White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Flying Jewels

Nectar is described in the dictionary as “the saccharine secretion of a plant, which attracts the insects or birds that pollinate the flower”.  There is also the ‘nectar of the gods’ which comes from Greek mythology.  It means a “life giving drink of the fickle gods”.  For hummingbirds, we are those gods. Each May we
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Decoding Bird Song

The morning chorus is not overwhelming yet, but it is picking up in tempo and volume with each passing week.  If you are an ‘early bird’ then you know birds begin to sing close to dawn. If you leave your bedroom windows open you will be serenaded awake. Recent research has shown that well fed
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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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