White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Defending The Nest

When it comes to defending their territory, nests or young, birds only have a couple of options.  Attack or create a distraction.  For the majority of songbirds attacking might fend off the predator, but it’s just as likely to get them killed and do their babies no good whatsoever.  Still there are plenty of birds
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Birder’s Best Friend

Binoculars are a birder’s best friend.  Sadly a lot of people never expand their enjoyment of bird  watching because they have had trouble learning how to use binoculars. Maybe you don’t consider yourself a birder, but if you are looking out your kitchen or living room window at your bird feeders and getting pleasure from
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A Hot Housing Market

Right now the housing market is hot. People are in competition with one another over homes, outbidding one another by thousands of dollars. It is a somewhat similar situation for birds right now, although it’s not just this year, but every year. As winter ends and signs of spring appear, birds in the northern hemisphere
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Yellow-rumped Warblers

All hardcore birdwatchers wait in anticipation for the arrival of the warblers.  Even more than the waterfowl and robins, these little birds signify the full arrival of spring.  As the trees leaf out and the grass is greening up, it is the arrival of these small songbirds that confirm spring is here. The warblers are
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Flying Cigars

I’m finding it very hard to predict what birds will arrive when, after this past month.  There was some record breaking warm temperatures, followed by some snowy days.  We had robins, red-winged blackbirds and eastern bluebirds show up ahead of their normal arrival dates.  Since there was no snow on the ground, and the heat
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Let’s All Sing Like the Birdie’s Sing

For those of us who live in the northland, spring is made all the sweeter by the avian concert that greets us every time we go outdoors.  Some songs are iconic, like the American Robin and the Red-winged Blackbird.  These sounds are so familiar that they reassure us that winter is truly over (even if
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First Day of Spring

It is the first day of spring and for those of us who live in the northern states, it is a day to celebrate, even as we realize we may very well see more snow fall in the next month. On this particular day however, the sun is shining and the temperatures are almost balmy
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