- Watching Backyard Birds
A few decades ago, evening grosbeaks turned up in big numbers at feeders every few years in the lower Great Plains, Midwest, and Southeast. Then, for reasons unknown, they stopped. Could this be the winter those big, noisy, yellow birds return? Let's hope so! Also, if you think birdhouses are just for nesting, you're wrong. On cold, winter nights, songbirds use tree cavities and human-provided nest boxes as shelter. Learn how to make such boxes more welcoming for your winter resident birds. Find all this and more in our December issue of Watching Backyard Birds!
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Species Profile: Evening Grosbeak: Bird Lovers' Winter Finch by Eirik A.T. Blom
Watcher at the Window Lessons from Garrett, the Redheaded Woodpecker by Julie Zickefoose
Readers Write: Mob Behavior—The Rule of the Masses by Hank Weber
Photo Blog: New Hampshire Backyard Birds by Amy Kane
Ask Birdsquatch: Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Insect Eaters in Winter!
Cozy Winter Housing for Birds by Bill Thompson, III
More Short Stories by Al Batt
BIRDbites: Project FeederWatch