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Bird Feeding Advice

Expert advice for bird-feeding, feeders and backyard bird identification. With patience, you can discover a whole world of beautiful backyard birds close to your windows.

Thank you so much!! You guys are awesome! You responded to my weekend email in ONE day. And I now have Goldfinches back in my yard - feeding on Nyjer thistle! (In the past, I was just putting out the black oil sunflower seeds.) It took a couple of weeks for them to find it... but now that they have, it's been great! Thanks again, Jodi Decker

How to Attract Birds to your Backyard. An overview of everything you need to get started from bird feeding, water for birds, nestboxes and cover.

Top 10 Tips to Bird Feeding Success. Keep your feeders clean and disease-free.

Top 10 Wild Bird Food. Nyjer or Sunflower Seeds - what's best?

Spring Bird Feeding Advice

Bird Baths. Make your own!

Types of Bird Feeders

Have a bird pecking at your window?

How to feed hummingbirds

How to clean a hummingbird feeder

Backyard Birding FAQ

Bird Identifcation

Once birds start showing up, you will need help putting names to birds. Our guide will show you pictures of the 100 most common backyard birds.

Pictures of the 100 most common backyard birds in North America

Bird Identifcation Common Questions

Types of Birds



Purple Martins

State Birds

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals are common across most of eastern North America. Males like this one are unmistakeable. Females are brown. Photo from Surfbirds Galleries by Mark S. Szantyr.
American Robin
American Robin by Jack Levene from Surfbirds Galleries

rose-breasted grosbeak

Large black, white and red finches, look out for one of these at your tray or bell feeder in the spring! Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Terry Lunn

costa's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird by Birdseekers