How sharp are you identifying bird calls and songs in your backyard? Do you find yourself calling out bird species while out in the woods? Or do you have to spot them with your binoculars and fumble through a printed guidebook to find them? Don't get me wrong. Field guides have their place to give you the details about any species you may observe. However, for even a … [Read more...] about Bird Calls And Songs
Just like Julie Zickfoose had told me, my house wrens are behaving themselves because I've allowed them to have one of my bluebird houses. From early in the morning until late at night, I hear both of them singing and calling to each other. It's actually quite sweet. … [Read more...] about Julie Zickefoose Was Absolutely Correct
As I've reported in an earlier post, my nesting season is going only OK this year. I've already seen my bluebirds and chickadees with their first bunch of little ones and I've only got one of my my two bluebird boxes with anything in it. And that something is house wrens. … [Read more...] about How Is Your Nesting Season Going?
I Promise Nobody Was Hurt Writing This Just last week, my wife and I were talking about birds we'd seen and haven't seen in our backyard this winter. Somehow, the conversation turned to one of my favorite little late winter visitors, Cedar Waxwings. We normally don't see them except in between flock movements from one part of the country to another. The Stokes guide I … [Read more...] about When Waxwings Attack
With the recent near disaster bird strike of US Airways flight 1549, I thought my readers would be interested to know what bird management methods were employed by airports to reduce incidents like these. The management of birds in and around an airport requires three main components: Habitat Management Bird Control Teams Lethal Removal Of Birds Let's look quickly … [Read more...] about Preventing Bird Strikes At Airports
Can A Blue Jay Do Tricks? Last winter I was putting out food on a cold weekday morning. As usual, the Blue Jays had spotted me and were squawking for peanuts. I've always found it uncanny how there won't be one in my backyard until I toss peanuts onto my aggregate patio and the sound attracts them. Seemingly out of nowhere, they fly in from the four corners. It cracks … [Read more...] about Cool Blue Jay Flight Tricks
Friend In Need Knocks On The Door It was mid morning last Saturday. I was working on my computer upstairs and my wife was busy watering and pruning the plants in the front beds. I heard a sound I couldn't quite identify and went back to work. In a few minutes, my wife called up to me that I needed to come look on the front porch. When I looked through the storm door I saw a … [Read more...] about A Friend In Need
I have a pair of bluebirds who like to come and check in on me from time to time whose tale needs to be told. About four years ago, I had my first mating pair of Eastern Bluebirds come and make home in one of the two bluebird houses I have in my back yard. I'd had others come by in late winter, take a look quickly at both houses and never return. Chickadees have nested … [Read more...] about Do You Have Any Resident Bluebirds?