Getting to know your Birds.
Bird species are similar to the words in the English language. There are thousands of both, yet most of us know only a small percentage! Don’t panic.
Getting to know and understand the birds in your backyard makes feeding and caring for them a far more rewarding hobby. Some come and go with the seasons, breeding and moving on, and others are year round guests at the feeder. Some, like the hummingbird, may be rare visitors to a specialized feeder, and others, like the bluebird, may demand a specific sized hole in a custom nesting box.The following profiles describe a few of the species that most backyard birders could encounter at the feeders or breeding in the nesting boxes. The profiles include a photograph and a few notes on feeding and nesting habits and other interesting behaviors. Due to the vagaries of light and the differences in individuals of a species, photos are not always a good reference for identifying a bird. The painted illustrations in a field guide along with the notes about distribution and behavior are far more reliable for identifying a new species. If in doubt – buy a field guide that covers the birds in your part of the continent.