Birds & Blooms October/November 2020

Birds & Blooms is the #1 bird and garden magazine in North America with more than 1 million subscribers. We pride ourselves in celebrating the “beauty in your own backyard” with a mix of expert advice and personal stories from our family of readers. Our magazine covers a wide range of topics such as attracting hummingbirds, building birdhouses, gardening for butterflies, feeding birds for less, growing veggies, tales of readers’ birding experiences, plus a whole lot more.

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2 min.
welcome to fall

Although most North American woodpeckers stay within their ranges year-round or make very short migratory movements, we like to celebrate them every fall here in the pages of Birds & Blooms. This season suits them. Maybe it’s because they look so beautiful when perched in trees lit up by autumn-colored leaves, or perhaps it’s because one of their favorite foods—suet—is best served in the cooler months. In this issue, meet our cover star, the red-headed woodpecker, in “The Flying Checkerboard” on page 8. It happens to be one of my favorite birds. The first time I saw one was on the last stop before hitting the road for home from the Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio. The bird was so far away (even with binoculars), high in a…

1 min.
autumn glow

BIRD BENEFITS Watch for white berry-like fruits in the middle of summer. They ripen and turn blue in late summer and attract birds. Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum, Zones 4 to 8 Like most dogwoods, this shrub looks fantastic in autumn and winter. The fall leaves don’t last long, but with the cultivar Cayenne, they’re replaced by bright red branches that offer tons of winter interest. It also shines in summer when its light green foliage is dotted with delicate white flowers. Attracts: Light needs: Full sun to part shade. Size: 6 to 12 feet tall and wide. Grown for: Try it as a hedge to fill a wet area. Foliage: Oval, medium green in summer, turning bright red and orange in autumn. Benefits: Deer tend to avoid it, and it can be planted in wet soil or near black walnut…

2 min.
the flying checkerboard

Flashing rich crimson, jet black and ivory white—the same bold colors found on a classic deck of cards—the red-headed woodpecker starkly contrasts with the muted colors of its natural habitat. MAGNIFICENT MARKINGS “The red-headed woodpecker has very distinctive, large color patches with no variegating, striation or striping,” says Emma Greig, project leader at Project FeederWatch, a winter-season initiative that surveys birds across North America led by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This beautiful bird has a red head, a snow white body and inky black wings with white patches. Both males and females sport the bold, bright colors, while juveniles appear subdued in brown, black and white. DISTINCTIVE BEHAVIORS Red-headed woodpeckers have the ability to catch insects while in flight, which Emma says is unusual, and they’re known to stash snacks in excavated crevices. They…

1 min.
the feed

FIERY FEATHERS Many woodpeckers have some red on their heads, but the red-headed is one of the few with a full head of scarlet. Some bird-watchers may even confuse the redbellied woodpecker—which has a red crown and nape — for a red-headed. “Red-headed woodpeckers thrive in the old trees of central Missouri. I consider them patriotic because of their coloring—almost like an American flag in flight.”Ann Tanner LEAWOOD, KANSAS SHORT-DISTANCE MIGRANT The red-headed woodpecker is found year-round within much of its range, but the species makes small migratory movements to winter grounds in southeastern states.…

4 min.
midnight blooms

1 Dark and Handsome hellebore HELLEBORUS ‘DARK AND HANDSOME’, ZONES 4 TO 9 Part of the Wedding Party series, Dark and Handsome steals your heart with black-purple good looks. Hellebores thrive in part to full shade. After the blooms fade, attractive leathery green foliage remains. Why we love it: This sturdy chap stands its ground when facing ravaging deer and rabbits and quickly naturalizes in woodland gardens. 2 Chocolate cosmos COSMOS ATROSANGUINEUS, ZONES 9 TO 11 OR ANNUAL Chocolate cosmos sprout from tender tubers that can be grown as annuals or brought inside for winter in cold climates. They ultimately reach up to 30 inches tall, growing best in a sunny garden patch. They shine from midsummer into fall and are easy to care for. Why we love it: This cosmos is an absolutely luscious, calorie-free form…

2 min.
create a fall focal point

When summer starts to fade and cooler temperatures prevail, it’s time to jazz up your outdoor living space with fresh fall decor in a pot. Rather than simply placing a potted plant by the doorway, use this season to unleash your inner artist and create a stunning fall vignette. AUTUMN DISPLAY For a wonderfully easy and quick container creation, try pairing up assorted mums and chartreuse sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) to serve as the focal point. Then place squash, pumpkins and gourds around the container to complete the fall picture. GO FOR GRASS Ornamental grasses are a popular fall container plant, since they often peak during the season with ripening flower heads and changing foliage. Purple fountain grass goes perfectly in containers, working with other plants or calling attention to itself without any help. MUM’S…