First Time In Fifteen Years! For the last fifteen years that I've been feeding birds in my back yard I've gotten to enjoy so many different species. Most were the birds that are here year round. Others, like my most recent Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, are just passing through to one place or another. I've had nest boxes up for almost all that time and have had mostly Carolina … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 1
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
Background I recently had a brush with house finch eye disease that I want to share with you. I've written about it before in an article I wrote here. Here is an article from AllAboutBirds addressing the disease. I hope this article helps you avoid the same mistakes I've made. Keeping your birds safe from house finch eye disease doesn't have to be a constant struggle. If … [Read more...] about Five Ways To Avoid House Finch Eye Disease
Bird Feeding In Summer Doesn't Have To Be Hard I know I've already written about the benefits of adding water to attract birds but let me give you a quick rundown of five things I recommend for bird feeding in summer. If you offer hummingbird nectar, make sure to change it every 3-5 days depending on how warm it is in your neck of the woods. Fill your feeders with no … [Read more...] about Summer Bird Feeding Tips
They've Finally Nested! After years of feeding Red Bellied Woodpeckers in my back yard, I finally have a pair that are calling a nearly dead tree just over my back fence home! Since shortly after I put up my first peanut feeder and suet I've had them around and about my yard. I've always loved listening to their vocalizations that sound like they mean business. I've always … [Read more...] about First Time Red Bellied Woodpecker Nesting
No Goldfinches? Like a lot of people I've been talking to this year, I've had a real challenge getting goldfinches into my back yard. I've tried cleaning, changing seed, changing seed brands and praying. Up until a couple of weeks ago, it didn't seem like there was any way to change this trend. One day, I was out in my garage inventorying my feeders and supplies. I came … [Read more...] about I’m Being Overrun By Goldfinches! Here’s How You Can Too
So, it's a little play on words, ok? The thrust of this article is to show you how to get great tasting coffee that helps the birds, the small growers and the the planet at the same time. I got an email from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that had a video with Amanda Rodenwald doing research in Central and South American coffee farms. In it, she talks about how migratory … [Read more...] about Shade Grown Coffee Is For The Birds