Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS

Baby Birdies

Written on June 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm, by

There are so many things to do this time of year.  Garden to tend, hay to bale, yards to mow, flowers to manicure, vegetables to can, and on and on.  Take a little time to enjoy your front porch or deck and watch the hummingbirds, spend some quiet time with nature.  With that said, by […]

Nesting

Written on June 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm, by

Guess what June is half over, meaning summer is moving right along.  We talk of this so often.  Where does time go? Many of the song birds in your yard are on their second hatch. As many of you know, my deck Robin is on her second nest. She built a nice new one, and […]

Tom Horn

Written on June 7, 2016 at 10:14 am, by

Last week, I shared some history of the Etna area and Tom Horn. Tom Horm left home at a very young age, around 13. He is said to have walked the complete distance from here to Kansas City, Missouri. He had heard of the west, California, Texas and Kansas, but from all the geography that […]

Tom Horn Country

Written on May 31, 2016 at 2:56 pm, by

This article is a bit different, but I have been wanting to write a bit on Etna for a while. Last fall we finally put our sign up on the corner in Etna. We have a famous person that was born near here and we Etna people are proud of this history. Of course, there […]

Birdwatching

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 […]

Grackles

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 […]

Hummingbirds

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 […]