Backyard Birding

The Ottawa County Parks Nature Center is closed, so our resident birder and Parks Naturalist Curtis Dykstra, set up some of the feeders at home so he could share them with you!

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Nest-building Hummingbird Catches Ant!

June 22, 2020 – Watch the amazing agility of this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird as she takes a quick snack break from building her nest to catch an unsuspecting ant passing by!

Backyard Birding:  Migrant Mix – Grosbeak, Oriole, Hummingbird & More!

May 16, 2020 – With May well under way, it’s definitely time for more migrant birds to visit the backyard.  Watch as a Grosebeak sings and feeds, as the nectar feeders receive action and also as other transient birds traveling through use the habitat in the yard to rest and refuel.

Backyard Birding:  Splendid Sparrows & Bonus Birds – Creeper, Kinglet & Kissing Cardinals

May 9, 2020 – While usually lacking in bright colors, sparrows are splendid in their own right!  Watch four different sparrows visit the yard.  From locally nesting Song & Chipping Sparrows to migrant White-throated & White Crowned sparrows just stopping in for a break, the yard has been busy with Sparrows.  Then afterward, hold on for a second round of fun with BONUS Creeper, Kinglet & Kissing Cardinals!

Setting up Hummingbird and Oriole feeders

April 29, 2020 – It’s the last week of April and that means Orioles and Hummingbirds are about to return to Michigan. Find out how to prepare for their arrival by making nectar and learning how to care for the feeders properly.

Backyard Birding: April Snowfall & Feeder Care with Bonus Birds!

April 22, 2020 – Last week’s snowfall didn’t keep the birds from visiting the backyard.  See what birds braved the cold weather to eat, and even to bathe!  Then, if you want a more in-depth look at my feeders and what I’m feeding the birds, check out the next video.  Also see what wildflowers I have coming up by my bird bath,  view some bonus birds that I saw while out in my yard and even meet my dog Rosie!  To top it off, watch the 3rd video to see the story of a Yellow-rumped Warbler visiting my bird bath.

Backyard Birding: Cardinal Couple & Finches Getting Gold

April 15, 2020 – Until the other day, a very shy Cardinal couple made very infrequent visits to my feeders. Now I’ve been enjoying regular visits and have had fun watching the Goldfinches transition into their golden spring plumage!

Backyard Birding: Setting Up My Bird Bath

Bonus video from April 7, 2020!  If you are interested to learn more about how to use bird baths to attract birds, this video will show you the process of both spring cleaning and setting up a bird bath to make it attractive for the birds.

Backyard Birding: Bath time for birds

April 7, 2020 – This past weekend I cleaned and set up my backyard bird bath.  Watch this video to see who’s already been enjoying a bath!

Backyard Birding: More visitors

April 3, 2020 – More visitors keep making their way to my backyard feeders.  In this video relax and enjoy watching Goldfinches, Downy Woodpeckers, a Mourning Dove couple and more!

Backyard Birding: Bird activity ramps up

March 26, 2020

Backyard Birding: Feeder set up and first visitor

March 25, 2020


About the Author

Jessica VanGinhoven

Jessica is the media contact for the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Department:, (616) 994-4716