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Fall can bring different varieties of birds to your backyard

As well as your resident birds preparing for their migration journey, you may also have other species, already en route from more northern areas, stopping to feed. Keep your feeders clean and well stocked at this time of year. Although … Continue reading

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Springtime…and the behavior is Strange!

It’s the time of year when birds start drumming, calling, preening and generally acting somewhat odd. Male Woodpeckers tap loudly on chimneys, house siding, and hollow trees to mark their territories and to attract a female. This behavior can continue … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

The windows are washed, the lawn is raked and the garage is cleaned out. How about your bird feeders? It is important to provide a safe feeding environment for your backyard birds. Feeders should be dismantled and carefully cleaned once … Continue reading

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Raccoons

Raccoons are primarily nocturnal but are active in daylight if there is an abundance of food easily available.  Their diet is diverse-nuts, grains, berries, small rodents, insects, worms and pet food, etc. They are highly intelligent, curious mammals with amazing … Continue reading

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The Importance of Water

You’ve installed your feeders, filled them with quality seed and are now enjoying the traffic. Your trees and shrubs have provided protection and shelter, but there is still one missing element-water!   Many backyard birding enthusiasts do not realize how … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

Looking for a gift for that person who has everything? You have a limited budget? You can’t bear to buy another product that will lose its appeal after a few days?? How about introducing a new activity…backyard birding? Bird watching … Continue reading

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Peanuts

While black oil sunflower seeds are the popular choice when choosing what to feed our wild birds, peanuts are an excellent addition to backyard feeders. The peanut has a high percentage of fat, protein and oil. Peanuts are highly nutritious … Continue reading

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Woodpeckers

There are 22 species of woodpeckers found in North America. They range in size from the small downy which is about the size of a sparrow to the crow-sized pileated. Because of their distinctive coloration and rhythmic tapping sounds, woodpeckers … Continue reading

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Anting

Anting is an activity performed by many bird species including grackles, starlings, wood thrush, blue jays, and orioles. There are two types of anting: passive and aggressive. The grackle lowers its body towards the ground and spreads its wings, allowing … Continue reading

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Avoiding Bird-Window Strikes

Birds see objects reflected in a window and not the glass itself. They see other birds, trees, clouds, etc. They can also perceive potted plants that are placed directly inside a window for being outdoors. Often homes have a direct … Continue reading

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