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Bird feeders and Squirrels

Squirrels Will Be Squirrels Submitted by a reader I know what it’s like having to constantly fill your bird feeder. In today’s economy doing such a thing can cost you an arm and a leg. It isn’t cheap to have bird feeders any more. I am a leisurely photographer, so this is a great time to be able to take pictures of wild birds or while bird watching. I was intrigued by this article of protecting bird feeders from squirrels because I

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The Joy of Bird Watching

Ah, the joy of bird watching. If you’re like me, you receive special satisfaction from attracting birds to your backyard or garden. No doubt you have worked hard to transform your yard or garden into a space that attracts many different types of birds, and you enjoy just sitting and watching your new feathered friends for long periods of time. In fact, this brings so much enjoyment that you decide to expand your hobby from the birds that you can study in your

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Wooden Bird Feeder Selection

When considering a bird feeder for your yard, one of the more important considerations is how it fits in with the look of your home. There are certainly a lot of different looks out there; sleek and modern metal feeders, beautiful and complex glass feeders, even the stark efficiency of plastic – but for many homes, nothing looks quite right except the wood bird feeder. Many of us recall our childhoods, the days spent lovingly constructing birdhouses from scraps of

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How to Choose a Backyard Bird Feeder

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If you’re like me and enjoy watching the birds in your own backyard, you’ll find that the easiest way to bring a variety of birds into your yard is to place and fill one or more bird feeders. However, if you’re new to this hobby, you may wonder which of the many different types of bird feeders is best. Well, it truly depends on what you are trying to accomplish. For example, what types of birds do you want to

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How to Choose Binoculars for Bird Watching

Bird watching is a wonderful hobby that can last a lifetime. While many of us receive great enjoyment just from watching the birds that visit our back yards, other people are interested in learning much more about these fascinating creatures by observing them more closely. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with a good pair of bird watching binoculars. For those who are more serious about bird watching, having a decent pair of binoculars can make our

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Attracting Birds To Your Backyard

What a delightful way to spend an afternoon — watching colorful feathered creatures flit about the yard. Hummingbirds that hover, jays that scrap over scraps, robins tugging earthworms! Just as you don’t visit places that aren’t welcoming, birds don’t visit every back yard. To watch them play, you need to make them welcome. Food, water, and shelter are good places to start. Like people, birds have preferences in foods. Blue jays, crows and ravens will eat nearly anything. Some are

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Glass Bird Feeders: Beauty And Simplicity

When selecting a bird feeder, a vast array of options are available for the discerning consumer. There are rustic wooden feeders, rugged plastic ones, and wire or metal options available in any number of sizes and shapes… but for sheer versatility, it’s hard to beat the glass bird feeder. Easily worked, easily shaped, and easily colored, glass can be arranged in myriad ways, from simple panes arranged in a basic square, all the way up to amazing works of the

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Cardinal Bird Feeder Selection

When you’re interested in watching the beautiful crimson plumage of the cardinal, bird feeder options may seem confusing. There are any number of feeders available, but when you’ve got a specific type of bird in mind, it’s important to know that the bird you want to attract – the cardinal, in this case – will come to your feeder. Cardinals, unlike many other birds, like to cluster when feeding. Where many birds will prefer to space themselves out, the cardinal

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Bird Watching Binoculars: Do’s and Don’ts

Expanding the eyes of a birder, binoculars are quite helpful, as they possess the power to greatly enhance the overall results of a bird outing. Decent binoculars make for decent birding, while poor binoculars can create missed opportunities with birds, as well as intense headaches that come from double vision, blurry images, and straining of the eye. There is no denying the difference felt between a pair of binoculars that cost about $60 and a pair that goes for $900.

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Tips For Keeping Bird Feeders Clean

Bird feeding is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Many people fail to properly maintain and clean their bird feeders, though, which can lead to illness or even death of birds. Properly cleaning feeders on a regular basis is important to kill bacteria and maintain seed quality. Birds will also flock to a clean feeder much more often than a dirty one. A good, stiff brush is the best tool to have for the cleaning job.

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Blue Bird Feeder Choices

Unlike many birds who will feed under a wide variety of circumstances, the bluebird is shy – so your blue bird feeder needs to be carefully selected for best results. Because the bluebird is shy, it does not normally visit feeders. If you’d like to attract bluebirds to your feeder, it is best to begin training them to your feeder in the early spring, as they are returning to their nesting areas. Bluebirds prefer to eat insects and fruit, and

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Bird Watching for Beginners

Imagine yourself first waking up in the morning. The rays of the sun are just beginning to come through your window. Along with the sun, you start to hear the first melodious chirps of birds greeting the beginning of a new day. Have you ever wondered why they sing like that? What they look like? Or why they sound so close to your bedroom window? Bird Watching – Beginners Welcome! Bird watching is a hobby that has been around pretty much

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Birding by Ear to Identify Birds

The soothing sounds of a bird’s song are sometimes a shrieking irritation to some people. However, the truth is that you can use specific tunes to recognize the kind of feathered friend emitting the sounds you hear, which allows you to look up the species in a field book. This is accomplished by “tuning” into bird songs. It is important to know that each and every species of bird delivers distinctive sounds, and that birding by ear allows you to

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Droll Yankee Bird Feeders Review

In my last article, An Introduction to Bird Feeders, I talked about some of the more popular types of bird feeders. In this article, I’d like to discuss one of the more popular bird feeder manufacturers. It’s a company with a rather unusual name — Droll Yankees. The Droll Yankee company has been around for a long time and is well known to most bird feeding enthusiasts. What many people may not know is that Peter Kilham of Droll Yankees

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Avian Flu and Bird Feeding

Many backyard bird feeding enthusiasts are concerned about Avian flu. Is it dangerous to feed the birds? Is it safe to attract birds into my yard? According to several reputable sources including the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, backyard bird feeding and bird watching is safe. So go ahead – feed the birds! Avian Flu is caused by the H5N1 virus. To date, this virus has not been found in people or the types of birds

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Yankee Flipper Bird Feeder – Does It Hurt The Squirrels?

When you first encounter the Yankee Flipper bird feeder, you may be somewhat shocked at the idea of hurling squirrels forcibly off of the feeder. Many onlookers fear that the innocent creatures may be hurt; that the three or four foot drop from the feeder is potentially harmful. After some observation, however, you’ll notice that squirrels are resilient creatures who tend to land on their feet. There are no reported incidents of squirrels being damaged by their fall from the

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Squirrel Bird Feeder? I Don’t Think So

If you’ve tried to feed birds in your back yard, you may have encountered that strangest of creatures, the squirrel bird. Feeder hanging nicely in your yard, you’ve probably seen these wingless and featherless creatures perching on your feeder, happily eating from it while scaring all the other birds away. While researching the feeding habits of the squirrel bird, I discovered something absolutely shocking: the squirrel, while it certainly enjoys the bird feeder, is not a bird at all! It’s

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How to Squirrel Proof Your Bird Feeders

I like squirrels, I really do. I think they are cute and fun to watch. I love their playfulness, and I can even admire their intelligence and tenacity. What I tend to find annoying is the critters’ apparent belief that they are entitled to a large portion of the somewhat costly bird food that I keep our bird feeders stocked with. This is the primary issue that I have with those cute and furry squirrels. My husband and I have

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An Introduction to Bird Feeders

Bird watching is one of the most popular pastimes in the United States and one that continues to grow in popularity. Like so many others, I have long been intrigued by birds. They are flying feathered gems that come in a variety of colors and sizes, each with its own song or call. I discovered a long time ago how enjoyable and relaxing it is to observe birds up close and personal. The best way I’ve found to attract a

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