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The Backyard Birder, Issue September 2010
September 06, 2010

Ten Biggest Mistakes People Make In Backyard Birding and How To Avoid Them

If you are struggling with attracting birds to your back yard then I can help!

I am frequently asked many questions about problems of backyard birding. Problems such as;

  • How to attract a greater variety of birds?
  • How to discourage birds such as starlings.
  • Problems with the bird feeder
  • Nesting box problems
  • What kind of bird food to use?

Some people begin to think they are on a wild goose chase. That's why I have written this report that explains how to attract birds to your backyard, like bees to honey, and answers the common problems people experience with backyard birding.

This downloadable e-report will ensure your success.

Gems from the Forums

The Red-breasted Sapsucker Video

Rescuing A Baby Flicker

Amazing Hummingbird Photo

Baby Hawks

Red-tailed Hawk

Merlin Falcon

Donna's Angel

Bird News

At the end of a talk about songbirds I once gave in my hometown, an audience member stood up, and asked; “Yes, but Susan, what are birds for?”

More and more we are coming to know that creatures once considered insignificant are necessary links in the evolving chain of life.

Bees, for example, insure the pollination and continuation of the plants they visit to get food for themselves and their young. The life of a bird touches the lives of birds, insects, fish, animals, plants and people in many ways.

We appreciate more than ever that the conditions of pure air, sun, food, and space - that make good homes for birds – also make good homes for people!

But we have changed the habitats of many living things.

We see it everywhere. The streams we have polluted, the forest we have ravaged, swamps we have drained, the asphalt jungles we have built, and the expanses we have poisoned with pesticides.

It was a birdwatcher, the late Rachel Carson, who in her book, Silent Spring, alerted us to the dangers of residual pesticides in food chains, which might conceivably affect man himself.

Birds with their high rate of metabolism and furious pace of living, demonstrate life forces perhaps better than any other animal.

What’s needed, is to have people consider chemicals as only one among many approaches to insect control. To consider using natural controls as much as possible for insect pests.

And there is no better natural control than that of birds.

Chemical Fertilizer vs Organic Fertilizer. We must speak up and stop those who would make a biological desert out of our landscapes, as each spring becomes more silent than the last. The birds are telling us that we must change our ways before it is too late.

The truth of the matter is, the consequences may be more intolerable for us than the birds.

Happy Birding Susan Kelly

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