AVOID These 5 “Filler” Foods Found in Birdseed Mixes!

AVOID These 5 “Filler” Foods Found in Birdseed Mixes!

Unfortunately, not all bird seeds are created equal! In fact, many bird food manufacturers seem to be actively trying to trick us. Here’s what they do:   So to get the price lower, these companies fill their bags of birdseed with the least expensive food they can find. But here’s the problem:   Most birds DO NOT eat these cheap “filler” seeds.   If you […]

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What is No-Mess Bird Seed? (+10 SHELL-FREE foods to try)

What is No-Mess Bird Seed? (+10 SHELL-FREE foods to try)

Today, you are going to learn about NO MESS BIRD SEED! Because let’s be honest, feeding birds can become INCREDIBLY MESSY!   Seriously, if you’re not careful, all of the discarded shells and seed husks can make the area underneath your bird feeders look like a garbage dump.   If you don’t believe me, check out the below video I made a few years ago. […]

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The 6 Best NO-MESS Bird Seed Blends! (I use #6)

The 6 Best NO-MESS Bird Seed Blends! (I use #6)

NO-MESS bird seed offers many benefits when feeding birds. But, as the name suggests, the BEST part about these foods is that they don’t leave behind any shells, husks, or hulls! Your feeding station area remains clean. 🙂   But what are the BEST no-mess food mixes to consider?   Today, I am providing SIX different blends, with links showing where you can buy them […]

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10 Awesome Benefits of Using NO-MESS Bird Seed!

10 Awesome Benefits of Using NO-MESS Bird Seed!

In case you are unaware, the term “No Mess” or “No Waste” bird seed refers to food that’s already had the shells removed. For example, think about a sunflower seed. A no-mess blend does not include the hard outer shell. It just includes the delicious kernel for the birds to eat.   When it comes to feeding birds, making the switch to NO MESS bird […]

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The 8 Best DIY Bird Feeder Poles – Plans, Photos, & Videos!

The 8 Best DIY Bird Feeder Poles – Plans, Photos, & Videos!

Are you thinking of creating your own DIY Bird Feeder Pole? Let me first congratulate you on being a dedicated backyard birder! It’s incredible that you’re using your time and creativity for such a great project. =)   I’ve compiled a list of the best DIY Bird Feeder Poles with videos, photos, and plans. I’m positive you can find a design that’s perfect for you! […]

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The 7 BEST Bee Houses That Actually Work! (2022)

The 7 BEST Bee Houses That Actually Work! (2022)

Are you looking for a bee house that will attract bees? Here’s the truth:   I had to look at about THIRTY different designs to find the SEVEN that I recommend below! Related: 22 PROVEN Flowers That Attract BEES!   The problem is that most bee houses are made cheaply without much regard to how these pollinators act in nature. The homes look great in your […]

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11 FUN Facts About Deer (#7 Is My Favorite!)

11 FUN Facts About Deer (#7 Is My Favorite!)

Believe it or not, there are tons of interesting facts about deer!   We have tons of deer in our new neighborhood, and they love visiting our bird feeders. I know we should try and encourage them to move on and save some for the birds, but I just love watching them!   Whether you live in a suburban neighborhood or a rural area, chances […]

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5 Easy Ways to Attract Juncos to Your Yard! (2022)

5 Easy Ways to Attract Juncos to Your Yard! (2022)

Attracting juncos is not difficult! If you want to see more of these beautiful birds in your yard, today’s article is going to help. My guess is that you’re just a few adjustments away from seeing lots of juncos!   Interestingly, there is only one junco species that most people in North America will ever see, and that is called a Dark-eyed Junco. Luckily, this […]

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10 FUN & INTERESTING Facts About Juncos! (2022)

10 FUN & INTERESTING Facts About Juncos! (2022)

Don’t let their small size fool you. Dark-eyed Juncos are incredibly interesting!   These birds are common visitors to bird feeders, especially in winter! Personally, I love how their white and gray tail feathers look as they fly away. 🙂   Today, you will learn 10 FUN facts about Dark-eyed Juncos! Related: 5 EASY Ways Attract Juncos to your backyard   Enjoy! And I can […]

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8 Ways to Keep Deer Away from Your Bird Feeders! (2022)

8 Ways to Keep Deer Away from Your Bird Feeders! (2022)

What’s eating all my birdseed? I recently moved to a new neighborhood and set up my bird feeders only to find that every night most of the food had been knocked to the ground! Surprisingly, the culprit wasn’t squirrels, raccoons, or even pesky starlings – it was White-tailed Deer!   These large mammals have an enormous appetite. They can eat every seed, peanut, suet morsel, […]

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The 9 Best Deck Mount Bird Feeder Poles (All Types of Decks!)

The 9 Best Deck Mount Bird Feeder Poles (All Types of Decks!)

Are you thinking about putting a bird feeding pole on your deck?   Honestly, I think it’s a great idea! The best way to view birds from just a few feet away is right outside your back door! Using a deck mount bird feeder guarantees you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the action.   Take a look below to learn about the nine […]

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Where’s the BEST place to put your bird feeders? (8 tips)

Where’s the BEST place to put your bird feeders? (8 tips)

Now that you have a bird feeder and want to create a feeding station, you may be asking yourself the following question:   What is the BEST area in my yard to put my bird feeders? First, congratulations to you for even thinking about this topic! Many people just put their bird feeders in the middle of their yard without any thought and then get […]

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The 2 Best SQUIRREL-PROOF Bird Feeder Poles! (2022)

The 2 Best SQUIRREL-PROOF Bird Feeder Poles! (2022)

Do you need a way to keep squirrels out of your feeders? Maybe you’ve spent time and money finding bird feeders that claim to keep squirrels out, but these tenacious little mammals have found a way into each one. Or, you might have a collection of feeders you love already, but they aren’t squirrel-proof. Either way, your bird feeder pole could be the answer you’ve […]

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7 Things to Consider When Buying a Bird Feeder Pole!

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Bird Feeder Pole!

I think your bird feeder pole is just as important as your bird feeders! It’s not particularly exciting will almost never be the center of attention, but it’s the backbone of your feeding station.   Your bird feeding pole sits there every day doing its job, holding up your feeders. But, like your health or a functioning toilet, you don’t appreciate your bird feeder pole […]

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59 PURPLE Wildflowers in the United States! (ID Guide)

59 PURPLE Wildflowers in the United States! (ID Guide)

Did you find a purple wildflower in the United States? If so, I’m sure you’re wondering what type of wildflower it is! Luckily, you can use this guide to help you identify it. 🙂   Today, we will look at 59 common wildflowers that are purple in the United States.   You will notice a USDA Hardiness Zone for each wildflower listed in the article. This […]

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14 Ways to STOP Birds From Flying Into Your Windows!

14 Ways to STOP Birds From Flying Into Your Windows!

Birds crashing into windows is a BIG problem. It’s estimated that up to ONE billion birds die each year from window collisions! Not only is this having an impact on local populations, but it’s also incredibly sad to find a dead bird that has been a victim. It just feels so senseless and preventable to me.   Today, we will discuss 14 ways to help […]

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6 Proven Ways to Attract Mourning Doves to Feeders! (2022)

6 Proven Ways to Attract Mourning Doves to Feeders! (2022)

Today, I will show you SIX ways to attract Mourning Doves to your yard!   In my opinion, Mourning Doves are underrated and don’t get the respect they deserve at feeders. Unfortunately, some people don’t find them pretty enough or think they “hog” the feeders from other birds.   Here’s why I like attracting Mourning Doves: They are relatively peaceful and don’t “bully” smaller songbirds […]

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35 BLUE Wildflowers Found in the United States! (ID GUIDE)

35 BLUE Wildflowers Found in the United States! (ID GUIDE)

Did you find a BLUE wildflower in the United States? If so, I’m sure you’re wondering what type of wildflower you found! Luckily, you can use this guide to help you identify it. 🙂   Today, we will look at 35 common BLUE wildflowers in the United States.   You will notice a USDA Hardiness Zone for each blue wildflower in the article. This refers […]

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17 Types of Milkweed You Can Plant in the USA (AND One to Avoid!)

17 Types of Milkweed You Can Plant in the USA (AND One to Avoid!)

“What types of milkweed should I plant in my garden?” This may seem like a crazy question if you’re just getting started with native gardening. Why would you want to plant a weed?!   But milkweed isn’t a weed at all. Instead, it’s a flowering plant that attracts butterflies (think Monarchs), native bees, and other pollinating insects, which is an excellent thing! RELATED: 35 Common Butterflies […]

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Do birds become dependent on feeders? (Here’s what science says)

Do birds become dependent on feeders? (Here’s what science says)

“Will birds become dependent on my bird feeders?” The above question is one that I get often. And honestly, I completely understand why it’s a concern for many people.   On the surface, it feels like feeding birds is a good thing, right? We put food in our feeders, assuming that the extra nutrition will help them survive cold winters, intense breeding seasons, or competition […]

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4 Proven Ways to Attract (NATIVE) Sparrows To Feeders!

4 Proven Ways to Attract (NATIVE) Sparrows To Feeders!

At first glance, some people find it hard to appreciate sparrows. In fact, many bird watchers lump all the species together and simply call them “LBBs,” which stands for little brown birds!   But take a closer look, and you will be amazed at the beautiful colors and diversity that appear. I’m confident that the more you learn, the more you will want to attract […]

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50 Warbler Species Found in the United States! (w/Pics)

50 Warbler Species Found in the United States! (w/Pics)

What kinds of warblers can you find in the United States? I’m always amazed at the variety of colors, sizes, and songs of warblers in the United States. It seems impossible that all these little vocalists are related!   Whether you’re a casual observer in your local woods or an avid birder expanding your life list, warblers are a welcome sight (and sound!) on a […]

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When should you plant MILKWEED seeds? (so they survive)

When should you plant MILKWEED seeds? (so they survive)

In my opinion, you can’t have too much Milkweed growing in your yard. Not only are the blooming flowers beautiful, but this native plant is incredible for wildlife. I’m sure you have heard about how important Milkweed is for Monarch butterflies, as this is the only plant that their caterpillars will eat!   The LEAST expensive way to get lots of Milkweed in your yard […]

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When should you plant CONEFLOWER seeds? (so they survive)

When should you plant CONEFLOWER seeds? (so they survive)

In my opinion, you can’t have too many CONEFLOWERS growing in your yard.   Not only are the blooming flowers beautiful, but this native plant is excellent for wildlife. You can expect to attract a wide variety of butterflies, bees, and other insects to your yard with coneflowers!   The LEAST expensive way to get lots of Echinacea (another common name for coneflowers) in your […]

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13 Ladybug Species Found in the United States (w/Pics)

13 Ladybug Species Found in the United States (w/Pics)

What types of ladybugs live in the United States?   It is not surprising that the ladybug is one of the most beloved insects in the world!   First, ladybugs are small, beautiful creatures that feature vibrant red or yellow colors. I also think most people appreciate the fact that they don’t bite or sting humans. 🙂   But the main reason that ladybugs are […]

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15 Types of Bees in the United States! (w/Pics)

15 Types of Bees in the United States! (w/Pics)

What kinds of bees can you find in the United States? Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’re here for one of two reasons. Maybe you came to see how to get RID of bees because you can’t stand them! Or, maybe you want to know more about these pollinating insects.     If you don’t like bees or you’re even a bit scared of […]

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21 Weird (but COMMON) Caterpillars in the USA! (w/Pics)

21 Weird (but COMMON) Caterpillars in the USA! (w/Pics)

What kinds of caterpillars can you find in the United States?   Caterpillars are some of the MOST fascinating insects in the world! It always amazes me that caterpillars eventually turn into butterflies or moths.   There are hundreds of different caterpillar species found in the United States!   Since it would be impossible to list them all in one article, I chose the most […]

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10 Scorpion Species Found in the United States! (w/Pics)

10 Scorpion Species Found in the United States! (w/Pics)

What types of scorpions are found in the United States?   All the scorpions living in the United States are nocturnal carnivores, so they are most easily seen at night. But did you know that all scorpions glow a bright blueish color under ultraviolet light?   So many times, people take blacklights out in the desert to help them find and observe scorpions!   Check […]

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14 Ticks Species Found in the United States! (w/ PICS)

14 Ticks Species Found in the United States! (w/ PICS)

What kinds of ticks are found in the United States?   First, let’s get all the myths out of the way. Ticks do not fly, leap or fall from trees! They don’t even have eyes and must wait for a host to pass by. Just imagine waiting for food to cross your path before you can eat.   These blood-sucking parasitic arachnids feed on a […]

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What Types of Eagles Live in Europe? (11 species w/pics)

What Types of Eagles Live in Europe? (11 species w/pics)

What types of eagles can you find in Europe?   Whenever they appear, I make sure to stop and watch these incredible birds of prey. I’m always amazed at their beauty, large size, and astonishing ability to soar at extreme heights! And I’m not alone, as eagles have a special place in many people’s hearts and minds.   Below are the eagles that live in […]

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