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Bird Watching

5 Birds That Help Protect Your Garden

We all know that birds add beauty and intrigue to our garden; that’s exactly why we add bird feeders and houses to our yards in the first place, but the truth is that the benefits the feathered creatures bring go far beyond aesthetic appeal. Birds play a great role in preventing insects from eating and [...]

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park & Eco Center

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park is a fascinating world of birds There are more than two thousand birds from six continents in Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park located in Scotland Neck in eastern North Carolina. It is truly a bird watcher's paradise!  In fact, it features the largest collection of waterfowl in the world.  Founder Mike Lubbock [...]

Innkeeper’s Suet Recipe for Bird and Breakfast

Innkeeper's Suet Recipe Our special Earth Day gift to birds here at Big Mill Bird & Breakfast Earth Day 2013 is just around the corner, so it seemed like a perfect time to celebrate the birds we love with a suet recipe they delight in eating. When I am cooking for the bed and breakfast [...]

Great Backyard Bird Count – At Big Mill B&B Farm

Bird lovers everywhere will join in the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 15 - 18th (Photo by Guy Livesay) We love the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. It's easy to participate and it helps the birds. You sign up on the website and agree to count birds for at least 15 minutes on [...]

Hummingbirds at Big Mill : A Bird’s Eye View

Just settle into the hammock or in a swing on the farm at Big Mill and wait .... but not for very long. Yes, you'll have to wind down and be still and quiet - but you will be well-rewarded. Soon, right before your eyes, the birds start singing and hop out of their hiding [...]

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe at Big Mill Bird & Breakfast

Our hummingbirds arrived at Big Mill B&B quite late this year - but once they landed, it was with a flourish and a big show, chattering and demanding food.   (Photo by Guy Livesay) And since we are a designated Bird and Breakfast Bird-Friendly Business, we willingly obliged. Guy's outstanding photo, taken here at Big Mill B&B, earned him 1st [...]

“Bird & Breakfast” Special at Big Mill B&B

In honor of Earth Day, 2009, we are celebrating our first Big Mill "BIRD and BREAKFAST."  Find details about our earth-friendly special below. Guy Livesay took this photo of one of our feathered Goldfinch guests admiring our gorgeous azaleas in full bloom. We offer food & lodging for finches, bluebirds, purple martins, barn swallows, Carolina wrens, hummingbirds, cardinals and throngs of [...]

Birds of Lake Mattamuskeet and Pocosin Lakes

Lake Mattamuskeet and the Pocosin Lakes of eastern North Carolina come alive every winter as thousands of tundra swans and snow geese make the journey from the Alaska tundra to our Inner Banks. Both refuges are an easy day trip from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast. (Photo of Tundra Swans by Guy Livesay of Livesay [...]