White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Common Loons

A week ago I stepped out on our deck on a perfect summer morning and heard the sound that sets a Minnesotan’s heart aflutter – the sound of a loon’s laughter, officially known as the tremolo call.  This call is made both on the water and in the air as the bird flies.  I stood
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Oil and Wildlife Don’t Mix

Even though I don’t live near any ocean I am distraught every time I hear about another oil spill into one.  The most recent occurred on May 20th on the California coast near Santa Barbara, the same area where in 1969 one of the worst oil spills ever occurred, when an offshore well blew and
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Avian Flu

Having just made it through winter and the usual flu season, it is disturbing for most of us to learn that another form of flu has reared its ugly head and has been spreading like wildfire.  This one though is targeting birds – domestic turkeys and chickens mainly.  At the moment this is an economic
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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird In the winter months our feeder was Grand Central for the blue jays.  Now they’ve become scarce and have been replaced by the red-winged blackbirds, believed by some ornithologists to be the most abundant land bird in North America.  They are found from the Pacific to the Atlantic and prefer wetland habitat for
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American Robin

The robins sounded as happy as we felt on this rainy morning.  The soft, steady precipitation softened the parched ground and soon they would be able to easily grab their favorite food.  Robin’s vary their songs depending on the time of day and weather conditions.  The most distinctive and common call is described as, “cheerily,
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Killdeer

I am not a deer hunter, but when I went out to prune our little honeycrisp apple tree, I discovered that the deer had already done it for me.  At that moment, I have to admit I wished all the deer hunters a very good season next year.  And what does that have to do
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Potholes and Waterfowl

If I say I’m going to write about potholes, I know some of you will think I am referring to the axle eating black holes found on our highways at this time of year, but  you’d be wrong.  As you slalom your way down the road, trying to avoid the next crater, think for a
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