The Ultimate Guide to Hand Feeding Birds: How To Make Feathered Friends

 

Feeing a nuthatch
Feeing a nuthatch

You may have heard of or have seen someone in your neighborhood or online who has a knack for getting wild birds to eat out of their hand, and you wondered how they managed to lure their feathered friends close enough to do so.

Actually, there’s no real “knack” to it. You just need a method of approach and some patience. I can’t bestow you with the required patience, but I can show you the method. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Hand Feeding Birds: How To Make Feathered Friends”

Best Spotting Scopes for Birding in 2017: Do We Have a Winner?

Vortex Optics Razor HD 11-33x50 spotting scope
Vortex Optics Razor HD 11-33×50 spotting scope

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So as not to keep you in suspense, I’ll answer the question in the title about the best spotting scopes for birding straight away.

No.

But wait! That’s not a bad thing. We have several winners here – four of them to be exact. Continue reading “Best Spotting Scopes for Birding in 2017: Do We Have a Winner?”

Superb Owl Sunday from The Atlantic

White-faced owl - Credit: The Atlantic
White-faced owl – Credit: The Atlantic

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, to The Atlantic for these awesome, cute, wonderful pictures of owls on this special day.

If you also appreciate a good owl photo, take a look at these.

There’s even one of former President George W. Bush holding one.

You can see them all in this article at The Atlantic‘s magazine site.

18 Christmas Gift Ideas Birders Really Want

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If you have a birder in your life, you probably have a vague idea of the kind of Christmas gifts he or she would like. Then again, maybe you don’t.

Maybe you’ve searched for ideas and found lists that were only marginally created for birders. Does a real birder really want a shawl with a peacock design?

Probably not.

Here then is a list of Christmas gift ideas for birders that includes things they really, really want. Continue reading “18 Christmas Gift Ideas Birders Really Want”

No Binoculars Needed, Just Radar for Birds in Hurricane Matthew

It’s not really a new thing. We have known for a long time that birds can get caught in the calm, peaceful eye of a hurricane – even one as powerful as Hurricane Matthew.

What we don’t often get to see though is a picture of those birds on radar.

That is apparently what is shown in the video above. Continue reading “No Binoculars Needed, Just Radar for Birds in Hurricane Matthew”

Ultimate Birding in North Dakota: More Than Fields of Grain

When I was young, our family took a vacation almost every year to Valley City, North Dakota, where one of my sets of grandparents lived. Sometimes we would drive into the countryside, not for North Dakota bird watching, but to visit other friends and relatives.

Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark – North Dakota state bird

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Little did I know back then that North Dakota really does have an abundance of birds. Part of the state is on the Central Flyway, meaning many birds migrate yearly through the area. Continue reading “Ultimate Birding in North Dakota: More Than Fields of Grain”

Ultimate Birding in Michigan: A Good Place to Be Outdoors

Over the past several years, Michigan’s tourism department has advertised the state as a good place for outdoor activities. Birding in Michigan should be counted amongst those pursuits then.

Robin
Robin – Michigan state bird

In addition to the golfing, swimming, hiking, etc., bird watching in Michigan is also a very worthwhile venture for birders.

Here we’ll look at some of the more popular places to find birds in Michigan. Continue reading “Ultimate Birding in Michigan: A Good Place to Be Outdoors”

Ultimate Birding in Illinois: More Birds Than Soybeans?

A while back I had the opportunity to drive a couple of hours through the Illinois countryside. I wasn’t doing any birding in Illinois on this trip, but I did pay attention to the land – the crops, in particular – as I traveled down the road, which was a state highway, not the interstate.

Illinois state bird: Northern Cardinal
Illinois state bird: Northern Cardinal

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I saw, as expected, lots and lots of corn in the fields. I also noticed that, besides the corn, there seemed to be only one other crop that almost every farmer grew. Continue reading “Ultimate Birding in Illinois: More Birds Than Soybeans?”

Ultimate Birding in Iowa: Do Corn and Birds Mix?

When you think of Iowa, you think of corn. And for the most part, that’s a realistic thought. However, there’s more to the state of Iowa than just cattle feed. There are hundreds of species of birds there too which makes birding in Iowa just as much fun as anywhere else.

American Goldfinch - Iowa state bird
American Goldfinch – Iowa state bird

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