Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS


Written on September 3, 2019 at 1:52 pm, by

The weather this week has been exceptionally nice.  Does it almost seem like an early fall? I have had several people asked me that.  Sometimes I feel, as I have said before, that this spring was different, and I am sure this fall will be different too.  Maybe I am just guessing, hopefully it will […]

School Bells

Written on August 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm, by

I’m sitting here writing this article on my back deck, and enjoying the sounds of Goldfinches eating some of my dried flowers in my butterfly garden, and feeling the coolness of this crisp morning.  School bells are ringing throughout the area, with kiddos taking last minute trips with their parents, shopping trips for school supplies, […]

The Heat is On

Written on July 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm, by

The heat is on, as the song says. Hoping that we can get a break from this by next week. The week of July 17 has been extremely warm, and cautions going outdoors in the heat of the day.  The day I am writing this the high is to be 95.   The hummingbirds were […]

Dry July

Written on July 15, 2019 at 8:24 pm, by

As I have said these past few months, where does time go?  July 17th already.  It has been a dry July too.  We could use a rain. In April and May, when I think all those annuals are beautiful and would look great in the yard, I seem to forget about July and August being […]

Losing baby birds

Written on July 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm, by

I sincerely hope all of my readers enjoyed a safe and happy 4th of July. Independence Day!!! How we love our freedom and the day to celebrate it.  We were able to go camping and watch the Catfish Place fireworks.  Needless to say it was very warm and humid. The barometric pressure was even hovering […]


Written on July 2, 2019 at 11:05 am, by

I have noticed questions about where the Goldfinches are now.  They are the most common birds at the feeder, thanks to its wide range and ability to adapt.  Sunflower and Niger seed are the mainstays of a goldfinches menu at the feeder, but they also enjoy other small seeds, such as millet. Weed seeds are […]

Hummingbirds Arriving

Written on June 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm, by

I have been enjoying this weather. I never thought I would say that we need a shower but honestly my garden is dry and hard.  I have so many things I want to do outside.  The hummingbirds are keeping me busy filling the feeders. I have two wrens here at the house and Bluebirds in […]


Written on June 11, 2019 at 9:33 am, by

I have several people ask about Cowbirds. I personally call them home wreckers.  They are an unlikely looking villain with a brown head.  The female is more gray.  The Cowbird is a vagabond that once followed bison and cattle through the plains, but as forest barriers fell to the settler’s ax, they extended their ranges.  […]

It’s for the Birds

Written on May 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm, by

As I am writing this, I remember my Mom telling the story of the day that my brother Keith was born in a small house in Antioch, Missouri. She said, of course the doctor had to come to the house for the delivery.   It was Dr. Grace Gray of Kahoka. In 1938, things were certainly […]

Hummers are Arriving

Written on May 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm, by

This past week I have had many visitors to my front porch and yard.  Of course, we all are excited about spotting that first hummingbird.  I had my first one last week, April 30. I put up my feeder a little early. It was cold several days last week, and I only spotted one on […]