White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Watching Woodpeckers

It’s hard to be inspired on a gray mid-December day in northern Minnesota, but I am finding a bit of  brightness by watching the woodpeckers.  We hung two suet feeders from the branches of the maple right next to our deck, and a third from the overhang near the kitchen window and this fall the
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Do You Know the Rock Dove?

  “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” is a cliché which basically means, ‘that which is common we take for granted’.  Think about all the beautiful things in nature that we look at everyday but don’t really SEE or appreciate: sunrises, sunsets, a starry sky.  And what about the birds: robins, crows, Canada geese, starlings
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Stock Up On Bird Seed Before the Holidays

Now that many of us are spending more time at home, our bird feeders have become even more important for entertainment and our mental health.  You may also have found that you put out more bird seed midday, especially if  you are having an influx of new species.  Just yesterday we were thrilled to see
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Get the Lead Out

In this blog I typically write about birds that come to your birdfeeders, but I assume you are interested in birds of all types and that you care about their health and survival.  Sometimes it’s necessary to look at the broader picture and the environmental threats to particular species. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression,
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Flying From Fire

Every day I look at the extended forecast hoping to see some sign of rain in the coming week.  We have been through an extremely dry spring, summer and September. Meteorological models favor a drier than normal October for the midsection of the country. In fact all of the states west of the Mississippi river
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Autumn Robins

  I wouldn’t have thought I’d write about American Robins in October, but having seen and heard them over the past week, I thought it might be good to talk about where they’re going and why so many birds leave the northern states each fall.  Last week I heard robins singing in the morning, making
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Leaf It Alone

As we head into Autumn we watch the leaves change color and eventually fall to the ground. The season for ‘leaf peeping’ is far too short where I live.  This year the trees seem to be turning color earlier than usual. This isn’t really a problem, but it does mean we will have more weeks
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