Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS

Dry July

Written on July 15, 2019 at 8:24 pm, by

As I have said these past few months, where does time go?  July 17th already.  It has been a dry July too.  We could use a rain. In April and May, when I think all those annuals are beautiful and would look great in the yard, I seem to forget about July and August being […]

Losing baby birds

Written on July 8, 2019 at 12:17 pm, by

I sincerely hope all of my readers enjoyed a safe and happy 4th of July. Independence Day!!! How we love our freedom and the day to celebrate it.  We were able to go camping and watch the Catfish Place fireworks.  Needless to say it was very warm and humid. The barometric pressure was even hovering […]


Written on July 2, 2019 at 11:05 am, by

I have noticed questions about where the Goldfinches are now.  They are the most common birds at the feeder, thanks to its wide range and ability to adapt.  Sunflower and Niger seed are the mainstays of a goldfinches menu at the feeder, but they also enjoy other small seeds, such as millet. Weed seeds are […]

Hummingbirds Arriving

Written on June 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm, by

I have been enjoying this weather. I never thought I would say that we need a shower but honestly my garden is dry and hard.  I have so many things I want to do outside.  The hummingbirds are keeping me busy filling the feeders. I have two wrens here at the house and Bluebirds in […]


Written on June 11, 2019 at 9:33 am, by

I have several people ask about Cowbirds. I personally call them home wreckers.  They are an unlikely looking villain with a brown head.  The female is more gray.  The Cowbird is a vagabond that once followed bison and cattle through the plains, but as forest barriers fell to the settler’s ax, they extended their ranges.  […]

It’s for the Birds

Written on May 21, 2019 at 1:39 pm, by

As I am writing this, I remember my Mom telling the story of the day that my brother Keith was born in a small house in Antioch, Missouri. She said, of course the doctor had to come to the house for the delivery.   It was Dr. Grace Gray of Kahoka. In 1938, things were certainly […]

Hummers are Arriving

Written on May 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm, by

This past week I have had many visitors to my front porch and yard.  Of course, we all are excited about spotting that first hummingbird.  I had my first one last week, April 30. I put up my feeder a little early. It was cold several days last week, and I only spotted one on […]


Written on April 30, 2019 at 12:45 pm, by

I know many of you have already had a hummingbird or two. I still feel it is cold for them, and conditions are not right. I have went ahead, against my better judgment, and put a feeder out.  The smallest bird in North America, they connect the color red with food, so they will investigate […]

Baltimore Orioles

Written on April 23, 2019 at 2:03 pm, by

I have been writing this article for 17 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 […]

Migraine Weather

Written on April 9, 2019 at 4:33 pm, by

The weather this morning is cold and dreary.  It’s sounds as if we might be in for some winter mix weather again this April.  Mother Nature is fooling with us once again.  Wet weather is predicted for the next three months.  I am still feeding all the birds sunflower seeds. I had several happy visitors […]