As we tend to our feeders, we realize we're helping out our friends by giving them a ready source of food, water, cover and sanctuary. What we tend to forget sometimes is how much they give us back in return. One of my favorite back yard visitors is titmice. Let me give you a few reasons why this is. They Put You In Your Place How many times have you snuck up on a feeding … [Read more...] about Why I Love Titmice
My Hummingbird Story If you're looking for a "meaty" how-to post, you can skip this one. If you want to have a little hummingbird sunshine in your life today, by all means, READ ON! News In The Shower So, July 4th this year started as any other day. Did some studying for a blogging business course I'm doing called "Blog Mastermind". Caught up on some entrepreneurial … [Read more...] about The Hummingbird Incident
Warning: Experiences Like This Are Likely To Change Your Life! It is amazing how we humans can get caught in tunnel vision. Things happen in our lives and we just use it as evidence that everything is about us. You have a challenge. Whether it's health or finances or family or everything at once; we're so quick to listen to our egoic minds and only see how it affects us. … [Read more...] about The Downy Woodpecker That Changed My Life
In my never ending quest to learn more about you, my readers, I like to ask questions. I'm trying to figure out what kind of content you value most or if your interests are all over the map. It would help me be more helpful to you if I knew what level of a birder you are. For the purposes of this article, I am going to break them down into three categories and then explain … [Read more...] about What Kind of Birder Are You?
The Intelligence At Work Sometimes, we birders have to witness things that break our hearts. Nestlings getting killed by birds competing for the space. Seeing the odd bird dead on the side of the road while walking our dogs. Seeing squirrels who've been hit in the road. The list goes on. What keeps us going is we know that these things are all part of the beauty we see and … [Read more...] about When Survival Seems Unfair
Water Is An Easy Start To Feeding If you're like me, you want to get the most enjoyment out of your back yard with the minimal amount of fuss. After all, when you're not spending time in your back yard, you don't want to be worrying about how you're going to keep up with it all. That's one of the reasons I like more permanent fixtures over portable ones. For instance, I love … [Read more...] about Start With A Bird Bath
In most parts of the US, old man winter is starting to give way to at least small peeks of Spring. That means your back yard visitors are looking (or will soon be looking) for places to nest and raise their young. You can help them in ways you've maybe not thought of. Here are my spring nesting tips to help make your back yard a preferred spot for nesting birds. In no … [Read more...] about Spring Nesting Tips For Back Yard Birders
Paying Attention Is Good For All Concerned I can't tell you how many times I've heard birders talking about something that's happened to them that's caught them by surprise. I've had people tell me how they turned around and their feeders were getting mobbed by birds they didn't intend to feed. Or people like myself who found they had inadvertently made some birds sick. What … [Read more...] about Top 5 Benefits of Paying Attention