Wild Birding

Bird Watcher’s Guide to Autumn

Dambly’s Blog: Bird Watching Autumn can be an incredibly action-packed season for bird watchers. Birds eating from your feeding area may be rare in the early months of Autumn. They can still forage around for wild food while it’s out there, but once the seeds, berries and flowers dissipate they’ll come straight to your feeder.…

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Bird of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Summertime is perfect for spotting a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird in your yard! These beautiful and speedy birds zip around from flowers to feeders   show-casing a beautiful emerald green back, and you can catch a glimpse of the males’ iridescent ruby throat as they pause to sip nectar. Hummingbirds quickly become  used-to human presence, so you can…

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The Bird of the Week: Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow A common visitor to yards and feeders across North America is the Song Sparrow. This medium sized, somewhat bulky sparrow has a short, stout bill and showcases rusty streaking across its white chest and flanks. His head is a mix of a warm, reddish-brown and gray, although the shades and intensity of streaking can…

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The Bird of the Week: Blue Jay

Blue Jay are one of the most striking of our local feeder birds, with their brilliant blue crest and wings contrasted with a black collar and white face.  They are larger than many other feeder birds, and noisier as well! Here in New Jersey, Blue Jays can be spotted year-round, and although they prefer oak…

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Bird of the Week: White-throated Sparrow

When it snows in the winter it is important to keep your bird feeders full for your feathered friends!! One bird you will most likely find after a winter storm in search of food is the White-throated Sparrow. You can identify this bird easily due to his white throat, but also look for white or…

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Bird of the Week: Purple Martin

Have you ever seen those birdhouses on long poles that look like they are hotels for our winged friends? Those are purple martin houses! Purple Martins are iridescent, large swallows. They eat thousands of bugs each day which makes them a very desirable backyard bird, and because their diets are exclusive to insects, they do…

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Bird of the Week: Red-bellied Woodpecker

  Although their name may have you looking for a red belly—and it does have a red patch—the Red-Bellied Woodpecker actually boasts a beautiful red cap and a black and white barred back. They are common in woodlands and forests, but are also no stranger to backyard feeders, especially when there is an offering of…

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Bird of the Week: Goldfinch

The Eastern Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey and a member of the finch family. Although some people refer to the goldfinch as a ‘Wild Canary’, they may not realize that the goldfinch only displays its bright yellow color during some of the year. When fall arrives, Goldfinches molt, and the male’s brilliant…

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Bird of the Week: Carolina Chickadee

The Carolina Chickadee is a common bird throughout the northern United States, and if you put out a feeder, chances are you have had these guys as visitors! The Chickadee has a bold black head, a white strip under his eye, and black again on his chin. They are active birds with a cheery-sounding call…

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