White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Eastern Phoebes

  I returned home from a trip out west on Sunday, the same day that the Eastern Phoebe’s returned to our property: right on schedule.  These little birds have been coming to our place and nesting each year since we arrived in 1986 (and probably long before).  That year they built their nest under the
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Waterfowl on the Move

April is upon us and the sounds of spring are slowly growing. At the moment our yard has seen an influx of Purple Finches and Dark-eyed Juncos. Both species are very active, eating sunflower bird seed at the feeders and on the ground, where so many seeds have been exposed by the melting snow.  The
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Waiting for the Hummingbirds

Here in the northland we are still covered in snow, though the sun is intense enough to cause the rapid melting of snowbanks and even though today is the first official day of spring, it doesn’t look much like it. However, in other parts of the country, spring has definitely ‘sprung’ and flowers are blooming
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Migratory Bird Treaty Act

As we move towards spring, so the birds are beginning to move north from their winter homes.  We in the northern states are still locked solid in snow and ice and are wondering when there will be enough open water and bare ground to welcome the migrants. Now might be a good time for a
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Winter Finches

On Tuesday another snowstorm blew in, carrying with it a flurry of finches. I admit that my enthusiasm was a bit less for the snow, since shoveling the deck has become a much more tedious task, but the arrival of the Common Redpolls at the birdfeeders was a delight to see.  The action was fast
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Surviving the Polar Vortex

The middle section of the country has just endured three days of what is called the Polar Vortex. For those of us living in the upper Great Lakes region this meant enduring temperatures as low as -34F or more, with deadly windchills reaching into the -50s and 60s.   Weather not fit for man nor beast. 
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The Magnificent Pileated Woodpecker

What better way for a true winter lover to start a new year than with fresh snow coating the trees and birds in abundance at our feeders?  New Year’s Day was especially memorable in the bird category because a glorious Pileated Woodpecker chose to visit our suet feeder right in the front yard.  Mike excitedly
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