White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

American Kestrel

The American Kestrel is the smallest member of the Falcon Family in North America; measuring only 10 ½ inches in length, about the size of a robin, with a wingspan of 23 inches, and weighs just 3.9 ounces. It is relatively easy to see, perched on power lines next to back country roads.  From these
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American Robins

Over two weeks ago, my husband and I thought we heard a robin singing near our house.  We never saw it, but we knew it wouldn’t be long before these iconic birds of spring returned to our yard. Northerners of all ages equate spring’s arrival with the robin’s distinctive, “cheerily, cheeriup, cherriup, cheerily, cheeriup.”  Males
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Beautiful Blue Jays

This is a story about the power of suet and sunflower seeds and beautiful Blue Jays.  Mike left early for work and I wanted to be lazy and just read for a while, but it was near zero outside and when I looked at the bird feeders, I saw they were empty.  As much as I
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Feeding the Birds In All Weather

It is now meteorological spring and the forecast is calling for some very warm temperatures to arrive in a couple days; as much as 20 to 30 degrees above normal.  But winter let it be known today that it isn’t going without a fight.  The snow started falling in the morning and kept up through
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Wing Prints in the Snow and other Observations

My husband and I went cross-country skiing the other day while the snow was falling lightly and the green conifers were slowly fading into the background of white.  All was silent.  In fact, we only heard one bird chirruping during the entire 3.9 mile journey.  But we did see signs of birds.  I always look
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Pecking Order

What a great winter it has been for watching the birds at our feeders.  Because we’ve actually been home for two months, we’ve been able to keep the feeders filled and observe the non-stop activity.  We also added two new sunflower feeders in the front yard and two new suet feeders – one in the
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Rare Birds Indeed

The highlight in any birder’s life is when they see a completely new bird – a ‘Lifer’.  Living in northern Minnesota, it is highly unlikely to see one of these in the middle of our winter, but in the last two weeks, I’ve seen not just one, but Two! Living close to the Canadian border
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