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It’s always a busy summer here at the trails.  The mowing in itself has been taking a lot of time.  Trying to get it done between rains, whew.  We had 6.07 inches of precipitation in May and well on our way to catching that here in the middle of June.  We have also been devoting […]

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

Rain, rain, rain.  This cooler weather brings those hummingbirds to the feeders.  I have been filling my feeders every day. I make four cups each time. I have been enjoying them. I have between 8-10 here zooming around the house. The flowers they enjoy are slow to take off due to the cold, rainy weather.  […]

Hummingbirds Have Arrived

I bet you are seeing your hummingbirds now. They arrived at my house near Wyaconda on May  1. These cute little guys love a cool rainy morning and stay close to the feeders.  Make sure you keep them clean and replace the sugar water often.  Mine are empty almost daily, so I make new quite […]

Busy Robins

Busy Robins

Windy Northeast Missouri. This past week has been a trying week for working in your yard and getting your landscaping ready for summer.  Chilly too. This time of year the Robins at my house are busy, busy. Working from sun up to sun down preparing their nests and laying.  Those beautiful, vibrant blue eggs are […]

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 […]

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