White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Avoid losing seed to critters

Are furry visitors raiding your bird feeder? Squirrels, raccoons and bears can find birdseed a ready and tempting appetizer as they forage for food. With a few tips, you can critter-proof your bird feeding area and preserve seed for our avian friends  Minimize access A fellow backyard birder in Ham Lake, Minnesota   mentioned that
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To court a hummingbird

In March approximately 16 species of the total 325 hummingbird species (Trochildae family) began making their way back to North America and Canada. This year more than 7,000 birders tracked the migration of Ruby-throated “hummers” that flew thousands of miles in search of northern breeding grounds. Hopefully by now you have caught a glimpse of these
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Heed these seed storage tips

For the U.S. average temperatures in June have been fairly temperate and Minnesota is no exception. Our weather has been a welcome gift.  Plentiful rain and sunshine have turned flora, fauna and trees into lush havens for birds and critters. Enjoy this while it lasts. Soon the dog days of summer will arrive and your
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Weigh the benefits of organic birdseed

Is organic seed healthier for birds?  Answering this question may have multiple considerations. An article in Audubon points out that a dirty bird feeder may be more harmful than trace amounts of pesticides in regular seed. Birds that eat seed from a treated crop field are more likely to ingest harmful chemicals than from a
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Save the dates and check your calendar

As the Biggest Week of American Birding draws to a close, we assembled a regional bird festival sampler so you can plan your summer adventures. Grab your gear, field guide, map and binoculars and hit the road. Eastern U.S. and mid-Atlantic May 23-26, 2014 Down East Spring Birding Festival, Trescott Township, Maine In its 11th
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Clean your bird feeders

When bringing bird feeders to the outdoors from your garage or shed, don’t forget to clean them first. You can attract more birds and keep them healthy by cleaning feeders regularly. Bacteria, mold or germs from an infected bird can collect and deposit on surfaces. This contaminates fresh seed and creates unhealthy conditions that may
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In search of a whiter shade of pale

A friend in Wisconsin recently told me about the sighting of a pure, white Robin.  Witness to only an albino squirrel in my lifetime, I Googled ‘sightings of albino birds’ online. Many images came up including an albino Hummingbird, Blackbird, Australian Tawny Frogmouth and an albino Puffin, to name a few. Albinism occurs when offspring
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