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Georgia Birding Portal – Local Georgia Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

Georgia Birding Portal

Brown Thrasher – Toxostoma rufum − Georgia State Bird
(click to Brown Thrasher reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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Brown Thrasher – Toxostoma rufum − Georgia State Bird − Birding in Georgia

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for Georgia birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our Georgia portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about Georgia wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

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Identify Your Georgia Wild Birds

Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum

Brown Thrasher – Toxostoma rufum

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for Georgia wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

Georgia Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon Georgia
Georgia Bird Sightings − Powered by eBird
Georgia Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
Georgia State Parks
Nature Conservancy − Georgia
Sierra Club − Georgia
US National Park Service − Georgia
US National Wildlife Refuges − Georgia

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Wild Bird Company − Georgia Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for Georgia Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for Georgia birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

New York Birding Portal – Local New York Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

New York Birding Portal

Eastern Bluebird – Sialia sialis − New York State Bird
(click to Eastern Bluebird reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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Eastern Bluebird – Sialia sialis − New York State Bird − Birding in New York

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for New York birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our New York portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about New York wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

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Identify Your New York Wild Birds

Eastern Bluebird - Sialia sialis

Eastern Bluebirds – Sialia sialis

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for New York wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

New York Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon New York
Nature Conservancy − New York
New York Bird Sightings − Powered by eBird
New York Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
New York State Parks
Sierra Club − New York
US National Park Service − New York
US National Wildlife Refuges − New York

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Wild Bird Company − New York Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for New York Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for New York birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

Illinois Birding Portal – Local Illinois Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

Illinois Birding Portal

Northern Cardinal − Cardinalis cardinalis − Illinois State Bird
(click to Northern Cardina reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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Northern Cardinal − Cardinalis cardinalis − Illinois State Bird − Birding in Illinois

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for Illinois birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our Illinois portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about Illinois wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

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Identify Your Illinois Wild Birds

Northern Cardinal − Cardinalis cardinalis

Northern Cardinal − Cardinalis cardinalis

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for Illinois wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

Illinois Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon Illinois
Illinois Bird Sightings − Powered by eBird
Illinois Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
Illinois State Parks
Nature Conservancy − Illinois
Sierra Club − Illinois
US National Park Service − Illinois
US National Wildlife Refuges − Illinois

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Wild Bird Company − Illinois Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for Illinois Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for Illinois birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

Cedar Waxwing − Bombycilla cedrorum. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 010.07.17

Cedar Waxwing − Bombycilla cedrorum

Bird of the Day. Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Boulder Reservoir complex–Boulder Res, Boulder Creek–75th St. and Walden & Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Habitats, Boulder, US-CO, October 7, 2017. We Are Wild About Birds!

October 7, 2017 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: October 7, 2017 Bird Walk

Slide Show: October 7, 2017
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October 7, 2017. Windy and partly cloudy. 45-60°F. 2-30 mph. 9 participants. A very windy start to the morning at Boulder Reservoir! Then to demonstrate the compressibility of gases, there was hardly a puff of breeze when we arrived at Boulder Creek only a few miles away from the Reservoir. A crazy and beautiful fall morning.

Bird of the Day – Cedar Waxwing − Bombycilla cedrorum – Boulder, CO
We ran into a big flock of mostly immature waxwings feeding in a grove of junipers. However, they also seemed keenly interested in a grove of cottonwoods too. I expect to see them in junipers for the berries, but the interest in the cottonwoods seemed to be more than just for shelter. I’m not sure what they might be interested in eating in the cottonwoods. Cedar waxwings are largely fruit eaters, but they will eat insects on occasion. Anyway, the flurry of activity between the cottonwoods and the junipers by the waxwings was thrilling.

Cedar Waxwing ©Steve Frye
Cedar Waxwing by Steve Frye

Minnesota Birding Portal – Local Minnesota Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

Minnesota Birding Portal

Common Loon − Gavia immer − Minnesota State Bird
(click to Common Loon reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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Common Loon − Gavia immer − Minnesota State Bird − Birding in Minnesota

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for Minnesota birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our Minnesota portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about Minnesota wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

Shop Our Wild Bird Company Online Store to Enhance Your Minnesota Birding

Identify Your Minnesota Wild Birds

American Robin − Turdus migratorius

Common Loon – Gavia immer

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for Minnesota wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

Minnesota Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon Minnesota
Minnesota Bird Sightings − Powered by eBird
Minnesota Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
Minnesota State Parks
Nature Conservancy − Minnesota
Sierra Club − Minnesota
US National Park Service − Minnesota
US National Wildlife Refuges – Minnesota

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Wild Bird Company − Minnesota Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for Minnesota Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for Minnesota birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

Florida Birding Portal – Local Florida Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

Florida Birding Portal

Northern Mockingbird – Mimus polyglottos − Florida State Bird
(click to Northern Mockingbird reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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Northern Mockingbird – Mimus polyglottos − Florida State Bird − Birding in Florida

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for Florida birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our Florida portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about Florida wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

Shop Our Wild Bird Company Online Store to Enhance Your Florida Birding

Identify Your Florida Wild Birds

Northern Mockingbird - Mimus polyglottos

Northern Mockingbird – Mimus polyglottos

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for Florida wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

Delaware Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon Florida
Florida Bird Sightings − Powered by eBird
Florida Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
Florida State Parks
Nature Conservancy − Florida
Sierra Club − Florida
US National Park Service − Florida
US National Wildlife Refuges − Florida

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Wild Bird Company − Florida Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for Florida Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for Florida birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

Cooper’s Hawk − Accipiter cooperii. Wild Bird Company Bird Walk, Bird of the Day 09.30.17

Cooper’s Hawk − Accipiter cooperii

Bird of the Day. Wild Bird Company Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Rogers Rd West, Crane Hollow Road and Ponds, St. Vrain River Crossing at 63rd St. and Rabbit Mountain, Boulder, US-CO, September 30, 2017. We Are Wild About Birds!

September 30, 2017 Bird Walk Count and Newsletter

Photo Gallery: September 30, 2017 Bird Walk

Slide Show: September 30, 2017
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September 30, 2017. Partly cloudy with patches of dense fog. 45-60°F. 2-8 mph. 10 participants. The fog this morning was so thick and it moved like a living creature. At one point, we stopped to watch an immature bald eagle on top of a power pole. The eagle was in the sun briefly and then the fog rolled in from the east and swallowed us. In a minute we went from sun on the eagle to barely being able to make out its form on top of the pole. See slide show. We continued on to Rabbit Mountain for some raptor watching. The Little Thompson Overlook on the back side of Rabbit Mountain is one of the best raptor watching spots in the county because of the ridges to the north. If the wind is from the east or north, the ridge gives the birds some olographic lift and they then ride those winds right over to Rabbit Mountain.

Bird of the Day – Cooper’s Hawk − Accipiter cooperii – Boulder, CO
Our traditional day of the year to go hawk watching is the last Saturday of September. Hawk watching is a subset of bird watching which consists of hiking up on a ridge and then waiting for the birds to come to you. They often pass quite high and you only see a speck in the sky. A version of birding that I like to call ‘dot birding’. It is amazing how much and how well really good hawk watchers can identify ‘dots’. It’s not everyone’s cup of birding tea, but it is fun to try once in a while. Cooper’s Hawks were the Dots of the Day today as we watched them cover the space between the ridge to the north of Rabbit Mountain and Rabbit Mountain itself. The winds were such this morning that the birds were not too high and several of the Coop’s flew pretty close.

Cooper’s Hawk ©Kevin Rutherford
Cooper's Hawk by Kevin Rutherford

Attracting Downy Woodpeckers by Steve Frye – Wild Bird Company, Boulder, CO

Attracting Downy Woodpeckers by Steve Frye

Wild Bird Company Newsletter Sep/Oct 2017: Attracting Downy Woodpeckers

ATTRACTING DOWNY WOODPECKERS
Downy woodpeckers are cute little noisy woodpeckers that enliven backyards across much of North America in all seasons. Attracting them is relatively easy and your reward is the endless entertainment they bring by their clown-like demeanor and constant activity. Downy Woodpeckers (downies) are highly sought after for these reasons.

BIRD SEED AND BIRD FEEDERS FOR ATTRACTING DOWNY WOODPECKERS
Suet feeders are the most reliable way to attract downies to your backyard. Suet feeders are wire cages which hold suet or suet cakes and can be put out by themselves or attached to a seed feeder. True suet is the dense fat from around the kidney, but suet is usually referred to in a broader sense to mean any kind of fat, shortening, or fat-based cake that you would put out to attract woodpeckers, nuthatches, or chickadees. Raw fat can only be used in cold winter climates or it will turn rancid. Rendered suet cakes can be fed in most weather conditions without the threat of spoiling. The most popular suet cakes at the Wild Bird Company for attracting downy woodpeckers are peanut butter, insect, orange, and sunflower.

Suet feeders are either placed against a tree or fence, or hung from a branch or eave. Feeders that hang alone work best if they have a tail-prop attached to support downy woodpecker tails as they feed from the suet. The downy woodpeckers at my house really love my suet log, which is a section of log with holes bored through it which accept cylindrical suet plugs.

Many people make their own suet mixtures or “puddings” for the downy woodpeckers to eat. These recipes are suet, shortening, or lard based mixtures with all sorts of things added in. At the Wild Bird Company, we developed our own suet recipe called Suet Scrumpy which the downy woodpeckers and others love.

Downy woodpeckers are also fond of sunflower seeds and nuts. Oil sunflower or hulled sunflower are both readily consumed. They can be placed in a tube, hopper, or platform feeder. Tree nuts and shelled peanuts are best put on the tray of a hopper feeder or a platform. They tend to clog up tube feeders. You can also use a specialized peanut feeder, which looks much like a suet feeder, for presenting either shelled peanuts or tree nuts to the downy woodpeckers.

BIRD HOUSES FOR DOWNY WOODPECKERS
Downy woodpeckers are primary cavity nesters meaning they make their own holes to nest in rather than using a preexisting nest box. However, you may be able to trick them into using a bluebird-sized nest box by packing it completely full of wood shavings. The downies will then dig all of the shavings out making them feel they have just excavated the easiest nest cavity ever. You will need to repack the nest box every fall to get downy woodpeckers to use your nest box again.

Nest boxes for downy woodpeckers should be placed on a tree (not hanging) for best results. They are not too picky about its orientation, but I would advise to not face it into prevailing winds or direct afternoon sun. Mount the downy woodpecker box as high as you are comfortably able and where it will not be too hard to repack it with shavings.

WATER FEATURES AND BIRD BATHS FOR ATTRACTING DOWNY WOODPECKERS
Downy woodpeckers will visit both bird baths and more elaborate water features to drink and bathe. I have found downies are more likely to only drink from water features and baths rather than bathe. However, the downy woodpeckers in my yard only seem to bathe in my water feature rather than my numerous baths. Also, they frequent both baths and water garden more in the winter compared to the summer. A heated bath in winter will help keep downy woodpeckers visiting your yard during the winter.

GARDENING FOR DOWNY WOODPECKERS
Downy woodpeckers can be found in a variety of habitats from woodlots, parks, hedgerows and forest edges, riparian zones, secondary growth, and open woods. Downies prefer deciduous habitats over coniferous ones, but will avoid dense woods of either form. They will probe and glean food from old or young trees both alive or dead.

Besides foraging in trees, downy woodpeckers feed on galls and pick apart many woody stemmed plants like poison hemlock looking for insects. Another favorite plant to forage on for seeds is the non-indigenous common mullein.

Fruits are also readily eaten by downy woodpeckers. Crabapples, Virginia Creeper, serviceberries, mountain ash, hackberries, and dogwoods are all plants attractive to downy woodpeckers.

If possible, leave dead branches on your trees where the downies like to excavate nesting cavities.

Downy Woodpecker ©Neal Zaun
Downy Woodpecker

California Birding Portal – Local California Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

California Birding Portal

California Quail – Callipepla californica − California State Bird
(click to California Quail reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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California Quail – Callipepla californica − California State Bird − Birding in California

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for California birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our California portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about California wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

Shop Our Wild Bird Company Online Store to Enhance Your California Birding

Identify Your California Wild Birds

California Quail - Callipepla californica

California Quail – Callipepla californica

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for California wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

California Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon California
California Bird Sightings – Powered by eBird
California Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
California State Parks
Nature Conservancy − California
Sierra Club − California
US National Park Service − California
US National Wildlife Refuges − California

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Wild Bird Company − California Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for California Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for California birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

Colorado Birding Portal – Local Colorado Bird Watching, Bird Feeding and Birding Resources

Colorado Birding Portal

Lark Bunting – Calamospiza melanocorys − Colorado State Bird
(click to Lark Bunting reference page by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds)

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Lark Bunting – Calamospiza melanocorys − Colorado State Bird − Colorado in Delaware

Wild Bird Company is your friendly resource for Colorado birding, backyard bird watching and bird feeding since 1989. We welcome you to our Colorado portal for bird watching and backyard birding resources. We are always available to answer questions about Colorado wild birds and birds across the US − and to learn about your birding experiences.

Shop Our Wild Bird Company Online Store to Enhance Your Colorado Birding

Identify Your Colorado Wild Birds

Lark Bunting - Calamospiza melanocorys

Lark Bunting – Calamospiza melanocorys

Need help identifying the birds in your yard, your region or beyond? Visit “All About Birds” from Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help you in your search for Colorado wild bird identification, habitat, audio, video and similar species − and for information focused on birds worldwide.

All About Birds, Online Bird Guide (Cornell Lab of Ornothology)

Colorado Wild Bird Watching Resources

Audubon Colorado
Colorado Bird Sightings – Powered by eBird
Colorado Birding Hotspots Near You by BirdWatchingDaily.com
Colorado State Parks
Nature Conservancy − Colorado
Sierra Club − Colorado
US National Park Service − Colorado
US National Wildlife Refuges − Colorado

Additional Local Colorado Wild Bird Watching Resources

Boulder County Audubon Society: Local lectures, field trips, wildlife inventory, education, and conservation projects.
Boulder Bird Club: The best local birding organization.
Boulder County Nature Association: Excellent natural history classes and field trips.
Colorado Birding Society: For discussion of wild birds and birdwatching in Colorado.
Colorado Field Ornithologists: Statewide birding organization and host of "Cobirds" email list.
Denver Field Ornithologists: Promoting interest in the study and preservation of birds and their habitats.
Colorado Sierra Club: Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.
Nature Conservancy of Colorado: Preserving the diversity of life on earth.

Local Birding Areas:

Boulder City Open Space and Mountain Parks: Local trail descriptions and maps.
Boulder County Open Space: Local trail descriptions and maps.
Longmont Open Space: Local trail descriptions and maps.
US Forest Service: Local trail descriptions and maps.

Wildlife Rehabilitation:

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary: Local center caring for orphaned and injured small birds and mammals.
Birds of Prey Foundation: Local rehabilitator of injured and orphaned hawks, eagles, and owls.

Kids and Nature:

Thorne Nature Experience: Great courses for kids and families.
Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery: Great courses for kids and families.
Children & Nature Network: Reference material for connecting kids to nature.
Such n Such Bird Blog: Follow the Such brothers and birding through the eyes of these young birders.

Other Informative Wild Birding Resources Websites:

Colorado Bat Society: All kinds of information about CO bats.
Project Wildbird: A study about wild bird feeding.
Bill Schmoker: Local birder and photographer.

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Wild Bird Company − Colorado Birding Portal − “We’re Wild About Birds!”

Turn Your Backyard into an Entertaining Wild Bird Watching & Feeding Sanctuary . . . . for Colorado Wild Birds.

Expert birding advice for Colorado birding, bird watching, feeding, and attracting various species of wild birds to your backyard.

1.844.442.1322 (toll free) or 303.442.1322

info@wildbirdco.com

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