Do you like bird watching in your free time? Michigan is a great state for viewing birds alongside other types of wild animals. The state is located between Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, which makes its location the perfect spot for bird watching. Owls in particular are very common in the area. You may have […]
Hawks in Missouri (9 Species Pictured)
It’s amazing to see a hawk perched on a fence post or a telephone pole seemingly just hanging out. Sometimes they’ll circle over your head. Sometimes it seems like these hawks are everywhere as you drive down the road. The truth is that hawks aren’t there just to hang out. They’re always looking for food. […]
Hawks in California (9 Species Pictured)
Hawks are amazing raptors. Take their razor-sharp eyesight: it’s eight times greater than that of humans. Why? Hawks have a multitude of photoreceptors in their retinas and another multitude of nerves that connect those receptors to the brain. Add to that a second set of eye muscles and an indented fovea, a spot on the […]
Woodpeckers in Florida (8 Species Pictured)
Florida boasts a tropical climate which is suitable for the survival of a broad range of wildlife. Because of these conditions, plenty of bird species don’t live just anywhere in the country. For instance, you will find that they spend their winters in Florida while the migratory woodpeckers only seek warmer asylums. Typically, there are […]
Owls in Texas (13 Species Pictured)
Texas is home to a wide assortment of owl species, from the more common Barn Owl to the very rare Northern Saw-whet Owl. Depending on where you are looking, you have the potential to see some incredible species. However, some owls in Texas are not as widely recorded due to their own secrecy or limited […]
Hawks in Ohio (9 Species Pictured)
“Hawk” is a broad term used to describe an entire class of diurnal, meaning active during the day, predatory birds. There are over 250 species of predatory birds worldwide. Over 15 of those species are found in North America with nine of those inhabiting the Buckeye state. In this article, we take aim at learning […]
Owls in Arizona (13 Species Pictured)
Arizona is home to many dangerous predators, but its owls are perhaps the most graceful as they glide through the air on nearly silent wings. Many of the owls in Arizona are year-round residents, but getting to them all can prove difficult due to their range of homes. In this article, we have included 13 […]
Can Squirrels Climb PVC Pipe To Reach Bird Feeders?
Can squirrels climb PVC pipe? No, they cannot, especially when it’s wide enough. When you cover your bird feeder’s pole with PVC pipe, it creates a slippery surface that ensures that the squirrels can’t climb up because they can’t grip it easily like a tree. Before installing the PVC pipe on your bird feeder, ensure […]
Do Quail Sit On Their Eggs?
In order for fertilized eggs to mature and hatch they need to maintain a consistent temperature of around 100 degrees. Fertilized eggs also need to be turned regularly so that heat is distributed evenly and to help ensure that embryonic membranes do not stick to the inside of the shell. This is true for nearly […]
Cooper’s Hawk Nesting Habits
We often see raptors such as Cooper’s hawks soaring high in the sky or perched on a tall branch ready to snag some prey. However, it’s much less common to see them nesting. In this article we take aim at how this North American hawk creates a welcoming environment for its offspring. Let’s talk about […]
What Do Blue Jays Eat?
Blue Jays are one of the most common songbirds. With its blue, white and black plumage, this large bird is quite noisy and is known for its intelligence. As one of the most colorful birds found in the backyard, the Blue Jay can generally be found nesting, eating and collecting acorns in an urban setting. […]
Why Do Hummingbirds Chase Each Other?
The sweet, fast hummingbirds that you love to watch at your feeder aren’t always as nice as they seem. When they chase each other, they aren’t always doing it to have a good time. Hummingbirds are actually quite territorial. These backyard birds are exciting to watch, but keep an eye out to see their scary […]
What Do Hawks Eat?
Hawks are born with a taste for meat. These raptors soar into the air looking for food in the form of opportunity. Their diet changes throughout the seasons, so you never know what a hawk may have for dinner. Depending on the species of hawk, one type might have a songbird for lunch while another […]
The Birds Of North Carolina
North Carolina is a dream for a birdwatcher. If you’re an expert birder or someone that loves spotting a special type of bird, the birds of North Carolina are perfect for you. There are over 460 species in this area. From the coast to the mountains, you’ll see all kinds of flying friends. We’ve got […]
How Long Does It Take For Bird Eggs To Hatch?
The birth story of a bird is amazing to many people. They start as pretty little eggs securely hatching in a nest. How long does it take for bird eggs to hatch? Well, the incubation period of these eggs varies greatly between species. On average, this period is between 10 and 30 days. Most of […]
Why Are Birds Chirping At Night?
While most people expect to wake up on a quiet sunny morning and hear birds chirping, few expect to hear them when they’ve settled in for the night. While the majority of birds are diurnal and spend the nights asleep, there are some nocturnal birds who exclusively chirp at night. The reasons for this phenomenon […]
The Birds Of Michigan
Michigan is a beautiful state with a diversity of landscapes, from large, sprawling cities to craggy coastlines, frozen tundra and sparkling lakes. The state is also home to more than 450 species of birds, many of whom can be found in the backyards of the state’s residents. In this guide, we’re going to go over […]
The Birds of Pennsylvania
You’ll see many birds hanging out in your yard in Pennsylvania. Their grace and beauty, especially as they gather around and eat from your bird feeder are often breathtaking. Occasionally you might wonder, what species of bird is that? Well in this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular […]
What Is The Difference Between a Hawk and a Falcon?
It is hard for most people to tell hawks and falcons apart. This is because most raptors have overlapping characteristics, which can be difficult to differentiate. Although the birds look alike, they belong to different families. The name hawk is often used to refer to most birds of prey, even those that are not in […]
Where Do Hummingbirds Sleep?
If you’ve ever watched a hummingbird flying at full speed as its wings beat together and its body seems to buzz with excitement, you understand why the little guy probably needs a nap. The tiny creatures never seem to slow down. The truth is that they do sleep every day. They even have a special […]
Woodpeckers in Ohio (7 Species With Pictures)
When it comes to woodpeckers in Ohio, there are predominantly seven different species that can be found quite easily if one takes the time to learn where they are. The funny thing about woodpeckers is generally they are so unique themselves, at least compared to other birds, that you never stop to think that there […]
Michigan Woodpeckers (8 Species With Pictures)
There are several species of woodpeckers found in Michigan. They are scattered throughout the state, waiting to be discovered. The key to success in finding these beautiful birds is through identification, and of course, using your ears! Some woodpeckers in Michigan look similar but have slightly different body types. Some have distinct foraging habits, while […]
Do Squirrels Eat Birds?
People often either see squirrels as the cute furry things scurrying along their fence line or as the gross little rodents messing up their yards. The furry-tailed critters are a mix of both of these things. Many people have no clue that squirrels can actually harm the birds that come into your yard for a […]
Black Bird With A Blue Head: The Common Grackle
Picture in your mind the prettiest birds out in the field. Which do you think of first? Bright red northern cardinals perched on twigs contrasted against a barren winter landscape? Blackheaded northern orioles with chests that boast a burst of fiery orange? Flashy blue jays with their snowy white bellies and noble crests? Chances are […]
The Mythical Blue Cardinal
Whether you’re new to birdwatching or have been at it for some time, chances are you’ve heard of the elusive blue cardinal and have wondered if this rare bird really exists. Maybe you’re even feeling a little slighted because not one has bothered to visit the many bird feeders you keep stocked with goodies that […]
Owls In Georgia (7 Species Pictured)
Georgia is home to plenty of plant and animal species living there both seasonally and all year round. That’s because Georgia features some of the most wonderful natural sceneries popular across the country. Complementing the lush green country-side of Georgia are a wide variety of wild animals and birds. One bird variety that is particularly […]
Do Cardinals Mate For Life?
Do cardinals mate for life? Yes! Cardinals frequently mate for life, with some pairs staying together all year long nesting their territory. In other instances, cardinals may leave their territory to join a winter flock, but they usually reunite in spring in their nesting area. The male and female cardinals communicate with each other through […]
Orange Breasted Birds: A Complete Guide
In this extensive birding guide, we will be looking at orange breasted birds of all types. We have compiled information on 18 species of orange breasted birds which includes hummingbirds, finches, orioles and even a falcon. Each one having their very own distinctive coloring, you will learn how to easily identify these flaming flyers the […]
Hawks In Georgia (6 Species With Pictures)
Georgia is a beautiful state with coastal and hilly terrains, sandy beaches, and leafy backyards. When we listen closely to nature’s sounds during a quiet afternoon, we can hear the screeching sounds of big birds and the warning chirps of small birds. The skies of Georgia are graced with the beautiful display of different bird […]
How To Identify Birds By Their Sounds
With binoculars in hand and an eye to the sky, many birders set out with their birding journals to find some lifer birds to record. But judging a bird by its cover, its colorful plumage and the shape of its body, is not the only way to identify your feathered friends. Differentiating between bird species […]