White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Keep Feeding the Birds

I know there are some people who stop feeding the birds in the summer months for various reasons; some are going to be gone too much to keep the feeders filled, others remove the temptation for raccoons and bears, while others have the mistaken belief that the birds don’t need our help in the warm,
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More Than Good Intentions Needed

If  you’re reading this blog, then you are one of millions of people in this country who find pleasure and rewards watching and feeding birds that come to your yards.  Americans do truly love the birds that fill the skies and trees throughout the year. And we should feel good about the help we give
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Our National Symbol

We have just celebrated our countries birthday – a day to remind ourselves of the great gift of freedom; freedom from oppression, freedom to speak freely, freedom of religion, and freedom to pursue the best life can offer.  These freedoms have been protected for more than 200 years and countless Americans have given their lives
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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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