White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Stock Up On Bird Seed Before the Holidays

Now that many of us are spending more time at home, our bird feeders have become even more important for entertainment and our mental health.  You may also have found that you put out more bird seed midday, especially if  you are having an influx of new species.  Just yesterday we were thrilled to see
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Get the Lead Out

In this blog I typically write about birds that come to your birdfeeders, but I assume you are interested in birds of all types and that you care about their health and survival.  Sometimes it’s necessary to look at the broader picture and the environmental threats to particular species. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression,
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Flying From Fire

Every day I look at the extended forecast hoping to see some sign of rain in the coming week.  We have been through an extremely dry spring, summer and September. Meteorological models favor a drier than normal October for the midsection of the country. In fact all of the states west of the Mississippi river
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Autumn Robins

  I wouldn’t have thought I’d write about American Robins in October, but having seen and heard them over the past week, I thought it might be good to talk about where they’re going and why so many birds leave the northern states each fall.  Last week I heard robins singing in the morning, making
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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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