We may miss some beloved birding events this year, but spring migration is still upon us. Get tips to enjoy backyard birding and identifying migrants.
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"Birdiful" Ways to Cope with Social Distancing

Every day seems to be full of bad news right now. Despite the pandemic, birds continue to arrive, and every morning the dawn chorus seems more glorious than the day before. Even if we miss some beloved birding events this spring, we can still see some great birds—even if it means doing a Big Sit alone in a backyard. To combat the coronavirus blues, here are some great ways to cope with social distancing through the hobby we all love.
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What's That Bird? Tips for Bird Identification
The challenge of identifying birds is one of the best parts of bird watching. It can seem difficult at times, but a few hints will make it easier and more enjoyable. The steps for identifying a bird are the same whether you are watching a bird at your feeder, walking down a beach, or hiking through the woods. Here are some basic steps.
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Watching Your Backyard for Migrants? Check Out Our Spring Migration Resources
What birds might I expect in my backyard, and when? What are the birding hot spots in my area? We've compiled some of our best resources for birding in the backyard and beyond! Find answers to these questions and more.
Bird ID & Migration Resources »
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Top 10 Things You Can Do to Attract Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are already making their way north across the United States. Looking for the best ways to attract hummers? We'll tell you the most effective ways to make your yard a hummingbird haven. Don't forget to check Hummingbird Central's migration map to see if they have arrived in your area!
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RESULTS OF OUR LAST POLL: In the last issue of BirdWire, we asked about your favorite bird song mnemonics. The results were interesting! The most popular was “Who cooks for you! Who cooks for you-all?” (barred owl) at 40%, followed by “Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody” (white-throated sparrow) at 27%. The mnemonics for both warbling vireo and yellow warbler tied in third place at 16%, while “Potato chip, and then they dip” (American goldfinch) finished last at 2%. Thanks to all who participated!



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Have You Seen Our Spring Optics Guide?
We've prepared a catalog that features our favorite binoculars, scopes, and accessories. Find general product data, technical specifications, pricing information, and even a few product reviews shared by birders like you. We’ve also included in-depth reviews of some major models, just in case you need a little extra convincing to take the plunge and invest in optics that will help you level up your birding game.
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Your Bird Questions Answered: Flight & Migration
How do birds fly? How fast do they fly? And where do birds sleep? These are all good questions, and they deserve good answers. Thankfully, the birding experts at Bird Watcher’s Digest have some good answers! Here are some of the interesting questions that people often ask about birds.
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