Love is in the air in February! Also, in honor of National Bird-Feeding Month, discover weird things to feed birds, what to feed bluebirds, and more!
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Do Birds Really "Love" Their Mates?

Do birds “love” their mates? The answer is impossible to know, and certainly requires anthropomorphizing. We know that birds and humans share some emotions, with fear being perhaps the most obvious. But what about love? Many birds (male hummingbirds are an exception) are devoted parents that seem to care for their nestlings and fledglings lovingly. But is that really love? What about birds who mate for life? Could their pair bond be called love?
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Habitat Is Where It's At!

The Adirondacks has a variety of habitats that attract a diverse array of birds year-round. Visit our boreal forests, mixed hardwood stands, wetlands, and open waters and get ready to check some species off your list!

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, we’ve got a few suggestions to help you break out of the old feeder routine. These 10 suggestions of weird things to feed birds include some offerings you may have heard of before, and a few you probably haven’t.

Feeding Bluebirds: What Do They Really Want?
If you are lucky enough to have one or more of these lovely blue-colored thrushes visiting your property, you are the envy of bluebird-less bird watchers everywhere. Being insect eaters for most of the year, bluebirds are not naturally inclined to visit bird feeders. However, there are a few feeder offerings that they will eat, including mealworms, suet dough, fruit, and sunflower bits. You'll want to be careful, though, that you don't offer your bluebird visitors too much of a good thing.

When Does Spring Migration Begin Exactly?
Bird watchers anticipate spring migration like kids anticipate Christmas. Looking forward to first-of-year species helps us make it through the bleak days of late winter. But when does spring migration actually start? Here are some sights and sounds to look for in various parts of the country.


ATTENTION, BIRDWIRE SUBSCRIBERS: We want to hear from you! Each issue of BirdWire includes a poll question for our audience. Visit our website to offer your input and see results from your fellow readers!
Today's poll question: Do you INTENTIONALLY feed the squirrels in your yard?
RESULTS OF OUR LAST POLL: In the last issue of BirdWire, we asked how many bird feeders you have in your backyard. A whopping 92% of our respondents own three or more! The remaining 8% report owning one, two, or no feeders at all. Thanks to all who participated!


Where in the World is BWD? Klamath Basin!
As this issue of BirdWire lands in your inbox, two members of our staff are leading our Klamath Basin Reader Rendezvous: Editor Dawn Hewitt and events coordinator Emily Nichols are experiencing the winter magic of this special region in southwestern Oregon along with a group of Bird Watcher's Digest subscribers. Klamath is known for its mind-blowing numbers of bald eagles, tundra swans, and many other waterfowl and raptors. 

If you would like to read more about Klamath, enjoy this article from BWD columnist Julie Zickefoose, "The Divine Underfoot: Klamath." If you would like to learn more about birding with the BWD staff in some of our favorite spots around the world, visit our Reader Rendezvous website to find out where we'll be going next and how you can join us!
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The Red-Faced Warbler
Countless thousands of birders have traveled to Arizona and western New Mexico in search of a warbler found nowhere else in the U.S. You can find this beguiling species in this issue!
Brown Warblers
Not all warblers are yellow! Bird ID guru Alvaro Jaramillo compares the habits, behaviors, and vocalizations of five beautiful brown warbler species to help you prepare for spring migration.
How to Love Bird Songs More Than You Already Do
Bird-song expert Tom Stephenson offers a better way to learn to identify birds by sound in Part 1 of a three-part series that could be life-changing for birders struggling to learn to bird by ear.

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