Goldfinch Report Is Good This Year! I've made a goldfinch report at various times in the blog. I've written about years where the feeder traffic was enormous and other years where it was very sparse. There's nothing really different about years except possibly the weather. I'll talk about the reasons why I think the goldfinch report varies and some tips to make sure you're … [Read more...] about My 2018 Goldfinch Report
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people who feed birds is their feeders are being overrun by this bird or another. Usually, it's the grackles, starlings, sparrows or even crows. While I completely identify with their plight, I do believe this happens because the birder has not decided on what feeding style to use? Feeding Style Explained I take great pride that for … [Read more...] about What’s Your Back Yard Feeding Style?
As winter moves across the country, we all see more challenges feeding our birds. One of the main challenges is providing water. If you're able to provide water where you can plug in a bird bath heater, that's great! Especially, if you're able to have your bath far enough away from the house to reduce the chance of window strikes when the occasional predators come by. For me, … [Read more...] about One Of A Bird Feeder’s Best Friends
Water Is An Easy Start To Feeding If you're like me, you want to get the most enjoyment out of your back yard with the minimal amount of fuss. After all, when you're not spending time in your back yard, you don't want to be worrying about how you're going to keep up with it all. That's one of the reasons I like more permanent fixtures over portable ones. For instance, I love … [Read more...] about Start With A Bird Bath
This is going to be a very short post to give you a quick way to change your mood and liven up your life that costs very little and can reward you instantly. Have Your Birds Over For Dinner While this may work best if you have a patio or deck, you can pull this off with a feeder you can set up right outside your window. Platform feeders would be best but not … [Read more...] about Have Some Fun With Your Birds Now
Paying Attention Is Good For All Concerned I can't tell you how many times I've heard birders talking about something that's happened to them that's caught them by surprise. I've had people tell me how they turned around and their feeders were getting mobbed by birds they didn't intend to feed. Or people like myself who found they had inadvertently made some birds sick. What … [Read more...] about Top 5 Benefits of Paying Attention
It's As Natural As Birth Every birder dreads it. You're enjoying just sitting and watching your backyard friends feeding, playing and singing. And then, you spot it. Sitting on one of the arms of your feeder station: a little guy that seems quite unsure of what it's doing there. You continue to watch but they don't move. You walk out to the feeder and they make a feeble … [Read more...] about The Saddest Part Of Bird Feeding
I thought I'd give you a quick update on my experience with the Brome Bird Care Squirrel Buster Peanut Plus feeder. Since I did my review a few months back, I've had some time to observe how well the feeder works in my backyard. I had originally tried to put the feeder on a pole system but was unsuccessful because the hardware it hung from actually made it hang too low. … [Read more...] about Brome Birding Squirrel Buster Update