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Archive for January, 2007

Acorn Woodpecker – Master Carpenter

Posted: Sunday, January 28th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Acorn Woodpecker – Master Carpenter

Acorn woodpeckers leave very little to chance. Pessimists by nature, these birds devote their waking hours to storing insects and acorns from late summer through fall, making sure that they’ll have ample food for the coming winter. In much of California and the Southwest, you can’t help seeing or hearing acorn woodpeckers. They’re common wherever […]

Bugs for Sale

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2007 @ 9:44 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Bugs for Sale

A rose by any other name looks better without aphids. And eating aphids is the specialty of the ladybird beetle, affectionately known as the ladybug. The ladybug earned its nickname by devouring pests that have been tormenting man ever since the Garden of Eden. Back in the Middle Ages (and before the Age of Insecticides), […]

The List

Posted: Saturday, January 6th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm in Birds | Comments Off on The List

It was cold before dawn on the first day of the New Year as Kaye broke ice off the water container outside our office window. We put it there for the birds, but the squirrels and an occasional deer make use of it too. We don’t make too much of New Year’s Eve, but look […]

Notable Nests

Posted: Monday, January 1st, 2007 @ 6:19 am in Birds | Comments Off on Notable Nests

In winter we find more birds’ nests than at any other season. It’s not that we aren’t looking the rest of the year; it’s just that the leaves get in the way. But after autumn comes and goes, the bare limbs of trees are decorated by the deserted homes of our avian friends. An expert […]

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