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Attract Bats

August 29, 2014

Bats eat the same insects that would otherwise interrupt your backyard birding pleasure. Therefore, they are the best friend of the backyard birder. Not only do they eat their body weight in insects, approximately 600 or more insects every hour, but they also help pollinate, and produce guano, an excellent fertilizer. A bat house is […]

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First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story is a gorgeous glimpse into one bird’s world as she raises her young. And yes, those are clothespins in the first frame–bigger than the nest, that’s right! The footage is stunning and makes a great gift for any hummingbird enthusiast. Psst, here’s a sneak peek: Similar to the one in the […]

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Attract Butterflies to Your Backyard

When you think of the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” you don’t often think of butterflies. But butterflies flock to rotting fruit the way we insist on drinking water. Our trash becomes their nutrition. Honestly, you can use the turned-black bananas that you won’t even use in banana bread—in a mud puddle, […]

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Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

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Whether you’re attracting hummingbirds for the first time or just need a refresher, here’s a quick guide on how to attract hummers to your yard. When you’re attracting a new bird species to your yard, please know it takes time for them to recognize a new backyard hot spot before they start frequenting it. Due […]

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Steps to a Clean and Healthy Hummingbird Feeder

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“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take feeder maintenance seriously, [as any mold or bacteria can be] risking the health, and possibly the lives, of these jeweled wonders…” –Donald and Lillian Stokes When the nectar starts to turn cloudy or when white strings or black dots appear, that’s mold. And it’s gross. The birds […]

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How to Keep Bees, Ants, and Wasps Out of Your Hummingbird Feeders!

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Every summer Duncraft Customer Service answers this question the most: “How do I keep bees and wasps (and ants) out of my hummingbird feeders?” Actually, there are lots of tips that may help you solve this problem. Keeping ants out of your hummer feeders is fairly easy. All it takes is a way to prevent […]

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Do Ravens Like Cookies?

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The raven contemplates taking the cookies… In the meantime, Randy and Sandy in California decided to share their candid photos with us. Thank you! By the way, do you recognize the birdbath? As luck would have it, the timing and our neighbor’s generosity enticed “The Soaker” to the birdbath last evening with some very dry bread—determined enough not […]

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Where Did the Goldfinches Go?

Never Never Land! Just kidding. But a lot of anxious birders have been contacting us with concern because goldfinches are no longer coming in for their favorite food: Nyjer. Which raises more questions: What are they eating? Where did they go? What can I do? Nyjer is still one of their favorite foods, so why aren’t […]

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Bluebird Eggs

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Look at the shade of those beautiful bluebird eggs! This photo comes to us from Gathan Graham in Norman, OK. Email us your bird photos at info@duncraft.com and they may be featured on our blog. Gathan just sent us a picture of the hatchlings. Aren’t they adorable?! We agree. If you’re looking for nesting material, check out our […]

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Meet “Chip” the Cardinal

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We were delighted when one of our customers sent us pictures! Here’s their story: I thought you might like to see how our one year old cardinal, “Chip” is enjoying his squirrel buster mini. I’m not quick enough to catch the birds perching in the cherry tree… Yet! –Jeanne, Gainesville, GA The Squirrel Buster Mini is one of our squirrel-proof […]

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