White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Baltimore Orioles

When you see a Baltimore oriole, there is no doubt this bird comes from the tropics. But you may be surprised to learn that this beauty is from the same family of birds as grackles, red-winged blackbirds and meadowlarks.  In coloration and nest type it more resembles the Old World Orioles, but genetically, they are
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Creating a Bird Oasis

You enjoy feeding birds and watching them come to your yard, right?  Well, now is the time to create an even better oasis for the birds. Spring is when people (especially those in the northern regions of the U.S.) are crazy to get into their gardens and to get their fingers in the soil. This
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Birding Festivals

A spring migration speeds up; those of us who are committed to bird feeding have the chance to see new species.  Many of the migrants are insect eaters, but they will happily eat suet and you may also see them flitting around in the branches of newly leafing trees looking for food.  Others will stop
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Bird Seed that does not sprout

Now that the snow cover is gone here in the Northland, people are discovering both the good and the bad.  A friend of ours experienced the good when a melting snowbank revealed the phone she lost months ago.  Whether it works or not remains to be seen. All sorts of  things reappear in our yards
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Special Sparrows

If you think sparrows = boring, you’re not looking close enough.  Of course most people are only familiar with House sparrows, which exist on almost every continent, but were introduced from Europe. They are an Old World weaver finch that is called a “sparrow”. All sparrows are officially finches, but there is a separate Family
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Our Ever Present Chickadees

I really don’t know what to expect with the drastic swings of warm and cold weather we have had this month. Two Sundays ago it was 59F and raining – four days later temperatures fell below zero overnight.  Our minimal snow covering vanished in the Sunday thunderstorm and even though we’ve had one or two
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For the Love of Birds

  If you have been reading this blog then I know you enjoy seeing wild birds wherever they may be, but especially those you can see close to your home, through your windows.  You probably have one or more bird feeders set up around your yard and spend your hard earned money keeping them filled with
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