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13 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Eastern Screech-Owl Eastern Screech-Owl

These common owls are fearless in defense of their nests and will often strike unsuspecting humans on the head as they pass nearby at night.

Birding Tip of the Day

Pure laundry bleach will remove algae from the sides of bird baths, but the bath must be thoroughly rinsed, at least three times, before it will be safe for birds to use.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Broad-winged Hawk Broad-winged Hawk

The Broad-winged Hawk is an eastern species, best known for its spectacular migrations; often thousands of birds travel together, with single flocks numbering up to several hundred individuals.

Birding Tip of the Day

Bully birds can be controlled at backyard bird feeders by enclosing the feeders in larger wire mesh that will allow only the smaller, less aggressive birds to enter and eat.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Brewer's Blackbird Brewer's Blackbird

This blackbird, named for 19th-century ornithologist Thomas M. Brewer of Boston, is best known especially in winter as a visitor to stockyards and farms, where it feeds on spilled grain.

Birding Tip of the Day

Hummingbirds and orioles should be fed until they fly south. They need as much food as possible, as late as possible, to build fat reserves for their long flights to their wintering grounds in the tropics.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Henslow's Sparrow Henslow's Sparrow

This sparrow is secretive and mouse-like, skulking low in the grass. It relies on running rather than flying, and is seldom observed unless perched atop a weed stalk uttering its insect-like "song."

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Common Murre Common Murre

Murre fathers are among the best dads in the avian world. Young murres leave the nest before they can fly or feed themselves. The female departs and leaves the male to care for the chick. In situations where there are localized food shortages, the male will remain with the chick (though he is capable of flying elsewhere) until one or both of them starve.

Birding Tip of the Day

While birding, cue on behavior. Groups of birds that are issuing alarm calls may lead you to an owl you would otherwise not notice.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Bohemian Waxwing Bohemian Waxwing

This species forms large winter flocks in the northern United States only about once a decade. Its occasional erratic movements southward in winter are thought to be caused by food shortages in the North.

Birding Tip of the Day

A variety of feeders and foods will attract a greater variety of birds to any backyard. If all the niches....ground, table top, eye-level, and tree trunk...are filled with at least one feeder, the birds should respond.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Clay-colored Sparrow Clay-colored Sparrow

The plowing of the prairies reduced the habitat of the Clay-colored Sparrow, but with the clearing of forests it has extended its range northeastward and now breeds in the eastern Great Lakes region.

Birding Tip of the Day

Bird bills tell a lot about feeding habits -- heavy, conical bills are adapted for cracking large seeds, fine, pointed bills are used for capturing insects, and hooked bills are specialized for tearing meat.

14 years ago

Thanks Kat.  Should have thought of it myself.  Birdbrain!

I'm very glad you're enjoying the topic.  I'm learning a lot about birds and bird-watching as well!

Peace,
Jenny

Anonymous
14 years ago

Jenny, I reversed the thread for you so your recent posts are first!!!    And awesome job!  I LOVE reading about all of these wonderful birds!!! 

 

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a White-crowned Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow

The handsome White-crown is a favorite not only of bird-watchers but of laboratory scientists. Much of what we know about the physiology of bird migration has been learned from laboratory experiments with this species.

Birding Tip of the Day

Listen all year. During breeding season the territorial singing of males can tell you more about the species nearby than your eyes can. During the summer and winter you can learn to recognize the sips and chips of many species.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Gray Catbird Gray Catbird

This bird is often seen in suburban gardens. It forages mainly on the ground, gleaning insects from litter and low bushes and eats fallen berries during late summer and fall.

Birding Tip of the Day

Be still while birding! Find a good vantage point where you can be near the edge of a clearing or beside a bush or small tree instead of in the open.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Lapland Longspur Lapland Longspur

The Lapland Longspur, like the Snow Bunting, has a long hind toenail, which may aid it in walking since these birds run or walk rather than hop, as other finches normally do. read more

Birding Tip of the Day

When trying to identify a bird that is moving in dense cover, focus on any bit of the body. You’ll be surprised how many times a small detail like an eye ring turns out to be a definitive characteristic.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Best mom of the year award goes to the female hummingbird who is responsible for building the nest, all incubation duties and feeding the young. Some species produce two clutches a year.

Birding Tip of the Day

To attract hummingbirds to a sugar water feeder, place the feeder near red flowers. After the birds find the feeder, it can be moved, short distances at a time, to any location in the yard.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Crissal Thrasher Crissal Thrasher

The Crissal Thrasher seldom flies in the open, but moves furtively among streamside mesquite thickets, willows, and other tangles.

Birding Tip of the Day

Hummingbirds and orioles should be fed until they fly south. They need as much food as possible, as late as possible, to build fat reserves for their long flights to their wintering grounds in the tropics

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Grasshopper Sparrow Grasshopper Sparrow

This elusive sparrow-named for its buzzy song-is sensitive to subtle changes in its habitat.

Birding Tip of the Day

Adult hummingbirds are the first to leave the North for their wintering grounds in the tropics. Immatures, or birds of the year, remain in the North longer, and are the last to head south in the autumn.

14 years ago

Ah, 'tain't nothing!

 

Jenny

Anonymous
14 years ago

Awesome thread, Jenny!!! 

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Five-striped Sparrow Five-striped Sparrow

This Mexican species was first found in the United States south of Tucson in 1957. Since that time it has been seen north of the border occasionally, sometimes feeding newly fledged young.

Birding Tip of the Day

Food, cover and water are the three essential ingredients for a successful backyard birding habitat. If the cover plants are also food bearing, then two of the three ingredients are satisfied in one.

14 years ago
Bird of the DayPhoto of a Scaled Quail Scaled Quail

These modestly plumaged quail, often called "Cotton Tops" and also known as "Blue Quail," are characteristic birds of the drier desert areas of the Southwest.

Birding Tip of the Day

Wear muted colors while birding. Birds are visual creatures. Bright colors are more likely to make birds react to you rather than go about their normal activities

The Bird of the Day/or Week as time allows ;)
14 years ago
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Bird of the DayPhoto of a Dark-eyed Junco Dark-eyed Junco

The most common feeder bird in North America, according to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Project Feeder Watch, is the dark-eyed junco.

Birding Tip of the Day

Moving water attracts more birds than still water. A pump in a multi-tiered pond, a spray, or just a drip from bucket will draw birds from some distance.

 

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