How Can I Get Rid of the Magpies but Keep the Rest of the Birds?Magpies can be real bullies at a backyard feeder. This is a page about, "How can I get rid of the magpies, but keep the rest of the birds?".
Keeping Pigeons Away from a Bird FeederThis is a page about keeping pigeons away from a bird feeder. Backyard bird feeders often attract birds other than the song birds you may be hoping for.
Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Bird FeederThis is a page about keeping the squirrels out of your bird feeder. Despite their delightful antics having the squirrels eating up all of your birdseed can be frustrating.
Protecting Hummingbird FeedersThe sweet nectar in a hummingbird feeder also attracts unwanted guests such as ants and bees. This is a page about protecting hummingbird feeders.
Making Homemade SuetThis is a page about making homemade suet. You can attract many birds by putting out suet cakes. You can easily make suet cakes at home and vary them to your local bird species.
Homemade Wild Bird FoodThis is a page about homemade wild bird food. Blending your own wild bird feed for the visitors to your yard, can save you money.
Editor's Note: This method of keeping ants out of your hummingbird feeder is no longer recommended as it can cause damage to the birds. You can find more useful ways to keep ants out of your feeders here:
Making a Hummingbird FeederThis is a page about making a hummingbird feeder. Many people enjoy having these quick flying little visitors. Putting out a hummingbird feeder will help attract them to your yard.
Using Mint to Keep Bees/Wasps from a Hummingbird FeederMany people recommend mint extract or essential oil to deter pests. This is a page about using mint to keep bees or wasps from a hummingbird feeder.
Keeping Woodpeckers Out of a Hummingbird Feeder?This is a page about keeping woodpeckers out of a hummingbird feeder. Other birds will sometimes try to feed at your hummingbird feeders, often chasing the little guys away.
Garden BirdhousesThis is a page about garden birdhouses. Birdhouses placed about your garden can encourage a variety of birds to set up housekeeping.
Birdbath Tips and IdeasThis is a page about birdbath tips and ideas. Adding a birdbath to your garden not only provides our feathered friends with a nice place for a drink and a dip, but it also can be a focal point in your landscape.
Cleaning a BirdbathThis page is about cleaning a birdbath. Keeping your birdbath clean will welcome your beautiful, little visitors.
Will Birds Use Old Nests?This page is about will birds use old nests? Birds are good recyclers and may reuse the nest or its construction materials.
Keeping Ants Out of the Hummingbird FeederThis is a page about keeping ants out of the hummingbird feeder. The sweet liquid in your hummingbird feeder attracts more visitors than just your intended guests. Ants also love the sweet nectar and often invade the feeders. Keeping them out can be a real hassle.
Keeping The Ground Under a Bird Feeder Clean?This is a page about keeping the ground under a bird feeder clean. The area under our garden bird feeders can quickly become a mess of cracked seed shells, uneaten food, or a delightful sunflower garden.
Identifying a Hummingbird NestThis is a page about identifying a hummingbird nest. Hummingbird nests are difficult to see because of their small size.
Covering a Bird House With Bird Seed?This is a page about covering a bird house with bird seed. Entice birds to your garden with a birdhouse covered in seed. Not only will they have a nice place to nest, but the outside is edible.
Cause of Dead Birds in Your Yard?This is a page about the cause of dead birds in your yard. There are a variety of reasons you may find dead birds in your yard, some of which may require immediate action.
Dealing With Birdfeeder BulliesThis page is about dealing with birdfeeder bullies. Keeping your bird feeder stocked with seeds for your favorite birds may invite intruders.
Recycled Birdhouse IdeasThis is a page about recycled birdhouse ideas. Recycled materials are often a great source of supplies for making a birdhouse for your garden.
Painting a Bird Bath?This is a page about painting a bird bath. You may be able to give a lift to an old birdbath by painting it. Paint choice and application are your major considerations.
Adding Calcium to Homemade Hummingbird Nectar?Some people worry that hummingbirds need additional additives in their homemade nectar but most experts suggest giving them only the pure sugar and water mixture. This is a page about adding calcium to homemade hummingbird nectar.
Hummingbird Nectar Changed from Red to Clear?I used Perky Pet instant hummingbird nectar. It is usually red. I filled up the feeder 2 days ago, but yesterday was a hot day and today the nectar is clear. Is that normal? Does that mean it somehow went bad?
Hummingbird Feeder Nectar RecipeMaking your own hummingbird feeder nectar is quite simple. This page is about hummingbird feeder recipe.
Using Hummingbird FeedersThis is a page about using hummingbird feeders. Making sure your feeders are free of insects and clean are important for the hummingbirds.
Birdbath PhotosThis page contains birdbath photos. You can get great photographs of birds when they visit your birdbath.
Filling Birdhouses and FeedersThis is a page about filling birdhouses and feeders. Filling your bird feeder without spilling seeds everywhere is easier if you use some simple tools, many of with you already have around the house.
Saving Money on Wild BirdseedThis is a page about saving money on birdseed. Many people love to bird watch. Putting birdseed out in your yard will attract lots of birds, but if you use a lot of seed it can be quite costly.
Keeping Birds from Eating FigsA flock of birds could easily decimate the harvest from your fig tree. This is a page about keeping birds from eating figs.
Homemade Hummingbird Food...Hummingbird food can go bad quickly. So it is important to change it often. Store bought foods can be expensive and contain dyes that are not good for birds. This page contains homemade hummingbird food recipes.
Creating a Backyard Bird SanctuaryThis is a page about creating a backyard bird sanctuary. There are many things you can do to create a sanctuary for birds in your yard in addition to simply installing feeders.
Keeping Snowfall Off Bird SeedI was tired of the birdseed getting buried under the snow. I put a green recycle bin on its side (our city no longer uses these bins). I put in the bowl of birdseed and then put an unused shovel over the birdseed like an "umbrella" by putting the shovel handle through the railing. It has worked great, it has snowed several days and the seed never got buried.
Identifying Birds?You don't have to be a serious bird watcher to enjoy identifying the birds that visit your yard or that you encounter on walks. Here are some tips for identifying birds, including baby birds.
Identifying SongbirdsEven if you are not an avid bird watcher it is fun to identify these garden visitors. Noting size & shape, color pattern, behavior, and habitat can help. There are books for your region and apps for your phone available to assist.
Do Not Feed Leftover Breads to BirdsAlthough many of us have fond memories of feeding bread to ducks and geese, or of Grandma saving bread for the backyard birds, it is now strongly discouraged. Not only are the nutrients unsuitable for a bird's nutrition, but moldy bread can cause a host of health concerns. It's best to feed backyard birds an approved mix birdseed and to let waterfowl find their own sources of food.
Repairing a Metal Birdbath?Over time metal birdbaths can become rusty or even develop holes and leak. In order to repair the bath in either of these situations you will need to research your options and the time and cost involved. This page offers some suggestions for repairing a metal birdbath.
DIY Moat to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird FeederIt is delightful to watch the hummers as they visit your feeder. But that feeder also attracts ants and bees. Learn how to construct a DIY moat to keep the ants out of your hummingbird feeder.
Iced Feeder for HummingbirdsTake your hummingbird feeder and freeze it overnight. This is a refreshing treat for your backyard visitors on hot summer days.
How Often Do Finches Lay Eggs?Finches will generally lay one egg each morning until their nest is full, usually 6 eggs. They will fill the nest again a couple of weeks after the chicks have fledged. This page discusses how often finches lay eggs?
Anna's Hummingbird PhotosNamed after the delicate Duchess of Rivoli, these vibrant birds are beautiful in full sun, with iridescent green and magenta red feathers. Originally from Southern California and Baja, Anna's can be found all the way north to Canada and as far east as Arizona. This page contains Anna's hummingbird photos.
Trivia About RobinsMany of us have seen and even fed the American robin in our yards and gardens. Who hasn't seen these worm hunters cock their head and pull out a tasty earthworm. This page contains trivia about robins.
Upcycling Fishnet Stockings as a Bird FeederA worn or ripped pair of fishnet stockings is the prefect start to making a hanging bird feeder. Add suet balls or other food and enjoy watching your backyard visitors. This is a page about upcycling fishnet stocking as bird feeder.
Making a Bird House from a Shoe or BootOld boots and shoes can be repurposed into fun and useful bird houses. Not only do they provide a housing option for your backyard birds, but they are also a cute bit of garden decor. This is a page about making a bird house from a shoe or boot.
Using a Clear Bird FeederThis is a page about using a clear bird feeder. Clear acrylic bird feeders that attach to the window allow you to really enjoy watching your feathered visitors closeup from inside your home.
Bagel Bird FeederThis is a page about making a bagel bird feeder. Make a totally edible bird feeder for your winter visitors using a lard and seed covered bagel.
Bird Feeder PhotosAn excellent way to attract song birds to your garden is by installing feeders. They can be purchased to encourage a variety of species or you can make your own. This page contains bird feeder photos.
Feeding Wild Birds SuetSong birds definitely enjoy a suet cake in their feeder during the winter months. It is the perfect food for winter, as long as it doesn't get too wet or freeze. This is a page about feeding wild birds suet.
Goldfinch PhotosThis small, bright yellow North American migratory bird is a frequent visitor to many backyard bird feeders. This page contains goldfinch photos.
Use Flypaper for Keeping Ants Out of Hummingbird FeedersFly paper wrapped around the hanger for your hummingbird feeder is one way to keep pesky ants out of the sweet nectar. This is a page about use flypaper for keeping ants out of hummingbird feeders.
Feeding Yellow FinchesWhen feeding finches you will have more success with nyger thistle seed and a feeder designed for their use. This is a page about feeding yellow finches.
Preparing Bird Houses for SpringPrior to mating season is a good time to ready your birdhouses for your feathered visitors. A thorough examination and cleaning of the houses will ensure their continuing return to your garden. This is a page about preparing bird houses for spring.
Keeping Blackbirds Out Of Bird Feeders?Many people maintain bird feeders for song birds. Therefore they are often dismayed when larger bully birds try to take over the feeder. This is a page about keeping blackbirds out of bird feeders.
Keeping Things Tidy Beneath a BirdfeederThe ground underneath a bird feeder can easily become littered with scattered seed. This is a page about keeping things tidy beneath a birdfeeder.
Place Pillar Candle in Bird FeederAt Christmas, I replaced the bird seed in the feeder with a pillar candle within the glass insert. The candle was lit each evening during the Christmas season, bringing a cozy feel as you approached our back deck.
Making a Squirrel Proof Songbird FeederThis is a page about making a squirrel proof songbird feeder. Squirrels can raid your birdfeeders, keeping the birds away from your yard.
Canning Homemade Hummingbird Food?This is a page about canning homemade hummingbird food. One way to have homemade hummingbird nectar on hand whenever you need it, is to make large batches and can it.
Homemade Hummingbird Nectar?I made sugar water 1 to 4 ratio for hummingbirds, but accidently added stevia drops to that instead of my tea. Should I throw out the sugar water and start over or is it OK to have 4 drops of stevia in a whole cup of sugar water?
Feeding HummingbirdsThis is a page about feeding hummingbirds. These beautiful birds enjoy a liquid feeder. Most red flowers will invite hummers to your garden.
Counting Seasonal BirdsThis is a page about counting seasonal birds. The National Bird Society takes note of all bird species by counting birds.
Protecting a Hummingbird Feeder from RainThis is a page about protecting a hummingbird feeder from rain. Rainwater can get into your hummingbird feeder and dilute the "nectar".
Keeping Suet from MeltingThis is a page about keeping suet from melting. When the outside temperatures warm, your bird suet may melt because of its high fat content.
Keeping Fowl From Drowning in Water...This is a page about board to let fowl escape from water container. Non-water fowl, such as chickens, can get trapped in stock tanks and other outdoor water collection containers.
Birds As A Bad Weather PredictorThis is a page about birds as a bad weather predictor. Before and during harsh weather, wild bird behavior can help you predict the weather.
Moving Bird EggsThis is a page about moving bird eggs. Emergency situations can sometimes make it necessary to move wild bird eggs.
Reducing Odor from Baby Birds in Window Nest?Two baby pigeons were born 15 days back in our toilet window. The mother pigeon frequently comes to feed the babies, and we do not disturb them. But they are smelling very badly. What do we do?
Feeding Wild BirdsThis page is about feeding wild birds. Clean and well-maintained feeders not only attract more birds, they will also reduce the risk of disease.
Cardinal Information and PhotosThis is a page about Cardinal information and photos. The Northern Cardinal or Redbird is a popular visitor at birdfeeders in the eastern United States. Their range also extends into southeastern Canada, and south into Mexico and Belize.
Buying Hummingbird Feeders?This is a page about buying hummingbird feeders. Attracting hummingbirds to your garden is easy either by planting flowers that they like or providing a feeder filled with nectar.
Protecting Bird's Nest from Magpies?I have a bird's nest that the magpies destroy. They once came and took the eggs and now the bird came back and is building a new nest. Can I keep them from it and protect the nest?
Keeping House Sparrows Out of Bluebird Houses?This is a page about keeping house sparrows out of bluebird houses. House sparrows can move in and take over bird houses you may have intended for other types of birds, such as bluebirds.
Protecting Bird Feeders From Wind?This is a page about protecting bird feeders from wind. Wind can do an amazing job of broadcasting the seed in your bird feeder all over your lawn or garden.
Providing Nesting Materials to BirdsThis is a page about providing nesting supplies to birds. You can use items around your home to make holders for nesting material and then fill them with safe nesting supplies.
Hanging A BirdfeederThis is a page about hanging a bird feeder. Choosing a good location and sturdy hanger will ensure that your feathered friends keep coming back.
Cleaning a Hummingbird FeederThis is a page about cleaning a hummingbird feeder. It is very important to keep your hummingbird feeder clean, for the health of your feathered friends.
Baby Birds (Williston, FL)Mama bird built a nest in my utility room. One day, I heard chirping and found these little ones. They were hungry and anxiously awaiting mama bird to come back with food. Soon afterward they found their wings and took off.
Making a Gourd BirdhouseThis page is about making a gourd birdhouse. You can grow your own gourds and make some comfortable bird houses for many common cavity nesting birds.
Hummingbird Feeder Leaks?I bought this beautiful glass hummingbird feeder, it has a tube with a cork. When I make my sugar water and then plug the tube in, it drips the water out from the hole in the bottom of the tube until all the sugar water is gone. What am I doing wrong?
Hummingbird PhotosThis page contains hummingbird photos. These pretty, busy birds are fun to watch zooming from flower to flower in the garden.
Blackie the StarlingThis is the seventh generation of the starling family that lives in a little eave of our house on the patio side. Blackie is a male starling, of breeding age, and he is very interesting to have around.
Making a Birdbath from a Frying PanThis page is about making a birdbath from a frying pan. A great way to reuse a old frying pan is to make it into a birdbath for your yard.
Choosing the Right BirdbathThis page is about choosing the right birdbath. Depending on where you plan to put your birdbath, it's important to choose the right design so you can observe and provide refreshment for your little visitors.
Attracting BirdsThis page is about attracting birds. With a few basic necessities you can encourage birds to visit your garden and provide many benefits.
Making Pinecone Bird FeedersThis is a page about making pinecone bird feeders. Pinecones covered in birdseed can be a cheap and natural way to feed your backyard birds.
Black and White Hummingbird?Can some one please help me with the name of this beautiful little hummingbird? We have only seen one like this. It was solid black and had a bright white ring all the way around his little belly.
Attracting HummingbirdsThis is a page about attracting hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are colorful little visitors. Whether you want to attract them with feeders or the plants in your yard, attracting them is quite easy.
Hanging a Bird House?I bought a larger bird house that was chainsaw carved. Is there a certain direction I should put the hole?
Wildlife: HummingbirdThere are many hummingbirds at my house. We go through 6 to 8 feeders a day. This one obliged for a close up.
Making a Hummingbird GardenThis is a page for making a hummingbird garden. To attract hummingbirds to your yard or garden, you need to make sure to plant the right flowers and shrubs.
Feeding Baltimore Orioles?I was looking in a catalog today and with the hummingbird supplies it had an oriole feeder that held a jelly/jam jar. There was also a feeder very similar to a hummingbird feeder and a solution for nectar for orioles right beside the nectar solution for hummers.
Preventing Moldy BirdseedIn early spring, rake or sweep up the fallen seeds and hulls under a feeder. This prevents mold from forming and also keeps the seeds from from attracting pests like mice and shrews.
Ratio of Red Pepper to Bird Seed for Deterring Squirrels?How much red pepper do you use mixed with how much bird seed to deter squirrels from emptying your bird feeders? I need the correct or most effective ratio, as our back yard is full of squirrels!
Intruder in Finch Bird Nest?It appears to be an egg from a crow that is in with the finch eggs. What is the best way to remove the crow egg without disturbing the others?
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?I am looking for ideas for squirrel proof bird feeders.
Use Onion Bags as Bird FeederI save my mesh bags from onions and other vegetables all summer. Then in winter I use them to put out suet or meat scraps for the birds. They work very well.
Song Birds Stopped Using Feeder?I used to have birds fly into my bird feeders like crazy. It was a runway. Now we have a bluejay (which we have had before), but now the birds are gone. I see them around my yard and in my neighbours', but they have stopped coming to my place.
Video Link: HummingbirdsThis is a very unique video about hummingbirds. Using new photography, they took pictures of how they work and live that are amazing!
Why Have the Goldfinches Left My Yard?We had a lot of yellow finches, they have completely gone. We had thistle seed out for them and they were eating so much I was having to fill it every day. Could you tell me why they would suddenly leave?
Feeding Woodpeckers?What food is in the bird feeder cage for the woodpeckers shown in photo?
Encouraging Birds to Nest in Your Yard?Do birds dislike the smell of chlorine swimming pool water? Where is the best place to set a birdbath? How do you attract birds to birdhouses and birthbaths easily?
Use Vaseline on Birdfeeder to Keep Ants AwayTo keep the ants out of the hummingbird feeders, apply Vaseline or stiff hair jell to the hanger or wire of the feeder. The ants can go as far as the jell then they can't go further to get in the feeder.
What is This Bird?Does anyone know what this bird is? We photographed it in Kensington Park in London last month. His feet look like they are feathers. but he swims like a duck.
Baltimore Oriole Liquid Food?How do you make Baltimore Oriole liquid food?
Wild Finch Mating and Nesting
?When do wild finch babies typically leave the nest? How many times a year do pairs mate?
Finch Bird Feeder Advice?Do finches need yellow on a bird feeder to eat from it?
Keeping Rescued Baby Birds WarmWe live in a rural area with lots of trees, and occasionally have had to rescue baby birds who have been hurt by a cat or simply got blown out of a tree with their nest destroyed or unable to be found.
Cake for the BirdsMix all ingredients. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F. Cool, remove and put in mesh bag. Hang from tree branch.
Safety of and Getting Rid of Bat Guano?I want to install a bat house in my yard. If I do, how do I get rid of the guano? Is it safe to handle?
Easy Recycled Bird BathTake an old small plastic storage unit (like Rubbermaid) with the flip back top that has seen it's better day and remove the top. Lay this on the ground and fill with water for the birds. It's the right depth and they will love it.
Tips For Feeding Birds And Other WildlifeI live in the suburbs with the birds and other wildlife. I feed the animals crushed corn, bird seeds, rabbit food, and give them fresh water daily. I cut the tops from under the handle off of gallon milk jugs and use the bottom half for water bowls and for bird baths.
Bird Feed Mix With Seeds, Nuts And Fruit?I have 3 bird feeders in my garden, the birds go through the seed very quickly. Does anyone have a mix of seed that they make from bulk seeds and nut and dried fruit.
Reuse Meat Packaging For Making Bird SuetWhen making my bird suet, I've started using the meat containers that you get when you purchase meat. I shop a lot at Walmart, their meat trays are also dishwasher safe.
What kind of a bird is this? (House Finch)What kind of a bird is this? He's so gorgeous! The picture doesn't seem to bring out the colors like they showed in real life. He's got bright reddish pink on his head and chest.
Our Bird House is Too Popular?This winter we decided that it would be nice to feed the birds. We purchased/made three nice birdhouses and have them placed throughout our yard. The smallest bird feeder holds 5 pounds of birdseed. The largest holds 10 pounds.
Frugal Ideas on Making Wild Bird Feeders?We have purchased a bird feeder, and now find that there are too many birds. We dont mind buying the feed, it's the feeders that make us cringe! The type we need is over $70! So i thought maybe someone may have an idea of making my own. I dont think the wild birds would mind my frugality!
DIY Moat to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird FeederMake a plastic cap moat to keep the ants from getting into your hummingbird feeders.
Floating Flower Bed for the HummingbirdsWe don't have much area to plant flowers in our yard as it's mostly concrete everywhere and an in-ground pool, so we had an idea for our backyard hummingbirds. That was to give them some real nectar, from real flowers.
Cereal Treats for Backyard BirdsI love helping the critters eat. Today, this is the best craft to do with the kids. You don't need but two or three items and you are set.
Robin's NestOur spring cleaning and repairs were temporarily interrupted when we discovered two robins making a nest outside our back door. They found our light fixture to be the perfect place. They got all sorts of material to make the base of the nest, including some shredded pieces of tarp that my son missed when cleaning up.
Making Simple Suet CakesWe always pour the oils collected from our (George Foreman) grill into a tin can, add bird seed (dusted in a little wheat flour or ground oatmeal) and leave it cool down (or freeze) and then place in our suet feeders.
Mr. Red (Hummingbird)This is one of our favorite hummingbirds, Mr Red, because he's the friendliest little guy of all the hummingbirds, I've ever seen.
House Sparrow EggsI was doing some yard work while we were under quarantine. I was cutting some bushes when all of the sudden, I saw this nest! It had four eggs in it. I didn't know what kind of eggs they were, so I looked it up and they were House Sparrow eggs. They were pretty small, about the size of a quarter, and blue with brown speckles.
Do Not Use Netted Bags for Feeding BirdsPlease do not use any type of netted bag(s) to feed the birds. I did this for a number of years without a problem. Then one time, I had to rescue a bird that had gotten its leg tangled in the netting. It was a horrible experience for the bird and me. If I wasn't home to help the bird, it would have died from stress, cold weather, or who knows what. Use the wire square holders.
Keeping Ants from Hummingbird FeedersI have had success protecting my hummingbird food from ants by putting a pile of food-grade diatomaceous earth around the bottom of the shepherds hook. It kills anything with an exoskeleton but is not harmful to mammals or birds if they eat it or touch it.
Do Bird Deterrents Affect Hummingbirds?We have two hummingbird feeders near our deck. But we have a problem with other birds nearby getting into flower plants (meant to attract hummingbirds) and trying to make nests on decking lighting. If I buy spinwheels to deter the larger birds, will that also keep away the hummingbirds?
Making a Long Arm Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?I would like to make a long arm bird feeder hanger from PVC pipe. First off, is the pipe strong enough to hold a feeder if it's reinforced somehow? Second, how do you make one? I have a bracket from the side of the window on the house, but it doesn't go out far enough and the squirrels can still jump from a small roof to the feeder. I want it to go farther out in front of the window so it is impossible for any squirrels or other critters to get the feeder.
When to Start Feeding Hummingbirds?Can any one tell me when to put out my hummingbird feeders in Raleigh, North Carolina?
Why Do Hummingbirds Inspect Liquid Levels?I've noticed that every time a hummingbird drinks, it then flies up and around the feeder to check the level of liquid. Then it flies off and comes back to drink again. Why is this?
Looking for a Platform Style Feeder for Doves?I need a platform feeder that will fit doves, but not pigeons. I have hanging feeders without a tray for sparrows, etc., but my doves prefer a open platform feeder.
Keeping Pigeons and Doves Away from Feeder?Does anyone know how to keep the pigeons and doves from hogging up the bird feeder?