White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Shipping Woes

Right now birds of all kinds are traveling across the globe as the season’s  change and they head to suitable habitats where they can spend the winter months. They face many, many challenges during these journeys – storms, cell towers, windows in skyscrapers, predators, finding food and water, and in some places people with guns.
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Droughts Impact On Us All

Depending on where you live, it was a summer of nearly constant rain or one of moderate to severe drought.  The country seemed to be divided in half by the Mississippi River, with the states east of it dealing with too much water and states to the west with too little.  Here in northern Minnesota
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Red-breasted Nuthatch

As the summer winds down and the summer visitors (the avian kind) begin to return to their southern homes, we find that there is still a lot of activity at our bird feeders.  Around the black sunflower seed feeders, the glorious male American Goldfinches continue to brighten the day with their deep yellow and black
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End of Summer Hummers

Just as summer begins to wind down in terms of bird song and activity, we are treated to the annual Ruby-throated Hummingbird extravaganza.  It really has become a favorite time of year for us.  Each spring (around Mother’s Day) we hang up two or three hummingbird feeders and for the next two or three months
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Summers Last Hurrah

  We have a red maple tree growing next to our deck and over the years its branches have extended towards the house creating a canopy over our patio table.  We call it our treehouse because sheltered by its branches we sit and observe the world of birds as they fly into to our feeders
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Hotter than Hades

We have now experienced two episodes of extreme heat since the beginning of June.  And we’re only in the middle of July. Here in Minnesota, records were broken on June 4th, and more than 20 different DNR stations recorded high temperatures of 100F or more on the 4th and 5th.  We typically would see this
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Saving Birds

Sometimes I encounter a bird during the week and I can’t get it out of my mind. I always prefer to write about their beauty and success stories, but occasionally I am confronted with the result of deadly challenges the birds face day in and day out. I feel it’s important to talk about these
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