Birding With Kids If you’ve ever looked out your window in awe of the abundance of wildlife right in your own backyard, you might be ready for a new hobby. Birding, which is a pastime shared, according to the Audubon Society, by 47 million people in the US, is a relaxing activity you can do at home. And the best part: birding with kids is great because the kids are never too … [Read more...] about Birding With Kids
Not About Taking Out The Trash In Your Underwear Over the years, my closest neighbors have had a lot of reasons to call the paddy wagon on me. No, I've not taken my trash out in my underwear either. I'm talking about my fanatical obsession with feeding, watching and interacting with my backyard "crew". From running out my back door to shoo starlings off a feeder to taking … [Read more...] about Do Your Neighbors Think You Are Insane?
It never ceases to amaze me how smart birds can be. Most humans see them as things lucky enough to fly wherever they need to go that spend the majority of their time looking for food. While this may be true to a large extent, they are also capable of some very intelligent flock behavior. My nightly birdbath entertainment is a perfect example. … [Read more...] about My Nightly Robin Birdbath Assault
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 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!