White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

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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Counting Birds

Keeping lists.  We all do this at one time or another: grocery lists, errands to run, lists of friends to invite to a party, lists of names for a new baby…. But there are a group of people who, more than any other likes to keep lists.  You guessed it, bird watchers.  In fact, among other
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Christmas Bird Count

Throughout our lives we develop new traditions over the Christmas holiday season; some with our families, some with friends, and some for our own pleasure.  I would like to suggest a new tradition that can begin at any age – join a Christmas Bird Count. Begun in 1900 by a group of 27 Audubon Society
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Cardinals – Color for the Holidays

Here it is, only the beginning of December, not even officially winter, and already I’m craving color.  While the new snow is beautiful and I relish the opportunities to ski through this picture perfect landscape, there is just too much black and white.  Sunset and sunrise can provide us with some gorgeous shades of pink
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Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Increasingly Americans are looking for unique, but common sense gifts to give at the Holidays.   Too many of us have too much stuff, and we don’t need to add more to our household cache.  This is especially true of people in the middle to older age brackets.   What we want are experiences or items that
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American Goldfinch

After having been gone for several weeks, we returned to empty bird feeders and a quiet yard, but inevitably soon after we filled them, the birds returned.  Usually it’s the bigger, bolder blue jays to show up first, but they were soon followed by the smaller birds.  Today, on this gloriously mild and sunny November
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