White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Helping Nesting Birds

Nest Watch is a citizen science program offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Like Feederwatch it depends on volunteers who agree in this case to regularly check nest boxes of certain birds to monitor and record the number of eggs in the nest and the resulting chicks. By doing this and reporting results, citizens
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Red-bellied Woodpecker

The Blue Jays are back in force at the feeders. During the summer months they were seen only sporadically. I believe there is a definite pecking order among the jays at the bird feeders, but without a means of identifying the individual birds it is impossible to say for sure who is dominant over whom.  
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Drilling Means Spilling

Once again we have watched in distress as an oil pipeline released highly toxic crude oil into the ocean, threatening marine life in the water and the birds that find their food in that ocean.  How many times will this continue to happen and what can we do to stop it? Those are big questions
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Shipping Woes

Right now birds of all kinds are traveling across the globe as the season’s  change and they head to suitable habitats where they can spend the winter months. They face many, many challenges during these journeys – storms, cell towers, windows in skyscrapers, predators, finding food and water, and in some places people with guns.
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Droughts Impact On Us All

Depending on where you live, it was a summer of nearly constant rain or one of moderate to severe drought.  The country seemed to be divided in half by the Mississippi River, with the states east of it dealing with too much water and states to the west with too little.  Here in northern Minnesota
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Red-breasted Nuthatch

As the summer winds down and the summer visitors (the avian kind) begin to return to their southern homes, we find that there is still a lot of activity at our bird feeders.  Around the black sunflower seed feeders, the glorious male American Goldfinches continue to brighten the day with their deep yellow and black
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End of Summer Hummers

Just as summer begins to wind down in terms of bird song and activity, we are treated to the annual Ruby-throated Hummingbird extravaganza.  It really has become a favorite time of year for us.  Each spring (around Mother’s Day) we hang up two or three hummingbird feeders and for the next two or three months
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