Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS

Varmints

Written on May 16, 2017 at 11:41 am, by

How has your week been so far? The last week of school for 2016-17. Hard to believe that this year is already over. Lots of graduations and parties to attend. This past week has been a busy one here on the trails – mowing, planting, checking the bird houses, doing garden work and some landscaping. […]

Hummingbirds Finally

Written on May 9, 2017 at 9:01 am, by

May I say finally. I think the cold weather was keeping them in the southern part of state.  Now, I am excited to say, I have lots of hummingbirds. Got all my feeders filled yesterday. Five so far. I have been enjoying them this weekend. That sound reminds me of beautiful summer evenings watching those […]

Baltimore Orioles

Written on May 2, 2017 at 9:29 am, by

I have been writing this article for 15 years now.  It seems over time, I become repetitious I’m sure. If everyone ‘s memory is like mine, you won’t know what I wrote last year at the time. One of the many colorful birds I like to watch is the Baltimore Orioles. There are two different […]

Feeders

Written on April 25, 2017 at 10:06 am, by

Ten days from now you can be putting out your hummingbird feeders, expecting to see a few stragglers and then a herd of those little beauties.  If you have a hummingbird friendly yard, you will most likely have nesting too. I so enjoy watching the little cuties, on the front porch, back deck, and patio. […]

Nesting

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 […]

Woodpeckers

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 […]

Birdwatchers

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 […]

Woodpecker

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 […]

February

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.  […]