White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Danger in the water

Blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacteria is found naturally in the environment, but given the right conditions it will grow explosively as it has recently along Florida’s eastern and western coasts and waterways.  We can live with a little algae in our lakes and streams, but when you have a ‘bloom’ of this magnitude, the
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American Crow

It’s quieter in the mornings now.  The varied chorus has gradually diminished as the different species of birds have completed their summer jobs of raising a new clutch of chicks, who, for the most part, are already off fending for themselves.  But there are exceptions. This morning as I drifted on the edge of sleep
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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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