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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┬ábeginning 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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