BEST Drones For Kids! [12 Options For ALL Ages]

BEST Drones For Kids! [12 Options For ALL Ages]

“What are the best drones to buy for kids?“   I was pondering the above question as I watched my 7-year old nephew operate my new drone. Incredibly, he was able to pick up the remote controller, turn the drone on, and fly much better than I initially could. Talk about feeling old! 🙂   Because of his enthusiasm and interest towards my drone, I […]

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The 8 BEST Binoculars To Take On a Safari! [2021]

The 8 BEST Binoculars To Take On a Safari! [2021]

Are you going on an African safari?   First, I want to say CONGRATULATIONs. You must be extremely excited! Taking a safari and looking for nature’s most spectacular wildlife is on almost everyone’s bucket list.   Second, I’m sure you are thinking about the gear you need to pack! *Table of Contents: The BEST Safari Binoculars* Gold Class: Over $1,500 (2 binoculars) Silver Class: $500 […]

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The BEST Squirrel Baffles For ANY Situation (11 Ideas!)

The BEST Squirrel Baffles For ANY Situation (11 Ideas!)

Preventing squirrels from climbing onto your bird feeders is the BIGGEST problem that most bird feeding hobbyists encounter in their backyard! And while many strategies can help, one of the best ways to stop these acrobatic and persistent rodents is to use a squirrel baffle to make sure they can’t climb up your bird feeder pole (or jump down from above!). RELATED: 7 Effective Ways To […]

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20 FUN & INTERESTING Facts About Cardinals (2021)

20 FUN & INTERESTING Facts About Cardinals (2021)

The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is one of the most familiar and easily recognizable birds in North America!   And it’s easy to see why!   Cardinals have an incredible combination of being easy to see in your backyard AND breathtaking plumage. In my opinion, the Northern Cardinal can be credited with drawing more people into the hobby of bird feeding and birding than any […]

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Bluebird Houses: The Definitive Guide (7 FREE Plans!)

Bluebird Houses: The Definitive Guide (7 FREE Plans!)

So you want a bluebird house in your backyard?   Well, you have come to the right place.   In this post, I have included everything you need to know about getting started with bluebird houses: (Click the hyperlinked text below to skip to that specific section!)   7 Free Bluebird House Plans Easy DIY Videos/PDF’s you can build yourself! Learn the seven features that […]

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How To Attract Bluebirds: 6 Proven Tips (2021)

How To Attract Bluebirds: 6 Proven Tips (2021)

Almost anywhere you live in North America; you have the opportunity to attract bluebirds.   And seriously, why would you not want these beautiful birds in your backyard?   Personally, I think there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a bluebird in the snow. The incredible contrast of colors always stops me in my tracks to watch.   And I’m also reminded of bluebirds every […]

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8 BEST Drones For Beginners! [DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 2021]

8 BEST Drones For Beginners! [DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 2021]

I have been contemplating buying a drone.   The main reason is that I want the ability to take incredible videos and photos of landscapes and wildlife.   And let’s be honest, they look incredibly fun to fly!   It was recommended to me that before spending a significant amount of money on a pricey drone that has lots of features, I should buy something […]

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Birds In The Garden: 10 PROVEN Tips to Attract & Deter

Birds In The Garden: 10 PROVEN Tips to Attract & Deter

Are you a bird enthusiast that wants to learn how to attract birds to your garden?   Or are you a garden enthusiast that wishes to deter birds from your garden?   Regardless of your answer, The Gardening Dad is here today to bring you proven solutions! After hours of research, trial and error, and talking to experts in the industry I have constructed:   […]

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13 FREE Birdhouse Plans (Easy PDF/Video Instructions!)

13 FREE Birdhouse Plans (Easy PDF/Video Instructions!)

Before searching the internet for birdhouse plans, you should start by answering the following question:   What species of birds do you want to nest in your backyard?   Here’s why:   There are THOUSANDS of different free birdhouse plans available online, from small houses for chickadees to platform nests for robins to large nest boxes for owls. The size, style, and location of your […]

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16 Best Lenses for Wildlife Photography (Nikon & Canon)

16 Best Lenses for Wildlife Photography (Nikon & Canon)

Are you looking to take better photographs of animals and birds?   Well, it’s no secret that the closer your camera can zoom, the more dramatic and interesting your pictures become.   On the other hand, while taking pictures of wildlife, it’s imperative to respect nature and not cause any stress or harm. You don’t want to alter an animal’s natural behavior in any way. […]

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Safflower Seed 101: Everything You Need To Know!

Safflower Seed 101: Everything You Need To Know!

Safflower seed is a popular food for backyard birds. And the funny part is most people (myself included) find safflower useful not because of the birds it attracts, but for the creatures that DON’T eat safflower! (More on this below 🙂 )   Today, you will learn everything you need to know about safflower! What is safflower seed and where does it come from?  What […]

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5 SIMPLE Strategies That Attract Orioles! (2021)

5 SIMPLE Strategies That Attract Orioles! (2021)

Why is attracting orioles to your backyard so fun and exciting?   I think it’s a combination of a few things. First, regardless of the species (Baltimore, Orchard, Bullocks), orioles are absolutely gorgeous! I think their exotic orange plumage makes them look like they belong in a rain forest instead of the United States and Canada. The other reason is that even though orioles are […]

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The 8 BEST Feeders For Orioles (That Actually Work!)

The 8 BEST Feeders For Orioles (That Actually Work!)

Seeing orioles at my backyard bird feeders is always exciting. Not only are these birds beautiful with their striking orange plumage, but seeing them is a sure sign that Summer is just around the corner, as most orioles arrive back to their northern breeding range sometime in May.   But attracting orioles to your bird feeders presents challenges because they have an entirely different diet […]

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7 Best Bird Feeders For SMALL Birds In MY Backyard (2021)

7 Best Bird Feeders For SMALL Birds In MY Backyard (2021)

When most people start feeding birds in their backyard, they envision lots of beautiful species quietly sharing the food you have provided. They think somehow the birds will realize that there is plenty to go around and everyone will take turns getting their fill.   Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to realize that not only do the small songbirds appreciate your free food, but so do […]

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7 Effective Suet Feeders That Attract Woodpeckers! (2021)

7 Effective Suet Feeders That Attract Woodpeckers! (2021)

Through the years, I have tried to find the BEST suet feeders for my backyard, constantly experimenting looking for the ones that attract the most birds.   I have found there are COUNTLESS types of suet feeders that you can purchase, and they vary significantly in price, design, and quality.   In this article, I plan on showing you some of the BEST suet feeders […]

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What are the BEST types of bird feeders?

What are the BEST types of bird feeders?

“How Do I Choose The Right Type of Bird Feeder?“   It’s an extremely common question. Especially from beginners who are just discovering how much fun it is to feed wild birds!   The short answer is that there are many types of bird feeders with each one having its own unique purpose. The bird feeder type that is best for you typically comes down […]

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15 Most Common Birds That Visit My Feeders (ID Guide!)

15 Most Common Birds That Visit My Feeders (ID Guide!)

Do you want to know the most frequently asked question people have while watching my LIVE bird feeder camera?   “What type of bird is that?“   Or I’ve observed from time to time that someone incorrectly identifies a particular species of bird, and other viewers think what they said was correct.   So I thought it was time to create a guide to the […]

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Bird Seed 101: The 10 Best Types For Wild Birds

Bird Seed 101: The 10 Best Types For Wild Birds

Not all types of bird seed and food are created equal.   When you go to the store and see all the different bags of food, it’s easy to become a bit overwhelmed and wonder whats the best seeds and mixes to offer your backyard birds.   Whether you just started feeding birds or you’re frustrated at the amount of food wasted at your feeders, I […]

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Attract Blue Jays With These 4 SIMPLE Strategies (2021)

Attract Blue Jays With These 4 SIMPLE Strategies (2021)

It’s surprising to me that some people don’t enjoy seeing Blue Jays in their backyard. They think jays are a “bully” bird and are too noisy, aggressive, and messy.   I could not disagree more! I love attracting Blue Jays to my yard.   They are one of my favorite birds to watch because of their array of vocalizations (did you know jays imitate hawks?), intelligence, […]

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The 4 Blue Jay Feeders Working Best For Me (2021)

The 4 Blue Jay Feeders Working Best For Me (2021)

My family loves watching Blue Jays visit our bird feeders!   Frequently heard before seen, jays typically don’t stay long at our feeding station. Once they land, they quickly take a whole peanut or fill their throat with sunflower seeds and fly off again. *Jump directly to the list of the 4 best bird feeders for Blue Jays.* Unfortunately, because of a Blue Jay’s relatively […]

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How To Choose Binoculars (Step-By-Step Guide – 2021)

How To Choose Binoculars (Step-By-Step Guide – 2021)

Choosing binoculars is challenging. There are thousands of optics ranging across many price points. Regardless if your hobby is birding, hunting, or something else, this article will help explain the different specifications, technical data, and features of binoculars you need to know before making a purchase. Quick Links: How to Choose Binoculars The 10 Features/Specifications You Need to Know About! Why are some binoculars so expensive? […]

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9 Of The Best Binoculars for Kids (From $12 to $850)

9 Of The Best Binoculars for Kids (From $12 to $850)

Finding the best binoculars for your kids is a different process than buying ones for yourself.   That’s because our children have unique needs, and let’s be honest, most parents don’t want to spend an enormous amount of money on their kid’s binoculars because of the fear they are going to get lost or broke.   Here are 3 features parents consider essential when purchasing children’s binoculars:   […]

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4 Simple Strategies To Attract Cardinals To Your Feeders! (2021)

4 Simple Strategies To Attract Cardinals To Your Feeders! (2021)

I have a running competition at my house, and it pertains to attracting Northern Cardinals.   The game is to see how many cardinals you can observe at one time in my backyard! Currently, our record is fifteen, which was set on a cold, snowy day last winter.   Check out this LIVE stream of my bird feeders! You may be able to see some […]

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How To Install a Live Animal Cam & Stream To YouTube (Idiots Guide!)

How To Install a Live Animal Cam & Stream To YouTube (Idiots Guide!)

I’ve wanted to install a LIVE animal cam in my backyard for a long time now.   I thought it would be fun to watch my bird feeders up close whenever I wanted and wherever I was located. Plus, it would be beneficial for anyone visiting Bird Watching HQ to see what I was doing in my backyard.   After hours of research and experimentation (and […]

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3 Proven Ways To Get Rid of Starlings TODAY

3 Proven Ways To Get Rid of Starlings TODAY

My bird feeding station has been designed with care to prevent, repel, deter, and get rid of starlings.   And before you say that I should feed all of God’s creatures with a smile on my face, I want you to know that I wholeheartedly disagree! *Click here to skip directly to the 3 strategies that help stop starlings!*   Here are the four reasons […]

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Attract Birds With These SIMPLE Strategies [2021]

Attract Birds With These SIMPLE Strategies [2021]

“How do you attract birds to your backyard?“   The entire reason I created Bird Watching HQ a few years ago was to help answer the above question. My goal has been to create a small oasis for birds and wildlife in my backyard, which sits in a suburban neighborhood between two large cities (Cleveland & Akron, Ohio).   Here’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned so […]

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The 6 BEST Heated Bird Baths To Try This Winter (2021)

The 6 BEST Heated Bird Baths To Try This Winter (2021)

Below you are going to find a list of some of the BEST heated bird baths that are available to purchase online.   But before we dive in, I want to first talk about three things you should consider when shopping for a new heated birdbath:   1. Price   And because the cost is important to so many people, I have organized the bird bath reviews […]

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The Bird Bath Buying Guide: 8 Questions To Ask Yourself (2021)

The Bird Bath Buying Guide: 8 Questions To Ask Yourself (2021)

Bird baths are the thing everyone knows they SHOULD have in their backyards.   Unfortunately, not many people actually pull the trigger and offer a fresh source of water year-round for their birds. And most enthusiasts that do buy a bird bath often don’t keep up with the maintenance, and it ends up being nothing more than a lawn ornament filled with filthy water. *Click Here […]

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Create A Bird Feeding Station With These 7 Simple Steps!

Create A Bird Feeding Station With These 7 Simple Steps!

Creating a bird feeding station in your backyard is a bit more complicated than just hanging a bird feeder and filling it with some cheap food you found at the store.   Birds are dynamic creatures with both needs AND wants. If you’re going to attract the widest variety of species possible, you need to learn how to be a fantastic host that leaves our […]

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How to Make Hummingbird Nectar using TWO ingredients!

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar using TWO ingredients!

Are you looking for a proven hummingbird nectar recipe? Do you have questions about how to make hummingbird food that is both safe and effective?   If so, you are not alone and join thousands (millions?) of other hummingbird enthusiasts across North America. My goal is to answer all of your nectar related questions in this post.   First, you are going to learn an […]

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