White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Let’s All Sing Like the Birdie’s Sing

For those of us who live in the northland, spring is made all the sweeter by the avian concert that greets us every time we go outdoors.  Some songs are iconic, like the American Robin and the Red-winged Blackbird.  These sounds are so familiar that they reassure us that winter is truly over (even if
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First Day of Spring

It is the first day of spring and for those of us who live in the northern states, it is a day to celebrate, even as we realize we may very well see more snow fall in the next month. On this particular day however, the sun is shining and the temperatures are almost balmy
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A Form of Feathered Meditation

Simple pleasures.  I suppose it is a consequence of aging, and the ability to find pleasure sitting in one place for long periods of time and letting your eyes and mind be entertained by the small feathered creatures that fill your yard.   Personally, I find it’s almost hypnotic to watch the flittering, skittering movement of
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Surviving a Polar Blast

Living in Northern Minnesota means that we are prepared for extended periods of subzero temperatures. That doesn’t mean we enjoy these polar blasts, but we know what to expect and have well insulated homes, supplies of cut wood for fireplaces and wood stoves, plus proper winter clothing.  Our energy companies are also prepared for unusual
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Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will take place from Feb. 12-15.  This is a worldwide event when birdwatchers can contribute important data about the population of birds in this one concentrated timeframe. For the past year we have been confined (for the most part) to our homes and neighborhoods and for many of us,
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Nocturnal Visitors

Not all creatures that fly have wings and some of them may be visiting your bird feeders without you ever seeing them.  I’m referring to Flying Squirrels.  These small, mainly nocturnal animals are misnamed because they don’t actually fly, but rather glide from tree to tree or in some cases from tree to bird feeder.
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A NEW YEAR = A NEW LIST

Ah, New Year’s day – truly a new beginning for the avid birdwatcher.  On this day we ‘close the books’ on last year’s list and look at a blank slate on which to begin checking off ‘new’ birds we’ve just seen.  In a way, it reminds me of how every autumn begins with the hardwoods
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