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?
Human Parents vs Bird Parents While I have to admit I am not a parent in the conventional sense. We are parents to our 10 year old yorkie/chihuahua mix, Maggie which has been both challenging and rewarding. However, I am over fifty years of age and have been around a ton of parents and have heard about their struggles and triumphs. So, let me give you a light-hearted breakdown … [Read more...] about Human Parents Think They Have It Bad?
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
I had a very unusual experience yesterday. Because I feed birds in my backyard, we get an occasional visit from our friendly neighborhood Cooper's Hawk. Our lot backs up to woods so sometimes he's able to sneak into a tree unnoticed. Luckily for the other birds, we have a pretty well established Blue Jay alarm network in place. Whenever they see the hawk, they immediately … [Read more...] about Spending Some Time With A Cooper’s Hawk
What Are BirdOculars Anyway? BirdOculars is a poor attempt at humor. Hoping to help the visitor imagine birding binoculars. This site was started in 2009 and was set up exclusively to help people learn about birding optics. Since that time, I realized that readers had all sorts of problems feeding birds that needed to be addressed. Since I already had about six years … [Read more...] about Welcome to The BirdOculars Site!