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Night Owls

Posted: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 @ 8:54 am in Birds | Comments Off on Night Owls

Hoo, hoo-hoo, hoo, hoo. This time of year we’re audibly reminded that some birds work the night shift, for during the breeding season owls are a noisy lot. Great horned owls started their hooting clear back in January and February, and other species, like the barn owl in the picture, are migrating in now back […]

Birds of a Feather, Flock…

Posted: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 @ 7:17 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Birds of a Feather, Flock…

A flock of birds is more than a gathering – it’s a group that remains together over an extended period of time because of common benefits. This definition of a flock excludes the casual association that birds develop when they stop at your feeder, but it includes the groups of chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches that […]

Hummingbird Helicopters

Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 @ 7:42 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Hummingbird Helicopters

Back in 1764, an astounded William Wood wrote these words to friends in Europe: “(It’s) … no bigger than a Hornet, yet hath all the dimensions of a Bird … bill … wings … quills, spider-like legges, small clawes: for colour she is glorious as a Raine-bow; as she flies she makes a little humming […]

Eagles on the Agenda

Posted: Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 @ 7:30 am in Birds | Comments Off on Eagles on the Agenda

Each autumn for more centuries than man has existed on the North American continent, bald eagles have temporarily abandoned their northern breeding grounds for winter sojourns farther south. Early man lacked the ability to interfere with this migration; not until man was civilized enough to use guns and poisons did the vagabond eagle face peril. […]

Gulls: Anything But Gullible

Posted: Saturday, August 30th, 2014 @ 6:36 pm in Birds | Comments Off on Gulls: Anything But Gullible

Jonathan Livingston Seagull, eat your heart out. The best browsing isn’t at the beach anymore; it’s at your local landfill. You’d better hurry, though. Word spreads fast, and almost every city dump in gull country already has a resident flock. This doesn’t mean RVers won’t see these birds along the shoreline, however. A great many […]

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