Well, to begin, there is no such thing as a blackbird with a white hood in North America, so let me suggest a couple of possibilities, assuming that the bird was totally black with a white hood: 1.
I am a Bluebird and small cavity nester expert, but all I can tell you is that there are many ground nesting birds. Congratulations on your Bluebird success. If you will send your mailing address to me
Your neighbor is correct. Sugar attracts insects as well as bacteria so it's best to boil the mixture and change it every day or two, at least. Clean the feeder thoroughly, as well. Hummingbirds can get
Well, that's a hard question to give you answer to because you can't do both - water the plants and keep the birds happy. The bottom line is that the more disturbed the birds are, the more likely they
There are often half shells left after babies hatch, but usually the parents take them away so as not to bring predator attention to the nest, so this might have been the result of an attack. As a Bluebirder