According to dictionary.com, “birding” is the identification and observation of wild birds in their natural habitat as a recreation; bird-watching. What better way to enjoy birding than your own backyard (or front yard, or side yard)!
OnTheFeeder.com is dedicated to helping you become a better backyard birder so you can bring nature up close.
My foundational articles share how to attract popular birds to your yard including the popular eastern bluebirds, northern cardinals, and woodpeckers, as well as the amazing but not as popular cedar waxwings and indigo buntings.
I also know once you start attracting wild birds to your yard questions will arise. I want to be your one-stop resource to answer your questions and guide you out of those concerns.
You’ll likely be wondering which is the best bird feeder to buy (or nesting box, or bird feeder pole system, or bird food, or outdoor web camera). You can trust me. I thoroughly analyze all of the products that I write about to formulate my own decisions about performance and value (whether or not I recommend them) so you can feel confident before making a purchase. In many cases, I tried out the products as well.
Most of all I want to help you make the most of the serene, awe-inspiring hobby that is backyard birding.
I’m just like you, a regular gal looking for inspiration in my life. I found it through backyard birding and hope you will too.
Hey Everyone! I’m Tammy Poppie, a lifelong Wisconsin native and backyard bird enthusiast! I’ve been enjoying birds in my backyard for more than 20 years – ever since my husband gave me a bird feeding system for Christmas. Initially, I had no clue what I was doing. I poured sunflower seed in the feeder, hung it out, and waited for them to come.
I wasn’t sure what to expect so was delighted (and a little shocked) when they actually started coming. All different sizes, colors, and personalities. Some were drab, others colorful, and some in between. I had no idea what kind they were so I started studying wild birds to identify what was visiting my yard.
Pretty soon I was intentionally trying to attract cardinals and Baltimore orioles while trying to discourage the non-native house sparrows.
Fast forward 20 years and I’ve had just about every bird visit my yard (at least those that live in the range of my home).
There’s nothing like the sound of birds, especially in early spring when you’ve had your fill of winter and just want warmer weather or seeing the first oriole of the season. To this day I’m in awe over these amazing creatures.
I created OnTheFeeder.com to share what I’ve learned about backyard birding so others can discover the beauty of nature up close.
When I’m not on my deck enjoying the chatter of my feathered friends you can find me somewhere in nature either hiking, biking, kayaking, or fishing.