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Online Bird Identification Guide

Every day, thousands of people identify mystery birds with our online guide. Our profiles feature photos, descriptions, and in many cases, sound files of hundreds of North American birds. We'll tell you what to look and listen for to identify them in the field.
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BWD field editor, naturalist, and author Julie Zickefoose hangs a new hummingbird feeder in her yard.

Top 10 Things You Can Do to Attract Hummingbirds

Looking for the best ways to attract hummingbirds? BWD editor Bill Thompson, III, lists the most effective ways to make your hard a hummingbird haven.
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A male Baltimore oriole visits a feeder offering grape jelly. Photo by Tammy Simmons.

Top 10 Weird Things to Feed Birds

Sunflower seed may be the hamburger of the bird world, but don't you sometimes get bored scooping the same old seed out of those 50-pound bags? We'll never know if the birds get bored, too. But just in case they are yawning at your feeder offerings, BWD editor Bill Thompson, III, has a few suggestions to help you break out of the old feeder routine.
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