Is That What I Think It Is? A couple of weeks ago I noticed a little bird zipping back and forth between my peanut feeder, sunflower seed feeder and my sunflower chip feeder. Because they move with lightning speed, I was not able to see clearly what it was. Later that day, I was out filling and cleaning up around my feeder station and I heard the familiar Red-breasted nuthatch … [Read more...] about I Have a Red-breasted Nuthatch Pair! Do You?
Sunflower Chip Feeder About the time I wrote my last post asking you to take a late summer feeding break, I had not seen any goldfinches since my zinnia goldfinch surprise. I had freshly cleaned thistle feeders with fresh, shiny thistle in them. No takers. The only birds who were eating from them were the chickadees. And they were only doing that because I had taken down … [Read more...] about Put Up A Sunflower Chip Feeder For More Goldfinches!
The Best Time for a Bird Feeding Break Every year about this time I'm wondering why I keep putting out food for the few birds that are coming. Why I'm still cleaning, raking and buying new seed. After all, most of my visitors are off doing other things. This year, I finally took a bird feeding break. I'd like to talk about why you should still consider it before the cold … [Read more...] about Take a Late Summer Bird Feeding Break
My Top Five Birding Resources From time to time, I like to give you updates on what I'm using as my go to birding resources. I see that I did one of these a long time ago and needs updated.Things change and I like to pass along anything new I've found. Keep in mind that I'm not a hardcore birder. My main focus is on enjoying the birds you have around your home wherever that … [Read more...] about My Top Five Birding Resources of 2018
A Surprise Zinnia Goldfinch Discovery This year, in addition to the returning perennials and new annual plants, my wife had a pack of mixed zinnias. I think we had it left over from last year. She decided it couldn't hurt to put them out in our baskets. It has turned out to be a pleasant zinnia goldfinch surprise! Let me tell you about it. I'll Just Plant a Few Seeds in … [Read more...] about The Zinnia Goldfinch Surprise
Will I Have a Tufted Titmouse Nest or Not? In my last post, I told you about my jubilation over thinking I was going to finally have a tufted titmouse family in my back yard. I told you about the odd first attempt at a nest that was seemingly abandoned. And how, after over a week of no activity, I decided to clean out the nest so any other bird thinking about nesting … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 2
Window collisions take so many birds' lives. You hope it won't happen to you. Well, it happened to me the other day. Here is my story. That Ominous Thud The morning started out like any other. My wife and I were enjoying our morning coffee and watching "Leave It To Beaver" reruns on MeTV. It was a cold but bright morning. The birds had already started feeding in the back … [Read more...] about Help Me Stop Window Collisions!
Goldfinch Report Is Good This Year! I've made a goldfinch report at various times in the blog. I've written about years where the feeder traffic was enormous and other years where it was very sparse. There's nothing really different about years except possibly the weather. I'll talk about the reasons why I think the goldfinch report varies and some tips to make sure you're … [Read more...] about My 2018 Goldfinch Report