Category Archives: IT’S FOR THE BIRDS


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 […]

Purple Martins

Written on April 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm, by

I am really looking forward to the return of the Purple Martins. They are working their way north right now.  As many of you have heard, you can expect them around Good Friday which is really a myth, but somewhere in that time frame will catch them.  Scouts arrive well before any permanent dweller.  Different […]

Ides of March

Written on March 19, 2019 at 1:58 pm, by

The ides of March are upon us. The winds continue to blow. I think most everyone is anxious for the March winds and a few sunny days to firm up the country roads. If we could only recover all the rock from the grader ditches and magically blade those roads even when they are super […]


Written on March 4, 2019 at 9:35 pm, by

Weather is the topic of conversation that we hear so much about. Here in Texas, the weather has been on a tail spin all month. It has been really cold, some days hot and humid, others rainy, and some windy. Mother Nature is having emotional problems this year. So much change and variables.  I’m sure […]

Wren Houses

Written on February 19, 2019 at 11:55 am, by

I’m sure with the ice that has been keeping those kiddies home and some home from work is getting old.  I know the kids went back to school on February 13th at least in some places.  I can remember going to school on Saturdays one winter after a huge ice storm that left trees heavily […]