If there’s one thing we know about birds, it’s this: take care of them, and they’ll take care of you.
Birds are what’s known as a “beneficial” animal, helping to pollinate flowers and feasting on the types of pests we don’t want in our gardens.
And while most other beneficial creatures – bees, ants, bats, small mammals – tend to vanish this time of year, there are still plenty of birds around. Continue Reading Feeding Your Feathered Friends: A Guide to Winter Bird Feeders
If you want to become a bird watcher, you could pick worse places than New Jersey, where you’ll find such colorful creatures as the blue jay, the cardinal and the brilliant yellow goldfinch (our state bird).
And don’t think that you need to trek through the woods with binoculars to spend time with birds. When you build a DIY bird feeder, you can let the birds come to you.
Here are a few suggestions for building your own bird feeder.
Continue Reading How to Build a DIY Bird Feeder
Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and you’re probably thinking about what to get mom.
You can always go with one of the popular standbys: a meal at her favorite restaurant, some jewelry, or fresh-cut flowers.
But what about the moms who grow their own flowers? Or who would rather eat a salad from their own garden than one at the Olive Garden? A trip to your friendly New Jersey gardening supply store might be the answer. Read on to explore our list of gardening gifts for mom:
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Not all birds fly south for the winter. The ones that stay up north face a tough few months once the weather gets colder. Most of their natural food supply has been exhausted, and insects have died or gone into hibernation.
As we’ve said before, birds are beneficial animals, helping pollinate our flowers and feeding on potentially harmful insects. And backyard birds rely on us to help them get through the winter. You see a birdfeeder in your yard, they see a port in a storm.
With that in mind, here are a few types of birdseed New Jersey birds will enjoy feasting on this winter.
Continue Reading Your Guide to Winter Bird Feeding
Winter is coming, but not every local bird will be flying south. If you want to spot birds in your yard this winter, consider putting out a few bird feeders. The wider variety of bird seed you put in those feeders, the greater diversity of birds you’ll attract.
Here’s a look at some of the more common types of bird seed in NJ, and the birds that eat them, courtesy of the The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other sources.
Continue Reading Which Bird Seed Will Bring Birds to Your Yard?