Birds that visit feeders endure winter weather better than birds that don't. Learn how to help them survive the cold. Also, take our turkey quiz!
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Top 10 Ways to Help Birds in Bad Weather

Top 10 Ways to Help Birds in Bad Weather
We all know by now that birds can survive without our help in the winter. Some ornithologists have even suggested that bird feeding is more beneficial to us (humans) than it is to the birds. Be that as it may, studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders in winter survive at a higher rate than birds without access to feeders. The difference between the haves and the have-nots is not huge, but it’s there. Feeding birds in winter, if done right, is a good thing for the birds (and for us, too).
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Turkey Facts You Might Not Know: Take Our Quiz!
Turkey Facts You Might Not Know
In honor of the upcoming holiday with which this species is so closely associated, we've cooked up a few trivia questions to test your turkey knowledge. How many can you answer correctly?
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Eating Styles Among Backyard Birds
Eating Styles Among Backyard Birds
We tend to think a lot about holiday meals and seasonal treats as the year winds down and the weather turns chilly. Have you ever considered if and how the changing seasons impact what birds eat? Get ready to learn about birds' four main diet types!
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A Hummingbird—In the North, in the Middle of Winter?
It’s that time of year: Every fall and winter, western hummingbird species turn up in the East. BWD Columnist Scott Weidensaul, who is a licensed hummingbird bander, reflects on this surprising—yet expected—phenomenon.
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Reader Rendezvous: Visit the Land of Enchantment with Bird Watcher's Digest
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OUR COVER SPECIES
A Different Drummer: Listening to Sapsuckers
Sapsuckers are among the most interesting of the woodpeckers, with a unique niche in the woods and in the web of life.​ WBB contributor Alvah Sanborn explains why this bird more than deserves a second look.
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SPECIAL FEATURE
Bad Weather, Good Birds
Dedicated feeder watchers are also dedicated weather watchers who pick up a bag of seed at the store when predictions turn dire. WBB contributor Eirik Blom explains the logic of filling feeders before bad weather occurs.
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WATCHER AT THE WINDOW
The Delicate Dance Between Diner and Dinner
Author, artist, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose recounts stories of sharp-shinned hawks hunting songbirds in her backyard. In a funny way, she's rooting for both hunter and prey.


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