Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS


Written on April 11, 2017 at 11:05 am, by

Wind, rain, wind, rain!  I am writing this the day after we had such a rainy, windy Wednesday, April 5.  It was a day I chose not to go outside. Finally some sunshine and blue sky. My little American Gold Finches were so cold and wet… and they are starting to get their beautiful color […]

Barometric Pressure

Written on April 4, 2017 at 9:23 am, by

Spring is here, and along with it comes variations in the barometric pressure.  I know that many people have issues with the pressure changes. The weather actually affects our feathered friends behavior also. I am a firm believer that pressure under 30 causes people to feel pressure in their sinuses, have various kinds of headaches […]


Written on March 28, 2017 at 11:59 am, by

So much to do, so little time. It feels as though spring and summer are upon us. With stores’ greenhouse buildings popping up all over and mulch appearing in the parking lots, it makes you feel that garden planting and flower planting are upon us. At Red Hatters today, we heard Cardinals singing when we […]


Written on March 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm, by

I know most of you who read this column enjoy birding.  It is becoming more and more popular. There are 1.7 million wildlife watchers in Missouri alone. Now this does not necessarily mean they are watching birds, but I bet a good many of them are. There are trails and hiking trails all over the […]


Written on March 14, 2017 at 4:48 pm, by

Many thoughts come to mind as I sit here looking at outside plants sprouting, turning green, budding out, and more. What a February.  I have been on a time out from bird watching and column writing. Texas and basketball are two things I have been busy with. Since my return, I have continued to feed […]


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 […]