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Backyard Birders: The Best Ways To Attract The Most Colorful Birds

Every Backyard birder wants to attract as many beautiful and brightly colored birds as possible. But how do you get the colorful birds to visit you? To attract the largest variety of colorful birds, you need to have the right elements in your backyard. That is the right food, water and a variety of shelter. And even though most birds will eat what’s available, to attract the brightest and most colorful birds to your place you must cater to their taste buds and needs.
So, follow these tips and the most beautiful, colorful and spectacular birds will flock to your backyard.

Why Guatemala Is a Great Bird Watching Destination

Imagine waking to a Royal Flycatcher outside your window, the beautiful crested bird whom the Mayans modeled their elaborate head dresses from. Imagine seeing multiple species of luminous hummingbirds all on one birding excursion. The Mayan World – which includes Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – offers birdwatchers the opportunity to see hundreds of species in a relatively compact geographical region.

Beyond the Feeder: Cool DIY Bird Feeders for Backyard Birders

The number of bird feeders that can be created for backyard birdwatching enjoyment is limited only by your imagination. Items found at garage sales for a dollar or less – old pans and lids, candle holders, chandeliers and lamps you wouldn’t dare put in your home – all can be upcycled into amazing bird feeders that will turn your backyard into a birding wonderland. You’ll want to hightail it to the nearest garage sale or thrift store, and grab the epoxy after reading today’s blog post.

The Dog Days of Birdwatching Aren’t So Bad: Fledglings and year-round species abound

The Dog Days of Summer might feel like the Dog Days of Birdwatching for loyal bird watchers – spring migration is over and fall migration has yet to begin. But, with fledglings to feed and some North American species here year-round, there’s still plenty of bird watching to make the ‘Dog Days’ great for bird watching.

Beyond the Feeder: Hummingbird Hacks for Summer Feeding

Hummingbirds are one of the most enchanting and beloved species in the bird watching community. Many backyard bird watchers devote their lives to feeding these turbo-powered wonders with hummingbird-friendly gardens and multiple feeders providing nectar. Summer heat can put a wrinkle in hummingbird feeding routines; here’s a few ‘hummingbird hacks’ that might help your iridescent wonders get through summer’s last weeks.

100 Amazing Birds: The Audubon Society’s 2017 Photography Awards

The Audubon Society’s 2017 Photography Awards have just been announced: 100 amazing bird shots, selected from a field of thousands, are waiting for you to enjoy. These beautiful images were shot by amateurs, professionals and youth, and come from around the bird watching world. We’d like to share some of our bird favorites, but you must see this entire collection for yourself on the Audubon site.

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy the 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Stamp

What started as a hunting stamp is one of the best ways to save and protect migratory waterfowl wetlands and prairie grasslands, and has helped purchase millions of acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands benefitting many other bird species. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Stamp – which is officially known as the Duck Stamp – has provided food and shelter for an estimated one-third of the nations threatened and endangered species.

Five Feeding Tips for Attracting the Birds You Love for Summer

Glorious summer is in full swing in North America, and although your backyard birdwatching might not be as spectacular as spring or fall, there are still many species who rely on you for food and water. This week we have some tips to keep the birds you want to watch around, and how to keep aggressive birds from hogging your feeders.

THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE: A SYMBOL OF AMERICAN PRIDE

When the godfather of bird watching, John James Audubon, first spotted a mottled white and brown bird with a huge wing span and a powerful beak and legs, he thought it was a newly-discovered species. Little did he know back in 1814, that this was a juvenile Bald Eagle – which can take up to five years to fully develop and gain their distinctive brown body and white head – the genesis of its namesake. Today this bird, unique to North America, is a symbol of pride and power as the national bird of the United States.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND BIRD WATCHING

With the 4th of July falling on a Tuesday this year, many of us are looking at a fabulous four-day weekend of birding. North America is lucky to host several summer early migrations that begin in July. Let’s see what species might be in your area as we celebrate our nation’s birthday.

BUILT FOR BIRDING

An unspoken given in the birding community is that you must spend at least $400-$500 on binoculars. Many birders spend well above that amount for marquee branded binoculars, knowing they will carry a high level of quality into the field. But with advances in lens coating, new technologies and advanced glass engineering, the world of birding is seeing lower pricing, making bird watching more accessible to a wider base of new birders.

MISTER MOM: MALE BIRDS WHO PARENT

In most animal species, the care of offspring falls to the female. While rare in most other animals, male parenting and incubating is most common in birds. These Mister Moms of the sky are also the most likely to parent offspring not their own. As Father’s Day approaches, let’s peek inside the nursery and see which bird dads rule the nest.