White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

The Pretty (But Poorly Named) Purple Finch

Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time – but without the video camera. I was standing at the kitchen window watching all the bird action out on the deck.  We had been putting sunflower bird seeds on the flat board of the deck railing and it was very popular with the
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Birding in Yellowstone National Park

The summer season is about to begin and with it attendance at our National Parks will swell.  Yellowstone National Park is the 5th most visited of all 59 National Parks. Personally, I’m shocked it isn’t number one – but that goes to Great Smokey Mountains National Park. This may be partly due to  its location
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A Cold Spring But the Birds Keep Coming

Mike and I sat on our deck basking in the warm and rare May sunshine. All of a sudden the first Tree Swallows of the year came swooping through the sky above our front field.  They were about a week later than most years, but considering the weather of the previous week, it was not
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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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