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
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
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