Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS


Written on May 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm, by

This past week, I have been noticing these happy little guys at my feeder.  They are usually under the feeder and on the front porch. Very alert, they forage on the ground, eating mostly seeds dropped by other feeder birds. In my case, these past few weeks, it has been grackles. They eat a verity […]


Written on May 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm, by

I usually stop feeding the birds at the feeders about April. I have continued putting seed in them and providing suet due to my Cardinals and Red-bellied woodpeckers.  I also have the occasional finch.  I also have about 90 percent grackles and starlings. I mean my knuckles are sore from hitting the window.  Honestly. Watch […]


Written on April 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm, by

As I sit here contemplating hummingbird season, several things come to mind.  Do I know where all my feeders are? Do I have at least 10 lbs. of sugar (about what I use in a summer or maybe more), should I change areas?  Do I have the right flowers and shrubs to attract hummers, the […]

Hummingbird Cake

Written on April 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm, by

I have been enjoying a variety of birds at my feeders, Nuthatches, Cardinals, American Goldfinches, House Finches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, plus the ever present sparrows, Grackles and Starlings. The Common Grackle and the Brewer’s Blackbird look so much alike it is hard to tell only by their song or noise.  I have also spotted my Purple […]

Nesting Tub

Written on March 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm, by

March is quickly coming to a close.  We are seeing birds everyplace building their nests, courting and preparing for their families. I have been fortunate enough to have a great friend, Wayne Priebe, place me a nesting tub in our lake for our geese.  Last year was my first year, and they raised five healthy […]

Birds of Winter

Written on March 8, 2016 at 2:48 pm, by

The birds of winter are quickly changing. Nesting for many is starting.  I have maintenance work and plan to add some new bluebird boxes next to my trails as well. I have had some beautiful birds at my feeders this past week – Nuthatch, Red-bellied woodpecker, Sparrows, Blue Jays, and of course a few Starlings […]


Written on January 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm, by

The snowfall has been beautiful. I have enjoyed watching my many birds visit my feeders during the morning hours. Lots of Purple Finches, American Goldfinches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Doves and a few sparrows.  Russ and I shell corn off the cob for the doves.  He loves to help, and really is like a sponge […]

New Year

Written on December 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm, by

Once again, Christmas has been celebrated in grand fashion in most homes for 2015. God bless each home who celebrated His birth with family and friends.  A great time to visit, reflect, sit back and enjoy the little ones and the sparkle in their eyes as they open gifts and wait for Santa. Maybe some […]

Mild Winter

Written on December 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm, by

This winter season has been mild so far.  I am almost afraid to say that.  The birds have been finding for themselves for the most part.  I have been putting out some food, but almost all I have are House Sparrows.  I feed a bit of suet and 100 percent black oil sunflower seed.  It […]


Written on November 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm, by

Do you all plan Thanksgiving dinners centered around a roasted turkey?  Many households prepare their turkeys the day before, carve them, refrigerate and reheat before the meal.  Others carve them fresh out of the oven, ready to set on the table. Missouri’s wild turkey population start nesting in April.  Hens generally select nest sites in […]