The Orioles Are Coming To Town

2017-03-27T12:08:29+00:00March 17th, 2017|Birds, Tips|

Baltimore Orioles are on their way and it has nothing to do with baseball! At this time of year in Northeastern Ohio, we can expect the arrival of bright orange-plumed Baltimore Orioles, the avian version, as well as their less showy relatives, Orchard Orioles. Returning from Central America or South America, orioles spend the winter [...]

Don’t Forget to Select the Ground Crew

2017-03-17T20:16:27+00:00March 17th, 2017|Birds, Tips|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaXouIZwBaU Selective bird feeding--matching bird food and bird feeder design with the requirements of specific birds--is a technique that typically results in attracting the maximum number of birds to your backyard feeders.  Winter is an especially easy time to observe this process.  Fill a hopper feeder with wide landing perches with sunflower or safflower and [...]

What’s New, Chickadee?

2017-03-17T20:02:19+00:00March 17th, 2017|Birds, Tips|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfMsUuU9KtQ With a lot of shiny new bird feeders being hung in Northeastern Ohio backyards at this time of year, one of the frequently asked questions is "How long will it take until I start to see birds at my new feeder?" For veterans of bird feeding, it will come as no surprise that the [...]

Buying a Bird Feeder: How To Choose The Right Bird Feeder For You

2017-03-17T20:12:56+00:00February 24th, 2017|Bird Feeders, Birds|

If you've spent time looking at all the bird feeders at the Wildlife Garden, it probably doesn't surprise you that we use the phrase, "Over 300 styles of bird feeders or bird houses" to describe our bird feeder department, and, hopefully, you have concluded that if you ever need to buy someone a bird feeder [...]

Juncos Journeying your Way

2017-02-20T22:42:21+00:00February 20th, 2017|Birds, Tips|

When you think about Fall Migration in Northeastern Ohio, do you think about hummingbirds, orioles, grosbeaks, red-winged blackbirds and other summer visitors heading south? Don't forget now is the time to put out the welcome mat for Dark-eyed Juncos returning to "balmy Ohio" for the winter after nesting in Canada during the summer. Arrivals of [...]

Watch for Baby Blues in Your Backyard

2017-02-20T22:28:56+00:00February 20th, 2017|Birds|

The sun glinting off the brilliant blue back of a male Eastern Bluebird perched in your backyard-what could be better? How about newly fledged, speckled breasted baby bluebirds eating from a feeder right next to your patio with the proud parents in close attendance? Not too many years ago, bluebird populations in Ohio and other [...]

Goldfinches In Winter

2017-03-02T10:53:03+00:00February 4th, 2017|Birds, Tips|

What's the most important thing to know about attracting Goldfinches to Ohio backyards in the wintertime?  Water!   Learning how to use--and how to avoid--water can make a significant difference in your enjoyment of goldfinches during the winter months. Although winter finches lack the bright yellow plumage sported by the males in the summertime, both male [...]