White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Bird Seed that does not sprout

Now that the snow cover is gone here in the Northland, people are discovering both the good and the bad.  A friend of ours experienced the good when a melting snowbank revealed the phone she lost months ago.  Whether it works or not remains to be seen. All sorts of  things reappear in our yards
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Special Sparrows

If you think sparrows = boring, you’re not looking close enough.  Of course most people are only familiar with House sparrows, which exist on almost every continent, but were introduced from Europe. They are an Old World weaver finch that is called a “sparrow”. All sparrows are officially finches, but there is a separate Family
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Our Ever Present Chickadees

I really don’t know what to expect with the drastic swings of warm and cold weather we have had this month. Two Sundays ago it was 59F and raining – four days later temperatures fell below zero overnight.  Our minimal snow covering vanished in the Sunday thunderstorm and even though we’ve had one or two
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For the Love of Birds

  If you have been reading this blog then I know you enjoy seeing wild birds wherever they may be, but especially those you can see close to your home, through your windows.  You probably have one or more bird feeders set up around your yard and spend your hard earned money keeping them filled with
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Timing is Everything

  There is a schedule that the birds follow in the mornings at the feeders.  First, before full light, the goldfinches come in to the feeder containing Nyjer seed, and furiously peck at the ground for tidbits that have fallen down. Northern Cardinals also seem to prefer dawn and dusk to visit the feeders.  By
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Messages in the Snow

Once again (for the moment anyway) we have good snow conditions for Cross-Country Skiing.  This is the main form of (preferred) exercise for my  husband and me in the winter months, so every new snowfall is greeted with smiles. It certainly is an improvement over the ice covered sidewalks and driveways of the past few
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Bathing in Winter

When the winter feels like it will never end and even watching your birdfeeders doesn’t inspire you as much, you can liven thing up and increase your birdwatching opportunities by adding a water source – yes, even in the winter.  Every January we will get a thaw and the birds celebrate by finding any puddles
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