White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Canada Geese in Migration

Is there a certain sound that invokes autumn for you?  I bet if you asked a dozen people what sound most represented the change of season from summer to fall, over half would say the sound of geese honking in flight.  The others would probably say the sound of leaves crunching underfoot.  Try it as
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Red-breasted Nuthatch

By mid-September our various summer visitors (the avian kind) have left for their southern homes, but we find there is still a lot of activity at and around our bird feeders.  The majority are year around resident birds.  A few glorious male American Goldfinches continue to brighten the day with their deep yellow and black
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Birds and Hurricanes

We have all seen the harrowing images of people and their pets trying to escape the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  What we don’t see as much are the desperate efforts of wildlife doing the same. There is one exception.  A Coopers Hawk who has now been given the name Harvey became an internet sensation after
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American White Pelicans

A few years ago we attended a wedding in the distant northwest corner of Minnesota. We made a weekend of it and took time to explore Rainy Lake, which is part of Voyageurs National Park.  It has 929 miles of shoreline and somewhere around 1600 islands. While we were there we rented a small fishing
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Flight

For almost all of human time (we assume) we have been bird watching and envying their ability to defy the laws of gravity and move at will through the air. The ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus is an excellent example of that yearning.  Daedalus was able to create wings with branches and wax for
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What Good Is A Bird (Or Birds)?

This seems like an unanswerable question; one could say it’s in the eye of the beholder, but there are definite economic and ecological benefits to having birds in our world.  This sort of question can be applied to any living thing on this earth, including us.  The most reasonable answer is that they exist and
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Being An Active Bird Watcher

Sometimes I encounter a bird during the week and I can’t get it out of my mind.  This blog post is the result of that experience. I always prefer to write about their beauty and success stories, but occasionally I am confronted with the result of deadly challenges they face day in and day out.
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