawk in Winter

Learn what a rough-legged hawk looks like and when and where birders can spot these birds of prey in North...


The American Kestrel Is the Smallest Falcon

Learn all about the American kestrel, a small bird with a big presence. Plus, learn what you can do to...


How to Identify a Broad-Winged Hawk

Learn what an adult and juvenlie broad-winged hawk looks like and where to find them during breeding season and migration.


Look for Swainson’s Hawks in the Summer Skies

Learn what a Swainson's hawk looks like, what they eat and where (and when) birders can find them in North...

How to Identify a Common Nighthawk

Watch the night skies for a common nighthawk. These insect eaters have one of the longest migration journeys of any...


Look for a Red-Naped Sapsucker in the Rocky Mountains

Learn what a red-naped sapsucker looks like, and find out where to go to add this member of the woodpecker...


Where Do Woodpeckers Migrate in Winter?

Some woodpeckers stay in the same place year-round, but in other instances, woodpeckers do head south for winter.  Find out...


All About Woodpecker Nests and Eggs

Wondering if you've found a woodpecker nest? Learn where they build nests and how many eggs they lay. Plus find...


How to Identify a Rare Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

If you've spotted an unusual woodpecker in a southeastern pine forest, it might just be a red-cockaded woodpecker! Learn more...


Look for the Gila Woodpecker in the Desert

Combining beauty, personality and a critical role in the desert ecosystem, Gila woodpeckers are fascinating birds to attract to the...


All About the White-Headed Woodpecker

Learn what a white-headed woodpecker looks like and where to spot this species. Also find out how you can attract...


How to Identify a Black-Backed Woodpecker

If you live in the Northwest near a recently burned forest, you might see a black-backed woodpecker. Learn how to...


Red-Headed Woodpeckers: Redheads of the Bird World

Learn more about the red-headed woodpecker. Find out what the male, female and juvenile birds look like, what they eat,...

Bird Molting: Why Birds Molt and How to Spot It

Feather refresh in progress! Learn about bird molting and why the color change is more obvious on some molting birds...


Meet the Gorgeous Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

At first glance you might think a golden-fronted woodpecker is a red-bellied. Here's what makes this woodpecker unique—and where to...


17 Photos of White Cardinals and Leucistic Birds

You'll be amazed at these photos of white cardinals and other lovely leucistic birds, including partially albino hummingbirds, finches and...


Quiz: How Many Shorebirds Can You Identify?

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


Peanuts in the Shell vs. Shelled Peanuts for Birds

One commonly asked bird feeding question is what types of backyard birds can eat peanuts in the shell and shelled...


Offer Nyjer Seed to Attract More Finches

Learn where nyjer seed comes from and what types of birds eat it. Plus, find out what's the difference between...

How to Get Rid of Pigeons at Bird Feeders

Rock pigeons are nonnative birds that can gobble up lots of birdseed quickly. Learn how to discourage pigeons from visiting...


Downy vs Hairy Woodpecker: How to Tell the Difference

These black and white woodpecker species look quite similar. Compare a downy vs hairy woodpecker with expert identification tips.


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Why Do Woodpeckers Peck and How to Stop Them

Woodpeckers have a unique way to drum up attention. Learn why woodpeckers peck wood, trees and metal and how to...


6 Reasons Why Woodpeckers Have Special Meaning

Some types of woodpeckers have meaning for bird lovers. Find out which woodpecker sightings fill our readers with joy and...


Look for the Nuttall’s Woodpecker in California

Head to the Golden State to see these birds. Find out what a Nuttall's woodpecker looks like, what they eat...


How to Identify a Red-Breasted Sapsucker

If you're seeing rows of holes on trees, they might be from a red-breasted sapsucker! Learn what the birds look...