White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

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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Counting Birds for Science

Wherever you live in the U.S., autumn is a time of shifting bird populations.  Many species that have been up here in the northern tier states for the spring and summer have left for warmer climes.  We in the north will see some new species coming south from Canada, but their makeup varies from year
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Halloween Birds

Stereotypes.  It happens all the time in our society.  It even happens with birds.  How else can you explain the association of crows and ravens with the evil spirits of Halloween?  Both of these birds belong to the Family Corvidae – my favorite, because of their innate intelligence and social interactions. Like the fairy tales
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Hawk Migration

Each fall a great flood of birds comes down from the north as the sun moves further south.  This amazing annual migration takes place right over our heads, but few people ever witness it and that’s unfortunate.  These are large birds; raptors to be specific. This grouping includes hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. These birds
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