November brings cold weather and winter finches! We offer tips to identify them, along with ideas to make your backyard attractive to winter birds.
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Tips to Identify Small Red Finches

Evening grosbeaks are turning up farther south and in numbers not seen in a decade in the East and Midwest this year. There’s no mistaking evening grosbeaks at your feeder! More regularly, though, purple finches head to more southerly climes for the winter and confuse those who normally welcome house and Cassin’s finches to their bird buffet. Here’s an article to help you sort out the small reddish finches that might be showing up at your feeders. It includes help in IDing pine siskins, which, like evening grosbeaks, seem to be having an irruptive year. Pine siskins aren’t red, but they can be confused with female house finches and goldfinches. 
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Backyard Tips: Leaf It Alone!

Autumn is a favorite season for many, with its kaleidoscope of colors, the arrival of wintering birds, and the crunching of leaves underfoot. We encourage you to enjoy the gifts of this season rather than spending time in your yard undertaking the traditional fall tasks of raking leaves and cleaning up garden and flowerbeds—the birds (and your back) will thank you! Here are some tips on what you should let go and why doing so will benefit your backyard visitors.

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What Foods for What Birds?
If you dream of having purple finches and pine siskins and evening grosbeaks at your feeders this winter, what types of seed should you be offering to attract them? We have compiled this informative bird food and seed list to help you draw the birds that you want to your feeders.
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Pop Quiz: Winter Finch Trivia
Chances are you'll have a few American goldfinches or house finches chowing down at your feeders this winter—perhaps even now, as you read this. This might even be the year you spy some evening grosbeaks, pine siskins, or purple finches, all of which seem to be heading a bit farther south than in previous winters. We’ve prepared a short quiz to test your knowledge about this delightful group of birds.
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Out There with the Birds Episode #79: The Birding Co-Op
In a world where we all feel disconnected, the Birding Co-op provides a diverse, ambitious, and supportive global community that wants to make the birding world a better place through responsible tourism practices, advocating for social liberties, and advancing science-based environmental changes. Wendy Clark, publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest, recently chatted with founding members of the Birding Co-op, Mollee Brown, Christina Baal, and Andrew Guttenberg, to learn more about this exciting up-and-coming organization and movement.
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COVER SPECIES
Yellow-billed Magpie
This bold, beautiful, and highly social species is unique to California, where it faces an uncertain future due to reduced habitat as well as a particular susceptibility to the West Nile virus.
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SPECIAL FEATURE
Fab Five of the Far Northwest
To find the Northwest Fab Five—hermit warbler, Townsend’s warbler, white-headed woodpecker, chestnut-backed chickadee, and mountain quail—it's all a matter of location and timing, says BWD contributor John Shewey.
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TRUE NATURE
The Naturalist's Dilemma
For a naturalist attempting to consider every living thing that forages and frolics in the brush throughout the year, there just isn't a perfect time to mow! BWD columnist Julie Zickefoose shares how she finally landed on when to mow her meadow so that it stays beautiful and blooming.


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