White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

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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First Bird of the Year

For some of us birders – the 1st day of the New Year holds a bit of suspense as we wait to see what will be the first bird we see..  I was lying in bed and looking out the 2nd story window on January 1, when a Blue Jay landed on a snow laden
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Finding Nests

Now that the leaves are off almost all the trees (oaks are holdouts), and the bird populations have shrunk, we are afforded an opportunity not easily available during the leafy spring and summer season; finding nests.  Each summer, millions of birds build stick, mud, moss, grassy, leafy cups in trees, shrubs and bushes all around
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Coffee is For The Birds

How many of us spend our first hours of the day sitting near a window, watching the action at our bird feeders, while sipping a cup of coffee?  Millions I would imagine. That coffee you are drinking could very well play into the health and survival of songbirds in South and Central America. Before the
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Citizen Scientists

Every year after the autumn Daylight Savings Time goes into effect, my mood follows.  Even though the sun has not suddenly shifted further south overnight, the arrival of darkness an hour earlier is just plain hard on my psyche.  Luckily it is shortly after this that the annual FeederWatch program starts.  This is offered through
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