Birding: The Best Posts

female American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)
The female American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) around Sapelo Island. Photo courtesy: The Lilac Breasted Roller from Sullivan’s Island, United States, CC BY 2.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

‘Birding: The Best Posts’ is a roundup of the posts on my blog that I have written over the past ten years. There is a ton of information on this blog. Sometimes it is hard to find. I often stumble upon a forgotten post and am delighted I wrote on the topic.

There is a little bit for everyone from new birders to advanced birders who want to learn about bird behavior and sharpen their birding skills.


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Young Birder.

Information for New Birders

Choosing Binoculars for Nature Study

Choosing Field Guides (with videos)

The Importance of Birds to Indigenous American Peoples (video)

Winter Birding: How to Master It (with video)

Spring Warblers Birding Tips and Techniques

Birding By Ear: Learning Birds Calls and Songs


Bird Migration

Bird Migration Facts

Bird Migration Routes: Do You Live Near One? 

Spring Bird Migration for Beginning Birders

What are Neotropical Migrants? (A Beginning Birder’s Guide)

Hummingbird Migration Dates

Raptor Migration: What You Need to Know to Hawk Watch (with video)

Winter Bird Migration and Irruptions (Videos)

Waterfowl Migration in Autumn


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A flock of Starlings act as a swarm. John Holmes on Wikimedia.

Bird Behavior

The Dawn Chorus

How a Cardinal Makes His Red Feathers

The Relationship Between Birds, Berries, and Fruit

Starling Murmurations: How to Find One and When to Watch (with video)

A Murder of Crows – What does it mean?

A Turkey Vultures Sense of Smell


Studying Birds

Searching for Abandoned Bird Nests

Project Feederwatch

Birding by Ear: Learning Bird Calls and Songs

Spring Bird Migration for Beginners 

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)
Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

Identifying Birds

Winter Feeder Birds: Identifying Woodpeckers

Identifying Savannah and Song Sparrows

Arctic Birds that Visit in Winter (with video)

What is the Difference Between Ducks, Swans, and Geese?

Learn the Fall and Winter Colors of These Common Bird Species


Birds by Color: Identifying Birds

How and Why Birds Change their Plumage.

Common Winter Birds Across North America

Identifying Birds by Color: A Collection of Photo Galleries

Birds by Color: Yellow Birds

Birds by Color: Yellow Warblers

Birds by Color: Red Birds 

How a Cardinal Makes His Red Feathers

Birds by Color: Orange Birds

Blue Birds: Identifying Birds by Color (A Photo Gallery)

Birds by Color: Identifying Little Gray Birds

Winter Feeder Birds: Identifying Blue Birds
White Falcon (hybrid bird). U.S. Air Force photo by David Armer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Birds of Prey (Raptors)

Bird of Prey Facts, What Makes a Raptor, a Raptor?

What Do Raptors (Birds of Prey) Eat?

Watching Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey of Philadelphia, and New Jersey: A Checklist

Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam, close to Philadelphia

Identifying Birds of Prey: Books to Help You

Hawk Migration Watch at Fort Washington State Park

Hawk Migration at Cape May Point State Park

Philadelphia Owls: A List of Species

Sharpies in Winter

Schedule Your Hawk Watching Now



Hummingbird Migration Dates

Spring Blooming Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds

Making Hummingbird Nectar


Bird Checklists

Philadelphia Owls: A Checklist 

Birds of Prey of Philadelphia, and New Jersey: A Checklist


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Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at a feeder.

Creating a Backyard Habitat

Habitat Garden: What You Need to Start One

Water in Your Backyard Habitat

Attracting Birds with Water

Cover: Providing Shelter in Your Backyard Habitat

Choosing a Nest Box

Cavity Nesters: Birds that Use Holes in Trees

Birdhouses: Choosing, Maintaining, and Attracting Birds

LoveNest Birdhouses with WiFi Video

Put out Nesting Materials and Nest Boxes March 1


Attracting Birds to Your Backyard

How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

Attracting Bird with Fruit Trees and Berry Plants

Winter Birds and Winter Food

A Winter Bird Feeding Guide: Attract Birds to Your Backyard (with Video)

Attracting Cedar Waxwings to Your Backyard

Attracting Hummingbirds

Making Hummingbird Nectar

Attracting Birds with a Shadbush

Spring Blooming Flowers to Attract Hummingbirds


Nature Journaling

Keeping a Life List or Birder’s Journal

Using a Species Account

Using a Field Notebook for Nature Journaling

Catalog for the Grinnell System

Grinnell Method for Nature Journals

Spring Birding and Nature Journal Prompts

Observation Checklist to Sharpen Your Skills

An Easier Way to Draw Birds (video) — John Muir Laws

Secrets for Capturing Stunning Photographs of Birds

Citizen Science

Project FeederWatch Info, Tips, and Nature Journaling Ideas

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Join the Christmas Bird Count | Audubon

Conclusion – Birding: the Best Posts

I hope this collection, Birding: The Best Posts’, is useful. Have I missed a topic? Do you have a burning bird question and would like a professional librarian to research and find the answer? Drop a comment or question in the box below.


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