White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

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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Birds of a Feather Do Flock Together

.When I lifted the shade of my office window on January 1st, I looked out at 19 blue jays in constant motion flying from one bird feeder to the next.  Then something I could not hear or see set off an alarm and they were gone in a flash.  A short time later, when the all
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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Woodpeckers in general cannot be called flashy.  All of them have varying degrees of black and white feathers. All but the Black-backed and Three-Toed woodpeckers have some red feathers on their heads to add a spark of color to their starkly contrasting body feathers.  A couple, like the Red-headed and Pileated have fiery red feathers
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Shopping for Friends

As December gets underway, you can almost feel the current of energy as people rush about trying to find just the right present for the most difficult person on their gift giving list.  In recent years more and more people have turned to on-line shopping   as a means of avoiding the crowds, traffic and general
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Talking Turkey

It’s time to talk Turkey –  Wild Turkey that is; not the domesticated version that has come to symbolize one of our country’s biggest holidays, but the original version that is known as much for its wily, wary personality as the big white ones are known for their lack of sense. A couple days ago
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