White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

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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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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