The following pages provide background information on matters relating
to garden birds, and bird watching in general.
Why do birds bathe? Often it looks as if they enjoy splashing about as much as we do watching them, but there's an important reason for them to bathe regularly, and you can help.
Buying your first pair of binoculars can be daunting when faced with the jargon, choice and prices. This simple guide will explain some of the jargon and provide a little guidance.
- Bird Baths
Find out how you can provide birds with a safe place to drink and bathe.
- Bird Care
That abandoned young bird's parents may not be too far away, so leave well alone unless it is in immediate danger. If it has been abandoned or you've found an injured bird, this article offers some guidance.
- Bird Photography
Sooner or later you will probably want to try your hand at bird photography. This article shares my experiences to date, so that hopefully you can avoid the same pitfalls.
- Bird Song
Someone, somewhere in the World is waking up to bird song right now. But why do birds sing and, more importantly, how do they do it?
- Bird Song Tutorials
Some tutorials to help you learn the songs of some of our common garden birds.
- Bird Tables & Feeders
Once upon a time there was peanuts and dried bread. Today, the choice of bird foods, bird tables and feeders is overwhelming. This is a simple guide to the common foods and feeders.
Some short reviews of bird books that I have in my library that you may also find interesting and enjoyable.
- Cat Deterrents
If you are fed up with cats killing birds and spoiling your garden, here are a few ideas that may help to discourage them from your patch.
- Codes of Conduct
The rules and laws of bird watching and the countryside that should be obeyed at all times.
- Eggs and Nestlings
Egg collecting is illegal and immoral, but there's nothing to stop you learning about the miraculous life support system provided by the egg and how the nestling develops.
There are dinosaurs in your garden! Well, at least one theory is that birds have evolved from prehistoric reptiles into the beautiful, diverse range of species we see today.
Feathers are unique to birds, but how are they made and what are they made of? What gives them their colour?
Some people think feeding the birds is wrong, others disagree. Here are some of the issues for and against feeding birds.
Learn about the different types of flight and why birds can do it.
A very few warm-blooded animals can fly, but birds are the most numerous.
How do they fly? Learn about the physics of bird flight.
A summary of the plants and features in my garden.
This explains some bird related terms that you may come across on the web site and elsewhere.
Is a bird's hearing better than our own? In this article, you will learn about how and what birds can hear.
Birds can harbour all sorts of parasites and diseases. Find out what some of the illnesses are and how you can avoid personal health problems when working closely to them or where they have been.
- Life Expectancy
How old is that Robin in your garden? Is it the same one that's been visiting for the last few years? Find out how long-lived some of your garden birds are.
For many of the birds in our garden migration is a way of life and yet to us it seems a colossal undertaking. Read this article to find out how, when and why birds migrate.
Learn about moulting, and how and why birds change their feathers.
- Nest Boxes
Give a bird a home! Here's a summary of the different types of available bird boxes and some instructions to build your own nest box.
Do eagles have unusually keen sight? How do owls see in the dark? These questions and others are answered in this article.
How does a bird's sense of smell compare with our own? Find out by reading this article.
- Spotting Scopes
A spotting scope is probably the largest investment you will make in bird watching equipment. This guide will explain some of the jargon and provide some guidance.
Love them or hate them, most of us get annoyed with them eating the birds' food or destroying the bird feeders. Here are a few ideas to try and discourage them.
Why do birds have territories? How large are the territories? How they keep them? Read this article for the answers.
Why birds attack and fly into windows, and how to stop them.
27 Mar 2010
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