Birds & Blooms

February/March 2022

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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look! an egret!

I love birding from the passenger seat. My husband prefers to drive, so I excitedly declare when I spot a hawk, crane or egret as we’re cruising down a county road or the interstate. I rarely see the hawks well enough to confidently ID them, and sandhill cranes are more scarce, but there’s no mistaking the bright white feathers and regal stance of an egret! Although not typical backyard visitors, egrets and other wading birds are all around you, no matter what part of the country you live in. Their large size makes them easy to spot, and their majestic stature is simply stunning. To learn about the unique traits of these birds—such as why their legs are so long and their feet so big—read “What Makes a Wader” on page…

create a safe bird haven

Feeding backyard birds is one of the greatest joys in life, but it’s important to take steps to keep the birds healthy in the process. Use these tips to make your backyard an appealing and safe space. Keep Things Clean Dirty feeders can spread disease. Completely empty yours about once every two weeks, and more often in wet weather or if the food looks moldy. Take each feeder apart, then clean it thoroughly with dish soap and boiling water or a dilute bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water). Rinse the feeder well, dry it completely and refill with fresh seeds or other bird food. Clean hummingbird feeders and change the sugar water every three to five days. Provide Window Warnings Windows pose a huge risk by reflecting the sky or trees…

the feed

COVER CONIFERS Plant these evergreens that offer protection. Arborvitae Colorado blue spruce Common juniper Mugo pine Ponderosa pine White pine P.S. Dwarf varieties are great for small spaces, too! HELP INJURED BIRDS If you see a stunned bird that doesn’t fly away when you approach, give it a quiet place to recover in (such as a covered box) and immediately call a local wildlife rehabilitator. STUFF WE LOVE A removable bottom tray makes this large feeder a snap to clean. Plus, the roof protects birds from the weather and keeps seeds dry. $90 at…

early-blooming shrubs

FABULOUS FRUITS After its floral show, dwarf Russian almond produces nuts that are about ¾ inch long and have a hard, hairy shell. 1 Dwarf Russian almond PRUNUS TENELLA, ZONES 2 TO 6 SIZE: 2 TO 5 FEET TALL AND WIDE This modest-sized shrub bookends the growing season with showy rose red spring flowers and yellow-orange fall color. It prefers full sun, tolerates a range of soil types and is fairly drought resistant. Ruth’s 100 produces abundant blooms on a compact plant. Why we love it: Flowers appear early and attract butterflies. Plus, the plant provides food and cover for backyard birds and wildlife. 2 Paperbush plant EDGEWORTHIA CHRYSANTHA, ZONES 7 TO 9 SIZE: 3 TO 6 FEET TALL AND WIDER Leafless stems provide interest in winter, while creamy yellow flowers with a spicy scent attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies in late…

easy as one, two, tree!

1 ASSESS YOUR SPACE While the saplings in the nursery may look small, one day they could easily dwarf your home, depending on the species. Take a look around to make sure there’s plenty of room for the branches to stretch outward. While you’re outside, look up. Check for any overhead utility lines that the tree could touch as it grows taller. Keep in mind that trees are not one-sizefits-all. Each tree species has different spacing requirements—and many dwarf varieties can suit smaller spaces. 2 DO A SAFETY CHECK Always call 811 three business days before digging. The service calls local utility companies to mark the location of the wires and pipes that are buried underground. This will keep you safe, ensure that your backyard project won’t disrupt utility service, and help avoid…

hints of spring

I visited Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to look for cardinals and blue jays. As I walked along the tree line, a northern flicker flew low in front of me, coming in from my right. I had just enough time to raise my camera and capture this beautiful bird with its wing feathers spread in a downward position. Mike Brickl DOUSMAN, WISCONSIN I was not disappointed sitting in my backyard, Nikon Coolpix P900 in hand. A beautiful female pileated woodpecker flew from tree to tree looking for a good meal. As she finally perched on a wooden fence that had seen better days, I took aim and got the perfect shot. Persistence does pay off! Lillian Stewart PRINCETON, WEST VIRGINIA The spotted towhee inhabits many areas of western North America. The species tends…