White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Scarlet Tanager

On the 4th of July, we saw, appropriately, a firecracker of a bird.  For weeks we had been discussing why we hadn’t yet seen a scarlet tanager on our property and then I went outside and heard the distinct – ‘chick-burr’ call.  The sun was bright and still rising in the east, but the bird
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Nesting Neighbors

When you look outside and see how many birds are in your yard or at your feeders, you know there are hundreds of nests hidden just out of sight.  Their success determines in many ways whether we will have just as many birds next year in our yards and at our feeders.  Wind storms, house
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Black Gold

I have ‘Black Gold’ in my yard.  This is not the oily variety that people lust after and drill holes in the ground to get; this is a treasure for many small birds and as a result a gift to those of us who enjoy watching the birds as they feed in our yards.  What
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Flying Jewels

Nectar is described in the dictionary as “the saccharine secretion of a plant, which attracts the insects or birds that pollinate the flower”.  There is also the ‘nectar of the gods’ which comes from Greek mythology.  It means a “life giving drink of the fickle gods”.  For hummingbirds, we are those gods. Each May we
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Decoding Bird Song

The morning chorus is not overwhelming yet, but it is picking up in tempo and volume with each passing week.  If you are an ‘early bird’ then you know birds begin to sing close to dawn. If you leave your bedroom windows open you will be serenaded awake. Recent research has shown that well fed
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American Kestrel

The American Kestrel is the smallest member of the Falcon Family in North America; measuring only 10 ½ inches in length, about the size of a robin, with a wingspan of 23 inches, and weighs just 3.9 ounces. It is relatively easy to see, perched on power lines next to back country roads.  From these
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American Robins

Over two weeks ago, my husband and I thought we heard a robin singing near our house.  We never saw it, but we knew it wouldn’t be long before these iconic birds of spring returned to our yard. Northerners of all ages equate spring’s arrival with the robin’s distinctive, “cheerily, cheeriup, cherriup, cheerily, cheeriup.”  Males
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