Answers to all your Backyard Birding questions

Cover Photo: Baltimore Orioles love oranges! Ohio, Magee Marsh May 2010 from the Surfbirds galleries © Glyn Sellors

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

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.

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 Identification

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

Common Bird Identifcation Questions

Types of Birds



Purple Martins

State Birds

Northern Cardinal

American Robin

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Costa's Hummingbird