White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Where Are The Winter Finches?

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in east central Minnesota it has been the most lackluster winter in 33 years, when it comes to seeing new birds at our feeders.  We have not had one of the winter finches show up.  I’m not sure what’s going on, but it is
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Colorful Cardinals

As February arrives, I’m craving color.  While the snow is beautiful and I relish the opportunities to ski through this picture perfect landscape, there is just too much monotone of black and white.  Sunset and sunrise provide some gorgeous shades of pink and orange, but still I crave more. If you are lucky you can
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January Doldrums

So far this winter, it has been less than stellar for seeing new and exciting birds at our feeders.  It seems to be a repeat of January 2014 when friends in this part of Minnesota reported similar lackluster observations.  That year, there had been some very cold temperatures, but this year, we haven’t had the
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In the Eye of the Beholder

We humans often take for granted that all other creatures see the world as we do.  But they don’t.  Their eyes are arranged differently on their heads and not all of them see the colors that we do. So looking specifically at birds, what do we know?  For most birds the eyes are much larger
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If You Build It – They Will Come

I’ve just returned from a week in Bozeman, Montana.  It was snowing when I arrived and it was predicted to snow on the day I left.  Coming from Minnesota, snow in October and November is not terribly unusual, but I was still relieved when flying into Minneapolis, I looked down on a land that was
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A Reason to Celebrate

The previous blog posting was one that shared sobering facts about the state of birds in this country.  I ended it with the reminder that we as a country have taken action when needed, to save some charismatic bird species.  This time I am happy to report some more good news related to a much
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