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
The Tufted Titmouse Story So Far So far in this series, I've told you about my first ever tufted titmouse pair to make a home in one of my bluebird boxes. I was thrilled to have these little birds that I've enjoyed in my back yard for many years finally start a family here! Up to this point we have seen: Part 1 - The tufted titmouse mom start a nest and seemingly abandon … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 5
We've Got Some Tufted Titmouse Mouths To Feed So far, I've told you about my first ever tufted titmouse couple choosing a bluebird box. I told you how they started building and then seemingly abandoning it. Next, I showed you the marvel of engineering that can happen when a tufted titmouse mother decides a nest has got to happen NOW! The last post was all about the … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 4
We Have Eggs! In my last post, I told how my tufted titmouse mother started, stopped and then started a nest again. How she returned with a vengeance after I had cleaned out her first aborted attempt at a nest. I only wish I could have recorded her stuffing those gigantic clumps of nesting material in there. It was something to behold and simply hilarious. I … [Read more...] about The Tufted Titmouse That Wouldn’t Quit – Part 3