White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

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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First Bird of the Year

For some of us birders – the 1st day of the New Year holds a bit of suspense as we wait to see what will be the first bird we see..  I was lying in bed and looking out the 2nd story window on January 1, when a Blue Jay landed on a snow laden
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Return of the Snowbirds

A couple weeks ago someone reported that they had seen the first flock of Dark-eyed Juncos in their yard.  This is a bit early for these so called ‘snowbirds’.  Members of the Sparrow Family, they are flighty little birds, wearing somber grey feathers.  In reference to the nickname, their plumage has been described as “leaden
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Pishing For Fun

You may never have heard about “pishing’, but it’s a great addition to your bird watching skills.  And it’s a great way to impress people, if not the birds. I can’t say for sure when I first learned how to do it, but I’m glad I did, because it’s fun and almost guaranteed to bring
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Ancient Art and Birds

Human beings have been watching birds since the beginning of time.  We know this from prehistoric art that has been found on cave walls and rock faces around the world.  These winged creatures inspired early peoples to create stories (myths) about the birds and in some cases to elevate them to a god-like status.  Some
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Birds in Blue

“The bluebird wears the sky on its back.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau over 100 years ago.  He couldn’t have been more accurate or descriptive.  While we enjoy all the colorful variation in bird’s feathers, there is something that just makes us smile when we see a blue bird, and I’m not just talking about
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What Good Is A Bird (Or Birds)?

This seems like an unanswerable question; one could say it’s in the eye of the beholder, but there are definite economic and ecological benefits to having birds in our world.  This sort of question can be applied to any living thing on this earth, including us.  The most reasonable answer is that they exist and
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