backyard birds Archive

by: Gary Machado It’s quiet, now. Gone is the constant chatter, whistles and meowing sounds as you jump from branch to branch safeguarding your territory against all trespassers. Gone too is the uniformally gray body with the black cap and tail feathers, with just a smidgen of rust coloration under the tail coverts, that allows you to blend in with your natural habitat of dense undergrowth and thickets. They call you a skulker, a bird hard to see in the dense underbrush. Usually heard but not seen. Definitely NOT a backyard bird. Except in my backyard. Maybe it’s because my back yard is filled with trees and dense underbrush along the rear and side fences. Or maybe it’s because there is a wooded area of [&hellip

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Our birdy feeders have been seemingly sparse lately, or so we thought but then we realized we have attracted bully birds to our porch. The crows have always been a welcome bird. For the most part they do not harm or disturb the other little birds. We began feeding them and then branched out to other birds. Soon, we had many birds and the pigeon showed up. Again, they came but did not disturb the other birds. They ate and left. So, we did not fret about them. But now a host of House Sparrows and a chattering of European Starlings have showed up and well, these birds are menacing. They swoop in and frighten off the small birds. They even chased off our frequenter [&hellip

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Given the rapidly declining bird populations due to loss of habitat, human-introduced predators and global warming, there are many things you can do to help birds survive. Here are ten little things you can do. Take the excess hair from drains or brushes or your carpet and leave it outside for birds to use as nesting material. This is particularly helpful if you have long hair. Add a board to your suet feeder. Adding a board to a cage suet feeder helps the woodpeckers eat in a more natural way. It gives them a place to hold themselves up with their tail feathers, like they do on trees. You can do this easily yourself with a piece of wood and some eye hooks and a screwdriver or you can purchase a feeder like this or others through Duncraft.  [&hellip

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