Backyard Birding: The Cardinal

Backyard Birding: The Cardinal

Here in California the bird I miss seeing more than any other is the Cardinal. Sometimes I think I hear its call, but that's probably just wishful thinking. The Cardinal is one of the easiest backyard birds to feed because it likes to eat on...

Ten Ways to Attract Birds to Your Backyard

Shortly after I got married we moved into a house that had a huge homemade rack with a number of bird feeders hanging from it. I thought it was pretty cool being able to watch birds fluttering around while I ate breakfast. After about a week I noticed there weren’t very many birds. The feeders were empty. I knew nothing about feeding birds so

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The Platform Feeder

Platform bird feeders, also called table feeders, allow easy access by all birds and the larger the platform, the more birds it is likely to attract. Platform feeders are flat, covered or uncovered surfaces, usually with a rim around the edges. One advantage of this feeder is that birds can easily be photographed without the intrusive sight of the feeder in the picture.
Where birds are concerned the ground it nothing more than a very large platform feeder. In fact

Scraggly Balding Birds

A month or so ago my sister took this picture. She was wondering if it was a Cardinal and if it was sick. Apparently, it’s quite common to see birds like this, especially Cardinals and jays. Most likely they’re not sick and it’s just temporary. Their feathers will grow back in a few weeks. No one is exactly sure what’s going on. Could be

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Hopper Feeders

A hopper feeder is what people usually picture when they think of a bird feeder. Essentially it’s a container (the hopper) that spills seed onto a platform so the birds can eat it. Most species that are attracted to platform feeders will also be attracted to hopper feeders, although some birds such as cardinals prefer platform feeders. The biggest advantage to a hopper feeder

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