Background I recently had a brush with house finch eye disease that I want to share with you. I've written about it before in an article I wrote here. I hope this article helps you avoid the same mistakes I've made. Keeping your birds safe from house finch eye disease doesn't have to be a constant struggle. If you pay attention to what's going on at your feeders you'll … [Read more...] about Five Ways To Avoid House Finch Eye Disease
They've Finally Nested! After years of feeding Red Bellied Woodpeckers in my back yard, I finally have a pair that are calling a nearly dead tree just over my back fence home! Since shortly after I put up my first peanut feeder and suet I've had them around and about my yard. I've always loved listening to their vocalizations that sound like they mean business. I've always … [Read more...] about First Time Red Bellied Woodpecker Nesting
So, it's a little play on words, ok? The thrust of this article is to show you how to get great tasting coffee that helps the birds, the small growers and the the planet at the same time. I got an email from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that had a video with Amanda Rodenwald doing research in Central and South American coffee farms. In it, she talks about how migratory … [Read more...] about Shade Grown Coffee Is For The Birds
Unabashed Good News Post If you're looking for a "meaty" how-to post, you can skip this one. If you want to have a little sunshine in your life today, by all means, READ ON! News In The Shower So, July 4th this year started as any other day. Did some studying for a blogging business course I'm doing called "Blog Mastermind", caught up on some entrepreneurial community … [Read more...] about The Hummingbird Incident
The Intelligence At Work Sometimes, we birders have to witness things that break our hearts. Nestlings getting killed by birds competing for the space. Seeing the odd bird dead on the side of the road while walking our dogs. Seeing squirrels who've been hit in the road. The list goes on. What keeps us going is we know that these things are all part of the beauty we see and … [Read more...] about When Survival Seems Unfair
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?
Our first family of bluebirds just left the nest the other day. Or should I say the other night! That's right, night. OK, maybe it was evening but it was the first time I've ever had bluebirds fledge at any time other than morning. Let me recount how it happened. What's That Dark Spot In The Lawn? This first family seemed to be taking their time. It seemed to me that they had … [Read more...] about Nail Biting Bluebird Fledging
I have a quick story to share with you which further emphasizes the need to pay attention to your backyard I spoke of in my last post. It's a story about seeing a need and filling it and the feeling you can get doing that. This story involves one of my favorite feeder birds, the Carolina chickadee. A few years ago, before I ever had any Eastern Bluebirds in my backyard, I … [Read more...] about Just In Time Chickadee Housing