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American Kestrel

This past week I have noticed an American Kestrel spending a lot of time in my yard. I often don’t even have to see it, just listen for its calls.  So far, it has killed a dove from my front porch, a red-winged black bird, an unknown dark colored bird, and several mice. The Kestrel […]

Landscaping for the Birds

What can I say?  It’s tax day.  On a brighter note, you should be scoping out the green houses and stores for those plants and flowers that attract your feathered friends. I have older trees in my yard, so I am trying to plant new trees and shrubs that will not only have longevity, but […]

Red-Winged Blackbird

One of the first “spring” birds you will hear this spring is the Red-Winged Blackbird singing Okaleee. This sound you hear is given only by the male.  When he sings this on his territory, he usually spreads his wings at the same time. Ch’ch’ch’chee is heard only from the female. The female is a very […]

Chickadees

How’s the birds at your feed?  Do you have any chickadees?  I do not have any at the house, but do have several on the trails. The Chickadee is one of the favorites at the feeders.  They are remarkable because they have one of the most complex social structures of any feeder bird.  They have […]

Starlings

Hello!  I have been off gallivanting around, so it’s time to get back to business.  My winter bird feeder friends have not been around too much this past week. Most of my visitors now are Starlings.  They will eat suet all day long. Most of our more common feeder birds are native to the continent, […]

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

One of the liveliest birds at the feeders is the Tufted Titmouse.  So cute to watch and read about. The titmouse’s nearest relative at the feeder is the chickadee.   They have similar nesting and breeding habits and calls, and when they do come to the feeder, both have a tendency to take one seed, fly […]

Sparrows

Sparrows

Sparrows!  Little Brown Birds — A lot of people refer to any kind of sparrow as a little brown bird. First of all, there are only five sparrows that are commonly seen at feeders.  The good ole house sparrow cannot be included as it is really a Weaver Finch. The ones you may see are […]

Food Chain

I hope each of you had a fantastic and blessed Christmas season, and you were able to spend it with family and friends.  It is a fun and sacred time for all.  Stress can be high this time of year. Sit back and enjoy. This past week has been warmer than average with the lake […]

Nuthatches

Nuthatches

With only a skiff of snow this past week, I am still not seeing many birds at my feeders. Sparrows, blue jays, 3-4 goldfinches, downy woodpeckers. The nuthatch is such a fun bird to watch.  One of the first things people notice about them is their ability to move headfirst down tree trunks.  This enables […]

Feeding Behavior

Feeding Behavior

Are you having trouble with birds coming to your feeders?   Birds change their feeding behavior.  Temperatures, weather, time of year, time of day – all influence a bird’s feeding habits. In mild weather, when wild food is plentiful, birds will use your feeder less. I will attribute this last statement as to why I, myself, […]

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