With more people spending time at home over the past year, interest in backyard birding has seen a significant spike. Adding a bird feeder to your yard is a great way to closely observe wild birds, as well as offset the loss of avian habitats in urban areas.
Feeders can be set up in various ways to fit your outdoor space and can be focused on attracting birds of all kinds. Home birders can also act as citizen scientists by reporting on the variety of species a feeder attracts—which might even include rare out-of-range birds that have lost their way and need sustenance.
Matt Felperin, NOVA Parks’ roving naturalist, is ready to get you started with tips on building a bird buffet at your home or apartment. He covers feeder types, seasonal considerations, food that can attract the greatest variety of feathered friends, and plenty more practical topics. He also offers a live look at the bird feeder at Potomac Overlook Regional Park as he identifies its fly-in visitors and their dining behaviors.
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