White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

That Bittersweet Time of Year

It’s that time of year.  The leaves are beautiful, but falling.  The frost on the prairie grass sparkles in the morning, but the flowers have faded away. And the migratory birds come in waves, but quickly move on, not to be seen in these parts for another seven months: The sweet with the bitter.  But
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Dangerous Windows

If you have birdfeeders in your yard, you have probably experienced the sudden collision of a bird at one of your windows.  It can happen in both winter and summer. When it has happened at our house, I have sometimes been able to rescue the bird and other times, sadly, the collision has been fatal.
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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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