Deborah L. Martin is a freelance editor and writer who has made appearances as a gardening expert on HGTV and elsewhere. Previously she spent more than a decade at Rodale as a garden book editor and was the project editor for The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible and Stokes' Backyard Bird Book. An avid amateur birdwatcher, she lives near Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips: Hundreds of Easy Ways to Attract the Birds You Love to Watchby Deborah L. Martin
Whether you want to get to know more about the pair of cardinals who visit your feeder each evening or attract tiny hummingbirds, you'll learn which foods they prefer, where and how they raise their
Grab a front row seat for the sights and sounds of feeding, nesting, and bathing birds right in your backyard using tips shared by hundreds of backyard bird-watchers.
Whether you want to get to know more about the pair of cardinals who visit your feeder each evening or attract tiny hummingbirds, you'll learn which foods they prefer, where and how they raise their young, what you can do to make them feel at home, and other bird-pleasing basics.
Do you know: Birds love fruit! Offer a piece of melon or an overripe peach, and watch which birds (and butterflies) come winging in, Which type of feeder to buy if you're putting up just one? Start with a tube feeder!, Mud puddles draw in big crowds of birds. Birds need minerals in their diet and get them by eating mud, If you see a wasp nest in a tree, you might spot a bird's nest nearby. Stinging insects may help defend a nest from predators.
With these secrets shared by gardeners, birders, experts, and naturalists, you will find ideas that offer an almost-immediate increase in bird visitors. Discover special tricks to bring in colorful songbirds or temporary visitors stopping in during their seasonal migration. Get to know your feeder visitors better and make your favorites feel more at home with hundreds of easy and ingenious ways to feed, nurture, and protect backyard birds. They'll reward your efforts with their bright colors, amusing antics, and cheery songs.
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