The American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis ) is a common songbird found throughout the U.S. and fairly easy to attract to your feeder. This small bird (about 4 – 5 inches in length) is most commonly identified by the male, with its bright yellow body, black and white striped wings and a black cap. Adult females […]
It’s that time of year. Most orioles have left town and hummingbirds are following them shortly. While the season for these nectar eaters is coming to an end locally, it isn’t over yet! Keeping feeders out for two weeks after you have seen your last hummingbird is recommended to capture all the hummingbirds that are […]
Don’t miss out! The Bird Houses’ 6th annual photo contest begins soon! Details are: Amateur Photo Contest Submission Dates: September 1 – 30, 2017 Judging: During week of October 1, 2017 Winners announced October 9, 2017 Categories: Birds Wildlife (other than birds) Scenery If photo would fit in more than one of these categories, […]
With recent mosquito-borne illnesses making headlines, I have been getting a lot of questions about ways of controlling pests naturally without using harsh chemicals or pesticides. Attracting wildlife to your yard can help with insect issues. While birds will eat a lot of insects during the day, another winged creature, bats, will take care of […]
It’s inevitable. Snow, ice, sleet, and cold. Winter will be here before we know it. The days become short and the nights are long. Sometimes I think of how rough we have it here in Upstate New York, but in the winter I take one look out the window and see all the life we have outside. While we are snug in our homes drinking hot tea and curling up next to the fire, birds are exposed to the elements every day to find water, food and shelter. There are some species of birds that are here only for the winter as they have migrated here from further north. There are a few ways you can make
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to subside, birds are preparing for the winter months ahead. You may have noticed an abundance of birds recently at your feeders. Some of these birds are nestlings that have recently fledged. They usually appear clumsy, not sure about how to land on the feeder. Their feathers are ruffled, not yet in their adult plumage and sometimes they still accompany their parents, begging to be fed an easy meal.
Adding water to your landscape, especially in the summer months, is crucial for making your yard wildlife friendly. Birds prefer moving water, so adding a fountain as a water feature will help draw in more birds. Moving water can be added to your yard in many ways. There are solar fountain kits that will sit in a birdbath or pond and run a spray of water as the sun hits their solar panel.