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How To Attract Blue Jays (4 Simple Strategies)

How To Attract Blue Jays (4 Simple Strategies)

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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Blue Jay Feeders: The 4 Working Best For Me (2019)

Blue Jay Feeders: The 4 Working Best For Me (2019)

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 – 2019)

How To Choose Binoculars (Step-By-Step Guide – 2019)

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! (2019)

4 Simple Strategies To Attract Cardinals To Your Feeders! (2019)

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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How To ATTRACT Birds: The DEFINITIVE Guide [2019]

How To ATTRACT Birds: The DEFINITIVE Guide [2019]

“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 (2019)

The 6 BEST Heated Bird Baths To Try This Winter (2019)

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 (2019)

The Bird Bath Buying Guide: 8 Questions To Ask Yourself (2019)

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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The 2019 Hummingbird Food Guide (Easy Nectar Recipe + 8 FAQ’s)

The 2019 Hummingbird Food Guide (Easy Nectar Recipe + 8 FAQ’s)

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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How To Attract Hummingbirds: 38 Simple Tips (2019 Guide!)

How To Attract Hummingbirds: 38 Simple Tips (2019 Guide!)

Many years ago, my dad and I visited someone’s house whose entire backyard was dedicated to attracting hummingbirds.   It was unbelievable! There were dozens of hummingbirds flying every direction visiting nectar feeders and beautiful flowers scattered across their yard.     Now that I have a house and yard of my own, I have spent the last few years trying to transform my backyard […]

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28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds (Native, Easy To Grow)

28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds (Native, Easy To Grow)

“What flowers attract hummingbirds?”     This is probably the most common question people have as they construct their hummingbird garden and habitat.   I know it was for me.   Trying to sort through hundreds of potential flowers that hummingbirds (might) like was more frustrating and time-consuming than I had initially thought.  I have spent hours trying to find the perfect mix of flowers and […]

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Squirrel Feeders: The Best of 2019 (6 total)

Squirrel Feeders: The Best of 2019 (6 total)

I have found there are typically three reasons that someone wants to add a dedicated squirrel feeder to their backyard.   1. They love squirrels! And they adore them so much that they want to make sure they get enough to eat, away from those pesky birds. 🙂 (Not very common.)     2. Entertainment! Squirrels are incredibly athletic, acrobatic, and relentless. They will do […]

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The 6 Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders (Stop Wasting Food!)

The 6 Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders (Stop Wasting Food!)

Trust me; there are LOTS of bird feeders that claim to be squirrel proof. It’s an effective marketing term because companies know it’s something everyone wants to hear.    But finding a squirrel proof bird feeder that actually works is kind of hard.   Think about it:   The feeder has to allow a variety of bird species to feed comfortably AND at the same […]

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7 Effective Ways To Keep Squirrels Off Your Bird Feeders (2019)

7 Effective Ways To Keep Squirrels Off Your Bird Feeders (2019)

It’s incredibly challenging to keep squirrels away from bird feeders!   I know this statement is obvious, but whether you love ’em or hate ’em, at some point, almost every backyard birder has to deal with squirrels trying to stage a hostile takeover of their bird feeders.   Personally, I like squirrels and want them in my backyard. I enjoy watching them, and they are as […]

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The 4 Best Window Bird Feeders (That Are Proven To Work in 2019!)

The 4 Best Window Bird Feeders (That Are Proven To Work in 2019!)

About a year ago, I decided to try and hang a few window bird feeders on the back of our house.   When it comes to feeding and enjoying birds, this has easily been one of the BEST decisions that I have made!   Here’s why:    It’s incredible to see our backyard birds this close. If I move slowly, I can easily get right […]

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6 Proven Tips To STOP House Sparrows From Taking Over Your Feeders

6 Proven Tips To STOP House Sparrows From Taking Over Your Feeders

 “How do I get rid of all these @$&^*%!  House Sparrows?!”   Does this statement sound familiar? If you feed birds, you have probably frustratingly muttered (or screamed!) something like this before. I know I have!   House Sparrows can be annoying to have in your backyard for many reasons:   They are an invasive species. Originally from the Middle East, they are highly adaptable […]

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Cheapest Place To Buy Bird Food? Online vs Retail! (9 Case Studies)

Cheapest Place To Buy Bird Food? Online vs Retail! (9 Case Studies)

I have recently been pondering a question every time that I buy food for my bird feeders.   Is it cheaper to buy bird food online or locally from a store?   Personally, I love supporting local businesses with my money. But it’s also incredibly convenient to buy birdseed online from Amazon at 11 pm on Sunday night while in my pajamas drinking bourbon.   […]

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