White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Leaf It Alone

As we head into Autumn we watch the leaves change color and eventually fall to the ground. The season for ‘leaf peeping’ is far too short where I live.  This year the trees seem to be turning color earlier than usual. This isn’t really a problem, but it does mean we will have more weeks
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The Strangely Named Purple Finch

Our bird feeders have been inundated for a couple weeks with young birds, mainly Purple Finches.  These small brownish birds are usually seen in the winter months at our feeders, but this year it appears that a number of adults chose to nest nearby. Typically, these birds nest in Canada from the west to east
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The Silence At The End of Summer

As August progresses, we hear fewer and fewer birds singing. In that way it is a sad time, as we realize summer is on the wane.  The loudest sound outdoors these days is coming from the cicadas, especially on windless, hot days. It is then that their buzzing sound seems to be amplified.  It is
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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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