Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS


Written on January 31, 2017 at 9:05 pm, by

Hello February. Last week I wrote about shrubs and trees to plant for nesting.  You may also want to think about plants for nesting materials. Ornamental and bunching grasses provide the most important raw materials for nest building.  Small birds weave thin, flexible grass stalks into the outer shell, including blue fescue, and thrift grass.  […]

Dreary January

Written on January 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm, by

Dreary January weather. Hardly any sun all week. Have you started thinking about trees and shrubs that are bird friendly? Many species are attracted to thick, thorny shrubs for concealing nests; song sparrows, field sparrows, indigo bunting, red-winged blackbird, mourning dove. The above all like thick shrubs and small deciduous trees. Smaller trees will attract […]


Written on January 17, 2017 at 9:29 am, by

How many of us weary hearing about that upcoming ice storm of last weekend.  We can’t stop Mother Nature. Ice is not good, but it’s winter. I for one, am ready to see my hummingbirds. May can’t come fast enough. I have been lacking colorful birds at my feeders this winter and will enjoy it […]

House Sparrows

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:53 am, by

As I have said in other articles, I have an abundance of House Sparrows. They are one of our most common birds. They spend more time at my feeder right now than any other bird. I have several bushes and small trees near the house and they tend to congregate in these bushes.  I have […]

Happy New Year

Written on January 10, 2017 at 8:42 am, by

Happy New Year from Pine Ridge Bluebird Trails.  I have been lazy around the holidays to do much writing, as there always seems to be something to do. I have taken advantage of this warm weather to get a few things done outside. My birds are just not around. I have a few juncos and […]

Blue Jays

Written on December 13, 2016 at 10:42 am, by

With little or no snow cover recently, I am not seeing lots of different song birds at my feeder.  In recent days, I have had a Red-bellied woodpecker,  House Sparrows, Finches, Juncos, Blue Jays, and of course those ever present Starlings. I am offering water for all birds, which is a necessity and I serve […]

December Birds

Written on December 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm, by

December is here, along with all of the festivity, decorations, family gatherings, shopping, office parties, church programs, caroling, cookie exchanges, craft shows, I could go on and on.  Sometimes it seems we get our schedules so full, we do not leave time for ourselves, meditating, celebrating the birth of Christ and a simpler time. I […]

Roosting Boxes

Written on November 8, 2016 at 10:09 am, by

Needless to say this week, no more political advertisements.  What a whirlwind 16 months this has been.  Enough said. Many of you have been asking about roosting boxes.  If you want to make special roosting boxes for your wintering birds, it is certainly a good idea.  While the nest box entrance is high on the […]

Chicken Business

Written on November 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm, by

November has arrived, warmer than normal.  Kayla was born on November 3 and I can remember it was a bit of a cool, rainy day, 30 years ago!  She has never been found of birds or chickens. She and her family undertook to raise 90 meat chickens recently to butcher. It has been quite an […]

Farewell Hummingbirds

Written on October 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm, by

I know we are all missing all of our summer songbirds, but especially we miss the Ruby-throated hummingbird the most. We know I enjoy their daily visits to my feeders.  I have several so I can keep them zooming around in my whole yard.  It is by far Missouri’s smallest bird. There are certain large […]