Feeding hummingbirds is a great joy for many birders throughout the spring and summer, but do you have the best feeder to welcome these flying jewels to your yard? Choosing the perfect hummingbird feeder requires careful consideration of the birds’ needs and how best to offer a safe, reliable feeding... Read More
It can be overwhelming to choose a new bird feeder. What style is best? How big should it be? How many feeding ports are needed? What capacity is ideal? Carefully considering your backyard birds and how you want to create a feeding station can help you choose the right type... Read More
A bully hummingbird can easily take over several feeders if they’re placed close together. Moving feeders to different areas of the yard will create several hubs for feeding activity that one bird can't patrol as easily. For the best results, place feeders on different sides of your yard or around corners where one bird can’t see both at the same time.
It’s thattime of yearagain! From early spring through late summer, backyard birders will be treated to the magical little zips, chirps and whirls of hummingbirds – that is, if they provide the goods! About 90% of hummingbird nutrition comes fromnectar. A well-designedhummingbird nectar feederoptimizes the ability for these freaky-fast fliers to get the nutrition they need for the long journey ahead.
Though there are many birds that eat suet, these can be shy species and can be a challenge to attract to the suet feeders. By first positioning suet feeders correctly within easy reach of a safe retreat for nervous birds, and away from the noisiest parts of the yard birds are more likely to feel comfortable at suet feeders.
The most noticeable distinction that redpolls show off is a bright red dab on the top of the head, thus the name redpoll (‘poll’ is an antiquated word for ‘head’). The ruby red crown is the easiest way to spot a redpoll in the yard and tell it apart from other finches. Body color, on the other hand, can vary among redpolls. For example, the Common Redpoll has brown body feathers with heavy streaking, while the Hoary Redpoll has whitish body feathers with minimal streaking.
The Pine Siskin, also referred to by its Latin name of Spinus pinus, is a petite bird with subtle brown streaks and touches of yellow. Though often mistaken as a sparrow because of its modest markings, the Pine Siskin is actually a type of finch – which comes as no surprise when observing its playful behavior, body shape, and call notes.