Backyard Birds Learning Resource

Backyard Birds 101; Birding Essentials

Jul 14, '20

Article and photo by: Evan Glynn Birding is a fantastic hobby than can be done from essentially any location on the globe. No sophisticated equipment is required other than one’s own senses. It doesn’t need to be done on a nature trial, or at a tropical ecotourism destination. One can...

Backyard Birds 101; The Northern Cardinal

Jun 18, '20

Article By: Evan Glynn   Photo By: Ginny Lea Photography The Northern cardinal is an extremely popular bird in backyards all across the eastern U.S. The male Northern cardinal’s flashy red plumage and crest are recognizable by both birding enthusiasts and the casual observer who may only know a few...

Backyard Birds 101; American Goldfinch

Jun 11, '20

Article and photos by: Evan Glynn The American goldfinch is a beautiful common feeder bird that lives throughout the majority of the US. The male’s bright yellow breeding plumage is unmistakable, and their buzzing, warbling, twittering, squeaky vocalizations are frequently heard in neighborhoods and on roadsides. After the breeding season,...

Backyard Birds 101; Hairy vs Downy Woodpecker

Jun 11, '20

Article and photos by: Evan Glynn One area where new birders may need help is when determining an ID between two (or more) species with very similar appearances. One pair of birds where this issue arises is with Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. These two woodpeckers have overlapping ranges, live in...