migratory birds

Yellow-rumped warbler in bradford pear tree

Photo of the Day: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Create a haven for birds and other critters in your own backyard and have it designated as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. Certify before the end of May and …

Western tanager in Jackson, Wyoming

Photo of the Day: Western Tanager

Photogenic Passerines Check out more great photos in the “Birds” category of the 2012 National Wildlife Photo Contest. Share images, vote for your favorites and enter your own pics for a …

Osprey catching fish

Invite an Osprey into your Family

  I read to my kids each night, but this week, we read a book that really made a difference to us. Wild Wings by Gill Lewis The book is about …

Male rose-breasted grosbeak by Michelle Wisniewski

Bird of the Week: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Glancing out the window at my feeder last weekend, I noticed something unusual: a streaky, buff-breasted, brown bird that was larger—and had a much bigger bill—than the dozen or so …

Gray Catbird by Robert Strickland

Bird of the Week: Gray Catbird

Of all the wonderful birds that visit my Washington, DC, Certified Wildlife Habitat® site each summer, my very favorite species is the gray catbird. Mostly slate gray—with a small black …

Canada warber by Darlene Friedman

Bird of the Week: Canada Warbler

Across the United States, tens of thousands of birds that have wintered in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean are on the move this month, making their way toward breeding grounds in North …

Male ruby-throated hummingbird by William Heban

Bird of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

If you live anywhere within the eastern or midwestern part of the country, you already may have spotted your first ruby-throated hummingbird of the season—or maybe not. These tiny jewels …

Arctic Tern by Amber Barger

Bird of the Week: Arctic Tern

The Arctic tern is a “migratory marvel.” In the current issue of National Wildlife,  science writer Jessica Snyder Sachs reports that last year an international team of researchers employed geolocators—tiny …

American Redstart by Darlene Friedman

Declining Rainfall in Tropics Affects Migratory Birds

Scientists have long believed that changes in day length are the trigger that signals migratory birds wintering in the Tropics to begin flying north for the breeding season. But now …

For Beginners: Four Can’t-Miss Ways to Attract Birds to Your Yard or Deck

Sometimes those who would like to attract birds to their home will ask if there are any special “tricks” to success other than putting out a bird feeder or bird bath. …

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