White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

The Industrious House Wren

The male House Wren sings a song that sounds as though it is coming from a bird twice its size.  When you first hear it in the spring, it is a happy, uplifting sound – a long series of bubbling notes, with a brief pause and then a repetition, a pause and a repetition, again
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Great Crested Flycatcher

The Great Crested Flycatcher has been a regular visitor to our front yard the past couple weeks. We had been hearing its ascending whistled ‘wreep, wreep, wreep’ call in the forest, but one day when my husband Mike was out taking photographs, he decided to induce the pretty flycatcher to come in closer for a
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Morning Chorus

The light begins to pour through our bedroom skylight by 4:30 a.m. even though the sun doesn’t officially rise until 5:33.  It penetrates my eye lids and I throw a pillow over my head to block it out.  But before I can fall back asleep I hear the morning music coming through the window.  The
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Gregarious Guineafowl

I love being surprised by what shows up in our yard.  I was in my office the other day talking on the phone when I looked out the window as I often do and surprised the person I was talking to by exclaiming “It’s the Guineafowl”!  I had to explain that standing beneath one of
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The Benefits of Technology

Times have changed a lot when it comes to bird watching.  No doubt people have watched, been entertained by and learned important lessons from birds for centuries, but all they had were two eyes, which grow weak and blurry with age.  Technology has remedied that in dramatic ways. When I say technology I’m not just
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A Bird Bonanza

  Last week was a bird bonanza at our house.  I hope it was at yours too.  Between the 10th through the 12th birds both expected and unexpected arrived.  This is the very best part of springtime for my husband and me.  The days have been mostly sunny with   temperatures ranging from a low of
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American Nightingales

There is a large family of birds (over 300 species) known as the Thrushes. In North America, 19 species can be found, but here in the Midwest we’re limited to six species.  One member of this family is most likely the first bird that we as children learn to identify and name.  That would be
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